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Carl Klaus reads from latest work on Feb. 6

Carl H. Klaus, diarist, essayist, and University of Iowa professor emeritus will read from his current work-in-progress, “In My Eighties: Tales of Aging," at 2 p.m., Tuesday, Feb. 6, 2018, at the Iowa City-Johnson County Senior Center (28 S. Linn St., Iowa City).

Co-sponsored by TRAIL of Johnson County and the Iowa City-Johnson County Senior Center, the reading is free and open to the public, although registration is requested. A question-and-answer session follows the reading. To register or for more information, visit or call (319) 800-9003.

Klaus, who has been called “one of the great pioneers in the study of literary nonfiction,” began his career at Iowa in 1962 and founded the UI Nonfiction Writing Program in 1976. For many years, he taught the art of the personal essay and journal writing. Composed in essay form, his latest book is a chronicle of installments written every six months during the past four years.

Within the Iowa City community, Klaus is best known for books such as “My Vegetable Love,” “Weathering Winter,” “Taking Retirement,” and “Letters to Kate”—personal works in the form of diaries and letters that reflect on his life and marriage, on gardening and food, on work and retirement, and on his abiding concern with time, change and mortality.

“TRAIL is delighted to partner with the Senior Center in presenting speakers that invite the community to examine what it means to live more fully at every age,” says Hillary Ramaker, TRAIL’s Executive Director. “Carl Klaus approaches life’s deepest questions in a wonderfully engaging way. We know the audience will enjoy hearing his thoughts and observations.”