Upcoming events at New Dominion Bookshop

Coming to New Dominion Bookshop:

Two readings and book-signings on Thursday, September 16

12:15 PM: Paul O. Wieland

Crossing the Threshold: Advancing into Space to Benefit the Earth

5:30 PM: Michael Knight

The Typist

__________

Paul O. Wieland

Crossing the Threshold: Advancing into Space to Benefit the Earth

Thursday, September 16 at 12:15 PM

Forty-one years after Apollo 11 landed on the moon, we seek clean energy sources, a healthy environment, and a peaceful world. Achieving these goals will require implementing new approaches. “Business as usual” is no longer acceptable. Energy and resources are limited on the Earth and acquiring them adversely impacts the environment. Conserving and improving efficiency of energy and resource use, and transitioning from fossil fuels to renewable energy sources are all important. These actions may not be sufficient, however, especially when considering the global demand. In space, energy and resources are present in abundance and can be acquired without damaging ecosystems. By including space activities in our efforts to achieve these goals, we can attain benefits that other answers alone cannot provide, while protecting the Earth’s environment. In this way we can have a secure, sustainable world with abundant energy, resources, and opportunities for all to have more fulfilling lives. We will soon have the ability to utilize these opportunities of space, what we need is a clear vision of what could be achieved and the determination to reach for the vision. Crossing the Threshold presents a vision of how space activities could directly address major issues, and shows how we can achieve that vision, by taking action now.

“Crossing the Threshold is a carefully considered, insightful narrative that should interest anyone and everyone who cares about the future of spaceflight.”

—Homer Hickam, author of Rocket Boys/October Sky

“Paul Wieland knows space from the bottom-up…and offers a fresh and valuable perspective. I intended only to skim the book but became so interested I soon found myself deeply involved in reading it.”

–Norm Augustine, author of Augustines Laws, appointed by President Obama to chair the Review of United States Human Space Flight Plans Committee

About the author:

From 1983 to 2005, Paul Wieland worked for NASA, primarily on developing the life support systems for the International Space Station and other space missions. He was also involved with the Hubble Space Telescope, Spacelab 3, and the Challenger accident investigation. In 1991 he was a founding member of the Institute for Advanced Studies in Life Support. His writings for NASA include Designing for Human Presence in Space and Living Together In Space. In January 2000, Paul received a request from the White House for his views on the next 50 to 100 years of space activities. Crossing the Threshold elaborates on his response to that request, emphasizing the need for space activities to address the issues of society.

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Michael Knight

The Typist

Thursday, September 16 at 5:30 PM

A novel that tells the story of a young American posted to the strange realm of post-World War II Japan, where his clear-cut Western values are distinctly challenged over the first year of the Occupation.

When Francis Vancleave (“Van”) joins the army in 1944, he has every reason to expect his term of service will pass uneventfully. After all, the war is winding down and Van’s one singular talent—typing ninety-five words a minute—keeps him off the battlefield and in General MacArthur’s busy Tokyo headquarters, where his days are filled with paperwork in triplicate and letters of dictation. Bunked with a troubled combat veteran-cum-black marketer and recruited to babysit General MacArthur’s eight-year-old son, Van is suddenly tangled in the complex—and risky—personal lives of his compatriots. As he brushes shoulders with panpan girls and Communists on the bustling streets of Tokyo, Van struggles to uphold his convictions in the face of unexpected conflict—especially the startling news that reaches his barracks from his young war bride, a revelation which threatens Van with a kind of war wound he never could have anticipated.

Though grounded in the history of Japan’s reconstruction era in the wake of World War II, The Typist is unmistakably contemporary in its portrayal of military occupations and of individual experience in an immensely complicated time. At once spare and captivating, it is book about unexpected kinships, good intentions gone awry, and the many forks in the road to manhood. I look forward to your coverage in August. That same month, Grove/Atlantic will also re-release Michael Knight’s debut novel, Divining Rod, which won the Fellowship of Southern Writers New Writing Award.

The Typist is Knight’s best book yet. It reads with a combination of urgency and a quiet, rush-less path to the novel’s slow reveal. There is not a misstep, not a mislaid sentence. I believed and breathed every single word. This book awed me.”

—Elizabeth Gilbert

About the author:

Michael Knight is the author of the novel, Divining Rod; two collections of short fiction, Dogfight: And Other Stories and Goodnight, Nobody; and a collection of novellas, The Holiday Season. His fiction has appeared in publications such as Esquire, The New Yorker, and Oxford American. He teaches creative writing at the University of Tennessee.

