Saturday afternoon, The Book Scene will host a “Peaceful Bones” book signing by Vietnam War Veteran and prominent Houston Doctor Samuel Axelrad, M.D. The event takes place on Saturaday, Oct. 7 at the Oak Forest book store, located at 1820 W. 43rd from 1-3 p.m.
A few months ago, I heard about this book in a very different way than most, from the author’s brother. I sat enthralled as he told me the story of how Axelrad, his son Chris and grandson traveled to Vietnam to find out what happened to “Charlie.” Charlie was a patient of Axelrad’s when he served as an army surgeon commanding a Forward Medical Company in the First Air Cavalry in 1967 during the Vietnam War.
I was fascinated by how people, events and circumstances, almost effortlessly reunited the patient and Doctor even over thousands of miles and four decades later. Especially, since the two were on opposite sides of the war.
Peaceful Bones is about one special patient named Hung Nguyen aka “Charlie” who becomes an unlikely friend on the battlefield. Dr. Axelrad saves Charlie’s life, forging a bond that crosses cultural and enemy lines.
Their reunion, 46 years after losing touch in 1967, was a moving and inspiring moment that made history around the world. Peaceful Bones is Dr. Axelrad’s stories of the war, his life, and the uncanny “coincidences” that brought him and Charlie together twice in one lifetime
Why am I telling you this? I love reading, a good story and this book is inspiring, especially these days as we seem to constantly come up against an enemy with no face. Axelrad was known to me as Uncle Sammy to my cousins and me growing up, too.
Peaceful Bones will be available for purchase at The Book Scene following the event. Visit www.peacefulbones.com
First Saturday Arts Market is back this weekend with many new faces, including a very surprising change for artist Charlie Hardwick, also known as Uncle Charlie. The former graphic designer and poster artist told me he is focusing on his music these days as his deteriorating eyesight continues to worsen.
Hardwick and fellow musician and friend Greg Henkel will perform noon – 1:30 p.m. Expect a mix of Americana and blues influenced originals. Personally, I can’t wait to hear this duo again. I caught them recently at Harold’s Taproom.
The market is open 11 a.m. – 6 p.m. at 540 W. 19th Street. Get details online at 1stSatArtMarket.com.
Saturday morning 10 – 11 a.m., Casa Ramirez FOLKART Gallery, 241 W 19th St., will host a free class on Dia de los Muertos Traditions & Altar Building. Learn the traditions of Dia de los Muertos and building a personal ofrenda, or altar, to honor an ancestor or loved one. Class repeats on Oct 14 and 21.
Sunday afternoon 2 – 4 p.m, catch the Clay Houston Member’s Show hosted by TeaplusArt Gallery located behind Vietnam Restaurant, 613 1/2 W 19 St.
Cohen is an artist and founder of First Saturday Arts Market and the new Market at Sawyer Yards, find him at ArtValet.com