Portland: Unseen City talk. Powell’s on Hawthorne (note: not the downtown location) June 20, at 7:30pm.

Seattle: Unseen City talk with the fabulous Katie Herzog. Town Hall in Seattle, June 21 at 7:30pm.

Berkeley: Unseen City talk at Books Inc on Shattuck, July 6 at 7pm.

Recent news:

99% Invisible: Wonders of Urban Wilderness

CityLab: Up Close and Personal With Urban Wildlife

KALW: Nathanael Johnson discovers the wonders of city wildlife

The Allegheny Front: Ants, squirrels and other unappreciated wonders of the ‘urban wilderness

KQED Forum: Uncovering the Urban Wild

San Francisco Chronicle: Berkeley urban naturalist sees life-and-death struggles daily

The Daily Dot: ‘Unseen City’ will open your eyes to the hidden natural world all around you

The Joy Cardin Show: Fun Factoids About Pigeons, Snails And More About Wildlife In Your Neighborhood

Minnesota Public Radio News with Tom Weber: Pigeons: Majestic creatures?

Grist: This book will help you see your surroundings in a whole new light

Inside Out Q&A February 26, 2015
SHERP, Science, Health and Environmental Reporting at New York University
Moderator: Lee Hotz
Introduction: Dan Fagin

Radio & Television:
KATU Portland


West Coast Live



Mother Jones

Reviews of All Natural

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

A highly readable journey, ostensibly initiated by the decisions he found himself facing when about to become a father for the first time…This book is an informative, valuable and engrossing read.


All Natural is a bracingly smart and witty inquiry into how, in the face of conflicting assumptions and evidence, we can ever decide the best way to go about doing things like having a baby or cooking dinner.

The Oregonian

Engaging, informative and heartfelt, “All Natural” gives voice and reason to the ecological anxiety and data ubiquity that permeate our culture.

Spirituality + Health

It’s hard not to smile when [Johnson] writes tenderly about growing up as a naked back-to-nature kid raised on zucchini in a world of space-pod juice packets like Capri Sun and spreadable cheese food.

The Los Angeles Times

What’s really welcome about his deeply reported book, “All Natural,” is that his upbringing makes the investigation of nature versus technology fun as well as thought-provoking.

New York Times Motherlode – Books to Give Your Mother (And Yourself)

A detailed, rigorous, and challenging read.

Mother Jones



Engaging look at the merits of nature versus technology… Johnson’s investigation is both horrifying and amusing, and readers will relish the colorful, witty writing and find much food for thought.

Kirkus Reviews

[Johnson] presents a refreshing optimism that neither extolls the organic to the point of supporting pseudoscience nor negates the value of scientific advancements…the book strikes at the heart of hot-button issues with an Everyman appeal.

Publisher’s Weekly

[Michael] Pollan’s fans, as well as other readers grappling with the flood of conflicting information about how to live a healthy, nondestructive life, will appreciate this book’s thoughtful and nuanced attitude and its often surprising conclusions.

 Past Events

San Francisco, California Academy of Sciences: Urban Nature NightLife. Q&A with Roman Mars of 99% Invisible.

Minneapolis: American Association of Birth Centers Institute and Annual Meeting

San Francisco, California: January 31st in Conversation with Michael Pollan at the Ferry Building.

San Francisco, California: West Coast Live, at the Ferry Building.

Seattle, Washington: at Town Hall. In conversation with Dan Cherkin.

Portland, OregonPowell’s on Hawthorne at 7:40 pm.

Portland, Oregon: OB/Gyn Grand Rounds at OHSU.

Grass Valley/Nevada City, California: at Tomes. In conversation with Jeff Kane.

Miami, Florida: at Books & Books in Coral Gables. In conversation with Hilary Gerber of Mom’s Tinfoil Hat.

Fort Lauderdale, Florida: Literary Feast. Details here.

Fairfield, Connecticut: At Catch a Healthy Habit Cafe. Details here.

New Haven, Connecticut: At The Grove, 71 Orange Street. In conversation with Amy Romano. Details here.

Brookline, Massachusetts: (private residence but all are welcome – email Nathanael47(at) for details).

New Paltz, New York: at SUNY, details here.

Brooklyn, New York: The Food Book Fair in the Wythe Hotel screening room. Panel on food and fatherhood. Details here.

Denver, Colorado: At the Tattered Cover (downtown, at 16th and Wynkoop). More details here.