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PMP Morgane, the French production company that produced The Motorcycle Diaries has optioned The World Without Us!  The screenwriter will be Michel Fessler, who wrote the original script for March of the Penguins.
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26 weeks on The New York Times bestseller list. 10 straight weeks in the top ten.

TIME Magazine's #1 Non-Fiction Book of the Year
"Weisman writes like Malcolm Gladwell and John McPhee mashed together and set on fast-forward in this spirit-enlarging, screech-free hymn to the environment."

Finalist for the 2008 Orion Book Awards

Best Nonfiction Book of 2007 by Entertainment Weekly

Salon’s top 5 Non-Fiction reads for 2007

Best of 2007 Media Pick by Mother Jones Magazine

#4 on Amazons Top 100 Best of 2007 

#1 on Amazons Best of 2007 for Outdoors and Nature

Barnes & Noble's Best Politics & Current Affairs Book of 2007

Book Sense 2008 Honor Book

Amazon.ca's #1 Non-Fiction Book of the Year

iTunes #1 Nonfiction Audio book

One of AudioFile Magazine’s Best Audiobooks of 2007

The National Post’s Best Book of 2007

The National Book Critics Circle’s #2 pick for Nonfiction in their inaugural "Best Recommended List"

Awarded an Audio Earphones Award

Hudson Booksellers Best Book of 2007

The Korean edition has been named one of the ten top science books of 2007 by the Asia Pacific Center for Theoretical Physics

THE WORLD WITHOUT US is the distinguished finalist
for the J. Anthony Lukas Book Prize

was in the Top 10 on Digg August 30, 2007.

THE WORLD WITHOUT US is an alternate Book of the Month Club pick!

THE WORLD WITHOUT US is also being published in Brazil, Bulgaria, Canada, Croatia, the Czech Republic, China, Denmark, France, Germany, Greece, Holland, Finland, Hungary, Iceland, Indonesia, Israel, Italy, Japan, Lebanon, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Russia, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, South Korea, Spain and Latin America, Sweden, Taiwan, Thailand, Turkey, and the United Kingdom.

New Events:
   Updated weekly - last update 9/08/2008

Newburyport, Massachusetts
Sept 4, 2008 - Fundraiser
7:00 PM
Old South Church
29 Federal Street

Portsmouth , New Hampshire
Sept 5, 2008
7:30 PM
RiverRun Bookstore
at South Church

292 State Street

Washington, DC
Sept 06, 2008
1:00 PM
Politics & Prose
with George Mason University
5015 Connecticut Avenue NW

Chicago, IL
September 08, 2008
6:00 PM
Chicago Public Library
Harold Washington Library Center

400 S. State Street

St. Louis, Missouri
Sept 09, 2008
7:00 PM
St. Louis County Public Library 1640 S. Lindbergh Blvd

Los Angeles, California
Sept 11, 2008
12:00 PM University of Southern California
Annenberg School for Communication
Room ASC 207
3502 Watt Way, #332D

Austin, Texas
Sept 15, 2008
7:30 PM
Barnes & Noble
10000 Research Blvd #158

Durham , North Carolina

Sept 16, 2008
7:00 PM Regulator Bookshop
w/ Nicholas School of the Environment
Duke University
Location TBA

Middlebury, Vermont
Environmental Studies talk/panel
Sept 24, 2008
4:30 PM
Middlebury College
The Orchard of the Franklin Environmental Center at Hillcrest

Salt Lake City, Utah
Sept 30, 2008
7:00 pm
University of Utah Stegner Center


San Francisco, California
Oct 2, 2008,
8:00 PM
Jewish Community
Center of San Francisco

3200 California Street

Turku, Finland
Oct 5, 2008,
Turku Book Festival,
Time: TBA

Helsinki, Finland
Octr 6, 2008
Time: TBA

Copenhagen, Denmark
Oct 7, 2008

Borgen, Denmark
Oct 8, 2008

Oslo, Norway
Oct 10, 2008

Hong Kong, China
October 21, 2007

Milwaukee/Whitewater, Wisconsin
Oct 27, 2008
7:00 PM
University of Wisconsin

St. Louis Park, Minnesota
Oct 28, 2008
11:00 AM
St. Louis Park Community Foundation
Doubletree Hotel in St. Louis Park

Tempe, AZ
Oct 29, 2008
4:00 PM
Arizona State University

*Contact Tanya.farrell@picadorusa.com for interview requests or press inquiries.

