Elise Pearlstine Event
Join us in welcoming local author, Elise Pearlstine, as we celebrate her publication, Scent: A Natural History of Fragrance!
Friday, August 26th @ 1:00 pm.
Elise Vernon Pearlstine has written a fascinating exploration of the natural history of
scent and human perceptions of fragrance from the viewpoint of plant and pollinator.
In this wide-ranging and accessible new book, biologist-turned-perfumer Elise Vernon
Pearlstine turns our human-centered perception of fragrance on its head and investigates
plants' evolutionary reasons for creating aromatic molecules. Delving into themes of spirituali-
ty, wealth, power, addiction, royalty, fantasy, and more, Pearlstine uncovers the natural history
of aromatic substances and their intersection with human culture and civilization.
“But though Scent is a story of plants' ingenuity, it is also a tale of the human kind."—The
“The book is an evocative journey that awakens one’s curiosity to an oft-forgotten sense.”
—Dana Dunham, Scientific American