Parallax Press Fall 2019

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    Peace, Love, Action! Everyday Acts of Goodness from A to Z Tanya Zabinski, Ani DiFranco
    9781946764478 Hardcover JUVENILE NONFICTION / Biography & Autobiography Age (years) from 8 - 12, Grade (US) from 3 - 7 On Sale Date: August 27, 2019
    $25.95 CAD 6.56 x 9.06 x 0.57 in | 120 pages Carton Quantity: 32 Parallax Press
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      An invitation to young readers to roll up their sleeves, get inspired, and take action to build a sustainable, just, and loving world.

      Peace, Love, Action! is an illustrated, illuminated A-Z of everyday actions that directly make a peaceful, fun, and vibrant world. With original artworks bringing each action to life, “make friends,” “go local,” “cooperate,” “forgive”—seemingly small deeds can really add up! Illustrated by Tanya Zabinski in her characteristic earthy style, each action comes with an inspirational mini-bio of a real hero who exemplifies that action, from Thich Nhat Hanh (“breathe”) to Wangari Maathai (“plant”), and follows with a set of “What You Can Do” prompts. With a foreword by singer-songwriter and activist legend, Ani DiFranco.
      Bio
      TANYA ZABINSKI views life as the ultimate artwork and aspires to live an artful, heartful, and mindful life. She studied art, design, music, and philosophy at Buffalo State College, Parsons School of Design, and Kansai Gaidai University in Japan, and she is a recipient of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators Tomie dePaola Award. A true community artist, Tanya and her husband, Joe DiPasquale, cofounded the Elmwood Avenue Festival of the Arts in Buffalo, NY. For 25 years they have run Planet Love, their own art-based business, exhibiting at more than 20 outdoor art and music festivals per year. Instantly recognizable to those who know and love her art, Zabinski’s prints reach a wide audience through printing on the accessible media of T-shirts, banners and paper. She is a life-long yoga and meditation practitioner, bicyclist, camper, hiker and because she lives in the very snowy hills south of Buffalo, NY, a cross-country skier.

      Author Residence: Buffalo, NY

      Author Hometown: Buffalo, NY
      Marketing & Promotion
        Marketing: Print and web advertising in spiritual outlets: Lion’s Roar, Tricycle, Mindful

        Other outlets: PW

        Amazon ads

        Social campaign, children’s/parenting blogs

        Library outreach, school programs

        Special markets: kid’s boutiques



        Publicity: Outreach to children’s book editors and reviewers

        Bookstore appearances and signings (Author hometown)

        GoodReads giveaway

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      Peace Love Action! perfectly embodies one of the key messages that I am always trying to get across to children around the world—that every day we live on this planet, we make some impact—and we have a choice as to what sort of difference we make.” 
      — Dr. Jane Goodall, DBE, UN Messenger of Peace

      “Anyone can take action to make the world a better place. Peace, Love, Action! Everyday Acts of Goodness from A to Z is an illustrated guide, filled with steps readers can take to make a difference…[and]…true stories about people whose actions have made a big impact.” —TIME for Kids

      Peace, Love, Action! gathers a diverse mix of activists who contribute to peace in the world in inventive and individual ways. It gives the reader a lens to see each day as an opportunity to practice peace and justice.” —Sister Helen Prejean, campaigner against the death penalty and author of Dead Man Walking

      “This book touches a nerve for anyone who wishes to hear the bells of freedom, and play a part in ringing them.” —Innosanto Nagara, author and illustrator of A is for Activist and M is for Movement

      “This book stands us on the shoulders of activists like Ella Baker, who inspire us through their example. May it empower people of all ages to build a world that works for all.”— Zachary Norris, executive director of the Ella Baker Center for Human Rights, ellabakercenter.org

      “This book is hands-on, down-to-earth and practical, as well as visually stunning, inspiring, and nurturing to the spirit, just like some fertile soil!”
      Leah Penniman, cofounder of Soul Fire Farm, and author of Farming While Black: Soul Fire Farm’s Practical Guide to Liberation on the Land

      “I recommend Peace, Love, Action! for the toolbox of every family and school who wants to bring more love into the world.”
      Valarie Kaur, civil rights activist, lawyer, filmmaker, and founder of the Revolutionary Love Project

      “It’s a cliché to say this is an illustrated book for our times, but it is! Tanya Zabinski has created a much-needed book for the middle-grade reader—and for teachers to use to introduce exemplary people and concepts. Stunning, woodcut-like artwork puts the frosting on this cake!”
      Tomie dePaola, award-winning illustrator/writer of more than 270 books, including Strega Nona and Quiet
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    At Home in the World Stories and Essential Teachings from a Monk’s Life Thich Nhat Hanh, Jason DeAntonis
    9781946764393 Paperback BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY / Social Activists On Sale Date: September 03, 2019
    $19.95 CAD 5.5 x 8.5 x 0.54 in | 192 pages Carton Quantity: 60 Parallax Press
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      “Followers and newcomers to Nhat Hanh’s teaching alike will find this collection inspiring for everyday practice and for social engagement in the world.”—Publishers Weekly

      This collection of autobiographical and teaching stories from peace activist and Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh is thought provoking, inspiring, and enjoyable to read. Collected here for the first time, these stories span the author’s life. There are stories from Thich Nhat Hanh’s childhood and the traditions of rural Vietnam. There are stories from his years as a teenaged novice, as a young teacher and writer in war torn Vietnam, and of his travels around the world to teach mindfulness, make pilgrimages to sacred sites, and influence world leaders.

