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Diane Ackerman Discusses ‘The Zookeeper’s Wife’

Diane Ackerman, award-winning poet, essayist, and author, draws on the many wonders of the natural world to inspire her work. The movie version of her book, The Zookeeper’s Wife, starring Golden Globe-winning actress Jessica Chastain, hits theaters today (you can watch the trailer at the top of this post).

The book recounts the story of Jan Zabinski, director of the Warsaw zoo in 1939, and his wife Antonina, who during the Nazi occupation of Poland, tirelessly worked with the Polish resistance to hide hundreds of Jewish people, and zoo animals, in their villa. The Zabinskis helped many Jews escape to safety and saved numerous animals.

We chatted with Ackerman ’70 via email. Here’s what she has to say about The Zookeeper’s Wife, about her work and about the power of nature:


March 31, 2017 at 10:06 am Leave a comment

A New Book from Diane Ackerman

PH2009091801596Diane Ackerman ’70 has never been a writer defined by genre. Known to many for her poetry, Ackerman’s previous book was the 2007 best-seller The Zookeeper’s Wife, a historical look at a little-known story from World War II. Her latest book, apparently, is about the first thing in the morning. Dawn Light is about just that—and more broadly, this Washington Post review tells us, about learning to seize and appreciate life through the quiet, still moments at each day’s beginning. Sounds like inspiration for everyone I know.

Ryan Jones, senior editor

September 21, 2009 at 5:18 pm Leave a comment

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