Book cover art is a tricky thing. You want it to be beautiful and show up well on the shelf or the table in the bookstore. You want it to be compelling enough so someone will just have to pick it up and poke through the book. I think Houghton did a nice job on this cover. Unfortuantely the photo is of a prairie falcon and not a gyr-peregrine hybrid but I like the look of the bird and where it’s placed on the cover so I’ll forgive them the species swap.
My book, Falconer on the Edge: A Man, his Birds, and the Vanishing Landscape of the American West, will be published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt this coming spring. This has been an interesting process — I followed Steve Chindgren, a hard-core falconer, through a hunting season in southcentral Wyoming. Steve co-owns a cabin near Eden, Wyoming, where he spends most of the autumn and winter hunting sage grouse with his peregrine-gyrfalcon hybrids.
the gate to Steve's cabin