Author Visit with Nancy Roe Pimm

 Wednesday, July 24, 2019 
1:30pm-3:00pm

Author Nancy Roe Pimm discusses her journey as a writer and answers questions from the audience. Her books, Bonded by Battle: The Powerful Friendships of Military Dogs and Soldiers and Smoky, The Dog That Saved My Life: The Bill Wynne Story, will be available for purchase at the event.

When Pimm learned of a Yorkshire Terrier who not only is credited with being the first therapy dog, but also a World War II war dog hero, she knew she needed to write Smoky, The Dog That Saved My Life: The Bill Wynne Story. Pimm discovered Smoky and Bill’s story while researching her book, Bonded by Battle. She needed answers to the questions: Where did this tiny Yorkie come from? Why did Smoky find herself trapped in a foxhole in a New Guinea war zone? How did this tiny dog survive kamikaze attacks, typhoons and combat? Smoky and her soldier, Bill Wynne, will be the stars of the show as their story is the focus of Pimm’s presentation, but the author will also share heartwarming and amazing “war dog tales” from the Civil War to present day.

Pimm wrote her first book, Horses, Horses, Horses at age 10. Today, she's listed on the State of Ohio's Literary Map of award-winning authors. Five of her traditionally published narrative nonfiction books are Junior Library Guild selections. The National Book Festival in Washington, D.C. chose her book, Colo’s Story, to represent the state of Ohio and it's a Choose to Read Ohio title. Pimm has served on faculty at regional SCBWI conferences, judged student writing contests and taught nonfiction at the Thurber House in Columbus. A native of Brooklyn, N.Y., she now lives in Plain City, Ohio with her retired racecar driver husband.

Smoky, The Dog That Saved My Life: The Bill Wynne Story tells the tale of a soldier from World War II who fights the war with a Yorkshire Terrier at his side. According to Animal Planet, Smoky is credited with being the first therapy dog. Readers of all ages will love learning about World War II from an unusual perspective as they witness the power of the bond between a soldier and his dog, as well as the emotional support the dog provided for all of the soldiers. At the war’s end, Bill and Smoky returned home to bring smiles for miles as Smoky performed hundreds of tricks at orphanages, hospitals and nursing homes.

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