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Thursday, June 24, 2010

Children create a character

Renee Hand, award-winning author of the Crypto-Capers and Joe-Joe Nut series, will allow children to create a character for an upcoming book. Children can submit their characters and encourage family, friends and the public to vote for their favorites. The winning entry will be featured in the third installment of the Joe-Joe Nut series.

In honor of the first book of Hand's new lower elementary children's book series, "The Adventures of Joe-Joe Nut and Biscuit Bill: The Great Pie Catastrophe," she is hosting a contest for children to become characters in one of her cases. The opportunity is for children to be able to create their own animal suspect.

For the contest children will submit a character they created. The author will then post submissions on her website. Family, friends and the public will be able to read and vote for their favorites. The submission that receives the most votes will become a character in the next book.

Not only will their character be a part of the story but the book will be dedicated to them as well. The winner will also receive a signed copy. The contest will end Aug. 15.

For more information visit Entries and votes for characters should be submitted by e-mail to

— From staff reports

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Fwd: Jason Turbow to Discuss "The Baseball Codes" at Borders

Jason Turbow to Discuss "The Baseball Codes" at Borders in Birmingham


Jason Turbow has written for the New York Times, Wall Street Journal,, Slam magazine, Giants Magazine, and Athletics. He also served as content director for Giants Today, a full-page supplement in the San Francisco Chronicle. He lives in the San Francisco Bay Area with his wife and two children.


Jason Turbow will discuss his book, "The Baseball Codes: Beanballs, Sign Stealing, and Bench-Clearing Brawls --The Unwritten Rules of America 's Pastime." Following the discussion, he will be available to autograph books. 

When and Where:  

Thursday, July 8 at 7 p.m.

Borders Birmingham – 34300 Woodward Avenue , Birmingham , MI 48009

(248) 203-0005

About the Book:

  Everyone knows that baseball is a game of intricate regulations, but it turns out to be even more complicated than we realize. What truly governs the Major League game is a set of unwritten rules, some of which are openly discussed (don't steal a base with a big lead late in the game), and some of which only a minority of players are even aware of (don't cross between the catcher and the pitcher on the way to the batter's box). In "The Baseball Codes," old-timers and all-time greats share their insights into the game's most hallowed—and least known—traditions. For the learned and the casual baseball fan alike, the result is illuminating and thoroughly entertaining.   At the heart of this book are incredible and often hilarious stories involving national heroes (like Mickey Mantle and Willie Mays) and notorious headhunters (like Bob Gibson and Don Drysdale) in a century-long series of confrontations over respect, honor, and the soul of the game. With "The Baseball Codes," we see for the first time the game as it's actually played, through the eyes of the players on the field.   With rollicking stories from the past and new perspectives on baseball's informal rulebook, "The Baseball Codes" is a must for every fan.  

Borders Contact:             

Amy Stanton,, 734-604-2192

Tuesday, June 22, 2010


Scott Sigler , a New York Times bestselling author, and Michigan native, will be in the DETROIT area on his book tour signing at the Barnes & Noble in Royal Oak July 10th @ 2:00pm).

Sigler first started podcasting his books for free on his popular blog and garnered such a loyal and devoted following that Crown picked up and published his first novel, Infected. After a successful book tour and promotion, we published Contagious which hit the New York Times bestseller list (and in which Detroit got nuked!), all while Sigler was still podcasting his books for free! The digital age is upon us and Sigler has embraced it in a way that has still allowed him to be popular and profitable. Now for his newest book, ANCESTOR, which releases this week, he is putting the same muscle behind the promotion, but he's also developed a user-generated video contest with some impressive judges to boot. See for more details (and some impressive videos! See the book trailer & entry #13) but to give you a taste of the caliber here, he's got Lucas Foster (Mr. & Mrs. Smith; Man on Fire), Steven Schneider (Paranormal Activity), Justin Manask (Office of Literary Adaptation), and Ron Karkoska (Monster FX) all judging.

