Culver Comm. High School grad here July 28 for book signing, reading

Culver Citizen
Staff Writer

Culver Community High School graduate Tonia Allen Gould will be the center of a book reading and signing event for a children's book she authored, on Tuesday, July 28.

Gould's book, "Samuel T. Moore of Corte Magore," tells the adventurous story of Sam, a tenacious land and sea fiddler crab (complete with fiddle and bow) that finds himself on the sandy shores of an idyllic island named Corte Magore. Sam decides he wants to make this place his permanent home, but he realizes he will have to build a shelter from the rising tides that could take him (and his fiddle and bow) back out to sea.
This book teaches children about courage and tenacity; to stand up to bullying; and to fight for that they believe in, while also teaching them about the concept of “home.”

Gould, a 1988 CCHS grad and presently California resident (, will be present at at book signing at Culver Coffee Company on Lake Shore Drive from 9 to 10 a.m., a "meet and greet" at the Culver-Union Twp. Public Library at 10:15 a.m., and the author will read her book as part of story time at the library from 10:30 to 11 a.m. A second book signing is scheduled from noon to 2 p.m. at the Coffee Company.

The book was co-illustrated by “Mr. Lawrence,” the voice of Plankton and an original storyboard director of SpongeBob SquarePants, along with another SpongeBob storyboard director, Marc Ceccarelli. The audio version of the book was narrated by two-time Marconi Award nominee, and one of the top radio personalities and broadcasters in the country, Steve McCoy.

After the book’s release, Gould also founded the Finding Corte Magore project, which stems from Tonia’s background growing-up below the poverty line in rural Indiana and as a product of Indiana’s foster care system. According to her website, Gould "wanted to promote dreaming, hard work and perseverance, by finding an island in Latin America, naming it after 'Corte Magore,' the fictional place in her book, and utilizing it for social good. Today, the 29-acre island of Hog Cay, Nicaragua -- through a joint partnership with Ambassador Francisco Campbell, the Nicaraguan Ambassador to the U.S.-- will be utilized by the Finding Corte Magore Project to work to keep Nicaraguan children in school." The Finding Corte Magore Project works virtually to connect a global community of professionals, students and crowdfunders in real time with the plight of educationally and economically repressed Nicaragua.

Gould is also the owner and founder of Tagsource, (or, TAG!) an award-winning, consumer promotions and marketing agency.