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For LONG ISLAND READS 2018
Available March 20 to May 10

 

      

ABOUT THE BOOK

Bill Nye The Science Guy, CEO of the Planetary Society: “Inspired by moonwalkers, Mike grew up, became an astronaut, and fixed the Hubble Space Telescope, all the while remaining some kinda humble. You can’t help but follow him from Long Island to the bottom of the spacewalk practice pool, then350 miles up and back. He’s a spaceman through and through; he tells how hard work can take you out of this world.” 

Brian Greene: "Massimino’s incredible journeys, filled with grit, courage, suspense and thrills, are told with such candor and delight, that for a brief moment I felt I’d finally made it to space too. Read this book and be inspired to reach for the impossible."

Neil DeGrasse Tyson: "Every generation of astronauts needs a storyteller, a person with wit, humor, and passion who has lived our collective dreams of space exploration and returned to tell us all about it. Mike Massimino is that person."

New York Times: “After returning to earth . . . [Massimino] decided, ‘Maybe I could be one of the best at telling the story of space.’ If SPACEMAN is any indication, he might well be.”

Kirkus Review: “Even readers with just a casual interest in space travel will find themselves glued to the page as the author braids a childhood dream and a desire to make a positive impact on the space program with the ambition and bravery required to be blasted 350 miles into low Earth orbit . . . A vivid, engrossing, and enthusiastically written memoir of aeronautic ambition.”

Publisher’s Weekly: “What could have been a rote, stoic memoir recounting dates and stats proves to be anything but. This is an engaging and uplifting memoir that’s sure to give readers a deeper appreciation for the U.S. space program and inspire some future astronauts.”

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

A Long Islander, MIKE MASSIMINO was born August 19, 1962 in Oceanside and raised in Franklin Square. He grew up a working class kid whose seemingly unreachable dream of becoming an astronaut and going to space was realized in an unlikely journey that was driven by determination and commitment and realized with hard work and humor. After two missions to the Hubble Telescope and four space walks to make critical repairs to the telescope, Mike is now the Senior Space Advisor to the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum, a Columbia University professor, an author, a media personality, and an in-demand speaker. Mike has appeared on “The Big Bang Theory” six times, as well as frequent appearances on news programs, Neil deGrasse Tyson’s “Star Talk” radio and television shows, “The Late Show with David Letterman,” Craig Ferguson’s new series “Join or Die” as well as his earlier ”The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson.” Mike married his wife Carola on August 11, 1989, and they have two children: daughter Gabriella and son Daniel. Mike’s most recent honor was the renaming of the street where he grew up to “Mike Massimino Street.”
  

 

ABOUT THE PERFORMERS

DIANA HEINLEIN. Reviewing a production of The Tale of the Allergist's Wife, LONG ISLAND NEWSDAY said, "Diana Heinlein is solid and hilarious at the center of the angst-ridden comedy; watching her wallow in comic pathos in the Long Island premiere of Charles Busch's lively surprisingly complex comedy is a delight." About her performance in Neil Simon's Lost in Yonkers, THE SUFFOLK COUNTY NEWS said, "Diana Heinlein offers a performance so moving that the swing of emotions will leave you dizzy." Diana has acted myriad roles in Simon classics including Mrs. Banks in Barefoot in the Park, Kate in both Broadway Bound and Brighton Beach Memoirs, Cookie in one production of Rumors and Claire in another.  She starred in Houston's The Ghost of Dorothy Parker. Other memorable portrayals include Annie Sullivan in The Miracle Worker, and Maggie in Dancing at Lughnasa.  

DAVID HOUSTON. His many roles in musicals comedies and dramas include Major Bouvier in Grey Gardens, Friar Lawrence in Romeo and Juliet, Mayor Shinn in The Music Man, Ben in Death of a Salesman, Herr Shultz in Cabaret and Horace in The Little Foxes. His original plays, including Murder and Madness and Poe, A Rodgers and Hart Audition, The Last Dance, Abe Lincoln in the 21st Century, and Great Scott and Zelda have been seen at a number of Long Island libraries. For the past dozen or so years, he has provided readings in the style of radio drama for LONG ISLAND READS. Other such readings include the Sherlock Holmes novel Study in Scarlet, Steinbeck's Travels with Charley, and Ray Bradbury's Fahrenheit 451. Among his 14 published books, his Joan Crawford biography Jazz Baby was published by St. Martin's Press, his sci-fi novels Gods in a Vortex and Wingmaster and his mystery novel Shadows on the Moon were published by Leisure Books, and several novelizations of TV and movie scripts by Tower Publishing. 

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ABOUT THE BOOK
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CONTACT AND FEE INFORMATON
ABOUT THE PERFORMERS
PHOTOS FOR PUBLICITY
SCHEDULE OF PERFORMANCES
HARDCOVER AND PAPERBACK COVERS
MUSIC FOR BACKGROUNDS AND TRANSITIONS
OTHER SHOWS FOR LONG ISLAND READS

CONTACT INFORMATION

David Houston

(516) 293-2638; DH@davidhouston.net
700 Fulton Street, M-1, Farmingdale, New York 11735

$350 fee includes two actors, reading stands, music and CD player, and travel (Long Island);
facility is asked to supply a small acting space, basic lighting,
and amplification if the auditorium is large

PHOTOS FOR PUBLICITY
[available in color upon request]

                                                                                                   

     
Mike in his spacesuit
                Space Shuttle launches the Hubble
        Hubble during the first repair mission
     

                                     Spacewalk to adjust The Hubble Space Telescope


The Big Bang Theory: Mike (R) and a Cosmonaut tease terrified nerd Howard (L) at liftoff.
        
