Start: 7:00 pm
Diesel, A Bookstore in Oakland welcomes local author Zac Unger to the store to celebrate the release of Never Look a Polar Bear in the Eye: A Family Field Trip to the Arctic's Edge in Search of Adventure, Truth, and Mini-Marshmallows on Thursday, February 7th at 7pm.“Every man’s midlife crisis is different, of course, but it was becoming clear that mine was going to involve some serious face time with a really big carnivore.” - Zac UngerSome men buy a motorcycle or take up golf. Zac Unger moved his wife and three children from sunny California to Churchill, Manitoba, the Polar Bear Capital of the World. With nearly equal year-round human and bear populations, Churchill is sure to put Unger back in touch with his granola-eating roots. Or so he hoped. “I like to go out for walks, but it’s a little awkward to push the baby stroller and carry a shotgun at the same time.” - Churchill HousewifeIn Never Look A Polar Bear In The Eye, self-proclaimed (and self-deprecating) tree hugger Zac Unger heads north to fulfill his lifelong dream of becoming the James Bond of vertebrate zoology. He plans to expose the callous, consumer-crazy society that is killing off the polar bears, and he thus to save them. As it turns out, there is more than one side to this extinction story, and Unger uses witty prose and a colorful cast of scientists, locals, tourists, bears, and an enthusiastic, eco-friendly army of children to cover all of its angles. Both a rollicking read and a serious and surprising look at “polar bear science,” Never Look A Polar Bear In The Eye is a book for those who want to save the planet and those who aren’t convinced it needs saving. Zac Unger is a firefighter, paramedic, and author of Working Fire: The Making of a Fireman. He has written for Slate, the Economist, Men’s Journal, and more. He lives in Oakland, California.