Crowd gathers for Hirschfeld at Edinburgh International Book Festival

Eric2a Avid birders lined up Tuesday afternoon to meet Princeton University Press author Erik Hirschfeld. As part of the Edinburgh International Book Festival, Hirschfeld presented “How Can We Save the Birds?” addressing the problems facing the species featured in his book The World’s Rarest Birds. This recently-published book vividly depicts the most threatened birds on Earth. It provides up-to-date information from BirdLife International on the threats each species faces, and the measures being taken to save them. Today, 590 bird species are classified as Endangered or Critically Endangered, or now only exist in captivity. This landmark publication features stunning photographs of 515 species–including the results of a prestigious international photographic competition organized specifically for this book. This is the first time that images of many of these birds have been published. It also showcases meticulously accurate illustrations by acclaimed wildlife artist Tomasz Cofta for the 75 species of which no photographs are known to exist.
The Festival, which was established in 1983, gathers over 800 authors and academics to share their ideas and celebrate the art of writing. Its events offer attendees the chance to hear from the voices behind books like The World’s Rarest Birds. This year marks the thirtieth Edinburgh International Book Festival.

For those us who couldn’t attend this year’s event, a sample of the beautifully illustrated pages of The World’s Rarest Birds is available here. You can also check out the first chapter here.


Erik Hirschfeld signs copies of THE WORLD’S RAREST BIRDS at the Edinburgh International Book Festival on August 20.