Thursday, August 8, 7pm
St. Louis Public Library - Schlafly Branch
This event has been indefinitely postponed due to unforseen events on behalf of the author, we apologize for any inconvenience.
Left Bank Books presents ocean conservationist, filmmaker and author, William McKeever, who will discuss and sign his new book, Emperor's of the Deep, along with a preview of his companion documentary.
Author and conservationist William McKeever is on a mission to change everyone’s views of the mysterious creatures of the deep. Emperor's of the Deep takes readers on a pulse-pounding journey around the world and deep under the water’s surface—from the frigid waters of the Arctic Circle to the coral reefs of the tropical Central Pacific—to dispel the narrative about sharks (from Jaws to Shark Week), which claims they’re terrifying underwater predators. McKeever says, "Sharks are unequivocally essential to maintaining a balanced ecosystem. When these important apex predators are removed from the ocean, the effect on reefs, seagrass and all the marine ecosystems is catastrophic for generations to come."
After McKeever saw a shark tournament, he was so incensed that he left his job in finance and now donates all of his time to ocean conservation and saving sharks. He embarked on a two-year journey around the world to write Emperor's of the deep, and produce the film because every year the plight of the shark is getting worse. Emperors of the Deep features the first female captains of Greenpeace’s Rainbow Warrior, the South African trackers of great whites, and the self-professed “last great shark hunter.” The book includes interviews with world-renowned shark scientists who have examined the Mako, Tiger, Hammerhead, and Great White sharks. McKeever dispels the myth of sharks as man-eaters. Humans killed 100 million sharks last year while human fatalities from sharks were only 4 WORLDWIDE. An estimated 32 percent of open ocean sharks are currently threatened with extinction. Sharks are 450 million years old and have survived five extinction level events, including the one that killed off the dinosaurs. Shark fins sell for as much as $300 per pound to make soup. Around the world, consumers are eating more shark meat and using the sharks to make cosmetics. Shark tourism is a growing business. A single shark generates an estimated $100,000-$250,000 per year in revenues. As apex predators, sharks are crucial to the ocean’s health by maintaining reef and seagrass ecosystems.
This event is free and open to the public, but proof of purchase of Emperor's of the Deep from Left Bank Books will be required to enter the signing line.
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