Talking Monkeys

Sara Gruen was on MPR’s Midmorning show today, discussing her new novel Ape House. Gruen spent time at Des Moines’ Great Ape Trust, working with their bonobos. The Trust has taught the little monkeys to speak, using pictorial cards. Gruen incorporated talking apes into her new novel, which the New York Times called “an incisive piece of social commentary.” You can hear the whole interview here.


You can meet Sara Gruen this Thursday, when she visits Minneapolis. Tickets are available now at Magers & Quinn Bookselers. Details are here.–David E