American Inspiration Author Series: Jack E. Davis with Scott Weidensaul, The Bald Eagle [Hybrid, Boston]

In partnership with American Inspiration series/New England Historical Genealogical Society and Mass Audubon, Porter Square Books is delighted to present a hybrid event featuring Jack E. Davis and his new work The Bald Eagle: The Improbable Journey of America's Bird. Davis will be joined in conversation by Scott Weidensaul, naturalist and author of A World on the Wind, which was a New York Times Bestseller, finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book Prize, and a Library Journal Best Science and Technology Book of the Year. Copies of both authors' books will be available for purchase at the event.

The broadcast of the author’s illustrated presentation will be followed by a live conversation between Davis and Weidensaul, audience Q&A, signing, and reception. This event is free to attend and will take place on Thursday, March 24 at 6pm at Porter Square Books: Boston Edition (50 Liberty Dr. Boston, MA 02210), with the virtual broadcast available to watch live on Zoom Webinar.

Register to attend the virtual presentation and in-person reception here

Register to attend the virtual presentation only here

The Pulitzer Prize-winning historian presents a sweeping cultural and environmental history of the bald eagle in America, telling the story of our country in relation to the natural world. No other animal in American history has been the simultaneous object of such adoration and cruelty as the bald eagle. For centuries, Americans have celebrated it as “majestic” and “noble,” yet savaged the living bird. Jack E. Davis recounts a panoramic history of the bird and the national symbol, taking us from the time when Indigenous peoples lived peacefully beside the eagle through the nation’s founding to periods in the 20th century when it was nearly brought to extinction. The Bald Eagle tells the story of American values and reveals how patriotism and environmentalism are complementary. Don’t miss Davis’ illustrated presentation and conversation with the best-selling author and naturalist Scott Weidensaul about the history of the eagle and America’s fraught relationship to the environment over nearly five centuries. Jack E. Davis is the Pulitzer Prize–winning author of The Gulf: The Making of An American Sea and An Everglades Providence: Marjory Stoneman Douglas and the American Environmental Century. The Rothman Family Chair in the Humanities at the University of Florida, he lives in Florida and New Hampshire.

Scott Weidensaul is the author of nearly thirty books, including the Pulitzer Prize finalist Living on the Wind. A writer and researcher specializing in birds and bird migration, he is a native of Pennsylvania now living in New Hampshire.

Event date: 

Thursday, March 24, 2022 - 6:00pm

Event address: 

Porter Square Books: Boston Edition
50 Liberty Drive
Boston, MA 02210

RSVP Form: 

RSVP to Attend American Inspiration: Jack E. Davis and Scott Weidensaul, The Bald Eagle [Boston]

Interested in joining the in-person portion of our hybrid event with Jack E. Davis and Scott Weidensaul on March 24? Attendance will be limited to 50 people, so please RSVP here to reserve your spot!

In-person audience members will view the virtual presentation broadcasted on screen at our event space at Porter Square Books: Boston Edition. Following the presentation, Davis and Weidensaul will come on stage for a live audience Q&A which will continue to be broadcasted to our virtual attendees. After the Q&A, the broadcast will end, and in-person audience members will have the opportunity to get their books signed and meet the authors.

Attendees should note the following in-person event guidelines:

-Attendees must wear a mask at all times during the event.

-Proof of vaccination must be shown upon arrival at the event (a vaccination card, online vaccination record, or photo of your vaccine card are all fine - please have this handy, as well as a form of ID, as we check you in).

-Distanced seating will be provided. Porter Square Books will be open all day so feel free to come early to browse, but you’ll be able to take your seats starting at 5:45 pm. The virtual presentation will begin at 6pm, and the in-person portion of the event will follow. 

We thank you for respecting the safety of our community and staff by following these guidelines. Please feel free to reach out to me with any questions at

Thanks so much for your support  - we truly can’t wait to host you!

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