Eastport Pets is Hosting An Author Talk

Nationally acclaimed author Sharon Peters, author of “Trusting Calvin: How a Dog Helped Heal a Holocaust Survivor’s Heart,” will speak at Eastport Pets Tuesday June 3, from 6 to 7 p.m.

Peters, a long-time animal advocate who launched the popular Pet Talk Column in USA Today in 2006, was a newspaper journalist for decades before writing Trusting Calvin last year. It is the true story of Max Edelman, who survived nearly five years in labor and death camps during the Holocaust.  He was beaten blind by camp guards in the final months before his liberation, moved to Cleveland after the war, worked for decades in the Cleveland Clinic darkroom, and raised two successful sons. When he was nearly 70 he decided he needed, for the first time, a guide dog. Their relationship was troubled until Edelman was finally, at the dog’s insistence, able to release his hold on some of the self-protective barriers he had erected during his years in the camps.

Reviewers have called the book “touching,” “inspirational” and “beautifully written.”

Peters grew up in Bangor and Benton, attended the University of Maine, graduated from the University of Missouri, and has worked as a reporter or editor at newspapers in several states. She earned a doctorate in human and organization development when she was in her 40s, and was a management consultant for several years. She is an editor for a policy research firm in Washington, D.C., is a book reviewer for USA Today, and lives in Colorado.

She became involved in animal advocacy after taking a one-month leave from her job after Hurricane Katrina and volunteering with an animal shelter in south Mississippi. She subsequently drove two transports of homeless dogs to Colorado, where all were adopted into loving homes. Last year, during Colorado’s most destructive wildfire—the Black Forest Fire—she volunteered at the facility that cared for livestock (horses, donkeys, llamas, goats, alpacas, chickens, geese and ducks) that were evacuated during the fire. She was on the board of a Colorado nonprofit that finds homes for the pets of terminally ill people, was a dog walker at a rural mountain shelter for six years, and spent one week volunteering at Best Friends Animal Society in Kanab Utah last year.  

Peters has fostered more than 20 dogs, and her pet dog Jasper, a rescued mixed breed, is a certified therapy animal who visits cancer patients every week.