          
Hardcover in black and white          
        
     Paperback cover in black and white


SCHEDULED PERFORMANCES

Thursday, April 26, 2018, 2:30 p.m., West Babylon Public Library


ABOUT OTHER SHOWS FOR LONG ISLAND READS

LEAVING TIME by Jodi Picoult [2016]
Angela Hughes, Librarian, Franklin Square Public Library
: "Excellent. The performance was fantastic. The work came alive through your performance." Donna Smith, audience participant, Comsewogue Public Library: "Very well done. The accompanying music helped set the mood. If I had not read the book, I would be eager to find out what happens." Barbara Minerd, Program Coordinator, Friends of Garden City Library: "The talent shown by both performers in portraying many different voices was impressive. As usual, the music and sound effects were perfect match for the script. Although we had a small audience (12) on a beautiful day, everyone was mesmerized!" Keith Klang, Head of Adult Services, Port Washington Public Library: "Content: Good; Audience Response and Performance Quality: Very Good."

THE MUSEUM OF EXTRAORDINARY THINGS by Alice Hoffman [2015]
Phyllis Cox, Program Coordinator, Jericho Public Library:
"If 1 equals poor and 5 equals excellent, I give you all 10s!"
Barbara Minerd, Program Coordinator, Garden City Public Library: "It was easy to slip into the story with the talents of David and Diana. The story was well paced with perfect music and sound effects. We had 23 in attendance, who were all mesmerized. Thank you for always providing a professional, quality program."

THE LOST WIFE by Alyson Richman [2012],
Alyson Richman, author of the book: "David, you were wonderful and I know everyone had the same reaction as my husband and I to your performance. I hope you will continue to get invitations to do the performance even after the end of Long Island Reads. You and Gail deserve it!"
Patricia Magee, Reference Librarian, Elmont Public Library: "David Houston's dramatic reading of The Lost Wife was beyond expectations. The audience was mesmerized and gave long applause at the end. Every single patron exclaimed that they loved the performance; many exclaimed it brought tears to their eyes."

THEODORE ROOSEVELT AND THE RIVER OF DOUBT by Candice Millard [2010]
Jackie Nogan, Program Director, Levittown Public Library: "Excellent" in all categories: audience response, literary content, performance quality, sets and costumes. Barbara Minerd, Program Coordinator, Friends of the Garden City Public Library: "The mesmerized audience watched Teddy Roosevelt 'come to life' with David Houston's fine performance. The accompanying sound effects and music transported attendees to the river and jungle. Patrons paid many compliments about David's dramatic reading as they exited the program room."

WAIT TILL NEXT YEAR by Doris Kearns Goodwin [2009]
Penny Wright, Programs and Publicity, Rogers Memorial Library, Southampton
: "David Houston and company have produced one high quality show after another, and 'Wait Till Next Year' is no exception. Speaking for the Rogers Memorial Library, I'm delighted that we won't have to wait till next year to have them back!" Jessica Ley, Program Coordinator, Port Washington Public Library "A David Houston production is always entertainingly educational in a most professional presentation." Nadine Connors, Cultural Program Specialist, Hewlett-Woodmere Public Library: "Very good audience response, excellent performance; I can't think of something that could have been done better." Lee Gorray, Librarian, Elmont Public Library: "This brilliant dual performance surpasses many Broadway plays. Rarely have I spent such an enjoyable afternoon."

THE COLOR OF WATER by James McBride [2007]
Jude Schanzer, Program Director and Publicity, East Meadow Public Library: "Stupendous; meticulous thought obviously given to the material and the venue in which it was to be performed. The audience was visibly moved."  Marion Waller, Professional Theatrical Director, at Copiague Library: "The performances were mesmerizing.  You "saw" these people and never had to wonder who was speaking.  Eras and places were evoked to maximum effect." Melissa Gabrielle, Programs, South Country Library, Bellport: "A powerful and wonderful performance that had a great impact on the audience.  The high school students who attended commented that they found that the actors made the story even more relevant to their experiences in class."

TRAVELS WITH CHARLIE by John Steinbeck [2005]
Millie Scott, Librarian, West Babylon Public Library
: "The West Babylon Literary Club was looking forward to your presentation and again were not disappointed!  You gave an excellent program.  Thanks!"  Kate Horan, Adult Services Librarian, South Country Library : "I am so impressed with how you coordinated text selections with the music of Aaron Copland.  I'm sure you could tell by the audience's enthusiastic response that everyone loved the various voices you highlighted in our narrative journey across America.  Travels With Charley is probably Steinbeck's most accessible book, but you made it absolutely delightful!  I hope you'll come back to do more dramatic readings."