International speaker and bestselling author, Michael Hingson, along with his co-author and Castro Valley native Susy Flory, will be sharing the story behind Thunder Dog, a #1 New York Times bestseller, at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 2 at Castro Valley Center for the Arts.
On September 11, 2001, Michael Hingson, a man blind since birth, escaped Tower Two of the World Trade Center in a harrowing journey down 78 flights of stairs with his guide dog, Roselle. Ten years later, his memoir Thunder Dog became a runaway bestseller. Readers of all ages continue to be inspired by Thunder Dog’s message of trust, teamwork, and Mike’s refusal to let adversity—whether it’s blindness or a life-altering event like surviving 9/11—hold him back.
During the November 2 event, Michael will also launch his long-awaited children’s book, RUNNING WITH ROSELLE, with co-author Jeanette Hanscome. Running With Roselle is a chapter book for children 8 and up and follows Mike’s childhood adventures, Roselle’s early life and training from puppy to guide dog hero, and the magical bond that equipped this team to overcome limitations to survive one of America’s darkest days.
Michael Hingson is a professional speaker who travels the world telling his story of living with blindness, lessons learned from his experiences on 9/11, and the guide dog/handler relationship. His children’s book co-author, San Ramon resident Jeanette Hanscome, is the author of three YA books and numerous articles. Jeanette also happens to be visually impaired and weaves her experiences of living with limited vision into her writing.
Susy Flory, a Castro Valley native, is the co-author of Thunder Dog. Susy attended local schools, graduated from UCLA, and is the author or co-author of six books. A journalist at heart, she seeks out epic stories and loves happy endings (especially involving dogs).
Castro Valley Center for the Arts is located at 19501 Redwood Road, Castro Valley, CA. For more information or to purchase tickets, go to cvartsfoundation.org or call 510-537-3335, ext 1600. For more information about Michael Hingson and his books, go to michaelhingson.com.