The “Born Wild” Film Is Out

Really inspiring and just released, this film is the combined work of Brooke Froelich, Morgan Brechler, Ali Geiser, and Shannon Robertson.

Watch the short Born Wild film here.

In Raising a Wild Child millennial parents turned social-media influencers use the very technologies that threaten to separate them from nature to connect with it—and each other—instead.  This family-centric outdoor adventure film shares the stories of parents who are raising their kids on outdoor adventure, and using social media to build a community doing the same.

There work shares a common ground with my book Let Them Be Eaten By Bears.


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.

Interview With Northern Spirit Radio

Because of the publicity campaigns for Let Them Be Eaten By Bears and Graphic the Valley, I was fortunate enough to do forty or so radio interviews this summer with local, regional, and national radio shows. So I talked to a lot of hosts, some of whom had read the books and liked the writing or the message, and were willing to promote outdoor education or literary writing in general.

In many of these conversations, I realized how positive radio hosts are, how supportive they are of the arts, how much a lot of them love books and storytelling. As a group, radio hosts are good people doing a job they seem to love. So it was a fun summer for me.

Every once in a while, a radio interview feels like a conversation with a friend, like a long involved talk about life and what’s important to both people. My interview on Wisconsin’s syndicated Northern Spirit Radio was like that. We talked about Graphic the Valley, and the host, Mark Judkins Helpsmeet, was a thoughtful and involved reader. He engaged with the novel in a way an author can only hope for. He considered the extended metaphors and had insights I hadn’t considered.

Plus, Helpsmeet recently made wild-rice and acorn burgers at his rural home in Wisconsin. And if that isn’t something that Tenaya’s parents would do, I don’t know what is. Helpsmeet has a perspective on the novel that most readers don’t ( he had a wandering cougar down by his canoe a while back), and that’s just one of the reasons that this interview was one of my favorites.

Let Them Be Eaten By Bears Chosen As a “Mom Must Read” Selection

Kristen Kemp of Parents Magazine has selected Let Them Be Eaten By Bears as a “Mom Must Read” selection for June. Excerpt:

“His relatable writing style and first person stories—he’s also the founder of an outdoors program for high schoolers—will make you want to hop in puddles, gaze at clouds and share the wonder of nature with your children ASAP.”

Click to read her write-up.

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.

Release Day For Bears: Southwest Airlines’ “Natural Remedy” + Register Guard Review, Full Text

This month, celebrating today’s release date of the book Let Them Be Eaten By Bears – A Fearless Guide To Taking Our Kids Into The Great Outdoors, Southwest Airlines’ Spirit Magazine has a “Natural Remedy” feature in its magazine.

The editor and staff artist are creative, and the drawings in the print mag are great.  Four key points from the interview are available online:  Here.

Also, full text of Sunday’s Register Guard review of Bears:

Peter Brown Hoffmeister may not be a philosopher but his heart is all in.

The South Eugene High School teacher and co-director of the school’s Integrated Outdoor and Outdoor Student Leadership programs has just published “Let Them Be Eaten By Bears: A Fearless Guide to Taking Our Kids into the Great Outdoors.”

This book is a how-to, a call to action and a lot of fun.

His chapter headings — “Get Out of Your Comfort Zone,” “Chasing Squirrels: Let the Kids Lead,” “God Made Dirt and Dirt Don’t Hurt” — tell the tale.

Hoffmeister will make you a believer. From climbing neighborhood trees with your kids to taking at-risk teens into the wild, getting outside is not just important but essential.

Stay tuned for Hoffmeister’s debut novel, “Graphic the Valley,” due out in July.


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.