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Walk with Obi: Documentary Screening and Book Signing


Saturday, June 4 | 5:00 pm 7:00 pm

Join naturalist and author Obi Kaufmann for a celebration of his latest field atlas, The Coasts of California. During this special evening, Obi will peel back the curtain on his process, then screen a sneak peek of a new film about his work directed by award-winning filmmaker Alice Gu (The Donut King).

Before the evening ends with a book signing, Obi will invite the audience for a live Q&A. This is a rare opportunity to engage with the bestselling author as he takes you behind the scenes of his literary and visual universe.

Obi’s signature field atlases have created a genre of their own. Blending science writing, hand-drawn maps, lyrical prose, and Kaufmann’s trail paintings, these reference guides invite the reader to travel—vicariously and literally—through California’s wildlands.

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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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