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Author Talk by Margaret Winslow with Special Guest Caleb the Donkey (weather permitting)

Sunday Nov 11, 2018, 2 p.m.

Join us Sunday, November 11 at 2 pm for Smart Ass: How a Donkey Challenged Me to Accept His True Nature & Rediscover My Own. Winslow is an award-winning local author of travel memoirs: Over My Head: Journeys in Leaky Boats from the Strait of Magellan to Cape Horn and Beyond and The Cusp of Dreadfulness.

How do you meet a mid-life crisis? Sports car, Italian villa, inappropriate love interest? Margaret Winslow, an overworked college professor in New York City, answered a for-sale ad for a "Large White Saddle Donkey" in the American Donkey and Mule Society's magazine, The Brayer.

Hilarity ensues, alongside life-threatening injuries and spirit-enriching insight. Through training traumas, expert-baffling antics, and humiliating races, she comes to understand of Caleb's true, undeniable gifts: a willingness to be true to himself no matter the circumstances, to "speak truth to power," to trust, and to forgive. As she and Caleb learn to thrive, you'll learn the importance of being true to your own pure and powerful self.

"This unusual, engaging story of a woman and her donkey will undoubtedly win many hearts," hails Publishers Weekly. Dr. Bernie S. Siegel, author of Love, Animals & Miracles writes, "I love Margaret Winslow's book and all it teaches us about the true nature of life, from the power of love to the reality of animal communication." Animal behaviorist and trainer at Hart's Horsemanship and the The Donkey Sanctuary, Ben Hart praises the book as, "Heartbreaking, funny, encouraging, and enlightening, Smart Ass is a beautifully written story that questions our own stubbornness as a species and asks us to learn how to trust ourselves."

Copies of the book will be available for sale, and Caleb the donkey will be on site for a meet and greet, weather permitting. This event is free and open to all. The library is located at 25 Flywheel Park West, Piermont, NY.

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