SciFri Book Club Meetup: New York Botanical Garden

Discuss Oliver Sacks’ “On the Move” with fellow SciFri Book Clubbers at the New York Botanical Garden.

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In his autobiography, On the Move: A Life, Oliver Sacks writes about an outing with “Steve”—an autistic and mute patient—to the New York Botanical Garden:

“Steve loved the plants; it was May and the lilac was in full bloom, He loved the grassy dells and the spaciousness all about him. At one point, he picked a flower, gazed at it, and uttered the first word any of us had ever heard him say: ‘Dandelion!’”

The NYBG was a special place for Dr. Sacks. That’s why we’re thrilled to make it the setting for our next Book Club Meet-Up!

On Saturday, February 6th, join Ira Flatow, your fellow Book Club members, and special guest readers Dr. Danielle OfriBrain Pickings’ Maria Popova; Dr. Sacks’ longtime assistant and collaborator, Kate Edgar; and NYBG ferns curator (and friend of Dr. Sacks), Robbin Moran, for a wide-ranging discussion of On the Move. Then stick around for a special tour of Dr. Sacks’ beloved ferns and cycads, led by Moran, in the NYBG’s conservatory.

It’s FREE to attend, but space is limited, so complete the form below to add your name to the list. Pre-registration is required, and we’ll confirm before the event that your spot has been reserved.

Still need a book? You can order On the Move: A Life from Powell’s at a 30 percent discount. In the meantime, take a sneak peek at what’s in store by checking out this excerpt, about Sacks’ weightlifting days on Muscle Beach.

Date: Saturday, February 6, 2016
Time: Discussion is at 2 p.m., followed by a 20-minute plant tour at 3 p.m.
Location: The Garden Terrace Room, New York Botanical Garden, Bronx, NY (Just 20 minutes from Grand Central Terminal in Manhattan!)

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