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Book Title: Birds Art Life|
The author of the book: Kyo Maclear
Edition: Doubleday Canada
Date of issue: January 17th 2017
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A writer's search for inspiration, beauty and solace leads her to birds in this intimate and exuberant meditation on creativity and life—a field guide to things small and significant.
For Vladimir Nabokov, it was butterflies. For John Cage, it was mushrooms. For Sylvia Plath, it was bees. Each of these artists took time away from their work to become observers of natural phenomena. In 2012, Kyo Maclear met a local Toronto musician with an equally captivating side passion—he had recently lost his heart to birds. Curious about what prompted this young urban artist to suddenly embrace nature, Kyo decides to follow him for a year and find out.
A distilled, crystal-like companion to H is for Hawk, this memoir celebrates the particular madness of loving and chasing after birds in a big city. Intimate and philosophical, moving with ease between the granular and the grand view, it celebrates the creative and liberating effects of keeping your eyes and ears wide open, and explores what happens when you apply the core lessons of birding to other aspects of life. In one sense, this is a book about disconnection—how our passions can buckle under the demands and emotions of daily life—and about reconnection: how the act of seeking passion and beauty in small ways can lead us to discover our most satisfying life. On a deeper level, it takes up the questions of how we are shaped and nurtured by our parallel passions, and how we might come to cherish not only the world's pristine natural places but also the blemished urban spaces where most of us live.
Birds Art Life follows two artists on a yearlong adventure that is at once a meditation on the nature of creativity and a quest for a good and meaningful life.
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Read information about the authorKyo Maclear is a children’s author, novelist and essayist. She was born in London, England and moved to Toronto at the age of four.
Kyo is the author of several critically-acclaimed children’s books including: Spork (2010) and Virginia Wolf (2012), both illustrated by Isabelle Arsenault; Mr. Flux (2013), illustrated by Matte Stephens; Julia, Child (2014), illustrated by Julie Morstad; The Specific Ocean (2015) with Katty Maurey; The Good Little Book (2015) with Marion Arbona; The Liszts (2016) with Júlia Sardà; The Wish Tree (2016) with Chris Turnham; The Fog (2017) with Kenard Pak; and Yak and Dove (2017) with Esmé Shapiro. Her newest picture book is Bloom: A Story of Fashion Designer Elsa Schiaparelli, illustrated by Julie Morstad (2018).
Kyo's non-fiction book Birds Art Life follows two artists on a yearlong adventure to find birds in a big city. It is an intimate and exuberant meditation on creativity and life—a field guide to things small and significant. She is also the author of two novels: The Letter Opener (2007) and Stray Love (2012).
Her essays and art criticism have been widely published and anthologized in North America, Europe and Asia/Australia.
She lives in Toronto with a singer, two children and two cats.
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