Chuckanut Radio Hour @ The Leopold's Crystal Ballroom featuring Lyanda Lynn Haupt, Mozart's Starling

Sat, 05/13/2017 - 6:30pm

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1224 Cornwall Ave.
Bellingham, WA 98225

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Join us for Chuckanut Radio Hour featuring Lyanda Lynn Haupt, Mozart's Starling! Tickets for the Chuckanut Radio Hour are $5 and are available at Village Books and BrownPaperTickets.com -OR- receive a free ticket with pre-purchase of Mozart's Starling (OR if you've already bought the book, with each paid ticket you'll receive a $5 voucher to spend on Village Books merchandise at the show). Musical guest - and host! - is Village Books co-owner and concert pianist Kelly Evert.

In Mozart's Starling, Haupt explores the unlikely and remarkable bond between one of history's most cherished composers and one of Earth's most common birds. The intertwined stories of Mozart's beloved pet and Haupt's own starling provide an unexpected window into human-animal friendships, music, the secret world of starlings, and the nature of creative inspiration. A blend of natural history, biography, and memoir, Mozart's Starling is a tour de force that awakens a surprising new awareness of our place in the world.

Lyanda Lynn Haupt is a naturalist, eco-philosopher, and speaker whose writing is at the forefront of the movement to connect people with nature in their everyday lives. Her newest book is Mozart’s Starling (Little, Brown, April, 2017).

Lyanda’s previous books include: The Urban Bestiary: Encountering the Everyday Wild, (Little, Brown in fall, 2013), finalist for the Orion Book Award; Crow Planet: Essential Wisdom from the Urban Wilderness, (Little, Brown in July 2009), winner of the 2010 Sigurd F. Olson Nature Writing Award; Pilgrim on the Great Bird Continent: The Importance of Everything and Other Lessons from Darwin’s Lost Notebooks, (Little, Brown, 2004); and Rare Encounters with Ordinary Birds (Sasquatch), winner of the 2002 Washington State Book Award.

Lyanda has created and directed educational programs for Seattle Audubon, worked in raptor rehabilitation in Vermont, and been a seabird researcher for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service in the remote tropical Pacific. Her writing has appeared in a variety of publications, including Utne, LA Times, Image, Open Spaces, Huffington Post, Wild Earth, and Conservation Biology Journal. She lives in Seattle with her husband and daughter, a mixed backyard chicken flock, and Carmen the starling, featured in her newest book.


The Chuckanut Radio Hour, a recipient of Bellingham's prestigious Mayor's Arts Award, is a radio variety show that began in January 2007. Each Chuckanut Radio Hour includes guest authors, musicians, performance poet Kevin Murphy, and episodes of "As the Ham Turns" serial radio comedy, not to mention groaner jokes by hosts Chuck & Dee Robinson and announcer Rich Donnelly. The Chuckanut Radio Hour's first guest was Erik Larson and has since included Alexander McCall Smith, Elizabeth George, Cheryl Strayed, Sherman Alexie, Tom Robbins and Garrison Keillor, among many others. Tickets for the Chuckanut Radio Hour are $5 and are available at Village Books and BrownPaperTickets.com. Receive a free ticket with pre-purchase of Mozart's Starling (OR if you've already bought the book, with each paid ticket you'll receive a $5 voucher to spend on Village Books merchandise at the show). The Radio Hour airs every Friday at 7am, Saturday evening at 7pm and Sunday at 9pm on SPARK RADIO, KMRE 102.3FM. Co-sponsored by The Leopold Retirement Residence, Whatcom Community College Foundation, North Cascades Audobon Society, 12th Street Shoes, and Westside Pizza.

Books: 

Mozart's Starling Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9780316370899
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Little Brown and Company - April 4th, 2017

Urban Bestiary: Encountering the Everyday Wild Cover Image
$30.99
ISBN: 9780316178525
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Little Brown and Company - September 17th, 2013

Rare Encounters with Ordinary Birds Cover Image
$12.95
ISBN: 9781570614194
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Sasquatch Books - June 15th, 2004

Crow Planet: Essential Wisdom from the Urban Wilderness Cover Image
Email or call for price
ISBN: 9780316019101
Availability: Special Order
Published: Little, Brown and Company - July 1st, 2009

Pilgrim on the Great Bird Continent: The Importance of Everything and Other Lessons from Darwin's Lost Notebooks Cover Image
Email or call for price
ISBN: 9780316836647
Availability: Backordered
Published: Little Brown and Company - March 4th, 2009

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