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Around the time scientists discovered a vast underground network of fungi connecting trees of different species—an arboreal Internet or “wood wide web”—renowned forester and New York Times bestselling author Peter Wohlleben began to notice bizarre root shapes and strange growth patterns in the forests he tended in Western Germany.

In The Hidden Life of Trees, Wohlleben describes what he learned by listening to trees; in his newest work, The Heartbeat of Trees, he delves deeper, drawing on research and new scientific discoveries to show how humans are deeply connected to the natural world.

All tickets (except Student/25 & Under, complimentary, and a limited number of Reduced Price/No Book tickets) include a copy of Wohlleben’s book, The Heartbeat of Trees, shipped by our partner bookstore to the ticket holder’s address.

Renowned forester Peter Wohlleben is the author of numerous books including the New York Times bestseller The Hidden Life of Trees and its follow-ups, The Inner Life of Animals and The Secret Wisdom of Nature. His newest work, The Heartbeat of Trees, is a powerful return to the forest where trees have heartbeats and roots are like brains that extend underground—where the color green calms us and the forest sharpens our senses.

In an era of cell phone addiction, climate change, and urban life, many of us fear we’ve lost our connection to nature, but Wohlleben is convinced that age-old ties linking humans to the forest remains alive and intact. In The Heartbeat of Trees, he draws on research and new scientific discoveries to show how humans are deeply connected to the natural world even today. Wohlleben reveals the profound interactions humans can have with nature by showing us how to see, feel, smell, hear, and even taste the forest.

Known for his ability to write about trees in an engaging and moving way, Wohlleben reveals a wondrous world where humans are a part of nature, and where conservation and environmental activism are not just about saving flora and fauna but ourselves, too.

In addition to writing books for adults, Wohlleben is also the author of books for children, including Can You Hear the Trees Talking? and Peter and the Tree Children. When he’s not writing, Wohlleben manages a sustainable forest and runs a forest academy where he lives in Germany.

Deborah Madison, Wohlleben’s conversation partner for the evening, is the award-winning author of fourteen cookbooks, including The New Vegetarian Cooking for Everyone and Vegetable Literacy. Her books have received four James Beard Foundation Book Awards and five awards from the IACP; she was inducted into the James Beard Foundation Cookbook Hall of Fame in 2016 and the Who’s Who of Food and Beverage in 2005. She lives in New Mexico.

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