Join us for this virtual author chat with Tory McCagg as she discusses her book, At Crossroads with Chickens.
Registration is free and open to the public. Space is limited. Click here to sign up. A link for the talk will be sent to registrants approximately two hours before the start of the event, and then again approximately 15 minutes before the start. In the event this program is sold out, we will be live streaming via our Facebook page. A recording of the talk will also be available on our YouTube channel.
In 2012, Tory and her husband, Carl built an off-grid, solar-powered house in Jaffrey, New Hampshire. It was to be a weekend getaway for the writer (“what’s this pitchfork for?”) and trombonist (a wannabe farmer). In December, with two cats and six newly adopted chicks, they drove up to Jaffrey from their home in Providence, Rhode Island, ostensibly just for the winter so their new pipes wouldn’t freeze. . . . But their hen “Rhoda Red” turned out to be “Big Red.” Roosters are outlawed by Providence city regulations, so Big Red couldn’t go back. Thus, writes Tory, “neither did we. Survival of the fittest. Natural selection. Soul evolution. They named their 193-acre home “Darwin’s View” for a reason.”
Chicken kerfuffles lighten the mood, but this story is born of heartbreak, of yearning for the great beauty of the world as it used to be. As she moves from full-time weekender to organic gardener, Tory interlaces her tale with her mother’s battle with Parkinson’s, braiding both Mother and Mother Nature. Add the sun, the wind, and a cock-a-doodle-do, and you have the recipe for a perfect storm of personal growth rippling out to effect a larger transformation.