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The Coasts of California Book Launch and Film Premiere


Tuesday, April 19 | 7:00 pm

Join naturalist and author Obi Kaufmann for a celebration of his latest field atlas, The Coasts of California. Obi will peel back the curtain on his process in this special live stream event. For the first time in his five-year career with Heyday, Obi will invite his editor, Emmerich Anklam, and his designer, Ashley Ingram, to join him in a live discussion tracing the journey from idea to manuscript to finished book. The panel will be followed by the premiere of Walk with Obi: The Coasts of California, a new film about his work directed by award-winning filmmaker Alice Gu (The Donut King). 

To close out the evening, Obi will invite the audience for a live Q&A with all panel members. This is a rare opportunity to engage with the bestselling author, his venerated publishing team, and a world-class filmmaker as they take us behind the scenes of Obi’s literary and visual universe.

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About the Speaker

Obi Kaufmann

Obi Kaufmann

Growing up in the East Bay as the son of an astrophysicist and a psychologist, Obi Kaufmann spent most of high school practicing calculus and breaking away on weekends to scramble around Mount Diablo and map its creeks, oak forests, and sage mazes. Into adulthood, he would regularly journey into the mountains, spending more summer nights without a roof than with one. He is the author of The California Field Atlas (2017, #1 San Francisco Chronicle Best Seller), The State of Water: Understanding California’s Most Precious Natural Resource (2019), and The Forests of California: A California Field Atlas (2020), all published by Heyday. When he is not backpacking, you can find the painter-poet at home in the East Bay, posting trail paintings at his handle @coyotethunder on Instagram. His website is coyoteandthunder.com. 


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