Oblong Online: Helen Macdonald - "Vesper Flights" in conversation with Susan Fox Rogers

Event date: 
Thursday, July 15, 2021 - 5:00pm
Event address: 
EST via Crowdcast

Please note the earlier start time as the authors are joining us from the UK & France for this event.

Bestselling author of H IS FOR HAWK, Helen Macdonald will talk about her latest book VESPER FLIGHTS with Susan Fox Rogers.


Helen MacdonaldVesper Flights by Helen Macdonald - jacket coverSusan Fox Rogers

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, Macdonald 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.

Helen Macdonald is an English writer, naturalist, and an Affiliated Research Scholar at the University of Cambridge Department of History and Philosophy of Science. She is best known as the author of H is for Hawk, which won the 2014 Samuel Johnson Prize and Costa Book Award.

Susan Fox Rogers is Writer in Residence at Bard College. She is the author of My Reach and the editor of ten previous anthologies, including Antarctica and, most recently, When Birds Are Near.

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Vesper Flights Cover Image
ISBN: 9780802158673
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Grove Press - July 13th, 2021

H Is for Hawk Cover Image
ISBN: 9780802124739
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Grove Press - March 8th, 2016

When Birds Are Near: Dispatches from Contemporary Writers Cover Image
ISBN: 9781501750915
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Comstock Publishing - October 1st, 2020