Local Author David Hopes Publishes Fifth Book;
"Bird Songs of the Mesozoic" Earned Booklist's Starred Review
“Bird Songs of the Mesozoic,” the fifth book by UNC
Asheville literature and language Professor David Brendan Hopes, was
released last month by Milkweed Editions.
The book is collection of nature-based essays
touching on themes as diverse as hunting, deep ecology, Wicca and sci-fi
literature. Hopes writes about the intersection of the human and natural
world around him -- dragonflies buzzing into his studio, the opossum
cornered in the garage and ferns encountered on a hike – and the ideas
those interactions inspire.
Booklist gave “Bird Songs of the Mesozoic” a
starred review, calling it a “collection of wondrous and near-perfect
essays.” Reviewer Rebecca Maksel writes that “one can open any page and
find a gem.” Hopes is “gifted with curiosity and a superb talent” and
“knows how to find the magical in the quotidian.”
Born and raised in Akron, Ohio, Hopes now lives in
Asheville and is professor of literature and language at UNC Asheville.
His first book of poems, “The Glacier’s Daughters,” won the Juniper
Prize and the Saxfrage Prize. His 1999 book, “A Childhood of the Milky
Way” was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize. His work has appeared in
numerous publications, including The New Yorker, Audubon and The Sun.
Hopes is also a prolific playwright and has won several important
playwrighting prizes. He holds a doctorate degree in English and
American literature from Syracuse University.
- Jill Yarnall, UNC Asheville Public Information Assistant Director,