DAVID SLOAN WILSON
(in Conversation with Robert M. Sapolsky)
This View of Life: Completing the Darwinian Revolution
Tuesday, March 5 at 7 PM
We are honored to welcome evolutionary biologist David Sloan Wilson, Distinguished Professor of Biological Sciences and Anthropology at Binghamton University. There he is the founder of the Evolutionary Studies program that unifies diverse disciplines under the theory of evolution. His latest book, This View of Life: Completing the Darwinian Revolution is very much in keeping with this diverse approach, as he applies Darwinian Theory to cultural studies. Of the book, Dr. Robert Sapolsky, the New York Times bestselling author of Behave and Professor of Biology and Neurology at Stanford University, said, "David Sloan Wilson has long been one of the most visionary and trail-blazing evolutionary biologists around, forcing the field to recognize that evolutionary change occurs from far more than selection solely at the level of the gene. In This View of Life, he explores the various surprising things that 'evolution' is and isn't, and its relevance to everything from everyday life to global policy decisions. It's thick with ideas and insights, written in a graceful, accessible style."
We are thrilled that Dr. Wilson will be joined by Dr. Sapolsky. This is sure to be an enlightening conversation!
ANNE RAEFF and TOM BARBASH
Winter Kept Us Warm & The Dakota Winters
Thursday, March 14 at 7 PM
Winter is coming, West Portal. Anne Raeff is the author of Winter Kept Us Warm, now out in paperback. Opening in the harsh winter of 1946, a young German woman squats in an abandoned apartment with two American GI's.
An emotional triangle is formed that will impact all three lives for decades to come.
Tom Barbash is the author of The Dakota Winters. His Dakota is the iconic New York apartment building, and his Winters are a family living there. It's 1980, and Buddy Winter was a beloved late night talk show host before a minor on-air breakdown had him walking away from it all. Now he's angling for a comeback, with the help of his son, Anton, and perhaps his neighbor, John Lennon.
Barbash's novel spans a single year, and Raeff's encompasses several decades. But the novels share much in common, including themes of coming-of-age and the search for identity. They explore both love and friendship, the push and pull of home, and the ties between parent and child. And in the telling of these stories, history unfolds.
Please join Anne Raeff and Tom Barbash for what should be a captivating conversation between two writers at the top of their game!
Sponsored by Wonderfest!
An Elegant Defense: The Extraordinary New Science of the Immune System: A Tale in Four Lives
Thursday, March 21 at 7 PM
An Elegant Defense is one of the most anticipated books of the spring. We have the great pleasure of again welcoming Pulitzer Prize-winning New York Times journalist Matt Richtel to speak. His book's description states in part, "A terminal cancer patient rises from the grave. A medical marvel defies HIV. Two women with autoimmunity discover their own bodies have turned against them. An Elegant Defense uniquely entwines these intimate stories with science's centuries-long quest to unlock the mysteries of sickness and health, and illuminates the immune system as never before. Richtel effortlessly guides readers on a scientific detective tale winding from the Black Plague to twentieth-century breakthroughs in vaccination and antibiotics, to the cutting-edge laboratories that are revolutionizing immunology--perhaps the most extraordinary and consequential medical story of our time." Early reviews have been rhapsodic! Here are some quotes: "Richtel approaches this essential subject with awe, his writing meticulous and empathic." "Richtel creates a hard-to-put-down account of the body's first line of defense." "Richtel illuminates a complex subject so well that even physicians will learn."
Please join us as we again have the privilege of hosting our good friend, the ever-entertaining Matt Richtel!
The American Agent
Thursday, March 28 at 7 PM
Jacqueline Winspear is back with her 15th Maisie Dobbs novel! When last we left Maisie, WWII was encroaching further on both her personal and professional life. The Blitz rains terror nightly, and when she's not driving ambulances for the war effort, she's investigating the murder of an American journalist. There may be romance on the horizon--or perhaps love of a different sort. And a close friend is in grave danger. All of this leads inexorably to what Kirkus calls a "shocking finale." The review continues: "Winspear advances Maisie's inspiring activities, highlights the bravery of an embattled people during the Second World War, and intimates that lessons from that period have yet to be learned."
Clear your calendar now, and join us for what has become an annual highlight of our year!
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