“Bird cries seem to claw at the bright summer sky.”

This gem of a sentence is the first line in an article titled “Norway’s Otherworldly Coast” by Verlyn Klinkenborg in the November issue of National Geographic. On the lead page another necklace of words sparkles, “Journey to the heart of Norway Follow the water.” In this article the reader travels the most northern Norwegian coastline. It feels like another world. Islands, ice, water as deep as 4000 feet, and snow-covered heights encroach on the space of one another. But there are also harbors, boats of every kind, and business to be conducted by the people who ply these Norwegian waters.

Any chance to read the writing of Verlyn Klinkenborg is a chance not to be missed.

I have recently learned of his latest book Several Short Sentences About Writing. I ordered it immediately and cannot wait to spend time with it. Someone called it “best book on writing – ever.” I have been reading his work for some time. He is a non-fiction author and newspaper editor. His work appears on the editorial page of the New York Times as well as in other publications. He writes of rural settings and the natural world. He has written often of his farm in upstate New York. His words, his sentences, and the way he strings them together transport the reader into his world.

I also recently learned that he will appear as one of the featured authors at the Spring 2014 Festival of Faith and Writing in Grand Rapids, MI. I have attended this conference often and expect to be there next spring. I look forward to hearing him speak, and perhaps, I’ll have a chance to meet him.

I hope you will meet him, too. The newest issue of National Geographic is a great place to start. I’m sure you will enjoy his writing and the photographs of the Norwegian Coast.

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