The DIESEL Readers discuss "The Soul of an Octopus" by Sy Montgomery

Oakland

The Diesel Readers discuss "The Soul of an Octopus" by Sy MontgomeryDIESEL, A Bookstore in Oakland welcomes The DIESEL Readers back to the store to discuss The Soul of an Octopus by Sy Montgomery on Monday, June 5th at 6:30pm. 

This event is free and all are welcome and encouraged to attend!

In pursuit of the wild, solitary, predatory octopus, popular naturalist Sy Montgomery has practiced true immersion journalism. From New England aquarium tanks to the reefs of French Polynesia and the Gulf of Mexico, she has befriended octopuses with strikingly different personalities--gentle Athena, assertive Octavia, curious Kali, and joyful Karma. Each creature shows her cleverness in myriad ways: escaping enclosures like an orangutan; jetting water to bounce balls; and endlessly tricking companions with multiple "sleights of hand" to get food.
Scientists have only recently accepted the intelligence of dogs, birds, and chimpanzees but now are watching octopuses solve problems and are trying to decipher the meaning of the animal's color-changing techniques. With her "joyful passion for these intelligent and fascinating creatures", Montgomery chronicles the growing appreciation of this mollusk as she tells a unique love story. By turns funny, entertaining, touching, and profound, The Soul of an Octopus reveals what octopuses can teach us about the meeting of two very different minds.

Sy Montgomery is a naturalist, documentary scriptwriter, and author of twenty acclaimed books of nonfiction for adults and children, including the memoir The Good Good Pig, a New York Times bestseller. The recipient of numerous honors, including lifetime achievement awards from the Humane Society and the New England Booksellers Association, she lives in New Hampshire with her husband, border collie, and flock of chickens.

Event date: 
Monday, June 5, 2017 - 6:30pm to 7:30pm
Event address: 
DIESEL, A Bookstore
5433 College Avenue
Oakland, CA 94618
The Soul of an Octopus: A Surprising Exploration Into the Wonder of Consciousness Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9781451697728
Availability: On Our Shelves Now - click to see which location!
Published: Atria Books - April 5th, 2016