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Books spotlight naturalist who co-discovered ‘natural selection’
Western Carolina University biology professor James T. Costa’s two forthcoming books offer an in-depth look at the work of Alfred Russel Wallace, a naturalist who some historians contend deserves more credit for helping co-discover the principle of natural selection.
The first book, On the Organic Law of Change: A Facsimile Edition and Annotated Transcription of Alfred Russel Wallace’s “Species Notebook” of 1855-1859, will be the first-ever publication of the most important field notebook Wallace kept during his Southeast Asian explorations of the 1850s.
Costa’s second book, Wallace, Darwin, and the Origin of Species, will be published next spring. In the book, Costa offers an analysis of the contents of Wallace’s species notebook and examines the parallels in Wallace’s and Darwin’s thinking, their relationship and the controversy over Darwin’s receipt and subsequent publication of Wallace’s paper about natural selection.
In addition to the two forthcoming books, Costa authored Hamiltonian Inclusive Fitness: A Fitter Fitness Concept, which was recently published in the Royal Society journal Biology Letters. He also is the author of The Annotated Origin: A Facsimile of the First Edition of On the Origin of Species and The Other Insect Societies, both of which were published by Harvard University Press.
Children’s author and illustrator at Waynesville bookstore
Local author Anna Browning will sign copies of her debut book, Tanner Turbeyfill and the Moon Rocks, at 11 a.m. Dec. 7 at Blue Ridge Books in Waynesville.
The 32-page hardcover is now available at Blue Ridge Books, City Lights Bookstore in Sylva, Jellie Bellies in Maggie Valley, and online at Amazon.com and BN.com.
Brown’s illustrator, Josh Crawford, will be on hand to sign books alongside Anna.
Tanner Turbeyfill and the Moon Rocks is the story about a young boy who has always wanted his own moon rocks. One night, while documenting a full moon from his tree house Observatory, Tanner notices the moon starting to brighten into a blue color. What will this mysterious light do? Read Anna’s book to find out how Tanner’s tree house turns into a spaceship to get him to the moon and back, and see if Tanner is able to finally collect the moon rocks he has always wanted.
Rasmussen discusses mystery
Author Tami Rasmussen will present her murder mystery, Murmur, from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday, Dec. 6, at Books Unlimited in Franklin.
Set in Franklin, the narrative is about a horrific murder and the shocking mystery threatening a way of life in the remote location of White Rock Mountain and Hickory Gap. Murder, mystery, fear and great loss cloak this isolated mountain community. Murmur is about the mountain folks who live here and their perseverance during the tumultuous 1970s. Without electricity, telephone service or running water, Sonny Branch is in her element. Resisting modern amenities and lifestyle, she is a strong and capable mountain woman. But love and despair bring Branch to her knees when outsiders threaten the kinship of all of the colorful characters living in this small mountain community.
Wildsmith presents Christmas chapbook
Poet and educator Dana Wildsmith will present her latest chapbook Christmas in Bethlehem at 6:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 6, at City Lights Bookstore in Sylva.
This collection brings the reader back once more to Wildsmith’s family farm in Bethlehem, Ga., a farm introduced through her earlier poetry collection, One Good Hand, and her environmental memoir, Back to Abnormal.
Wildsmith is the author of four collections of poetry and has recently completed a novel. She has served as Artist-in-Residence for Grand Canyon National Park, as Writer-in-Residence for the Island Institute in Alaska, and is a Fellow of the Hanbidge Center for Creative Arts and Sciences. Wildsmith teaches English Literacy through Lanier Technical College.