Elisabeth Tova Bailey
The Sound of a Wild Snail Eating by Maine author Elisabeth Tova Bailey

Elisabeth Tova Bailey

Elisabeth Tova Bailey is the author of The Sound of a Wild Snail Eating. Her interdisciplinary memoir integrates the fields of natural history, medical humanities, and literature, as it recounts her year-long observations of a native Maine forest snail.

The Sound of a Wild Snail Eating received the William Saroyan International Prize for Nonfiction, the John Burroughs Medal Award for Distinguished Natural History, a National Outdoor Book Award in Natural History Literature, and a Gold Award from Foreword Book of the Year for Memoir. Selected as an American Library Association Top Ten Science & Technology Title and as one of the Best Books of 2010 by Library Journal and The Huffington Post, it was also included in Library Journal’s list of Memoirs That Will Last. The Sound of a Wild Snail Eating is available in six languages and twelve countries.

The Wild Snail book is being adopted into middle, high school, university, and medical school curricula. Bailey presents at a variety of venues in the literature, medical humanities, and education fields.

Her essay, "A Green World Deep in Winter: The Bedside Terrarium," on the invention of the terrarium and its use in palliative care, is available as a .pdf on her website. The real sound of a snail eating can be heard on the homepage.