Jellyfish Art, a Polyp Finder, and The New York Times!

I’ve had the most extraordinary response from SPINELESS. Beyond anything I could imagine. I thought I might share some more of that goodness here.  It’s been amazing visiting book clubs around Austin and talking with readers, from groups of lawyers and doctors, to groups of women who have been reading together for decades, to philosophers and teachers and writers who have all made me feel welcome in their homes or the restaurants where they meet. I was completely delighted to receive this incredible jellyfish art from Sachi Nelson, which is made from pieces of glass, mirrors, beads, and–most delightfully –fossils called Devil’s Toenails that you can find in the creeks around Austin. Sachi had no idea that I actually have owned the url DevilsToenails.com for years, waiting the day that I start a girl band called Devil’s Toenails. (Despite the fact that I have a […]

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Jellyfish Farther and Wider

The media that has found something to showcase in SPINELESS has really exceeded anything I could imagine. So here’s the latest, with all my gratitude! Over the weekend, SPINELESS received an amazing review in the Wall Street Journal. I loved all the science packed into this piece, and the placement–above the fold–was beyond my wildest dreams! National Geographic is out today with awide-ranging interview in their Book Talk feature written by Simon Worral. They headed up the piece with an illustration of a fierce box jellyfish that’s snagged a fish. Click and read to find out what I really think about jellyfish and world domination! I’m really thrilled that Read it Forward includes SPINELESS in their list of favorite November reads. I had a rollicking conversation about jellyfish on WHYY’s Radio Times with Mary Cummings-Jordan last week. And a terrific conversation with WMUW Wichita’s Beth […]

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A Jellyfish Anatomy Primer: By Popular Demand

Since SPINELESS has been out in the world, I’ve discovered one very simple jellyfish thing I never did: draw a jellyfish. Sure, I doodled jellyfish in the edges of my notes and I sketched Picasso-esque outlines of jellyfish on nametags and business cards so people would remember that I was that person writing about jellyfish. But I never really drew a jellyfish. (When it came to my book, I farmed the drawing out to the incredible Rachel Ivanyi) who beautifully illustrated the section openers.) But recently, readers have contacted me suggesting that a labeled drawing of a jellyfish would be helpful. It’s not like jellies have any of the familiar parts we recognize on other creatures, things like arms and legs, or even faces. A visual to keep, say, tentacles straight from oral arms makes good sense. So, I’ve attempted to draw my first admittedly-amateur jellyfish. […]

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Where You Can Find Spineless & Me

Spineless’s birthday is a week from today! And I’m thrilled that I’ll be able to talk about jellyfish in a bunch of wonderful venues. Here’s a rundown: November 4, 2017 at 1 pm. Texas Book Festival! I’ll be talking with polar scientist Peter Wadhams and geneticist Spencer Wells in the CSPAN/Book TV Tent about climate change, ice, jellyfish, and what the future holds. (Austin, TX) November 9, 2017 at 7 pm. Book People Book Launch! Come for the Electric Jellyfish IPA and stay for the jellyfish trivia – there will be prizes! (Austin, TX) November 14, 2017 at 7 pm. Interabang Books. Help Keith and me celebrate our wedding anniversary (really!) with some jellyfish stories in Cowtown. (Dallas, TX) November 18th, 2017 at 2 pm. Science Mill. I’m so excited to talk jellyfish in the hill country where they used to swim 50-odd million years […]

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Jellyfish Far and Wide

I’m pinching myself. SPINELESS is out in the world, and it’s been getting some incredible coverage. I’m going to give a rundown here, because each one of these shout-outs about jellyfish and our oceans’ health means so much to me. And what’s more, the variety of places where SPINELESS is showing up is beyond my wildest dreams. I want to give an enormous thank you to my incomparable publicist Glory Anne Plata at Riverhead, who spread the news of SPINELESS far and wide. Back in August, Publisher’s Weekly gave SPINELESS a starred review! And then, they also put it on the list of “Fall’s Most Anticipated Books.” Right next to Oliver Sacks! And I was so delighted when Kirkus Reviews–a magazine I get at home and read enviously (because I have wanted to be an author for so long)–published a truly beautiful write up. UPDATE: And then […]

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