Join me in celebrating The Urban Bestiary!

My new book, The Urban Bestiary, hits shelves today.  I look forward to seeing its pretty, sky-blue cover tracking its way into the world, and into your hands.  Every one of you has my never-ending gratitude for your support during the writing and release of this book.  Thank you, thank you, thank you.Urban Bestiary cover

Now let’s celebrate! 

The Official Seattle Book Launch will take place at the storied Elliott Bay Book Company next Wednesday, Setpember 25th at 7 p.m.  I’ll show slides of all the great urban wildlife photos y’all submitted, read a little, talk a little, and I can’t wait to hear your urban-wild stories.  Of course I’ll be signing books.  Bring everyone you know.  There will be cake!!!

Portlandians:  I will be at Powell’s Burnside location the next night, Thursday, September 26th at 7:30 p.m.  Bring your friends!  I can’t carry a cake on the train, but I promise there will be a celebratory spirit.  And if you read The Tangled Nest or are part of my Facebook community, please say hello.  I can’t wait to meet you.

I’ll post other upcoming events, as they are booked, on my events page and on my Facebook page. I hope to see you!

There’s a nice summary in this new review:

Publisher’s Weekly starred review: In this sparkling follow-up to Crow Planet, Haupt returns to the urban wilds, this time familiarizing the reader with the wildlife ecology within their own backyards…Packed with information yet conversational in style, this nature memoir invites backyard birdwatchers and amateur naturalists to take a moment to be still, observant, and to discover that the wild world really does extend into our own lives, and even still today, we are too a part of that wild.

And finally, thank you to everyone who shared their wonderful urban wildlife photos–I love them all.  My daughter drew a name at random from all who submitted.  And the winner of a book is… Cordelia Naumann.

Photo by Cordelia Naumann, "Fledgling hummingbird. My backyard in San Bruno, California. August 9, 2013, about 5 pm PDT."
Photo by Cordelia Naumann, “Fledgling hummingbird. My backyard in San Bruno, California.”




  1. I hope to see you at Powell’s in Portland! I am currently reading the book (in the Squirrels chapter), and enjoying it immensely. It’s an advanced reader’s copy, and I will be reviewing it for the Portland Book Review in no more than 200 words. Wish I had the final copy…

  2. David Griffin


    Congratulations of the release of your new book. I have my copy and can’t wait to read it. When are you coming to western New York to talk about and promote “Urban Bestiary”?

  3. kt

    Yay! I have my copy! Hoping you’ll be coming to Kirkland to ParkPlaceBooks soon. Also hoping that you still have enough time to relax and enjoy the onrush of fall. Just finished reading your delightful Darwin tome–promised to share with family but may have to order another so that my copy won’t go missing!

  4. Hi Lyanda,
    It was wonderful meeting you last week at the Powells reading. Wonderful having you introduce your new book. I’m moving through it page by page and am savoring every moment. I read about moles last night and especially loved that, as I saw a LIVE mole above ground this summer hiking in Olympic National Park. I couldn’t believe it, as I had usually seen dead moles trail-side. You’re inspiring me to do more urban wild observation and writing.
    On another note, I wanted to pass on information about a book that my friend his helping to edit. It’s called Winged and will be a compilation of essays, poems, and contemplative literature about honeybees. If you’re interested in submitting, or know of anyone who would be interested, here’s the website: Take care and good luck on the rest of your book tour!

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