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Kirk W. Johnson | The Feather Thief

This event is free and open to the public and will take place at the bookshop. 

Kirk W. Johnson will read from and sign the new paperback release of The Feather Thief. The event is co-sponsored by the Utah Museum of Natural History and the Tracy Aviary.

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.

Two years later, Kirk Wallace Johnson was waist high in a river in northern New Mexico when his fly-fishing guide told him about the heist. He was soon consumed by the strange case of the feather thief. What would possess a person to steal dead birds? Had Edwin paid the price for his crime? What became of the missing skins? In his search for answers, Johnson was catapulted into a years-long, worldwide investigation. The gripping story of a bizarre and shocking crime, and one man’s relentless pursuit of justice, The Feather Thief is also a fascinating exploration of obsession, and man’s destructive instinct to harvest the beauty of nature.

Places in the signing line are reserved for those who purchase a copy of The Feather Thief from The King's English.

GET YOUR COPY NOW! Pre-order your signed copy of The Feather Thief today, by either calling the store at 801-484-9100 or ordering online. Please specify if you will be attending the event and if you want your book personalized.

 

Event date: 
Thursday, April 25, 2019 - 7:00pm to 9:00pm
Event address: 
The King's English Bookshop
1511 S 1500 E
Salt Lake City, UT 84105
The Feather Thief: Beauty, Obsession, and the Natural History Heist of the Century Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9781101981634
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Penguin Books - April 23rd, 2019

The Feather Thief: Beauty, Obsession, and the Natural History Heist of the Century Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9781101981610
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Viking - April 24th, 2018