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Austin Central Library, Austin Public Library
710 W. Cesar Chavez Street, Austin, Texas 78701
Jack E. Davis, professor of environmental history at the University of Florida, will discuss his second book THE GULF: THE MAKING OF AN AMERICAN SEA with Juli Berwald, author of SPINELESS (all about jellyfish). Davis will read from THE GULF and talk with Berwald about the history of that giant body of water we share with Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, and Florida; climate and cultural changes connected to the Gulf of Mexico; and our relationship to the waters we rely on for recreation, commerce, and sustenance. BookPeople will sell copies of both authors' books, and both authors will be available to sign books after the event. THIS EVENT IS FREE & OPEN TO THE PUBLIC.
JACK E. DAVIS is also the author of the award-winning AN EVERGLADES PROVIDENCE: MARJORY STONEMAN DOUGLAS AND THE AMERICAN ENVIRONMENTAL CENTURY. He is a professor of environmental history at the University of Florida. He grew up on the Gulf Coast, and now lives in Florida and New Hampshire.
THE GULF: THE MAKING OF AN AMERICAN SEA is an all-encompassing narrative of the Gulf of Mexico--from the sport fish that brought early tourism to the Gulf shores, to Hollywood's flirtation with the first offshore oil wells--as it inspired and empowered, sometimes to its own detriment, the ethnically diverse groups of a growing nation.
JULI BERWALD spent seven years building mathematical algorithms to interpret satellite imagery of the ocean, and earned her Ph.D. in ocean science. She's written textbooks and popular science articles for National Geographic, Oceanus, Redbook, and Wired.com before the story of jellyfish led her back to the sea. Berwald's book SPINELESS is a science-driven memoir about various types of research and discovery around jellyfish, and her own journey to connect the dots around the fascinating and spineless creatures.