As if Fitz Books could get better, owner Aaron Bartley has just unveiled a remarkable new patio at the back of the store. Now that the warmer weather has arrived, this substantial patio space is the perfect place to enjoy a Liege waffle or just a cup of coffee (from the Golden Cup, Tipico or Undergrounds).
Fitz is becoming more and more a cornerstone of Downtown Buffalo. It has steadily developed in a relatively short time, with lots of author lectures, café releases and now a relaxed patio that is perfectly suited for a relaxing afternoon.
When we talk about guest speakers, Buffalo-based author and veterinarian Timm Otterson will discuss his new book this coming Thursday, May 12 at. The book All creatures strange and dangerous, published by Guernica Editions, is a fictional tale of Otterson’s call to take care of fictional crypto-zoological creatures. In real life, Otterson has dedicated himself to helping animals of all kinds. In the book, he tells of his travels to distant lands, where he cares for a Chupacabra, Sasquatch, mermaids, fairies in Newfoundland and a unicorn in the Scottish Highlands. He even takes care of a creature closer to home – Lake Erie’s monster Bessie.
An homage to James Herriott's All Creatures Great and Small, while touching on stories equally appropriate for an episode of the X-Files.
“The book has been my obsession for the last few years,” Otterson said. “In it, I tell about my life as a veterinarian caring for mythical creatures. The first drafts were a series of case studies of my experiences with chupacabras, jackalopes and mermaids. But it soon became clear that writing (and reading) would be more fun to weave. into the challenges veterinarians face with my life as an army lad, engineer, oceanographer and eventually in veterinary practice.The end result is an exploration of our relationship to nature, whether it be a cat, raven or unicorn, and how we everyone is trying to find a place in the world. ”
Otterson describes his work in accurate medical detail and touching on the importance of compassion and the need to respect all creatures on our planet.
As if his work as a wildlife rehabilitator and veterinarian for exotic animals was not challenging enough, Otterson has taken his compassion for animals a step further – into the realm of all possibilities. Interestingly, many of the animals he has cared for in real life will most likely one day be considered ‘mythological’ in the eyes of future generations, who will only be able to read about them in books, as countless species are now on the verge of extinction. . This memoir can be considered imaginative, but there is also a clinical side to it. Not to mention a few lessons to be learned along the way.
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