BEAVERCREEK — Books & Company will host two authors this month, at The Greene, 4453 Walnut St.
Frank Beddor will introduce his new young adult book, Hatter Madigan: Ghost in the H.A.T.B.O.X. 7 p.m. Friday, May 20 . It is a new adventure featuring a teenage Hatter Madigan, one of the most popular characters from the New York Times best-selling The Looking Glass Wars trilogy. It is a prequel to The Looking Glass Wars trilogy.
Combat training. Secret society initiations. Self-serving rivals. Welcome to Wonderland’s prestigious Millinery Academy where those born to protect the Queendom train to become spies, assassins, and bodyguards. With all that to contend with, not to mention following in his popular older brother’s footsteps, for Hatter Madigan getting through imagination Class seems impossible already.
Melissa Fay Greene will discuss her book, The Underdogs: Children, Dogs, and the Power of Unconditional Love, 7 p.m. Monday, May 23.
In the book, she shares stories of dogs bringing children with disabilities and their families new levels of engagement with the world, independence, and self-worth. In doing this, Greene highlights the remarkable work being done by 4 Paws for Ability, a service-dog-training school headquartered in Xenia. It has grown into the nation’s largest organization whose primary mission is to place service dogs with children affected by autism, attachment disorders, seizure disorders, Down Syndrome, dwarfism, and other challenges. The dogs offer love, friendship, health, and happiness to children often isolated by their disabilities.
The 4 Paws for Ability founder and CEO Karen Shirk will be here along with some of her staff and service dogs. Through the poignant, inspiring case studies in the book, Greene weaves the latest scientific discoveries about our co-evolution with dogs and about the cognitive and emotional capacities of our four-legged friends.
Melissa Fay Greene is the author of five books of nonfiction: Praying for Sheetrock, The Temple Bombing, Last Man Out, There is No Me Without You, and No Biking in the House Without a Helmet.
Story courtesy of Books & Company.