You never know who’s going to show up or what will happen when on book tour. In Squamish, BC I was pleasantly surprised to see a fair number of children attending my presentation “In Search of the Real Wolf.”
I could tell by their faces that they loved the wolf images on the big screen. But even though my talk is geared to an adult audience, the nine- to thirteen-year old crowd asked the most – and the best – questions.
“Do male wolves kill their pups?” “Like lions, do younger male wolves come in and take over from the lead wolf?” “Do wolves only eat meat?”
But the very best question of all was, “Is not feeding wolves and scaring them away if they come too close all we have to do to coexist with them?”
The young girl made coexistence sound so simple. And, to a large extent, it can be, if everyone understands how to behave around wildlife.
Afterwards, Cinnamon, Vanessa, Lennox, Angus and others had their parents buy Return of the Wolf and brought their copies up to me to sign. It was all very gratifying but I wondered if any of them would actually read the book.
Two days later I received an email from Liesl Lockhart in northern Saskatchewan. “I absolutely love your book,” she wrote. “My nine-year old daughter is currently devouring it and loving every page. Her teacher wants to read it and share some insights for science class. Talk about inspiring the next generation!”
I must admit, the interest from youth and that endorsement from a nine-year old warms my heart more than a five-star review.
Banner photo by Cheryl Alexander