Local Authors at the GPL: Ben Gagnon
About This Event
The Greenfield Public Library welcomes local author Ben Gagnon, on Wednesday, December 20, at 5:30 pm in the Community Meeting Room, to discuss his book Church of Birds: An Eco-History of Myth and Religion.
Award-winning journalist, documentary filmmaker, novelist and Turners Falls resident Ben Gagnon tells a long-forgotten story of the profound bond between people and birds, and how humanity’s early eco-history ultimately shaped the world’s global religions.
As humanity steadily decimates the global bird population, scientists and scholars are discovering that birds may have played a greater role in shaping human evolution than primates. Church of Birds is an eco-history of human evolution that’s supported by recent scientific discoveries, ancient myth, and sacred texts. Across dozens of cultures, migratory birds were seen as divine agents of a benevolent sun, delivering seeds to the landscape in spring and guiding souls to a heavenly paradise in the fall. These mythic roles were ultimately incorporated into Judaism, Christianity, and Islam.
Copies of his book will be available for purchase.
This program, generously sponsored by the Friends of the Greenfield Public Library, is free and open to the public.