What happens in ANCESTOR, as Sigler has done with his other novels, is drawn upon real science to create the most realistic experience for the reader. Other than just being a science nut himself, Sigler has experts in several different fields read his manuscripts in the early stages to make sure that the science is plausible…then he kicks it up a notch…or two. In ANCESTOR, Sigler explores xenotransplantation—the process of implanting tissue from one species to another—which is a very real science, and researchers are actually experimenting now with transplanting animal organs for human use (such as baboons and pigs). And although it sounds like science fiction, it truly is backed by cutting-edge science. There are some very real possibilities for:

Zoonosis, or a virus jumping from one species to another. We've seen this already with Avian and Swine flus. The danger with transplanting animal tissue is the possibility of triggering a pandemic among humans.

Synthetically-generated life forms. Science magazine recently published J. Craig Venter's paper on how he sequenced a bacteria's genome on a computer and got it replicate by controlling it through the computer.

The worldwide shortage of organs driving some incredible advances in science—though they seem like science fiction, these studies are actually being funded and studied today by major biotech firms.

On a remote island in the Canadian Arctic, PJ Colding leads a group of geneticists who have discovered this holy grail of medicine. By reverse-engineering thousands of animal genomes, Colding's team has dialed back the evolutionary clock and re-created the progenitor of all mammals. The method? Illegal. The result? A computer-engineered living creature, an animal whose organs can be implanted in any person, with no chance of transplant rejection.

There's just one problem: these ancestors are not the docile herd animals that Colding's team envisioned. Instead, Colding's work has given birth to something big, something evil…something very, very hungry.

Courtney E Greenhalgh Publicity Manager • The Crown Publishing Group Random House, Inc. 1745 Broadway • 13th floor New York NY 10019 (p) 212.782.8971 • (f) 212.940.7868

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Living With Evolution or Dying Without It - Suggests Evolution Offers Better Approaches for Dealing with Poverty, Criminality and Demographic Diversity


