Past Public Appearances

Jul 30 2022

Corte Madera, CA—Paperback Tour

Book Passage, 1 PM PT In-person & virtual

Jul 28 2022

Seattle, WA—Paperback Tour

Elliott Bay Book Company at Town Hall Seattle, 7:30 PM PT In-person

Jul 27 2022

Portland, OR—Paperback Tour

Newmark Theater, presented by Powell’s Books, 7:30 PM PT In-person

Jul 26 2022

San Francisco, CA—Paperback Tour

City Arts & Lectures, 7:30 PM PT In-person

Jul 21 2022

Washington, DC—Paperback Tour

Sixth & I, 7 PM ET In-person

Jul 20 2022

New York, NY—Paperback Tour

Barnes & Noble Union Square, 7:30 PM ET In-person

Jul 19 2022

Brooklyn, NY—Paperback Tour

Word Bookstore, 7 PM ET In-person

Jul 18 2022

Philadelphia, PA—Paperback Tour

Free Library of Philadelphia, 7:30 PM ET In-person

Jun 4 2022

Grass Valley, CA

The Center for the Arts at The Marisa Funk Theater

Oct 14 2021

Frederick, MD

Frederick Speaker Series, Weinberg Center for the Arts

Aug 5 2021

The Royal Institution — In conversation with Jules Evans

Online, 7pm BST

Jul 29 2021

Libreria/Second Home — In conversation with Dennis McKenna

Online, 7 pm BST/11 am PT

Jul 26 2021

Virtual—The College of The Atlantic

The Summer Institute: Good Food and Food Fights

Jul 16 2021

How To Academy — In conversation with Robin Ince

Online, 6:30 pm BST

Jul 15 2021

Virtual Book Tour: In conversation with Davia Nelson

Presented by Literati, Seminary Co-opNorthshire Books, and Midtown Scholar—8pm ET

Jul 15 2021

A Drink with the Idler—In conversation with Tom Hodgkinson

Online, 6 pm BST

Jul 12 2021

Virtual Book Tour: In conversation with Rick Doblin

Presented by Changing Hands Bookstore, Elliott Bay Book Company, Vroman’s Bookstore, and Boulder Bookstore—9pm ET

Jul 12 2021

Intelligence Squared—In conversation with Dr. Guddi Singh

Online, 6pm BST

Jul 8 2021

Virtual Book Tour: In conversation with Alix Spiegel

Presented by Harvard Book StorePolitics & Prose, Community Bookstore, and Books & Books—8 pm ET

Jul 7 2021

5×15—In conversation with Monty Don

Online, 7 pm BST

Jul 6 2021

Virtual Book Tour: In conversation with Dacher Keltner

Presented by Book PassageBooksmithBookshop Santa Cruz, and Point Reyes Books—9pm ET

Jul 20 2020

Denver, CO

The Denver Post Pen & Podium Series 

May 9 2020

Frederick, MD

Weinberg Center For the Arts POSTPONED

Mar 5 2020

Eugene, OR

Hult Center for the Performing Arts

Mar 4 2020

Bend, OR

Author! Author!

Nov 8 2019

New Orleans, LA

Improv Conference New Orleans, in conversation with Mark Plotkin and Randy Fertel

Oct 8 2019

Brookline, MA

Brookline Public Library: Dessa discusses her memoir MY OWN DEVICES in conversation with Michael Pollan

