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BERND BRUNNER at Books Inc. Opera Plaza

Bernd Brunner author photo and Birdmania cover image

With works published in Lapham's Quarterly, the Paris Review, the Wall Street Journal SpeakeasyAeon, and the Huffington PostBernd Brunner discusses his new fascinating book, Birdmania: A Remarkable Passion for Birds

"An exquisitely beautiful book ...These stories about birds are ultimately reflections on the curious nature of humanity itself"
-- Helen Macdonald, author of H Is for Hawk

There is no denying that many people are crazy for birds. Packed with intriguing facts and exquisite and rare artwork, Birdmania showcases an eclectic and fascinating selection of bird devotees who would do anything for their feathered friends.

In addition to well-known enthusiasts such as Aristotle, Charles Darwin, and Helen Macdonald, Brunner introduces readers to Karl Russ, the pioneer of "bird rooms," who had difficulty renting lodgings when landlords realized who he was; George Lupton, a wealthy Yorkshire lawyer, who commissioned the theft of uniquely patterned eggs every year for twenty years from the same unfortunate female guillemot who never had a chance to raise a chick; George Archibald, who performed mating dances for an endangered whooping crane called Tex to encourage her to lay; and Mervyn Shorthouse, who posed as a wheelchair-bound invalid to steal an estimated ten thousand eggs from the Natural History Museum in Tring.

As this book illustrates, people who love birds, whether they are amateurs or professionals, are as captivating and varied as the birds that give flight to their dreams.

Event date: 
Tuesday, November 21, 2017 - 7:00pm
Event address: 
Books Inc.
601 Van Ness Avenue
San Francisco, CA
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Birdmania: A Remarkable Passion for Birds Cover Image
By Bernd Brunner, Pete Dunne (Foreword by), Jane Billinghurst (Translator)
$29.95
ISBN: 9781771642774
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Published: Greystone Books - October 24th, 2017