Wednesday, July 26th at 7 pm
Hosted by the National Conservation Training Center
A presentation by science writer Jennifer Ackerman, concerning her newest book, The Genius of Birds.
In recent years, science has discovered a remarkable thing: Birds are much, much more intelligent than we ever supposed, capable of sophisticated problem-solving, remembering the past and thinking about the future, learning by example, recognizing faces, even conversing in a meaningful way—all with a packet of brain so tiny it would fit inside a walnut.
This book explores the new view of birds as cunning, playful, clever, artistic, deceptive, and socially and technically adept. It is packed with interesting new science that will appeal to a broad range of readers, including sophisticated bird lovers, nature enthusiasts, and anyone interested in the brain or animal behavior.
Jennifer Ackerman has been writing about science, nature, and health for more than 25 years. Her work aims to explain and interpret science for a lay audience and to explore the riddle of humanity’s place in the natural world, blending scientific knowledge with imaginative vision. She has won numerous awards and fellowships, including a fellowship from the National Endowment of the Arts, a grant from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, a Silver Medal Award for Nature Writing from the International Regional Magazine Association, and fellowships at the Bunting Institute of Radcliffe College (now the Radcliffe Institute), Brown College at the University of Virginia, and the Tisch College of Citizenship and Public Service at Tufts University.
More information about the National Conservation Training Center available here.
Introducing the Europa Dinner Club!
Get started on the new year with a brand new book group, one that will transport you to new lands and enlighten your view of the world. Using the Europa Editions, which features international fiction, each month the club will examine a new locale while enjoying great food in downtown Shepherdstown.
For $37.50 a person (or $60 a couple), you will receive entry to the club's family style dinner at Domestic along with a copy of the month's book. Discussion and dinner will be held on the second Thursday of each month at 7 pm.
Stop in at Four Seasons Books and pick up a ticket today!
June title: "The Golden Age," by Joan London,
to be discussed June 8th at 7 pm.
Set against the backdrop of World War II, it traces the story of two young polio patients as they fall in love and learn to live in their new realities.
With tenderness and humor, The Golden Age tells a deeply moving story about illness and recovery. It is a book about learning to navigate the unfamiliar, about embracing music, poetry, death, and, most importantly, life.
We are happy to partner with Domestic for the Europa Dinner Club! Discover their menu at www.wvdomestic.com.
Saturday July 29th, 6-8 pm
YumUniverse Ice Cream Social with Heather Crosby at the Shepherdstown Community Club.
Come sample delicious, plant-based recipes from Heather's newest book, Pantry to Plate.
It’s no secret: Cooking at home is good for you—especially if you’re trying to eat more plants (or less gluten). But cooking recipe after recipe can make a healthy lifestyle hard to stick to. Sometimes it’s nice to eat without planning (and shopping) ahead of time.
In this one-of-a-kind recipe playbook get 30 mix-and-match master recipe template that home cooks can infinitely customize and almost 100 new recipes based off those templates.
Heather Crosby’s first book, YumUniverse, was covered by HGTV.com, Reader’s Digest, and NPR’s “It’s Your Health,” among others. She is a lover of plant-inspired foods, and the recipe developer and photographer of her popular website, YumUniverse.com (100,000+ monthly visitors). She also holds a certification from the T. Colin Campbell Center for Nutrition Studies. She lives in West Virginia.