March 2, 2001 Biologist Robert Sapolsky to Discuss His Memoir About Africa at the Library of Congress on April 9

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Robert M. Sapolsky, who has been called "one of the best scientist-writers of our time," will discuss his widely praised new book, A Primate's Memoir (Scribner, 2001), at 6:30 p.m., Monday, April 9, in the Mumford Room, sixth floor, James Madison Memorial Building, 101 Independence Ave. S.E. Part of the Center for the Book's "Books & Beyond" author series, the event is cosponsored with the Library's Office of Scholarly Programs. It is free and open to the public. No tickets are required.

A lively chronicle of a prominent scientist's coming of age in remote Africa, A Primate's Memoir is the entertaining and poignant culmination of more than two decades of experience and research. Mr. Sapolsky is professor of biology and neurology at Stanford University and a research associate with the Institute of Primate Research of the National Museums of Kenya. He is the author of The Trouble with Testosterone and Other Essays on the Biology of the Human Predicament (Scribner, 1997) and Why Zebras Don't Get Ulcers: A Guide to Stress, Stress Related Diseases, and Coping (W.H. Freeman 1994, updated 1998), both Los Angeles Times Book Award finalists. He is a regular contributor to Discover and The Sciences and a recipient of a MacArthur Foundation grant.

In a review in its February 19, 2001 issue, Publishers Weekly called A Primate's Memoir "both an absorbing account of young man's growing maturity and a tribute to the continent that, despite its troubles and extremes, held him in thrall."

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PR 01-035
ISSN 0731-3527