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Jule Collins Smith Museum of Fine Art will host a book launch and public program for “Audubon’s Last Wilderness Journey: The Viviparous Quadrupeds of North America” Friday, March 2, from 9 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Museum visitors that day will receive the sales price for the book of $49.95 from the Museum Shop. The authors will be on site to participate in panel discussions and lectures to discuss their research and share their perspectives on Audubon’s final project. “Audubon’s Last Wilderness Journey: The Viviparous Quadrupeds of North America” re-examines the story behind what would become Audubon’s last journey and final artistic enterprise. The book includes essays by Sarah Zohdy, Robert Gitzen and Jim Armstrong, and Chris Lepczyk from Auburn University’s Department of Wildlife Sciences, which look at zoological aspects of the series, including classification issues and new species, the specific botanicals represented, and a consideration and comparison of “then and now” as well as the wider importance of the pre-settlement wilderness. There is also an essay about the process of making these hand-colored lithographic by JCSM curator of exhibitions and collections, Dennis Harper. For a detailed schedule and additional information, go to the museum website.