Tucson Festival of Books

David Quammen

Ronan Donovan

David Quammen has written 18 books, the latest being "The Heartbeat of the Wild." It is drawn from his 20 years writing about wild creatures and wild places on assignments for National Geographic Magazine. His previous entry, "Breathless," explored the frantic pursuit for an effective vaccine for Covid 19.

David is a three-time recipient of the National Magazine Award and has received several honors for his books, including the Premio Letterario Merck, given in Rome.

He shares a home in Bozeman, Montana, with his wife, Betsy Gaines Quammen. She, too, is a book festival author this year. She will present her latest book, "True West," at this year's festival. 

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Awards: Guggenheim Fellow, National Book Award Finalist. National Book Critics Circle Award finalist. Premio Merck. National Magazine Award (three times).

The Heartbeat of the Wild
Dispatches From Landscapes of Wonder, Peril, and Hope
Nature / Environment
National Geographic Books
May 2023
ISBN 9781426222078
352 pages

The Scientific Race to Defeat a Deadly Virus
Science / Medicine / Technology
Simon and Schuster
October 2022
ISBN 9781982164362
416 pages