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April 15 @ The Public Library of Brookline - Why Fish Don't Exist: Invisibilia's Lulu Miller & Living on Earth (Registration link ; Facebook link )


In Why Fish Don't Exist, Miller tells the strange tale of 19th-century scientist David Starr Jordan, who made it his life’s work to discover and catalog as many of the world’s fish as he could. Decade by decade, he built one of the most important specimen collections ever seen. Then one day, the 1906 San Francisco earthquake hit--sending over a thousand of his fish, housed in fragile glass jars, plummeting to the floor. In an instant, his life’s work was shattered.

Miller digs into an obscure moment in science history to take us on a remarkable journey that explores the biggest questions of our lives--the nature of persistence, of life’s purpose, and how we strive to make sense of a chaotic world.


April 16 @ UMass Boston - The Future We Choose: Christiana Figueres & Living on Earth (Facebook link )

Costa Rican Diplomat Christiana Figueres was one of the architects of the 2015 Paris Climate Agreement.

In her new book, Figueres outlines two possible scenarios for our planet. One describes what life on Earth will be like by 2050 if we fail to meet the Paris climate targets. The other lays out what it will be like to live in a carbon neutral, regenerative world.

May 6 @ The Arnold Arboretum- Dancing with Bees: Brigit Strawbridge Howard & Living on Earth (Registration link ; Facebook link )


A naturalist’s passionate dive into the lives of bees (of all stripes)--and the natural world in her own backyard

Brigit Strawbridge Howard was shocked the day she realized she knew more about the French Revolution than she did about her native trees. And birds. And wildflowers. And bees. The thought stopped her--quite literally--in her tracks. But that day was also the start of a journey, one filled with silver birches and hairy-footed flower bees, skylarks, and rosebay willow herb, and the joy that comes with deepening one’s relationship with place. Dancing with Bees is Strawbridge Howard’s charming and eloquent account of a return to noticing, to rediscovering a perspective on the world that had somehow been lost to her for decades and to reconnecting with the natural world. With special care and attention to the plight of pollinators, including honeybees, bumblebees, and solitary bees, and what we can do to help them, Strawbridge Howard shares fascinating details of the lives of flora and fauna that have filled her days with ever-increasing wonder and delight.

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These events are part of Good Reads on Earth, a series of events where public radio program Living on Earth holds live radio interviews with authors of the latest environmental books.

The series is sponsored by Living on Earth, the UMass Boston School for the Environment, & the UMass Boston McCormack Graduate School.

All events are free and open to the public.

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