Sep 24 2019

Boston, MA

Northeastern University—The 2019 Morton E. Ruderman Lecture

Sep 24 2019

Boston, MA

HubWeek Fall Festival

Aug 9 2019

Chicago, IL

American Psychological Association Convention

Jul 20 2019

Sydney, Australia

Sydney Opera House

Jul 19 2019

Melbourne, Austraila

The Wheeler Centre at Melbourne Town Hall

Jul 10 2019

Corte Madera, CA

Book Passage—With Rebecca Solnit and Peter Coyote

Jun 5 2019

Bristol, England

Bristol Festival of Ideas

Jun 1 2019

Hay-on-Wye, Wales

Hay Festival — in conversation with Katya Adler

May 29 2019

New York, NY

92nd Street Y — in conversation with Hamilton Morris

May 28 2019

Brooklyn, NY

May 23 2019

Pittsburgh, PA

Pittsburgh Arts & Lectures

May 22 2019

St. Paul, MN

In conversation with Dessa

May 21 2019

Chicago, IL

Chicago Humanities Festival

May 18 2019

Portland, OR

In conversation with Nick Powers, PhD

May 17 2019

San Francisco, CA

In conversation with Nellie Bowles

May 15 2019

Mesa, AZ

May 14 2019

Los Angeles, CA

In conversation with Lera Boroditsky

Apr 23 2019

Santa Barbara, CA

UC Santa Barbara Arts & Lectures

Apr 16 2019

San Francisco, CA

The Integrative Mental Health Conference

Mar 31 2019

Big Sur, CA

Esalen Institute — Psychedelic Integration Workshop

Mar 19 2019

West Lafayette, IN

Purdue University

Mar 10 2019

Austin, TX

SXSW, in conversation with Tim Ferriss

Mar 2 2019

San Francisco, CA

Wisdom 2.0

Feb 21 2019

St. Louis, MO

Washington University

Feb 11 2019

Vancouver, BC

University of British Columbia

Oct 19 2018

San Rafael, CA

Bioneers 2018 Conference

Oct 12 2018

Boston, MA

Boston Book Festival

Oct 6 2018

New York, NY

Horizons Conference

Aug 19 2018

Chilmark, MA

Martha’s Vineyard Author Series

Aug 16 2018

Kent, CT

KentPresents – A Festival of Ideas

Aug 6 2018

San Francisco, CA


Jun 23 2018

Bolinas, CA


Jun 14 2018

London, England

Presented by 5×15 at The Tabernacle.

Jun 11 2018

London, England

The Royal Institution

Jun 6 2018

San Francisco, CA

Psychedelic Seminars—Mission Bay Conference Center

Jun 5 2018

Santa Cruz, CA

In conversation with David Bienenstock, Peace United Church

Jun 4 2018

Berkeley, CA

Berkeley Arts & Letters

Jun 1 2018

Boulder, CO

First Congregational Church

May 31 2018

Denver, CO

Trinity Methodist Church

May 30 2018

Albuquerque, NM

University of New Mexico

May 29 2018

Austin, TX

Central Presbyterian Church

May 24 2018

Pasadena, CA

All Saints Church

May 23 2018

Portland, OR

Newmark Theater

May 22 2018

Seattle, WA

Town Hall Seattle/Elliott Bay Books

May 21 2018

San Francisco, CA

City Arts and Lectures — SOLD OUT

May 18 2018

Miami, FL

Books & Books/Miami Book Fair

May 17 2018

Washington DC

Politics & Prose

May 16 2018

Cambridge, MA

In conversation with Ron Suskind, Harvard Science Center

May 15 2018

New York, NY

Barnes & Noble, Union Square

Mar 29 2018

Minneapolis, MN

University of Minnesota Center for Spirituality and Healing

Mar 27 2018

Toledo, OH

Toledo Lucas County Public Library

Mar 21 2018

Fresno, CA

San Joaquin Valley Town Hall

Feb 20 2018

Arlington, TX

University of Texas

Feb 8 2018

Santa Rosa, CA

The Luther Burbank Center

Feb 2 2018

Austin, TX

The Long Center

Nov 2 2017

Chestnut Hill, MA

Boston College

Jun 29 2017

Salt Lake City, UT

Tifie Humanitarian — Events will be held at Red Butte Garden

Apr 27 2017

Ithaca, NY

Cornell University

Feb 25 2017

Vero Beach, FL

Emerson Center. Details to come.

