Catherine Raven with Lyanda Lynn Haupt
Talk about a book doing unusual double duty, and a debut book at that. Catherine Raven’s chronicle of her personal journey into adulthood, Fox and I, is not only her first book, but the first of a new publishing enterprise, Spiegel and Grau, launched by two esteemed veterans of the book trade, Cindy Spiegel and Julie Grau. And, the overriding subject of Catherine Raven’s book is serving as part of Spiegel and Grau’s logo. That would be the memorable fox Catherine Raven engages in this striking book.
“[An] offbeat and charming memoir. .... Along with reverently describing her furry friend—who had a ‘face so innocent that you would have concluded that he never stalked a bluebird, let alone dismembered one’—Raven writes poetically about the flora (“my sun-worshipping tenants”) and fauna around her. Rich and meditative, Raven’s musings on nature and solitude are delightful company.” —Publishers Weekly.
"Fox and I is a mesmerizing, beautifully written, and entirely unsentimental book about the connection amongst all things: the author and her fox friend, but also magpies, brown dogs, fawns, voles, and junipers. I learned as much about the meaning of friendship from this book as I have from any work of nonfiction that I’ve ever read." —Will Schwalbe.
Joining Catherine Raven in conversation for this will be Seattle writer Lyanda Lynn Haupt, most recently author of the delightful Rooted: Life at the Crossroads of Science, Nature, and Spirit - and who is known for keeping company with a particular starling.