Swiss Theater/Dance Production

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The Sound of a Wild Snail Eating takes to the stage. A production adaptation by the theater company FRADS Fruhstuck auf der Szene Buchholzstrasse will debut in Switzerland and involves an actor and a dancer. Performance dates are April 25, 27, and 28th at the Theater Tuchlaube in Aarau and May 26 at the Kelelrteater in Bremgarten.

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Book Groups & the Wild Snail

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For Book Groups reading The Sound of a Wild Snail Eating, the author is sometimes available, upon request, to conference call or audio Skype into your discussion. For a downloadable pdf of Book Group discussion questions, please see the left column of the home page of this author website. If you are interested in having the author join your discussion group, please e-mail her on the contact form of this website or via

“We loved hearing from Elisabeth. We were chatting about it afterwards and on a Wild Snail Skype high!”
—Books & Coffee Down Under, Sydney, Australia

“In December, our book group experienced an exciting “first” by speaking with Elisabeth Tova Bailey. Our members agreed on questions before connecting with her via conference call. We enjoyed a lively exchange. Elisabeth not only answered our questions, but added lots of interesting personal comments, which kept the conversation flowing. It was a unique experience and we really appreciated her taking the time to speak with us.” —A book group in Madison, Wisconsin

Wild Snail Fundraiser for The Microbe Discovery Project

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Please join me for a series of online WILD SNAIL readings and Q&A, a fundraiser for Dr. Ian’ Lipkin’s ME/CFS Microbe Discovery Project. 100% of all donations will go to Columbia University earmarked for this research. This is very important ME/CFS research. This global event involved four sessions over 24 hours in order to reach all time zones around the world. The series is now archived and accessible to all. ~@~” ETB

Microbe Discovery Project
Phoenix Forum

Audiobook edition of the Wild Snail just launched!

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“This is an audiobook to help you find your place in the universe” —AudioFile Magazine
Actor Renee Raudman gives a wonderful reading of The Sound of a Wild Snail Eating. Renee has won AudioFile Earphones Awards, including an award for Wesley the Owl by Stacey O’Brien and she is a multiple Audie Award nominee. The digital download of the audiobook allows one to make one hard CD copy of the book, which takes three CDS to make. The audiobook is available at these links: and (click “see all formats”)

Listen to a sample of the audiobook:

The Story of a Snail, a Writer, and a Scientist

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Tanya Baker, the Director of the National Writing Project, has just posted an interview with Tim Pearce, my malacologist (snail scientist), and myself. Tim and I talk about how I first contacted him when researching my book and Tim tells lots of wonderful snail stories. If you’d like to hear what happens to a snail when it encounters a shrew and how one snail species is preventing the military from bombing an island, check out the tinyurl interview link here. ~ETB        

NWP Interview:


Recording the sound of a snail eating

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Last week I met with sound scientist/artist JT Bullitt to make new recordings of two Neohelix albolabris snails as they ate various food stuffs. Their eating sound passes through the food substrate (not through the air), so these are substrate recordings. It was quite exciting to get fresh sounds with John’s newly devised set up and the snail’s had a good time feasting on many courses. The adult was willing to try eating anything, but the juvenile was more interested in exploring the mic wires, though it couldn’t resist the mushroom. See links below.

2014 photos from the most recent recording session
2012 sound recording photo

Wild Snail Book Migration Project

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Book cover with labelJust launched! Sixty students from the Loyola Blakefield High School in Towson, Maryland are participating in the Wild Snail Book Migration Project. The students are “releasing” 60 coded Wild Snail books into a variety of public places. They will then track the migration of these books through society. Each student chooses the location for the start of his book’s adventure. Ryan Bromwell, the science teacher heading the project wrote: “One student plans to place his book next to his favorite cereal in a grocery store. Another is planning to mail his copy to his grandparents in Minnesota. Another is taking his book to release in Jamaica (the country) on spring break. Others students are leaving their books in parks, malls, bookstores, etc.” If you see a copy of the book with a brightly colored label, it is part of the Wild Snail Book Migration Project.