Katz’s work focuses on subjects near to the hearts of many here in Vermont: dogs, farm animals, and rural life. “I had dogs for much of my life,” he says of his writing career, “but until a troubled border collie landed in my life in New Jersey in 2001, I never gave them much thought. Since then, much of my life has changed, and radically.” In fact, Katz has, since that time, written 10 books about dogs, farm animals, and rural life, becoming one of the country’s most respected and quoted writers about dogs and companion animals. In “Going Home: Finding Peace When Pets Die,” Katz tackles a subject he says comes up time and again when visiting with pet owners at readings and book signings all over the country. Grieving the loss of a well-loved animal impacts the lives of many, often with surprising force.
Katz loves living with and writing about dogs, donkeys, sheep, and cats, and especially loves learning to manage his raucous farm with his wife. “I am not a real farmer. My crop is stories, not alfalfa, but I have to manage this place, and I love it dearly and plan to live and write here until they drag me away. No writer could ask for more material than a farm provides every single day. And it is a perfect environment to train and work with my dogs and the other animals here.
Come meet Katz and discuss his new book on Thursday, November 3, at 6 pm. Bartleby’s Books’ Main Street location in Wilmington is closed for renovations due to flooding from Tropical Storm Irene. The event will be held in the Deerfield Valley Elementary School library located at 360 VT Route 100 North. Katz is touring Vermont as a flood relief fundraiser. Donations will be accepted at the door and a portion of proceeds from book sales benefits the Wilmington Flood Relief Fund. For questions or to reserve a signed copy of the book email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.bartlebysvt.com.