Add this Event to Calendar 10/22/2023 10:00 AM 10/22/2023 02:00 PM Sy Montgomery at the Bull Run - Fundraiser

The Hazen Memorial Library Trustees and the Friends of the Ayer Library are hugely excited to announce our Fall Speaker Series at the Bull Run Restaurant!

Our next event features Naturalist and Writer Sy Montgomery on Sunday, Oct. 22.

Tickets for this event are $45.00 and can be purchased at https://tickets.bullrunrestaurant.com/eventperformances.asp?evt=1087 

Sy and book illustrator Matt Patterson will talk about their latest book "Of Time and Turtles: Mending the World, Shell by Shattered Shell" highlighted with a multimedia presentation. An interview and Q&A will follow, along with a book signing.

Many of Sy's other books will be available for sale at this event, such as The Soul of an Octopus, How to be a Good Creature, The Hawk's Way, and The Book of Turtles (for children). Book sales will be handled by The Little Bee Book Shop   

About the event:

Sy Montgomery, author of the new book Of Time and Turtles: Mending the World, Shell by Shattered Shell.

National Book Award finalist Sy Montgomery will talk about her newly published work, described as "An entrancing storyteller who illuminates facts and feelings with sterling precision, Montgomery recounts dramatic and sweet interactions with these 'unlikely, surprising animals,' describing a wondrous array of personalities, including that of the astoundingly resilient, attentive, and gigantic snapper called Fire Chief." — Booklist (starred review)

When acclaimed naturalist Sy Montgomery and wildlife artist Matt Patterson arrive at Turtle Rescue League, they are greeted by hundreds of turtles recovering from injury and illness. Endangered by cars and highways, pollution and poachers, these turtles—with wounds so severe that even veterinarians would have dismissed them as fatal—are given a second chance at life. The League’s founders, Natasha and Alexxia, live by one motto: Never give up on a turtle.

But why turtles? What is it about them that inspires such devotion? Ancient and unhurried, long-lived and majestic, their lineage stretches back to the time of the dinosaurs. Some live to two hundred years, or longer. Others spend months buried under cold winter water. Montgomery turns to these little understood yet endlessly surprising creatures to probe the eternal question: How can we make peace with our time?

In pursuit of the answer, Sy and Matt immerse themselves in the delicate work of protecting turtle nests, incubating eggs, rescuing sea turtles, and releasing hatchlings to their homes in the wild. We follow the snapping turtle Fire Chief on his astonishing journey as he battles against injuries incurred by a truck.

Hopeful and optimistic, Of Time and Turtles is an antidote to the instability of our frenzied world. Elegantly blending science, memoir, philosophy, and drawing on cultures from across the globe, this compassionate portrait of injured turtles and their determined rescuers invites us all to slow down and slip into turtle time.

• Doors open & Brunch is available from 10 AM.
• Brunch Service ends at 11:45.

• Program begins at 12, and will conclude at 2 PM.
• Ticket price does not include Brunch.

Proceeds from this event directly benefit the Ayer Librar
y and the Hazen Memorial Library in Shirley.

Sy Photo credit: Paula Gordon



Contact: Hazen Library 978-425-2620 shirley@cwmars.org