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Reading Program Features Bestselling Author

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Gwinnett County Public Library has announced that New York Times bestselling author Luis Carlos Montalván, a 17-year veteran and former U.S. Army captain, is the featured author for the 2014 One Book, One Community countywide reading program.

Montalván will  be joined by his beloved service dog, Tuesday, for events on Sept. 20-21. Montalván and Tuesday will kick off the 2014 Suwanee Fest on Saturday, Sept. 20 at 10 a.m. as grand marshals for the Suwanee Fest Parade. At 11:30 a.m. on the Town Center Stage, Montalván will read from his children”s book, ” Tuesday Tucks Me In: The Loyal Bond between a Soldier and his Service Dog,” which details a day in the life of this service dog extraordinaire as narrated by Tuesday. A book signing will follow.

On Sunday, Sept. 21 at 3 pm, Montalván will lead a book discussion and signing for his New York Times bestseller, “Until Tuesday: A Wounded Warrior and the Golden Retriever Who Saved Him,” at the Georgia Gwinnett College Student Center. “Until Tuesday” tells the incredible true story of how a lovable golden retriever transforms a former soldier”s life forever.

Both events are free of charge and books will be available for purchase.

Montalván was decorated with numerous awards including two Bronze Stars, the Purple Heart, the Army Commendation Medal for Valor, and the Combat Action Badge. In 2007, Montalván honorably departed the military and in 2010 completed a master”s of science from Columbia University”s Graduate School of Journalism.