The Feather Thief - Book Launch at Natural History Museum of Los Angeles

Interview of Author Kirk Wallace Johnson AB'02, Followed by Q&A and Book Signing

Attend the launch of Kirk Wallace Johnson's (AB'02) new book, The Feather Thief -- a rollicking true-crime adventure about a young American that stole hundreds of rare bird skin specimens from the British Natural History Museum to sell in the black market of high-end salmon fly-tiers. Learn about Johnson's years-long worldwide investigation into the crime and his exploration of the human drive to possess natural beauty. The gripping story of a bizarre and shocking crime, and one man’s relentless pursuit of justice, The Feather Thief is also a fascinating exploration of obsession, and man’s destructive instinct to harvest the beauty of nature.

Kirk will be interviewed at the launch by the Natural History Museum's President, Dr. Lori Bettison-Varga, on The Feather Thief. Their conversation will be followed by a Q&A and book signing. Special Museum collections highlighting this discussion will also be on display between 6-7pm. Books are available for pre-order and purchase night-of the program.

The event will take place on Tuesday, April 24, 2018 at the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles.

6:00pm: Doors Open
7:00pm: Talk, followed by Q&A and book signing
8:30pm: Program concludes

Paid parking is available in the Museum Car Park off of Bill Robertson Lane.

Reservations are provided through the Natural History Museum's website - a link is provided here on this webpage. Please note that the Natural History Museum does not guarantee admission in case of a full program. Space permitting, unclaimed reservations will be released to standby patrons at approximately 6:30 pm. Thus, please arrive promptly for admission.

Kirk will be available to meet and speak with UChicago alumni at the cocktail hour prior to the talk (between 6:00 pm and 7:00 pm).

If you plan to attend, please register through the Natural History Museum's website and email the event host Andrew Flior AB'04 at so we know who is attending from the UChicago alumni club. 

For questions prior to the event, please contact the event host Andrew Flior at


Event Information

Cost: Free (Paid Parking Available)
Off-Site Registration Provided Here


Tuesday, 04/24/18 at 6:00pm - 8:30pm | iCal


Natural History Museum of Los Angeles
900 W. Exposition Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90007

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Event Contact
Andrew Flior AB'04