Dec. 4 author event explores human bonds with animals
The three authors who will be featured at Coventry Village Library’s Communicating with Animals event on Thursday Dec. 4, 7 p.m., each have distinct writing styles, but their works all have one thing in common: they focus on relationships between animals and humans.
Jennifer Priester, author of several books, is also the owner of the publishing company A&M Moonlight Creations, and is an artist and book layout designer.
All of Priester’s books feature animals. In her Mortal Realm Witch series, the animals—known as familiars—talk, and are the teachers and best friends of witches and warlocks.
The animals in some of Priester’s stories are based on real-life animals she has known, and animals have always been a big part of her life. Because of this, she is a dedicated supporter of animal rescue, and recently contributed two stories to the Read for Animals Anthology #2, which donates all profits to animal shelters, sanctuaries and hospices.
As far back as she can remember, veterinarian Carol Osborne has always been an animal lover. The fact that she was allergic to them did not stop her from making her way in the equestrian world as a professional rider in top-rated shows. Nor did it preclude her from becoming a veterinarian, and owner of the Chagrin Falls Veterinary Clinic.
Osborne, author of Naturally Healthy Cats and Naturally Healthy Dogs, has always placed a great importance on helping her clients better communicate with their pets, becoming more attuned to the animals' needs. She has worked to take what scientists have learned about the aging process in humans and apply this knowledge to pets. She regularly prescribes anti-oxidants for animals.
Harriet Tramer, author of Racing to Heaven, has always loved horses, and riding has long been a part of her life. It is only natural that she would want to put into words what she considers the almost mystical bond that can evolve between horses and humans, particularly between horses and young girls.
Her book tells the story of a troubled teenaged girl whose life is transformed by her experiences with mystical horses. In a twist, this novel veers away from the usual coming-of-age story; the girl ends up paying dearly for her adventures with equines of all colors, shapes and sizes.
Communicating with Animals takes place at the Coventry Village Library, 1925 Coventry Road. The event is free of charge and no registration is required. Call 216-321-3400 for more information.
Sheryl Banks is the marketing and community relations manager for the CH-UH Public Library. Harriet Tramer, a longtime Cleveland Heights resident, contributed to this article.