We are thrilled to be hosting esteemed professor (Forest Ecology) and researcher Suzanne Simard, who is virtually here from the faraway nearby of British Columbia to talk about her much-anticipated, long-awaited first book Finding the Mother Tree: Discovering the Wisdom of the Forest (Knopf). This magisterial, moving, at times page-turning book chronicles her life and her lifelong immersion with trees and the forests which they help comprise. Her work has, from a western perspective, been ground-making, tracing painstaking research which has led to more of us, forestry specialists and lay readers alike, to knowing how connected plants and trees are with and to each other, and in how many ways.
“Galvanizing . . . As Simard elucidates her revolutionary experiments, replete with gorgeous descriptions and moments of fear and wonder, a vision of the forest as an ‘intelligent, perceptive and responsive,’ comes into focus . . . A masterwork of planetary significance.” —Booklist.
“Simard artfully blends science with memoir in her eye-opening debut on the ‘startling secrets’ of trees . . . As moving as it is educational, this groundbreaking work entrances.”—Publishers Weekly.
“Simard tells the fascinating story that led Richard Powers to base a character on her in his Pulitzer Prize–winning novel The Overstory . . . intimate . . . absorbing . . . engaging . . . the science is solid, and the author’s overarching theme of stewardship is clear, understandable, and necessary.”— Kirkus Reviews.
That is just the beginning. This is one of those rare books where we think you won’t see the world you are in the midst of the same way as you did before.