The Lucy Man release!

Yikes, sorry for being behind the ball with our regional Spring into Action conference update–I got slammed with work and now I’m having some photo technical difficulties.  I will to post a more complete recap by Friday, but until then . . .

Wasn’t the conference AWESOME!!!

Everyone I talked to have a fabulous time and even the die-hard conference vets like myself walked away having learned a ton.  So thank you to the wonderful ladies on the planning committee, the presenters, and the attendees!  You all rock. 🙂  And if anyone has photos they’d like to share, please forward them to me.  

For now, let’s all give a . . .

Congratulations and mighty woo-HOO to regional member CAP Saucier for today’s release of THE LUCY MAN:  The scientist who found the most famous fossil ever!

“A highly engaging and accessible account of an extraordinary career spanning many years and several continents. As an added bonus, it provides an easy introduction to paleoanthropology—the fascinating study of where and how we human beings became the extraordinary creatures we are today—and evokes all its excitement!”  —IAN TATTERSAL, author of The Fossil Trail

Scientists dream of making a discovery that changes the way we think.  That dream came true for Dr. Donald C. Johanson when he found the most famous fossil in history, Lucy (Australopithecus afarensis). It was 1974, in Ethiopia, and Johanson was just beginning his career as a paleoanthropologist. Finding the first skeleton of an upright-walking human ancestor that was mostly complete and well-preserved made the young anthropologist famous and changed what we know about human evolution. 

This revealing biography, written for a younger audience of school-age children, describes Donald Johanson’s remarkable life and career.  After finding Lucy, Johanson went on to discover an entire group of Lucy’s species, called the First Family. He has also cowritten nine books and narrated and hosted an Emmy-nominated television series. Today, he continues to give talks around the world, and remains dedicated to educating people about how we became human. 

In some quarters, evolution is a controversial topic and so Johanson has devoted much time to helping people understand that human evolution is how we are connected by nature to all other life on Earth. Author CAP Saucier presents details of the scientist’s work, not just in regard to Lucy, but also other significant fossil finds, with up-to-date information on the most recent discoveries. In addition, she discusses his personal life, including his disagreement with the Leakey family and the regrettable damage it did to their friendship.

As a longtime friend, Saucier had the opportunity to travel with Johanson and interview him on different continents, from America to Europe and Africa. For this book, he has freely answered questions and generously donated many of his own photographs to the project. 

Beautifully illustrated with numerous photographs of the anthropologist at every stage of his illustrious career, The Lucy Man will teach students about the fascinating study of human evolution and inspire some to go on to make the next great discovery.

ISBN: 978-1-61614-433-3
EBook ISBN: 978-1-61592-434-0
Prometheus Books

Congratulations, Carol, for your wonderful accomplishment and we all wish you the best of luck! 🙂

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About Laura Bowers

Laura is a writer, runner, reader, runDisney addict, and blogger at As The Eraser Burns, Joyful Miles, and Write, Run, Rejoice. In the past, she's been a waitress, telemarketer, cook, real estate agent, and during her college days, a costumed character at holiday parades. (Memories of being terrorized as a candy cane still haunt her at night.) At the age of thirty, she pursued her dream of being a writer. Her first novel, Beauty Shop for Rent, a “Steel Magnolias for teens,” was inspired by a rusted sign by a charming old house, and now, she can honestly say that writing is a thousand times more rewarding than being a candy cane!
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One Response to The Lucy Man release!

  1. A reminder that one of the perks of attending our regional events is the chance to network. Because Prometheus Books published my book The Leakeys, Carol and I talked at a past regional conference a great deal about what a great pub house Prometheus is and I encouraged her to send her ms there. And I can’t wait to read it.

    I’m betting that many of you have picked up a tidbit that has moved you along the publication path, whether networking, mention of a specific publisher, a book to check out, or some encouraging words. I wasn’t on the committee to plan the recent conference, but I know the committee put in A TON of work to make it a success. If you have any stories about support or help you got from attending, I know the committee would LOVE to hear from you. 🙂

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