Available March 20 to May 10




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.”


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.”



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.  Other memorable portrayals include Annie Sullivan in The Miracle Worker, and Maggie in Dancing at Lughnasa. She starred in Houston's The Ghost of Dorothy Parker; and she played five celebrities of the '40s in his A Rodgers and Hart Audition. Diana has been David's acting partner for a number of radio-style plays, including several  for Long Island Reads.    

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 and schools. His readings in the style of radio drama include the first Sherlock Holmes novel Study in Scarlet, Steinbeck's Travels with Charley, the courtroom scene from To Kill a Mockingbird, and Ray Bradbury's Fahrenheit 451. Since 2002, he has provided radio-style readings every year for LONG ISLAND READS. Among his 14 published books, his Joan Crawford biography Jazz Baby was published by St. Martin's Press, his original sci-fi novels Gods in a Vortex and Wingmaster and his mystery novel Shadows on the Moon were published by Leisure/Tower Books, as were novelizations from the TV series Tales of Tomorrow, and several movie scripts. His novel version of the movie Swamp Thing was published by Tor Books.   




David Houston

(516) 293-2638;
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

[available in color upon request]


Mike in his spacesuit

     The Space Shuttle launches
the Hubble Space Telescope, April 24, 1990

        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


Tuesday, April 3, 2018, 10:30 a.m., Franklin Square Public Library
Wednesday, April 11, 2018, 2;00 p.m., Jericho Public Library
Friday, April 13, 2018, 12:15 p.m., Port Washington Public Library
Tuesday, April 17, 2018, 1:00 p.m., Hewlett Woodmere Public Library
Wednesday, April 18, 2018, 1:00 p.m., Manhasset Public Library
Thursday, April 19, 2018, 1:00 p.m., East Meadow Public Library
Monday, April 23, 2018, 7:00 p.m., Comsewogue Public Library
Thursday, April 26, 2018, 2:30 p.m., West Babylon Public Library
Wednesday, May 2, 2018, 2:00 p.m., Long Beach Public Library
Thursday, May 10, 2018, 2:00 p.m., Bethpage Public Library


SPACEMAN by Mike Massimino [2018]
Angela Hughes, Librarian, Franklin Square Public Library:
"Excellent. I love your programs! You are fantastic. The work came alive through your performance." Jessica Ley, Program Coordinator, Port Washington Public Library: "David Houston and Diana Heinlein at their best -- as usual!" Nadine Connors, Cultural Program Specialist, Hewlett-Woodmere Public library: "David Houston can take any book chosen by Long Island Reads and create a script that illuminates the heart of the story. This was a tough book to turn into a script, but David Houston did a great job. I wanted to read the book! David Houston and Diana Heinlein are wonderful together." Nadine Connors, Cultural Program Specialist, Hewlett-Woodmere Public Library : "David Houston can take any book chosen by Long Island Reads and create a script that illuminates the heart of the story. This was a tough book to turn into a script, but David did a great job . I wanted to read the book! David Houston and Diana Heinlein are wonderful together." Deborah Dellis-Quinn, Program Director, Manhasset Public Library: "David Houston's script was remarkable. He captured the best and most interesting essence of Mike Massimino's book with clarity and the historic references which were most important to the story. The audience particularly commented on Massimino's childhood dreams coming to fruition. Diana Heinlein was excellent as a narrator with articulate passion." Christine Parker-Morales, Adult Services Librarian, Comsewogue Public Library: "From a patron comment card: 'They do consistently well. Makes you want to read the book!'" Carol Abel, Adult Library Programmer, West Babylon Public Library: "Thank you for a wonderful program."  


LEAVING TIME by Jodi Picoult [2016]
Donna Smith, audience , 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."

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."

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."