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Monday, May 20 • 6:00 pm – Armstrong Conference Room
Edwin Rist was a talented young American with two great loves: music and the Victorian art of salmon fly-tying. In 2009, while a student at London’s Royal Academy of Music, Rist broke into the Natural History Museum in Tring, England, stole 299 rare bird skins, plucked their feathers, and sold them to men who shared his fly-tying obsession. Journalist Kirk Wallace Johnson (who was fly-fishing in New Mexico when his guide told him about the theft) has written a “rollicking true-crime adventure and a captivating journey into an underground world of fanatical fly-tiers and plume peddlers.”