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Doug Bierend and Joanna Steinhardt

April 26, 2021 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm PDT

In conversation about In Search of Mycotopia: Citizen Science, Fungi Fanatics, and the Untapped Potential of Mushrooms

Doug Bierend is joined by Joanna Steinhardt of the Society for Cultural Anthropology for a wide-ranging conversation about In Search of Mycotopia: Citizen Science, Fungi Fanatics, and the Untapped Potential of Mushrooms (Chelsea Green).

“Mushrooms are having a moment. [A] natural sequel for the many readers who enjoyed Merlin Sheldrake’s Entangled Life.” — Library Journal

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About In Search of Mycotopia

From ecology to fermentation, in pop culture and in medicine–mushrooms are everywhere. With an explorer’s eye, author Doug Bierend guides readers through the weird, wonderful world of fungi and the amazing mycological movement.

In Search of Mycotopia introduces us to an incredible, essential, and oft-overlooked kingdom of life–fungi–and all the potential it holds for our future, through the work and research being done by an unforgettable community of mushroom-mad citizen scientists and microbe devotees. This entertaining and mind-expanding book will captivate readers who are curious about the hidden worlds and networks that make up our planet.

Bierend uncovers a vanguard of mycologists; growers, independent researchers, ecologists, entrepreneurs, and amateur enthusiasts exploring and advocating for fungi’s capacity to improve and heal. From decontaminating landscapes and waterways to achieving food security, In Search of Mycotopia demonstrates how humans can work with fungi to better live with nature–and with one another.

About the participants

Doug Bierend is a freelance journalist writing about science and technology, food, and education, and the various ways they point to a more equitable and sustainable world. His byline appears in WiredThe AtlanticViceMotherboardThe Counter, Outside MagazineCivil Eats, and numerous other publications.

Joanna Steinhardt is an Oakland-based researcher, writer, and editor. She holds a PhD in Sociocultural Anthropology from UC Santa Barbara. She is currently working on a book about iboga, a psychoactive root bark from West Africa.


April 26, 2021
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm PDT
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