16 January 2006

Coppolas shining in fencing and publishing!

Our oldest boy took third in his fencing tournement this weekend so we were psyched for him! he's picking it up quickly and most importantly, he is having a good time.

Below is a press release we wrote to get the news out that M. was chosen as a finalist in a writing contest! We are really excited for the Awards banquet in March. The dress code is "dressy Western"! How cool is that. It's a whole new world for us.


By the way, I went a little crazy with the links.


“Local Author Named Finalist in National Contest”

Made A Difference for That One: A Surgeon’s Letters Home from Iraq, a new book compiled by a San Antonio author, has been named a non-fiction finalist for the 2006 EPPIE Awards. The winners will be named at the 2006 EPIC (Electronically Published Internet Connection) Conference awards banquet, being held March 18th at the historic Menger Hotel in downtown San Antonio. EPIC presents these awards for excellence in electronic publishing in more than 20 categories.
Made a Difference for That One is a collection of letters sent home by Dr. Christopher Coppola, who was stationed in Balad, Iraq from January to May, 2005. A pediatric surgeon at Wilford Hall Medical Center in San Antonio, Coppola worked as a trauma surgeon in Iraq, taking care of wounded American soldiers, as well as Iraqi soldiers, civilians, and local children. Dr. Coppola wrote of his experiences living and working in a war zone in illustrated emails home to family and friends. His wife compiled these letters and photographs in a book and published it with http://www.iuniverse.com/. A portion of the proceeds benefits Fisher House Foundation, a home away from home for families of wounded soldiers while their loved ones are recuperating at 33 locations around the country.
An excerpt of Made a Difference for That One was previously published in Army Times and Air Force Times. The book was also lauded on National Public Radio’s Faith Middleton Show, and an article about Dr. Coppola will be appearing in the spring issue of Yale Medicine.

Review copy available upon request.

For more information, please contact:

Christopher Coppola, ccoppola@pol.net

Additional information may be found at:

http://www.fisherhouse.org/ (Fisher House Foundation)
www.geocities.com/candmcoppola@sbcglobal.net/ (Book website)
http://www.epicauthors.com/ (Electronically Published Internet Connection)
http://www.epic-conference.com/ (2006 EPIC Conference in San Antonio)
www.rjjulia.com/faithmiddleton/index.htm (NPR Faith Middleton Show)
http://www.iuniverse.com/ (iUniverse publisher) (Review of book at Books in Print)

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