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Chronicles of a Pleistocene Mind

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Tuesday, Doug's guest is Utah author Maximilian Werner. Werner is a poet, a novelist and an essayist whose newest book asks how the forces of evolution still shape our everyday lives. From choosing which bedroom to sleep in to the way children play hide-and-seek, Werner says that our Pleistocene mind is at work. We'll talk about the strategies we use to survive and what those can teach us about the human animals we are. His memoir-infused book is called "Evolved."

Maximilian Werner is the author of the award-winning essay collection BLACK RIVER DREAMS and the novel CROOKED CREEK. When he is not fly fishing on one of his favorite western waters, or elbow-deep in the garden dirt, he is at home writing or in the classroom teaching and trying to help humans live up to their potential as a species.

On Thursday, June 20 at 7:00 p.m., Werner will give a reading at The King's English Bookshop. For more information on that event, click here. For a schedule of events you've heard about on RadioWest, visit our calendar.

Find Maximilian Werner's books on Indiebound and on Amazon . A portion of your purchase benefits KUER.

Doug Fabrizio has been reporting for KUER News since 1987, and became News Director in 1993. In 2001, he became host and executive producer of KUER's RadioWest, a one hour conversation/call-in show on KUER 90.1 in Salt Lake City. He has gained a reputation for his thoughtful style. He has interviewed everyone from Isabel Allende to the Dalai Lama, and from Madeleine Albright to Desmond Tutu. His interview skills landed him a spot as a guest host of the national NPR program, "Talk of the Nation." He has won numerous awards for his reporting and for his work with RadioWest and KUED's Utah NOW from such organizations as the Society of Professional Journalists, the Utah Broadcasters Association, the Public Radio News Directors Association and the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences.