“Novacek’s tale is both incredible and authentic.” — METRO TIMES


Border Crossings is the well-told and dramatic story of a young man whose comfortable life is abruptly transformed by the savagery of World War II. Forced to rely on primal 9780985415105-JacketGray_novacek.inddinstincts and his familiarity with the rugged highlands of Moravia, Charles Novacek casts his lot first with the anti-Hitler Underground and then with the resistance to the Nazis’ Communist successors. ‘My recollections pain me,’ he writes, ‘still, they have made me who I am.’ Novacek’s experience as a Hungarian-speaking Czecho-Slovak patriot demonstrates the folly of petty nationalism and the resilience of human decency and love.”

                                                      ― Madeleine Albright

“Exceptionally well written from beginning to end, Border charlesnovacekphoto72Crossings: Coming of Age in the Czech Resistance reads like a best-seller novel but is a true life memoir of a remarkable man who lived in horrific times and came through them to create a successful life despite what he had to overcome — or perhaps because of it! Border Crossings is an extraordinary and highly recommended read. Simply stated, a copy deserves to be in every community library 20th Century Biography collection for the sake of new and future generations of readers.”

                                                      ― Midwest Book Review



10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m., Sundays through August, 2014

8/13 – RESCHEDULED for 9/10: Huntington Woods Public Library. See below

9/4 – National Czech & Slovak Museum & Library.  Presentation/Signing, 7:00 p.m., 1400 Inspiration Place SW, Cedar Rapids, IA 52404, www.ncsml.org

9/7 - Kerrytown BookFest. Exhibitor/Vendor, 11:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m., Ann Arbor Farmers’ Market, Ann Arbor, MI 48104, www.kerrytownbookfest.org

9/10 – Huntington Woods Public Library Presentation/Signing, 7:00 p.m., 26415 Scotia, Huntington Woods, MI 48070, www.huntington-woods.lib.mi.us

9/20 – Berkley Public Library. Presentation/Signing.
2:00 p.m., 3155 Coolidge Hwy., Berkley, MI 48072, www.berkley.lib.mi.us

10/8Scarab Club – Presentation/Painting & Textile Exhibit/Signing, 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m., 217 Farnsworth, Detroit, MI 48202, www.scarabclub.org

10/15 – “Study Group on “Border Crossings.” University of Michigan, Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI), 10:00 a.m., Turner Resource Center, 2401 Plymouth Rd. Suite C, Ann Arbor, MI 48105, www.olli-umich.org

10/23 – “Cavalcade of Authors.” 2014 Michigan Association for Media in Education (MAME) Annual Conference, 10:35 – 11:45 presentations and 11:45 a.m. – 12:45 p.m. signing,  Sheraton Hotel, 3200 Boardwalk, Ann Arbor, MI 48108, www.mimame.org/our-annual-conference.html

10/27 – “Authors Live Luncheon.” Sponsored by Novi Public Library – Presentation/Signing, 11:30 a.m., Fox Run, 41000 13 Mile Rd., Novi, MI 48377, www.novilibrary.org

11/2 – “The 24th Annual Slovak Heritage Festival.” University of Pittsburgh, Cathedral of Learning Commons Room, Pittsburgh, PA, 1:00 – 5:00 p.m. Features folk dancing groups, singers, cultural displays, lectures, Slovak food, vendors. Free admission

11/4“Book Club Meeting.” Talk/Signing, 7:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m., Cromaine District Library, 3688 N. Hartland Rd., Hartland, MI 48353, www.cromaine.org


5/9 – Paintings of Charles Novacek Art Show – “Border Crossings Revisited” Show runs through first week in June., Cromaine District Library, Hartland, MI 48353

6/4 – “Cass Corridor Conversation,” Panel Discussion University of Michigan, Semester in Detroit Students @ Source Booksellers, 4240 Cass Avenue, Ste. 105 Detroit 48201

6/21 – Ann Arbor Book Festival: Street Fair - Exhibitor/Vendor, 1:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m., Washington St. between 4th Ave. & 5th Ave., Ann Arbor, MI,

7/21 - Warren Public Library - Presentation/Signing, 6:00 p.m., Civic Center Library, 12 Mile & Van Dyke, Warren, MI 48093, www.warrenlibrary.net

7/24 – “Book Marked on Cass Avenue: Talk + Walk: Happy
313 Birthday, Detroit!” 11:00 a.m. 
A walking tour covering a slice of history with a slice of birthday cake.  Starts @ Source Booksellers, 4240 Cass Avenue, Ste. 105, Detroit 48201, www.sourcebooksdetroit.com

AN EXCERPT from Border Crossings: Coming of Age in the Czech Resistance by Charles Novacek