Harvard Book Store and 826 Boston welcome animal experts and renowned authors Sy Montgomery and Elizabeth Marshall Thomas for a discussion of their book, Tamed and Untamed: Close Encounters of the Animal Kind. The authors will be joined in conversation by WBUR’s Vicki Constantine Corke, author of the book’s foreword. Sy Montgomery also wrote the foreword to the student-authored And Lester Swam On.
About Tamed and Untamed: A collection of essays penned by two of the world’s most celebrated animal writers, Sy Montgomery and Elizabeth Marshall Thomas, Tamed and Untamed explores the minds, lives, and mysteries of animals as diverse as snails, house cats, hawks, sharks, dogs, lions, and even octopuses.
Drawing on stories of animals both wild and domestic, the two authors, also best friends, created this book to put humans back into the animal world. The more we learn about what other animals think and do, they explain, the more we understand ourselves as animals, too. Writes Montgomery, “The list of attributes once thought to be unique to our species―from using tools to waging war―is not only rapidly shrinking, but starting to sound less and less impressive when we compare them with other animals’ powers.”
With humor, empathy, and introspection, Montgomery and Thomas look into the lives of all kinds of creatures―from man’s best friend to the great white shark―and examine the ways we connect with our fellow species. Both authors have devoted their lives to sharing the animal kingdom’s magic with others, and their combined wisdom is an indispensable contribution to the field of animal literature.
The book contains a foreword by Vicki Constantine Croke, author of the bestseller Elephant Company. This event is free and no tickets are required.
Sy Montgomery at Harvard Book Store
October 4, 2017
Harvard Book Store
1256 Massachusetts Ave.
Cambridge, MA 02138