Atlantic magazine writer and author of The Light Eaters Zoe Schlanger is in conversation with Brooke Jarvis at Town Hall Seattle TOMORROW night (May 14). After her talk Zoe will be joining us for an informal late happy hour to talk about the writing process, her experience writing the book, and anything else NSWA members would like to know.

Grab a ticket to the Town Hall event here: Zoe Schlanger at Town Hall ($5-$25). She is speaking downstairs (Seneca Street entrance) at 7:30pm.

Then join us for a late happy hour with the author at Regatta Bar & Grille at the Crowne Plaza Hotel (1113 6th Ave), just down the hill from Town Hall following her talk at about 9:00pm.

Here’s more from Town Hall about the event.

Did you know that plants can hear sounds? And have a social life?

Science writer Zoë Schlanger shares even more remarkable plant talents in her latest book, The Light Eaters, illustrating the tremendous biological creativity it takes to be a plant. To survive and thrive while rooted in a single spot, plants have adapted ingenious methods of survival. They communicate. They recognize their own kin. Schlanger immerses into the world of being a plant, into its drama and complexity.

Scientists have learned that plants, rather than imitate human intelligence, have perhaps formed a parallel system. What is intelligent life, Schlanger argues, if not a vine that grows leaves to blend into the shrub on which it climbs, a flower that shapes its bloom to fit exactly the beak of its pollinator, a pea seedling that can hear water flowing, and make its way toward it?

Our understanding and definition of a plant is rapidly changing. So then what do we owe these life forms once we come to comprehend their rich and varied abilities? An eye-opening and informative look at the ecosystem we live in, Schlanger challenges us to rethink the role of plants—and our own place—in the natural world.

Zoë Schlanger is a staff writer at the Atlantic, where she covers climate change. Her work has appeared in the New York Times, the New York Review of Books, Time, Newsweek, The Nation, Quartz, and on NPR among other major outlets, and in the 2022 Best American Science and Nature Writing anthology. A recipient of a 2017 National Association of Science Writers’ reporting award, she is often a guest speaker in schools and universities.

Brooke Jarvis is an award-winning journalist who writes for The New York Times Magazine, The New Yorker, and elsewhere.