To arrange a speaking engagement, please contact Dawn Stuart at Books in Common, or call 541-318-6288


Sunday, January 29
Keene, New Hampshire
Keene Country Club
Hosted by Hillside Village retirement community
1-3 p.m.
Powerpoint talk on The Soul of an Octopus

Sunday, February 12
Boca Raton, Florida
Boca Raton Public Library
400 NH Second Ave.
3-4 p.m. Powerpoint talk and discussion of The Soul of an Octopus — chosen for the 2017 One Book all-community read.
4-5 p.m. Book signing to follow.

Wednesday, April 5
Glen Allen, Virginia
All Henrico Reads The Soul of an Octopus
Glen Allen High School
10700 Staples Mill Rd.
Events at 9:30-10:00 a.m. and 6-10 p.m.
Readings, presentations, book sales and signings.

Thursday, May 18 – Sunday May 21
Brevard, North Carolina
Looking Glass Rock Writer’s Conference
Brevard College
1 Brevard College Drive
Public readings, workshops and book signings.

Wednesday, May 24
Troy, New Hampshire
Troy Elementary School
44 School Street
1-2 p.m. and 2-3 p.m.
In two separate assemblies, Sy will show images and tell stories from her travels to research the lives of animals around the world. This program by arrangement with Children’s Literacy Foundation (CLIF) which serves low-income, high risk and rural school children in New Hampshire and Vermont.

Wednesday, July 12
Concord, Massachusetts
First Parish of Concord
10:30 a.m.
As part of the celebration of Henry David Thoreau’s 200th birthday, Sy will accept the Henry David Thoreau Prize from PEN New England, a chapter of PEN America. PEN is a worldwide association of writers celebrating creative expression and defending the liberties that make it possible. A book signing will follow.

Thursday, July 27
Boston, Massachusetts
New England Aquarium
1 Central Wharf
6 p.m.
At an event for members (though others may be accommodated!) Sy and Freshwater Gallery Senior Aquarist Scott Dowd will celebrate publication of the newest Scientists in the Field Book, Amazon Adventure: How Tiny Fish Are Saving The World’s Largest Rainforest with two illustrated slide talks. The event is free, but please register in advance by calling the aquarium at (617) 973-9200.

Friday, August 4
Stoddard, NH
Town Hall, Route 123
7 p.m.
Illustrated with images from her research, Sy will discuss her book Soul of an Octopus, as well as some of her previous work that lead her to attempt a meeting of minds with these mollusks.

Wednesday, August 23
Cambridge, Ma.
Porter Square Books
7 p.m.
Sy and Scott Dowd, Senior Aquarist at the New England Aquairium , will be talking about Sy’s new young adult book, Amazon Adventure. For more than 20 years Scott Dowd and his colleagues having been working with the native people to save many of the fish that make their way to North America’s home aquariums.

And ahead in the fall….stay tuned for events celebrating publication of Tamed And Untamed, a collection of columns written for the Globe by Sy and Elizabeth Marshall Thomas!  Sy and Liz will be at these bookstores:

September 22, 7:00 PM
Northshire Bookstore
Manchester CT, VT
September 30, 11:00 AM
Toadstool Bookstore
Peterborough, NH
October 1, 2:00 PM
MainStreet BookEnds
Warner, NH
October 4, 7:00 PM
Harvard Bookstore
Cambridge, MA
October 14, 2:00 PM
Gibson’s Bookstore
Concord, NH

October 12, 6:30 PM
Water Street Bookstore
Exeter, NH

December 7, 12:00 PM
92nd St. Y
Animal Minds, Lives and Emotions

Sy Montgomery, Elizabeth Marshall Thomas and Barbara J. King
Scientists, after decades of resistance, are at last beginning to accept that we can investigate the minds, personalities and emotions of animals without anthropomorphizing.

How does this relate to our interactions with animals? The ways in which we approach farming, cooking and eating? In this talk, we welcome Sy Montgomery, Elizabeth Marshall Thomas and Barbara J. King, three writers dedicated to the inner lives of the creatures with whom we share our planet. There will be a book signing following this event.

More information and tickets ($25) at the 92nd Y website.



Past Appearances


Saturday, Feb. 13
Washington, DC.
American Association for the Advancement of Science Annual Meeting
Omni Shorham Hotel.
Sy will accept the Science Book and Film Award for The Octopus Scientists Saturday evening. Other events, open to all scientists registered for the AAAS meeting, including book signing, TBA.

Wednesday, Feb 24 and Thursday, February 25.
Winter Park, Fla.
Rollins College, National Book Awards on Campus.
Feb 24: Evening reception; Feb. 25: Lunch with interns and poet Carol Frost; master classes at 2; 7:30 joint reading with fellow NBA Finalist Ross Gay, Q and A and book signing.

