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EVENT: JULI BERWALD - Life on the Rocks

Juli Berwald x BookPeople
Thursday, April 21, 2022 - 7:00pm
Ticketed
BookPeople
603 N Lamar Blvd
Austin, TX 78703

Juli Berwald in conversation with Britanni Sonnenberg.

Event Registration & Guidelines

  • Tickets are required to join this in-person event and are available exclusively through Eventbrite.
  • Refunds are available up to 7 days before the event. 
  • Our event space will be operating at a limited capacity until further notice. 
  • Our check-in station will be located at the front of the store. We will scan your ticket’s barcode upon arrival. 
  • You will receive your copy of the book at the check-in station on the day of the event. If you can’t make it we'll save your copy at the store for up to 6 days or we can arrange to mail it. Shipping charges apply. Only available for domestic shipping.
  • The event will take place on the second floor of our store. 
  • Doors will open at 6:15 PM and the event will begin at 7:15 PM.
  • Event will run for 45-60 minutes, including audience Q&A. 
  • The author will be signing and personalizing copies of the book after the speaking portion of the event. 
  • We will have chairs available, but feel free to stand or move your chair around. 
  • Masks are currently required at all times and must be worn properly over the mouth and nose. 
  • The store will be closed at the time of the event and registers will only be open for purchase of the event book. If you need to browse, we suggest you come within our operating hours (10am-7PM). 
  • BookPeople reserves the right to cancel or postpone this event if covid protocols require it. 
  • There won’t be a live stream or recording available. 
  • If you have any other questions please email us at online@bookpeople.com

ABOUT LIFE ON THE ROCKS

The story of the urgent fight to save coral reefs, and why it matters to us all

Coral reefs are a microcosm of our planet: extraordinarily diverse, deeply interconnected, and full of wonders. When they’re thriving, these fairy gardens hidden beneath the ocean’s surface burst with color and life. They sustain bountiful ecosystems and protect vulnerable coasts. Corals themselves are evolutionary marvels that build elaborate limestone formations from their collective skeletons, broker symbiotic relationships with algae, and manufacture their own fluorescent sunblock. But corals across the planet are in the middle of an unprecedented die-off, beset by warming oceans, pollution, damage by humans, and a devastating pandemic.

Juli Berwald fell in love with coral reefs as a marine biology student, entranced by their beauty and complexity. Alarmed by their peril, she traveled the world to discover how to prevent their loss. She met scientists and activists operating in emergency mode, doing everything they can think of to prevent coral reefs from disappearing forever. She was so amazed by the ingenuity of these last-ditch efforts that she joined in rescue missions, unexpected partnerships, and risky experiments, and helped rebuild reefs with rebar and zip ties.

Life on the Rocks is an inspiring, lucid, meditative ode to the reefs and the undaunted scientists working to save them against almost impossible odds. As she also attempts to help her daughter in her struggle with mental illness, Berwald explores what it means to keep fighting a battle whose outcome is uncertain. She contemplates the inevitable grief of climate change and the beauty of small victories.


About Juli Berwald

Juli Berwald received her PhD in ocean science from the University of Southern California. The author of Spineless and a science textbook writer and editor, she has written for a number of publications including The New York TimesNature, National Geographic, and Slate.


About Britanni Sonnenberg

Brittani Sonnenberg has an MFA from the University of Michigan and lives in Austin. She serves as a visiting lecturer at the MFA program of the University of Hong Kong and teaches creative writing classes for the Texas Writer’s League, Story Bar, and Gemini Ink, as well as private classes and coaching. Her award-winning fiction has been widely published in magazines such as Ploughshares, anthologized in the O’Henry Short Story Prize Series, and received distinguished story recognition by Best American Short Stories. Her non-fiction has been published by Time Magazine, the Hairpin, the Associated Press, NPR, Minneapolis Star Tribune, and elsewhere. Her comics and poetry have been featured in Austin Monthly, The Visual Poetry Project, and North American Review. Her novel, Home Leave, was selected as a New York Times’ Editors’ Pick. She studied English literature with a citation in Mandarin Chinese at Harvard University. She was a European Journalism Fellow at Berlin’s Freie Universität from 2009-2010 and served as the editor of the American Academy’s Berlin Journal from 2011-2013.


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Thank you for supporting Juli Berwald, Brittani Sonnenberg, and your local independent bookstore!