The Museum of Russian Art is pleased to invite you to engage with author & biologist Jonathan C. Slaght in conversation with Laurie Hertzel, Senior Editor for Books at the Minneapolis Star Tribune.
** This Book Launch will be recorded. All participants will be muted upon arrival. Please stay muted during the presentation. Participants will be able to use the chat function with the host to submit questions and comments. Questions will be moderated by the host and relayed to the presenter and interviewer. We look forward to seeing you on Tuesday, August 4th!
Blakiston's Fish Owl, the largest species of owl on earth, found only in the far northern regions of Russia, Japan, and Korea, is also perhaps the most mysterious. Only a handful of scientists have attempted to study them, but a chance sighting changed the course of Jonathan C. Slaght's life--sending him on a five-year journey to study these enigmatic creatures.
In "Owls of the Eastern Ice: A Quest to Find and Save the World's Largest Owl" (Farrar, Straus, & Giroux, August 2020), researcher and conservationist Slaght takes us to the Primorye region of Eastern Russia, where we join a small team for late-night monitoring missions, on mad dashes across thawing rivers, drink vodka with mystics, hermits, and scientists, and listen to fireside tales of Amur tigers. Most captivating of all are the fish owls themselves: cunning hunters, devoted parents, singers of eerie duets, and survivors in a harsh and shrinking habitat.
After a short presentation about Blakiston’s fish owls, Slaght will then be joined by Laurie Hertzel, Senior Editor for Books at the Minneapolis Star Tribune, for a conversation about owls, Russia, and the book.