THE BIRD ARTISTS by Howard Norman, (c) 1994. Here’s a discarded library book that’s never been read. I wonder why? Written by a man about a man named Fabian Vas. What kind of name is Vas? The story takes place in Witless bay, Newfoundland in 1911. At age twenty Fabian works at a boat yard and sleeps with the beautiful and intelligent Margaret Handle. His parents are trying to marry him off to a distant cousin. One day his father left on a hunting trip and never came back. His lonely mother started an affair with Botho August. BOTHO? Another odd name… At some point Fabian murders Botho, and that is all I know and care to tell anyway.