Friday: Book Launch Followed by Showtune Singalong at The Village

Saturday: OneRun 5K Allows Community to Come Together
September 18, 2012
Free Lecture – James Earl Rudder: From Leader to Legend
September 19, 2012

Meet the Author

A book launch for Heart of Scorpio by Joseph Avski & Mark David McGraw will be held at The Village Downtown Friday from 6pm-8pm. Meet the writers, enjoy free appetizers and live music. 

Mark David McGraw has translated Joseph Avski’s El corazón del escorpión, which was originally published in Spanish. After a 25-year career as a Marine Corps infantry officer that included service in 35 countries, Mark David McGraw entered the doctoral program in Hispanic Studies at Texas A&M University in 2009. He has translated poetry, academic articles and literary works from Spanish to English for anthologies, journals and magazines. He currently resides in College Station with his family.


If you, dear reader, prefer books with fairy-tale endings, you would do well to not read this novel. Even in the English translation these Colombian characters and places will sit very close to you. In bursts of fiction and nonfiction, Heart of Scorpio tells the tragic story of ex-champion boxer, Antonio Cervantes (“Kid Pambelé”), using four distinct voices that represent the personal, family, social, and public aspects of the protagonist’s life. When combined these vignettes reveal all the pathos of the human condition, both at the height of brilliant success and in the depths of disastrous failure.

Originally published in Spanish as El corazón del escorpión, this winner of the IX annual National Novel Award from the Medellín Chamber of Commerce will leave you in a daze.

Literary Fiction

Showtune Singalong, 8:30pm


Come out and enjoy a night of fun while singing along to your favorite show tunes Friday beginning at 8:30 pm at The Village. Pianist extraordinaire Mark Bendiksen will be tinkling the ivories while Michelle Campbell-Greene will emcee for the event.

From Oklahoma to La Vie Boheme to I Believe, your favorites will be sung at the top of their lungs!