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Photo: Sue Michlovitz 

Diane Ackerman is the author of two dozen highly-acclaimed works of poetry and nonfiction, including New York Times bestsellers The Zookeeper's Wife, A Natural History of the Senses,The Human Age, and Pulitzer Prize Finalist, One Hundred Names for Love.

"I find that writing each book becomes a mystery trip, one filled with mental, emotional (and sometimes physical) adventures. The world revealing itself, human nature revealing itself, is seductive and startling, and that's always been fascinating enough to send words down my spine. But writing a book is only part of the creative process; the circle completes when it settles in a reader's heart. I hope you'll join me on my travels." — Diane Ackerman





Diane Ackerman Receives the Stephen Hawking Medal for Science Communication

Yerevan, Armenia, September 2022

At this year’s STARMUS, the foremost international science and art festival, which features world-class scientists, engineers, artists, and astronauts, Diane Ackerman received the Stephen Hawking Medal for Science Communication, along with primatologist Jane Goodall, rock legend and astrophysicist Brian May, and the stellar NASA TV and Communications Team.

The Stephen Hawking Medal is awarded to individuals and teams who have made significant contributions in bridging the arts and sciences, and in communicating science to a popular audience. Previous medal winners include Elon Musk, Buzz Aldrin, Neil deGrasse Tyson, Brian Eno, and Hans Zimmer.

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Diane's bestselling book, The Zookeeper's Wife, has been made into a movie, starring Jessica Chastain and Daniel Brühl.