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POSTPONED — Pittsburgh Arts & Lectures “New & Noted” – Suzanne Simard

July 14 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

Book cover of Finding the Mother Tree next to headshot of Suzanne Simard

UPDATE 7/12/22 — This event has been postponed. Ticket holders for the originally scheduled date of Thursday 7/14 will be able to use their tickets for the new date, which will be announced as soon as possible.

REGISTER HERE for in-person seating. This is a paid event. Your ticket includes a paperback copy of Finding the Mother Tree, available for pick up at the event. A livestream is not available. 

Suzanne Simard is a pioneer on the frontier of plant communication and intelligence; she’s been compared to Rachel Carson, hailed as a scientist who conveys complex, technical ideas in a way that is dazzling and profound. Now, in her first book, Simard brings us into the intimate world of the trees, in which she brilliantly illuminates the fascinating and vital truths—that trees are not simply the source of timber or pulp, but are a complicated, interdependent circle of life; that forests are social, cooperative creatures connected through underground networks by which trees communicate their vitality and vulnerabilities with communal lives not that different from our own.

Simard writes—in inspiring, illuminating, and accessible ways—how trees, living side by side for hundreds of years, have evolved, how they perceive one another, learn and adapt their behaviors, recognize neighbors, and remember the past; how they have agency about the future; elicit warnings and mount defenses, compete and cooperate with one another with sophistication, characteristics ascribed to human intelligence, traits that are the essence of civil societies. And at the center of it all are the Mother Trees: the mysterious, powerful forces that connect and sustain the others that surround them.

This is a Pittsburgh Arts & Lectures event presented in partnership with Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh.

This is a free event. Registration may also be completed by email at or by phone at 412.522.8866.

At this time, all in-person attendees must be fully vaccinated or present a recent negative COVID-19 test. Masks must be worn by everyone for the duration of their visit. You will need to bring proof of vaccination or negative COVID-19 test, photo ID, and mask. Find detailed entry requirements at 


July 14
6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
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CLP – Main (Oakland) Lecture Hall
4400 Forbes Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15213 United States
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