Fall 2016 Anschutz Lecture: Richard Preston

Date
Dec 1, 2016, 4:30 pm6:00 pm
Location
Burr Hall, Room 219
Speaker
Sponsors
  • Program in American Studies
  • Program in Creative Writing
  • Program in Environmental Studies
  • Princeton Environmental Institute
  • Humanities Council Ferris Seminars in Journalism
Event Description

Award-winning author Richard Preston will take us on a journey through the art of reporting and writing narrative nonfiction. We’ll travel through Level 4 virus labs and explore the heights of the redwood forest canopy, while Preston introduces the audience to special techniques for interviewing characters, for describing their thoughts and actions, and for explaining wonders of science and nature.

Richard Preston is a bestselling author of nine books, including The Hot Zone and The Wild Trees, whose works reveal hidden worlds of nature and wonder. His books have been published in more than 35 languages. Preston is a contributor to The New Yorker. All of his nonfiction books have first begun as articles in The New Yorker.

Preston has won a number of awards, including the National Magazine Award and the American Institute of Physics science-writing award, and he’s the only non-physician to receive the U.S. Centers for Disease Control’s Champion of Prevention award. An asteroid has been named for him (Preston is a ball of rock five kilometers in diameter that could some day slam into the Earth or Mars).