Saturday, March 12 and Sunday, March 13
Tucson, Arizona.
Tucson Festival of Books, University of Arizona Campus.
Saturday 11:30-12:30,
Integrated Learning Center Room 120: Sy joins Alison Denning and Arlene Weintraub on panel exploring “The Bond Between Humans and Animals.”
Saturday 2:30-3:30, Koffler Rm, 204: Sy speaks solo, with Powerpoint, on The Soul of an Octopus.
Sunday, 10-11 a.m.,
Chemistry Room 111, panel with Stephen Buchmann“Human Nature and Mother Nature: Birds, Bees, Octopuses….”

Thursday, March 17 and Friday, March 18
Moorehead, Minnesota.
Concordia College, National Book Awards on Campus.
Thursday, lunch talk on excellence in octopuses, followed by master class. Friday, master class.

Tuesday, April 5
Boston, Ma.
Harvard University, Boston Malacological Society Meeting
8:30-9:30 p.m.
Sy will speak about her work with octopuses at this meeting of Boston’s top experts and lovers of mollusks.

Sunday, April 10
Manchester, NH
New England Brittany Rescue benefit brunch
Fratello’s Italian Grille
155 Dow Street
11 a.m.-2 p.m.
To benefit and re-home these lovely spaniels, join Sy for lunch, show and prizes. She’ll be talking about the connection between animals and people and showing images from home and travels. Register at

Sunday, April 10
Rindge, NH.
Hampshire Country School.
6:30 p.m. At her annual dinner with students at Temple Grandin’s old school, Sy speaks with students about her upcoming book, The Shark Scientist.

Friday, April 15
Roanoke, Va.
Roanoke Book and Author Dinner, Roanoke Hotel and Conference Center, 110 Shenandoah Ave.
6-11:30 p.m.
Sy and authors Jeffery Deaver, Andrea Mays and the Hon. Martin Clark will speak about their books at this festive benefit dinner for the Roanoke Academy of Medicine Alliance.

Friday, April 22, Earth Day
Peterborough NH.
Peterborough Town House.
7 p.m.
Three towns—Peterborough, Hancock and Jaffrey—sponsor a “Big Read” of The Soul of an Octopus. Sy shares images and stories from her octopus odyssey.

Sunday, June 12
Boston, Ma.
New England Aquarium, IMAX Theater, 1 Central Wharf.
4:15-6:30 p.m.
Celebrating great white sharks and the publication of The Great White Shark Scientist with photos by Keith Ellenbogen.

Sy and the star of her new book, shark biologist Greg Skomal, share stories and images from his work and the new book. Free to members, but please pre-register with

Thursday, July 14
Canaan, NH.
Canaan Meetinghouse Series
Canaan Street
7:30 p.m.
Sy will join her SNHU friend, bestselling author Diane les Bequets, at this venerable reading series in an iconic New England setting. Sy will be reading from Soul of an Octopus; Diane from her new book, Breaking Wild. Books can be purchased, signed and after the reading

Thursday, August 18
Biddeford Pool, Maine. Union Church reading series.
Afternoon: in a special program for children, Sy shares stories from researching The Octopus Scientist. Evening: Powerpoint and talk on The Soul of an Octopus.

Sunday, August 21
Peterborough, NH.
Unitarian Church. Monadnock Lyceum.
11 a.m.
Talk on The Soul of an Octopus followed by Q and A; book signing at reception follows.

Saturday, September 17
Lee, NH
Live and Learn Early Childhood Center, 114 Mast Rd, Lee
8:30 a.m.-12:30
Sy will deliver the keynote for the Center’s Sense of Place Conference, answer questions from the audience, and sign and personalize books

Wednesday, September 21
Providence, Rhode Island
New England Independent Booksellers Association annual meeting
Biltmore Hotel, 6 p.m.
Sy will join the celebrations at NEIBA’s annual banquet and gratefully accept its Nonfiction Book Award for The Soul of an Octopus. All award winners will share stories and images from their books.

Monday, October 17
Ambler, Pennsylvania
Shady Grove Elementary School
9 a.m.-3 p.m.
Sy will visit grades k-5 to talk about her books and travels.

Tuesday, October 18
Blue Bell, Pennsylvania
Blue Bell Elementary School
9 a.m.-3 p.m.
Sy will visit grades k-5 to talk about her books and travels.

Wednesday, October 19
Norfolk, Virginia
“An Evening with Sy Montgomery”
2-3 p.m.: Presentation at W.H. Taylor Elementary School
7:00-9:00 p.m.: community presentation at Slover Library
235 E. Plume St.
Sy will give a talk, answer questions and then sign books.

