Michigan Notable Book Author: Bob Tarte

Event Type: All Adult Programs
Age Group(s): Adults, All Ages
Date: 5/6/2017
Start Time: 2:00 PM
End Time: 3:00 PM
 On Saturday, May 6th, 2017, from 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM, the Portage District Library will host an author visit with Bob Tarte, author of 2017 Michigan Notable Book Feather Brained: My Bumbling Quest to Become a Birder and Find a Rare Bird on My Own (University of Michigan Press, 2016).

“The opportunity to hear an author of Bob Tarte’s talent and reputation in Portage is very exciting,” said Rudy Wright, Adult Services Librarian. “His writing clearly demonstrates his humor, his humanity, and his obvious love for the animals in his books, and is what earned him this honor of being recognized as a Michigan Notable Book author. I encourage everyone - animal lovers, humor lovers, and readers of every type - to take part in this event.”

Lured by a Rose-breasted Grosbeak, humorist Bob Tarte developed a fascination with birds. Like many before him, he quickly became obsessed with bird spotting. In Feather Brained, Tarte offers readers a droll look at the pleasures and pitfalls he encounters and introduces a colorful cast of fellow birders from across the country. This overly honest account will feel familiar to any birder or to anyone who knows and loves a birder.

Bob Tarte and his wife Linda live on the edge of the countryside near the West Michigan village of Lowell. When not fending off mosquitoes during temperate months and chipping ice out of plastic wading pools in the frigid winter, Bob writes the Technobeat world music column for The Beat magazine which he has done since 1988. He has also written for The New York Times, The Boston Globe, The Miami New Times, the Whole Earth Review, Fortean Times, Monitoring Times, and other publications. He is also the author of Enslaved by Ducks, Fowl Weather, and Kitty Cornered.

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Location: Austin, Sugarloaf, and West Lake Rooms