dISTINGUISHED SPEAKER SERIES
Thursday, September 8, 2022
7:00 PM | Don Tatzin Community Hall
Lafayette Library and
Learning Center Foundation
Mary Roach: FUZZ
What’s to be done about a jaywalking moose or a bear caught breaking and entering?
Fuzz: When Nature Breaks the Law takes a look at animal interactions - and infractions!
Three hundred years ago, animals that broke the law would be assigned legal representation and put on trial. These days, as New York Times best-selling author Mary Roach discovers, the answers are best found not in jurisprudence but in science. Fascinating, witty, and humane, Fuzz offers hope for compassionate coexistence with other creatures in our ever-expanding human habitat.
Join Mary Roach on an irresistible investigation into the unpredictable world where wildlife and humans meet. Roach tags along with animal-attack forensics investigators, human-elephant conflict specialists, bear managers, and more. Intrepid as ever, she travels from leopard-terrorized hamlets in the Indian Himalayas to St. Peter’s Square in the early hours before the Pope arrives for Easter Mass, when vandal gulls swoop in to destroy an elaborate floral display. She taste-tests rat bait, learns how to install a vulture effigy, and gets mugged by a macaque.
Combining little-known forensic science and conservation genetics with a motley cast of laser scarecrows, langur impersonators, and trespassing squirrels, Roach reveals as much about humanity as about nature’s lawbreakers. When it comes to "problem" wildlife, she finds, humans are more often the problem ― and the solution.
Reserved Tickets: $15 Admission includes an autographed copy of Fuzz
General Admission: $10
This program is presented in partnership with Orinda Books.