Author Luis Montalvan Discusses His New York Times Bestselling Book : "Until Tuesday: A Wounded Warrior and the Golden Retriever Who Saved Him"
Thursday August 29, 2013: 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm -- Downtown Library: Multi-Purpose Room
Join us for an evening with Luis Carlos Montalvan, the bestselling author of Until Tuesday: A Wounded Warrior and the Golden Retriever Who Saved Him. Accompanying him will be Tuesday, the golden retriever mentioned in the title of Luis' compelling memoir. The event includes a book signing and books will be for sale.
Captain Luis Montalvan, a 17-year veteran of the U.S. Army, including multiple combat tours in Iraq, was decorated with numerous awards including two Bronze Stars, the Purple Heart, the Army Commendation Medal for Valor, and the Combat Action Badge. After returning home from combat, the pressures of his wounds, traumatic brain injury, and crippling post-traumatic stress disorder began to take their toll. Haunted by the war and in physical pain, he soon found himself unable to climb a simple flight of stairs or face a bus ride to them hospital. Alienated and alone, he began to wonder if he would ever recover.
Then Luis met Tuesday, a beautiful and sensitive golden retriever trained to assist the disabled. Tuesday had lived amongst prisoners and at a home for troubled boys; he could turn on lights, open doors, and sense the onset of anxiety and flashbacks. But because of a unique training situation and sensitive nature, he found it difficult to trust in or connect with a human being--until Luis.
Until Tuesday: A Wounded Warrior and the Golden Retriever Who Saved Him is the story of how these two wounded warriors found salvation in each other. It is a story about the love between a man and dog, and how together they healed each other's souls.
Luis and his memoir won the 2012 USA Best Book Award in the Autobiography/Memoir & Audiobook Non-fiction categories and was a finalist for a both a 2012 APA Audie Award and a 2012 International Latino Book Awards. Luis is the recipient of a 2011 Voice Award and the 2011 Invisible Hero Honors Award for his efforts to educate the public about trauma and experiences of veterans and people with disabilities. He has written for numerous publications including The New York Times, Washington Post, San Francisco Chronicle and Military Review, and he and Tuesday have been featured on NPR, CNN, CSPAN, National Geographic and The Late Show with David Letterman.