The Way of Coyote Events

The Way of Coyote Book Launch and Reception
Tuesday, October 16, 7:00–8:30 p.m.
DePaul University, McGowan South (Room 104)
1110 W. Belden Ave., Chicago, IL

Ecological communities don’t stop where the buildings begin. Join author Gavin Van Horn in conversation with Center contributor Liam Heneghan for the book release of The Way of Coyote: Shared Journeys in the Urban WildsThe Way of Coyote explores how wildlife can awaken urban dwellers to a shared sense of place and fate. Coyotes, who now populate most cities in North America, serve as the book’s totem species, offering parallels to Van Horn’s own efforts to adapt as an urban transplant to Chicago. Throughout the book, Van Horn travels with key scientists, conservation practitioners, and social change makers who have made unlikely turns toward urban nature, providing valuable context and vivid descriptions of a phenomenon occurring in cities across the world: the resurgence of urban wildlife. The Way of Coyote is a deeply personal journey that questions how we might best reconcile our own needs with the needs of other creatures in our shared urban habitats. Free and open to the public.


The Way of Coyote: Exploring Urban Wilds with Author Gavin Van Horn
Thursday, October 18, 7:00–9:00 p.m.
Morton Arboretum, Sycamore Room, Visitor Center
4100 IL-53, Lisle, IL

Enjoy an evening with Gavin Van Horn, author of The Way of Coyote: Shared Journeys in the Urban Wilds. The new book blends urban nature travelogue with philosophical reflection, exploring how wildlife can awaken urban dwellers to a shared sense of place and fate. Coyotes, who now populate most cities in North America, serve as the book’s totem species, offering parallels to Van Horn’s own efforts to adapt as an urban transplant to Chicago. $16 member; $20 nonmember.


The Way of Coyote Book Reading and Discussion
Sunday, October 28, 3:00 p.m.
Brushwood Center at Ryerson Woods
21850 N. Riverwoods, Riverwoods, IL

Join Gavin Van Horn, author of The Way of Coyote: Shared Journeys in the Urban Wilds, for a presentation and discussion about how animals can help us rethink and re-story our urban areas. 


The Way of Coyote Book Reading and Discussion
Tuesday, November 6, 6:00–7:00 p.m.
Seminary Co-op Bookstore
5751 S. Woodlawn Ave., Chicago, IL

Join Gavin Van Horn as he discusses The Way of Coyote: Shared Journeys in the Urban Wilds in conversation with Liam Heneghan, professor of Environmental Science and Studies at DePaul University. A Q&A and signing will follow the discussion.


The Way of Coyote & Rust Belt Arcana Reading & Discussion
Thursday, November 29, 6:30–8:00 p.m.
City Lit Books
2523 N. Kedzie Ave., Chicago, IL

Join authors Gavin Van Horn and Matt Stansberry for a book reading and discussion.

Gavin Van Horn’s new book, The Way of Coyote: Shared Journeys in the Urban Wilds, is the story of a naturalist learning to adapt to life in the big city, a hopeful exploration of the phenomenon of urban rewilding that is unfolding in cities around the world, and a lyrical adventure that reveals how wildlife can awaken us to a shared sense of place and fate. 


In Matt Stansberry’s book Rust Belt Arcana, a young bear—The Fool—is cast off from its mother in the spring to wander a fragmented suburban forest, to be harried by dogs and traffic, chased through golf courses and farms. 
Wild trout run up sickened streams, and Arctic owls stopping over in Cleveland are viewed through a mythic lens.What does the Tarot have to tell us about the flora and fauna of the industrial Midwest? Rust Belt Arcana uses this time-tested structure to explain, juxtaposing the characteristics of the cards of the Tarot's Major Arcana to the creatures and plants around us.