Kirk W. Johnson | The Feather Thief

Thu, Apr 25
  • Presented By: The King's English Bookshop
  • at: The King's English Bookshop
A rollicking true-crime adventure and a thought-provoking exploration of the human drive to possess natural beauty.On a cool June evening in 2009, after performing a concert at London’s Royal Academy of Music, twenty-year-old American flautist Edwin Rist boarded a train for a suburban outpost of the British Museum of Natural History. Home to one of the largest ornithological collections in the world, the Tring museum was full of rare bird specimens whose gorgeous feathers were worth staggering amounts of money to the men who shared Edwin’s obsession: the Victorian art of salmon fly-tying. Once inside the museum, the champion fly-tier grabbed hundreds of bird skins—some collected 150 years earlier by a contemporary of Darwin’s, Alfred Russel Wallace, who’d risked everything to gather them—and escaped into the darkness.

Event Info

  • Presented By: The King's English Bookshop
  • Dates: April 25, 2019
  • Location: The King's English Bookshop
  • Address: 1511 South 1500 East, Salt Lake City, UT 84105
  • Time: 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM

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1511 South 1500 East, Salt Lake City, UT 84105
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