AUTHOR

Jon Katz

Bedlam Farm in upstate New York is where I live, write and tend my animals - four dogs, two donkeys, two barn cats. The rambling old farmhouse was built in 1862; it's surrounded by pastures, streams and wooded hillsides, plus four barns and a milkhouse in various stages of disrepair.

I write books- memoirs, novels, short story collections, and beginning in 2011, children's books. I am also a photographer.

In my former life, before I grew preoccupied with sheepherding and moving manure around. I wanted to change my life and write more about the experience of living with and understanding animals.
I write novels and nonfiction books (I've written 20 books), along with columns and articles for Rolling Stone, Wired, the New York Times, and the website HotWired.
Coming to the farm turned out to be a Joseph Campbell style "Hero's Journey." I went off into some dark places, got divorced, struggled to face myself, and found someone to share my life.

My wife Maria Wulf is an artist, who specializes in fiber art. She works in the Studio Barn across the road from the farmhouse. Earlier this year, I thought briefly of selling Bedlam Farm. After getting married, we decided to stay here. My daughter Emma, a sportswriter living in Brooklyn, has written her own book about New York baseball. I publish a blog I love dearly - www.bedlafarm.com. My photos appear there daily. My dogs are Izzy, Lenore, Frieda and Rose, the working dog who helps me run the farm.

My writing life began with a novel - "Sign Off" - an unwittingly prescient story about the jarring changes in work and security.

This year - 2010 - I am returning to fiction. I've written a novel, "Rose In A Storm," about a border collie stranded on a farm in upstate New York during a terrible storm. I wrote this book in conjunction with some animal behaviorists who helped me enter the mind of a dog, and hopefully, be faithful to that. My first children's book "Meet The Dogs Of Bedlam Farm," will be published by Henry Holt next year. I have just finished a short story collection to be published next year by Villard/Random House.
In recent years, photography has become central to me as well as writing. I have been fortunate enough to have several gallery showings of my work, and also sell my photos as notecards through the Redux Gallery in Dorset, Vt.

I am also working on a book about animal grieving. Hopefully, it will be useful.

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Best Sellers

    • A Good Dog

    • The Story of Orson, Who Changed My Life
    • By: Jon Katz
    • Narrated by: Tom Stechschulte
    • Length: 6 hrs and 18 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 210
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 93
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 92

    Like all border collies, Orson needed to work, but there weren't any sheep to herd in the suburbs. So Katz moved to a farm. There, Orson improved - until the day he started nipping people....

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • too sad

    • By Gayle on 03-09-11
    • The Story of Orson, Who Changed My Life
    • By: Jon Katz
    • Narrated by: Tom Stechschulte
    • Length: 6 hrs and 18 mins
    • Release date: 01-08-07
    • 4 out of 5 stars 210 ratings

    Regular price: $20.99

    • Talking to Animals

    • How You Can Understand Animals and They Can Understand You
    • By: Jon Katz
    • Narrated by: Jonathan Todd Ross
    • Length: 7 hrs and 18 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 6
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 6
    • Story
      3.5 out of 5 stars 6

    New York Times best-selling author Jon Katz offers us a deeper understanding of the inner and outer lives of animals....

    Regular price: $17.00

    • Dancing Dogs

    • Stories
    • By: Jon Katz
    • Narrated by: Tom Stechschulte
    • Length: 7 hrs and 12 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 24
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 20
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 21

    With his signature insight and gift for storytelling, Jon Katz here shares 16 stories about one of life’s most unique relationships....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Truly heart warming

    • By M. Bisson on 09-14-18

    Regular price: $20.99

    • Izzy and Lenore

    • By: Jon Katz
    • Narrated by: Tom Stechschulte
    • Length: 5 hrs and 31 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 485
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 380
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 382

    Skittish border collie Izzy pushes Katz into rewarding work with Hospice. And black lab Lenore's gentle spirit helps remind him why he wanted to work with animals in the first place....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Loved this book.

    • By H. Borman on 01-01-10

    Regular price: $29.99

    • Going Home

    • Finding Peace When Pets Die
    • By: Jon Katz
    • Narrated by: Tom Stechschulte
    • Length: 3 hrs and 17 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 42
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 36
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 36

    From Old Yeller to Marley and Me, pet owners been bombarded over the years by emotionally wrenching stories that border on melodramatic and exploitive....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Comforting to a recent loss of best fur-friend.

    • By Julie Walker on 06-18-12

    Regular price: $13.99

    • Saving Simon

    • How a Rescue Donkey Taught Me the Meaning of Compassion
    • By: Jon Katz
    • Narrated by: Tom Stechschulte
    • Length: 6 hrs and 25 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 69
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 57
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 56

    Jon Katz plumbs the depths of the human-animal bond with his trademark grace, strength and skill....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Great story, thought-provoking

    • By Pushpa on 04-06-15
    • How a Rescue Donkey Taught Me the Meaning of Compassion
    • By: Jon Katz
    • Narrated by: Tom Stechschulte
    • Length: 6 hrs and 25 mins
    • Release date: 10-07-14
    • 4.5 out of 5 stars 69 ratings

    Regular price: $20.99

    • The Second Chance Dog

    • A Love Story
    • By: Jon Katz
    • Narrated by: Tom Stechschulte
    • Length: 7 hrs and 39 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 66
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 54
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 55

    I had no idea that Frieda would enter my life and alter it in the most profound way, but that' s one of the beautiful things about animals....

    • 1 out of 5 stars
    • Not really a dog story

    • By KT on 03-19-18

    Regular price: $20.99

    • Dog Days

    • By: Jon Katz
    • Narrated by: Tom Stechschulte
    • Length: 7 hrs and 17 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 107
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 45
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 45

    Living with four dogs on a rural New York farm is one thing, but what happens when you add cows, sheep....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Donkeys, Cows and sheep...oh, my!

    • By Karen on 06-27-10

    Regular price: $24.49

    • Rose in a Storm

    • By: Jon Katz
    • Narrated by: Tom Stechschulte
    • Length: 6 hrs and 57 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 73
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 56
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 57

    In Rose in a Storm, Rose is a working dog devoted to keeping the sheep and other creatures at Bedlam Farm out of danger....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Absolutely Fantastic From Beginning to End

    • By seajoy on 10-30-10

    Regular price: $20.99

    • Soul of a Dog

    • By: Jon Katz
    • Narrated by: Tom Stechschulte
    • Length: 5 hrs and 16 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 89
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 52
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 53

    With its endearing blend of humor, wisdom, and insight, Soul of a Dog, by New York Times best-selling author Jon Katz, illuminates the interaction between humans and animals....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Katz Does it AGAIN!!!!

    • By Leslie-Ann on 03-07-13

    Regular price: $27.99

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