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The Language of Butterflies

Wendy Williams

Warwick’s presents
Wendy Williams
in conversation with Pat Shipman

The Language of Butterflies

Wednesday, June 17, 2020 - 4:00pm

The Language of Butterflies

This is a free event on Facebook Live.

On Wednesday, June 17th at 4:00pm Warwick's will host Wendy Williams as she discusses the her new book, The Language of Butterflies: How Thieves, Hoarders, Scientists, and Other Obsessives Unlocked the Secrets of the World's Favorite Insect, in conversation with Pat Shipman. Science journalist Wendy Williams has spent her life outdoors, either on the back of a horse, on skis, or on her own two feet. She has spent a great deal of time in a variety of countries in Africa, walking in the fields and forests of Europe, and exploring North American mountain chains and prairies. She lives on Cape Cod in Massachusetts with her husband and her Border Collie Taff. She is also the author of The Horse. Pat Shipman is a paleoanthropologist who taught for years in the anthropology department at The Pennsylvania State University. She is a well-known and award-winning writer of ten critically received books as well as the author of many articles and reviews for publications ranging from Psychology Today, The Wall Street Journal and American Scientist. She writes about human origins, the ecosystems in which our ancestors evolved and our role in those ecosystems. This a free virtual event on Facebook Live.

In this fascinating book from the New York Times bestselling author of The Horse, Wendy Williams explores the lives of one of the world's most resilient creatures - the butterfly - shedding light on the role that they play in our ecosystem and in our human lives.

Butterflies are one of the world's most beloved insects. From butterfly gardens to zoo exhibitions, they are one of the few insects we've encouraged to infiltrate our lives. Yet, what has drawn us to these creatures in the first place? And what are their lives really like? In this groundbreaking book, Williams reveals the inner lives of these "flying flowers" - creatures far more intelligent and tougher than we give them credit for.

Monarch butterflies migrate thousands of miles each year from Canada to Mexico. Other species have learned how to fool ants into taking care of them. Butterflies' scales are inspiring researchers to create new life-saving medical technology. Williams takes readers to butterfly habitats across the globe and introduces us to not only various species, but to the scientists who have dedicated their lives to studying them.

Coupled with years of research and knowledge gained from experts in the field, this accessible "butterfly biography" explores the ancient partnership between these special creatures and humans, and why they continue to fascinate us today. Touching, eye-opening, and incredibly profound, The Language of Butterflies reveals the critical role they play in our world.


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The Language of Butterflies: How Thieves, Hoarders, Scientists, and Other Obsessives Unlocked the Secrets of the World's Favorite Insect Cover Image
ISBN: 9781501178061
Availability: On Our Shelves Now (Please contact store to confirm availability)
Published: Simon & Schuster - June 2nd, 2020