An Evening with Kirk Wallace Johnson *CANCELLED*
Wednesday 9th May 19:15 at London - Crouch End
Join us for a fascinating evening with Kirk Wallace Johnson, author of the extraordinary new book The Feather Thief.
Who is Edwin Rist? Genius or Narcissist? Mastermind or Pawn? One summer evening in 2009, twenty-year-old musical prodigy Edwin Rist broke into the British Museum of Natural History. Hours later, he slipped away with a suitcase full of rare bird specimens collected over the centuries from across the world, all featuring a dazzling array of priceless feathers. Kirk Wallace Johnson was waist-deep in a river in New Mexico when he first heard about the heist, from his fly-fishing guide. When he discovered that the thief evaded prison, and that half the birds were never recovered, Johnson embarked upon a years-long worldwide investigation which led him deep into the fiercely secretive underground community obsessed with the Victorian art of salmon fly-tying.
A page-turning story of a bizarre and shocking crime, The Feather Thief shines a light on our fraught relationship with the natural world's most beautiful and valuable wonders, and one man's relentless quest for justice.
Tickets are £4 each and include a free glass of wine.
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