Dorothy Hearst surrounded by wolves, the subject of The Wolf Chronicles trilogy

Wolves have not run wild in California for more than 75 years, but that hasn’t prevented Berkeley author Dorothy Hearst from imagining a world populated by them. In her first book, Promise of the Wolves, and in her just-released sequel, Secrets of the Wolves, both set 14,000 years ago, Hearst weaves a tale about Kaalaa, a young wolf who tries to end the divide between humans and her kind.

To celebrate the release of the second book in her planned trilogy, The Wolf Chronicles, Hearst is holding a reading on August 14th where people can meet – and maybe even touch – some real wolves. It’s also a benefit for Never Cry Wolf Rescue, an organization that rescues and places wolves and wolf-dogs. Its director, Sam Blake, will bring a number of wolves and half-breeds and he and Hearst will talk about the myths and misconceptions about wolves, how wolves have become politically important, and how wolves and dogs link humans to the natural world.

Hearst, a former editor for Jossey-Bass publishers, does not own a dog, but has long been fascinated by man’s millenniums-long relationship with canines.

The reading will be at 2 pm on August 14th at The Veil Between Heaven and Earth, a new bookstore, gift store and spirituality center in North Berkeley. It is located at 1862 Euclid Avenue, Berkeley.

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