Weather Book at Press Club Book Fair

By Jack Williams ©2015

Jack Williams’ The AMS Weather Book will be among books by 75 nationally-known authors that will be sold and signed at the National Press Club’s annual Book Fair and Authors’ Night on Tuesday,Nov. 17, 2009 at the historic club in downtown Washington, D.C.

Last-minute news

Bob Ryan, Chief meteorologist for WRC-TV, Channel 4, in Washington, D.C., will join Jack at his Book Fair table to help Jack talk about weather and, co-sign Jack’s newest book, for those who’d like him to do so.

Bob played a role in the book’s writing as a member of the American Meteorological Society’s Council Advisory Committee. Bob and other committee members commented on the original text and offered extremely valuable suggestions and comments that improved the book. Their work helped ensure the book’s scientific accuracy, which was very important since the Society is the book’s co-publisher with the University of Chicago Press.

Also, Bob was president of the AMS in 1994 and his signature is on the certificate for that year’s Louis J. Battan Author’s Award, which the Society presented to Jack for The USA TODAY Weather Book, which was published in 1992.

Bob has to finish his evening newscast and won’t be able to join Jack until 7 or 7:30 p.m. The event runs from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m.This will give those who arrive early plenty of time to talk with some of the other authors at the Book Fair before joining Bob and Jack at the AMS Weather Book table.

The National Press Club Book Fair announcement has a link to a PDF file listing all of the authors who will be there.

The admission fee is $5 for anyone who is not an NPC member.

Supreme Court Justice Antonio Scalia signs his book at Book Fair.

Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia signs a copy of his book at the 2008 Press Club Book Fair. Photo by Darlene Shields.

Like many others, Jack and his wife, Darlene, have found the Book Fair the perfect place to shop for holiday gifts for those who would appreciate a book or books signed by the author.

As the Club says in it’s press release, “The Book Fair & Authors’ Night promises a robust crowd of book lovers, journalists and politicos seeking the latest titles across the genres – from cookbooks and children’s stories to history, sports, memoirs and mysteries — and a chance to mingle with the nation’s best authors.”

The Book Fair will be in the Club’s Ballroom  on the 13th floor of the National Press Club Building at 14th and F Streets, near the Metro Center station.

Authors scheduled to be signing their books include Chris Matthews, Rod Blagojevich, Tom Ridge, Gwen Ifill, David Pogue, KRS-One and Kinky Friedma, Jim Lehrer, Grant Wahl, Isabel Gillies, Richard Wolffe, Julia Quinn, Pamela Newkirk, C. David Heymann, Jeff Sharlet, Leslie Sanchez, James Reston Jr., Deborah Tannen and Dwayne Betts.

The event is a fundraiser for the club’s Eric Friedheim National Journalism Library, a 501 (c) (3) charitable organization that offers scholarships to journalism students, and research and professional development for the working press worldwide.

Sisters Linda (left) and Loretta Sanchez sell their book at the 2008 NPC Book Fair. Both are Democratic members of Congress from California. Photo by Darlene Shields.

Sisters Linda (left) and Loretta Sanchez sell their book at the 2008 NPC Book Fair. Both are Democratic members of Congress from California. Photo by Darlene Shields.

This year the Club is also partnering with The SEED Foundation, which helps prepare underserved students for college success at high-performing public boarding schools in the District and Maryland. Through the Club’s partnership with The SEED Foundation, the event will help develop the school library at the foundation’s Maryland campus.

Alma Powell, Colin Powell’s wife, is this year’s honorary chairwoman.

The AMS Weather Book is the sixth by Williams, who is a  science journalist and former USA Today weather editor.

The University of Chicago Press and the American Meteorological Society published the book June 1, 2009.

It explores not only the science behind the weather but also the stories of people coping with severe weather and those who devote their lives to understanding the atmosphere, oceans, and climate. The book’s profiles and historic discussions illustrate how meteorology and the related sciences are interwoven throughout our lives. More than 170 full-color graphics and photographs illustrate the 316-page, hard-cover book.

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