Lyn Hancock


Lyn HancockLyn Hancock has been a distinguished author, photographer, photojournalist, lecturer and film maker for over 40 years, publishing 20 books and thousands of articles in newspapers and magazines around the world. Born in Australia, she has hitchhiked from Cape Town to Cairo and from Alaska to Baffin Island (Winging it in the North), and for 25 years has lived and travelled in the Yukon, Northwest Territories and Nunavut.

Several of Lyn’s earlier books have become Canadian classics: There’s a Seal in my Sleeping Bag, There’s a Raccoon in my Parka, Love Affair with a Cougar, and An Ape Came out of my Hatbox or Gypsy in the Classroom. Her latest animal book, the best-selling Tabasco the Saucy Raccoon tells of her adventures caring for an orphaned raccoon while working on her master’s degree at SFU. Life with Tabasco is hilarious, heart-warming and gut-wrenching as the odd couple cross Canada on seventeen airplane flights, cause havoc in dozens of schools and radio stations, television and newspaper offices, drive around BC, Alberta and Washington on camping holidays and then look for a permanent home for Tabasco in the wild. Tabasco’s saucy personality enlivened Lyn’s days and brought joy and wonder to countless people. The search for a permanent home for Tabasco in the wild will melt your heart and stimulate discussion on the problems of urban wildlife.

Among her other titles are travel guides that introduce readers to the beauty and stories of the Canadian North, school textbooks, and history books that bring to life characters from our nation’s past. Lyn has been recognized with numerous awards. Ever true to her calling as an educator, Lyn has taught thousands of children about wildlife habits and habitats and has inspired many young authors through her writing workshops. She illustrates her talks with vivid slides from her vast portfolio of photo images. Through her talent, creativity and endless enthusiasm, she has passed along her love for and knowledge of nature to three generations of Canadians.


In 2010 she was honoured by Simon Fraser University as Outstanding Alumnus of the Year for her lifetime contributions to Art and Culture, namely writing, photography and nature education.

For more information about Lyn Hancock, please visit her website at or follow her blog at


Lyn has posted lots of photos of Tabasco on her Facebook Fan Page.


Titles by the Author

Tabasco the Saucy Raccoon


At three weeks, Tabasco is a tiny, helpless ball of fluff. Already, the little raccoon's life is unusual: tucked into Lyn's pocket or tote bag, Tabasco accompanies Lyn on a cross-country tour, making friends every step of the way. By the time they get home, Tabasco is ready to explore the world—inch by exciting, fragrant, tactile inch. Nothing is safe from Tabasco's clever paws. Dogs run and horses stand still when Tabasco comes to call. For some, the raccoon's like her namesake: a little goes a long, long way. But children flock from all around to play with Lyn's busy, talkative friend.

Buy from StoreJuvenile • 186 pp • 5.25 x 7.75
ISBN 1-55039-156-9 • paper • $12.95

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