Oct 24 2016

Hanover, NH

Dartmouth College

Apr 21 2016

Dayton, OH

The University of Dayton

Apr 14 2016

Tempe, AZ

Arizona State University

Nov 4 2015

Atherton, CA

Common Ground Speaker Series

Oct 22 2015

Boston, MA

Boston Museum of Science

Oct 21 2015

Washington, D.C.

George Washington University

Oct 20 2015

Williamstown, MA

Williams College

Sep 29 2015

Sacramento, CA

Sacramento Speakers Series

Jul 19 2015

Berkeley, CA

Books, Inc.

Apr 30 2015

Santa Barbara, CA

Apr 8 2015

Seattle, WA

University of Washington

Feb 4 2015

Malibu, CA

Pepperdine University

Jan 29 2015

New Albany, OH

Nov 11 2014

Pocantico Hills, NY

Stone Barns-New York Times Conference: “Food for Tomorrow – Eating Better, Farming Better, Feeding the World.”

Nov 7 2014

Milwaukee, WI

The Urban and Small Farms Conference. In conversation with Growing Power’s Will Allen.

Nov 6 2014

Kalamazoo, MI

Kalamazoo Community Foundation. 

Oct 30 2014

Burlington, VT

University of Vermont. Details to come.

Sep 3 2014


London School of Economics

Jun 17 2014

Amherst, MA

Taste of the World Chef Culinary Conference, University of Massachusetts

May 22 2014

Austin, TX

Book People

May 21 2014

Oxford, MS

Square Books

May 20 2014

Memphis, TN

Crosstown Arts

May 18 2014

Seattle, WA

Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center

May 16 2014

Raleigh, NC

Quail Ridge Bookstore

May 15 2014

Miami, FL

Books and Books, offsite at Miami Dade College Culinary Institute

May 14 2014

Nashville, TN

Parnassus Books

May 13 2014

New York, NY


May 12 2014

Boston & Cambridge, MA

Harvard Bookstore, offsite at First Parish Church

May 10 2014

Pittsburgh, PA

Hillman Center for Performing Arts

May 3 2014

Healdsburg, CA


May 1 2014

San Francisco, CA

City Arts & Lectures

Apr 24 2014

Sacramento, CA

Cosumnes River College, 10:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Apr 9 2014

Denver, CO

Craft Brewers Conference

Mar 14 2014

Temecula, CA

Permaculture Voices Conference

Nov 8 2013

Grass Valley, CA

The Center for the Arts, 8 pm

Oct 10 2013

Charlotte, NC

The Learning Society of Queens, Queens University, Dana Auditorium, 8:15 pm

Oct 8 2013

Tempe, AZ

Flinn Foundation Centennial Lecture, Tempe Center for the Arts, 8:00 pm

Sep 26 2013

Gambier, OH

Following his Wednesday evening lecture, Michael Pollan will engage in a Common Hour conversation about his work. Peirce Hall Lounge, Kenyon College, 11:10am.

Sep 25 2013

Gambier, OH

“How Cooking Can Change Your Life,” Kenyon College, Rosse Hall Auditorium, 7:30 pm

Sep 14 2013

Guelph, Ontario, CANADA

Eden Mills Writers Festival, Food for Thought with Michael Pollan & Sarah Elton in Rozanski Hall, 1:00 PM EDT.


Jun 20 2013

Walnut Creek, CA

Lecture at Lesher Center for the Arts, evening.

Jun 18 2013

Santa Cruz, CA

Book talk and signing at Bookshop Santa Cruz, 7 pm.

Jun 17 2013

Petaluma, CA

Copperfield’s Books & Music event at The Seed Bank, 7pm.

Jun 6 2013

Toronto, Canada

The Cookbook Store event on-stage at Isabel Bader Theatre in conversation with CBC Metro Morning Host Matt Galloway, 7 pm

Jun 3 2013


Aula – Universiteit van Amsterdam – Singel 411, Amsterdam. Presented in cooperation with  The John Adams Institute.

