Winter With the Writers

Sy Montgomery

Naturalist, documentary scriptwriter, author, and 2015 National Book Award Finalist


Sy Montgomery Master Class: “When Things Go Horribly Wrong: Misadventures in Nonfiction"

Speaker Video

Event Details

Thanks to a new partnership with the National Book Foundation (NBF), Winter With the Writers will host 2015 National Book Award Finalist Sy Montgomery on February 24-25, 2016.

Rollins College Partners with the National Book Awards

Video: 2015 National Book Award Finalist Reading

Event Preview

Corey Hudnall previews Montgomery's visit.
Read Preview

Event Recap

Alicia Delgado recaps Montgomery's visit.
Read Recap

February 24, 2016, 8:00 p.m.

Harold Augenbraum, Executive Director of the National Book Foundation
Talk: Why Books Are a Crazy Business (and thank heaven for that)
Kerouac House

February 25, 2016, 10:30–11:30 a.m.

Sy Montgomery, Ross Gay, Harold Augenbraum Coffee Talk
Writer’s Block Bookstore
Event Details

  • Sy Montgomery Master Class: “When Things Go Horribly Wrong: Misadventures in Nonfiction"

  • Sy Montgomery: Reading, On-Stage Interview, and Signing

Speaker Bio

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Sy Montgomery is a naturalist, documentary scriptwriter, and author of 20 acclaimed books of nonfiction for adults and children, including the memoir of life with her pig, Christopher Hogwood: The Good Good Pig, a New York Times best seller.

The Soul of an Octopus was a finalist for the 2015 National Book Awards. She is also the winner of the 2009 New England Independent Booksellers Association Nonfiction Award, the 2010 Children’s Book Guild Nonfiction Award, the Henry Bergh Award for Nonfiction (given by the ASPCA for Humane Education), and dozens of other honors.

Her work with the man-eating tigers, the subject of her book Spell Of The Tiger, was made into in a National Geographic television documentary she scripted and narrated. Also for National Geographic TV, she developed and scripted Mother Bear Man, about her friend, Ben Kilham, who raises and releases orphaned bear cubs, which won a Chris award.