Author talks of donkey rescue

New York Times best-selling author Jon Katz will speak and sign copies of his book Saving Simon, the thoughtful and inspiring story of his beloved rescue donkey, at 3 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 23, at  Wilton Library.

It was a call from an animal control officer about a neglected donkey named Simon on a failing farm in upstate New York that set off a chain of events, forever changing Mr. Katz’s outlook on mercy and compassion. From the moment he saw the wrenching sight of Simon, he couldn’t help falling in love with the skinny, mangy donkey who had already suffered so much. He immediately decided to take him in.

Kirkus Reviews called the story “a heartwarming tale of rescue and redemption” told with “empathy and thoughtfulness, forcing readers to re-examine their own meanings of compassion and mercy.”

Mr. Katz has written 26 books, including works of nonfiction, novels, short stories and books for children. He is also a photographer. He author lives in upstate New York with his wife, the artist Maria Wulf, and their dogs, donkeys, barn cats, sheep and chickens.

Readers may visit Mr. Katz’s website at For information on his talk or books, call Elm Street Books at 203 966 4545.