From Plants to Pages: Helen Humphreys on Field Studies
With Helen Humphreys.
Helen Humphreys spent a year working in an herbarium—and walked out with her latest book.
Fans of Helen Humphreys know that she has a knack for finding inspiration in unexpected places, from the Thames river to the apple. In Field Study, she takes a deep look at the forgotten world of herbariums and the people who amassed collections of plant specimens. How does Helen embark on her field studies, and how does she turn these sources into such captivating creative works?
Helen Humphreys is the author of 19 works of fiction, non-fiction, and poetry, including Rabbit Foot Bill and The Frozen Thames. She has won the Rogers Writers’ Trust Fiction Prize, a Lambda Literary Award for Fiction, and the Toronto Book Award, and has been shortlisted for the Governor General’s Award, the Trillium Book Award, and CBC’s Canada Reads. She is the recipient of the Harbourfront Festival Prize for literary excellence. Humphreys lives in Kingston, Ontario.