Lynn Thomson


Lynn Thomson is a bookseller in Toronto, Ontario.

Her first book, Birding with Yeats, is a touching memoir about a mother, her son and the wonder of the natural world.

Birding With Yeats received the 2015 Edna Staebler Award for Creative Nonfiction.

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Birding with Yeats: A Mothe...

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“I think the most important quality in a birdwatcher is a willingness to stand quietly and see what comes. Our everyday lives obscure a truth about existence - that at the heart of everything there lies a stillness and a light.”
Lynn Thomson, Birding with Yeats: A Mother's Memoir

“Some people are very competitive in their birding. Maybe they'll die happy, having seen a thousand species before they die, but I'll die happy knowing I've spent all that quiet time being present.”
Lynn Thomson, Birding with Yeats: A Mother's Memoir

“Sometimes I think that the point of birdwatching is not the actual seeing of the birds, but the cultivation of patience. Of course, each time we set out, there's a certain amount of expectation we'll see something, maybe even a species we've never seen before, and that it will fill us with light. But even if we don't see anything remarkable - and sometimes that happens - we come home filled with light anyway.”
Lynn Thomson, Birding with Yeats: A Mother's Memoir

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