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Speaker Series: Field Study, in Conversation with Helen Humphrey’s

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With Helen Humphreys and Nadia Cavallin

Join author and poet, Helen Humphreys, and RBG’s Herbarium Curator and Field Botanist, Nadia Cavallin as they discuss Helen’s new book, Field Study, that takes a deep look at the forgotten world of herbariums and the people who amassed collections of plant specimens in the 19th and 20th centuries. From Emily Dickinson’s and Henry David Thoreau’s collections to amateur naturalists whose names are forgotten but whose collections still grace our world, herbariums are the records of the often-humble plants that are still with us and those that are lost. In Field Study, Helen takes you through a year at a herbarium while she considers life and loss and the importance of finding solace in nature.

Bio: Helen Humphreys is the award-winning author of nine novels, four books of poetry, and five works of creative non-fiction. She has won the Rogers Writers Trust Fiction Prize, the City of Toronto Book Award, and a Lambda Prize for fiction and her work has been shortlisted for the Governor General’s Literary Award and the Trillium Award and longlisted for the Dublin Impac Award and the B.C. National Award for Non-Fiction. Several of her books were chosen by the New York Times as Notable Books of the year. Her work has been published internationally and has been optioned for stage, opera, TV and film. She lives and writes in Kingston, Ontario.

Thursday, September 23 2021; 7 to 8:30 p.m.


Event Tickets - $18 (+HST and Service Fee) Members - $6 (+HST and Service Fee)

Field Study book pre-order: $28.95 (+HST and Service Fee) (M 10% off) Pre-order by July 31. Books will be available for pick-up at RBG’s gift shop after September 20.

Part of RBG Speaker Series! We are excited to bring you a selection of lecture and workshop sessions with experts from across North America, speaking on topics such as gardening, wildlife, conservation, and more! For more information, visit rbg.ca/speakers

Royal Botanical Gardens is a registered charitable organization dedicated to connecting people, plants and place. By attending this event, you’re supporting our efforts in areas like plant science, conservation, horticulture and education. Want to learn more about how you can contribute to RBG’s charitable work? Visit rbg.ca/donate

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