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With a brilliant blend of environmental and natural history, Dan Flores’ Coyote America traces the five-million-year-long biological story of an animal that has become the “wolf” in our backyards. The journey of the coyote to the American West and beyond isn’t just the story of an animal’s survival—it is one of the great epics of our time. Illuminating this legendary creature, Flores will be joined on stage for a conversation with playwright and chronicler of urban wildlife Melissa Cooper, who will also perform an excerpt from her play, New York City Coyote Existential.

Dan Flores

Dan Flores is the A. B. Hammond Professor Emeritus of Western History at the University of Montana and the author of ten books on aspects of western US history. His previous works include American Serengeti: The Last Big Animals of the Great Plains, and Caprock Canyonlands: Journeys into the Heart of the Southern Plains. He lives just outside Santa Fe, New Mexico.


Melissa Cooper

Melissa Cooper’s award-winning plays have been produced at theaters around the country, including Dallas Theater Center, Cincinnati Playhouse, Coterie Theatre, Asolo Rep, and San Diego Rep. Melissa lives in NYC, where she really did meet a coyote in Central Park. She writes about urban wildlife on her blog, Out Walking the Dog, which The New York Times called  “poetic … part ecological journal, part personal meditation.” She is currently writing a play for an ensemble of formerly incarcerated men, exploring the challenges of reentering society after years of imprisonment.


Laura Innes

Actress/director Laura Innes is best known for her portrayal of Dr. Kerry Weaver on NBC’s ER, which garnered 2 Emmy nominations and three SAG Awards as part of the ER ensemble. Since ER, she starred on The Event for NBC and had a recurring role on Awake for the network. She began her career as a director on ER and subsequently directed episodes of The Affair, How To Get Away with Murder, Grey’s Anatomy, Brothers & Sisters, Awake, Studio 60. She also directed The West Wing, for which she was nominated for an Emmy as Best Director of a Drama Series. Laura began her career in the theater starring as “Stella “ opposite John Malkovich in A Streetcar Named Desire at Chicago’s Steppenwolf Theater.


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As most ALOUD at Central Library programs are free of charge, it is our policy to overbook. In the case of a FULL program your free reservation may not guarantee admission. We recommend arriving early. Space permitting, unclaimed reservations will be released to standby patrons at approximately 7 PM.

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ALOUD is one of many free programs at the Los Angeles Public Library made possible by the Library Foundation of Los Angeles. Most ALOUD author programs are followed by book signings. At least one copy of the author’s book must be purchased from The Library Store in order to participate in any post-program book signing, and you will be asked to show proof of purchase. Please be prepared to show your proof of purchase when you enter the book signing line. Proceeds support the Los Angeles Public Library.

Main image:  Coyote at Yellowstone National Park     Credit: Yathin Krishnappa


Frequently Asked Questions

  • What is the reservation policy for ALOUD?

    As most ALOUD at Central Library programs are free of charge, it is our policy to overbook. In the case of a FULL program your free reservation may not guarantee admission. We recommend arriving early. Space permitting, unclaimed reservations will be released to standby patrons at 7 PM.

  • Why do programs fill so quickly?

    ALOUD provides a unique experience for the public to engage with scholars, authors, and artists in the intimate 235-seat Mark Taper Auditorium. Library Foundation Members have the benefit of reserving for programs in advance of the public. Consider joining as a Member to receive this benefit, and check the website on an on-going basis for program availability. Be sure to subscribe to our email alerts, and visit our Media Archive for podcasts and other items from our recent programs.

  • Where does ALOUD take place?

    Unless otherwise noted, ALOUD programs are held at the downtown Central Library’s Mark Taper Auditorium.

  • Where should I park for ALOUD programs?

    We recommend taking public transportation. Parking for the Central Library is at the Westlawn Garage at 524 S. Flower Street. For more information, visit the Library’s website.

  • Should I purchase the author’s book in advance?

    We encourage you to purchase books from the Library Store. All proceeds benefit the Los Angeles Public Library. Books are made available for purchase when you reserve for a program online, and are also on sale at programs. In order to participate in the book signing, you must purchase at least one book from The Library Store. Members receive discounts on purchases.