Andrew Alden

Jun 1 2023 - 7:00pm

FREE TO ATTEND. No registration required. 

Image of cover of book Deep Oakland: How Geology Shaped a City and photograph of the author Andrew Alden

Join us Thursday, June 1st at 7pm at Pegasus Downtown when we welcome Andrew Alden, author of Deep Oakland: How Geology Shaped a City (Heyday). Alden will give a talk about Berkeley geology followed by a Q&A. Books will be available for purchase and signing at the event.

About the book:

In Deep Oakland, geologist Andrew Alden excavates the ancient story of Oakland's geologic underbelly and reveals how its silt, soil, and subterranean sinews are intimately entwined with its human history--and future. Poised atop a world-famous fault line now slumbering, Alden charts how these quaking rocks gave rise to the hills and the flats; how ice-age sand dunes gave root to the city's eponymous oak forests; how the Jurassic volcanoes of Leona Heights gave way to mining boom times; how Lake Merritt has swelled and disappeared a dozen times over the course of its million-year lifespan; and how each epochal shift has created the terrain cradling Oaklanders today.

About the author:

Andrew Alden is a geologist and geoscience writer who has worked for the US Geological Survey and reported for KQED and Bay Nature. Long fascinated with rocks and landscapes, Alden is one of the foremost experts on Oakland’s natural history and found inspiration for his debut book, Deep Oakland, in the 1989 Loma Prieta earthquake, which, as he writes, “ripped the city open and revealed to us its heart and character.” Through his writing Alden raises awareness for what he calls the deep present: the appreciation of the ancient underpinnings that shape the modern-day surroundings of daily life. His website is


Event address: 
Pegasus Downtown
2349 Shattuck Ave
Berkeley, CA 94704
Deep Oakland: How Geology Shaped a City By Andrew Alden, Laura Cunningham (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Andrew Alden, Laura Cunningham (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9781597145961
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Heyday Books - May 2nd, 2023

Event Category: 
Shattuck Location