Media Center: ‘Wild Things Wild Places’ by Jane Alexander
WHO: Jane Alexander
WHAT: WILD THINGS, WILD PLACES:
Adventurous Tales of Wildlife and Conservation
on Planet Earth
WHEN: Published by Knopf September 27, 2016
WHERE: Belize,Thailand, Bhutan, Ecuador, Newfoundland, Madagascar, and more…
WHY: “A globe-trotting memoir.
“Renowned as an inspiring actor and intrepid advocate for the arts, Jane Alexander has been awarded with Emmys and Tonys and served in the 1990s as chair of the National Endowment for the Arts. What is less known about her life is her equally fierce devotion to environmental conservatism, animal rights, and birding.
“Alexander recounts how she came by such activist tendencies and profiles the indomitable field scientists who mentored her leadership roles in raising the public’s awareness of threatened habitats and wildlife. She recounts her doggedly tracking the royal cinclodes and a rare sighting of an even rarer bird in the mountains of Peru, and she determinedly spots the elusive golden bamboo lemur in the wilds of Madagascar.
“From Idaho to India, Amazonia to East Africa, the Bahamas to Bhutan, Alexander reports on her encounters with endangered animals and birds as well as imperiled cultures in an intimate and important look at the state of wildlife conservation in an increasingly shrinking world.” —Carol Haggas, BOOKLIST
“Impassioned… The real force of this book resides in the author’s articulation of her exhilaration of the wonders of nature and her willingness to ford streams, slash through jungles, and scale mountains to defend it.” —PUBLISHERS WEEKLY
“An urbane survey of her world travels in pursuit of nature.”
—Henry T. Armistead, LIBRARY JOURNAL