2019 Summer Author Series featuring Delia Owens
(picture by Dawn Marie Tucker)
The Longport Public Library is thrilled to announce
that best-selling author Delia Owens (Where the Crawdads Sing)
will be speaking as part of our Summer Author Series on July 23, at 6pm (Doors will open at 5:30pm)
Reservations are required and tickets will be available starting May 1st to Longport residents and property owners.
Starting June 7, tickets will be available to the rest of the community. Please call the library, (609) 487-7403 for more information. There are currently no longer tickets available for this program. The library does have a waitlist.
lDelia Owens has dedicated her life to exploring the natural world. After graduating with a Bachelor of Science in zoology (later, she would receive her Ph.D. from the University of California, Davis in Animal Behavior), she headed to the Central Kalahari of Botswana, where she and her husband set up a basic campsite in a remote area. For the next seven years, they radio-collared and studied six lion prides as well as the elusive brown hyenas that visited their camp every night. During those years, Owens developed a fascination with the female social groups that would become a running theme in both her research and her writing. From Botswana, the Owens ventured to Zambia to study the elephant population and to establish a program offering jobs, loans, and other assistance to local villagers to provide alternative means of survival to wildlife poaching. Owens spent 23 years conducting research on endangered species in Africa before moving to the Northern Rockies in Idaho to continue her writing career.
Owens’s research on female bonding in the animal kingdom and her personal experience with lifelong friendships inspired her to write Where the Crawdads Sing, a stunning debut novel about an unforgettable young woman determined to make her way in the wilds of North Carolina. Praised by everyone from Reese Witherspoon to The New York Times Book Review, Where the Crawdads Sing is at once an exquisite ode to the natural world, a heartbreaking coming-of-age story, and a surprising tale of possible murder. In her talks, Owens shares her writing process and the history, sciences, and memories that inform her work.
In addition to Where the Crawdads Sing, Owens is the co-author of three internationally bestselling nonfiction books about her life as a wildlife scientist in Africa, including Cry of the Kalahari. She has won the John Burroughs Award for Nature Writing and has been published in Nature, The African Journal of Ecology, and many others. She currently lives in Idaho, where she continues her support for the people and wildlife of Zambia.
For more information on this Speaker, please visit www.prhspeakers.com.
In addition to Owens appearance, our Summer Author Series will also feature the following authors:
Longport's own Doug Farrell will be reading from his children's book "Humpy Saves the Day!" on Saturday, July 29, at 10:30am
Marie Carhart will be reading from her children's book "Ralphie's BFF's" on Saturday, July 13, at 10:30am.
Jane Kelly (Date: Tuesday, July 30 at 6:30pm)
Saturday, August 3, at 10:30am-Children's Illustrator Julia Mills will be talking about how to illustrate a picture book.
Lauren Grodsten (Date: Tuesday, August 13 at 6:30pm)