Devil’s club is mentioned very briefly in The Alaskan Laundry by Brendan Jones, when Tara shows Connor the sights of Port Anna. “She led him to the bank, holding back thorny branches of devil’s club.” There’s really no other mention of the plant in the book, or any indication of what it is. From what […]

Since one of the main characters – that of Sophie, Colonel Allen Forrester’s wife – is an amateur naturalist and interested in birds in particular, To the Bright Edge of the World is a treasure trove of bird sightings. Moreover, there are a number of birds that play important roles in the story, both recurring […]

I’ve been trying to find pictures of some of the artifacts mentioned in To the Bright Edge of the World by Eowyn Ivey, and one of the most important – the moose-hide tunic given to the leader of the expedition, Colonel Allen Forrester, by one of the most powerful chiefs (or tyones) of the region […]

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Hummingbirds are pure motion. In the spring and summer, my yard is full of the buzz and whirr of Allen’s hummingbirds (which looks very similar to the rufous that Sophie sees). I have failed miserably in my attempts to photograph them. In To the Bright Edge of the World, Sophie Forrester becomes a bird photographer, […]

The Camp Robber – What a great name! This is one of the first birds that plays an important role in To the Bright Edge of the World, by Eowyn Ivey, and it’s one I hadn’t heard of before – at least not with that particular common name.¬†When I started looking into this bird I […]

“They are only bats, nothing more,” Mother said. Father whispered to me alone, “These are no ordinary bats. These are mice who swim with the stars.”

To the Bright Edge of the World by Eowyn Ivey

I have a confession to make – I’m a birder. I keep a life list of all the birds I’ve seen. When I visit someplace new, my first purchase is usually a local bird book. I get excited about seeing a “lifer” – a bird I’ve never seen before. This hobby started rather haphazardly when […]