Famed rural columnist to visit


The quality of a literary work might not be linked exclusively to the quality of its sentences; then again, it might be. This October, Verlyn Klinkenborg, the author of the New York Times rural life column, a member of that newspaper’s editorial board and a renowned teacher of the writer’s craft, arrives for an evening talk at the Point Reyes Presbyterian Church and a Saturday writing workshop in a Petaluma barn. An entire day dedicated to the formation of sentences “may sound like a small, simple subject, but it isn’t,” Mr. Klinkenborg said. “It’s the basis of good prose and unerring perception, the foundation of a writer’s confidence.” Mr. Klinkenborg, who lives on an upstate New York farm where he waxes poetical about the daily life and trials of agriculturalists, released a new compilation this year called More Scenes from the Rural Life. He will speak and sign books starting at 7 p.m. on Friday, October 25 at the church. The talk, sponsored by Point Reyes Books, is free. The following day’s workshop costs $150 and space is limited. For information and registration visit ptreyesbooks.com.