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Sat, Jul 27


The Wyeth Tootle Mansion

Charles Pinzino Book Signing

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Charles Pinzino Book Signing
Charles Pinzino Book Signing

Time & Location

Jul 27, 2019, 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM

The Wyeth Tootle Mansion, 1100 Charles St, St Joseph, MO 64501, USA

About the event

All proceeds from books purchased at the signing event will be donated to the St. Joseph Museum. The book is currently available on

Selected from over 50 years of writing, Like Sunlight Falling into Water: Poetics Along the Way to the Horizon, is a collection of poems, anecdotal stories, and reflections that Charlie has published.

“These poems and stories are small slices of the everyday and the exceptional. Pinzino’s evocative writing conjures the bright sound of a woman playing the piano with mastery, as well as the pathos of young victims of war. His observations show great humanity and heart. There is also a great love of nature, whether in descriptions of seasons in the heartland or tidal pools on the beach. This small collection of verses and stories will be a welcome addition to any library, personal or public.” Tamara Glise Norris, 2009 National Librarian of the Year, wrote this review of the book.

A native of St. Joseph, Missouri, Charlie attended Cathedral grade school and graduated from Christian Brothers High School in 1965. His parents were Charlie and Margaret (Bono) Pinzino. His father was in the wholesale and retail meat business in St. Joseph for over 60 years.

Charlie has a BA in Theology from Christian Brothers University in Memphis and an A.C.S. certified BS in Chemistry from Rockhurst University in Kansas City. He is a retired research chemist (MRIGlobal, Kansas City) and has co-authored articles in peer-reviewed scientific journals. He previously worked in pharmacology at the University of Michigan and as water chemist in Texas earlier in his career.

Charlie is also a folk guitarist and musician. He taught guitar lessons at Eshelman Music and Bowman Music in the late 1970s and early 1980s. He has performed and recorded extensively with hammered dulcimer player and Missouri Music Hall of Fame member, Esther Kreek, and accompanied her and fellow guitarist Jerry Faier for several years at the St. Joseph Museum’s Prairie View Festival (1979-1990). He currently resides in Gladstone, Missouri.

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