Former WITS Board member Mark Doty discusses his book Dog Years on September 4, 2008 at 7:00 PM at the Houston Public Library. The following is an excerpt from the Houston Public Library website:

Why do dogs speak so profoundly to our inner lives? When Mark Doty decides to adopt a dog as a companion for his dying partner, he finds himself bringing home Beau, a large golden retriever, malnourished and in need of loving care. Beau joins Arden, the black retriever, to complete their family. As Beau bounds back into life, the two dogs become Mark Doty’s intimate companions, his solace, and eventually the very life force that keeps him from abandoning all hope during the darkest days. Their tenacity, loyalty, and love inspire him when all else fails.

Mark Doty’s books of poetry and nonfiction prose have been honored with numerous distinctions, including the National Book Critics Circle Award, the PEN/Martha Albrand Award, the Los Angeles Times Book Prize, and, in the United Kingdom, the T. S. Eliot Prize. He is a professor at the University of Houston, and he lives in New York City.

Who: Author Mark Doty

What: A discussion of his latest nonfiction prose work, Dog Years

When: Thursday, Sept. 4 at 7:00 PM

Where: Houston Public Library, Central Library

Cost: Free

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