Jennifer Ackerman, author of "What An Owl Knows," at the Orinda Library

Event date: 

Sunday, June 18, 2023 - 2:00pm

Event address: 

Orinda Library Auditorium
26 Orinda Way
Orinda, CA 94563-2504
What an Owl Knows cover
Jennifer Ackerman - photo credit Sofia Runarsdotter
Golden Gate Raptor Observatory logo

For millennia, owls have captivated and intrigued us. Jennifer Ackerman illuminates the rich biology and natural history of these birds and reveals remarkable new scientific discoveries about their brains and behavior. She joins scientists in the field and explores how researchers are using modern technology and tools to learn how owls communicate, hunt, court, mate, raise their young, and move about from season to season.

Jennifer Ackerman has been writing about science and nature for more than three decades. Her most recent book, What an Owl Knows: The New Science of the World's Most Enigmatic Birds (forthcoming from Penguin Press, June 2023), explores recent findings on the biology, behavior, and conservation of owls. Her previous book, The Bird Way: A New Look at How Birds Talk, Work, Play, Parent, and Think, was a finalist for the PEN/E.O. Wilson Literary Science Writing Award. Her New York Times bestselling book, The Genius of Birds, has been translated into 25 languages and was named one of the best nonfiction books of 2016 by The Wall Street Journal, a Best Science Book by National Public Radio's "Science Friday", and a Nature Book of the Year by the London Sunday Times. Her other books include Birds by the Shore: Observing the Natural Life of the Atlantic Coast , Sex Sleep Eat Drink Dream: A Day in the Life of Your Body, and Chance in the House of Fate: A Natural History of Heredity. Ackerman's articles and essays have appeared in National Geographic, The New York Times Magazine, Scientific American, and many other publications. She is the recipient of numerous awards and fellowships, including a National Endowment for the Arts Literature Fellowship in Nonfiction, a Bunting Fellowship, and a grant from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation.


For those who cannot attend the event, you may preorder a signed copy of the book with the link below, or phone the store at 925-254-7606.

Ticket includes 1 copy of the book.

This event is being held in partnership with Golden Gate Raptor Observatory. A portion of book sales will benefit their research program.


What an Owl Knows: The New Science of the World's Most Enigmatic Birds By Jennifer Ackerman Cover Image
ISBN: 9780593298886
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Penguin Press - June 13th, 2023