Nick Jans to speak on Romeo

Local author Nick Jans tonight will discuss the subject of his best-selling book, “A Wolf Called Romeo,” at the University of Alaska, Southeast’s Evening at Egan. He’ll narrate a slide show, show short video clips, and read from his book.

“The story of Romeo the wolf belongs to all of Juneau,” Jans wrote. “Think of it: a wild wolf, striking up friendships with dogs, and even humans? It seems like something out of Disney. People can scoff, but I saw it for myself. Dozens, if not hundreds of Juneauites had their own personal connection to this remarkable animal. He changed some of us, and enriched our community in profound ways. Not a day passes that I don’t think of him; and I know there are others. I don’t think it’s the sort of experience you get over, or should.”

Jans will also be selling books and photos to raise money for The Black Wolf Foundation. That money will go towards a Romeo interpretive exhibit at the Mendenhall Glacier Visitor Center, a collaboration between the state, the US Forest Service, the Alaska Wildlife Alliance, residents, and the Juneau Community Foundation. They’ve raised $13,000 and hope to raise $8,000 more to get it done by April 2016.

The free event is at 7 p.m. tonight in the UAS Egan Library.

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