Book Review: Finding Historical Animals in Creative Nonfiction

I recently published a review of Sharon Kirsch’s book, What Species of Creatures: Animal Relations from the New World on H-Net Reviews. You can download a PDF copy of the review here.

In this book, Kirsch explores early European encounters with New World animals in northern North America. She provides a unique approach to the use of traditional sources like fur trader narratives and the Jesuit Relations to examine some of the first interactions between people of the Old World with novel New World animals. Written in an unconventional creative nonfiction style, What Species of Creatures offers historians a new look into human-animal relations in early Canadian history.

Last fall, I interviewed Sharon on the Nature’s Past podcast special episode on animals and environmental history. Download a full copy of that episode here or listen below:


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