Evolution is Only a Theory? Think Again!
New Book Suggests Evolution Offers Better Approaches for Dealing with Poverty,
Criminality and Demographic Diversity
Charlotte, NC - June 10, 2010 - Ever wondered how we got in the mess we are today?
K.D. Koratsky addresses this issue and others in his new book, Living With Evolution or
Dying Without It, which spells out why natural selection and a just a handful of
principles and forces that spawn from it have dictated the cycles, trends, and patterns of
human history. Along the way, those nations with policies that have been most aligned
with these principles and forces have prospered, while those with policies that have least
aligned have experienced the opposite. The author shows how early on the U.S. fell
soundly in the first category, but has increasingly fallen into the second.
There's a simple solution to replace the failed policies unable to significantly reduce
poverty, criminality and government corruption, to achieve demographic diversity and to
pursue prosperity. The answer? Evolution.
"Evolution as the product of natural selection not only defines certain earthly
phenomena but it must necessarily define all earthly and universal phenomena because
its essence will universally dictate what spaces become occupied by what forms of
matter," says Koratsky. "Humans are in no way exempted from this logical rule of
physical law. Societies that synchronize their policies with the realities of natural
selection will maximize chances of long-term success, while those that do not will
increase their chances of suffering extinction in the near or distant future."
The author stresses there is a biological law every bit as inviolable as Newtonian physical
laws -- A society will get more of what it rewards and less of what it punishes.
Commenting on this biological law, Koratsky says: "The notion many hold that the more
citizens charitably give to others the better it is for all cannot possibly be true. Instead,
subsidizing a problem will invariably lead to getting more of what one wishes to
And in terms of criminality, adds Koratsky, "By not adequately punishing crime a society
will get more crime because the benefits for criminal behavior will outweigh its costs.
Inevitably the results will be creation of parasitic survival niches that suck energy out of a
society to the degree that they exist - all of which will hurt all citizens in the end."
To illustrate the validity of these claims, Koratsky points to a particularly stark case of
how such phenomena can work together as part of a highly destructive positive feedback
loop. "Drug-addicted mothers gain the resources to survive via the subsidized existence
of their children. Then these children raised by parents that cannot even feed themselves
typically grow up to remain part of the welfare system or become part of the prison
The illustration of drug-addicted mothers also supports another notion that most disregard
and that is all human characteristics have both cultural and biological components. The
bottom line is that all of this turns nature upside down, i.e., completely defies
evolutionary principles which can only lead to bizarre and especially self-destructive
results for a society.
"The fact that all forms of redistribution create parasitic niches for those that facilitate the
redistribution compounds the counter-productive effects of the redistributed resources
themselves," stresses Koratsky.
Policy approaches Koratsky recommends in his book include:
-Welfare System Reform: Gradually abolish all programs that subsidize the existence of
able-bodied non-producers. While a safety net is indeed an evolutionarily sound concept,
any wealth transfer that creates a win-lose outcome will inevitably lead to degraded
societal performance and compromised societal longevity-all with exaggerated effect if
resources are transferred to other nations.
-Criminal-Justice System Reform: After reinstating policies that create a strong
deterrent to crime, those who insist on breaking the law should be sentenced according to
how long it will take to truly pay their debts to society. Instead of subsidizing prisoners in
a way that merely compounds the costs of the criminal behavior itself, society should
demand all victims be made whole, eliminating any win-lose effect produced by criminal
-Healthcare Reform: The pursuit of equality in outcome for citizens has inevitably led
to the sense of entitlement for all citizens. Instead of those individuals who contribute
most to society being rewarded with the best of healthcare, many demand that those who
contribute the least be afforded precisely the same reward. For example, a highly
intelligent and industrious 40-year-old entrepreneur who is in need of a liver transplant
for a genetic condition is now widely deemed to be no more worthy of receiving an organ
than a 65-year-old unemployed alcoholic who lives under a bridge.
In emphasizing how human survival components break down, the author asserts that
selection for merit is the key to everything else-merit when it comes to maximizing
productivity, efficiency, and progress in capitalizing on opportunities and overcoming the
threats as necessary for species perpetuation. "While many believe the power of ideas,
culture and/or intentions allow humans to transcend natural selection," concludes
Koratsky, "such ideas will merely lead to selection against those who adhere to them."
About the book:
Living With Evolution or Dying Without It by K.D. Koratsky
ISBN: 978-0-9826546-0-6
Publisher: Sunscape Books
Date of publish: June 1, 2010
Pages: 618
S.R.P.: $49.95
About the author:
Conceptually, K.D. Koratsky became committed to his book at age 11. With formal
research beginning in 1990, Koratsky now has invested over 30,000 hours over nearly 20
years in the production of Living With Evolution or Dying Without It. With his practical
philosophical platform established, Koratsky plans to follow up with at least four books
that expand on how evolutionary principles can be applied in specific ways-allowing
both individuals and groups to enjoy maximal success in their endeavors.

Rochester College Used Book Sale

Rochester College library schedules used book sale


            The Ham Library at Rochester College will host its annual used book sale from June 21-26, 2010. In addition to children's books, numerous titles in religion, history, and other subject areas will be sold for one dollar or less. The library is located at 800 West Avon Road in Rochester Hills.

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Fiction awards

 Amazon and Penguin Group (USA) Name Patricia McArdle and Amy Ackley Winners of Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award

Patricia McArdle, author of "Farishta," and Amy Ackley, author of "Sign Language," win the competitions in the general fiction and young adult fiction categories, respectively.

SEATTLE, Jun 14, 2010 (BUSINESS WIRE) --, Inc. /quotes/comstock/15*!amzn/quotes/nls/amzn (AMZN 127.12, +0.28, +0.22%) and Penguin Group (USA) /quotes/comstock/13*!pso/quotes/nls/pso (PSO 14.16, +0.01, +0.07%) today named the winners of the Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award, the international competition in search of the next popular novel. For the first time in the competition's history, two grand prizes were awarded: one for general fiction and one for best young adult novel. The winners, selected by customers, were revealed at an event held at the Amazon campus in Seattle this morning. Each one will receive a publishing contract from Penguin Group (USA) that includes a $15,000 advance. Patricia McArdle is the winner of the general fiction category for her novel, "Farishta," which will be published by Riverhead Books. Amy Ackley is the winner in the young adult fiction category for her novel, "Sign Language," which will be published by Viking Children's Books. Both of these novels are available for pre-order now on, at .

