Holiday Release! Matt Poll's The Christmas Bird Diary

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PORT ORCHARD, Wash. - s4story -- It's Christmas, 1960, and Montreal is snowed under. Twenty-year-old Mairin Lang plans on furthering her new hobby of birdwatching while she's home for a break from university for the holidays. This plan for a relaxing holiday with her mother takes a sharp turn when she discovers her late grandfather Murray's Christmas birding diary, written 40 years earlier.

Inside the diary are the seeds to three mysteries, all connected to a bird sighting Murray made in 1906 — an all-white 'Snowbird' that appears to be a species unknown to modern science. In Mairin's quest to puzzle through these enigmas, she will be challenged with secrets from her family's past, skeptical academics, and the deadly elements of an abnormally cold December.

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Author Biography:

Matt Poll has spent most of the past decade lurking in the bushes search of rare birds in South Korea, and has written a memoir about the shenanigans involved with being a foreign birdwatcher there. He has also started writing a series of stories exploring the creepy side of birding (in the cheeky new genre of "Twilight Zone Birding"), as well as a thriller novel set on Korea's DMZ. Links to his published stories and international birding adventures and can be found on his blog, Snowy Owl Lost (

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