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Valorie Coleman
Public Relations Director
College of the Ozarks
Point Lookout, MO 65726
Office: (417) 690-2212

May 1, 2012


College of the Ozarks student Cailin Casey will soon see two days she’s long awaited.  On May 12 from 1-3 p.m., she will participate in a book signing, in celebration of her first published book Twice as Brave, comprised of stories about WWII Veterans she accompanied last summer to battle sites in Europe.  Twice as Brave character John Primerano will attend the event, which aptly falls the same week as the Victory in Europe anniversary.

On May 13, Primerano will be there to watch Casey receive her college diploma during the College’s Commencement at 2 p.m., and so will end the chapter of Casey’s undergraduate college career.  Upon graduation, she will begin the next chapter of her life as she heads to New Hampshire to begin writing Mr. Primerano’s biography.  Impressed with Twice as Brave, he asked Casey to write his memoirs, to which she will devote the entire summer.

Casey says that she has always wanted be an author of fiction books, but since last summer’s Patriotic Education trip with Veterans, now only wants to write about real heroes. 

During the trip Casey became inspired, so much, that upon her return, she wrote Twice as Brave that features true stories of six WWII Veterans Andy Anderson (5th Engineers Special Brigade), Bill Kamsler (102nd Infantry Division), Ned Knapp (75th Infantry Division), John Primerano (101st Airborne), Lou Rabesa (Army Air Force), and Bryan Sperry (75th Infantry Division).

“I always thought I would write fiction,” she said, “but sometimes truth is more fascinating than fiction.” 

Individuals interested in obtaining a copy of the book may purchase one at The Keeter Center Gift Shop at College of the Ozarks (417) 690-2110.  Casey is donating all of the proceeds to the College’s Patriotic Education Travel Program.   The Program sends C of O students to accompany Veterans to their fields of battle in order to learn about history, service, and sacrifice from individuals who lived it.

The May 12 book signing, to be held at The Keeter Center, is free and open to the public. Attendees will have the opportunity visit with Casey, Primerano, have their book signed and enjoy a light reception. Book clubs or other groups may request her to share about Twice as Brave at one of their meetings by calling (417) 690-2276.

May 13 Commencement is open to the public and will be held in the Keeter Gymnasium.  General admission seating is first-come, first-serve.


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