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Former PNC Chancellor James B. Dworkin pens second children's book

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James B. Dworkin, chancellor emeritus of Purdue University North Central, will host a signing of his recently published children’s book, “The Dog and the Jet Ski” from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., Wednesday, Nov. 30 in the campus bookstore located on the lower level of the Library-Student-Faculty Building at Purdue Northwest’s Westville Campus. Books will be available for purchase.

This is Dworkin’s second children’s book, and it follows the exploits of Red the Irish setter who was the focus of his first children’s book, “The Dog and the Dolphin.”

As with “The Dog and the Dolphin,” actual events also inspired the writing of “The Dog and the Jet Ski.”

Dworkin, a Chesterton resident, explained that several years ago he heard an announcement at a Lake Michigan beach that warned, “Clear the beach, there’s a mad dog on a jet ski.” That announcement triggered his imagination as to how the dog ended up on the jet ski and if it made it to safety.

“The Dog and the Jet Ski” tells a story of friendship, diversity and helping others in times of need as the story’s main characters form an unlikely, yet unmistakable bond.

The book is illustrated by Michael Chelich, of Munster, who also illustrated “The Dog and the Dolphin.” His detailed, life-like artwork helps to draw the reader into the story.

Dworkin and Chelich included members of the Dworkin family in the book. Henry and Theo, two boys mentioned in the book, are named for Dworkin’s grandsons. An illustration of a crowd on the beach includes a depiction of Dworkin, his grandson Jimmy, and granddaughters Ally and Abby. A careful look even reveals a glimpse of Chelich himself.

“The Dog and the Jet Ski” is available for purchase at the Purdue University Northwest bookstores in Westville and Hammond, through Archway Publishing at,, Barnes and Noble and To contact Dworkin to arrange a group reading, visit

Dworkin served as chancellor of Purdue North Central from January 2000 until his retirement June 30, 2015.


Posted 11/28/2016




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