Sam Chiarelli

Sam Chiarelli

Dig: A Personal Prehistoric Journey (Fall 2018)

Sam Chiarelli blogs at This Day in Dinosaurs and his work is forthcoming in Assay: A Journal of Nonfiction Studies. Chiarelli holds an MFA in creative writing from Wilkes University. He has been a dinophile for more than 25 years and has dug for Mesozoic fossils in New Jersey and Colorado. Chiarelli resides in Pittston, Pennsylvania.

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Dig: A Personal Prehistoric Journey

Fall 2018

Sam Chiarelli’s tentatively titled Dig: A Personal Prehistoric Journey explores why we're so fascinated with dinosaurs and why some people—dinophiles—never outgrow their Mesozoic obsession.

This book follows Sam on a cross-country Amtrak trip with a final destination of a fossil dig. Buried within are encounters in museums big and small and interviews with many of Sam’s childhood heroes: paleontologists, artists, and others who’ve dedicated their lives to revealing the distant past.

Part science and nature adventure and part memoir, this book is all dinosaur.
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