Blog Tour: Author Interview & Book Giveaway: One Bird’s Choice by Iain Reid

Welcome to Author Iain Reid.


Iain Reid’s writing has appeared on several CBC Radio shows. He’s also written for The Globe and Mail, The Iceland Review Online, and Atlantica Magazine, among others. A graduate of Queen’s University, Iain Reid was born in Ottawa in 1981. His upcoming memoir called One Bird’s Choice is about his decision to return and live at his parent’s home on their country hobby farm for a full year in his late twenties, after having left the nest for work and university years earlier.


If you could travel in a Time Machine would you go back to the past or into the future?
– definitely the past

If you could meet one person who has died who would you choose?
– e.b. white

What is your favorite thing to eat for breakfast?
– cereal, right now mini-wheats are my favourite…i like to add blueberries and almonds too…

Night owl, or early bird?
– night owl

Skittles or M&Ms?
– smarties

What inspired you to want to become a writer?
– i liked reading, and books first.
and telling stories is something i’ve always done, so it just happened…

If you could jump in to a book, and live in that world.. which would it be?
– easy: bfg by roald dahl

Is there a song you could list as the theme song for your book or any of your characters?
– anything by nat king cole

What’s one piece of advice you would give aspiring authors?
– read every day

When you were little, what did you want to be when you “grew up”?
– either a baker or professional athlete, ideally both

Who are your favorite authors of all time?
– e.b. white, evelyn waugh, j.d. salinger, nancy mitford, john steinbeck, roald dahl, iris murdoch, edith wharton

If you were a bird, which one would you be?
– i guess i would have to be lucius, the guinea fowl

What’s your favorite season/weather?
– somewhere between autumn and winter

One Bird’s Choice:

Meet Iain Reid: an overeducated, underemployed twenty-something, living in the big city in a bug-filled basement apartment and struggling to make ends meet. When Iain lands a job at a radio station near his childhood home, he decides to take it. But the work is only part time, so he is forced to move back in with his lovable but eccentric parents on their hobby farm. What starts out as a temporary arrangement turns into a year-long extended stay, in which Iain finds himself fighting with the farm fowl, taking fashion advice from the elderly, fattening up on a gluttonous fare of home-cooked food, and ultimately easing (perhaps a little too comfortably) into the semiretired lifestyle. A hilarious and heartwarming comic memoir about food, family, and finally growing up, One Bird’s Choice marks the arrival of a funny, original, and fresh new voice.

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Giveaway Details:
1 copy of One Bird’s Choice
Open to US & Canada
Ends 4/20/11