Carl Safina speaks with Adam Nicolson about his new book, “The Seabird’s Cry: The Lives and Loves of the Planet’s Great Ocean Voyagers” (published by Henry Holt and Company, 2018).
DATE: Monday, February 19, 2018
LOCATION: 192 Books
192 Tenth Avenue at 21st Street
New York, NY 10011
Seabirds have always entranced the human imagination and Adam Nicolson has been in love with them all his life: for their mastery of wind and ocean, their aerial beauty and the unmatched wildness of the coasts and islands where every summer they return to breed. The Seabird’s Cry is an utterly charming work that breaks down the barriers between poetry and science. The book is divided into ten chapter, each dedicated to a different bird, and each beautifully illustrated. The Seabird’s Cry travels the ocean paths along with puffins, fulmars, gulls, albatrosses, and more looking at the way their bodies work, the sense of their own individuality, the strategies and tactics needed to survive and thrive in the most demanding environment on earth.
Writing lucid prose and drawing upon meticulously research, Nicolson brings the reader into the world of seabirds: the ways in which puffins walk around with “Edwardian propriety”; the lifelong marriages of albatrosses; the mysterious fulmar and how it manages to fly through storms. Any lover of nature writing will find this book fascinating.
Adam Nicolson is a prize-winning writer of many books on history and nature, including Sea Room, NYT bestselling God’s Secretaries, and the acclaimed Why Homer Matters. He is winner of the Royal Society of Literature’s Ondaatje Prize, the Somerset Maugham Award, the W. H. Heinemann Award, and the British Topography prize. He has written and presented many television series and lives on a farm in Sussex.
Carl Safina‘s work has been recognized with MacArthur, Pew, and Guggenheim Fellowships, and his writing has won Orion, Lannan, and National Academies literary awards and the John Burroughs, James Beard, and George Rabb medals. He has a PhD in ecology from Rutgers University. Safina is the inaugural holder of the endowed chair for nature and humanity at Stony Brook University, where he co-chairs the steering committee of the Alan Alda Center for Communicating Science and is founding president of the not-for-profit Safina Center. He hosted the 10-part PBS series Saving the Ocean with Carl Safina. His writing appears in The New York Times, National Geographic, Audubon, Orion, and other periodicals and on the Web at National Geographic News and Views, Huffington Post, and CNN.com. Beyond Words is his seventh book. He lives on Long Island, New York.