Oblong Online: Sy Montgomery, Eileen Garvin, Jackie Polzin & Florence Williams

Event date: 
Tuesday, September 14, 2021 - 7:00pm
Event address: 
EST via Crowdcast

Loving and understanding birds and bees leads inevitably to a greater love of the natural world and our need to preserve and honor the habitats which will sustain their health. At this event, authors Sy Montgomery, Eileen Garvin, and Jackie Polzin will talk with Florence Williams about the natural world, the role it plays in their work, and what it means to reflect, hope, and heal through interactions with creatures other than ourselves.


Florence Williams, The Nature Fix jacket coverJournalist, author, and podcaster, Florence Williams, is a contributing editor at Outside Magazine and a freelance writer for the New York Times, New York Times Magazine, National Geographic, The New York Review of Books, Slate, Mother Jones, and other publications. She is also the writer and host of two Gracie-Award-winning Audible Original series, Breasts Unbound and The Three-Day Effect, as well as Outside Magazine’s "Double-X Factor" podcast, and the bestselling author of The Nature Fix: Why Nature Makes Us Happier, Healthier, and More Creative.


About the panel:

Sy Montgomery, The Hummingbridis Gift Jacket CoverSy Montgomery is a naturalist, documentary scriptwriter, and author of thirty-one acclaimed books of nonfiction for adults and children, including the National Book Award finalist The Soul of an Octopus, the New York Times bestselling memoir The Good Good Pig, and most recently The Hummingbirds’ Gift. She lives in New Hampshire with her husband and Thurber, their border collie.



Eileen Garvin is a beekeeper and writer living in Hood River Oregon. Her debut novel The Music of Bees was a Good Morning America Buzz Pick, a Good Housekeeping Book Club Pick, an IndieNext Pick and more. People Magazine proclaimed it "an exquisite debut novel that combines a moving tale of friendship with a fascinating primer on bees." Garvin is also the author of the memoir How to Be a Sister.


Jackie Polzin, Brood book jacket coverJackie Polzin’s debut novel Brood was a New York Times Editors’ Choice and recently longlisted for the 2021 Center for Fiction First Novel Prize.  The Washington Post dubbed Brood “a wondrous first novel… [with observations] so sharp and commentary so droll, trenchant and precise, that the modest world she describes becomes almost numinous.” She lives in St. Paul, Minnesota with her husband, two children, and a small dog.


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The Nature Fix: Why Nature Makes Us Happier, Healthier, and More Creative Cover Image
ISBN: 9780393355574
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: W. W. Norton & Company - February 20th, 2018

The Hummingbirds' Gift: Wonder, Beauty, and Renewal on Wings Cover Image
ISBN: 9781982176082
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Published: Atria Books - May 4th, 2021

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The Music of Bees: A Novel Cover Image
ISBN: 9780593183922
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Published: Dutton - April 27th, 2021

Brood: A Novel Cover Image
ISBN: 9780385546751
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Published: Doubleday - March 9th, 2021