Remembering and Celebrating the Life of Desmond Tutu

Dear Friends, As you no doubt have heard, Archbishop Tutu has left our world at age 90. Thank you so much for the outpouring of love and support as we grieve the loss of our beloved Father, known to all as Arch, who blessed the world with his boundless love, his moral vision, and his infectious laughter, which I still hear ringing in my ears and lightening my grief. I feel so grateful to have been able to spend so much time with him and to have known his fierce and generous love. I'm also so...

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Twelve Lessons from 2021

Dear Friends,  In a year of small steps forward and some steps back, we are profoundly grateful for all of you— the authors, readers, editors, agents, and publishers we have had the honor of learning from and working with. You always remain our greatest teachers. In that spirit, we’d like to share twelve essential lessons we’ve learned this year that we’ll be carrying into 2022.   1. Our Most Important Relationship Is With Our Inner Voice  Mental well-being was on everyone’s...

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A Chance to Dive into the Underwater Wild

Dear Friends, In the Academy Award-winning film, My Octopus Teacher, Craig Foster dove deep into the Great African Sea Forest and discovered a world of creatures and behaviors never before seen by humans and, in the process, healed his own suffering.      “A captivating call to take time to observe and live in the moment.” —Kirkus Review   Now, we invite you to discover this deeply enchanting underwater forest in Underwater Wild: My Octopus Teacher's Extraordinary...

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Jane Goodall on Our Greatest Survival Strategy

Dear Friends, The question world famous naturalist Jane Goodall gets asked most often is, “Do you still have hope?” Her answer is a resounding yes. In the face of accelerating climate change, rampant uncertainty, and continuing global inequity, Dr. Goodall says that hope is more necessary than ever. In fact, it is the active survival strategy we need most.   In their new book, The Book of  Hope: A Survival Guide for Trying Times, out today, Jane and Idea...

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Celebrating World Octopus Day with My Octopus Teacher

Dear Friends, Happy World Octopus Day!  We are so happy to celebrate one of the most distinctive, playful, intelligent, and curious animals on the planet today alongside our dear friends and authors, Ross Frylinck and Craig Foster, of the critically acclaimed and Academy Award winning feature documentary, My Octopus Teacher and the new book Underwater Wild: My Octopus Teacher's Extraordinary World, a gorgeous full-color dive with over 250 original  photographs. To celebrate, we’d like to offer...

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The Good News About the New Normal

Hi Friends, Work hasn’t been the same for a long time, and it will likely never go “back to normal.” That’s not necessarily a bad thing. But one of the consequences is that we get emailed, pinged, texted, nudged, notified, and alerted all in the same space where we try to relax and unwind. We have to be intentional every day to keep our boundaries, our peace, and our focus. This can feel like an uphill battle.   The good news: There’s nothing wrong with us—our brains aren’t...

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Waking Up Your Brain

Hi Friends, We’re writing you today to introduce you to Dr. Lisa Miller, a New York Times bestselling author, award-winning researcher, and a groundbreaking scientist whose work on where spirituality resides in the brain—and its unparalleled power to act as a prophylactic against depression and mental illness—offers a bold new paradigm for health, healing, and resilience.    In her new book The Awakened Brain: The New Science of Spirituality and Our Quest for an Inspired Life,...

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MISSION: JOY an Invitation to the Film Premiere

                                  Dear Friends, We wanted to share with you an opportunity to attend the online premiere tomorrow, June 12th at 2pm ET, of the deeply moving and laugh-out-loud funny documentary film, MISSION: JOY — FINDING HAPPINESS IN TROUBLED TIMES.  Inspired by New York Times bestseller The Book of Joy: Lasting Happiness in a Changing World, the film showcases the exchange that led to...

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Discovering the Wisdom of the Forest

Dear Friends,   We are thrilled to share with you this deeply personal story from Dr. Suzanne Simard, the world’s leading forest ecologist who forever changed how we view trees, our connections to one another, and to all living things in the forest. Her debut book, Finding The Mother Tree: Discovering the Wisdom of the Forest, is out today and is, as a Booklist starred review put it, “a masterwork of planetary significance.”   Suzanne is doing the most cutting-edge research...

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