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David Quammen at Elk River Books
July 31 @ 8:00 am - August 23 @ 5:00 pm
Elk River Books presents
David Quammen’s The Tangled Tree
Delving into recent and revolutionary concepts of evolution, best-selling science writer David
Quammen will discuss his latest book, The Tangled Tree: A Radical New History of Life, at
Livingston’s Elk River Books on Thursday, August 23, at 7 p.m.
According to the publisher, “The Tangled Tree examines recent discoveries in molecular biology
that have completely overturned the conventional understanding of evolution. It brings to life the
most startling discoveries to come out of evolutionary research by profiling the field’s most
important players. Notably, Quammen introduces readers to Carl Woese, the most important
little-known biologist of the twentieth century who discovered a whole new category of life,
known as archaea. Woese’s radical research and the work of others in his footsteps show that all
animals, plants, fungi and other complex creatures have most likely descended from these odd,
ancient microbes—meaning humans probably come from creatures that, as recently as forty
years ago, were unknown to exist.”
Quammen’s 15 books include The Song of the Dodo,The Reluctant Mr. Darwin, and Spillover, a
finalist for the National Book Critics Circle award. He has written for Harper’s, The Atlantic,
Rolling Stone, The New York Times Book Review and Outside, and is a contributing writer
forNational Geographic. He wrote the entire text of the May 2016 issue ofNational
Geographic on the Greater Yellowstone ecosystem—the first time in the history of the magazine
that an issue was single-authored.
“There's no one who writes about complex science better than David Quammen,” writes
Elizabeth Kolbert, author of the Pulitzer Prize-winning The Sixth Extinction.“The Tangled
Tree is at once fascinating, illuminating, and totally absorbing.”
The free event will be held upstairs at Elk River Books, 120 N. Main St. in Livingston, and will
be followed by a book signing and reception. For more information, call 333-2330.