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Speaker Series: Carl Safina & Mary Alice Monroe

September 29, 2020 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm


Join the Charleston Library Society & Buxton Books as we host authors Carl Safina and Mary Alice Monroe as they discuss Safina’s most recent book, Becoming Wild: How Animal Cultures Raise Families, Create Beauty, and Achieve Peace. These two powerfully, strong writers will have a lively conversation covering topics from the environment & ecosystems to writing & acquiring new perspectives. Tickets are $5 and include a $5 off coupon to use through Buxton Books on either Safina’s Becoming Wild or Monroe’s On Ocean BoulevardTo purchase tickets, call 843-723-9912 or click here. 


New York Times bestselling author Carl Safina brings readers close to three non-human cultures—what they do, why they do it, and how life is for them.

Becoming Wild offers a glimpse into cultures among non-human animals through looks at the lives of individuals in different present-day animal societies. By showing how others teach and learn, Safina offers a fresh understanding of what is constantly going on beyond humanity. With reporting from deep in nature, alongside individual creatures in their free-living communities, this book offers a very privileged glimpse behind the curtain of life on Earth, and helps inform the answer to that most urgent of questions: Who are we here with?

“Fascinating . . . [Becoming Wild] gives the reader a sense of being near these creatures and experiencing some of the most seductive environments on Earth. . . . Safina’s prose achieves the elusive goal of being both informative and luminously evocative.”
The Wall Street Journal




Carl Safina’s lyrical non-fiction writing explores how humans are changing the living world, and what the changes mean for non-human beings and for us all. His work fuses scientific understanding, emotional connection, and a moral call to action. His writing has won a MacArthur “genius” prize; Pew, Guggenheim, and National Science Foundation Fellowships; book awards from Lannan, Orion, and the National Academies; and the John Burroughs, James Beard, and George Rabb medals. He grew up raising pigeons, training hawks and owls, and spending as many days and nights in the woods and on the water as he could. Safina is now the first Endowed Professor for Nature and Humanity at Stony Brook University and is founding president of the not-for-profit Safina Center. He hosted the PBS series  Saving the Ocean, which can be viewed free at  PBS.org . His writing appears in  The New York Times, TIME, The Guardian, Audubon,  Yale e360, and  National Geographic, and on the Web at Huffington Post,  CNN.com, Medium, and elsewhere. His books include the classic,  Song for the Blue Ocean. Carl is author of ten books including  Beyond Words; What Animals Think and Feel. His most recent book is  Becoming Wild; How Animal Cultures Raise Families, Create Beauty, and Achieve Peace. He lives on Long Island, New York, with his wife Patricia and their dogs and feathered friends.


Mary Alice Monroe is the New York Times bestselling author of 23 novels, including On Ocean Boulevard, which is the sixth installment of the bestselling Beach House series.

More than 7.5 million copies of her books have been published worldwide. She’s earned numerous accolades and awards, including: Induction into the South Carolina Academy of Authors’ Hall of Fame; Southwest Florida Author of Distinction Award; South Carolina Award for Literary Excellence; RT Lifetime Achievement Award; the International Book Award for Green Fiction, and the prestigious Southern Book Prize for Fiction. Her bestselling novel The Beach House is a Hallmark Hall of Fame movie.

Monroe found her true calling in environmental fiction when she moved to coastal South Carolina. Captivated by the beauty and fragility of her new home, Monroe’s experiences living in the midst of a habitat that was quickly changing gave her a strong and important focus for her novels. She often seeks parallels between the land and life, delving into the complexities of current interpersonal relationships.

Monroe has also published two children’s books, which complement the environmental themes she’s known for in her novels. Monroe’s first Middle Grade book, The Islanders, will be published by Aladdin Books, Simon & Schuster in 2021.


September 29, 2020
6:00 pm - 7:00 pm