"Jimmy Finds His Voice" is President Jim Doti's newest children's book. A signing and release party is set for Thursday, March 14.
A signing and release party for "Jimmy Finds His Voice," written by President Jim Doti and illustrated by Lisa Mertins, is planned for Thursday, March 14. (Illustration/Lisa Mertins)

Book release party for President Doti’s new children’s book planned Thursday, March 14

Chapman University’s College of Educational Studies and Chemers Gallery in Tustin will celebrate the release of President Jim Doti’s latest children’s book, Jimmy Finds His Voice, Thursday, March 14, from 6 to 9 p.m. at Chemers Gallery in the Enderle Center, 17300 17th St., Suite G, Tustin.

Illustrated by artist Lisa Mertins, Jimmy Finds His Voice is the true life story of President Doti’s childhood struggle with a speech impediment. Along with Mertins’ gentle watercolor illustrations, the book tells the story of how Jimmy finds the courage to ignore school bullies and overcome his fear of taking on a speaking part in the school play. Kirkus Reviews called the book “A charming story with delightful pictures ideal for reading together.”

Books and original illustrations will be available for signing and purchase. A portion of all sales will benefit Chapman’s Communication Sciences and Disorders program. The event is open to the public.

This is President Doti’s second children’s book. His first, A Christmas Adventure in Little Italy, also illustrated by Mertins, recounted a childhood tale of a boy and his dog, set against the backdrop of a 1950s-era Italian-American neighborhood.

Dawn Bonker


  • I too had a stammering issue growing up and still do…I would rather receive an F than have to read in front of my peers and humiliate myself.

  • I most certainly wonder if this amazing President Doti has been known to walk on water. I’m sure medical researchers will soon find out. A man over 60 who runs marathons, climbs the highest mountains, and now writes beautiful children’s books…Is there any other amazing feats that we don’t know about Dr Doti?…Ohhh Bytheway Dr Doti has also almost single handidly taken a small college that not too long ago few heard of and is on the verge of making it one of the best colleges…in the US…and the world…Truly an extraordinary person….