I am very lucky to be appearing on a panel this Monday, April 20, 2009 at 6pm in SDSU's Hardy Tower with Diane Ackerman, the award-winning author of A Natural History of the Senses and, most recently, The Zookeeper's Wife: A War Story. D.J. Hopkins, ace profe from teatro at SDSU will be MCing the event that also features Professors Pasquale Verdicchio & Donald Wesling, from UCSD, and local actor and MFA poetry prodigy Bianca Chapman(link to a recent review), who will open the show with dramatic readings from Ackerman's chilling meditation on Nazis and zoos in Poland during WWII.
This is a great opportunity to hang out with one of America's greatest writers and to learn more about her numerous obsessions and books. Though the panel is being touted as an "environment"-focused affair, I suspect the topics and questions will be all over the map. More about the event is on the literature.sdsu.edu blog.