Story Time and Book Signing | Patricia Valdez
On the heels of her participation in the Children's Literature Panel at the 2019 History Book Festival, Patricia Valdez will appear at Browseabout Books to read from her book about Joan Beauchamp Procter and her life-long love of reptiles.
JOAN PROCTER, DRAGON DOCTOR came about largely because of the Smithsonian’s National Zoo and Conservation Biology Institute Komodo dragon. The author's family visited him often at the zoo, and she read articles to learn more about these fascinating reptiles. One article briefly mentioned that Joan Beauchamp Procter was the first person to describe Komodo dragons in captivity in the 1920s. Valdez immediately had to learn more about this woman and found out that she cared for reptiles her entire life, since she was a little girl. She also designed a state-of-the-art Reptile House at the ZSL London Zoo, which is still in use today. Plus, she pioneered new techniques to perform surgeries and care for the reptiles. She even took a Komodo dragon for walks around the zoo and helped dispel the myths surrounding these animals.
Patricia Valdez is a scientist and author with a Ph.D. in Molecular and Cell Biology from the University of California, Berkeley. She currently works at the National Institutes of Health (NIH). Originally from Texas, Patricia now resides in Maryland with her husband, two children, and three cats. She and her family are big fans of the National Zoo's Komodo dragon, Murphy. Patricia is represented by Alyssa Eisner Henkin of Trident Media Group. JOAN PROCTER, DRAGON DOCTOR is her first picture book.