Coming Sept. 12, 2017 from National Geographic Books and Penguin Random House

Events so far   -   Bring BIG CHICKEN to your town!


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2 Sept: AJC Decatur Book Festival, Decatur, GA
9 Sept. Niman Ranch Farmer Appreciation Weekend
12 Sept: LAUNCH! In conversation with Helen Rosner of Eater at Caveat, 21 Clinton St. NYC, NY 10002. Buy tickets here.
16 Sept: Southern Independent Booksellers Alliance (SIBA 17), New Orleans, LA
18 Sept: GEORGIA LAUNCH! A Cappella Books at Manuel's Tavern, 602 North Highland Ave NE, Atlanta, GA 30307
19 Sept: Georgia Center for the Book, Dekalb County Public Library, 215 Sycamore St., Decatur, GA 30030
20 Sept: Avid Bookshop, Athens, GA
22 Sept: Malaprop's Bookstore/Café, 55 Haywood St., Asheville NC 28801
25 Sept: DC LAUNCH! In conversation with Lance Price at the Antibiotic Resistance Action Center, George Washington University. Free tickets here.
29 Sept: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (not open to the public)
5-6 Oct: Extinction and Livestock conference, Queen Elizabeth II Conference Center, London UK
17 Oct: Emory University, Atlanta, GA (Anthro 303, 6pm)
30 Oct: Book Passage, One Ferry Building, San Francisco CA 94111
4-5 Nov: In conversation with Tom Philpott of Mother Jones at the Texas Book Festival, Austin


Antibiotics changed the world.
Then we gave them to the animals we eat.
This is the story of what happened next.

From the publisher:

In this provocative narrative, acclaimed journalist Maryn McKenna reveals the fascinating history of chicken—and how the common backyard bird became an industrial commodity impacting human health around the world. Crucial to its meteoric rise: the routine use of antibiotics, a practice that would transform agriculture, change the world's eating habits, and contribute to the deadly rise of drug-resistant infections around the globe.

Bringing us on an extraordinary journey from the vast poultry farms of the United States to laboratories, kitchens and sidewalk markets around the world, McKenna reveals how economic, political and cultural forces converged to make America's favorite meat a hidden danger—and how companies, activists, farmers and chefs are carving a path back to better, safer food.

Early praise for BIG CHICKEN:

"A must-read for anyone who cares about the quality of food and the welfare of animals."
- Mark Bittman, author of How To Cook Everything

"A modern Upton Sinclair, Maryn McKenna explains how our food is actually produced today. Big Chicken is highly readable, shocking, and opens our eyes to the risks we have been incurring. A most important book!"
- Martin Blaser, MD, author of Missing Microbes

"If you think raising farm animals on antibiotics is nothing to worry about, Big Chicken will change your mind in a hurry. Maryn McKenna's account of the profit-driven politics that allowed widespread antibiotic resistance should be required reading for anyone who cares about food and health."
- Marion Nestle, author of Food Politics

"Drug-resistant infections are among the greatest challenges of our time. Maryn McKenna makes this challenge personal and compelling, illustrating how antibiotic resistance has been developing, why we should care, and what we should all demand to address it."
- Jeremy Farrar, MD, PhD, director of the Wellcome Trust


Bring BIG CHICKEN to your town!

A note from Maryn:

So here's the reality: Amazon changed forever the structure of how authors do book tours. Publishers no longer automatically send authors on long trips, trusting that audiences will show up to listen and buy books.

But authors still want to come talk about our books! At least, I do. But to do that, I need help — either a way to pay for travel, or, if I can get there on my own, a commitment that people will come listen to a talk or support a local bookstore.

So if you'd like to hear me talk about BIG CHICKEN — at your local bookstore, or at a seminar, speech, or Grand Rounds — email me and we'll figure out how.

If you're at a university, maybe your department has travel support for events, or a speaker series with a budget for honoraria. If you love your local bookstore, ask them if they'll schedule me if you bring 20 friends. If you're in a Slow Food chapter or a food-studies program or a student food-justice group, talk to me! And let's see what we can make work.


To request an advance copy:

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