Author visits Peninsula College campus this week

PORT ANGELES — Adventure writer and naturalist Sy Montgomery, the Peninsula College Writer in Residence this spring, will be on campus in Port Angeles today through Thursday.

Montgomery has written more than 30 books for adults and children and was a 2015 finalist for the National Book Award for nonfiction with her New York Times bestseller “The Soul of an Octopus, A Surprising Exploration Into the Wonder of Consciousness.”

Her newest work, “The Book of Turtles,” is illustrated by Matt Patterson and will be released just days before her arrival in Port Angeles.

Montgomery announced that Patterson will join her during her on-campus residency.

A reception and discussion is planned at 10 a.m. today in J-47 on the Port Angeles campus at 1502 E. Lauridsen Blvd.

At 10 a.m. Wednesday, she will sign books at the Elwha Klallam Heritage Center, 401 E. First St., Port Angeles, courtesy of Port Book and News.

Montgomery will share her wilderness adventures at a Studium Generale presentation at 12:35 p.m. Thursday in the Little Theater on the Port Angeles campus. The lecture will be followed by a screening of “My Octopus Teacher” at 1:45 p.m. in Room M-125.

All events are free and open to the public.

“Spell of the Tiger, The Man-Eaters of Sundarbans,” one of Montgomery’s earlier works, was adapted into a National Geographic television documentary.

A few of her many awards include the 2010 Children’s Book Guild Nonfiction Award and the Henry Bergh Award for Nonfiction, bestowed by the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals ASPCA for Humane Education.

“We are on the cusp of either destroying this sweet, green Earth, or revolutionizing the way we understand the rest of animate creation,” Montgomery said in a profile at “It’s an important time to be writing about the connections we share with our fellow creatures. It’s a great time to be alive.”

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