Cannon Beach Reads is going virtual! Because of the COVID pandemic, Cannon Beach Reads has not been able to meet since February. Using the Zoom videoconferencing software may not make it possible to share coffee and cookies, but it will provide Cannon Beach Reads participants a chance to discuss some engaging literature and to “see” one another again.
The book that will be discussed at this first Zoom Cannon Beach Reads meeting on Wednesday evening, September 16, will be Mozart’s Starling, by Lyanda Lynn Haupt. Intrigued by the fact that Mozart had a pet starling during three of his most musically productive years, Haupt decided that the best way for her to explore the impact of the pet bird on Mozart’s life and music was to adopt her own starling, whom she named Carmen. Haupt intertwines her experiences in raising, training, and nurturing Carmen with stories of Mozart’s family life and professional experiences. In the process she provides insights about the creative process and the relationship between humans and birds.
Haupt is an ornithologist and naturalist. In addition to being a nature writer, she has worked as a seabird researcher and in a raptor rehabilitation program. In 2002 she won the Washington State Book Award. Reviewers have described Mozart’s Starling as a “hard-to-put-down, charming blend of science, biography, and memoir.”
Cannon Beach Reads plans to meet via Zoom videoconferencing on the third Wednesday of each month at 7 p.m. until in-person meetings are possible again. New members are always welcome. If you are interested in participating, contact Cannon Beach Reads coordinator Joseph Bernt at firstname.lastname@example.org.