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The Sound of the Sea

Cynthia Barnett

Warwick’s presents
Cynthia Barnett
in conversation with Dr. Faith Kearns

The Sound of the Sea

Thursday, August 5, 2021 - 4:00pm PDT

The Sound of the Sea
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On Thursday, August 5th at 4:00pm PDT Warwick's will host Cynthia Barnett as she discusses her new book, The Sound of the Sea: Seashells and the Fate of the Oceans, in conversation with Dr. Faith Kearns. Cynthia Barnett is the author of three previous books, including Rain, which was longlisted for the National Book Award and named a finalist for the PEN/E. O. Wilson Award for Literary Science Writing. She lives with her family in Gainesville, Florida, where she is also Environmental Journalist in Residence at the University of Florida.

Seashells have been the most coveted and collected of nature's creations since the dawn of humanity. They were money before coins, jewelry before gems, art before canvas.

In The Sound of the Sea, acclaimed environmental author Cynthia Barnett blends cultural history and science to trace our long love affair with seashells and the hidden lives of the mollusks that make them. Spiraling out from the great cities of shell that once rose in North America to the warming waters of the Maldives and the slave castles of Ghana, Barnett has created an unforgettable account of the world's most iconic seashells. She begins with their childhood wonder, unwinds surprising histories like the origin of Shell Oil as a family business importing exotic shells, and charts what shells and the soft animals that build them are telling scientists about our warming, acidifying seas.

From the eerie calls of early shell trumpets to the evolutionary miracle of spines and spires and the modern science of carbon capture inspired by shell, Barnett circles to her central point of listening to nature's wisdom - and acting on what seashells have to say about taking care of each other and our world.

Dr. Faith Kearns is a scientist and science communication practitioner who writes about water, wildfire, climate change, and people. Her work has been published at New Republic, On Being, Bay Nature, and more. Her new book Getting to the Heart of Science Communication: A Guide to Engagement has been lauded for its fresh approach to engaging communities in science. Cynthia and Faith will talk about their efforts to reach audiences on touch issues such as wildfire and climate change.

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ISBN: 9780393651447
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: W. W. Norton & Company - July 6th, 2021