University of Arizona Campus  •  March 2 - 3, 2019  •  9:30am to 5:30pm
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Brooke Bessesen

Brooke Bessesen has worked with wildlife for over thirty years. She's been eye-to-eye with humpback whales and surrounded by free-flying California condors. She has hand-raised a baby wallaby, rehabbed a rattlesnake, trained a tiger, and photo-identified dozens of wild bottlenose dolphins. As a research fellow, Brooke's marine studies in Costa Rica led to the naming of a new sea snake.

Her book "Vaquita: Science, Politics, and Crime in the Sea of Cortez," was called a “passionate… heartfelt and alarming tale” by Publishers Weekly, attempts to untangle the drama behind the looming extinction of the world’s smallest porpoise. In addition to "Vaquita," Brooke authored the popular "Arizona Highways Wildlife Guide," as well as five children’s books, including "Look Who Lives in the Ocean." She's also the director of Authors for Earth Day, an international coalition of award-winning authors who mentor young readers through special conservation-focused school visits.

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Adventures, Quests, and Crazy Obsessions
What does it take to get to the bottom a of crime against nature? Three best-selling authors talk about the crimes and crazy obsessions that lead them to write their fascinating books. From the search for dinosaur bone thieves, to a modern-day quest for a famous 17th-century sunken pirate ship, to the rescue of an endangered species on the brink in the Gulf of California, these authors take us behind-the-scenes to talk about how these compelling books came to be and what they learned from them.

National Parks Experience (Seats 146)  View this venue on the Festival map
Sat, Mar 2, 11:30 am - 12:30 pm
Signing area: Sales & Signing Area - National Parks (following presentation)  View this venue on the Festival map

Panelists: Brooke Bessesen, Robert Kurson, Paige Williams
Moderator: Carol Schwalbe

Vaquita: Science, Politics, and Crime in the Sea of Cortez
Nature / Environment / Outdoor Adventure
Island Press
September 2018
ISBN 9781610919319
316 pages
$30.00, INSTOCK
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In 2006, vaquita, a diminutive porpoise making its home in the Upper Gulf of California, inherited the dubious title of world's most endangered marine mammal. More/less

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Arizona Daily Star
University of Arizona

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Tucson Medical Center

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Friends of the Festival
Pima County Public Library
Stocker Foundation
University of Arizona BookStores
University of Arizona - Facilities Management
Western National Parks Association
William & Mary Ross Foundation

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Arizona Wholesale Supply
Marshall Foundation

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