If you have a book written about you, you've probably done something at least halfway interesting. Or have a ton of cash and an ego problem. In the case of Sharon Matola, it's certainly the former.
Matola is the subject of The Last Flight of the Scarlet Macaw: One Woman’s Fight to Save the World’s Most Beautiful Bird, by Bruce Barcott. Matola went to bat for the beautiful multi-colored bird, which is the national bird of Honduras.
Matola fought against a dam in Belize, and Barcott's book about her is the Campus Read selection for Boise State this year. She will give an illustrated speech, entitled Cutting Edge Conservation on Behalf of the Birds of Prey in Belize, at the World Center for Birds of Prey today at 7 p.m. The event is FREE.
In her review of Barcott's book for The New York Times, Elizabeth Royte notes that a book about birds, dams and conservation efforts "doesn’t sound thrilling." But, Royte notes, "Barcott ... makes it so, mashing up adventure travel, biography and nature writing in a steamy climate of corruption and intrigue." Check out the full review here. And then find out why the book's subject matter matters today.