OREGON STATE UNIVERSITY

Author to speak on differences between wild and domestic animals on April 4

03/22/2012

CORVALLIS, Ore. – Ceiridwen Terrill, author of the new book, “Part Wild: One Woman’s Journey with a Creature Caught Between the Worlds of Wolves and Dogs,” will give two presentations in Corvallis on Wednesday, April 4.

She will speak and give a show slide at Oregon State University in Richardson Hall 313 at 4 p.m., and read at Grass Roots Books & Music, 227 S.W. 2nd St., at 7 p.m. Both events are free and open to the public.

Terrill’s book recounts her adoption of a wolfdog – part husky, part gray wolf – named Inyo to be her protector and fellow traveler. Driven to understand the differences between dogs and wolves, Terrill spent five years interviewing genetics experts, wolf biologists, dog trainers, and wolf rescuers.

Temple Grandin wrote of the book, “Terrill will make you fully understand the differences between wild and domestic animals. Her riveting prose about her wolf hybrid is essential reading for everyone who is interested in animals.”

Terrill’s story on efforts to domesticate foxes in Siberia was recently featured on National Public Radio.

Terrill is an associate professor of science writing and environmental journalism at Concordia University in Portland. Her presentations are sponsored by the Spring Creek Project for Ideas, Nature, and the Written Word, the OSU Environmental Humanities Initiative, and Grass Roots Books and Music.