‘First Flight Around the World’

Tim Grove, chief of museum learning at the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum in Washington, D.C., will visit Neighborhood Reads bookstore, 401 Lafayette St., in Downtown Washington Friday, Nov. 10, at 6:30 p.m. to talk about his books, including “First Flight Around the World: The Adventures of the American Fliers Who Won the Race.”

In 1924, six countries were racing for the honor of being first to circumnavigate the globe by air. America’s victory earned her prestige on the world aviation stage.

“First Flight Around the World” was a finalist for the American Library Association’s YALSA Excellence in Nonfiction Award. Feedback on “First Flight” from the Parents’ Choice Award was:

“Besides the detailed narrative that reads more like an action thriller than a historical account, the book is filled with fascinating archival images from the remarkable feat and maps tracking the adventure. Young readers, as well as adults, will find this history of a little-known moment of global proportions to be an exceptional read.”

Grove lived in St. Louis for several years while serving on the core team that developed the National Lewis and Clark Bicentennial Exhibition at the Missouri History Museum. He wrote the Newspaper In Education curriculum series, “Lewis & Clark: Exploring Another America,” published in newspapers across the country, including The Missourian.

In addition to “First Flight Around the World,” Grove has written another book for young audiences ages 10-14, “Milestones of Flight: From Hot-Air Balloons to SpaceShipOne,” published for the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum.

The Washington Post called his book for adults, “A Grizzly in the Mail and Other Adventures in American History,” “ . . . both an inspiration and a template for those who want to kick history out of the attic and put it back where it belongs: in the national living room, slightly to the left of the television.”

At the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum, Grove recently worked on an exhibition about aviation pioneers, including Charles Lindbergh. His next book is due out in early 2019.

Grove’s presentation at Neighborhood Reads will be appropriate for all ages. His books are available for sale at the bookstore.

For more information, call 636-390-9673.