by Mike Massimino

Spaceman: An Astronaut’s Unlikely Journey to Unlock the Secrets of the Universe, is the spellbinding true story of the Long Island boy who became one of our best-known living space travelers. Despite daunting challenges and numerous setbacks, Mike never gave up his dream of becoming an astronaut. His book brings the reader into a rare, wonderful world where nerdy science meets thrilling adventure, and pulls back a curtain on just what it really means to have “the right stuff.”

“Every generation of astronauts needs a storyteller — a person with wit, humor, and passion who has lived our collective dreams of space exploration and returned to tell us all about it. Mike Massimino is that person. He’s that astronaut. And this is his story.”—Neil deGrasse Tyson 

Why Spaceman?

  • Mike Massimino was born in Oceanside and grew up in Franklin Square. In Spaceman, he lovingly recalls his Long Island childhood, school, family, and neighborhood.
  • Mike is a true local hero and his inspirational life story will appeal to readers of all ages.
  • He is a natural communicator with a large social media presence, widely known from multiple appearances on The Big Bang Theory, ideally suited for sharing his love of science and technology to a general audience.
  • Spaceman offers a wide variety of topics and themes that lend themselves to related programming for children, teens, and adults, including astronomy, STEM education, and innumerable science and adventure tie-ins.
  • Spaceman is currently available in paperback, hardcover, ebook and audio download. It is soon to be a Talking Book from the National Library Service.
  • Long Island Reads will honor Mike in person at an award ceremony and author talk at the Patchogue Theatre for the Performing Arts on Sunday, April 15, 2018.

October 23, 2017 at 1:26 pm 2 comments

Colson Whitehead

CWURCongratulations to Pulitzer Prize winning author Colson Whitehead! We saw his greatness in 2011 with our selection, Sag Harbor.

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2017 Author Event

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Library Events

While you’re waiting for your free tickets to this year’s author event (Sign up begins tomorrow at longislandreads2017.eventbrite.com!), take a look at the events taking place at libraries in honor of Long Island Reads!

Long Island Reads 2017 Programming

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2017 Author Event

The author will speak at 2:00 pm on Sunday, April 23, 2017 at the Hillwood Recital Hall at C.W. Post, Long Island University in Brookville, NY.

Seating is first come, first served. The event is free and open to all.

Tickets will be available beginning April 1 at longislandreads2017.eventbrite.com.

Books will be available for purchase and signing.


January 26, 2017 at 9:19 am 2 comments

Suffolk Residents: Take the Bus to the Author Event!


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2017 Reader’s Guide

The 2017 Reader’s Guide for Dead Wake is now available!

December 7, 2016 at 8:02 pm 4 comments

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