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Author Event: God Needed a Puppy with John Gray

Join us for a very special event as we welcome WTEN's John Gray for a book signing of God Needed a Puppy. 

John Gray is an Emmy Award winning journalist and writer in upstate New York, as well as a husband, father and avid pet lover.

When John’s puppy Samuel died unexpectedly at just six months old it brought a profound sadness to their home and a sense that this was just not fair. For the first time John understood how a child must feel when they lose a pet of any age, asking themselves, “Why?” Hoping to turn his pain into something positive, John put pen to paper and wrote a story to help any child who has lost a pet.

In ‘God Needed a Puppy’ John guides children through the grieving process by using friendly animals from the forest to explain the reasons why a beloved pet sometimes has to leave us. He reassures them that this “goodbye” is not forever and offers hope that other furry friends will someday come into their lives. John is also donating $1 from the sale of each book to a local animal shelter so our four legged friends will benefit from this story as well.

** For all copies sold $1 from each sale will be donated to a local animal shelter**

About John Gray

John graduated with honors from LaSalle Institute, Hudson Valley Community College and SUNY Oswego.

Celebrating his 25th year on television  John has covered many big stories including the terrorist attacks of September 11th ,  the Pope’s visit to America and has reported on a number of Presidential campaigns. However, his favorite stories involve helping people right here at home. John volunteers with a dozen local charities including, ALS, M.S., Special Olympics, Juvenile Diabetes, Hospice, and Big Brothers/Big Sisters to name a few.

He has won numerous awards for his television work and writing,  most recently winning a prestigious Emmy Award. He has been awarded “Columnist of the Year” honors from both the Associated Press and New York News Publishers Association and received the Business Reviews 40 Under 40 Award and H.V.C.C.’s  ‘ Most Distinguished Alumni’ award. John’s passion is writing and for nearly twenty years his Wednesday column in The Record and Saratogian newspapers has become a local favorite. He also writes a popular monthly column in Capital Region Living Magazine. 

About Shanna Brickell (illustrator) 
I remember as a child, being in awe of what could be created with a box of crayons and a few sheets of paper. The mystery and magic of creativity still inspires me to this day. As an artist, I endeavor to infuse my artwork with light and energy and connect with the hearts
and minds of the viewer.

Event date: 
Saturday, December 2, 2017 - 4:00pm
Event address: 
Battenkill Books
15 E. Main St.
Cambridge, NY 12816
God Needed a Puppy Cover Image
By John Gray, Shanna Brickell (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9781614683872
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Troy Book Makers - November 30th, 0002

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