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The Birdwisher (2009) 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. Grotesque, noir and rendered in gorgeously inventive prose. The Birdwisher is the first book from Birds of Lace.

Anna Joy Springer is a writer and artist who used to sing in the punk bands Blatz, The Gr'ups and Cypher in the snow. She received her MFA in Artibus Elegantibus from Brown University and is currently Assistant Professor of Writing in UC San Diego's Department of Literature. Her teaching and writing interests include: graphic texts, experimental prose, women in punk rock, feminist ethics, Buddhism, and alternative writing workshop pedagogies. Recent writing is published in Encyclopedia: A-E & F-K, and her fabulist memoir, 'The Vicious Red Relic, Love,' is available from Jaded Ibis Press. You can write her at ajspring [!at] ucsd.edu.

Read an excerpt here: http://birdsoflace.wordpress.com/books/

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Watch a performance of part of the novella from 'The Birdwisher' release party (featuring Anna Joy Springer, Julianna Snapper, and Daniela Sea) here:

View illustrations from the book here: http://sammcwilliams.com/illustration

Printed on recycled paper with soy based inks
108 pages

The Birdwisher (an illustrated novella by Anna Joy Springer)

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