An Evening with Author Earl Swift

An Evening with Author Earl Swift

An Evening with Author Earl Swift 
Chesapeake Requiem: A Year With the Waterman of Vanishing Tangier Island
TUESDAY, MARCH 29, 2022 • 5:30 PM
FREE and open to the public. Please REGISTER in advance.

At the request of the author, MASKS are REQUIRED for this event.


In honor of its 125th Anniversary, the Suffolk Literary Club Suffolk’s oldest continually-meeting book club and one of the oldest in the Commonwealth—has partnered with community organizations to present ‘An Evening with Author Earl Swift’. Join us at the Suffolk Center for a lively discussion with Earl Swift about his book Chesapeake Requiem.

This intimate look at the island’s past, present, and tenuous future is by an acclaimed journalist who spent over a year living among Tangier’s people, crabbing and oystering with its watermen, and observing its long traditions and unique ways. What emerges is the poignant tale of a world that has, quite nearly, gone by—and a leading edge report on thecoming fate of countless coastal communities.

Thanks to event partners:
HRSD SWIFT Program, Nansemond River Preservation Alliance, Suffolk Center for Cultural Arts, Suffolk Literary Club, Suffolk-Nansemond Historical Society, Suffolk Public Library, and Suffolk Tourism.

An Evening with Author Earl Swift

Chesapeake Requiem named a BEST BOOK OF 2018 by
The Washington Post, NPR, Kirkus Reviews, Christian Science Monitor, Esquire, Smithsonian, Outside, Public Radio’s “Science Friday”, and Mental Floss.

At the request of the author, MASKS are REQUIRED for this event.

Visit Chesapeake Requiem Facebook page


Earl Swift began writing for a living in his teens. In the years since, the Virginia-based journalist has penned seven books and hundreds of major features for newspapers and magazines, and has earned a reputation for fast-moving narrative and scrupulous reporting. His editors have nominated his work for the National Book Award, the National Magazine Award, and seven times for a Pulitzer Prize.

A former Fulbright fellow in New Zealand, Swift has been a fellow of the Virginia Foundation for the Humanities at the University of Virginia since 2012. He and his 26-year-old daughter, Saylor, are neighbors in the Blue Ridge mountains west of Charlottesville.

Earl Swift Chesapeake Requiem
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Featuring Environmental and Community Exhibits from Event partners:

Walk on the Wild Side

Walk on The Wild Side 2022
ON VIEW: March 24 – May 3, 2022
OPENING RECEPTION: Thursday, March 24th, 5:30 – 7:00 PM

Suffolk Center for Cultural Arts presents an exciting new art exhibition, Walk on the Wild Side, depicting the beauty of wildlife throughout our region and the world. The exhibit features highly collectible decoys, wildlife, and waterfowl art. Walk on the Wild Side art exhibition showcases wildlife artists working in woodcarving, paints, sculpture, photography, and mixed media. This exhibition showcases many talented wildlife artists while featuring six artists: carvers Jim Gordon, Art Latimer, Marty Linton, Doug Brady, wildlife painter Linda Phillips, and wildlife photographer and painter Janet Ogren.