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“The Power of Trees” Book Launch at UC Botanical Garden (Berkeley)

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Wednesday, May 3, 2023 - 5:30 pm to 7:00 pm | Cost: $28.95*
*GA w/ 1 copy of book

UC Botanical Garden | 200 Centennial Dr, Berkeley, CA

Event Details

Join us Wednesday, May 3rd,  5:30pm at the beautiful Redwood Grove at the UC Botanical Garden when Mrs. Dalloway’s Bookstore hosts internationally bestselling author PETER WOHLLEBEN for a discussion about his new book The Power of Trees: How Ancient Forests Can Save Us If We Let Them. In this powerful follow-up to his international bestseller The Hidden Life of Trees, Wohlleben brings readers a book that will deepen our understanding of ancient forests, reaffirm our dependence on trees, and celebrate their ability to survive human-caused climate change. He will be joined in conversation by author TOM BARBASH.

This is a ticketed event and all tickets must be purchased through Eventbrite. Ticket prices are for 1 or 2 guests and includes one (1) copy of The Power of Trees. There will be an opportunity to get your book personalized after the discussion.

TREES CAN SURVIVE without humans, but we can’t live without trees. Even if human-caused climate change devastates our planet, trees will return—as they do, always and everywhere, even after ice ages, catastrophic fires, destructive storms, and deforestation. It would just be nice if we could be around to see them flourish. The Power of Trees is forester Peter Wohlleben’s follow-up to The Hidden Life of Trees, a New York Times bestseller that sold millions of copies worldwide. This latest work is as fascinating and eye-opening as it is trenchant in its critique: on the one hand, Wohlleben describes astonishing discoveries about how trees pass knowledge down to succeeding generations and their ability to survive climate change; on the other, he is unsparing in his criticism of those who wield economic and political power—who plant trees exclusively for the sake of logging and virtue signaling—even as they ruthlessly exploit nature. The Power of Trees is a love letter to the forest and a passionate argument for protecting nature’s boundless diversity, not only for the trees, but also for ourselves.

With the warmth and wonder familiar to readers from his previous books, Wohlleben also shares emerging scientific research about how forests shape climates both locally and across continents; that trees adapt to changing environmental conditions through passing knowledge down to their offspring; and how old growth may in fact have the most survival strategies for climate change.

At the heart of The Power of Trees lies Wohlleben’s passionate plea: that our survival is dependent on trusting ancient forests, and allowing them to thrive.

PETER WOHLLEBEN is the author of several books about the natural world, including The Hidden Life of Trees, The Inner Life of Animals, and The Heartbeat of Trees. His books for children include Can You Hear the Trees Talking?, Do You Know Where the Animals Live?, and Peter and the Tree Children. A longtime former forester, Wohlleben runs a forest academy in Germany that supports sustainable forest management and teaches adults and children about the many wonders of the forest.

TOM BARBASH is the author of the award-winning novel, The Last Good Chance, which was was awarded the California Book Award, and the short story collection Stay Up With Me, which was a national bestseller and was nominated for the Folio Prize. His nonfiction book, On Top of the World: Cantor Fitzgerald, Howard Lutnick, and 9/11: A Story of Loss and Renewal, was a New York Times bestseller. His stories and articles have been published in Tin House, McSweeney’s, VQR, and other publications, and have been performed on National Public Radio for their Selected Shorts Series.

PARKING – We strongly suggest carpooling to this event. Limited self-parking is available for a $1.50/hour fee at the UC Botanical Garden and the Lawrence Hall of Science with shuttle service provided.

CLICK HERE for directions, parking, and accessibility information.

DOORS OPEN AT 5:00. Arrive early and allow time for shuttle service from the overflow parking. The event will begin promptly at 5:30.

CONTACT Mrs. Dalloway’s Bookstore with any questions – info@mrsdalloways.com.

Disclaimer: Please double check event information with the event organizer as events can be canceled, details can change after they are added to our calendar, and errors do occur.

Cost: $28.95*
*GA w/ 1 copy of book
Categories: In Person, Lectures & Workshops, Literature, Nature, Outdoors, Protests / Causes
Venue: UC Botanical Garden
Address: 200 Centennial Dr, Berkeley, CA