Copperfish Books is bringing more to the party, though, than just a welcoming atmosphere and lots of great books. During the season, they will be hosting weekly book readings by local authors. Their first author was Michael Hirsh. Hirsh is the real deal, with both a Peabody Award and an Emmy sitting on his mantle. He was a combat correspondent with the 25th Infantry Division during the Viet Nam War where he earned a CIB (Combat Infantryman Badge). He found himself in Afghanistan in 2002 as the first journalist to be embedded with an Air Force combat unit fighting the war on terror. (His book None Braver: US Air Force Pararescuemen in the War on Terrorism was the result of his time there.) His book The Liberators deals with the stories of the people who liberated Jews from Nazi concentration camps. Hirsch co-authored Terri: the truth with Michael Schiavo, Terri's husband. The book chronicles Schiavo's battle to heal his wife and then to allow her to die with dignity and was a New York Times best-seller.
In between his stints in Viet Nam and Afghanistan, Hirsh spent 19 years working in Hollywood. That sounded a bit incongruous until I learned that much of that time was spent working on and around the show M*A*S*H. Hirsh wrote and produced Making M*A*S*H, a documentary about the TV show that I'd love to see. http://www.mash4077tv.com/articles/makingmash/ He also worked as a documentarian on the show After M*A*S*H. Although the show only aired for two seasons, it sounds like it was quite the experience for Hirsh to hang out with Larry Gelbart and a bunch of sitcom writers.
While working in Hollywood, Hirsh developed a relationship with Ed Asner, and he pitched a book in the early '90s about Asner with the working title "Never Trust a Guy Named Charlton". (Heston, that is. With the current controversy over gun control, I couldn't resist including this reference to Mr. NRA.) The response to his proposal was, "Who cares about Ed Asner now? Can you write a book about Seinfeld instead?", as if the two guys were more or less interchangeable.
Copperfish Books has a great line-up of authors slated to appear, with something for everyone. You can check their website for info at http://www.copperfishbooks.com/. Whether or not you can make it for a reading, stop by and check out the store. I promise that you won't be disappointed.