Past Events:

Washington, D.C.
July 11, 2007
7:00 pm
Olsson’s Bookstore
The Lansburgh/Penn Quarter:
418 7th Street, NW

Denver, Colorado
July 16, 2007
7:30 pm
Tattered Cover
Part of the Rocky Mountain
Land Series
Lodo Store: 1628 16th Street at Wynkoop

Seattle, Washington
July 18, 2007
7:30 pm
Town Hall Seattle
Co-sponsored by the
Seattle Science Lecture
series and the University Bookstore
1119 8th Avenue

Portland, Oregon
July 19, 2007
7:30 pm
Powell’s Bookstore
1005 West Burnside

Mountain View, California
July 23, 2007
7:30 pm
Books, Inc
301 Castro St

San Francisco, California
July 24, 2007
5:45 pm
Commonwealth Club of California
595 Market St., 2nd Floor

Corte Madera, California
July 25, 2007
7:00 pm
Book Passage
51 Tamal Vista Blvd.

Atlanta, Georgia
September 1, 2007
12:30 pm

Decatur Book Festival

New York, New York
September 5, 2007
7:00 pm
The Nature Conservancy
of New York, the 92nd Street Y,
New York City Audubon,
and the Writers Voice present
A Conversation with Alan Weisman
Helen Mills Theater
135-139 West 26th Street
Between 6th and 7th Avenue

Banff, Canada
September 17, 2007
7:30 pm
Max Bell Theatre at The Banff Centre

Vancouver, Canada
September 18, 2007
7:30 pm
St. Mark's Anglican Church
1805 Larch Street
Free Event!

Flagstaff, Arizona
September 24, 2007
8:00 pm
Northern Arizona University
Cline Library Auditorium

Prescott, Arizona
September 26, 2007
7:00 pm
Prescott College
Crossroads Community Center Meeting Room
220 Grove Avenue

Tempe, Arizona
September 27, 2007
7:00 pm
Changing Hands Bookstore
6428 S McClintock Drive

Tucson, Arizona

September 28, 2007
12:00 pm
University of Arizona Bookstore

September 29, 2007
7:00 pm
Antigone Books
411 North 4th Avenue

Albuquerque, New Mexico
October 2, 2007
7:00 pm
Museum of Science
and Natural History

1801 Mountain Rd. NW

Toronto, Canada
October 4, 2007
7:00 pm
Nicholas Hoare’s Food for Thought
at Pangaea restaurant.
Tickets $75.00.
Dinner included.
Tickets available at:
Nicholas Hoare Books

St. Louis, Missouri
October 6, 2007
4:15 pm
The Big Read
An initiative for the National Endowment for the Arts
A.G. Edwards Author Tent

Minneapolis, Minnesota

October 8, 2007
7:00 pm
University of Minnesota Bookstore
Coffman Memorial Union
300 Washington Avenue SE
In cooperation with the
Bell Museum of Natural History

October 9, 2007
7:00 pm
Birchbark Books
Lake of Isles Lutheran Church
2020 West Lake of the Isles Parkway

Madison, Wisconsin
October 13, 2007
10:00 am
Wisconsin Book Festival
In cooperation with the Wisconsin Humanities Council
Overture Center for the Arts
201 State Street

Lisbon, Portugal
October 23, 2007
Centro Cultural Belém
Portuguese Association for the Development of Telecommunications

South Hadley, Massachusetts
October 25, 2007
7:00 pm
Odyssey Books
Gamble Auditorium
Mount Holyoke College

Co-sponsored by the Mount Holyoke College Center for the Environment
9 College Street

Palm Beach, Florida
October 30, 2007
6:00 pm
The Society of the Four Arts Library
2 Four Arts Plaza

