Breathless: Reading and Book Signing with David Quammen


Join us on Tuesday, December 6th, at 7 PM for a reading and book signing with author David Quammen from his newest book Breathless: The Scientific Race to Defeat a Deadly Virus.

Bestselling science writer David Quammen has been lauded as “One of that rare breed of science journalists who blends exploration with a talent for synthesis and storytelling.” With his new book, Breathless: The Scientific Race to Defeat a Deadly Virus (October 4, 2022 / Simon & Schuster), Quammen tells the story of the COVID-19 pandemic, with a distinct difference from other works on this topic. Breathless is the story of the virus itself—its murky origins, its fast evolution, and its fierce journey through the human population as scientists across the globe raced to understand the virus, contain it, and fight its spread.

Based on interviews with nearly one hundred scientists – including leading virologists in China and around the world – Breathless is a masterwork of storytelling that takes readers inside the frantic international effort to understand and control SARS-CoV-2, as if we were peering over the shoulders of the brilliant scientists who led the chase. Including new interviews with scientists and experts – from Anthony Fauci to George Gao (director of the China CDC) – Quammen offers a globetrotting “scientific detective story.”

About the author: David Quammen’s sixteen previous books include The Tangled Tree, The Song of the Dodo, The Reluctant Mr. Darwin, and Spillover, a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award and recipient of the Premio Letterario Merck, in Rome. He has written for The New Yorker, Harper’s Magazine, The Atlantic, National Geographic, and Outside, among other magazines, and is a three-time winner of the National Magazine Award. Quammen shares a home in Bozeman, Montana, with his wife, Betsy Gaines Quammen, author of American Zion, and with three Russian wolfhounds, a cross-eyed cat, and a rescue python. Visit him at

Event date: 
Tuesday, December 6, 2022 - 7:00pm
Event address: 
220 N Higgins Ave.
Missoula, MT 59802-4435
Breathless: The Scientific Race to Defeat a Deadly Virus By David Quammen Cover Image
ISBN: 9781982164362
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Published: Simon & Schuster - October 4th, 2022