But I returned later to a crime scene: It looked like the work of Tiger, my omnivorous husky-terrier mix. I resurrected what I could, but I had to order a copy from the library.
October 2, The working life of a writer is solitary. You sit alone in a room, hour after hour, day after day, and you create pages.
It takes years to write a book five years, for me, is about the minimum on a complex nonfiction projectand once that book is finished, edited, revised, fact-checked, printed, and published, the extrovert part of the job begins.
And you do that, because, extrovert or introvert, you want folks to buy the book and read it. But the book tour in its classic form—get on a plane, go to a series of cities, do interviews in person, speak at a bookstore, sign copies—is still an important element too.
October 2, My new book, The Tangled Tree: Meanwhile the reviews have been abundant and extremely good generallythe few controversies stirred up have been substantive and worth discussing, and the book has been longlisted a group of ten candidates for the National Book Award in Nonfiction.
This week I'll head to Telluride, Colorado, to participate in an exciting new festival of ideas called Original Thinkers, created by the estimable David Holbrooke and his team. Next morning, to Washington, DC, for the annual meeting of the National Association of Science Writers, where I'll team with Kathryn Schulz, Virginia Hughes, and others on a panel to discuss the challenge of writing about huge, intractable, even apocalyptic problems in ways that entice people to read and think freshly, rather than simply burying their heads under the covers.
In Italy, at the resort venue of Montecatini Terme, in Tuscany, I'll give a keynote talk to the World Summit of the Adventure Travel Tourism Association, discussing the quest for spiritual refreshment through adventuresome travel, whether you're slogging through the Congo forests in the footsteps of Mike Fay as I did in or engaging in some sort of less arduous but still off-the-track journey, for which you don't have to duct-tape over the sores on your feet.
Halloween is a big deal in our neighborhood and, even during book-tour season, we'll want to be ready with a few hundred pieces of candy for the kids, and some welcoming adult beverages for our adult friends seeking respite while their kids or grandkids, now work the block.
Scott was so nice as to say, before we started recording, that the book had changed the way he sees life on Earth. The interview ran on Saturday, August 11, and is archived here: Annie Minoff, of the Science Friday team, will interview author Sy Montgomery and me about the craft of science writing.
Then to Livingston, Montana: Missoula the following week: This bookstore is a short walk from The Depot restaurant, on Railroad Street, where I worked as a bartender in Any employee under the age of 60 will say: More on those visits, places, and venues closer to the time.
Somebody, some crotchety writer, once said: The only thing worse than being asked by your publisher to do a book tour is not being asked to do a book tour.
Animal Infections and the Next Human Pandemic.Spillover: Animal Infections and the Next Human Pandemic (W. W. Norton & Company, ) tracks the intrusion of zoonotic viruses into human populations.
People like me sometimes need our books ravaged by dogs (that most invasive of species) in order to puncture our notion of nature as something “out there,” beyond our insulated windows and caulked doors. Sep 24, · David Quammen (born February ) is an award-winning science, nature and travel writer whose work has appeared in publications such as National Geographic, Outside, Harper's, Rolling Stone, and The New York Times Book Review; he has also written fiction/5(K).
David Quammen (born February ) is an award-winning science, nature and travel writer whose work has appeared in publications such as National Geographic, Outside, Harper's, Rolling Stone, and The New York Times /5.
David Quammen has woven a story of incredible complexity; a detective story with a difference, with a host of murderers – all of them real. They are viruses, bacteria and single-celled organisms. Interview with David Quammen, author of Spillover. 1. Who are the leading scientists who are studying and tracking spillover today?
Your book Spillover is the first time in all of your works that you pinpoint the zoonotic origin of AIDS and the earliest transmissions of HIV to human beings. How does the acknowledgment of the origin of HIV.
David Quammen describes many examples of this: SARS, ebola, HIV, influenza, marburg and hendra. Each chapter is a detective story--scientists, veterinarians and medical researchers are detectives searching for the source of a disease. The source is usually a reservoir--an animal that carries the microbe, but is not usually harmed by the microbe.