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    April 15, 2019

    Innovation + Leadership presents


    Jonathan Drori

    discussing his acclaimed book




    Featuring illustrations by Lucille Clerc


    Tuesday, April 23, 7pm


    "Jonathan Drori[‘s]...sunny prose sparkles with authority…

    Drori and Clerc's book abounds with discoveries."

    —New York Times Book Review


    “A brilliant blend of science, history, culture and folklore...The quietly passionate writing is informative, interesting and quite delightful…

    [A] joy to touch, to hold and to read.”



    “An arboreal odyssey.”



    What: On Tuesday, April 23, TEDTalk speaker, multitalented tree expert, and sustainability advocate Jonathan Drori will visit The Music Hall as part of its Innovation + Leadership series to share AROUND THE WORLD IN 80 TREES, his scientifically-grounded love letter to the fascinating organisms that support life as we know it. The book’s strange and true tales—populated by self-mummifying monks, tree-climbing goats, and ever-so-slightly radioactive nuts—are illustrated by World Illustration Award nominee Lucille Clerc, taking the reader on a journey that is as informative as it is beautiful.

    The 7pm event includes an author presentation and Q&A, plus a post-event book signing and meet-and-greet. It will be held at The Music Hall Loft at 131 Congress St., in Portsmouth, New Hampshire.


    When/Where:  Tuesday, April 23– 7pm

                             The Music Hall Loft

                             131 Congress Street

                             Portsmouth, NH 03801


    About the Author: Jonathan Drori is a Trustee of The Eden Project, an Ambassador for the World Wide Fund for Nature, and was for nine years a Trustee of the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew Gardens, and The Woodland Trust. In 2006 he was made CBE by H. M. The Queen. He is also a highly sought after speaker in the UK, and his US presence continues to grow. You can watch his four engaging TED talks here.


    Tickets: The ticket package for Innovation + Leadership: Jonathan Drori with AROUND THE WORLD IN 80 TREES on Tuesday, April 23, at 7pm is $39. In addition to a reserved seat, the package includes a copy of AROUND THE WORLD IN 80 TREES ($24.99 hardcover), a bar beverage, Q+A, and book signing meet-and-greet. Packages can be purchased online at TheMusicHall.org, over the phone at 603.436.2400, or in person at the B2W Box Office at the Historic Theater, 28 Chestnut Street.

    About Innovation + Leadership

    In this Age of Participation, The Music Hall has expanded its programming to focus on issues critical to our time. The Innovation + Leadership series was first launched nearly five years ago to serve our local business community, bringing together the best and the brightest in technology. The series has since broadened to showcase opinion leaders, authors and all variety of educators, and to serve audiences from a tri-state region and beyond—all who are interested in bettering the worlds they live in, at work and at home, locally and around the world. These lively and informative conversations feature experts in their field sharing experiences and providing participants practical tools for making meaningful advances in their lives. From demonstrations in the art of all things digital to special forums featuring regional and global leaders in sustainability, from book discussion-demonstrations on the positive effect of meditation to awareness-raising events led by today’s champions in philanthropy, feminism, and family matters, each Innovation + Leadership event is memorable and impactful. The Music Hall is committed to community building and personal flourishing. Our Innovation + Leadership series delivers on that commitment.


    Presenting Sponsor: Alnoba

    Series Sponsors: Atlantic Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine; Bangor Savings Bank

    Season Sponsors: Carey & Giampa Realtors; Portwalk Place; The River House Restaurant

    Contributing Partner: University of New Hampshire




    A Forbes “12 Best Biology Books of 2018”


    “Jonathan Drori...is an engaging guide, attuned to the sensual appeal of trees as well as their ecological, ethnological and medicinal uses...Lucille Clerc’s colored-ink illustrations, including fruits and foliage that sometime slip off the edge of the page, add to the reader’s enjoyment.”—Wall Street Journal


    “I have loved trees all my life. It’s fascinating to understand the role they play, not just in our lives, but life as a whole.”—Dame Judi Dench


    “In this delightful and beautifully illustrated book Jonathan provides a collection of fascinating biographies of some of the world’s most extraordinary trees...This is a personal narrative; Jonathan’s love for trees, and his sense of wonder at the diversity of the natural world, shines through on every page.”—Richard Deverell, Director, Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew


    “This is the best love letter to trees I have ever read. Had I written it myself, I would die happy.”—Sir Tim Smit, Founder of the Eden Project


    “Nature writing at its best, skilfully weaving science with fascinating folklore and the sheer wonder of trees.”—Professor Sir Charles Godfray CBE FRS


    “Botanical science, culture and the history of exploration all come together in this journey around the world through many of the most important trees that influence the customs and economy of each country. I would have found it hard to make a better selection of trees that are influential and important to the culture of the many countries [in this] most engaging trip around the world.”Professor Sir Ghillean Prance FRS, VMH, Former Director, Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew


    “This is the perfect tree book, with beautiful illustrations. A must for any tree lover, professional or amateur, who wants to learn more about 80 inspirational trees from around the world.”Tony Kirkham, Head of the Arboretum at Kew


    “Full of new ideas and wonderful stories about the trees that helped shape us, I really loved this entertaining and erudite world journey.”Beccy Speight, Chief Executive, The Woodland Trust


    “AROUND THE WORLD IN 80 TREES is a celebration of the vital importance of trees to our culture, environment, diet and spiritual well-being. The combination of factual, scientific and historical information makes for a fascinating read. It is a work of art and science with charming illustrations which will delight tree lovers everywhere.”Professor Nicola Spence, the UK Government’s Chief Plant Health Officer


    “A brilliant blend of science, history, culture and folklore, this interesting and engaging book explores the relationship between people and trees as it circumnavigates the globe. Author and tree expert, Jonathan Drori, shares strange and fascinating stories about a variety of familiar or prominent trees species...The quietly passionate writing is informative, interesting and quite delightful. The hardback version, which I’ve got, is one of the best-produced books I’ve read in years: the formatting is crisp and inviting, the paper is heavy and of high quality, and almost every page includes color drawings by artist Lucille Clerc that are simply breathtaking. Together, these features make this book a joy to touch, to hold and to read.”—Forbes


    "Beautiful illustrations by the French artist Lucille Clerc, strewn generously throughout, have the limpid calm of vernal pools. The book's author, Jonathan Drori, whose sunny prose sparkles with authority, grew up near the Royal Botanic Gardens at Kew, where he later served as a trustee. His childhood passion for plants branched into a study of the ways humans and trees interact. Drori and Clerc's book abounds with discoveries.”New York Times Book Review


    “An arboreal odyssey.”—Nature


    About The Music Hall

    The Music Hall is an active and vital cultural center in downtown Portsmouth, New Hampshire, dedicated to the advancement of the tri-state region’s cultural life through the performing arts, literature, and education. A community-supported 501(c)3 nonprofit organization, it presents entertainment from around the world and around the corner—the greatest musicians, writers, and performers of the time, extraordinary films, and award-winning documentaries. Its 600 yearly events delight an annual audience of 130,000 (including 20,000 children) in two theaters—an 1878 Victorian-era Historic Theater and the modern and intimate Loft space. The Music Hall was recently named Editors’ Choice “Best All-Around Entertainment” by Yankee Magazine and is a designated “American Treasure for the Arts.” Through innovative community partnerships, it subsidizes thousands of tickets each year to make the arts accessible to all. The Music Hall is community-oriented and committed to helping the Seacoast region flourish.


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