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By MICHELLE NIJHUIS
BELOVED BEASTS BY MICHELLE NIJHUIS
In the late nineteenth century, humans came to a devastating realization: their rapidly industrializing and globalizing societies were driving scores of animal species to extinction. Beloved Beasts: Fighting for Life in an Age of Extinction tells the story of the movement to protect and conserve forms of life from early battles to save charismatic species such as the American bison and bald eagle to today’s global effort to defend life on a larger scale.
The book describes the vital role of scientists and activists such as Aldo Leopold and Rachel Carson, reveals the origins of organizations like the Audubon Society and the World Wildlife Fund, explores current efforts to protect species such as the whooping crane and the black rhinoceros, and confronts the darker side of modern conservation, long shadowed by racism and colonialism. As the destruction of species continues and the effects of climate change wreak havoc on our world, Beloved Beasts charts the ways conservation is becoming a movement for the protection of all species, including our own.
“At once thoughtful and thought-provoking…a crucial addition to the literature of our troubled time”
~ Elizabeth Kolbert, author of The Sixth Extinction
Your book and all events are free.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Journalist Michelle Nijhuis, author of Beloved Beasts, writes about conservation and climate change for publications including National Geographic, The New York Times Magazine, The New Yorker, and The Atlantic. She is a regular contributor to The New York Review of Books and a longtime contributing editor of High Country News. Michelle is also the co-editor of The Science Writers’ Handbook: Everything You Need to Know to Pitch, Publish and Prosper in the Digital Age, and the author of The Science Writers’ Essay Handbook: How to Craft Compelling True Stories in Any Medium.
Her work has won national honors, including two AAAS/Kavli Science Journalism Awards and inclusion in four Best American anthologies. She is the winner of the Sierra Club’s 2021 Rachel Carson Award and Beloved Beasts was named one of the Best Books of 2021 by the Chicago Tribune, Booklist, Smithsonian Magazine, and other publications.
Michelle and her family live in White Salmon, Washington, where her husband Jackson Perrin directs Gorge MakerSpace.
Hood River Reads
Hood River County Reads is an annual, county-wide project sponsored by the Friends of the Library. Our goal is to encourage readers of all ages to read and discuss books. We choose books and authors that reflect the diversity of our community and that will be shared widely with our county’s individuals and families.
Hood River Reads also sponsors several events for adults and students, including talks and workshops by the visiting authors.
HOOD RIVER READS 2024 KICK-OFF & BOOK DISTRIBUTION
March 2 – Saturday
Hood River Library – 2 pm for program
Parkdale and Cascade Locks Libraries – 10 am – 2 pm for book distribution.
HOOD RIVER READS 2024 Events
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