Environmental Elegies: Sharing the World with Plants & Animals

Fri. March 22, 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM

City Council Chambers

605 E Main St, Charlottesville, VA 22902


Clinton Crockett Peters (Pandora’s Garden) and Susan Hand Shetterly (Seaweed Chronicles) discuss the flora and fauna with which humans share the world, and how they influence and interact with our lives in integral and unexpected ways. Book sales and signing will follow. FREE to attend and open to the public.

Why should you attend?

“Clinton Crockett Peters recognizes that as many species may disappear in the next century as did in the great dinosaur extinction. While that will lead to much despair, Peters argues that this is also a great time to recognize what species will adapt, how humans will appreciate what’s left, and how life, like kudzu, finds a way. While there is some eulogizing for lost species, there is also celebration of life’s, even a cockroach’s, sweet ability to adjust and survive. The humor, the amount of research, and the way Peters weaves together his personal story with this global one make this not only a unique book but also a playful, engrossing one.”—Nicole Walker, author of Quench Your Thirst with Salt

“Shetterly writes beautifully about the interconnectedness of humans and animals and the natural environment that we share. By exploring the land where we live, we can begin to understand our place in the world. Seaweed Chronicles is an elegy to environmentalism… In the end, this is not about turning back the clock or calling for a global shift in behavior, but about a philosophy. Shet­terly is urging us to pay attention to nature, to live deliberately, to take stock of the things around us that we don’t want to lose.”—The Wall Street Journal