Allen Crawford & Terry Tempest Williams

A virtual launch for A Wild Promise: An Illustrated Celebration of The Endangered Species Act
Terry Tempest Williams Allen Crawford Point Reyes Books Tin House Wild Promise
Tuesday, October 10, 2023 - 5:00pm


Free, registration required

Terry Tempest Williams and Allen Crawford discuss their collaboration, A Wild Promise: An Illustrated Celebration of The Endangered Species Act (Tin House).

"The greatest enemy of life on Earth is not fossil fuel, but human hubris. In our eleventh hour, the art of Allen Crawford and the words of Terry Tempest Williams offer witness and warning. A Wild Promise celebrates the lives that have been saved by the Endangered Species Act, even as that half-century act itself is endangered. This gentle, strong book marks this moment of peril and promise. We can ignore, and thereby accept, the dark tsunami of extinction moving through sea and air and across the land faster than any previous wave. Or we can find the power of our humility and our wider kinship. We can reconnect our children and ourselves to the rest of nature. We can reverse the deepening loneliness of our species. We can turn the tide." —Richard Louv, author of Last Child in the Woods

This free event will be streamed on Zoom.


About A Wild Promise

In 1973, the United States Congress came together with bipartisan support to create and pass a bold and visionary act—one of protection, preservation, and promise.

For the past fifty years, this promise, the Endangered Species Act, has ensured that the most threatened and vulnerable species and their habitats are protected. From the Steller sea lion to the ivory-billed woodpecker, from the steelhead trout to the red wolf, this landmark act has worked to preserve the wild beauty that surrounds and sustains us.

In A Wild Promise, acclaimed artist Allen Crawford beautifully illustrates over eighty animals that embody the spirit, legacy, and commitment of the Endangered Species Act. In his trademark inventive style, Crawford’s full-color illustrations and illuminated text create a vibrant tapestry of our nation’s habitats—oceans, mountains, deserts, wetlands, prairies, and forests—and the varied species that call these places home. With a powerful and moving introduction by award-winning writer and conservationist Terry Tempest Williams, A Wild Promise is critically urgent and inspirational, lending voice and spirit to all endangered species. A visually delightful, one-of-a-kind work, A Wild Promise is a celebration of conservation, commitment, and compassion—a clarion call to continue to embrace, engage, and act in ways that preserve and protect our living world.

About the participants

Allen Crawford is the illustrator of A Wild Promise: An Illustrated Celebration of the Endangered Species Act and Whitman Illuminated: Song of Myself. He and his wife, Susan, are proprietors of the design/illustration studio Plankton Art Co. Their illustrations are on permanent display at the American Museum of Natural History’s Milstein Hall of Ocean Life. His work has appeared in numerous publications including the New York Times, Orion, and Art in America. He lives in Mt. Holly, New Jersey.

Terry Tempest Williams is a nonfiction writer of more than 20 books, including the environmental literature classic, "Refuge."  She is currently Writer in Residence at the Harvard Divinity School where she divides her time between Massachusetts and Utah.

A Wild Promise: An Illustrated Celebration of The Endangered Species Act By Allen Crawford, Terry Tempest Williams (Introduction by) Cover Image
By Allen Crawford, Terry Tempest Williams (Introduction by)
ISBN: 9781953534897
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Tin House Books - August 8th, 2023