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Margaret Winslow, author of "Smart Ass: How a Donkey Challenged Me to Accept His True Nature and Rediscover My Own" will be at the Napa Copperfield's at 6 p.m. on Nov. 3  to talk about her book and do a Powerpoint presentation on her donkey, Caleb.

While Caleb is unable to attend, littleburroevents.com/ will be co-sponsoring and will bring two little burros.

Publishers Weekly wrote: "Sports car? Italian villa? Inappropriate love interest? Not for author Margaret Winslow, an overworked college professor in New York City. She met midlife agita not head-on, but ass-on, fulfilling a childhood curiosity about donkeys by answering a for-sale ad for a 'Large White Saddle Donkey' in the American Donkey and Mule Society’s magazine, The Brayer."

Winslow's midlife decision to adopt Caleb, a 700-pound white Andalusian donkey, upended her life and her understanding of herself. A field geologist with Ph.D. from Columbia University and more than 30 years experience in Central America, South America, and the Caribbean, she realized a long-forgotten childhood dream and met her match in Caleb who possessed a willingness to “speak truth to power,” to trust, and to forgive.

Winslow's National Geographic–funded fieldwork on earthquake hazards and archaeological settlement patterns in Alaska and Chile is featured in the PBS series “Fire on the Rim.” She is professor emerita of earth sciences at the City College of New York and resides in the lower Hudson Valley. Caleb boards nearby with 50 horses and ponies, where he continues to steal the show every day. During the holiday season Winslow is frequently asked, “Could my church borrow your donkey for a nativity show?” 

Caleb is much in demand and is a huge draw at local charity horse shows and races, as well as churches and libraries. He receives typing assistance from his owner and can be reached through www.MargaretWinslow.com.

More information at www.MargaretWinslow.com.

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