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Author Joy M. Kiser Gives Talk on "America's Other Audubon"

When: Thu., July 19, 7 p.m. 2012

Joy M. Kiser will give a talk at about her new book America's Other Audubon at Loganberry Books. Suggested donation: $3 In 1876, amateur naturalist and artist Genevieve Jones was suffering from a broken heart after her father forbade her from marrying the man she loved. Hoping to take her mind off her troubles, she visited the Centennial World’s Fair in Philadelphia and for the first time saw John James Audubon’s breathtaking Birds of America paintings. The daughter of a country doctor, Genevieve had collected birds’ nests and eggs since childhood and had always been frustrated that no reference book existed to help her identify them. Inspired by Audubon’s example, Genevieve became determined to create her own book illustrating the nests and eggs that Audubon left out. Her passion and dedication paid off. The resulting book, published in 1886, was extraordinary, exquisitely beautiful and meticulously detailed. Naturalists and ornithologists called it “magnificent” and praised its scientific accuracy, unrivaled by any work since Audubon. Only ninety copies were published, and less than half have been located in libraries and private collections. Now, in America’s Other Audubon (Princeton Architectural Press, May 2012), Joy Kiser brings these remarkable lithographs back into public view and finally tells the story of the Jones family and their unique contribution to American art. America’s Other Audubon reproduces the art at full size and features the original book's field notes, new text by Joy Kiser about the Jones family and their work, and an introduction by Leslie K. Overstreet, curator of Natural-History Rare Books at the Smithsonian Institution.

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