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Creating Conversations with Literary Women and Helen Macdonald

Helen Macdonald author photo VESPER FLIGHTS jacket art event details

The Literary Women of Long Beach invite readers to join a stimulating conversation with Helen Macdonald, discussing her transcendent collection of essays about the human relationship to the natural world, Vesper Flights. Radio personality Pam Atherton will moderate the discussion and questions will be accepted from the audience beginning at 12:30pm. 

"Vesper Flights is a book of tremendous purpose. Throughout these essays, Macdonald revisits the idea that as a writer it is her responsibility to take stock of what's happening to the natural world and to convey the value of the living things within it." --Washington Post

"An essential writer on nature, humanity, and loss. Macdonald fills her narratives with vivid descriptions of the wildlife that surrounds us."--TIME

 

Literary Women celebrates women authors, encourage new writers, and introduce the works of contemporary women authors to an audience of readers with a wide range of literary interests.

Advanced registration is required.

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Event Date: 
Saturday, October 10, 2020 - 12:00pm
Address: 
Redondo Beach, CA 90278
Books: 
Vesper Flights Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9780802128812
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Grove Press - August 25th, 2020

 

Animals don't exist in order to teach us things, but that is what they have always done, and most of what they teach us is what we think we know about ourselves.

 

 

In Vesper Flights Helen Macdonald brings together a collection of her best loved essays, along with new pieces on topics ranging from nostalgia for a vanishing countryside to the tribulations of farming ostriches to her own private vespers while trying to fall asleep.

 

Meditating on notions of captivity and freedom, immigration and flight, Helen invites us into her most intimate experiences: observing the massive migration of songbirds from the top of the Empire State Building, watching tens of thousands of cranes in Hungary, seeking the last golden orioles in Suffolk's poplar forests. She writes with heart-tugging clarity about wild boar, swifts, mushroom hunting, migraines, the strangeness of birds' nests, and the unexpected guidance and comfort we find when watching wildlife.

 

By one of this century's most important and insightful nature writers, Vesper Flights is a captivating and foundational book about observation, fascination, time, memory, love and loss and how we make sense of the world around us.


H Is for Hawk Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9780802124739
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Grove Press - March 8th, 2016