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‘Feather Thief’ lecture to wrap up refuge series

By REFUGE / DDWS - | Mar 12, 2021

MARIE JOSEE CANTIN JOHNSON Kirk Wallace Johnson will speak about his journey to publishing “Feather Thief.”

Widely acclaimed as one of the top nonfiction thrillers of its time, “Feather Thief: Beauty, Obsession, and the Natural History Heist of the Century” centers on the outrageous heist of rare bird skins from England’s Tring Museum in 2009. Investigative journalist Kirk Wallace Johnson tells the tale with the intrigue of crime fiction.

Johnson will speak about his long-researched book on March 19 at 10 a.m. at The Community House as the season’s final speaker for the “Ding” Darling Lecture Series.

He is also the author of “To Be a Friend is Fatal: The Fight to Save the Iraqis America Left Behind.” Johnson’s writing has appeared in The New Yorker, New York Times, Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, Washington Post Magazine and Wall Street Journal. His third book, “The Fishermen and the Dragon: Two Dreams at War off the Texas Coast,” published this year.

Socially-distanced seating for the lectures is limited and available on a first-come basis. Staff will distribute entry wristbands to attendees starting at 9 a.m., after taking touch-free temperature readings. Attendees must be wearing wristbands and face masks to enter the lecture room. Early arrivals may save their seat and one other with personal items; saved seats must be filled by 9:45 a.m.

Pre-signed copies of “Feather Thief” will be available to purchase at the lecture and afterward at the two DDWS Nature Store outlets. Profits from sales benefit conservation efforts at the refuge.

PHOTO PROVIDED Pre-signed copies of Kirk Wallace Johnson’s books will be on sale at the lecture.

The “Ding” Darling Wildlife Society-Friends of the Refuge is hosting the 17th annual lecture series, and the Ashton Kirchner Group/Keller Williams Realty Sanibel & Captiva, HighTower/Thomas & Swartz Wealth Management, Geoffrey and Karen Moss, and Sanibel Carts sponsored Johnson’s lecture.

For more information, visit dingdarlingsociety.org/articles/lecture-and-film-series.

The Community House at 2173 Periwinkle Way, Sanibel.