In the Company of Animals: Stories of Extraordinary Encounters

Animal Book coverDo you love animals and stories about animals? If so, you’ll enjoy In the Company of Animals: Stories of Extraordinary Encounters, a collection of 37 stories about animals and the people who spend time in their company.

From tributes to a beloved cat or dog to tales of a chance encounter with a moose or a cougar, the stories are sure to entertain and enlighten. In the Company of Animals features stories from well-known Canadian authors including Linda Johns, Farley Mowat, David Adams Richards, Anny Scoones, Richard Wagamese, and David Weale, as well as many new and promising voices. (Scroll down for the complete Table of Contents.)

  • Halifax Launch: November 21, 6:00 p.m., The Company House, 2202 Gottingen Street
  • Montreal Launch: November 26, 7:00 p.m., Le Cagibi, 5490 Blvd. St. Laurent
  • Readings at the Halifax Central Library: January 21, 7:00 p.m.
  • Victoria Launch: February 25, 7:00 p.m., Bateman Centre, 470 Belleville Street
  • Readings in Port Alberni, BC: Februrary 26
  • Readings in Tofino, BC: February 27

The book is available now directly through Nimbus Publishing for nation-wide delivery, as well as in independent bookstores across Canada, including McNally Robinson. It’s also available through Chapters-Indigo and Amazon. It is available now for pre-order (with April delivery) in the US, the UK, and Australia. It will be available through local independent bookstores in those countries in April.

The book has its own Facebook page! “Like” it to read interviews and reviews, to get to know the contributors, and to enter contests.


In the Company of Animals: Stories of Extraordinary Encounters



Jean Ballard: I’m Here for You

Leslie Bamford: A Perfect Ten

K. Bannerman: The Rabbit King

Paul Beingessner: Old One-Eye

Andrew Boden: Mad King Grover

Sandra Cherniawsky: Apple-Flavoured Moose

Vivian Demuth: Wild Teachings

Ruth Edgett: They’ll Only Break Your Heart

Catherine R. Fenwick: Ein Gutes Gespann

Penny L. Ferguson: The Only Time

Donna Firby Gamache: Daisy

Mark Ambrose Harris: Heart the Size of a Small Car

Melody Hessing: Home Invasion

Bud Ings: Bessie and the Young Vet

Marcus Jackson: Learning to Love Coyote

Linda Johns: Discovery

Shannon Kernaghan: A Bird in the Hand

Joanna Lilley: The Hunter

Rose-Marie Lohnes: Counterparts

Christine Lowther: Living Light

Michael Lukas: Discourse with a Mountain Lion

B.A. Markus: The Old Dog

Catherine McLaughlin: The Light of Ravens

Karin Melberg Schwier: My Summer with Russell Crow

Charlotte Mendel: Grass Can Get Greener

Andrea Miller: Pretty Bird

Farley Mowat: April Passage

Chris Nichols: Shipping Day

Linda Olson: Good Queen Maud

David Adams Richards: Lines on the Water

Anny Scoones: The Dominant Sow

June Smith-Jeffries: Finding Sophia

Mary Ellen Sullivan: Raising Nellie

Richard Wagamese: Freeing the Pike

David Weale: Apparition

Jacqueline Windh: Frogality

Jess Woolford: Red Eft Road