"Thousands of customers participated in the 2010 Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award by posting reviews and casting votes for the winners," said Jeff Belle, vice president, U.S. books, Amazon. "The results of this year's vote were the closest we've ever had, which is indicative of both the competitiveness of the entries and the exceptional work from our finalists."

"It is such a pleasure to award two grand prizes this year and to have two wonderful new authors publishing with Penguin. We congratulate Patricia McArdle and Amy Ackley on their talent and achievement," said Tim McCall, Penguin's vice president of online sales and marketing.

Patricia McArdle, a resident of Arlington, Va., is a retired American diplomat whose postings have taken her around the world, including northern Afghanistan. Her novel, "Farishta," centers around a female American diplomat who, transferred to a volatile, remote outpost in northern Afghanistan, provides aid to refugee women fleeing the violence. She becomes their farishta, or "angel," in the local Dari language. Julie Barer of Barer Literary, LLC, one of the contest's expert panelists, described McArdle's "Farishta" as "a moving and fascinating story of one woman's work in a place that few Americans have experienced beyond newspaper headlines and CNN stories. Both the originality of the setting and the quality of the writing make this debut stand out in the crowd."

Young adult fiction winner Amy Ackley of Brighton, Mich. is a mother of three whose career has included a variety of jobs, from public administration to labor relations for top automakers. Ackley left home at the tender age of 16 and has supported herself ever since. Inspired by the loss of her father and two close friends to cancer, "Sign Language" tells the story of 12-year-old Abby North. Her first hint that something is wrong with her dad is the scar that appears on his stomach after he goes in for kidney surgery. Soon, the thing she calls "It" has a real name: cancer. Before, her biggest concerns were her annoying brother, the crush unaware of her existence and her changing feelings for her best friend, Spence. Now, her mother cries in the shower, her father is exhausted and nothing is normal anymore. Nancy Werlin said the novel "tells its story beautifully and movingly, and it earns its hopeful ending. Ackley is without question a talented writer."

The 2010 Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award competition, which began Jan. 25, 2010, drew thousands of entrants, representing all 50 U.S. states and 22 countries. The contest is co-sponsored by Amazon, Penguin Group (USA) and CreateSpace. For complete terms and conditions on the Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award, and to view the winning excerpts and reviews, please visit .

About Penguin Group (USA)

Penguin Group (USA) Inc. is the U.S. member of the internationally renowned Penguin Group. Penguin Group (USA) is one of the leading U.S. adult and children's trade book publishers, owning a wide range of imprints and trademarks, including Viking, G. P. Putnam's Sons, The Penguin Press, Riverhead Books, Dutton, Penguin Books, Berkley Books, Gotham Books, Portfolio, New American Library, Plume, Tarcher, Philomel, Grosset & Dunlap, Puffin, and Frederick Warne, among others. The Penguin Group ( ) is part of Pearson plc, the international media company.

About, Inc. /quotes/comstock/15*!amzn/quotes/nls/amzn (AMZN 127.12, +0.28, +0.22%) , a Fortune 500 company based in Seattle, opened on the World Wide Web in July 1995 and today offers Earth's Biggest Selection., Inc. seeks to be Earth's most customer-centric company, where customers can find and discover anything they might want to buy online, and endeavors to offer its customers the lowest possible prices. and other sellers offer millions of unique new, refurbished and used items in categories such as Books; Movies, Music & Games; Digital Downloads; Electronics & Computers; Home & Garden; Toys, Kids & Baby; Grocery; Apparel, Shoes & Jewelry; Health & Beauty; Sports & Outdoors; and Tools, Auto & Industrial. Amazon Web Services provides Amazon's developer customers with access to in-the-cloud infrastructure services based on Amazon's own back-end technology platform, which developers can use to enable virtually any type of business. Kindle and Kindle DX are the revolutionary portable readers that wirelessly download books, magazines, newspapers, blogs and personal documents to a crisp, high-resolution electronic ink display that looks and reads like real paper. Kindle and Kindle DX utilize the same 3G wireless technology as advanced cell phones, so users never need to hunt for a Wi-Fi hotspot. Kindle is the #1 bestselling product across the millions of items sold on Amazon.