Jun 1 2013

Hay on Wye, Wales

Hay Literary Festival, Michael Pollan talks to Rosie Boycott, Sky Arts Studio, Hay Festival Site, Dairy Meadows, Brecon Road, Hay on Wye

May 31 2013

Bristol, UK

Bristol Festival of Ideas, Cooking as a Political Act, A Talk by Michael Pollan, Rosalind Franklin Room, At-Bristol, Anchor Road, 7:45pm

May 30 2013

London, UK

How Cooking Can Change Your Life A talk by Michael Pollan, RSA, 8 John Adam Street, London 1:00pm

May 30 2013

London, UK

Cooking as a Political Act, A talk by Michael Pollan, New Theatre, East Building, London School of Economics, 6:30pm

May 29 2013

London, UK

Michael Pollan talks to William Leith, The School of Life, Conway Hall, 25 Red Lion Square, 7:30pm

May 22 2013

El Cerrito, CA

Book talk and signing at Barnes and Noble, 7pm.

May 20 2013

Corte Madera, CA

Book Passage talk at Dominican University, 7:00 PM.

May 14 2013

Portland, OR

Powell’s Book event at the Newmark Theatre, 7:30pm.

May 13 2013

Seattle, WA

Lecture at Benaroya Hall, 8pm.

May 10 2013

Kansas City, MO

Rainy Day Books talk at Unity Temple, 7:00 PM

May 9 2013

Saint Louis, MO

Left Bank Books event at the Skip Viragh Center for the Arts, Chaminade College Preparatory School, 7 pm.

May 8 2013

Denver, CO

Tattered Cover talk with Denver U. College Enrichment Program (University of Denver, Sturm Hall), 7:00 PM

May 7 2013

Salt Lake City, UT

Event at King’s English Bookshop talk (Rowland Hall School, Larimer Auditorium), 7:00 PM.

May 6 2013

San Francisco, CA

Event for Booksmith at First Unitarian Universalist Society,  7:30 PM

May 2 2013

St Louis Park, MN

Beth El Synagogue talk and book signing, 7 pm.

May 1 2013

Louisville, KY

Carmichael’s Bookstore event at The Clifton Center, onstage conversation with Wendell Berry, 7pm.

Apr 29 2013

Milwaukee, WI

Boswell Book Company talk (The Oriental Theatre), 7:30 PM.

Apr 28 2013

Elmhurst, IL

Lecture at Elmhurst College, Hammerschmidt Memorial Chapel, 7pm.

Apr 27 2013

Durham, NC

Regulator Bookshop talk (Motorco Music Hall), 7:30 PM

Apr 26 2013

Philadelphia, PA

Free Library talk, 7:30 PM

Apr 25 2013

Washington, DC

Book reading at Politics & Prose, 7:00 PM

Apr 23 2013

New York, NY

Barnes and Noble Union Square talk, 7:00 PM

Nov 1 2012

Austin, TX

Lecture at the Paramount Theatre, 7pm.

Sep 29 2012

Jackson, Wyoming

Lecture at the Teton Wellness Institute, 7 pm.

Jul 10 2012

Sydney, Australia

Lecture at the Sydney Opera House. Tickets go on sale at the end of April.

Jul 8 2012

Melbourne, Australia

Lecture at the Capitol Theatre. Tickets go on sale at the end of April.

May 5 2012

Hartford, CT

The Connecticut Forum at the Bushnell Theater.

May 3 2012

Fayetteville, AR

Walton Arts Center

Apr 19 2012

Chattanooga, TN

Benwood Foundation event to be held at the Tivoli Theater at 7:00 pm.

