Italian Translation of LET THEM BE EATEN BY BEARS Released

My Italian publisher, RCS Libri, has released the Italian version of Bears (Lasciateli giocare con gli orsi), and I did my first Italian interview this last week. Good Earth publishing, China, is currently translating the book into Chinese.

Click to see RCS Libri’s book page.

And the cover:




Reader Responses

Every once in a while, as an author, I come across reader blog-posts so wonderful that I have to share them. These two are fun to read. Unfortunately, I miss many posts or go back to look them up and can’t find them (one of my favorite recent blog responses – with a thematic song included – seems to have vanished from the internet). But here are two excellent examples.

The first includes fishing and a home-run derby:

The second is a book review in the form of a letter by one of the Hiker Mamas:

Thank you to all of my readers.

New Places Or Getting To Know One Wild Place Well?

This is an old, old debate between outdoors people:

Which is better, going to different places, being inspired by new natural settings OR getting to know one wild place really really well?

Both are good philosophies.  New, different, inspiring places and activities spark curiosity and require adaptability.  And that’s excellent.  It’s good to get out of your comfort zone.

But learning a somewhat wild place (a place that has no trails and no water and no bathrooms) and getting to know everything about it is very cool too.  That inspires confidence and a love for the outdoors, a love for place.

So, basically, are curiosity and adaptability more important than confidence and love?  I’d say they’re both important, good and noble. But which one is more so?
I definitely shade toward the fewer locations.  Jennie, the girls, and I have spent large quantities of time in Yosemite Valley (CA), at the Sisters Boulders (Central OR Desert), at The Columns (Eugene, OR), and on the Willamette River (OR).
By going back to these locations over and over, we’ve gotten to know the plants and animals, the prevailing winds, the hidden places in the rimrock, the river holes that hold trout, the birds that nest in certain Ponderosa Pines.  So immersion has led to deeper understanding.
The latter three locations also fall more into a localist ethic, that it’s better to adventure near your home than to spend inordinate amounts of money and resources to adventure across the globe.
But that’s another debate…
I’d love anyone to weigh in on either of these.

Release Day Post #2: Penguin’s Page for Let Them Be Eaten By Bears

Perigee (Penguin Group) just announced the release of Let Them Be Eaten By Bears – A Fearless Guide To Taking Our Kids Into The Great Outdoors:

Penguin’s Book Page.


“…Hoffmeister offers an approachable, fun reintroduction to hiking, camping, and all-around exploring that will help parents and kids alike feel empowered and capable.

Whether you’re a veteran outdoorsperson, a first-time hiker, or anything in between, get ready to put on your sneakers, turn off your video games, and rediscover the simple, powerful joy of going out to play.”

I’m so grateful to work with my editors and assistants at the imprint.

Thank you, all.

Let Them Be Eaten By Bears Releases Tomorrow

My parenting and nature book releases tomorrow, May 7th.  New review from The Register Guard’s books section:

“This book is a how-to, a call to action and a lot of fun…Hoffmeister will make you a believer.” – The Register Guard

In stores tomorrow.

In stores tomorrow.

If They Have To Write A Disclaimer, Then It’s Going To Be Fun

From the new, typeset copyright page of my forthcoming book, Let Them Be Eaten By Bears:

“Outdoor recreational activities are by their very nature potentially hazardous. All participants in such activities must assume the responsibility for their own actions and safety. If you have any health problems or medical conditions, consult with your physician before undertaking any outdoor activities. The information contained in this guide book cannot replace sound judgment and good decision making, which can help reduce risk exposure, nor does the scope of this book allow for disclosure of all the potential hazards and risks involved in such activities. Learn as much as possible about the outdoor recreational activities in which you participate, prepare for the unexpected, and be cautious. The reward will be a safer and more enjoyable experience.”

“…nor does the scope of this book allow for disclosure of all the potential hazards and risks involved?”

“Prepare for the unexpected”?

I love it.