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, 7:30 p.m., Bateman Centre, 470 Belleville Street
  • Readings in Port Alberni, BC: February 26, 7:00 p.m., Char’s Landing, 4815 Argyle St.
  • Readings in Tofino, BC: February 27, 8:00 p.m. (doors open at 7 p.m.), Darwin’s Cafe, 1084 Pacific Rim Hwy
  • Winnipeg Launch: TBA

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


Introduction 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