Dog Ears Bookstore to host author meet and greet with Karen Wielinski

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Karen Wielinski, author of One on the Ground: The Story of One Family Before, During, and After Continental Flight 3407 Crashed into their Home, will talk about how she happened to write her compelling book at a book event to be held on Saturday, Feb. 24 from 4 to 7 p.m. at Dog Ears Bookshop and Café, 688 Abbott Road, South Buffalo.

“We’re pleased to welcome this interesting author to our nonprofit bookstore,” said Tom McDonnell, the bookstore’s executive director. Sales of Karen’s book will benefit literary programs offered at Dog Ears and will also benefit a scholarship honoring Doug Wielinski, Karen’s husband who was killed when Continental Flight 3407 crashed into their home in Clarence Center on Feb. 12, 2009. Karen and her daughter miraculously escaped. Doug did not. The crash resulted in the loss of everyone aboard the plane and Doug Wielinski, the “one on the ground.”

In this compelling memoir, Karen Wielinski has written a moving tribute to her husband along with her account of how she and her surviving family faced the myriad losses caused by the crash of Flight 3407.This is the story of one man, one home and one family. It is the story of life before, during and after an unthinkable tragedy. As the members of the Wielinski family struggle to emerge from devastation, their lives are woven together with others who have experienced their own losses caused by the crash of Flight 3407.

Karen Wielinski is a freelance writer who has lived in East Aurora since 2010. Along with the love of her daughters and grandchildren, her involvement in a local writing group continues to be a source of inspiration and strength to her.

Each segment of this book has a date at the end, the date it was written. Readers will see from those dates how Karen has grown as a writer in the years since the crash of Flight 3407 into her home.

For more information on Dog Ears Bookstore, please call 823-2665 or visit You can also follow Dog Ears Bookstore on Facebook for frequent updates.

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