IN PERSON - Juli Berwald - LIFE ON THE ROCKS

Start: 
Thursday, July 7, 2022 - 6:30pm
Location: 
2421 Bissonnet Street
Houston, TX 77005

Brazos Bookstore will be hosting Juli Berwald in person on Thursday, July 7 at 6:30 pm.

Juli Berwald will be in conversation with Joseph Campana.

Face Masks are required to attend the event.


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.


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

Joseph Campana is a poet, critic, and scholar of Renaissance literature, with essays on Spenser, Shakespeare, Nashe, Defoe, Middleton, poetry and poetics, and the history of sexuality in PMLAModern PhilologyShakespeareProse Studies, and elsewhere. He is the author of The Pain of Reformation: Spenser, Vulnerability, and the Ethics of Masculinity (Fordham UP, 2012), and two collections of poetry, The Book of Faces (Graywolf, 2005) and Natural Selections (2012), which received the Iowa Poetry Prize. His poems appear in SlateKenyon ReviewPoetryConjunctionsColorado Review, and many other venues. He has received the Isabel MacCaffrey Essay Prize, the MLA’s Crompton-Noll Award for LGB studies, and grants from the NEA, the HAA, and the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference.

He serves as the Director of the Center for Environmental Studies (ENST) and the co-director of the ENST minor.

Current projects include a study of children and sovereignty in the works of Shakespeare entitled The Child’s Two Bodies, an edited collection (with Scott Maisano) entitled Renaissance Posthumanism, and a collection of poems entitled The Book of Life.

He teaches Renaissance literature and creative writing at Rice University.

Life on the Rocks: Building a Future for Coral Reefs By Juli Berwald Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9780593087305
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Riverhead Books - April 5th, 2022