John Lane and David Hale: NEIGHBORHOOD HAWKS

John Lane and David Hale: Neighborhood Hawks
Event date: 
Thursday, November 14, 2019 - 6:30pm to 7:30pm

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University of Georgia Press and Avid Bookshop present John Lane and David Hale for their book, Neighborhood Hawks: A Year Following Wild Birds. This event will take place on Thursday, November 14, 2019, from 6:30-7:30 pm at Old Firehall No. 2 and is free and open to the public. We encourage you to purchase a copy of the book to get it signed by the author!

You can purchase this event book online from Avid Bookshop here


After reading J. A. Baker's fifty-year-old British nature classic The Peregrine, John Lane found himself an ocean away, stalking resident red-shouldered hawks in his neighborhood in Spartanburg, South Carolina. What he observed was very different from what Baker deduced from a decade of chronicling the lives of those brooding migratory raptors. Baker imagined a species on the brink of extinction because of the use of agricultural chemicals on European farms. A half century later in America, Lane found the red-shouldered hawks to be a stable Anthropocene species adapted to life along the waterways of a suburban nation.

Lane watched the hawks for a full year and along the way made a pledge to himself: anytime he heard or saw the noisy, nonmigratory hawks in his neighborhood, he would drop whatever he was doing and follow them on foot, on bike, or in his truck. The almanac that results from this discipline considers many questions any practiced amateur naturalist would ask, such as where and when will the hawks nest, what do they eat, what are their greatest threats, and what exactly are they communicating through those constant multi-noted cries? Lane's year following the hawks also led him to try to answer what would become the most complex question of all: why his heart, like Baker's, goes out so fully to wild things.


John Lane is a professor of English and environmental studies at Wofford College. His books include
Circling Home, My Paddle to the Sea, and Coyote Settles the South (all University of Georgia Press). He also co-edited, with Gerald Thurmond, The Woods Stretched for Miles: New Nature Writing From the South (University of Georgia Press). He has published several volumes of poetry, essays, and a novel, as well as a selection of his online columns, The Best of the Kudzu Telegraph (Hub City Press). Anthropocene Blues: Poems (Mercer University Press) is his most recent work.


"A chronicle of the dynamic nature that exists all around us, in the margins of our own neighborhoods. In each entry over the course of a year, you can hear Lane's poetic heart beating, you can feel the thrill every every dive the hawks take, feel the mystery of every screech, feel like you too have been invited to join in the awe of the politics, drama, and lyricism of a world just around your corner." - Luis

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By John Lane, Helen Correll (Cartographer)
ISBN: 9780820354934
Availability: In our warehouse - should ship in 2-5 business days.
Published: University of Georgia Press - April 1st, 2019

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