Join us for a “bug-watching tour” and reception with the author in the perfect setting to spot six-and eight-legged creatures: Fairchild Garden. In Wicked Bugs (Algonquin, $18.95), a darkly comical look at the sinister side of our relationship with the natural world, Amy Stewart has tracked down over one hundred of our worst entomological foes—creatures that infest, infect, and generally wreak havoc on human affairs. From the world’s most painful hornet, to the flies that transmit deadly diseases, to millipedes that stop traffic, to the “bookworms” that devour libraries, to the Japanese beetles munching on your roses. With wit, style, and exacting research, Stewart has uncovered the most terrifying and titillating stories of bugs gone wild. Intricate and strangely beautiful etchings and drawings by Briony Morrow-Cribbs capture diabolical bugs of all shapes and sizes in this mixture of history, science, murder, and intrigue that begins—but doesn’t end—in your own backyard.
As a part of the Wonders of Learning Series, join The Melissa Institute for an evening with two members of their esteemed Scientific Board, Dr. Debra J. Pepler and Dr. Wendy Craig as they discuss the research on bullying prevention and the initiatives of The Melissa Institute to create a world without bullying. Drs. Pepler and Craig are international experts in bullying and childhood aggression and designed and co-direct the Preventing Violence and Promoting Relationships Network (PREVNet), Canada’s national initiative for bullying prevention. PREVNet’s partners include sixty-two expert researchers from twenty-seven Canadian universities and forty-nine national organizations reaching children and youth from early childhood into adulthood.Bullying is wrong and hurtful. It affects not only the children and youth who are bullied but also those who bully others and those who know it is going on. Every child and youth has the right to be safe and free from involvement in bullying