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NEW Literary Adventure, in Paris!
17 Sep

NEW Literary Adventure, in Paris!

They Came to Paris: Literature 1910–1940
May 7 - 13, 2020
Led by Canadian writer Lisa Pasold and Classical Pursuits' Melanie Blake

On this journey, you’ll trace the rise of modernism through the cafés and clubs of Montmartre and Montparnasse, the Champs-Élysées theatres that staged daring new productions, the grand public projects in the Trocadéro, and the cinemas of the post-war years. Custom guided walks, literary discussions and museum visits will deepen your understanding of life in Paris in the early years of the 20th century and the role the city played in the creative explosion that took place during and after World War I.
 
Learn more and download the detailed i
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They Came to Paris: Literature 1910–1940
May 7 - 13, 2020
Led by Canadian writer Lisa Pasold and Classical Pursuits' Melanie Blake

On this journey, you’ll trace the rise of modernism through the cafés and clubs of Montmartre and Montparnasse, the Champs-Élysées theatres that staged daring new productions, the grand public projects in the Trocadéro, and the cinemas of the post-war years. Custom guided walks, literary discussions and museum visits will deepen your understanding of life in Paris in the early years of the 20th century and the role the city played in the creative explosion that took place during and after World War I.
 
Learn more and download the detailed itinerary today.
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Tour Leader Julia Zarankin is Publishing a Book!
13 Sep

Tour Leader Julia Zarankin is Publishing a Book!

Field Notes from an Unintentional Birder
A Memoir by Julia Zarankin
Release date: April, 2020

A writer discovers an unexpected passion for birding, along with a new understanding of the world and her own place in it.



When Julia Zarankin saw her first red-winged blackbird at the age of thirty-five, she didn’t expect that it would change her life. Recently divorced and auditioning hobbies during a stressful career transition, she stumbled on birdwatching, initially out of curiosity for the strange breed of humans who wear multi-pocketed vests, carry spotting scopes and discuss the finer points of optics with disturbing fervour. What she never could have predicted was that
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Field Notes from an Unintentional Birder
A Memoir by Julia Zarankin
Release date: April, 2020

A writer discovers an unexpected passion for birding, along with a new understanding of the world and her own place in it.



When Julia Zarankin saw her first red-winged blackbird at the age of thirty-five, she didn’t expect that it would change her life. Recently divorced and auditioning hobbies during a stressful career transition, she stumbled on birdwatching, initially out of curiosity for the strange breed of humans who wear multi-pocketed vests, carry spotting scopes and discuss the finer points of optics with disturbing fervour. What she never could have predicted was that she would become one of them. Not only would she come to identify proudly as a birder, but birding would ultimately lead her to find love, uncover a new language and lay down her roots.

Field Notes from an Unintentional Birder tells the story of finding meaning in midlife through birds. The book follows the peregrinations of a narrator who learns more from birds than she ever anticipated, as she begins to realize that she herself is a migratory species: born in the former Soviet Union, growing up in Vancouver and Toronto, studying and working in the United States and living in Paris. Coming from a Russian immigrant family of concert pianists who believed that the outdoors were for “other people,” Julia Zarankin recounts the challenges and joys of unexpectedly discovering one’s wild side and finding one’s tribe in the unlikeliest of places.

Zarankin’s thoughtful and witty anecdotes illuminate the joyful experience of a new discovery and the surprising pleasure to be found while standing still on the edge of a lake at six a.m. In addition to confirmed nature enthusiasts, this book will appeal to readers of literary memoir, offering keen insight on what it takes to find one’s place in the world.

Congratulations, Julia! We are so proud of your accomplishment.
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Our new catalogue is on its way!
12 Sep

Our new catalogue is on its way!

Our 50th anniversary catalogue is on its way to your mailbox! Please email us your mailing address if you are unsure if you're on the list.
 
Thank you for being a part of our 50th celebration!
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Upcoming Events

31st Annual Quest Nature Tours Social
24 Sep

31st Annual Quest Nature Tours Social

Join Quest for an evening of discovery with informative presentations!
 
Tuesday, September 24 7:00pm - 9:00pm
Toronto Botanical Garden, Floral Hall

RSVP TODAY !

Presentations include:
 
Experience Nunavut's Floe Edge
With Tour Leader Tony Beck

T&T: A Blast of Colour
With Tour Leader Mike Kent
 
Nature Quiz
With Tour Leader Chris Earley
 
On the Trail of the Snow Leopard
With Quest Nature Tours' Director Justin Peter

Tuesday, September 24 2019 7:00pm - 9:00pm

777 Lawrence Avenue East, Toronto  view map

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