Authors on Animals™

Authors talk with Tracie about their books, which focus on creatures who share the planet with us. Some of the books are newly released, others are old favorites; some books are fiction and works of the imagination, others are non-fiction and the culmination of years of research spent studying the species of choice, whether animals of the land, sea or sky.

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Rescuing Hummingbirds

July 27, 2015

Authors On Animals (07-27-2015) #121: Terry Masear talks about her years of rescuing hummingbirds in Los Angeles and the wonders of these incredible creatures in The Fastest Things on Wings: Saving Hummingbirds in Hollywood. MP3 Audio [23 MB]DownloadShow URL

Manhattanites Became Weekend Farmers

July 20, 2015

Authors On Animals (07-20-2015) #119: In The Bucolic Plague: How Two Manhattanites Became Gentlemen Farmers: An Unconventional Memoir, Josh Kilmer-Purcell writes about becoming weekend farmers with his partner, Dr. Brent Ridge (formerly an executive with Martha Stewart Omni Media) after purchasing and fixing up a 200 year old mansion on 60 acres near Sharon Springs, […]

Murder Mystery from Cat’s Perspective

April 7, 2015

Authors On Animals (04-06-2015) #118: Jacqueline Heebner talks about her murder mystery set in Beverly Hills, FIRST PERSON CAT, told from the point of view of a tortoise shell Persian kitty, who wears diamond necklaces from Rodeo Drive and solves the murder of her rock star Owner. MP3 Audio [10 MB]DownloadShow URL

Authors On Animals #117 (01-26-2015)

January 26, 2015

Authors On Animals (01-26-2015) #117: Veterinarian Dr James Mahoney wrote ELEPHANTS TO MICE: Animals Who Have Touched My Soul are stories of a cast of creatures who left a permanent mark on him in a thought-provoking collection of issues such as whether animals experience the same types of emotions as humans, whether it is right […]

Authors On Animals #116 (01-19-2015)

January 19, 2015

Authors On Animals (01-19-2015) #116: Justine Van der Luen talks about her memoir MARCUS OF UMBRIA: What an Italian Dog Taught an American Girl about Love and how after moving to a tiny town in Italy she rescues Marcus, an abandoned English pointer who helps her discover the bliss and hardship of living in the […]

Authors On Animals #115 (12-22-2014)

December 22, 2014

Authors On Animals (12-22-2014) #115: Philip Hoare’s THE WHALE: In Search of the Giants of the Sea, winner of the BBC Samuel Johnson Prize for Nonfiction, is a travelogue through the history, literature, and lore of the king of the sea—the remarkable mammals that have long fascinated human beings. MP3 Audio [10 MB]DownloadShow URL

Authors On Animals #114 (12-01-2014)

December 1, 2014

Authors On Animals (12-01-2014) #114: William Sumner — who with co-author Kelly Milner Halls — wrote SAVING THE BAGHDAD ZOO: A True Story of Hope and Heroes, a photo-essay depicts the U.S. Army rescue of zoo animals in the Iraqi war zone. MP3 Audio [10 MB]DownloadShow URL

Authors On Animals #113 (11-24-2014)

November 24, 2014

Authors On Animals (11-24-2014) #113: Alex & Me: How a Scientist and a Parrot Discovered a Hidden World of Animal Intelligence — and Formed a Deep Bond by psychologist Irene M. Pepperberg, is the remarkable true story of her extraordinary relationship with Alex, an African Grey parrot who proved scientists and accepted wisdom wrong by […]

Authors On Animals #112 (11-17-2014)

November 17, 2014

Authors On Animals (11-17-2014) #112: Bob Somerville explores Best Friends Animal Sanctuary in Utah, a no-kill haven for a wide variety of rescued animals in two books, DOGTOWN: A Sanctuary for Rescued Dogs and THE CATS OF KITTYVILLE: New Lives for Rescued Felines. MP3 Audio [7 MB]DownloadShow URL

Authors On Animals #111 (11-10-2014)

November 10, 2014

Authors On Animals (11-10-2014) #111: Michael Perry is making a new life in the country with two pigs, a dozen chickens, and a baby due any minute, in his humorous memoir, COOP: A Family, a Farm and the Pursuit of One Good Egg; Jeff Guidry with AN EAGLE NAMED FREEDOM: My True Story of a […]