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Author Event: Dean Kuipers and Gavin Van Horn

Arcadia Books, the Aldo Leopold Foundation, and the Center for Humans and Nature invites you to a conversation with Dean Kuipers, author of THE DEER CAMP: A Memoir of a Father, a Family, and the Land that Healed Them and Gavin Van Horn, author of The Way of Coyote: Shared Journeys in the Urban Wilds, as they talk about human interdependence with nature, reconnecting with an abundant wildness where you are, and how ecological restoration can also heal us and our families.

This is a free non-ticketed event with limited seating.
Please RSVP by calling 608-588-7638 or emailing
Doors open at 2:00 p.m.

Dean Kuipers weaves a beautiful and surprising story about the restorative power of land and of his own family, which so desperately needed healing. Heartwarming and profound, THE DEER CAMP: A Memoir of a Father, a Family, and the Land that Healed Them is the perfect story of fathers, sons, and the beauty and magic of the natural world.

In The Way of Coyote, Gavin Van Horn reveals the stupendous diversity of species that can flourish in urban landscapes like Chicago. The stories occasionally lament lost abundance, but they also point toward incredible adaptability and resilience. Van Horn populates his stories with a remarkable range of urban wildlife and probes the philosophical and religious dimensions of what it means to coexist, drawing frequently from the wisdom of three unconventional guides—wildlife ecologist Aldo Leopold, Taoist philosopher Lao Tzu, and the North American trickster figure Coyote.

Dean Kuipers is an author, journalist and editor. His 2009 nonfiction book, Operation Bite Back, is the story of eco-radical Rod Coronado and the use of domestic terrorism charges against U.S. environmental activists. His book Burning Rainbow Farm, about the 2001 FBI shooting of two libertarian pot activists on a farm in Michigan, was selected as a 2007 Michigan Notable Book.

Gavin Van Horn is the Director of Cultures of Conservation for the Center for Humans and Nature, a nonprofit organization that focuses on conservation ethics. He is the co-editor of City Creatures: Animal Encounters in the Chicago Wilderness and Wildness: Relations of People and Place. He lives in Evanston, IL.

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