The Fossil Hunter

Tuesday, January 05, 2010

Tracy Chevalier and Shelley Emling discusses the life and pioneering work of Mary Anning, a world-renowned paleontologist whose finds helped lay the groundwork for Charles Darwin’s theory of evolution. Tracy Chevalier’s new novel Remarkable Creatures, is a fictionalized version of Mary Anning's life story. Shelley Emling’s book The Fossil Hunter: Dinosaurs, Evolution, and the Woman Whose Discoveries Changed the World, is a nonfiction account of Anning’s life.

Event: Tracy Chevalier will be reading and signing books
Tuesday, January 5, at 7:30 pm
Barnes & Noble, Lincoln Triangle
1972 Broadway, at 66th Street


Tracy Chevalier and Shelley Emling
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Comments [2]

Hugh Sansom from Brooklyn NY

The authors are right on the mark about the issues facing any working class person with a good mind. I don't know which barrier was greater -- being a woman or being working class. Mary Wollstonecraft and a few others managed to break the barrier, to some extent.

Being working class was a huge barrier in Britain well into the 20th century (until the Second World War turned everything in Britain upside down).

George Harrison (not the Beatle, but the inventor of great timepieces) fought for decades for his great inventions to be recognized. He was not a member of the Royal Society and he was not an astronomer, so he couldn't possibly be right.

Jan. 05 2010 12:52 PM
Kathy from Warren, NJ

Mary Anning! Terrific! I just learned of her myself this year. She's mentioned as one of the young character's heroines in the Ivy & Bean storybooks which my little girls love.

Jan. 05 2010 12:48 PM

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