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Saturday, October 28 • 2:15pm - 3:15pm
Natural and Unnatural History

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In this astounding session, two authors will each tell a very different but equally incredible story about the natural world. Kathryn Miles’s latest, Quakeland: On the Road to America’s Next Devastating Earthquake, was referred to by Time magazine as the “the fall book that will take your mind off politics.” She travelled across the country to investigate the risk of seismic disasters. Her conclusions? We’ll let her tell you herself. Ben Mezrich has an even weirder story to tell. His latest, already snapped up by Hollywood and coming to a screen near you in the not-too-distant future, is Woolly: The True Story of the De-Extinction of One of History’s Most Iconic Creatures. Mezrich’s tale focuses on two scientists, Harvard Medical School’s Dr. George Church, who is attempting to genetically engineer synthetically sequenced woolly mammoth genes, and Dr. Sergey Zimov, a Russian scientist who studies the Arctic permafrost. The scientists hope to recreate the ecology of the late Pleistocene and help save the world from ecological disaster. These presentations will keep you on the edge of your seat. The session will be emceed by Vicki Croke, cohost of The Wild Life on WBUR and author of the bestseller Elephant Company.

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Vicki Croke

Vicki Croke has made a career out of reporting the life and time of animals for a variety of media. Croke currently reports on animal issues for Here & Now on NPR and for The Wild Life on WBUR. She is the author of the New York Times-bestselling Elephant Company, which tells the story of J. H. Williams and the company of elephants he commanded for the Allied Forces in World War II. Croke wrote... Read More →

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Ben Mezrich

Ben Mezrich has built his career chronicling young genius. Mezrich can only be called prolific, producing a book for almost every year of his near two-decade writing career. He is perhaps best known for The Accidental Billionaires: The Founding of Facebook, a Tale of Sex, Money, Genius, and Betrayal (2009), which was turned into the Oscar-winning film The Social Network, adapted by Aaron Sorkin and directed by David Fincher. Among his other bestselling titles are Bringing Down the House: The Inside Story of Six MIT Students Who Took Vegas for Millions (2002), Once Upon a Time in Russia: The Rise of the Oligarchs―A True Story of Ambition, Wealth, Betrayal, and Murder (2015), The 37th Parallel: The Secret Truth Behind America's UFO Highway (2016), and the novel Seven Wonders (2014). Mezrich has also made many television appearances, including hosting his own show, High Stakes with Ben Mezrich. His newest book is Woolly: The True Story of the De-Extinction of One of... Read More →
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Kathryn Miles

Kathryn Miles’s writing career has always focused on uncovering and preserving the odd or unknown story. She holds a PhD in English from the University of Delaware and started her career as a cub reporter writing stories on the quirky and novel. She has since shifted her attention to writing books on a range of such stories. Among her books are Adventures with Ari (2009), All Standing: The Remarkable Story of the Jeanie Johnston, the Legendary Irish Famine Ship (2011), and Superstorm: Nine Days Inside Hurricane Sandy (2014). Her latest book is Quakeland: On the Road to America's Next Devastating Earthquake, which author Nathalia Holt called... Read More →

Saturday October 28, 2017 2:15pm - 3:15pm
Old South Mary Norton Hall 645 Boylston Street, Boston, MA