Mar 1 2012

Dallas, TX

Southern Methodist University, Tate Series, 8:00 pm

Feb 29 2012

Denver, CO

Paramount Theatre

Jan 25 2012

Boston, MA

Cambridge Speaker Series at Boston Symphony Hall, 8:00 pm

Jan 24 2012

St Louis, MO

Cambridge Speaker Series, sponsored by Maryville University at Powell Symphony Hall, 8:00 pm

Jan 23 2012

Philadelphia, PA

Cambridge Speaker Series. Sponsored by Widener University at Kimmel Center, 8:00 pm

Jan 18 2012

Pittsburgh, PA

Cambridge Speaker Series. Sponsored by Robert Morris University at Heinz Hall, 8:00 pm

Jan 17 2012

Baltimore, MD

Baltimore Speakers Series presented by Stevenson University, Joseph Meyerhoff Symphony Hall, 8:00 pm

Nov 3 2011

New York, NY

Book signing at Barnes and Noble, Union Square, 7:00 pm for the newly published, Illustrated Food Rules.

Oct 28 2011

Lubbock, TX

Texas Tech University, Presidential Lecture & Performance Series, 7:00 pm

Oct 27 2011

Houston, TX

Lecture at the Progressive Forum. 7:30 pm at the Wortham Center, Cullen Theater.

Oct 26 2011

Bethesda, MD

Lecture at the Strathmore Hall Foundation, 8:00 pm at the Music Center at Strathmore.

Oct 25 2011

Troy, NY

Lecture at Hudson Valley Community College. SOLD OUT.

May 13 2011

New York City, NY

Yoga Journal Conference. Evening Onstage Conversation Hilton Hotel in NYC. (Tickets on sale after Dec. 2010)

Apr 16 2011

Portland, OR

Lecture at the University of Portland.

Mar 24 2011

San Rafael, CA

Marin Center.  Evening Lecture. Go to: or call 415-499-6800

Feb 10 2011

Santa Barbara, CA

University of California Santa Barbara and Orfalea Foundation onstage hosted conversation.

Feb 9 2011

Los Angeles, CA

Onstage conversation with Eric Schlosser and host at the University of Southern California.

Jan 15 2011

Seattle, WA

Lecture at Benaroya Hall for Northwest Associated Arts, 8 p.m.

Dec 10 2010

Austin, TX

Lecture at the University of Texas at Austin. Bass Concert Hall, 8pm.

Dec 1 2010

Arcata, CA

Lecture at Humboldt State University.

Nov 12 2010

Indianapolis, IN

Spirit and Place Festival, 12 noon.

Nov 10 2010

Milwaukee, WI

University of Wisconsin Milwaukee, lecture at 7pm.

Oct 7 2010

Louisville, KY

Lecture at Bellarmine University, 7:30pm.

Oct 5 2010

Syracuse, NY

Lecture at the Friends of the Central Library, 7:30pm.

Jun 28 2010

Berkeley, CA

Books Inc. celebrates 75 years of Penguin Books, 7pm.

Feb 3 2010

Petaluma, CA

Copperfield’s Bookstore at SEED Bank

Jan 27 2010

Campbell, CA

Silicon Valley Reads

Jan 23 2010

San Francisco, CA

SF Ferry Building, Farmer’s Market

Jan 14 2010

Bellingham, WA

Western Washington University

Jan 13 2010

Pullman, WA

Washington State University

Jan 1 2008

Past Public Appearances 2008-2009

December 8, 2009; San Francisco, CA. Jewish Community Center.

November 4, 2009; San Francisco, CA. City Arts & Lectures. In conversation with Wendell Berry

October 16, 2009, San Rafael, CA. Bioneers.

October 14, 2009, San Luis Obispo, CA. Fundraiser for Cal Poly’s Sustainable Agriculture Resource Center.

September, 30, 2009, Berkeley, CA. Zellerbach Hall. UC Berkely’s College of Letters & Science’s On the Same Page program

September 27, 2009, Cincinnati, Ohio. E/RS Lecture.

September, 26, 2009; Madison, WI. Food for Thought Festival.

September 24, 2009; Madison, WI. Lecture at the Kohl Center, University of Wisconsin-Madison.

September 23, 2009; Winona, MN. Lyceum Lecture Series, Winona State University.

September 21, 2009; Chicago, IL. Chicago Botanic Garden. Lecture and book signing.

August 22 , 2009; NPR’s Weekend Edition Saturday host Scott Simon interviews Michael about orchids.

