Book Launch: Field Notes from an Unintentional Birder

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Book Launch: Field Notes from an Unintentional Birder

September 17 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Birds Canada & Douglas & McIntyre invite you to the virtual launch of Field Notes from an Unintentional Birder

Join us for an engaging evening of birds, stories and music, featuring Julia Zarankin, Charles Spearin, Steven Price & surprise musical guests.


An unexpected and belated mid-life love affair with birds and nature and finally discovering one’s place in the world – Field Notes from an Unintentional Birder illuminates the joyful experience of a new discovery and the surprising pleasure to be found while standing still on the edge of a lake at six a.m.

When Julia Zarankin saw her first red-winged blackbird at the age of thirty-five, she didn’t expect that it would change her life. Recently divorced and auditioning hobbies during a stressful career transition, she stumbled on birdwatching, initially out of curiosity for the strange breed of humans who wear multi-pocketed vests, carry spotting scopes and discuss the finer points of optics with disturbing fervour. What she never could have predicted was that she would become one of them. Not only would she come to identify proudly as a birder, but birding would ultimately lead her to find love, uncover a new language and lay down her roots.

Thursday, September 17, 7 pm

Join our event in Zoom. RSVP here before September 16th and you will receive the link and password to join or follow along on Birds Canada Zoom and Facebook. Only 500 Zoom registrants will be accepted; the rest will be invited to follow along on Birds Canada’s Facebook


TYPE Books is happy to provide signed copies for Toronto book lovers. Please visit and @typebooks  for more information on purchasing books. For book sales outside of Toronto please contact your favourite local bookseller or online retailer.

You do not require a personal Facebook account in order to participate.

This launch event is part of the Toronto Lit Up programme which is designed to spotlight new works and empower Toronto’s writers. Toronto Lit Up is funded by the Toronto Arts Council and spearheaded by Toronto International Festival of Authors.

For more information reach out to Andres,


September 17
7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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