Sy Montgomery with David Cash, The Hawk's Way

Porter Square Books is delighted to welcome Sy Montgomery for The Hawk's Way, called “gorgeously illuminating and deeply affecting" by Booklist. The author will be joined in conversation by David Cash, regional administrator of the EPA.

This event will take place on Friday, May 6 at 7pm at Porter Square Books: Cambridge Edition. Please RSVP below to reserve your spot!

A splendid and luminous celebration of one of nature’s most perfect and mysterious creatures—the hawk—from the New York Times bestselling author of the “astoundingly beautiful” (NPR) The Soul of an Octopus.

When Sy Montgomery went to spend a day at falconer Nancy Cowan’s farm, home to a dozen magnificent birds of prey, it was the start of a deep love affair. Nancy allowed her to work with Jazz, a feisty, four-year-old, female Harris’s hawk with a wingspan of more than four feet. Not a pet, Jazz was a fierce predator with talons that could pierce skin and bone and yet, she was willing to work with a human to hunt. From the first moment Jazz swept down from a tree and landed on Sy’s leather gloved fist, Sy fell under the hawk’s magnetic spell.

Over the next few years, Sy spent more time with these magnificent creatures, getting to know their extraordinary abilities and instincts. They are deeply emotional animals, quick to show anger and frustration, and can hold a grudge for years. But they are also loyal and intensely aware of their surroundings. In this mesmerizing account, featuring sixteen pages of gorgeous color photographs, Sy passionately and vividly reveals the wonderous world of hawks and what they can teach us about nature, life, and love.

Sy Montgomery is a naturalist, documentary scriptwriter, and author of thirty-one acclaimed books of nonfiction for adults and children, including The Hummingbirds’ Gift, the National Book Award finalist The Soul of an Octopus, and the memoir The Good Good Pig, which was a New York Times bestseller. The recipient of numerous honors, including lifetime achievement awards from the Humane Society and the New England Booksellers Association, she lives in New Hampshire with her husband, writer Howard Mansfield, and a border collie.

David W. Cash is Dean and Associate Professor of the John W. McCormack Graduate School of Policy and Global Studies at the University of Massachusetts Boston. Formerly, he was Commissioner of the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection (MassDEP). Prior to this role, he held the position of Commissioner at the Massachusetts Department of Public Utilities (DOU) where he helped lead efforts to modernize the grid, expand the deployment of energy efficiency and renewable energy and empower customers in their energy decisions. Prior to his work at the DPU, Dr. Cash was the Undersecretary for Policy in the Massachusetts Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs (EEA). In this role, Dr. Cash advised the EEA Secretary on an array of issues, including climate change, energy, land management, water management, oceans, wildlife and fisheries, air and water quality, environmental and energy dimensions of transportation and waste management. Prior to working for the Commonwealth, Dr. Cash was a research associate at the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University and a Lecturer in Environmental Science and Public Policy.

Event date: 

Friday, May 6, 2022 - 7:00pm

Event address: 

Porter Square Books
25 White St.
Cambridge, MA 02140

RSVP Form: 

RSVP to attend Sy Montgomery, The Hawk's Way

Interested in joining our event on 5/6 with Sy Montgomery? Please RSVP here to reserve your spot. 

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).

-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 6:45 pm. The talk will begin at 7pm, and conclude at 8pm. A signing line will follow the talk.

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!

The Hawk's Way: Encounters with Fierce Beauty Cover Image
ISBN: 9781668001967
Availability: In Stock-Click Title to See Store Inventory
Published: Atria Books - May 3rd, 2022