Read “Voices of Life” with the SciFri . Book Club

Illustrated stack of books with text Hello to me in SciFri About book club page Life sounds. There are many ways to participate: read the book, join our Online community spaceAnd the attending an upcoming event, or send Message at (646) 767-6532 or at SciFri VoxPop.

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This November, the SciFri Book Club will delve into the stories, voices, and scientific explorations of Sounds of Life: How digital technology brings us closer to the worlds of animals and plants Written by Karen Packer, Canadian professor, author, and researcher in digital innovation and environmental governance. Published in 2022, this book explores the mysterious world of natural sounds, leading us through a vast, beautiful, and complex world of sound that humans are only just beginning to understand. Packer also observes new technological innovations and ancient wisdom that helps us monitor the fortunes of our environment. Whether it’s by listening to whale songs, turtle roar, or bee ‘gurgling’, sounds of life He unveils stories that show how access to non-human voices can unlock humanity’s relationship with nature. sounds of life It collects a range of topics, including Environmental biology, conservationAnimal intelligence, communication, technology, and more—and we’ll touch on these ideas throughout book club season.

You can get your copy at your local bookstore or at

Book club season starts this Tuesday, November 1, and you can read on with us! We’ll (loosely) follow this schedule, but all of our readers are welcome to join us at their own pace:

  • Introduction to Chapter 2 From 1 to 6 November
  • Seasons 3-5 From 7 to 13 November
  • Chapters 6-7 From 14 to 20 November
  • Chapters 8-10 From 21 to 30 November

Plus, We will be hosting virtual and in-person events throughout the month! Stay tuned for our website! Join our events newsletter To be the first to know.

There are many ways to dive in and participate! Could you Get a copy of the book (and author and SciFri support), Read an excerpt From Sweet Grass BraidingAnd the Join the discussion In the online book club community, subscribe to our site email newsletteror respond to the next invitation to attend Book club events. Check out all the details below.

Win a free copy of The sounds of life!

Karen Packer's Voices of Life cover over a white flower photo.Science Friday in partnership with Princeton University Press offers 10 free copies of Sounds of Life: How digital technology brings us closer to the worlds of animals and plants by Karen Packer.

Enter the giveaway

This form will close at 11:59 PM ET Sunday 23 October 2022. Winners will be chosen at random, and notified by email on Monday, October 24, 2022.

Get your own copy

If you’d like to purchase a hard copy, we encourage you to start locally! Below are our SciFri Book Club partner libraries – if you’re in the area, consider supporting your local bookseller (plus mention our book club for a discount off your purchases at participating stores!).

If they don’t have the book in stock or you’d rather buy online, you can support Science Friday by purchasing your copy from our website page.

Save the Date: SciFri . Book Club Events

The SciFri Book Club + Aeronaut Cannery Present: sounds of life

Meet the SciFri Book Club at Aeronaut Cannery for a special event with Karen Bakker, author sounds of life. More special guests, including an interactive audio experience, will be announced soon! (21+)

November 16 tickets

Onstage, author Karen Packer will tune us audio-challenged humans to new technological innovations and ancient wisdom that helps us hear and understand more and more non-human voices.

Haven’t read the book yet? Not a problem! You can join us whether you choose or read the author’s book or not. We will talk about the topics and topics in the book, which all present can explore.

Karen Packer's Voices of Life cover over a white flower photo.November community meeting at SciFri Book Club: sounds of life

Want to meet other SciFri book club members, talk about book selection, and find more resources for deeper learning – all without leaving your home? Our community meeting is the place for you!

Reply to the invitation on November 30

This discussion meeting will focus on the topics and topics presented in sounds of life. You’re welcome to join us regardless of your reading progress – come and chat with other people interested in science about nature, environmental science, conservation, animal intelligence and communication, technology, conservation, and more!

Join our community space

And when you start reading, Join us in our online community space: Science Friday Book Club is now on Mighty Networks, a platform where we can collect, read and discuss science books together. We built this community space because you told us you wanted a better way to connect with other SciFri book clubs, and we hope you’ll join us there!

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Read excerpts

Not sure this book is right for you? Want to read an excerpt before committing? I’ve got you covered.

Princeton University Press, publisher sounds of lifeSciFri Book Clubbers has been shown an excerpt from the book! You can read this form on our website.

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Diana Montano

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Diana Montano is Director of Experiences at Science Friday, where she creates live events and partnerships to delight and engage audiences in the world of science.

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