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Feb. 24, 2006

March 9 WSUI Features Klinkenborg

Verlyn Klinkenborg, a member of the New York Times editorial board, will read from his new book, "Timothy: Or, Notes of an Abject Reptile," at 7 p.m. Thursday, March 9 on the "Live from Prairie Lights" series on University of Iowa radio station WSUI, AM 910.

Julie Englander will host the broadcast, which will originate in a free event in the Prairie Lights bookstore at 15 S. Dubuque St. in downtown Iowa City. Listen on the Internet at

Klinkenborg's book presents life as seen by the turtle who haunted the garden of theologian/naturalist Gilbert White in 18th-century rural England, touching on natural history, village life, theology, the human imagination and how our species has come to see itself.

A starred preview in Publishers Weekly stated, "In a gorgeous hybrid of naturalist observation, novelistic invention and philosophical meditation, Klinkenborg . . . views the English countryside through the eyes of a tortoise and gives his human readers rich food for thought. . . . This is a wholly unexpected and astonishing book."

Critic Donna Seaman wrote, "Klinkenborg's tortoise's-eye view of human striving is hilarious and revealing, his trans-species empathy striking, and his perception of the interconnectedness of life sublime."

And Bill McKibben, the author of "Wandering Home" recommended the book as "a droll and wise work of the highest imagination -- and one of the best meditations on slowness, patience, and endurance I've ever read."

Klinkenborg's previous books include "Making Hay," "The Last Fine Time" and "The Rural Life."

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