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Ann Parson: The Birds of Dog

Sunday, February 25, 2024

4:00 pm

A special afternoon with Ann Parson, author of The House That John Built, featuring an illustrated talk about her new book, The Birds of Dog: An Historical Novel Based on Mostly True Events, about the awakening of the early sciences in 19th century America.

The novel opens in the early days of the Boston Society of Natural History, closes with the founding of the Audubon Society, and along the way brings together diverse stories about 19th-century America’s emerging sciences and its first scientists. Ann will take us back to that early era, touch on lost stories and forgotten pioneers, read from her book, and explain what inspired her to write her first fiction after several nonfiction titles. The Boston Society of Natural History eventually evolved into Boston’s Museum of Science.

A science journalist, Ann has written extensively about the environment, medicine, and technology. Her previous titles include The Proteus Effect; Stem Cells and Their Promise for Medicine, selected for Library Journal’s annual list of best science books; Decoding Darkness; The Search for the Genetic Causes of Alzheimer’s Disease, co-authored with neuroscientist Rudolph Tanzi; the memoirs Antonio Ferri; Partisan Scientist, about the revered father of supersonic flight and The House That John Built; Ten Generations of the Pickering Family in Salem. Her book can be purchased at the event or from online booksellers.

Lecture begins at 4:00 p.m.

In-person (limited to 30)
$15.00 members
$ 20.00 non-members

Location:Pickering House: 18 Broad Street, Salem

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