Who is the Artist/Organization? David Kirby
Date of the Event? Saturday, December 7, 2:00 – 3:30 p.m.
Location: Queens Library, Central Library, Auditorium, 89-11 Merrick Blvd., Jamaica, NY 11432
Do killer whales, among the world’s most intelligent, social and self-aware creatures, belong in captivity for
the purpose of human entertainment? Award-winning author and Brooklyn resident David Kirby will discuss
that question at a special talk and signing of his book Death at SeaWorld: Shamu and the Dark Side of
Killer Whales in Captivity. He will talk about the 2010 killing of SeaWorld Orlando trainer Dawn Brancheau
by the orca Tilikum and the legal drama that is still being played out with federal safety officials.
David Kirby, a regular contributor to The Huffington Post since 2005 and TakePart since 2012, has
been a professional journalist for nearly 30 years. He was a contract writer for The New York Times and a
correspondent in Mexico and Central America from 1986-1990. His books include Animal Factory and
Evidence of Harm, a New York Times bestseller and winner of the 2005 Investigative Reporters and Editors
(IRE) award for best book. He is also an experienced writing and media coach.