Wednesday, November 2
Woodbury, Minnesota
R.H. Stafford Library
8595 Central Park Place
6:30-8:00 p.m.
Sy will give an evening presentation to be recorded as a series podcast, followed by Q & A and a book signing.

Thursday, November 3
Dubuque, Iowa
Dubuque County Library, Asbury Branch
5290 Grand Meadow Dr
7:00-9:00 p.m.
Sy will present The Soul of an Octopus, followed by Q&A and a book signing.

Friday and Saturday, November 18-19
Woodstock, Ct.
Woodstock’s One Book, One Community
Bracken Library
All of Woodstock is reading about octopuses! Sy will be speaking and offering activities for the Academy, for the community at large, and on Saturday morning from 9-10, a special program for kids. The November 18 evening community program, 7 p.m.-8:30, includes a Powerpoint talk, Q and A and book signing.

Monday, November 21
Atlanta, Ga.
Georgia World Congress Center
Sy will speak at the Assembly on Literature for Adolescents for the National Council of Teachers of English workshop—and take some time out to visit with the aquarium’s whale sharks. This year’s theme is celebrating risk-takers!

Thursday, December 8
Rye, NH
Seacoast Science Center and Rye Public Library
An Evenining with Sy Montgomery, 7 to 9 p.m.
Sy will be the speaker at this fund-raiser co-hosted by two of our seacoast’s most important cultural institutions. Sold out.

Monday and Tuesday, October 3 and 4
Moscow, ID
University of Idaho
Monday 7- 8 p.m. keynote address, followed by Q and A and book signing
Tuesday classroom visits at 9-10:30, 11-12, and then lunch with students.

Monday, October 17
Ambler, PA
Shady Grove Elementary School
9 a.m. –  3 p.m.
Sy will give presentations on her work to grades k-5

Tuesday, October 18
Blue Bell, PA
Blue Bell Elementary School
9 a.m. –  3 p.m.
Sy will give presentations on her work to grades k-5

Wednesday, November 2
Woodbury, MN
RH Stafford Library
8595 Central Park Place
6:30-7:15 p.m.
Sy will give an evening presentation to be recorded as a series podcast, followed by Q and A and book signing

FALL 2015

Wednesday, Sept. 16
New England Aquarium IMAX Theater,
1 Central Wharf, Boston
7 p.m.
Illustrating their conversation with glorious underwater images, Sy and photographer Keith Ellenbogen will talk about their expedition with octopus scientists to French Polynesia and their new book for young readers, The Octopus Scientists. Book sale and signing afterwards. $5 admission. More details here.

Monday, Sept. 21
Moultonborough, NH
Annual library benefit lunch
Bald Peak Colony Club
cash bar at noon; luncheon at 12:30
Sy’s octo tales and images will enliven the calamari-free lunch
Tickets ($35) on sale at the library

Thursday, October 8
* * * WORLD OCTOPUS DAY! * * *

Friday, October 9
Utah Council of the International Reading Association
Sheraton Hotel
Salt Lake City, Utah
at noon, Sy will speak on her new octopus books at lunch, followed by a signing at the Houghton Mifflin booth at 1 p.m.
More information about the conference here.

Monday, October 26
New England Library Association
Radisson Hotel
Manchester. NH
Sy is the luncheon speaker for this great annual gathering of librarians. She will be sharing tales and scenes from her travels around the world with tigers, apes, tree kangaroos, pink dolphins, snow leopards, tarantulas, octopuses and one very good, good pig. A selection of her titles will be available for sale and signing after her talk.

Tuesday, November 17
National Book Awards Finalists Reading
The New School, New York City
66 W. 12thSt.Auditorium Alvin Johnson/J.M. Kaplan Hall, 1st floor
7 p.m.
Tickets cost $10 and must be purchased in advance:

Sy and the other finalists in all categories for the National Book Awards will reading a 3-4 minute selections from their books.

Friday, November 20
Miami Book Fair
Miami Dade College, Miami, Florida
Chapman Conference Center
300 NE 2nd Avenue, Building 3, 2nd floor, Room 3210
6-8 p.m.
As part of the Miami Book Fair, Sy and all winners, finalists and longlisters for the National Book Award will read from their work. Tickets are $12. More info:
Stay tuned for more events that weekend with Sy at the Miami Book Fair TBA!

Saturday, November 21
National Council of Teachers of English annual meeting — via Skype
Westin Minneapolis
88 S. 6th St
Minneapolis, Minnesota
10:45 a.m.
Via Skype (since she’ll be at the Miami Book Fair) Sy will join fellow panelists Loree Griffee Burns, Chris Barton, Sarah Albee and Laura Purdie Salas along with Chair Alyson Beecher to share research tips that teachers can take back to the classrooms.