Amazon and its affiliates operate websites, including , , , , , , and . As used herein, "," "we," "our" and similar terms include, Inc., and its subsidiaries, unless the context indicates otherwise.

Forward-Looking Statements

This announcement contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933 and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934. Actual results may differ significantly from management's expectations. These forward-looking statements involve risks and uncertainties that include, among others, risks related to competition, management of growth, new products, services and technologies, potential fluctuations in operating results, international expansion, outcomes of legal proceedings and claims, fulfillment center optimization, seasonality, commercial agreements, acquisitions and strategic transactions, foreign exchange rates, system interruption, inventory, government regulation and taxation, payments and fraud. More information about factors that potentially could affect's financial results is included in's filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including its most recent Annual Report on Form 10-K and subsequent filings.

About CreateSpace

CreateSpace is a leader in manufacture on-demand services for independent content creators, publishers, film studios and music labels. CreateSpace provides inventory-free, physical distribution of Books, CDs and DVDs on-Demand, music downloads via Amazon MP3 and video downloads via Amazon Video On Demand. CreateSpace is a brand of On-Demand Publishing LLC, a subsidiary of, Inc. /quotes/comstock/15*!amzn/quotes/nls/amzn (AMZN 127.12, +0.28, +0.22%) .


Friday, June 11, 2010

James Earl Ray book

Review by Joe Szczesny

 Hampton Sides will speak at 7 p.m., Monday, June 14 at the Baldwin Public Library about his new book, "Hellhound on His Trail," an account of the 1968 assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. by James Earl Ray.

The book as gotten terrific reviews and follows Ray's life to the day he shot King in Memphis in April 1968.

Sides, whose earlier books about a daring rescue mission during World War II and Kit Carson built his reputation, did a prodigious amount of good old-fashioned reporting to put together the story of a killing that has haunted the American milieu for more than 40 years now. 

No mere blogger, Sides has followed the story to Mexico, Canada and Great Britain to pin down the details of the international manhunt that led to Ray's capture just as he was about to board of plane for Rhodesia where he hoped to become a mercenary.

 Sides basically concludes there was never an organized conspiracy to murder King. But he shows how resistance to the Civil Rights movement that permeated the old Confederacy and racism set the stage for Ray on the fatal day when he was able to peek out from the window of shabby  rooming-house bathroom and shoot King.

 Ray was almost captured a few minutes after the shooting but slipped through a dogged police manhunt that eventually led to his capture. Sides shows that FBI spared no effort and no expense in the hunt for Ray with the complete blessing of J. Edgar Hoover, who despised King but feared what could happen to the bureau if the civil rights leader's killer wasn't brought to justice.

  Slate magazine calls Sides' book, "a true-crime story and a splendid specimen of the genre--a genuine corker."  I couldn't agree more.

Joseph Szczesny

Waterford author in Auburn Hills

Waterford Township native Shaun Webb will be signing his new book "A
Motion for Innocence" at the Auburn Hills Borders on Saturday June
12th at 1 PM.    "A Motion for Innocence" is a fictional courtroom
drama about a man accused of a sexual assault at the local parish.
Shaun's work deals with important social issues and the stigma of an
accusation.   You can pick up your copy at
on-line at Barnes and Noble, Amazon, Borders, Books-a-million, Alibris
or any number of indie websites.

