Poised to Soar

Helen Macdonald and Camille Dungy discuss Vesper Flights
Tuesday, October 6, 2020 - 2:00pm
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Bestselling author Helen Macdonald is joined in conversation by Camille T. Dungy to celebrate the publication of Vesper Flights (Grove). 

This event is presented in partnership with the Bay Area Book Festival.

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About Vesper Flights

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.

About the authors

Helen Macdonald is a writer, poet, illustrator, historian, and naturalist who lives in Cambridge, England. She is also the author of the poetry collection Shaler's Fish, and the bestselling memoir, H is for Hawk.

Camille T. Dungy is an award-winning poet and editor and professor of creative writing at Colorado State University. She lives with her husband and child in Fort Collins, Colorado.

Vesper Flights By Helen MacDonald Cover Image
ISBN: 9780802128812
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Published: Grove Press - August 25th, 2020

H Is for Hawk By Helen MacDonald Cover Image
ISBN: 9780802124739
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Published: Grove Press - March 8th, 2016

Black Nature: Four Centuries of African American Nature Poetry By Camille T. Dungy (Editor), Elizabeth Alexander (Contribution by), Alvin Aubert (Contribution by) Cover Image
By Camille T. Dungy (Editor), Elizabeth Alexander (Contribution by), Alvin Aubert (Contribution by)
ISBN: 9780820334318
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: University of Georgia Press - December 1st, 2009