Local author has new book out
Updated: September 10, 2012 6:04AM
Larry Nestor, a longtime resident of River Grove, and a professional writer/songwriter/music producer since 1962, has written a new book, titled The Rat Who Was Into Art.
It is the story of Arnold, a rodent who lives on the streets of Paris, who happens by the Louvre one evening. He sneaks in through a crack in the wall and gets a moonlit look at the paintings. He is impressed and comes back the next day to get a better look. This time he is chased from the museum by a sword-wielding patron, who borrowed the weapon from a display of French armor. After finding an old beret in a park, he returns in disguise (wearing the over-sized beret) but is immediately recognized. He hides in a storage room where he finds everything necessary to become an artist (paint, brushes, easel, pallet and canvas).
The book is available at The Book Table, 1045 Lake St., Oak Park, and Magic Tree Bookstore, 141 N. Oak Park Ave., also in Oak Park, and on Amazon.com.
Nestor will be doing readings of his new book at selected libraries in the area.
He has appeared in many major magazines including Golf Digest, Golf, Golf Journal, Tennis!, Team!, Bowlers’ Journal and Pool & Billiards. He is the author of Foursome The Spider (Sleeping Bear Press, 2001).
He has written songs for and worked with many well-known entertainers including Jackie Wilson, The Buckinghams, Otis Clay, Bobby Goldsborough and Ella Jenkins. He has written songs for many children’s musicals that continue to be produced across the U.S. and Canada and as far away as Australia and New Zealand. He has also written many popular songs including “Santa Doesn’t Smoke Anymore” (featured on NBC-TV’s “Weekend Today”; “Whiz Me A Frisbee!” (featured four times on CBS-TV’s “Captain Kangaroo”) and “The Kettle,” unofficial theme song of The Salvation Army (featured on WGN-TV’s “Morning News”).