We are thrilled to welcome Dr. Catherine Raven for an in-person reading and signing at the Jackson Hole Book Trader. Dr. Raven will talk about her remarkable memoir Fox and I: An Uncommon Friendship, a New York Times bestseller. We hope you can join us for this incredible event!
Fox and I: An Uncommon Friendship by Catherine Raven
When Catherine Raven finished her PhD in biology, she built herself a tiny cottage on an isolated plot of land in Montana. She was as emotionally isolated as she was physically, but she viewed the house as a way station, a temporary rest stop where she could gather her nerves and fill out applications for what she hoped would be a real job that would help her fit into society. In the meantime, she taught remotely and led field classes in nearby Yellowstone National Park.
Then one day she realized that a mangy-looking fox was showing up on her property every afternoon at 4:15pm. She had never had a regular visitor before. How do you even talk to a fox? She brought out her camping chair, sat as close to him as she dared, and began reading to him from The Little Prince. Her scientific training had taught her not to anthropomorphize animals, yet as she grew to know him, his personality revealed itself and they became friends. From the fox, Catherine learned the single most important thing about loneliness: we are never alone when we are connected to the natural world. Friends, however, cannot save each other from the uncontained forces of nature.
Fox and I is a poignant and remarkable tale of friendship, growth, and coping with inevitable loss--and of how that loss can be transformed into meaning. It is both a timely tale of solitude and belonging as well as a timeless story of one woman whose immersion in the natural world will change the way we view our surroundings--each tree, weed, flower, stone, or fox.
Fox and I: An Uncommon Friendship is available at Jackson Hole Book Trader, Wilson Book Gallery, and bookshop.org.
Catherine will be reading from Fox and I and sharing her stories at the Book Trader, starting at 6pm on Monday, June 13, 2022. She will be available to sign copies, too. This is a free event, no ticket required.