Author Talk: Ann Vileisis
October 26 @ 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm
Join author Ann Vileisis for a talk about her book Abalone: The Remarkable History and Uncertain Future of California’s Iconic Shellfish, an Oregon Book Award Finalist, on Thursday, October 26 at 5:30pm at Curry Public Library in Gold Beach. Ann’s books can be checked out from the Coastline Library system here; the author will also have books available to purchase at the event.
Ann’s latest book Abalone explores the intimate connections between food and nature on California’s coast. As the first and only comprehensive history of these once abundant but now tragically imperiled shellfish, Abalone guides the reader through eras of discovery, exploitation, scientific inquiry, fierce disputes between sport and commercial divers, near-extinction, and determined recovery efforts. Combining rich cultural and culinary history with hard-minded marine science, grassroots activism, and gritty politics, she chronicles the plight of California’s abalone species and the growing biological awareness that has become crucial to conserve these rare animals into the future.
About Ann Vileisis
Ann Vileisis is the award-winning author of three books that explore culture and nature through history, offering insight to current issues and hope for the future. As an independent scholar, Ann has pursued path-breaking topics in environmental history. Intrigued by stories of food and ecology — and especially interconnections between the two, she is particularly drawn to history that illuminates issues we face today.
Ann first became interested in history and environmental issues as an undergraduate at Yale where she earned her B.A. After completing an M.A. at Utah State University, she decided against an academic career and set to work as an independent scholar and writer.
Ann lives with her husband Tim in a small town on the Pacific coast. Her other interests include whitewater boating, hiking, botanizing, beach-combing, gardening, and birding. She also works as an activist focused on conservation of wild rivers, salmon, and birds.
To learn more about the author, visit https://www.annvileisis.com