Coral Gables, Florida
October 31, 2007
8:00 pm
Books and Books
265 Aragon Avenue

Ogden, Utah
November 2, 2007
6:00 pm
Weber State University

Park City, Utah
November 3, 2007
12:00 pm
Sundance Tree Room Restaurant

Ticketed Event
1825 Three Kings Drive


Amherst, Massachusetts
November 5, 2007
7:30 pm
Amherst College
Pruyne Lecture Hall

, Illinois

November 8, 2007
6:30 pm
Columbia College Chicago in collaboration with The Peace Museum
Film Row Theatre
1104 S. Wabash, 8th Floor

"An Oasis of Imagination"
The Peace Museum
at the Chicago Public Library

Harold Washington Library
400 South State Street

Evanston, Illinois
November 9, 2007
7:00 pm
Barnes & Noble
1630 Sherman Avenue

Cambridge, Massachusetts
November 15, 2007
5:00 pm
Harvard Science Center
Lecture Hall E

Gloucester, Massachusetts
November 18, 2007
7:00 pm
Cape Ann Forum
Gloucester City Hall
9 Dale Avenue

Brussels, Belgium
November 30, 2007
Atelier d'Architecture Antex
European Union of Architects

Shanghai, China
December 11, 2007
Shanghai Library
Talk’s Theme: Walk into the World without Us, Imagine the Age after Human
Guest: Professor Jiang Xiaoyuan, Department Director of Science History, Shanghai Jiaotong University

Beijing, China

December 14, 2007
Media TV Centre
Talk’s Theme: Walk into the World without Us, Imagine the Era after Human
Guests: Professor Liu Bing, Tsinghua University,
Mr. Wang Yusheng, General Director of China Science and Technology Museum

December 15, 2007
Beijing Book Building
Book signing

Guangzhou, China
December 16, 2007
Guangzhou Book Centre
Signing and attending “Let’s Talk about the Earth” environmental protection activity

Plainfield, Massachusetts
January 10, 2008
7:00 pm
Plainfield Library/West Cummington Church benefit
Location: Shaw Memorial Library
312 Main Street

Lubbock, Texas
January 23, 2008
7:30 pm
Texas Tech University
2500 Broadway

Jersey City, New Jersey
February 11, 2008
New Jersey City University
Jersey City 

Washington, Pennsylvania
February 12, 2008
7:00 pm
Washington & Jefferson College
50 S. Lincoln St.

Patagonia, Arizona
February 15, 2008
5:30 pm
Patagonia Public Library
9 Dale Avenue

Redmond, Washington
February 25th, 2008
1:30 pm
Microsoft Campus

Tucson, Arizona
February 20, 2008
12:00 pm
University of Arizona College of Social and Behavioral Sciences lunch
Arizona Inn

2200 East Elm Street

New York, New York
March 6, 2008
6:00 pm
2007 National Book Critics
Circle Awards
The New School University
Tishman Auditorium

66 W. 12th St., New York, NY
*The World Without Us has been nominated as best nonfiction. Winner will be announced at the ceremony.
The event is free and open to the public.

Buenos Aires, Argentina
March 18, 2008
6:00 pm

Details to come

Oracle, Arizona
April 5, 2008
1:00 pm
Biosphere 2

Tucson, Arizona
April 8, 2008
7:00 pm
Astrobiology & the Sacred Series, University of Arizona
Location: Center for Creative Photography
1030 N. Olive Drive

Northampton, Massachusetts
April 14, 2008
7:00 pm
Smith College

Charlotte, North Carolina
April 16, 2008
4:00 pm
Davidson College

Sacramento, California
April 26, 2008
2:00 pm
American River College

Rohnert Park, California
May 7, 2008
7:30 PM
Sonoma State University
The Cooperage

Chagford, Devon
United Kingdom
May 27, 2008
7:30 PM
Chagford Church

Bristol, United Kingdom
May 28, 2008
6:00 PM
Bristol Festival of Ideas

Wales, United Kingdom
May 29, 2008
11:30 AM
Hay-on-Wye Festival

Lillehammer, Norway
June 1 (Exact time to come)
Norwegian Festival of Literature

Westfield, Massachusetts
June 21, 2008
10:00 AM
Westfield Athenaeum

*Contact Tanya.farrell@picadorusa.com for interview requests or press inquiries.

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