Meet local author Mel Starr. He retired from Portage Northern High School as chairman of the social studies department in 2003 and is the author of the Hugh de Singleton, surgeon chronicles series. Kazoo Books will have Mel’s books for sale and signing.
Reading & Signing
Tuesday, April 7
5:30 PM at Parkview
We’re excited to have Dr. Margaret Weitekamp, a curator at the National Air and Space Museum, to Kazoo Books during her visit in Kalamazoo.
Dr. Weitekamp is the author of (the delightful, all-ages picture book — a Kazoo Books insertion, here!) Pluto’s Secret: An Icy World’s Tale of Discovery, written with David DeVorkin and illustrated by Diane Kidd.
So: what’s the deal with Pluto? People have been baffled, bewildered, and even outraged by the fact that Pluto is no longer called a planet. Who made this decision and why? If not a planet, then what is Pluto? Through whimsical artwork and an entertaining story, Dr. Weitekamp’s book introduces readers to this ever-popular icy world, from its discovery and naming to its recent reclassification.
Pluto’s Secret is available in our stores now, in paperback or hardcover. The listing below is hardcover.
Dr. Weitekamp curates the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum’s Social and Cultural Dimensions of Spaceflight collection. She is the author of Pluto’s Secret: An Icy World’s Tale of Discovery, written with David DeVorkin and illustrated by Diane Kidd, and co-editor with Anne Collins Goodyear of the ninth volume in the Artefacts series on the material culture of science and technology, Analyzing Art and Aesthetics. Her book Right Stuff, Wrong Sex: America’s First Women in Space Program won the 2004 Eugene M. Emme Award for Astronautical Literature from the American Astronautical Society. She is currently developing a new book project, a social and cultural history of space memorabilia.
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