Borders                                              Shaun Webb   248-683-4037
3924 Baldwin road
Auburn Hills, MI 48326

Boomer humor: Wrinkles, Waistlines, and Wet Pants

A New Book of Boomer Humor created by Jeanne R Kraus
Tamarac, FL - June 7, 2010 - Wrinkles, Waistlines, and Wet Pants takes an irreverent
look at aging. It examines in detail the definitive proof that fifty is not the new thirty, in
spite of current trendsetters that advocate otherwise. Fashion, self-improvement and
social etiquette are thrown out the window in this hilarious book that disregards good
taste and dignity.
Jeanne R Kraus, author, teacher and humorist has teamed up with her sister, Diana
Arneson, illustrator, to produce their first book together. Wrinkles, Waistlines, and Wet
Pants, dedicated to Baby Boomers everywhere offers a light-hearted look at the trials of
Jeanne includes advice for those aging ne'er-do-wells who hope to make it to the pearly
gates eventually. And even though this book claims not to want to change you in any
way, there is something for everyone in Wrinkles, Waistlines and Wet Pants. Even self-
help junkies will be delighted with the three insightful but useless surveys. After all, both
Jeanne and Diana have experienced wrinkles, expanding waistlines, and wet pants.
In the words of the author..
Your outward body is showing signs of wear and tear. Big deal. Inside, you are probably
the same fool you always were. The difference is that now you don't have to care.
About the book:
Wrinkles, Waistlines and Wet Pants by Jeanne Kraus
ISBN: 978-1450200850
Publisher: iUniverse
Date of publish: Feb 3, 2010
Pages: 256
S.R.P.: $19.95
About the author:
Jeanne R Kraus is a reading specialist in a south Florida elementary school. A lifelong
writer, she enjoys writing and publishing poetry for children. Her two children's books
were published by Magination Press. (Cory Stories:A Kid's Book About Living with
ADHD and Annie's Plan: Taking Charge of Schoolwork and Homework)
Her short story "The Invitation" is published in The Ultimate Bird Lover by HCI Press.
Jeanne Kraus is a frequent public speaker/ humorist.

Royal Oak Public Library

Water Your Mind @ Royal Oak Public Library: Adult Summer Reading 2010 Offers Great Reads, Prizes, Author Talk, Book Discussions 

Whether you want to "water your mind" by learning something new, sample a literary classic, or enjoying a fun beach read, the Royal Oak Public Library's adult summer reading program has something for you.

Why participate?

·         Reading or listening to a variety of novels and non-fiction titles will enable you to submit entries in two monthly gift raffles scheduled for Wednesday, July 14 and Wednesday, August 18.

      • Learn more about Michigan's natural environment from author Jeff Alexander on Saturday, Aug. 14 at 1:30 pm as he discusses his book Pandora's Locks: The Opening of the Great Lakes-St. Lawrence Seaway.

• The 2010 Michigan Notable Book examines the building of the seaway and its environmental impact on the entire Great Lakes region, including the introduction of invasive marine species. 

  • Attending one of four informal lunch-time book talks will help you build a great summer reading list. Join us from 12:30 pm to 1:30 pm in the Friends Auditorium on the following Tuesdays: June 15; July 13; July 27; and August 3. Light refreshments will be served. Registration is suggested at, or by calling the adult reference desk at 248-246-3727.

  • Get a chance on Wednesday, August 18 to learn about the changes coming to  NoveList, a database that makes it easy to find great novels and non-fiction reads. This summer NoveList is getting a new look and re-vamped searching tools to make it easier to find authors you'll enjoy. The 90-minute workshop will be held in the Friends Auditorium, starting at 7 pm. Registration is suggested at, or by calling 248-246-3727.



Thursday, June 10, 2010

Summertime Book Fairs & Festivals


Summertime Book Fairs and Book Festivals

Authors & Book Lovers Should Attend


By Scott Lorenz

Westwind Communications

Book Marketing

Summertime is the perfect time of year for book fairs and festivals. It's a great way for authors to combine a little vacation in with a little book marketing and book promotion. Book fairs are wonderful places to interact with fellow authors, publishers, network with book industry leaders, locate a book publicist or book editor, and learn what's new in the marketplace.

The major book conferences and conventions involve travel expenses such as airlines and hotel lodging, and a week's investment of your time. But book fairs can be found close to home, easily accessed by car and are often only one or two days. A typical regional book fair will have 1,000 or more attendees and 100 or more exhibitors, providing a realistic exposure of 300 visitors a day. Why would an author not want to spend a Saturday and Sunday within 100 miles of home to meet 600 readers or a reporter, editor or book reviewer?

