Upcoming Corvair Book Signing Event!

11 Jul

Dear Central Coast Corsa:

I want to invite you and your CORSA chapter’s members to an upcoming reading and signing of Lifemobile, my new Corvair-themed novel, on Friday, July 20, 5:30 p.m., at the Outpost Trading Company in Santa Ynez, CA. This will be my first West Coast event for the book, and the only one for the foreseeable future. I’m sorry the location is out of the way, but that’s where family is, and this is their store, so that’s where I’ll be. Directions to Outpost Trading Co., 1102 Edison Street, Santa Ynez, CA, are here. Copies of Lifemobile will be available for sale at the event.

Lifemobile tells the story of Benjy Bennett, an honor student with Asperger’s Syndrome, who upon graduation from high school despairs that “there’s no place in this world” for someone as different as him.  But then his father brings home a “Deathmobile” – an old Corvair, famously characterized by Ralph Nader as “unsafe at any speed.”  When Benjy learns that the U.S. government ultimately found Nader’s charges untrue, he decides that the Corvair is “not disabled, just different,” as he is, and has been unfairly stigmatized by a world that does not understand it, just as he has.  Taking Benjy and his father on a wild and emotional ride full of colorful characters and comic adventures, the Deathmobile becomes their “Lifemobile,” ultimately helping them both discover Benjy’s own uniquely satisfying place in this world.

The book is based on my experiences with my son, described here, and has received very high praise from readers, Corvair owners, and critics, including this:

In this lovely first novel from Jonathan Rintels, what begins, literally and figuratively, as a reclamation project for the much maligned Corvair grows into a sweet, moving celebration of the bond between fathers and sons – the way their flaws can magnify each other and their virtues can save each other. Written with a deft touch, an engaging wit, and a sure eye for what will ring warm and true, this is an incredibly engaging story that anyone would treasure. It may even make you go out and buy a Corvair.             Robert Bianco, TV Critic, USA Today

There’s lots more info on the book’s website, http://jonathanrintels.com/, including a reprint of a recent article about Lifemobile from CORSA’s Communique Magazine, here.

I would be very grateful if you would spread the word about this event to your chapter’s members and any others who might be interested. And if you would like further information or to discuss, please do not hesitate to contact me.

I hope you’ll be able to come to this fun event.

Best regards,

Jonathan Rintels
Member, Central VA Corvair Club and CORSA

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