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Evening at Egan: Nick Jans, Author A Wolf Called Romeo

Evening at Egan: Nick Jans, Author A Wolf Called Romeo

Juneau, Alaska

Date of Press Release: October 14, 2015

“Jans is an exceptional storyteller — no nature writer can top him in terms of sheer emotional force — and he frames even the smallest moment with haunting power.”

The New York Times

“The true story of the exceptional black wolf who spent seven years interacting with the people and dogs of Juneau, Alaska, living on the edges of their community, engaging in an improbable, awe-inspiring interspecies dance, and bringing the wild into sharp focus.”


In the words of “A Wolf Called Romeo” author Nick Jans, “The story of Romeo the wolf belongs to all of Juneau. His six years among us has become part of this community's identity, part of who we are. Consider that two streets, a beer, a coffee, and a bar have been named in his honor; and that his image hangs in many homes, has graced the covers of magazines, and been the subject of several books. Every year, thousands of Juneau visitors hear his story from tour guides.”

This story is not only of local interest. “A Wolf Called Romeo” has been on The New York Times bestseller list in the non-fiction Animals category since it went into paperback earlier this year.

At the next UAS Evening at Egan, Jans will present a slide show interwoven with narrative, readings from his book, and a short video followed by a question and answer session with the audience. The presentation is Friday, October 16, at 7 p.m. in the Egan Library on the UAS Auke Lake campus.

Immediately after the presentation, Jans will be selling books and photos with all profits going to the Black Wolf project. A committee is working to facilitate the creation of an interpretive exhibit at the Mendenhall Glacier Visitor Center: a likeness of Romeo lying on a rock outcropping in a relaxed, familiar pose that may even include a recording of his howls.

This is a cooperative venture between the State of Alaska, the US Forest Service, the Alaska Wildlife Alliance, involved citizens, and the Juneau Community Foundation, which has served as a conduit for donations. “This exhibit will be a fitting tribute to Romeo's legacy,” said Jans.

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