Margaret Renkl

Margaret Renkl is the author of Late Migrations: A Natural History of Love and Loss (Milkweed Editions, 2019) and Graceland, At Last: Notes on Hope and Heartache From the American South (Milkweed Editions, 2021). Renkl is a contributing opinion writer for The New York Times, where her essays appear each Monday. A graduate of Auburn University and the University of South Carolina, she lives in Nashville.


In The Comfort of Crows, Margaret Renkl presents a literary devotional: fifty-two chapters that follow the creatures and plants in her backyard over the course of a year. As we move through the seasons—from a crow spied on New Year’s Day, its resourcefulness and sense of community setting a theme for the year, to the lingering bluebirds of December, revisiting the nest box they used in spring—what develops is a portrait of joy and grief: joy in the ongoing pleasures of the natural world, and grief over winters that end too soon and songbirds that grow fewer and fewer.

Along the way, we also glimpse the changing rhythms of a human life. Grown children, unexpectedly home during the pandemic, prepare to depart once more. Birdsong and night-blooming flowers evoke generations past. The city and the country where Renkl raised her family transform a little more with every passing day. And the natural world, now in visible flux, requires every ounce of hope and commitment from the author—and from us. For, as Renkl writes, “radiant things are bursting forth in the darkest places, in the smallest nooks and deepest cracks of the hidden world.”

With fifty-two original color artworks by Billy Renkl, The Comfort of Crows is a lovely and deeply moving book from a cherished writer.

Past Shows


Nov
1
st
2023
The Fitzgerald Theater
Nov
1
st
2023
The Fitzgerald Theater

Talking Volumes with Margaret Renkl

hosted by Kerri Miller

More Shows

Oct
28
th
Fine Line

Jazz Is Dead ft. Ebo Taylor & Pat Thomas

Sep
24
th
First Avenue

Soul Coughing

Jul
12
th
First Avenue

The Blue Party @ First Avenue

with Moose the DJ and Domita Sanchez
Oct
4
th
Turf Club

Pony Bradshaw