Events

Dave Lange Appearance and Signings
A veteran of the US Navy riverine forces in Vietnam, long-time Chagrin Valley Times editor Dave Lange’s book recounts his rambunctious coming of age story during one of the most tumultuous eras in American history, a time largely shaped by drugs, rock ‘n’ roll, politics… and war.

Warm, attentive and welcoming, Dave enjoys meeting and talking with readers, veterans and their relatives. Listed below are opportunities to meet this award-winning, Northeast Ohio journalist.

OHIOana Book Festival Interview

Columbus, Ohio • April 27, 2019
Written and Photographed by Doreen Dawkins
Excerpt from www.614whats2love.com, April 29, 2019
Used by permission

Can you tell us about the title of your book?
Yes, the title is a double-entendre. The book is about what happened to me and what happened with the country.

When did you realize you wanted to be a writer?
I have been a journalist for my entire career (40 years). I have been writing and editing stories about other people in a wide variety of experiences. When I was retiring, I decided to write my own story. My book is about the Vietnam war but it’s not a war story. It is a coming of age story. It is about what it was like growing up in that era, the experiences of children and teen agers and what they were like then, and what was happening in the world that was impacting our lives.

How long did it take for you to write the book?
Four years.

What is your writing schedule when you are writing?
I didn’t have a specific work schedule. I was working part time in the newspaper business. Once I completed my paid job, I spent time on the book, writing and researching.
What is your interesting/unique writing quirk if you have one?
I don’t think there is anything unique about my writing style. I think my story is unique. This is not a war story. Most of the books that have come out about the Vietnam war include a lot of war stories. There are 26 chapters in the book. Only 4 of the chapters are in Vietnam.

What is the most surprising thing you learned when writing this book?
When I did the research, I was surprised what was happening in the political world, the military, and right near me that I didn’t know about.
©Doreen Dawkins April 29, 2019


Dave at the Lake Mohawk Fall Fest on September 15, 2018.

Thursday, June 6, 2019
7:00 pm

Dave will talk about his life and experiences in the U.S. Navy, journalism and writing his memoir. Afterwards he will meet attendees and sell and sign books.

Parma Branch
of the Cuyahoga County Public Library

6996 Powers Boulevard
Parma, Ohio  44129
Information: 440.885.5362


At Dover Public Library on February 16, 2019.

Saturday, July 13, 2019
1:00 pm

Dave will talk about his life and experiences in the U.S. Navy, journalism and writing his memoir. Afterwards he will meet attendees and sell and sign books.

Green Branch Library
Akron-Summit County Library
4046 Massillon Road
Uniontown, Ohio 44685
Information: 330.896.9074

Wednesday, August 28, 2019
7:00 pm

Dave will talk about his life and experiences in the U.S. Navy, journalism and writing his memoir. Afterwards he will meet attendees and sell and sign books.

Parma Heights Branch
of the Cuyahoga County Public Library

6206 Pearl Road
Parma Heights, Ohio  44130
Information: 440.884.2313


Greeting readers at the Buckeye Book Fair, November 3, 2018.

Saturday, November 2, 2019
2:30 pm

Dave will talk about his life and experiences in the U.S. Navy, journalism and writing his memoir. Afterwards he will meet attendees and sell and sign books.

Cuyahoga Falls Library
Sutliff Room (Lower Level)
2015 Third Street
Cuyahoga Falls, OH 44221

Wednesday, November 20, 2019
7:00 pm

Dave will talk about his life and experiences in the U.S. Navy, journalism and writing his memoir. Afterwards he will meet attendees and sell and sign books.

Geauga West Branch
of the Geauga County Public Library
13455 Chillicothe Road,
Chesterland, OH
Information: 440.729.4250

Times and dates are subject to change. Please check with the venue.