Elena Passarello discusses and signs "Animals Strike Curious Poses"
DIESEL, A Bookstore in Oakland welcomes Elena Passarello to the store to discuss and sign, Animals Strike Curious Poses, on Saturday, May 13th at 7:00 pm. Joining Elena in conversation will be R.O. Kwon.
You have something special on your hands when Helen "H is For Hawk" MacDonald says of it in the New York Times: "It might be the best book on animals I’ve ever read." In our opinion, this is not an understatement. Animals Strike Curious Poses is also set to become a clear-cut bookseller favorite. In other words: you're going to hear a ton more about this book. Beginning with Yuka, a 39,000 year old mummified woolly mammoth recently found in the Siberian permafrost, each of the essays in Animals Strike Curious Poses investigates a different famous animal named and immortalized by humans. What part of the human is embedded in the animal named? What of the animal escapes the telling of its tales? Passarello's essays weave into and out of history, myth, and science, and the result is nothing short of captivating.
Elena Passarello is an actor, a writer, and recipient of a 2015 Whiting Award. Her first collection with Sarabande Books, Let Me Clear My Throat, won the gold medal for nonfiction at the 2013 Independent Publisher Awards and was a finalist for the 2014 Oregon Book Award. Her essays on performance, pop culture, and the natural world have been published in Oxford American, Slate, Creative Nonfiction, and The Iowa Review, among other publications, as well as in the 2015 anthologies Cat is Art Spelled Wrong and After Montaigne: Contemporary Essayists Cover the Essay. Passarello lives in Corvallis, Oregon and teaches at Oregon State University.