May 12, 2021 at 6 PM

Join us on May 12th at 6:00 p.m. for LITERARY spotLIGHTS. This video interview, hosted by Christy Cashman, features a conversation with Sy Montgomery, acclaimed author of The Soul of an Octopus.


In collaboration with the YouthINK Short Story Competition


Guest: Sy Montgomery

Researching articles, films, and her thirty books for adults and children, nationally acclaimed naturalist and author Sy Montgomery has been chased by an angry silverback gorilla in Rwanda, hunted by a tiger in India, and swum with piranhas, electric eels and pink dolphins in the Amazon. Her work has taken her from the cloud forest of Papua New Guinea (for a book on tree kangaroos) to the Altai Mountains of the Gobi (for another on snow leopards). For the National Book Award Finalist The Soul of an Octopus, she befriended the cephalopods at the New England Aquarium, and scuba dived and snorkeled with wild octopuses in Mexico and French Polynesia. She also drew on her scuba skills for cage diving with great white sharks. In 2018, she published How to Be a Good Creature: A Memoir in Thirteen Animals, which reflects on the personalities and quirks of thirteen animals who have profoundly affected her.

Her forthcoming book, The Hummingbirds' Gift: Wonder, Beauty, and Renewal on Wings, will be published on May 4, 2021.

Born in Frankfurt, Germany, Montgomery grew up in Westfield, New Jersey and attended Syracuse University. She lives in New Hampshire with her husband, the writer Howard Mansfield, their border collie Thurber, and a flock of free-range laying hens.

The Associates will be honoring Montgomery as a 2021 Literary Light on September 19th.

Sy Montgomery

“Part Indiana Jones and part Emily Dickinson.”

The Boston Globe

Christy Cashman

Host: Christy Cashman

Author, actress, and producer, Christy Cashman has appeared in more than twenty films, including Kettle of Fish, The Love Guide and American Hustle, and recently launched YouthINK, a teen writing mentorship program.

The Truth About Horses is Cashman's first novel and she has also written two children’s books set in Ireland: The Not-So-Average Monkey of Kilkea Castle and Petri’s Next Things. When she’s not writing or working on production projects, Christy is most likely riding cross country through the countryside of New England or Ireland. 

She lives with her husband, Jay; two sons, Jay Michael and Quinn; their three dogs, Ben, Lucy, and Dan; and three horses, Calvin, Butterscotch, and Victor. The family divides their time between Kilkea Castle in Ireland and their homes in Boston and Chatham, Massachusetts.

Cashman is co-chairing this year's Literary Lights dinner.

Purchase books


Sy Montgomery’s books can be purchased through the Harvard Bookstore

or checked out of the Boston Public Library