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The Birdwisher is a novella about a girl, a pigeon-detective and a murderous mystery. Written after Dashiell Hammet's "Dead Yellow Woman," this debut book from Anna Joy Springer (Blatz, Cypher in the Snow, The Gr'ups, Sister Spit) is beautifully illustrated throughout by Sam McWilliams. Strange, grotesque, noir and rendered in gorgeous inventive prose, The Birdwisher is ...more
Paperback, 109 pages
Published 2009 by Birds of Lace

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Megan
Nov 18, 2010 rated it it was amazing
i love this book. i'm going to write about it probably in a blog post.

here's the blog post: http://www.montevidayo.com/?p=554

The Birdwisher is a modest, zine-y novella, beautifully illustrated by artist Sam McWilliams. Big, clunky typeface, winkingly lo-fi production [edit: i don't really know what i mean by this]. It is a treasure. The subtitle is “a murder mystery for very old young adults,” and in her acknowledgments, Springer says she wrote the story “on top of” Dashiell Hammet’s “Dead
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Gina
Dec 20, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Hello! I am the editor/publisher od Birds of Lace, the press that put out this incredibly brilliant, strange, beautiful, sad & uncanny novella. Do I even need to tell you how much I love it? I do feel that this book being in the world has made it a better place, no lie. I don't have librarian status so I can't edit the book's information, but I wanted to write, here, that it is available at birdsoflace.etsy.com. Read it & weep. xox
Helen McClory
YA for very old young adults, as it says on the inside - my review here: http://www.pankmagazine.com/pankblog/...
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Anna Joy Springer was a punk singer in the early 90's Bay Area punk and homocore scenes (Blatz, The Gr'ups, and Cypher in the Snow.) She toured with Sister Spit in 1999 and 2000. She now teaches writing at UC San Diego where she also directs the MFA program in Writing.
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