We continue our very popular Dinner with the Author Series this Friday with novelist Wendy Webb at 6:30pm.
Author Sue Leaf will be reading from her biography of Thomas Sadler Roberts, A Love Affair With Birds, on Tuesday, June 25 at 7pm.
About the Book: Imagine a Minneapolis so small that, on calm days, the roar of St. Anthony Falls could be heard in town, a time when passenger pigeons roosted in neighborhood oak trees. Now picture a dapper professor conducting his ornithology class (the university's first) by streetcar to Lake Harriet for a morning of bird-watching. The students were mostly young women--in sunhats, sailor tops, and long skirts, with binoculars strung around their necks. The professor was Thomas Sadler Roberts (1858-1946), a doctor for three decades, a bird lover virtually from birth, the father of Minnesota ornithology, and the man who, perhaps more than any other, promoted the study of the state's natural history. A Love Affair with Birds is the first full biography of this key figure in Minnesota's past.
Roberts came to Minnesota as a boy and began keeping detailed accounts of Minneapolis's birds. These journals, which became the basis for his landmark work The Birds of Minnesota, also inform this book, affording a view of the state's rich avian life in its early days--and of a young man whose passion for birds and practice of medicine among Minneapolis's elite eventually dovetailed in his launching of the beloved Bell Museum of Natural History.
About the Author: Leaf has taught biology and environmental science at Cambridge Community college in Minnesota. A resident of the Anoka Sand Plain for 20 years, she is currently president of the Wild River chapter of the Audubon Society.