Magers and Quinn Presents: Holly Hughes and BJ Hollars

In September we hosted two authors whose love of birds was evident in their work. Holly Hughes read from her poetry collection, Passingswhile B.J. Hollars gave the audience a preview of his forthcoming memoir Flock Together: A Love Affair with Extinct Birds.

Holly and B.J. talk about spark birds, extinction, famous last birds, and more in this unusual and fascinating evening of poetry and prose!



Recorded on September 4, 2016 at Magers and Quinn Booksellers.


About Holly J. Hughes’ poetry collection Passings:

In a timely, moving collection of elegies, Holly J. Hughes gives voice to these and other bird species that no longer fill our skies. If their names sound as a litany of the hundreds of species we’ve lost, these fifteen poems ring as a reminder that their stories are still with us. In clear, well-crafted poems, Hughes serves as witness to these birds’ stories, offering each a poignant account that acts as a cautionary tale for the many species whose habitats now face threats from climate change. In her preface, Hughes introduces us to the birds she first knew and loved, and her impassioned afterword reminds us that it’s not too late to learn from these birds’ extinction and take action to protect the species that remain. “Take note,” she writes. “These birds are singing to us. We must listen.”

About BJ Hollars’ forthcoming memoir Flock Together: A Love Affair with Extinct Birds:

With the help of a supporting cast of ornithologists and experts, as well as a hermit, a painter of birds, and five billion extirpated passenger pigeons, B. J. Hollars delivers a finely crafted and often profound memoir, Flock Together: A Love Affair with Extinct Birds. For his protagonist Hollars chooses a remarkable creature known as the Lord God Bird, and as the book’s narrator Hollars marries scientific rigor with wide-eyed wonder, letting readers enjoy both his command of and joy in his subject. Available February 2017.

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