KELT’s ‘Winter Read’ by Lisa Margonelli

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While waiting for warmer weather indoors, exercise your brain cells and learn something new with the Kennebec Estuary Land Trust (KELT) by reading a good book. The land trust invites the public to participate in KELT’s Winter Read, a community book discussion, and meet a local Maine author next month. This year's selection is “Underbug: A Obsessive Tale of Termites and Technology” by Lisa Margonelli.

Much more than a natural history lesson on termites, Margonelli takes the reader on an exploration of biology, genetics, robotics, and human nature and ingenuity. Margonelli is graciously joining the public discussion event at the Mustard Seed Bookstore on March 19 starting at 6:30 p.m. This is a free event with limited seating – registration is required at or by calling 207-442-8400.

Praise abounds for “Underbug.” New York Times reviewer, Lucy Cooke, wrote of Margonelli’s work, “This isn’t just a brilliant book about bugs. For almost a decade, Margonelli scrutinized the scientists and their work with the same forensic gaze they themselves applied to the insects. The result is a rare longitudinal insight into the slippery nature of scientific progress.”

“Underbug” was named one of Fall 2018’s Top 10 Science Books by Publisher’s Weekly, an August 2018 Amazon non-fiction pick, and a book of the week in August 2018 in Nature, to site just a few commendations. Read more acclaims of “Underbug” and learn more about Margonelli, a resident of Arrowsic, by visiting

The Mustard Seed Bookstore is located at 74 Front Street in Bath. Stop in to purchase  a copy of “Underbug” to read the book before the event. Copies for loan are available through the Patten Free Library (print and audio) and at the KELT office. Contact Becky Kolak at or 207-442-8400 to inquire about borrowing KELT’s copy. This program is free and open to the public thanks to generous support of The Merrymeeting Bay Trust.

The Kennebec Estuary Land Trust is a membership supported organization dedicated to protecting the land, water and wildlife of the Kennebec Estuary. It maintains eleven preserves for public enjoyment and has protected 3,700+ acres of land since founding in 1989. For more information, visit or call 207-442-8400.



Event Date: 

Tue, 03/19/2019 - 6:30pm


74 Front Street
Bath  Maine  04530
United States