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May 16 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

An Evening with “My Octopus Teacher” Filmmaker Craig Foster and Alizé Carrère


Event Category:

Books & Books


May 16
7:00 pm - 8:00 pm


Books & Books in Coral Gables
265 Aragon Ave
Coral Gables, FL 33134
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“An important book that will transform how we think about being human. … that will inspire hope.”—Jane Goodall

The Books & Books Literary Foundation and the University of Miami Rosenstiel School of Marine Atmospheric & Earth Science present…


in conversation with

Alizé Carrère, PhD

with introductions by

Danielle McDonald, PhD


Amphibious Soul: Finding the Wild in a Tame World 

(HarperOne, $29.99)

Thursday, May 16th, 7:00 PM | Books & Books, Coral Gables


Books & Books Literary Foundation and the University of Miami Rosenstiel School of Marine Atmospheric & Earth Science are thrilled to present an evening with Academy Award-winner Craig Foster discussing his new book: Amphibious Soul: Finding the Wild in a Tame World (HarperOne, $29.99). He will be in conversation with Alizé Carrère, and the duo will be introduced by Rosenstiel School Professor Danielle McDonald.

Books will be handed out upon entry. 

Each ticket admits up to two (2) guests into the venue and includes one (1) copy of AMPHIBIOUS SOUL.

About the Book:


How can we reclaim the soul-deepening wildness that grounds us and energizes us when so much of the modern world seems designed to tame us?

In this thrilling memoir of a life spent exploring the most incredible places on Earth—from the Great African Seaforest to the crocodile lairs of the Okavango Delta—Craig Foster reveals how we can attend to the earthly beauty around us and deepen our love for all living things, whether we make our homes in the country, the city, or anywhere in between.

Foster explores his struggles to remain present to life when a disconnection from nature and the demands of his professional life begin to deaden his senses. And his own reliance on nature’s rejuvenating spiritual power is put to the test when catastrophe strikes close to home.

Foster’s lyrical, riveting Amphibious Soul draws on his decades of daily ocean dives, wisdom from Indigenous teachers, and leading-edge science.



About the Author:

Craig Foster is one of the world’s leading natural history filmmakers and co-founder of the Sea Change Project. He won the Academy Award for Best Documentary for My Octopus Teacher, and has created over 100 films and documentaries in addition to his photography. He lives in South Africa. More at https://seachangeproject.com/about/

About the Moderator:

Alizé Carrère is a National Geographic Explorer, filmmaker, and PhD candidate researching and documenting adaptation to environmental change. After moving to Montreal to complete a B.A. at McGill University in Environmental Sciences and International Development, she spent time living in Panama before returning to McGill to complete an M.Sc. in Integrated Water Resource Management. In 2013, Alizé received support from National Geographic to conduct research in Madagascar, where she spent several months uncovering an unlikely agricultural adaptation in response to severe deforestation. Her work evolved into a four-part film series covering human creativity and resourcefulness in the face of environmental hardship (premiered on PBS in 2021). Alizé is currently pursuing her PhD at the University of Miami in Ecosystem Science & Policy. Her research focuses on climate change utopias, or “climatopias”: the forward-looking plans that architects, designers and futurists are drawing up in response to imminent environmental change.

Danielle McDonald is a Professor of Marine Biology and Ecology and the Associate Dean of Research at the University of Miami’s Rosenstiel School of Marine, Atmospheric, and Earth Science. She is an expert in fish physiology and behavior with a focus on how physiology and behavior may change when exposed to environmental stressors such as pollution or low oxygen levels (hypoxia). Her work has important implications for environmental protection, as understanding how well fish tolerate changing environments allows one to advocate to policy makers. Her work also has important human health implications as studying aquatic animals can lead to exciting break-throughs in the understanding and/or treatment of human health and disease.