4 August 2015

Pub Date For Simon Paperback: Signed Copies If You Want Them (Free Stuff)

By: Jon Katz

Simon paperback

Today is the pub date of the paperback version of "Saving Simon: How A Rescue Donkey Taught Me The Meaning Of Compassion," it is available everywhere books are sold. There is a special way to get this  (very inexpensive) story if you'd like. I will sign and personalize any copy of the book purchased through Battenkill Books, my local bookstore and a wonderful bookstore. They sold more than 1,000 copies of the Simon hardcover.

You can read Simon's story, have the book personalized. Battenkill will ship it anywhere in the country. They take Paypal and major credit cards. You can call the store at 518 677-2515 or visit their website. Battenkill Books is an independent bookstore owned and operated by my friend Connie Brooks.

She has several cartons of "Saving Simon," and anyone who orders the book from her will get a signed (by me) postcard of Simon. You can get the books quickly.

Connie has weathered the last few years of publishing upheaval, she is much loved and doing well. You can support my work and the idea of the independent bookstore, they must not all disappear under the corporate onslaught, bookstores are precious, our communities would be barren without them. If you are considering buying the paperback version of Simon, please consider getting it from Battenkill. Red and I have our own signing pens there.

"Saving Simon" is the story of our beloved  donkey Simon, taken off an upstate New York farm by the police. He was found nearly dead and almost starved. He recovered from his many ailments, came to live with Maria and I and taught me much about the nature of compassion. (I will be talking about this book also on Thursday, when I speak at the Dessert Social Night to benefit the Dover, Vt., Public Library, at the Dover Town Hall, 7-9 p.m.)

The book was essentially abandoned by my publisher after I switched to a different publisher, but in Simon's honor, we organized our own book tour all around the country and it was a wonderful experience for me and Maria. Simon had a great will to live, his story is very special to me. He died last October, shortly after the book came out, he is buried on the farm.

If you are considering buying the paperback, think about getting it from Battenkill, might make an early Christmas gift to store away, that happens in other years. You will get a signed book and a neat postcard. i will be happy to sign and personalize it for you. And you can help support a wonderful independent bookstore, and the future of individuality in America. Sometimes I think we will end up with one single giant corporation that will control everything. Don't let it happen. And many thanks.

You can also e-mail the store: [email protected]

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Landmark For Fate: Taking The Sheep Out

By: Jon Katz
Landmark For Fate

Landmark For Fate

A landmark for Fate, she brought the sheep out to the rear pasture all by herself – Red sat back in the outer pasture watching,  she stayed with them and also with Maria and Chloe, who joined the parade. The sheep are getting easier with Fate, respecting her more, she is not timid around them, but not as assertive as she needs to be to get them moving when she wants them to.

Today, for the first time, she moved them a good distance, kept them together, kept an eye on them. Her instincts are really showing, really maturing.

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The Tree And The Fencepost

By: Jon Katz
The Tree And The Fencepost

The Tree And The Fencepost

Life happens to everyone, a bit happened to us yesterday. The thing that worried me the most was the pasture  fence, I assumed when the tree fell, the fence would have been destroyed. The animals would be in jeopardy of getting out and running into the road, the fence might have to be repaired, and that could be expensive. I was surprised when I got closer to see that the large pine tree, many years old, had fallen squarely on the top of a fence post, the post is holding it up, it seems to have saved the fence. It is hard for me to figure the odds of the tree falling so evenly on the post.

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The Last Baby Barn Sparrow

By: Jon Katz
The Last Baby Sparrow

The Last Baby Sparrow

The baby barn swallows are leaving their perch high up in the barn rafters, the last one was holding his spot this morning when we came into the barn. He was gracious enough to let me take his photo before he leaves.  Yesterday, he hopped onto Maria's hand, she carried him to the barn door.

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Pirate Dog: Growing Up

By: Jon Katz
Growing Up

Growing Up

Puppies are like human children in one way, you look at them one day and realize they are growing up. Fate is approaching six months of age, she a great ride-along dog as well as a budding farm dog. Fate is the most intense dog I have ever been around, also one of the brightest and most curious. She loves to ride along in the car, she is fascinated by every movement, every change of light, every thing she sees. Fate's love of life is infectious, as it her love of work.

She is an interesting contrast to Red. When he comes in the car, he lies down in the back seat and rarely moves. Fate is very rarely still. I liked this portrait of her, it captured her focus and intensity.

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