New Dominion Bookshop

404 East Main Street

Charlottesville, VA 22902

434-295-2552

ndb@cstone.net

September 2, 2010

For immediate release

Contact: David Reynaud

dsr@cstone.net

Two readings and book-signings at New Dominion Bookshop

on Thursday, September 16

12:15 PM: Paul O. Wieland

Crossing the Threshold: Advancing into Space to Benefit the Earth

5:30 PM: Michael Knight

The Typist

__________

Paul O. Wieland

Crossing the Threshold

Advancing into Space to Benefit the Earth

Thursday, September 16 at 12:15 PM

Forty-one years after Apollo 11 landed on the moon, we seek clean energy sources, a healthy environment, and a peaceful world. Achieving these goals will require implementing new approaches. “Business as usual” is no longer acceptable. Energy and resources are limited on the Earth and acquiring them adversely impacts the environment. Conserving and improving efficiency of energy and resource use, and transitioning from fossil fuels to renewable energy sources are all important. These actions may not be sufficient, however, especially when considering the global demand. In space, energy and resources are present in abundance and can be acquired without damaging ecosystems. By including space activities in our efforts to achieve these goals, we can attain benefits that other answers alone cannot provide, while protecting the Earth’s environment. In this way we can have a secure, sustainable world with abundant energy, resources, and opportunities for all to have more fulfilling lives. We will soon have the ability to utilize these opportunities of space, what we need is a clear vision of what could be achieved and the determination to reach for the vision. Crossing the Threshold presents a vision of how space activities could directly address major issues, and shows how we can achieve that vision, by taking action now.

“Crossing the Threshold is a carefully considered, insightful narrative that should interest anyone and everyone who cares about the future of spaceflight.”

—Homer Hickam, author of Rocket Boys/October Sky

“Paul Wieland knows space from the bottom-up…and offers a fresh and valuable perspective. I intended only to skim the book but became so interested I soon found myself deeply involved in reading it.”

–Norm Augustine, author of Augustines Laws, appointed by President Obama to chair the Review of United States Human Space Flight Plans Committee

About the author:

From 1983 to 2005, Paul Wieland worked for NASA, primarily on developing the life support systems for the International Space Station and other space missions. He was also involved with the Hubble Space Telescope, Spacelab 3, and the Challenger accident investigation. In 1991 he was a founding member of the Institute for Advanced Studies in Life Support. His writings for NASA include Designing for Human Presence in Space and Living Together In Space. In January 2000, Paul received a request from the White House for his views on the next 50 to 100 years of space activities. Crossing the Threshold elaborates on his response to that request, emphasizing the need for space activities to address the issues of society.

What people are saying about the book:

For more information, contact the author at paul.wieland@yahoo.com.

__________

Michael Knight

The Typist

Thursday, September 16 at 5:30 PM

A novel that tells the story of a young American posted to the strange realm of
post-World War II Japan, where his clear-cut Western values are distinctly challenged over the first year of the Occupation.

When Francis Vancleave (“Van”) joins the army in 1944, he has every reason to expect his term of service will pass uneventfully. After all, the war is winding down and Van’s one singular talent—typing ninety-five words a minute—keeps him off the battlefield and in General MacArthur’s busy Tokyo headquarters, where his days are filled with paperwork in triplicate and letters of dictation. Bunked with a troubled combat veteran-cum-black marketer and recruited to babysit General MacArthur’s eight-year-old son, Van is suddenly tangled in the complex—and risky—personal lives of his compatriots. As he brushes shoulders with panpan girls and Communists on the bustling streets of Tokyo, Van struggles to uphold his convictions in the face of unexpected conflict—especially the startling news that reaches his barracks from his young war bride, a revelation which threatens Van with a kind of war wound he never could have anticipated.

Though grounded in the history of Japan’s reconstruction era in the wake of World War II, The Typist is unmistakably contemporary in its portrayal of military occupations and of individual experience in an immensely complicated time. At once spare and captivating, it is book about unexpected kinships, good intentions gone awry, and the many forks in the road to manhood. I look forward to your coverage in August. That same month, Grove/Atlantic will also re-release Michael Knight’s debut novel, Divining Rod, which won the Fellowship of Southern Writers New Writing Award.

The Typist is Knight’s best book yet. It reads with a combination of urgency and a quiet, rush-less path to the novel’s slow reveal. There is not a misstep, not a mislaid sentence. I believed and breathed every single word. This book awed me.”

—Elizabeth Gilbert

About the author:

Michael Knight is the author of the novel, Divining Rod; two collections of short fiction, Dogfight: And Other Stories and Goodnight, Nobody; and a collection of novellas, The Holiday Season. His fiction has appeared in publications such as Esquire, The New Yorker, and Oxford American. He teaches creative writing at the University of Tennessee.

For more information, contact Martin Wilson, Senior Publicist

212-614-7867   martin.wilson@groveatlantic.com

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