Date(s) - Apr 29th, 2021
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
This spring and summer, join Hilltown Land Trust staff and community members as we explore some newly released works as well as some old favorites in a casual, welcoming reading group. We will meet from 6:00-8:00 pm via Zoom on the final Thursday of each month during April through July. The selected books each address topics close to HLT’s core mission, and represent a range of genres including non-fiction nature writing, Indigenous history, and environmental justice. We are looking forward to discussions both entertaining and educational, and hope you’ll be able to join us! For more information, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
To sign up for our reading group, please complete the registration form at the bottom of this page.
Week One: Vesper Flights, by Helen Macdonald
Join us on April 29th as we discuss Helen Macdonald’s (H is For Hawk, Falcon) recent collection of essays — Vesper Flights. Heralded as one of the best books of 2020, 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.”
“Macdonald experiments with tempo and style, as if testing out different altitudes and finding she can fly at just about any speed, in any direction, with any aim she likes, so supple is her style. She writes about migration patterns and storms, nests as a metaphor for the domestic and the danger of using nature as metaphor at all. I was reminded of the goshawk, so thickly plumed, so powerful that it can bring down a deer, and yet it weighs only a few pounds. These are the very paradoxes of Macdonald’s prose — its lightness and force.”—Parul Sehgal, New York Times
“Exhilarating… No one describes the everyday natural world with greater power or beauty.”—Laura Miller, Slate