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 sale September 19th) 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.