Book fairs are often attended by best-selling authors who will be willing to spend time with you sharing tips on writing, on how to be successful, and advice on where to find the help you need. For more information about book marketing visit and for upcoming book events on C-SPAN2 visit:

Here's a list of summertime book fairs and book festivals worthy of your attendance

  1. National Black Book Festival, June 10-12, 2010, Crowne Plaza Hotel, Houston, TX,, dozens of authors, thousands of readers 
  2. Chicago Tribune Printers Row Book Fair, June 12-13, 2010, Printers Row/South Loop Chicago,, a large book fair attended by more than 100,000 book lovers.
  3. American Library Association Annual Conference, June 24-29, 2010, Washington,
    D.C., some 2,000 seminars and events plus a huge trade show
  4. Leimert Park Village Book Fair, June 26, 2010, Leimert Park, Los Angeles,, attended by more than 5,000 people, more than 200 author appearances.
  5. International Christian Retail Show (ICRS) June 27-30, 2010 Considered the best show for Christian authors according to Sara Bolme author of Your Guide to Marketing Books in the Christian Marketplace
  6. Ventura Book Festival, July 17, 2010 Ventura Beach, CA
  7. Harlem Book Fair, July 17-19, 2010, New York City,
  8. Los Angeles Black Book Expo, August 21, 2010 at the Sheraton Gateway LAX Hotel. Featuring authors, storytellers, spoken word and poetry performances, musicians, exhibitors, children's book authors, emerging writers, publishers, booksellers, panel discussions, editors, book reviewers, and others. 
  9. Decatur Book Festival, Sept. 3-5, 2010, Decatur, GA,  largest independent book festival in the country. Since its launch, more than 600 authors and 190,000 attendees have attended this event in downtown Decatur.
  10. Carolina Mountains Literary Festival, Sept. 10-11, 2010, Burnsville, N.C., sponsored by North Carolina Arts Council, events held throughout the town of Burnsville.
  11. Fall For The Book Festival, Sept. 19-24, 2010, George Mason University's Fairfax Campus, Fairfax, VA., sponsored by George Mason University, Fairfax County Public Library, and Barnes & Noble.,  attended by more than 150 authors.
  12. Baltimore Book Festival, Sept. 24-26, 2010, Mount Vernon Place in Baltimore, more than 100 celebrity and locally known authors to attend.
  13. National Book Festival, Sept. 25, 2010, on the National Mall between 3rd and 7th Streets, Washington, D.C.,   charter sponsors are Target and the Washington Post, attended by hundreds of prominent authors.
  14. Queens Book Fair, September 25, 2010, York College, Jamaica, N.Y.  sponsored by C&B Books Distribution.
  15. Sonoma County Book Festival, September 25, 2010, Old Courthouse Square, Santa Rosa, CA. attended by thousands of book lovers.
  16. West Hollywood Book Fair, September 26, 2010, at West Hollywood Park,, more than 180 exhibitors expected.
  17. Wyoming Book Festival, September 29, 2010, Lions Park, and Community House, Cheyenne, WY,

The bottom line: Make it a priority to visit a summertime book fair in the coming weeks and months. You'll be glad you did!

About Book Publicist Scott Lorenz

Book publicist Scott Lorenz is President of Westwind Communications, a public relations and marketing firm that has a special knack for working with authors to help them get all the publicity they deserve and more. Lorenz works with bestselling authors and self-published authors promoting all types of books, whether it's their first book or their 15th book. He's handled publicity for books by CEOs, CIA Officers, Navy SEALS, Homemakers, Fitness Gurus, Doctors, Lawyers and Adventurers. His clients have been featured by Good Morning America, FOX & Friends, CNN, ABC News, New York Times, Nightline, TIME, PBS, LA Times, USA Today, Washington Post, Woman's World, & Howard Stern to name a few. Learn more about Westwind Communications' book marketing approach at  or contact Lorenz at or by phone at 734-667-2090.

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Book publicist Scott Lorenz suggests authors visit summertime book fairs and book festivals to promote their books and meet book industry contacts.

Media Contact:
Scott Lorenz of Westwind Communications
Book Marketing at  or 734-667-2090.