Red Barn Event: Is Nature More Cooperative Than We Think?

06/14/2023 - 7:00pm
Author, Kristin Ohlson

Join A Book for All Seasons at the Wenatchee River Institute for a book presentation with author, Kristin Ohlson. You can purchase her books at the event or at the store beforehand!

Most people believe that nature is characterized by competition and conflict—red in tooth and claw, as the poet Tennyson said. But recent science suggests that cooperative relationships among living things have both shaped the world around us and continue to knit ecosystems together. How can we both uphold these cooperative relationships and become a cooperative partner with the rest of life?

Kristin Ohlson is a writer from Portland, Oregon. Her new book, Sweet in Tooth and Claw: Stories of Generosity and Cooperation in the Natural World – which the Wall Street Journal calls “excellent and illuminating” and Sierra calls “elegant”–probes the mutually beneficial relationships among living things that undergird the natural world. Her last book was The Soil Will Save Us: How Scientists, Farmers and Foodies are Healing the Soil to Save the Planet, which the Los Angeles Times calls “a hopeful book and a necessary one… a fast-paced and entertaining shot across the bow of mainstream thinking about land use.” She appeared in the award-winning documentary film, Kiss the Ground, to speak about the connection between soil health and climate health.

Ohlson’s articles have been published in the New York Times, Orion, Discover, Gourmet, Oprah, and many other print and online publications. Her magazine work has been anthologized in Best American Science Writing and Best American Food Writing. While she has written about many things over her long career— from proton decay to the pleasures of getting lost in Afghanistan—she is now focused on the work to regenerate landscapes and cities. She has a special interest in writing about science, particularly in turning complex subjects into narratives that ordinary people read with relish.

This is a FREE event with a donation basket at the door. Doors open at 6:30pm for a community social with beer and wine available for purchase. The presentation will start at 7:00pm. Red Barn Events are now hybrid, you may join us in person in the Red Barn or livestream virtually via Zoom. Click here to join the webinar:

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Sweet in Tooth and Claw: Stories of Generosity and Cooperation in the Natural World By Kristin Ohlson Cover Image
ISBN: 9781952338090
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Published: Patagonia - September 6th, 2022

The Soil Will Save Us: How Scientists, Farmers, and Foodies Are Healing the Soil to Save the Planet By Kristin Ohlson Cover Image
ISBN: 9781609615543
Availability: Backordered
Published: Rodale Books - March 18th, 2014