Friday, December 9, 6:00 pmFree
Book Launch with Author, Leila Philip
Join us for the launch event of Beaverland: How One Weird Rodent Made America (Grand Central Publishing 2022) by award-winning writer Leila Philip. Beaverland is a revelatory dive into the world of the beaver: the wonderfully weird rodent that has shaped American history in often surprising ways – and may save its ecological future.
Beginning with the early trans-Atlantic trade in North America, Leila Philip traces the beaver’s profound influence on our nation’s early economy and feverish western expansion – creating America’s first corporations and multi-millionaires. What emerges is a poignant personal narrative, a startling portrait of the secretive world of the contemporary fur trade, and an engrossing ecological and historical investigation of these heroic animals who, once trapped to the point of extinction, have returned to the landscape as one of the greatest conservation success stories of the twentieth century.