Diane Ackerman Book Signing and Discussion

The Zookeeper’s Wife
Special Screening w/ discussion & book signing
featuring Diane Ackerman
Friday, March 31st at 4:15 pm

Adapted from Diane Ackerman’s best-selling book, The Zookeeper’s Wife makes its Ithaca premiere on Friday, March 31st. To celebrate, the author herself will be on hand for a special post-show discussion after the 4:15 screening. After the talk, she’ll be signing books in the lobby, with copies for sale from our friends at Buffalo Street Books!

The Zookeeper’s Wife will continue with a regular schedule of screenings throughout the week.



The Zookeeper’s Wife tells the account of keepers of the Warsaw Zoo, Antonina and Jan Zabinski, who helped save hundreds of people and animals during the German invasion.
Director: Niki Caro
Writers: Angela Workman, Diane Ackerman (based on the book by)
Stars: Jessica Chastain, Johan Heldenbergh, Daniel Brühl


Poet, essayist, and naturalist, Diane Ackerman received an M.A., M.F.A. and Ph.D. from Cornell University. She is the author of twenty-four works of nonfiction and poetry, including three New York Times bestsellers: “The Human Age: The World Shaped by Us,” which received the PEN Henry David Thoreau Award; “The Zookeeper’s Wife,” which received the Orion Book Award; and “A Natural History of the Senses,” which inspired the PBS NOVA series, “Mystery of the Senses,” which she hosted.

Her other nonfiction includes “One Hundred Names for Love,” which was a finalist for both the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Circle Critics Award; “An Alchemy of Mind,” a poetics of the brain based on modern neuroscience; “Cultivating Delight: A Natural History of the Garden;” “Deep Play,” which considers play, creativity, and our need for transcendence; “A Slender Thread,” about her work as a crisis line counselor; “The Rarest of the Rare” and “The Moon by Whale Light,” in which she travels the world exploring the plight and fascination of endangered animals; “A Natural History of Love,” a tour of love’s many facets; and “On Extended Wings, her memoir of flying.”

Her poetry has been published in leading literary journals and in seven collections. She also writes nature books for children.

Ms. Ackerman has received many prizes and awards, including an honorary doctorate from Kenyon College, the John Burroughs Nature Award, Orion Book Award, PEN Henry David Thoreau Nature Writing Award, and Guggenheim Fellowship, as well as being honored as a Literary Lion by the New York Public Library. She has a molecule named after her –dianeackerone (a sex pheromone in crocodilians). She hosted a PBS Nova series based on “A Natural History of the Senses”; and the movie version of “The Zookeeper’s Wife” is appearing in March 2017.