What inspired you to write about bonobos?
A pair of pants! I bought a pair of Bonobos brand khakis, and thought it was a nonsense word. Then I looked them up and learned about this fourth great ape that I’d never heard about before. Once I knew their connection to us (98.7% DNA overlap) and their plight (struggling to survive in central Congo) I realized there was enough thematic information to write a novel.
You’ve managed to weave in so much information about the science of bonobos and their status in this novel without any “information dumps”. What challenges did you experience in doing this?
Your next book, Threatened, focuses on another primate. Can you share the differences you encountered with your research on this book?
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What’s next for your readers?
I’m sure readers will be interested in learning more about the plight of these extraordinary primates. Can you point them to any organizations for more information?
Absolutely. There are two main organizations that work on bonobo welfare. One is Friends of Bonobos (www.friendsofbonobos.org <http://www.friendsofbonobos.org> ), which helps run the sanctuary where I stayed in Congo. Another is the Bonobo Conservation Initiative (www.bonobo.org <http://www.bonobo.org> ), which works on keeping the wild bonobos alive and well. Both very worthy organizations.
Thanks again for having me, Nancy!
It's been a pleasure, Eliot! For more information about Eliot and his books check out his website.