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Wednesday, January 23, 2008

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Media Contact: Herb Booth, Office:817-272-7075, Cell:214-546-1082, hbooth@uta.edu

Rob Rummel-Hudson, communications coordinator in the UT Arlington School of Architecture, has written a love story in his first book, “Schuyler’s Monster: A Father’s Journey with His Wordless Daughter.” Published by St. Martin’s Press, the book will be released Feb. 19.

The story is about Rummel-Hudson’s daughter, Schuyler, who fights her monster, a rare neurological disorder caused by a malformation of the brain. When Schuyler was 18 months old, a question about her lack of speech by her pediatrician set in motion a journey that continues today.

When she was diagnosed with Bilateral perisylvian polymicrogyria her parents were given a name for the monster that had been stalking them from doctor visit to doctor visit and throughout the search for the correct answer to Schuyler's mystery.The condition prevents Schuyler from talking. But the story is more than the struggles and joys of a parent coping with a child who has a disability. Rummel-Hudson says the story is about his journey to become the father his daughter needed and required.

“It’s a story about love and sometimes that’s all you have in a fight against the monster,” Rummel-Hudson says.

The first-time author’s initial book signing is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 22, at Barnes & Noble, Plano/Creekwalk Village, 801 W. 15th St., in Plano. Another discussion and signing event will be at 1 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 23, at the Barnes & Noble at Prestonwood Center, 5301 Belt Line Road, in Dallas. A third discussion/book signing will be at 2 p.m. Saturday, March 1, at the Barnes & Noble in South Arlington, 3909 S. Cooper St.

In addition, a story about the book titled “Love Beyond Words” will be featured in the February 2008 of Good Housekeeping. Find out more about the memoir at www.schuylersmonster.com.

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