They caught me by surprise, but we've got a lot of wild parrots living in San Francisco, and I think that's really cool. One guy has been helping them out a lot.
Four years ago, Mark Bittner had to leave his old cottage on the Greenwich Steps, ending his extraordinary relationship with a flock of wild red-and-green parrots on Telegraph Hill. Now, in a surprising and joyful turn of events, Bittner is back on Telegraph Hill feeding the wild parrots again, and for the first time in his life he has both home and love. The story of his turnabout, and of his moving and hilarious relationship with the wild parrots, are the subjects of Bittner's new memoir.
The Wild Parrots of Telegraph Hill (A Love Story …With Wings) will be published by Harmony/Random House ($22.00); to celebrate, there will be a book-signing party and documentary film premiere in San Francisco on February 5th.
Local documentary filmmaker, Judy Irving, had begun filming Bittner's story about a year before he had to leave. Her newly completed nonfiction feature film, which complements Bittner's book, will have its San Francisco premiere at the Lumiere Theatre the same evening.
here's more on their event.