PICT Book Talk: Twelve Trees

On Saturday, 15 June 2024, The Paris Institute for Critical Thinking (PICT) invites you to an afternoon with author and environmental historian Daniel Lewis, who will present and discuss his latest book, Twelve Trees: The Deep Roots of Our Future. The event will be hosted by the Mairie de Paris Centre.

One of The Guardian’s books to watch in 2024, Twelve Trees is an exploration of current challenges facing the planet, staged via the history of a dozen tree species. These trees, and the diverse habitats they inhabit, showcase the rapid environmental transformation the world is undergoing today, as well as holding valuable lessons for all kinds of human collectives, from indigenous peoples to environmental scientists, about how to deal with this transformation. In studying these trees, we study not just the present, but the story of the world, its past, and its future.

A curator and historian at one of the world’s most renowned research libraries—The Huntington Library, Art Museum, and Botanical Gardens—Daniel Lewis is the author of various books, including Belonging on an Island: Birds, Extinction, and Evolution in Hawai’i (Yale, 2018), which was named an Outstanding Academic Title by the Association of College & Research Libraries in 2019 and as one of the twelve best bird books of 2018 by Forbes. As part of his engagement in conservation, Daniel serves as a Bird Red List Authority member on the Species Survival Commission of the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN).

The book talk, followed by a Q&A session, is free and open to the public.


Saturday, 15 June 2024, 14:00-16:00


Maison de la Vie Associative et Citoyenne de Paris Centre—Site Marais
5 rue Perrée, 75003 Paris