Sy Montgomery & Matt Patterson: Of Time and Turtles

Saturday, October 21, 2023 - 11:00am to 12:00pm

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Titcomb's Bookshop and the Sandwich Public Library are honored to present author Sy Montgomery and wildlife illustrator Matt Patterson to speak about their new book Of Time and Turtles: Mending the World, Shell by Shattered Shell on Saturday October 21st from 11am-12pm at the Sandwich Public Library. 

This is a free event, but registration is required and space is limited. Registration can be completed HERE or by calling the store at 508-888-2331.

Books will be for sale at the event, and Montgomery & Patterson will sign them after her presentation. Those who are unable to attend the event may order signed copies below by writing "signed copy" in the order comments, or by calling 508-888-2331.
 

ABOUT THE BOOK

National Book Award finalist for The Soul of an Octopus and New York Times bestseller Sy Montgomery turns her journalistic curiosity to the wonder and wisdom of our long-lived cohabitants—turtles—and through their stories of hope and rescue, reveals to us astonishing new perspectives on time and healing.

When acclaimed naturalist Sy Montgomery and wildlife artist Matt Patterson arrive at Turtle Rescue League, they are greeted by hundreds of turtles recovering from injury and illness. Endangered by cars and highways, pollution and poachers, these turtles—with wounds so severe that even veterinarians would have dismissed them as fatal—are given a second chance at life. The League’s founders, Natasha and Alexxia, live by one motto: Never give up on a turtle.

But why turtles? What is it about them that inspires such devotion? Ancient and unhurried, long-lived and majestic, their lineage stretches back to the time of the dinosaurs. Some live to two hundred years, or longer. Others spend months buried under cold winter water. Montgomery turns to these little understood yet endlessly surprising creatures to probe the eternal question: How can we make peace with our time?

In pursuit of the answer, Sy and Matt immerse themselves in the delicate work of protecting turtle nests, incubating eggs, rescuing sea turtles, and releasing hatchlings to their homes in the wild. We follow the snapping turtle Fire Chief on his astonishing journey as he battles against injuries incurred by a truck.

Hopeful and optimistic, Of Time and Turtles is an antidote to the instability of our frenzied world. Elegantly blending science, memoir, philosophy, and drawing on cultures from across the globe, this compassionate portrait of injured turtles and their determined rescuers invites us all to slow down and slip into turtle time.

  • Perfect gift for nature lovers.
  • Includes a signature of photos plus stunning, photo-realistic full color paintings and black-and-white chapter opener art by wildlife artist Matt Patterson.
  • Read more books by Sy Montgomery such as How to Be a Good Creature and The Soul of an Octopus.
  • Don't miss The Book of Turtles for children

 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR & ILLUSTRATOR

Researching her articles, films, scripts, and over thirty books, National Book Award finalist Sy Montgomery has scuba-dived with sharks, cuddled with octopuses, slept next to a mother hippo and her baby, and been undressed by a wild orangutan. To inform this book, she and acclaimed wildlife artist Matt Patterson helped rescue cold-stunned sea turtles on Cape Cod, raised baby painted turtles for release into the wild, and provided physical therapy for an injured, 42-pound wild snapping turtle named Fire Chief. They still regularly patrol a nesting site for native New England turtles against predators and volunteer at Turtle Rescue League in southern MA.

 

Event address: 
Sandwich Public Library
142 Main Street
Sandwich, MA 02563
Books: 
Of Time and Turtles: Mending the World, Shell by Shattered Shell By Sy Montgomery, Matt Patterson (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Sy Montgomery, Matt Patterson (Illustrator)
$28.99
ISBN: 9780358458180
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Mariner Books - September 19th, 2023

The Book of Turtles By Sy Montgomery, Matt Patterson (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Sy Montgomery, Matt Patterson (Illustrator)
$19.99
ISBN: 9780358458074
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Clarion Books - May 2nd, 2023

The Soul of an Octopus: A Surprising Exploration into the Wonder of Consciousness By Sy Montgomery Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9781451697728
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Washington Square Press - April 5th, 2016

How To Be A Good Creature: A Memoir in Thirteen Animals By Sy Montgomery, Rebecca Green (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Sy Montgomery, Rebecca Green (Illustrator)
$22.00
ISBN: 9780544938328
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Mariner Books - September 25th, 2018

The Hawk's Way: Encounters with Fierce Beauty By Sy Montgomery Cover Image
$20.00
ISBN: 9781668001967
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Atria Books - May 3rd, 2022

The Octopus Scientists (Scientists in the Field) By Sy Montgomery, Keith Ellenbogen (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Sy Montgomery, Keith Ellenbogen (Illustrator)
$18.99
ISBN: 9780544232709
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Clarion Books - May 26th, 2015

The Hummingbirds' Gift: Wonder, Beauty, and Renewal on Wings By Sy Montgomery Cover Image
$20.00
ISBN: 9781982176082
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Atria Books - May 4th, 2021

The Great White Shark Scientist (Scientists in the Field) By Sy Montgomery Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9780544352988
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Clarion Books - June 7th, 2016