LITERARY CHICKENS Reading & Signing at Newtonville Books
Nov 27, 2018

LITERARY CHICKENS Reading & Signing at Newtonville Books

What: Beth Moon reading from Literary Chickens

Where: Newtonville Books, 10 Langley Road, Newton Centre, Newton, MA 02459 

When: Tuesday, November 27th from 7PM-9PM

“[Beth Moon’s] images have a fairy-tale quality to them . . . without color, I could see things that had at first escaped my eyes: their elegant bearing, their strong expressions, and the ethereal quality and texture of their feathers. By eliminating the color, Beth allowed me to see the chickens’ beauty in a deeper way.” —Isabella Rossellini, from the foreword to Literary Chickens

Join best-selling photographer of Ancient Trees, Beth Moon, for a reading and book signing at Newtonville Books in Newton, MA in celebration of her new release, Literary Chickens, a fierce, funny, and flamboyant collection of fifty-two heritage-breed chickens assessing the camera with a keen gaze. By focusing on the faces of her avian subjects, Beth Moon reveals them to us not just as beautiful and exotic creatures, but as individuals in their own right.

Moon will be in conversation with award-winning blogger Melissa Caughey, discussing the practice of urban chickenkeeping and more. After the discussion, Moon will sign copies of her book.

Beth Moon, a New York–based photographer, has gained international recognition for her large-scale, richly toned platinum-palladium prints. Her bestselling books include Ancient Trees: Portraits of Time and Ancient Skies, Ancient Trees.

Melissa Caughey is a backyard chicken keeper, beekeeper, gardener, and cook who pens the award-winning blog, Tilly's Nest.

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Literary Chickens

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 From the best-selling photographer of Ancient Trees, an arresting collection of black-and-white chicken portraits paired with quotations from classic literature.

Fierce, funny, and flamboyant, fifty-two heritage-breed chickens assess the camera with a keen gaze. By focusing on the faces of her avian subjects, Beth Moon reveals them to us not just as beautiful and exotic creatures, but as individuals in their own right.

Moon’s intimate portraits capture a startling range of emotions and personalities, underscored by excerpts from literature. A martial Spanish White Face is flanked by a passage from Beowulf; a fantastical Buff-Laced Polish, by a line from Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland; and a refined Blue Polish, by a character sketch from Swann’s Way.

Essays by chicken keeper and best-selling author Melissa Caughey and cultural critic Collier Brown shed additional light on this fresh and remarkable body of work, which will appeal to animal lovers and literature buffs alike.

Beth Moon, a New York–based photographer, has gained international recognition for her large-scale, richly toned platinum-palladium prints. Her other books include Ancient Trees: Portraits of Time and Ancient Skies, Ancient Trees.

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