We're thrilled to see that Fox & I by Catherine Raven has won the 2022 PEN/E.O. Wilson Literary Science Writing Award.
Catherine Raven left home at 15, fleeing an abusive father and an indifferent mother, and was drawn to the natural world. One day, she realised that a wild fox that had been appearing at her house was coming by every day precisely at 4.15. He became a regular visitor, eventually sitting near her as she read to him.
Fox and I is an uplifting, fable-like true story about the friendship between a solitary woman and a wild fox. It not only reveals the power of friendship and our interconnectedness with the natural world, but is an original, imaginative, and beautiful work that introduces a stunning new voice.
Catherine Raven received her PhD in biology from Montana State University and is a former National Park ranger at Glacier, Mount Rainier, North Cascades, Voyagers, and Yellowstone National Parks. Her natural history essays have appeared in American Scientist, Journal of American Mensa, and Montana Magazine; and her textbook, Forestry: the green world, was published by Chelsea House. A member of American Mensa and Sigma Xi, she is currently an assistant program director and professor at South University in Savannah, Georgia. An earlier version of Fox and I received first place at the Montana Festival of the Book.