Now that I’m home from speaking in Mexico and Florida, I’m scheduling talks around the Midwest for the rest of 2018. It’s nice to keep it local for a while, even though these last trips have been powerful experiences that will stay with me for a long time.
For the rest of this year I’ll be focusing on speaking at libraries and book festivals in Wisconsin and Minnesota. As a lover of good writing and an obsessive reader, it makes me happier than I can say to support people and places devoted to books. Below you’ll see “Save the Dates” for many of the talks I’ll be giving for the rest of 2018. I hope to see you there.
One question that comes up in almost all of my talks about The Education of Will is “why did you write this book?” It’s an understandable question, given that it is a personal memoir, and a different kind book than I’ve ever written. I hope you enjoy this audio recording of my reply, followed by a reading of one of my favorite passages from the book. It’s not actually about me or Willie; but of course, it is. (The inspiring barn swallow fledglings that I mention in the audio are pictured to the right.)
For those of you interested in attending a talk in person, here’s an updated listing for 2018.
Stay tuned for updates, lots going on!
March 29, 2018 • Lake Geneva, WI
Sponsored by Lake Geneva Public Library, Barrett Memorial Library
& Elkhorn Veterinary Clinic
April 20, 2018 • Essington, PA
Penn Vet Working Dog Conference • Clarion Hotel
“Creating and Maintaining Resilience in Working Dogs”
May 11, 2018 • Oshkosh, WI
Lakefly Writers Conference
Oshkosh Premier Waterfront Hotel & Convention Center
Save the Date in 2018!
July 10: Mercer Public Library, Mercer, Wisconsin
July 24: Virginia Public Library, Virginia, MN
September 12: McFarland Library, McFarland, WI
September 22: Wisconsin Writer’s Conference, Brookfield, WI
September 25: E.D. Locke Public Library, Mt. Horeb, WI
October 5: Keynote – Sheltering Animals of Abuse Victims, Madison, WI
October 9 or 10: Fox City Book Festival, Appleton, WI
October 20: Chippewa Valley Book Festival, Eau Claire, WI
November 8: Prairie du Sac Library, Prairie du Sac, WI
November 14: Marshall Library, Marshall, WI
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