Luis Carlos Montalván -- Reading and SigningMonday Aug 27 2012 7:00 pm, Saskatoon, Travel Alcove
New York Times bestselling author of Until Tuesday: A Wounded Warrior and the Golden Retriever Who Saved Him (Hyperion).Captain Montalván, 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. In 2007, Captain Montalván honorably departed the military and in 2010 he completed a master's of science from Columbia University's Graduate School of Journalism. At present, he continues his studies at Columbia University toward a PhD in Communications. In 2012, Montalván was a finalist for a is the APA Audie Award beside four other nominees including Tina Fey and Michael Moore. Until Tuesday is also a 2012 International Latino Book Awards finalist. Luis is the recipient of a 2011 Voice Award (SAMHSA/USDH&HS) and the 2011 Invisible Hero Honors Award (IDA) for his efforts to educate the public about trauma and the real experiences of veterans and people with disabilities -- to help empower them on the journey of healing. From issues relating to service members, veterans and their families to those pertaining to people with disabilities, Montalván has written for numerous publications including The New York Times, Washington Post, San Francisco Chronicle and Military Review, and regularly appears on local, national, and global media. Among the outlets that he and his faithful service dog, Tuesday, have been featured on are NPR, CNN, CBS, National Geographic and The Late Show with David Letterman. and frequently lecture about books and articles they've written and are touring in 2012-13. A major motion picture about their journey is presently in production for release in 2013.
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A heartwarming dog story like no other: Tuesday, a lovable golden retriever, changes a former soldier's life forever.
A highly decorated captain in the U.S. Army, Luis Montalván never backed down from a challenge during his two tours of duty in Iraq. After returning home from combat, however, his physical wounds and crippling post-traumatic stress disorder began to take their toll. He wondered if he would ever recover.
Then Luis met Tuesday, a sensitive golden retriever trained to assist the disabled. Tuesday had lived among prisoners and at a home for troubled boys, and he found it difficult to trust in or connect with a human being--until Luis.
Until Tuesday is the story of how two wounded warriors, who had given so much and suffered the consequences, found salvation in each other. It is a story about war and peace, injury and recovery, psychological wounds and spiritual restoration. But more than that, it is a story about the love between a man and dog, and how, together, they healed each other's souls.