Friday, February 12, 2010

Surrounded by Giants

Friday, February 12, 2010

The Space Coast Birding Festival always treats book authors well. They invite us to do talks, lead field trips, and they make sure our books are available for sale in the huge vendor hall. The best thing, however, is the schedule of regular and convenient book signings in the Friends of Merritt Island NWR booth.

Phoebe and I were asked by Sandee from FOMI to do a book signing for The Young Birder's Guide. (Phoebe and her elementary school classmates helped me to create The Young Birder's Guide.)

This image, taken by our friend and festival volunteer Ray Scory, shows Phoebe diligently signing the book above her photo.

There are two things I love about this image. One, the concentration on her face and in her writing hand. And, two, the fact that she's surrounded by images of birding's field guide giants. From right to left, see if you can pick out the images and/or names of Roger Tory Peterson, David Sibley, Pete Dunne, and Kenn Kaufman.

It's always a treat to get to do a book signing. But getting to do one with the Phoebster was extra special.


On February 12, 2010 at 1:22 PM KaHolly said...

You have every right to feel such pride! I am a late bloomer, my daughter already grown. While always an outdoors person, and exposing her to camping, etc. instead of television, I didn't become a "student of nature" until she was off on her own. I look forward to purchasing your book, as I work hard to share my passion with children. ~karen

On February 12, 2010 at 1:57 PM Bill of the Birds said...

Karen: It's better late than never, right? I'm lucky that I tuned into birds at a young age.

When you're ready to buy a YBG, if you order from BWD, let us know and we'll all sign it.

Keep up the good work!

On February 12, 2010 at 4:00 PM Susan said...

You must be very proud. I expect that she has a great career ahead of her!

On February 13, 2010 at 2:35 PM Dave Lewis said...

Move over Bill, I see the new editor of BWD!

On February 13, 2010 at 7:26 PM cyberthrush said...

...and (deliberately or not) named after another giant of birding, Phoebe Snetsinger!

On February 13, 2010 at 11:50 PM Julie Zickefoose said...

Oooh, Cyberthrush...Phoebe is named after the flycatcher, one of our favorite birds on the planet!

On February 14, 2010 at 8:05 AM cyberthrush said...

I should've said 'sharing' the name of Snetsinger (I didn't reeeally believe she was named after her).

On February 14, 2010 at 11:06 PM Rondeau Ric said...

and the dynasty continues.

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