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Book Title: Birds Art Life Death: A Field Guide to the Small and Significant|
The author of the book: Kyo Maclear
Edition: Fourth Estate
Date of issue: February 9th 2017
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‘Now when I hear birdsong, I feel an entry to that understory. When I am feeling too squeezed on the ground, exhausted by everything in my care, I look for a little sky. There are always birds flying back and forth, city birds flitting around our human edges, singing their songs.’
One winter, Kyo Maclear became unmoored. Her father had recently fallen ill and she suddenly found herself lost for words. As a writer, she could no longer bring herself to create; her work wasn’t providing the comfort and meaning that it had before.
But then Kyo met a musician who loved birds. The musician felt he could not always cope with the pressures and disappointments of being an artist in a big city. When he watched birds and began to photograph them, his worries dissipated. Intrigued, Kyo found herself following the musician for a year, accompanying him on his birdwatching expeditions; the sounds of birds in the city reminded them both to look outwards at the world.
Intricate and delicate as birdsong, Birds Art Life Death asks how our passions shape and nurture us, and how we might gain perspective, overcome our anxieties and begin to cherish the urban wild spaces where so many of us live.
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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.