"WHAT IS IT THAT CONFERS THE NOBLEST DELIGHT? What is that which swells a man's breast with great pride above which any other experience can bring him? Discovery! To know that you are walking where none others have walked; that you are beholding in the human eye has not been seen before; that you are breathing a virgin atmosphere. To give birth to an idea, to a discovery of great thought-an intellectual nugget, right under the dust of a field that many a brain-plough had gone over before. To find a new planet, to invent a new hinge, to find a way to make the lightnings carry your messages. To be the first-that is the idea...." There are books so alive that you're always afraid that while you weren't reading, the book has gone and changed, has shifted like a river; while you went on living, it went on living too, and like a river moved on and moved away. No one has stepped twice into the same river. But did anyone ever step twice into the same book?

The Innocents Abroad (1869)

About our Name...
The king of upland game birds, the ruffed grouse, wears the scientific name Bonasa umbellus.
     Bonasa means "like a bison," and refers to the bird's drumming mating call sounding like a thundering herd of buffalo. Umbellus describes the umbrella-like Elizabethan ruff of black feathers around the bird's neck....

Bird Crazy
• 6" x 9" Hardbound
• Illustrations
• Author & artist sigs.
• $35

• $25

Robert Osborn

        "THERE LIVES NOT a hunter who doesn't enjoy a good yarn or story, especially if it rekindles memories," notes Wisconsin writer Robert Osborn.
        A good yarn-warm-hearted, insightful, yet full of belly laughs-is precisely what Osborn will bring to Bonasa Press readers this autumn, with his new book, Bird Crazy!
        Bird Crazy! is a literate, wry and (very) occasionally philosophical collection of upland gunning stories that cover the prairies and great Northwoods through the eyes of a characters reminiscent of those found in MacQuarie, Babcock , Spiller and Sheldon. It's a great read, more like classic gunning literature, than modern work.
        Bird Crazy! will be available beginning Christmas of 2005. Pre-publication orders will recieve an additional 15% discount.