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karenDuring the past week we’ve had the pleasure of bringing you exclusive celebrity interviews from Farm Sanctuary’s Winter Wonderland event. But like all good things, this too must end. From Jennifer and Daniella to Corey and Alison, we’ve had a blast dishing on all things green, renewing our veggie vows and showcasing a wonderful organization.

Today we’re ending our series with Karen Dawn, author of Thanking the Monkey and founder of DawnWatch. Karen’s devotion to improving the lives of animals and the planet is awesome!  Enjoy!

Ecorazzi: Karen Dawn, here we are again back at another wonderful animal event together. Why are you here tonight celebrating Farm Sanctuary?

Karen Dawn: You mean why do I love them enough to fly all the way across the country for this? They just do everything right. They don’t preach – they teach without preaching. They’re full of love and respect for animals and other people. Oh and they’re fun ! They know how to throw a great party.

E: Agreed! So what’s been going on in the world of Karen Dawn lately?

KD: Well , I guess my biggest news is that the Washington Post just listed Thanking the Monkey as one of its “Best Books of 2008.” I am so thrilled. Gosh, I would be thrilled even if wasn’t my book, thrilled just that a new animals rights book made that list.

And here in New York I just did a reading at East West bookstore which felt lovely. I’m so excited they’re stocking my book because of course Barnes and Nobles and all those place stock it, but East West is a spiritual bookstore that I love to support . I’m so happy Thanking the Monkey is there now.


E: That’s great!

KD: Oh and did you see the LA Times piece?

E: No!

KD: I have to send it to you!! On Thanksgiving Day there was a huge photo of me setting the dining room table with two turkeys hanging out and watching. I rescued the turkeys – Bruce and Emily. They’re named after Bruce Greenwood and Emily Deschanel who are going to do a reading with me next Sunday ( December 14th ) at Animal Acres , and then help me retire their little rescue turkey namesakes. I am excited because it is Bruce Greenwood’s first ever animal event! He read my book and seemed seriously impacted by it — changed some of his eating habits — and agreed to the public reading.

E: Didn’t I just see Greenwood as Captain Pike in a trailer for the new Star Trek movie?

KD: Yes! It is coming out next year, directed by JJ Abrams, and they are already showing trailers. It is going to be so cool. Bruce has done a lot of great work in wonderful films but it will be fun to see him in that kind of, you know, blockbuster. And, besides being a ridiculously talented actor , he is also a skilled carpenter ! And lucky for me he is my neighbor. He put up a beautiful turkey coop at my house for my new feathered family members in a matter of hours.

E: Who knew! And of course we are madly in love with Emily Deschanel here at Ecorazzi…plus she’s totally my Facebook bud!

KD: Emily is just lovely. I remember when a friend of mine met her they called her “a solid citizen” which is not usually what you call a gorgeous Hollywood gal — but with Emily it just fits. She is as down to earth as her Bones character — but a lot more charming! I am glad people will get to see that for themselves at the reading, and see her wonderful commitment to the animals.

E: Awesome! Well I’m sure all of our readers in Cali will stop by Animal Acres this Sunday to say hello! Let’s chat again very soon!

To find out all the details about Karen’s Thanking the Monkey event at Animal Acres, visit ThankingTheMonkey.com! A big, big thank you to Karen Dawn and Farm Sanctuary for making this interview possible! Don’t forget to check back tomorrow when we have a brand new exclusive celebrity interview!