Ever thought about how fast jellyfish can swim? I really hadn't either until I had this fun conversation with Jordan Dunbar for the BBC show More or Less. (The answer starts around 23:30, or check out my blog.)
Looking for some quaran-reads? Here's some of my picks of great science writing by women in Austin Woman. They are all so wonderful! (Plus, the fun graphic)
Truly a joy to share this wide-ranging conversation with Kara Grace Muzia on her wonderful podcast, So You Want to Be a Marine Biologist
This Q&A was a great treat, from Tara Lohan and the Center for Biological Diversity's The Revelator.
The New York Times Review of Books wrote: "If there really is such a thing as “jellyfish journalism,” as Berwald says, then she’s the dean of the genre, and a fun one at that." All I can say is WOW!
When I wrote the proposal for SPINELESS, one of the books that was a constant inspiration was Helen Macdonald’s H IS FOR HAWK, an incredible book about loss, and fathers, and literature, and being a woman, and about hawks. It showed me all the ways that looking at one thing very hard and seriously can teach you about so much else. The feeling I got reading this review by Helen Macdonald is hard to put in words. It’s like being touched by someone very far away who understood you very well.
The Atlantic wrote a transporting review of Spineless.
I spoke to Simon Worrall at National Geographic about the Secret Lives of Jellyfish.
Humbled by the reviews of celebrated conservationist Tim Flannery in The Australian and Alaska Writer Laureate Nancy Lord in the Anchorage Daily News.
Publisher's Weekly gave Spineless a starred review!
Kirkus featured Spineless in a wonderful piece by Megan Labrise.
I was really touched by this amazing review in NPR by the wonderful Brian Castner.
I’m beyond grateful to the Austin American-Statesman for this fabulous review, in which Joe Gross both gives my dad a cameo and outs my kids for not caring about jellyfish.
And…..drum roll…..SPINELESS made THE NEW YORKER!
And in Wired’s “Black Friday Booklist,” writer Robbie Gonzalez recommends SPINELESS.
Southern Living included SPINELESS in their round up of “The Best New Books to Read During the Holidays”
A review ran in Shelf Awareness for Readers. Bookseller Hank Stephenson writes that SPINELESS is “an excellent addition to a growing body of literature seeking to expand readers’ minds about what exactly qualifies as a mind.”
I’m so grateful for a truly exquisite review in the Texas Observer by the fabulous Asher Elbein.
A few more amazing mentions: Parade, Southern Living, and W magazine! And a really fun review chock full o’ jellyfacts in BookPage! And this list at Signature is amazing: jellyfish alongside Alec Baldwin!
This horoscope-based list from Book Riot recommends SPINELESS for all you Taurus birthdays out there because it encourages the “go with the flow” side of your personality. And SPINLESS also made lists in Paste Magazine and Jetsetters.com.
A fun interview on "The Allure of Something That's Barely There" with Cider Spoon Stories
ABC's Late Night Live with Phillip Adams: The Science of Jellyfish
Salt Lake City's NPR, Radio West with Doug Fabrizio: Jellyfish and the Art of Growing a Backbone
Inquiring Minds with Kishore Hari: Jellyfish Science
Fox News Extra with Dr. Manny: Expert: Jellyfish stings are fastest in the animal kingdom
Radio New Zealand: The Science of Jellyfish
Science Friday: Jellyfish - The Misunderstood Genius of the Sea
KATU AM Northwest: "Spineless" Author, Juli Berwald
Forum with Michael Krasny, KQED: The Mysterious Lives of the Jellyfish
Maryville Talks, HEC-TV: A Jellyfish Journey (This one won an Emmy!)
NPR with Ari Shapiro: In 'Spineless,' How Jellyfish Have Survived Throughout Time
KERA's Think with Lauren Silverman: Jellyfish: A 500-Million-Year Mystery
Radio Times with Mary Cummings-Jordan: Vanishing Insects/Blooming Jellyfish on WHYY's
Kirkus' Fully Booked with Clay Smith: Matthew Wiener and Juli Berwald
WMUW Wichita with Beth Golay: Marginalia: the podcast
Think Again with Jason Gots: A Big Think Podcast: Our Jellyfish Overlords
Minnesota Public Radio News with Kerri Miller: A look inside the beautiful, bizarre world of jellyfish
The Texas Standard Radio Show: This Science Book is for People Who Wouldn't Normally Read a Science Book