August 21, 2009; Michael on a panel on NPR’s Science Friday discussing "Sizing Up Sustainable Food."

August 3, 2009, Fresh Air; Terry Gross interviews Michael about his recent cover story in The New York Times Magazine exploring America’s obsession with cooking as a spectator sport.

June 10, 2009, Sacramento, CA; Westminster Presbyterian Church/California Lectures

June 15, 2009, El Cerrito, CA; Barnes & Noble

June 16, 2009, San Francisco, CA; World Affairs Council

June 18, 2009, Berkeley, CA; In conversation with Novella Carpenter. Berkeley Arts and Letters First Congregational Church of Berkeley

June 22, 2009, San Francisco, CA; Benefit for the Chez Panisse Foundation Omnivore Books

June 6, 2009, Vancouver, BC; UBC Farm

May 22, 2009, St. Louis, MO; St. Louis County Library

May 21, 2009, Boulder, CO; Unity Church/Boulder Bookstore

May 20, 2009, Kansas City, MO; Union Temple/Rainy Day Books

May 19, 2009, Edina, MN; Barnes & Noble

May 18, 2009, Chicago, IL; Chicago Public Library

May 17, 2009, Fairfax, VA; Wegman’s   

May 16, 2009, Baltimore, MD; Enoch Pratt Library

May 15, 2009, Washington, DC; Politics & Prose

May 14, 2009, New York, NY; American Museum of Natural History

May 12, 2009,  West Roxbury, MA; West Roxbury Branch Library

May 11, 2009, Coral Gables, FL; Temple Judea/Books & Books

May 1, 2009, San Francisco, CA; Michael J. Fox in conversation with Michael Pollan at the Herbst Theater.

April 18, 2009, Richmond, VA; The Richmond Forum; A Conversation with Marion Nestle

March 2009, Bridgewater, MA; Bridgewater State College Distinguished Speaker Series

March 2009, Medford, MA; Tufts University Richard E. Snyder Presidential Lecture

March 2009, New York, NY; Columbia University American Studies Program Lecture

March 2009, Atlanta, GA; 12th Annual Georgia Organics Conference

March 2009, “Michael Pollan Fixes Dinner,” Mother Jones Magazine interview.

February 2009, Berlin, Germany; Berlin Film Festival

January 2009, Portland, OR; Portland Arts & Lectures

January 2009, Seattle, WA; Seattle Arts & Lectures, Benaroya Hal

November 2008,“Changing the Way We Eat”, Bill Moyers Journal, PBS

November 2008, St. Louis, Missouri, Washington University, Center for the Humanities 2008 Humanities Prize and Grossman Humanities Medal.

November 2008, Ketchum, Idaho; Sun Valley Center for the Arts

November 2008, Boise, ID; The Cabin ‘Readings and Conversations’ series

October 2008, Kenmore, WA; Bastyr University

October 2008, Oberlin, OH; Oberlin College, Finney Chapel

October 2008, Lewiston, Maine; Bates College Otis Lecture

October 2008, In an interview with TIME Magazine, Barack Obama refers to Michael Pollan’s New York Times Magazine article “Farmer In Chief.”

October 2008, Michael Pollan on NPR’s Fresh Air with Terry Gross

May 2008, Michael Pollan on Nightline

April 2008, New Haven, CT; Yale University, Rudd Center for Food Policy and Obesity

March 2008, Democracy Now interview:
In Defense of Food: Michael Pollan on Nutrition, Food Science, and the American Diet

March 2008, Mountain View, CA: Authors @ Google, In Defense of Food

March 2008, Salt Lake City, UT: Utah Museum of Natural History

February 2008, Portland, OR: In Conversation with Deborah Kane

January 2008, San Francisco, CA: Michael Pollan at Grace Cathedral

January 2008, Stanford, CA: Stanford School of Medicine; Michael Pollan on Nutritionism

January 2008, Louisville, KY: Kentucky Author Forum


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