The first time Paula Wild heard a wolf howl, it “sparked wonder, as well as a tiny frisson of apprehension.” Her instinct was to run towards it — a moment that exemplifies her subject in Return of the Wolf. A blend of natural and cultural history, interviews with scientists and wolf-observers, Indigenous stories, and Paula’s own experiences as a traveller, Return of the Wolf examines the human-wolf relationship. It investigates ancient and recent myths about wolves and the question of wolf aggression towards humans, and asks if it’s really possible for us to coexist.

Paula is intrigued by the relationships between people, places and the natural world: the ways people adapt to or modify the land and how the roles of hunter and prey shift between humans and wildlife according to circumstance. Her non-fiction book, The Cougar, was the Gold winner of the Foreword Review’s Nature Book of the Year, and a BC Bestseller. She is also the author of five other titles. Paula has feasted on fresh oolichan grease in the Bella Coola Valley, paddled the piranha-infested waters of the Amazon River and lived off the grid in the rainforest of northern Vancouver Island. She currently calls Courtenay, BC home.

Author Patron: Ian Coutts and Catharine Lyons-King

Appearing in: 10. Wolf Music