David B. Williams, Spirit Whales & Sloth Tales – Nature of Writing
- March 23
6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
- Event Categories:
- Author Events, Books
No matter where you wander in Washington, you are never very far from the past and the evidence of the plants and animals that came before. You can find trilobites near the Idaho border, primitive horses on the Columbia Plateau, exquisite flowers in Republic, giant bird tracks near Bellingham, and curious bear-like beasts on the Olympic Peninsula. With abundant and well-exposed rock layers, Washington has fossils dating from Ice Age mammals only 12,000 years old back to marine invertebrates more than 500 million years old.
Join co-author David B. Williams as he discusses this amazing array of past life, which is featured in Spirit Whales and Sloth Tales: Fossils in Washington State. David will provide the background on what inspired him and co-author Dr. Elizabeth Nesbitt to write the first book ever on fossils in the state, why they chose the fossils they did, and some of the new science that has allowed paleontologists to tease out the 500-million-year long story of life in this region. In addition, he will highlight several of the fossils profiled in the book.
David B. Williams is an author, naturalist, and tour guide whose award-winning book, Homewaters: A Human and Natural History of Puget Sound, is a deep exploration of the stories of this beautiful waterway. He is also the author of the award-winning book Too High and Too Steep: Reshaping Seattle’s Topography, as well as Seattle Walks: Discovering History and Nature in the City. Williams is a Curatorial Associate at the Burke Museum and writes a free weekly newsletter, the Street Smart Naturalist.
You can keep in touch with David via his newsletter, the Street Smart Naturalist.