Chicken Scratch with Ann Byle

Thursday, June 15, 2023 - 6:30pm

Schuler Books
2660 28th Street SE 
Grand Rapids, MI 49512

Please join us when Grand Rapids author Ann Byle discusses her new book Chicken Scratch in conversation with our own Bookseller Amy! She’ll share lessons on Living Creatively from a Flock of Hens. 

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About the Book
Creativity comes into play in just about any field. Looking at situations from different perspectives, finding new uses for old things, combining disparate ideas or ingredients or even colors--all are creative endeavors. And when writer Ann Byle became a chicken owner, she began to look at her hens with new interest and the keen eye of an artist. Even though chicken-tending proved to have its own challenges, Byle discovered that her feathered friends offered surprising lessons and inspiration for her own work, lessons on living creatively.

With Chicken Scratch, Ann Byle brings us good fun and meaning-making at the intersection of creative living and our egg-laying friends. She mixes quotes, stories from all kinds of creatives, and practical advice to help all of us invested in living more creatively. Drawing inspiration from her flock of hens, Byle explores curiosity and courage, embracing your creative self and letting go of what holds you back, and living well in the creative life. Each chapter includes questions for journaling, next-steps-in-creativity exercises, and a sidebar from "The Left-Brain Chicken," putting solid process-related steps to each chapter.

The creative life can be profound, but also funny, exasperating, and downright weird--much like living with a flock of hens. If we take the time to notice, we have much to learn from our beloved chickens, things like the value of curiosity, how we might welcome challenges in our lives, and even when to let go of perfectionism. It's time to name our creative impulses, to claim them, and to squawk them from the rooftops.

About the Author:
Ann Byle is a journalist and nonfiction writer known for her trend pieces with Publishers Weekly and features with Grand Rapids Magazine and various nonprofit organizations' publications. She has authored and coauthored many books, including the ebook "The Joy of Working from Home: Embracing the Freedom, Avoiding the Pitfalls," "Plainfield Township," and "When Angels Fight" with Leslie King. She is a frequent speaker at writers' conferences and is a former adjunct professor in journalism. Ann lives in Grand Rapids with her husband, various young adult children, and their dog, cat, and four chickens.

Chicken Scratch: Lessons on Living Creatively from a Flock of Hens By Ann Byle Cover Image
ISBN: 9781506484136
Availability: On Our Shelves Now. Click on title for location specific availability.
Published: Broadleaf Books - May 23rd, 2023