Marcia Bjornerud and David George Haskell [online event]

In conversation about, Turning to Stone: Discovering the Subtle Wisdom of Rocks
Marcia Bjornerud Turning to Stone Wisdom of Rock Point Reyes Books Flatiron Books
Thursday, September 12, 2024 - 5:00pm


Free, registration required

Marcia Bjornerud, author Timefulness, a perennial store bestseller, joins us via Zoom for a conversation about her new book, Turning to Stone: Discovering the Subtle Wisdom of Rocks (Flatiron). Marcia will be in conversation with Pulitzer Prize finalist David George Haskell.

Read an interview with Marcia here.

“This lyrical, wise book will change your relationship to the living Earth. Marcia Bjornerud offers a nuanced celebration of the languages of stone, from the subtle whispers of sand grains to the delightfully complex inner lives of mountains disclosed by eroding outcrops. Her careful attention not only reveals unexpected stories of stone, but teaches us what it means to be boundlessly curious and caring about our world and one another.” — David George Haskell, author of Sounds Wild and Broken

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About Turning to Stone

Earth is vibrantly alive and full of wisdom for those who learn to listen.

Earth has been reinventing itself for more than four billion years, keeping a record of its experiments in the form of rocks. Yet most of us live our lives on the planet with no idea of its extraordinary history, unable to interpret the language of the rocks that surround us. Geologist Marcia Bjornerud believes that our lives can be enriched by understanding our heritage on this old and creative planet.

Contrary to their reputation, rocks have eventful lives–and they intersect with our own in surprising ways. In Turning to Stone, Bjornerud reveals how rocks are the hidden infrastructure that keep the planet functioning, from sandstone aquifers purifying the water we drink to basalt formations slowly regulating global climate.

Bjornerud’s life as a geologist has coincided with an extraordinary period of discovery in the geosciences. From an insular girlhood in rural Wisconsin, she found her way to an unlikely career studying mountains in remote parts of the world and witnessed the emergence of a new understanding of the Earth as an animate system of rock, air, water and life. We are all, most fundamentally, Earthlings and we can find existential meaning and enduring wisdom in stone.

About Marcia Bjornerud and David Haskell

Marcia Bjornerud is a professor of Environmental Studies and Geosciences at Lawrence University. She is a contributing writer to The New YorkerWired, The Wall Street Journal, and the Los Angeles Times and the author of Reading the RocksTimefulness, and Geopedia.

David Haskell’s work integrates scientific, literary, and contemplative studies of the natural world. He is a professor of biology and environmental studies at the University of the South and a Guggenheim Fellow. His 2017 book The Songs of Trees won the John Burroughs Medal for Outstanding Nature Writing. His 2012 book The Forest Unseen was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize and the PEN/E.O. Wilson Literary Science Writing Award, and won the 2013 Best Book Award from the National Academies, the National Outdoor Book Award, and the Reed Environmental Writing Award.

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Published: Flatiron Books - August 13th, 2024

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Timefulness: How Thinking Like a Geologist Can Help Save the World By Marcia Bjornerud Cover Image
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Published: Princeton University Press - February 11th, 2020

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Sounds Wild and Broken: Sonic Marvels, Evolution's Creativity, and the Crisis of Sensory Extinction By David George Haskell Cover Image
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Published: Penguin Books - March 7th, 2023