Monday, December 7
Albee Phillips Kitchens
83 West Pearl Street
Nashua, NH
7 p.m.
Sy will be discussing The Soul of an Octopus with Powerpoint images, a Question and Answer session, and a sale and signing afterwards. All books sold benefit Nashua Area Humane Society.

Wednesday, December 9
Porter Square Books
25 White Street
Cambridge Ma
7 p.m.
Sy and underwater photographer Keith Ellenbogen will discuss and show images from their book for young readers, The Octopus Scientists.


Wednesday, May 13
Harris Center for Conservation Education
(Co-sponsored by the Hancock Library)
Hancock, NH
7 p.m.
Sy celebrates publication of her two new books, Soul of an Octopus and The Octopus Scientists with a PowerPoint talk about her three years of research into the mind of a mollusk. Q and A and book sale and signing afterwards.

Thursday, May 14
New England Aquarium
IMAX theater
1 Central Wharf
Boston, MA
7 p.m.
As part of the New England Aquarium’s lecture series, Sy will speak in depth about her octopus odyssey, much of which took place right here! Many of the people in the book will be present and will sign the book, too, if you wish! Free, but please pre-register here.

Friday, May 15
New Hampshire School Librarians’ Annual Conference
Radisson Hotel
Manchester, NH
9:45 book signing, talk 10:15-11:15, then another book signing till 2
Sy will speak about her two new books with librarians and leave plenty of time for informal chat as well. Books will be available for sale and signing.

Wednesday, May 20
William Batchelder Library
12 Chase Hill Rd.
East Andover, NH
7 p.m.
Sy will give an illustrated talk on The Soul of an Octopus and The Octopus Scientists, followed by book sale and signing.

Saturday, May 23
Toadstool Bookshop
Depot Square, Peterborough, NH
11 a.m.
Sy will be reading from both her new books, concentrating on the part of her research that lead her to Moorea in French Polynesia. This is a different talk from the one at the Harris Center. Books available for sale and signing.

Tuesday, June 2
Vancouver Aquarium Marine Science Centre
Vancouver, BC, Canada
845 Avison Way
9 a.m.
With three of the book’s main stars present, we’ll launch Sy’s new book for children, The Octopus Scientists. Program will feature a PowerPoint and talk featuring Dr. Jennifer Mather, Dr. David Scheel, and Keely Langford as well as Sy. The three researchers will be happy to answer questions and sign books, too! A second talk is planned at 10 a.m. for schoolchildren. Books will be available for sale in the gift shop.

Thursday, June 4
Seattle Town Hall
1119 Eighth Avenue (at Seneca)
Seattle, WA
7:30 p.m.
PowerPoint talk on The Soul of the Octopus and The Octopus Scientists, Q and A, books for sale and signing.

Sunday, June 7
Santa Barbara Zoo
Santa Barbara, California
7 p.m.
Doors open at 6:15, though, so guests can check out the adjoining art gallery and enjoy a cash bar and appetizers before Sy’s powerpoint lecture on her octopus odyssey, Q and A, and book signing.

Tuesday, June 9
Denver Museum Of Nature And Science
2001 Colorado Blvd
7 p.m.
PowerPoint talk on Sy’s octopus books, followed by Q and A and book signing.

Thursday, June 11
Ohio State University Fawcett Center
2400 Olentangy River Road
Columbus, Ohio
Sponsored by Columbus Zoo
7 p.m.
Sy will speak on her octopus books with PowerPoint images, with Q and A and a book signing to follow.

Friday, June 12
Milwaukee Public Museum
800 West Wells Street
Milwaukee, WI
7 p.m.
Sy will give her PowerPoint and lecture on her octopus odyssey. Q and A and book sale and signing to follow.

Thursday, June 18
Gibson’s Bookstore
45 Main St.
Concord, NH
7 p.m.
Sy will speak about and read from her two new octopus books, then sign and personalize copies.

Tuesday, July 7
Wilton Library
Wilton, NH
7 p.m.
Sy will show her PowerPoint on her octopus research, with Q and A and book signing afterwards.

Friday, July 10
Jabberwocky Bookshop
Tannery Shopping Center, 50 Water St #22
Newburyport, MA
7 p.m.
Sy will read from both The Soul of an Octopus and The Octopus Scientists. Signing afterwards.

Thursday, July 23
Oakland University, Rockland, MI

Saturday July 25
Bookstock in Woodstock, VT
Norman Williams Library, 10 The Green
1 p.m.
Sy will give a PowerPoint talk on The Soul of an Octopus, with Q and A and book signing afterward.

Thursday, July 30
Westmoreland Library
Westmoreland, NH
33 South Village Road
6:30 pm
Sy will give a PowerPoint talk on The Soul of an Octopus, with Q and A and book signing afterward.

September 21
Moultonborough Public Library, NH