Friday, April 26 at 7pm
speaking & signing
Searching for Grasshopper
ABOUT SEARCHING FOR GRASSHOPPER
In an emotional, inspiring memoir, Cathy Chapaty recounts how a 1970s TV series gave her a reprieve from chaos in a dysfunctional home and spurred a zig-zag search for peace through martial arts. Her path is long and arduous; events and lessons challenge her sobriety, sanity, and old beliefs. But what’s a good journey without a few hundred miles of doubt through a vast spiritual desert?
ABOUT CATHY CHAPATY
Born and raised in San Antonio, Cathy Chapaty is a 25-year martial arts veteran and fourth-degree taekwondo black belt who specializes in teaching children, many with ADHD, Asperger’s syndrome, and other challenges.
She began writing in the third grade when Uncle Marvin encouraged her to continue penning short stories about talking dogs and treasure islands. As a nine-year-old, Chapaty sent these stories off for publication in literary magazines, but was kindly rejected and told to keep trying. She did, and later found that newspapers would publish articles about real dogs and real islands—plus give her a weekly paycheck.
Chapaty spent almost nine years as a newspaper writer and editor before venturing into educational publishing. Oddly, it was only when she quit her full-time job at Steck-Vaughn Publishing Co. that the same company gave her the chance to write her first children's book: Sports Planet: Sports Played Around the World. She has since published No Pouting in the Dojo: Life Lessons through Martial Arts and its prequel: Searching for Grasshopper: A Martial Artist's Quest for Peace.
As an ambassador for the Association of Women Martial Arts Instructors (AWMAI), she teaches workshops at girls’ empowerment conferences and has helped area Girl Scouts earn their safety badges through self-defense seminars. She has also led seminars at National Women’s Martial Arts Federation (NWMAF) camps, which attract hundreds of girls and women from across the United States, Canada, and Europe. (The NWMAF named her Member of the Year in 2011.)
Chapaty has had dozens of essays and articles published in a variety of media on topics such as integrity in sports, anger management, mentorship through martial arts--and baby rocking. (She's been a volunteer in the neonatal intensive care unit [NICU] of an Austin, Texas, hospital since 2015.) In 2012, she was honored by the Embassy of the Republic of Korea for an essay on the transformational power of taekwondo. Chapaty is a member of the NWMAF, AWMAI, USA Taekwondo, and the Writers’ League of Texas.
She lives in Austin with her longtime partner, four dogs, and a hopelessly predatory cat.
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