Tucson Festival of Books

David Quammen

Ronan Donovan

Arizona Daily Star

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.

Quammen 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, Mont., with his wife, Betsy Gaines Quammen. She, too, is a book festival author this year. She will present her latest book, "True West."

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

Scheduled events:
Call of the Wild
David Quammen spent 20 years with National Geographic, introducing us to wildlife from all over the world. His new book features his favorites ... and tells us how they are doing now.

Arizona Daily Star Stage (Seats 250)  View this venue on the Festival map
Sat, Mar 9, 11:30 am - 12:30 pm
Science / Medicine / Technology
Signing area: Signing - Arizona Daily Star (following presentation)  View this venue on the Festival map

Panelist: David Quammen
Moderator: David McCumber
Quammenns in Conversation
David Quammen and Betsy Gaines Quammen discuss their recent books, "The Heartbeat of Wild" and "True West," including reflections on man, nature, and the modern world.

UA Library/Special Collections (Seats 110)  View this venue on the Festival map
Sun, Mar 10, 10:00 am - 11:00 am
History / Biography
Signing area: Sales & Signing Area - Integrated Learning Center (following presentation)  View this venue on the Festival map

Panelists: Betsy Gaines Quammen, David Quammen
Moderator: Katherine Morrissey

The Heartbeat of the Wild
Dispatches From Landscapes of Wonder, Peril, and Hope
Nature / Environment
National Geographic Books
May 2023
ISBN 9781426222078
352 pages
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The Scientific Race to Defeat a Deadly Virus
Science / Medicine / Technology
Simon and Schuster
October 2023
ISBN 9781982164379
448 pages
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