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Author Homer Hickam to speak at Marshall May 4

Homer Hickam, the bestselling author of Rocket Boys, which was the basis for the movie October Sky, will appear on Marshall University’s Huntington campus Thursday, May 4. An invitation-only reception and lecture will take place beginning at 4:30 p.m., but the community is invited to an open lecture at 6 p.m. in room BE-5 of the Memorial Student Center.

Rocket Boys  was first published in 1998 and has been called a modern American classic of literature. It has been translated into over two dozen languages and is the most-read book in U.S. public schools, surpassing To Kill A Mockingbird.

Hickam is a decorated Vietnam veteran, retired NASA engineer and astronaut trainer. He has written 20 books, including memoirs, historical fiction, young adult sci-fi and thrillers. He has spoken all over the world, inspiring millions to “Aim High.”

October Sky, the hit Universal Studios film, starred Chris Cooper, Laura Dern and Jake Gyllenhaal as Homer.

The evening event on May 4 is free and open to the public, but persons are asked to make reservations by e-mailing