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Put a Bird On It

There are times that we at the Canadian Bookshelf miss the non-bookish zeitgeist boat, and so it was only quite recently that we discovered the very funny "Put a Bird on It" sketch from the television series Portlandia. The sketch is clearly onto something, however, and it's not just handbags and lampshades that have been receiving the Put a Bird Treatment lately. Many recent Canadian books have been similarly bedecked, including the usual suspects (avian guides), but also poetry books, memoirs and novels. Bird books, it turns out, aren't so rare after all, but we think they're kind of lovely.

Check out the Complete Canadian Bookshelf Put a Bird on It Books List, with some of our favourite birdish picks featured below:

Book Cover Bedside Book of Birds

The Bedside Book of Birds by Graeme Gibson








Book Cover The Crow's Vow

The Crow's Vow by Susan Briscoe








Book Cover One Bird's Choice

One Bird's Choice by Iain Reid








Book Cover Bird Eat Bird

Bird Eat Bird by Katrina Best








Book Cover The Sleeping Life

The Sleeping Life by Kerry Ryan








Book Cover Peepshow

A Peepshow with Views of the Interior by Aislinn Hunter








Book Cover Zingy

Zingy by Paola Opal








Book Cover On Rare Birds

On Rare Birds by Anita Albus







Book Cover Little Bird

Little Bird by Don Coles








Are there any bird books we missed? Tweet us your favourites at @cdnbookself #putabirdonit.


September 21, 2011
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