Sep 15 2020
Author Event: Helen Macdonald

Author Event: Helen Macdonald

Presented by (OPEN ONLINE) Parnassus Books at ONLINE

Parnassus Books is pleased to present a virtual event with H is for Hawk author Helen Macdonald to discuss her new essay collection, Vesper Flights.

Macdonald will be joined in conversation by author Margaret Renkl. A portion of each ticket will benefit Humanities Tennessee, and includes a copy of Vesper Flights, shipped right to your home, along with a specially-designed signed bookplate.


About the book:

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 author:

Helen Macdonald is a writer, poet, illustrator and naturalist, and an affiliated research scholar at the Department of History and Philosophy of Science at the University of Cambridge. She is the author of the bestselling H Is for Hawk, as well as a cultural history of falcons, titled Falcon, and three collections of poetry, including Shaler’s Fish. Macdonald was a Research Fellow at Jesus College, Cambridge, has worked as a professional falconer, and has assisted with the management of raptor research and conservation projects across Eurasia. She now writes for the New York Times Magazine.

About Humanities Tennessee:

Humanities Tennessee is a non-profit organization that fosters community and civility in Tennessee through engaging programs that examine and reflect upon ideas, stories, history, arts and culture.

Humanities Tennessee, formerly the Tennessee Humanities Council, is the state affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH). Founded in 1973, they continue to develop ways to connect, learn, and grow as a community.

Source: Parnassus Books

Admission Info

$40-$58.50/Ticket, includes hardcover copy of book.

Please note: there are two ticketing options available for this virtual event. For shipping within the US, tickets are $40 and include a hardcover copy of Vesper Flights and media rate shipping to a US address. For attendees with non-US shipping addresses, tickets are $58.50, and include a hardcover copy of Vesper Flights and shipping to an international address.

Dates & Times

2020/09/15 - 2020/09/15

Location Info


Online, Nashville, TN 37201

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