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Best-Selling Author of The Zookeeper’s Wife Diane Ackerman to Read at Bard College on Monday, October 30

Darren O'Sullivan
ANNANDALE-ON-HUDSON, N.Y.— On Monday, October 30, celebrated author Diane Ackerman will read from The Zookeeper’s Wife at Bard College. The Zookeeper’s Wife—a little-known true story of World War II—enjoyed months as the New York Times No. 1 nonfiction bestseller, was the basis for a 2017 feature film of the same title, and received the Orion Book Award, which honored it as “a groundbreaking work of nonfiction, in which the human relationship to nature is explored in an absolutely original way through looking at the Holocaust.” Ackerman will be introduced by novelist and Bard literature professor Bradford Morrow. The reading, presented as part of Morrow’s Innovative Contemporary Fiction Reading (ICFR) series, takes place at 2:30 p.m. at Weis Cinema in the Bertelsmann Campus Center and will be followed by a Q&A. It is free and open to the public; no reservations are required.
Diane Ackerman’s other works of nonfiction include An Alchemy of Mind, a poetics of the brain based on the latest neuroscience; Deep Play, which considers play, creativity, and our need for transcendence; A Slender Thread, about her work as a crisis-line counselor; The Rarest of the Rare and The Moon by Whale Light, in which she explores the plight and fascination of endangered animals; On Extended Wings, her memoir of flying; and her bestseller, A Natural History of the Senses. Her most recent book, The Human Age: The World Shaped by Us, a celebration of the natural world, human ingenuity, and planetary change, received the P.E.N. Henry David Thoreau Award for Nature Writing. Several of Ackerman’s books have been Pulitzer Prize and National Book Circle Critics Award finalists. She also has the rare distinction of having a molecule named after her—dianeackerone—a pheromone in crocodilians. Her essays about nature and human nature have appeared for decades in the New York Times, New Yorker, American Scholar, Smithsonian, National Geographic, and elsewhere.
For more information about the Innovative Contemporary Fiction Reading series, or to find out about opportunities for VIP access to series authors via the BackPage Pass Program for supporters of the literary journal Conjunctions, please call 845-758-7054, e-mail, or visit
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This event was last updated on 10-19-2017