Special TON Event: A Conversation with David Quammen

See if you can watch the promotional video for David Quammen’s new book, Spillover: Animal Infections and the Next Human Pandemic (due in October, from Norton), without your pulse quickening.

Then, if you’re planning to attend the ScienceWriters meeting in Raleigh on October 26-30, mark your calendars for The Meeting of the Davids—a public conversation between Quammen and journalist (and TON advisory board member) David Dobbs, who recently described Spillover thusly:

“The book is riveting, terrifying, and inspiring, and it matches and possibly excels Quammen’s Song of the Dodo, which I consider one of the best science books of the 20th century.”

This event, sponsored by The Open Notebook, will be free and open to the public, and will occur during a break in the ScienceWriters programming.  David (Dobbs! Sheesh) writes more about the upcoming event here.

Few science writers command the respect and admiration that David Quammen does—as David Dobbs recently expressed it to us, “The guy has no peers.” We hold David Dobbs in equally high esteem, so we could not be more thrilled to provide a venue for him to interview Quammen about his latest book.

We’re also delighted to announce that Norton has donated 10 copies of Spillover, which we will give away according to some clever-but-fair scheme at the live event. We’re grateful to Norton for providing these gratis copies!


Who: David Quammen and David Dobbs

What: A craft-centered conversation revealing the story behind Quammen’s forthcoming book, Spillover

When: Saturday, October 27, 5:15 – 6:15 p.m. (following the last NASW workshop and before the Gala)

Where: Raleigh Convention Center (room 303)

Why: Because the Davids are game! And because it’s TON’s second birthday that week, and we feel like celebrating.

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