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Tuesday, October 16, 2007

Brown Bag Reading in Greenbrier County



Award-winning author Russell A. Vassallo, (Tears and Tales and The Horse with the Golden Mane) will appear at the Greenbrier County Public Library on October 18 th at 12 noon for the debut of a new occasional lunch-time program called Brown Bag Readings. The Brown Bag Readings concept is a simple one: You bring your lunch and the library will provide the place to eat it and the literary entertainment . Mr. Vassallo will treat attendees of the first Brown Bag Reading with readings from his two short story collections.

Vassallo is a retired attorney who lives on a farm in south central Kentucky where he and his wife Virginia care for rescued animals. His true-life adventures with those animals have inspired the stories of his books. Vassallo began his writing career in 1999 while undergoing chemotherapy. His collection Tears and Tales is about life, faith and restoring hope. It's essentially a book about how animal rescue and human rescue can happen at the same time.

Tears and Tales has won the USABooknews Award, the Readers Choice Award and the Indies 500 Excellence Award. It contains tales of animals he has rescued and others that hastened his recovery from colon surgery and post surgery depression will be highlighted in his talk. Vassallo integrates a number of both sad and humorous tales about his animal friends, including that of a whiskey drinking duck that propelled him into manhood.

His second book, The Horse with the Golden Mane, is another collection based on true events with spine-tingling plots, twists and turns that keep the reader guessing until the very end. Midwest Book Review wrote" "The Horse with the Golden Mane… is highly recommended and rewarding reading for anyone who has a deep regard for animals…"

Following the lunchtime reading session, Mr. Vassallo will be available to sell and autograph his books until 3 p.m. All proceeds from sales of his books go to benefit the animal rescue farm he and his wife run in Kentucky.

And on the evening of October 18, Mr. Vassallo will also be appearing as a part of Greenbrier Valley Theatre's Literary Tea series at 5:30 p.m. at GVT.

So please join the Greenbrier County Library for their first Brown Bag Reading, October 18 at noon in the lower-level multi-purpose room. Bring your lunch, bring your ears and be prepared to be entertained.