POINT PLEASANT, W.Va. — A New York Times bestselling author will attend this year’s Battle Days celebration where he’ll be speaking and serve as the grand marshal for the festival’s parade.
Luis Carlos Montalván, who is retired from the U.S. Army, will be the featured author Oct. 8 and is an award-winning author, speaker and advocate.
Montalván will make his first appearance as grand marshal in the parade which begins at 11 a.m. that day and then, at 1 p.m., he and his beloved service dog, Tuesday, will speak at Tu-Endie-Wei State Park. Immediately following, Cpt. Montalván and Tuesday will be available to greet the public and sign copies of his books. Tuesday is the recipient of the 2013 American Kennel Club Humane Fund Award for Canine Excellence – Service Dog.
Montalván authored the inspirational memoir “Until Tuesday: A Wounded Warrior and the Golden Retriever Who Saved Him,” which was a New York Times Bestseller. He’s also the author of “Tuesday Tucks Me In: The Loyal Bond Between a Solider and His Service Dog” which is a children’s book.
The Battle Days Committee will be accepting pre-orders for all three books, beginning July 15. The cost is $17 for each book ordered, for the paperback edition of “Until Tuesday” and hardback editions of each of the children’s books. To obtain a pre-order form, contact the committee at 910 Main St., Point Pleasant, or see any committee member. Books will also be available for purchase at Tu-Endie-Wei during Cpt. Montalván and Tuesday’s appearance on Oct. 8.
During his appearance Oct. 8, Cpt. Montalván will autograph each book while Tuesday will “pawtograph” as well.