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Beloved Beasts

A Program in Partnership with the Thoreau Society
Author talks and writing workshops that encourage critical thinking and perceptive writing about the world and ourselves.

Beloved Beasts: Fighting for Life in an Age of Extinction

A Conversation with Author
Michelle Nijhuis

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A vibrant history of the modern conservation movement through the lives and ideas of the people who built it. Beloved Beasts: Fighting for Life in an Age of Extinction is Winner of the Sierra Club’s 2021 Rachel Carson Award; One of the Chicago Tribune’s 10 Best Books of 2021; One of Smithsonian Magazine’s 10 Best Science Books of 2021; One of Booklist’s 10 Best Sci-Tech Books of 2021; and One of The Marginalian’s Favorite Books of 2021.

In the late nineteenth century, as humans came to realize that our rapidly industrializing and globalizing societies were driving other animal species to extinction, a movement to protect and conserve them was born. In Beloved Beasts, acclaimed science writer and editor Michelle Nijhuis traces the movement’s history: from early battles to save charismatic species to today’s global effort to defend life on a larger scale.

Michelle Nijhuis is a project editor at The Atlantic, a longtime contributing editor of High Country News and a regular contributor to The New York Review of Books. After 15 years living off the electrical grid in rural Colorado, she and her family now live in White Salmon, Washington.

Daegan Miller is a critic and essayist. He writes about landscape, about how we make a place for ourselves in the world, and about how we make sense of that place-making. He is the author of This Radical Land: A Natural History of American Dissent, which Robert Macfarlane chose as a Best Book of the Year for The Guardian. His essays and reviews have appeared in Emergence, Slate, Literary Hub, GuernicaThe North American Review, and many other places. He lives in the hilltowns of Western Massachusetts with his family.


Mar 16 2023


7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

I left the woods for as good a reason as I went there. Perhaps it seemed to me that I had several more lives to live, and could not spare any more time for that one.”


Any views, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in this article do not necessarily represent those of the National Endowment for the Humanities.

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