Lily Raff McCaulou

This author appeared at the 2012 festival. Please view the list of authors appearing at this year's festival or see our suggestions for similar authors below.

Lily Raff McCaulou at the 2012  Texas Book Festival

An indie film producer, environmentalist, and animal lover, Lily Raff McCaulou is the last person you would expect to find picking up a gun and learning to hunt. Yet in Call of the Mild: Learning to Hunt My Own Dinner, McCaulou’s exploration of hunting and fly-fishing quickly changes her perception that all hunters are brutal animal murderers. Instead, she finds that many hunters are actively involved in aiding the environment and preventing animal cruelty. The memoir pulls no punches, detailing everything from a hunter safety course to field-dressing and cooking an elk in this journey into the controversial yet common American pastime. Kirkus Reviews says Call of the Mild is an "eloquent debut memoir about a young woman's transformation from a New York City urbanite into small-town Oregon hunter with a conscience. … A powerful story in which the author shapes a narrative of personal growth into a symbol of modern humanity's alienation from the natural world." McCaulou earned a degree in film studies from Wesleyan University. Before becoming a newspaper reporter in 2004, she worked in New York City’s independent film industry. She writes a weekly column for The Bulletin and lives in Bend, Oregon with her husband and son. Call of the Mild is her first book.

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