Book Signing with Dr. Hemchand Gossai

Dr. Hemchand Gossai will speak about his new book A Requiem for Neil at the Friday, September 4 Friends of Henderson Library/Hotel & Restaurant Management luncheon in the Family and Consumer Science Building. Tickets are $20 and may be reserved by calling 478-5115 between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. Ticket proceeds will go to the Henderson Library book budget. Dr. Gossai’s book costs $25 and will be available for purchase and signing.

A Requiem for Neil is a poignant true story of Dr. Gossai’s brother, Neil, who was born mentally challenged and died young. He never learned to speak and was never able to enter society. Although he grew physically strong, he never grew mentally, so they could not speak with each other or play together. They never showed affection and no photographs were ever taken of Neil. “I am not sure which is worse, that I never hugged him or that it never occurred to me that he should be hugged,” Gossai says. Gossai remembers a brother who others called mad, yet he remembers Neil with nostalgia. This book is a stunning tribute to the boy he never knew, a person who lived in the shadows and who died without a voice, but who will find a place in your heart as Gossai becomes his brother’s voice in A Requiem for Neil.

The lunch menu will be:

Spinach Salad with Roasted Red Peppers, Shaved Bermuda Onion and Shiitake Chips featuring Flat Creek Lodge Kalamato and White Wine Feta;

Sundried Tomato and Tarragon Vinaigrette; Oregano Crustinees

Linguine topped with Creamy Sautéed Boneless Chicken Breast and Shrimp;

Green Beans, Carrot Breakers

New York Style Cheesecake topped with Blueberry Sauce

If you require a vegetarian alternative, please specify when you reserve your ticket.

W. Bede Mitchell, Ed.D.
Dean and University Librarian
Zach S. Henderson Library
Georgia Southern University
P.O. Box 8074

1400 Southern Drive
Statesboro, GA 30460-8074
912/478-5115 (voice)
912/478-0093 (fax)
wbmitch@georgiasouthern.edu

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