Women Lit is a year-round event series dedicated to elevating women’s voices and igniting conversation. Working with a variety of partners, we bring the most exciting, in-demand writers and thinkers to venues across the Bay Area.

Wednesday, September 7, 2022

Women Lit and the Bay Area Book Festival Present: When Nature Breaks the Law: Mary Roach and Fuzz

Wednesday, September 7, 2022

7:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Brower Center - The Goldman Theater

  • In-Person Only

Where: The Goldman Theater at the Brower Center (capped at 170 attendees)

When: Wednesday, September 7, 7 pm (pre-event reception for Women Lit members only at 6:15 pm)

Tickets: free for Women Lit members, $12 for the public

Can a fox caught in the henhouse represent itself in court? Three hundred years ago, animals that “broke the law” could be assigned legal representation and put on trial. As New York Times bestselling author Mary Roach (dubbed “America’s funniest science writer” by The Washington Post) has discovered, the solutions to “problem wildlife” lie in human hands…and are to be found via science and biology, not the old “man versus nature” tropes of the past.

With her trademark boldness in the field (she’s not afraid to trek leopard-infested terrain or risk mugging-by-macaque), keen appreciation for absurdity, and bottomless compassion combined with penetrating scientific insight, Roach goes to the ends of the earth, shadowing animal-attack forensics investigators, human-elephant conflict specialists, and more to bring us a riveting portrait of nature’s “lawbreakers”…and how understanding them can unlock unexpected mysteries of humanity and the secrets of harmonious coexistence with nature.

Get a front-row seat to one of the wildest, most intrepid journeys this brilliant raconteur has lived to tell about!

This is an event open to the public and presented by Women Lit, the Bay Area Book Festival’s year-round membership society/series of conversations with today’s most buzzed-about and groundbreaking women authors. 

Tickets are gratis for Women Lit members, who also receive exclusive access to a private pre-event reception with Mary Roach (sweets and beverages served) in the Brower Center. 

To join Women Lit or learn more about the series, click here!

Note on health and safety: The Brower Center requires masks at all indoor events. As mandated by the City of Berkeley, attendees of events in which food or drinks will be served or consumed indoors must verify they’re fully vaccinated. 


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