FREE SHIPPING in CANADA for orders over $35
of a feather

of a feather

56 pages
Published:   June 18, 2024
Paperback:   9781895488623    $45.00

of a feather is the third book in a trilogy that includes Ova Aves and Icarus, Falling of Birds. Conceived as a tribute to the teacher, naturalist, and ornithologist Gay Hansen — Holownia’s late partner and Thurston’s long-time friend, the collection combines Thaddeus Holownia’s photography of bird feathers with the poetry of Harry Thurston.

Taken individually, the photographs and poems are magnificent in their detail and poise, but together they show how both poetry and science can illuminate the natural world, drawing on the ideas of the likes of Rachel Carson and E.O. Wilson. The result is a wonderful tribute to Hansen and an enduring record of beauty in the natural world.
+Show more


Thaddeus Holownia is a visual artist, letterpress printer, and publisher. After a forty-one-year teaching and administrative career in the Department of Fine Arts at Mount Allison University in Sackville New Brunswick, Holownia recently retired from teaching and now spends his time at his studio in Jolicure, New Brunswick.

Harry Thurston is the author of more than twenty books of poetry and non-fiction including Tidal Life: A Natural History of the Bay of Fundy, A Place Between the Tides: A Naturalist’s Reflections of the Salt Marsh, and Keeping Watch at the End of the World. He lives at the edge of a salt marsh in Tidnish Bridge, Nova Scotia.