Hurricane Lizards and Plastic Squid, with Thor Hanson
Join us for an in-person event with one of our favorite regional authors, conservation biologist Thor Hanson. He will be discussing his new book, Hurricane Lizards and Plastic Squid: The Fraught and Fascinating Biology of Climate Change, Thursday, Oct. 7, at 7pm. This remarkable and spellbinding book on the effects of climate change once again bears all the hallmarks of a classic Hanson book: meticulous, scientific, and accessible, told like a fascinating story over dinner with friends.
This in-store event will be limited to 40 guests; you can RSVP below. We take the well-being of our customers and staff seriously, and ask that all guests are vaccinated or recently tested for Covid. Masks are required in our store at all times. Customers who cannot attend but would like an autographed book can preorder and we will have your book signed or inscribed.
Hanson details how plants and animals are responding to climate change: adjusting, evolving, and sometimes dying out. Anole lizards grow larger toe pads, to grip more tightly in frequent hurricanes. Warm waters cause the development of Humboldt squid to alter so dramatically that fishermen mistake them for different species. Brown pelicans move north, and long-spined sea urchins south, to find cooler homes. And when coral reefs sicken, they leave no territory worth fighting for, so aggressive butterfly fish transform instantly into pacifists.
This is a story of hope, resilience, and risk for readers of Bernd Heinrich, Robin Wall Kimmerer, and David Haskell. It is also a reminder of how unpredictable climate change is as it interacts with the messy lattice of life,