Alison Pouliot presents 'Meetings with Remarkable Mushrooms: Forays with Fungi across Hemispheres'

A whirlwind journey through fungus frontiers that underscores how appreciating fungi is key to understanding our planet’s power and fragility.


Third Place Books welcomes Alison Pouliot to our Ravenna store! Pouliot will be discussing her new book, Meetings with Remarkable Mushrooms: Forays with Fungi across Hemispheres. This event is free and open to the public.

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About Meetings with Remarkable Mushrooms. . .

What can we learn from the lives of fungi? Splitting time between the northern and southern hemispheres, ecologist Alison Pouliot ensures that she experiences two autumns per year in the pursuit of fungi—from Australia’s deserts to Iceland’s glaciers to America’s Cascade Mountains. In Meetings with Remarkable Mushrooms, we journey alongside Pouliot, magnifiers in hand, as she travels the world.

With Pouliot as our guide, we smell fire-loving truffles that transform their scent after burning to lure mammals who eat them and, ultimately, spread their spores. We spot the eerie glow of the ghost fungus, a deceptive entity that looks like an edible oyster mushroom but will soon heave back out—along with everything else in your stomach—if you take a bite. And we crawl alongside vegetable caterpillars, which are neither vegetable nor caterpillar but a fungus that devours insects from the inside out.

Featuring stunning color photographs of these mycological miracles, Meetings with Remarkable Mushrooms shows that understanding fungi is fundamental for harmonizing with the natural world.


Praise for Meetings with Remarkable Mushrooms. . .

"In this captivating study, ecologist Pouliot expounds on mushrooms she’s encountered during her fieldwork....The result is an enjoyable tour of the fungal kingdom."
—Publisher's Weekly

“Powerful stuff, which should be read by all those who continue to support the insane logging of our native forests.”
—Jonathan Watts, author and environmental activist

"Sensual and scientific. Dazzling and boundary breaking. [Meetings with Remarkable Mushrooms] will make you see the world anew."
—Long Litt Woon, author of The Way Through the Woods

"An evocative, accessible and important book about one of the most vital, yet hugely ignored, kingdoms on our planet—fungi. After reading this you cannot help but see the world in a different light—and should approach mushrooms and truffles with new relish."
—Charles Massy, author of "Call of the Reed Warbler"

Alison Pouliot is an ecologist and photographer with a passion for fungi.

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