Community Event

Jessica Carew Kraft In Store Event For Her New Book WHY WE NEED TO BE WILD

Sat, August 26, 2023 5:00 pm – 6:30 pm
Mrs. Dalloway's Bookstore 2904 College Avenue Berkeley, CA 94705

Join us at Mrs. Dalloway’s Bookstore on Saturday, August 26th at 5:00 PM when            author Jessica Carew Kraft presents a special ALL AGES and HANDS-ON       demonstration and discussion for her new book Why We Need To Be Wild: One Woman’s Quest for Ancient Human Answers to 21st Century Problems. Jessica plans a show and tell based on a map of Berkeley, showing places that are featured in the book where she foraged all sorts of wild edibles and found materials for making useful objects. She will sign copies of her book after the presentation using special ink made from local oak tree galls.

Click here to preorder a copy of Why We Need To Be Wild.

Is it possible to live like our ancient ancestors in the 21st century? One woman decided to find out.

A writer and mom with decades of experience working in Silicon Valley, Jessica Carew Kraft grew fed up with her life filled with digital screens and deep anxieties about the future of humanity and nature. She quit her job and set out to learn about “rewilding” from people who reject the comforts and convenience of civilization to live in nature using Stone Age tools and skills. A suburbanite with a husband, kids, and a mortgage, she learned to turn sticks into fire, stones into axes, animal skins into clothes, reeds into baskets, and bones into tools.

Weaving deep research and reportage with the fascinating tale of her own experience pursuing this path, Jessica tells a remarkable story that illuminates the way we live now, how we survived in the past, and how each of us can choose to thrive in the challenging years ahead.

JESSICA CAREW KRAFT is the author of Why We Need to Be Wild: One Woman’s Quest for Ancient Human Answers to 21st-Century Questions (Sourcebooks, 2023). An independent journalist trained in anthropology, she holds degrees from the University of London, Yale University, and Swarthmore College. Her reporting on health, culture, tech, and education has been published in The New York Times, The Atlantic, Forbes, San Francisco Chronicle, Politico, NBC News, KQED, and many other outlets. In mid-life, she became a naturalist and wild food forager. Formerly residing in Berkeley, she now lives with her partner, two daughters, and like-minded neighbors of various species in the forest of the Sierra Foothills.

THIS EVENT is free but pre-registration is required. Registration ends at 3:00 pm on AUGUST 26TH.

BECAUSE SEATING is limited, please register only if you plan to attend.