Erika Ritter’s new book, The Dog by the Cradle, the Serpent Beneath: Some Paradoxes of Human-Animal Relationships explores a most timely issue. Tracing our contradictory and impassioned relationship with animals, from our prehistoric worship of the cave bear to our conflicted views about animal rights, this book is described as “weighty and whimsical… well-researched and thought-provoking” (Montreal Gazette).

A popular public speaker, stage performer, journalist, fiction writer, playwright, humorist, travel writer, broadcaster, social satirist, radio host and a keen observer of modern life, Erika is the author of several books — including The Great Big Book of Guys, The Hidden Life of Humans, Ritter in Residence and Automatic Pilot. She is the winner of two ACTRA awards (Best Host and Best Radio Drama) and has writena humour column, “Unmuzzled,” in Dogs in Canada magazine.

Erika lives in Toronto, but contrives to get out of town whenever she can.