Harry Chapin Family Authorized Biography To Be Released November 4th, 2012.

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Wading River Books turns to Kickstarter.com for pre-release sales and funding.

Wading River Books proudly announces a November 4th release date for STORY OF A LIFE: The Harry Chapin Family Album. The 144-page hardcover chronicles Harry Chapin's ancestry; humanitarian achievements; creative accomplishments in music, film and theatre; political endeavors; and intimate family moments.

This is the first authorized biography of Harry Chapin. The idea for this book was first suggested by Harry's older brother, James. Harry's mother, Elspeth Hart, spent several years putting together photos and captions of her ancestors, immediate family, and children. Son, Josh Chapin, worked closely with his grandmother and added more photos and detailed text. Sandy, his beloved wife, added their story of courtship, dozens of treasured family moments captured on film and stories of their adventures abroad. Throughout the book are excerpts from Harry's personal writing of his life experiences.

Harry Chapin convinced US Presidents to back his cause to end world hunger, and persuaded fellow musicians to reluctantly donate part of their concert proceeds to charity. It all started with passing hats at his concerts to raise funds for those in need. After a stirring performance about a rainy night while driving a taxi cab in 'Frisco, he was the first singer asked back for a second consecutive night on Johnny Carson's Tonight Show, due to hundreds of viewer call-ins. Thirty-one years after his shocking passing, Harry Chapin's music and causes live on stronger than ever.

Wading River Books is a Long Island-based publisher of local history/memoir and children's books. History publications chronicle the unique and rich histories of Long Island's hamlets, towns and villages by using collections of photos, postcards, and historic writings to create vivid, in-depth portraits of the past. Children's titles feature themes, characters and illustrations that help children to welcome new experiences, creatively overcome obstacles, and go on fascinating journeys where there are always valuable lessons to be learned – all while having fun. ( http://www.wrbooks.com )

Kickstarter is the largest funding platform for creative projects in the world. Every week, tens of thousands of amazing people pledge millions of dollars to projects from the worlds of music, film, art, technology, design, food, publishing and other creative fields. ( http://www.kickstarter.com )

Preview and pre-release of the book can be found here: http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/643791725/story-of-a-life-the-harry-chapin-family-album

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