      The tradition of teaching the Dharma through stories goes back at least to the time of the Buddha. Like the Buddha, Thich Nhat Hanh uses story–telling to engage people’s interest so he can share important teachings, insights, and life lessons.
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      Thich Nhat Hanh is one of the most revered Zen teachers in the world today. His best–selling books include Be Free Where You Are and Peace of Mind. He lives in Plum Village in southwest France. Nhat Hanh has been teaching the art of mindful living for more than 70 years.

      Author Residence: Plum Village, France

      Jason DeAntonis is an award-winning polymathic Bay Area artist, known for his fine carpentry, custom furniture, and detailed woodwork. He has also worked in sculpture, costume design, glass blowing, painting, printmaking, and book illustration. His work has appeared in Mindfulness in the Garden, How to Sit, How to Eat, How to Walk, How to Love, and How to Relax. He lives in Berkeley, California.

      Illustrator Residence: Berkeley, California
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        Marketing: Leading newsletter announcement and feature

        Broad social media campaign, TNH FB cross-posts

        Goodreads giveaway

        Print advertising in Lions Roar, Tricycle, Mindful, Mindfulness Bell

        “Friends of Parallax” promotion deal

        Marketing to the younger gen Wake Up community, Buddhist retreat center mailing

        Cross-promote to nonviolence/activist core audience



        Author Social Media: www.facebook.com/thichnhathanh/
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      “Thich Nhat Hanh shows us the connection between personal inner peace and peace on earth.”—His Holiness the Dalai Lama 
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    True Peace Work Essential Writings on Engaged Buddhism Parallax Press
    9781946764454 Paperback RELIGION / Buddhism On Sale Date: October 01, 2019
    $25.95 CAD 5.25 x 8 x 0.95 in | 400 pages Carton Quantity: 32 Parallax Press
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      Thich Nhat Hanh, His Holiness The Dalai Lama, bell hooks, Bill McKibben, Gary Snyder, Maha Ghosananda, Charles Johnson, Bhikkhu Bodhi, Matthieu Ricard, and many others are featured alongside each other in this foundational trove of Buddhist essays, poems, and teachings.

      Now a modern classic, True Peace Work is the premier collection of writings on the practice of Engaged Buddhism, a term that Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh coined in the 1960s as part of his peace work in Vietnam that has grown to become a worldwide movement. The topics covered here are especially relevant in today’s world: from creating nonviolent social change, to raising climate awareness, to simply learning how to walk (and enjoy it). This is not purely an activist’s manual, however. True Peace Work is a spiritual bedrock that is as timeless as it is timely, one that insists on the connection between peace in oneself and peace in the world.

      Originally published in 1996 as Engaged Buddhist Reader, this revised edition has been expanded for our current time with a new introduction and additional contributors.
      Bio
      Parallax Press is a nonprofit publisher founded by Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh, whose mission is to publish books and media on the art of mindful living and Engaged Buddhism. Parallax is based in Berkeley, California.

      Author Residence: Berkeley, California

      Author Hometown: Berkeley, California
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        Marketing: Print and web advertising in spiritual outlets: Lion’s Roar, Tricycle, Mindful

        Other outlets: PW, Spirituality & Health

        Amazon ads

        Social campaign, author posts, influencer posts

        Special markets: health & wellness boutiques, Bay Area/East coast Buddhist centers



        Publicity: Review copies to Buddhism and spirituality publications

        Galley mailing to library trade publications

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    The Friend of the Desert A Novel Pablo D'Ors, David Shook
    9781946764492 Paperback FICTION / Magical Realism On Sale Date: October 29, 2019
    $18.95 CAD 5 x 7.5 x 0.4 in | 136 pages Carton Quantity: 68 Parallax Press
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      Existential and curiously hypnotic, Pablo d’Ors evokes the sharp stylized prose of Bolaño, Bernhard, and DeLillo in this strange tale of one man’s repeated forays into the desert, and the ultimate silence it contains.

      “Thanks to the back cover of a book I knew that there lived in Brno a man who had dedicated a good portion of his life to traveling through many of the world’s deserts.” So begins Pavel’s story, as a series of mysterious circumstances lead him to change the course of his life. On his repeated trips to the Sahara, first as part of an enigmatic organization called Friends of the Desert and later on his own, Pavel explores the drifting sands, and, ultimately, something approaching infinity. Nothing is as it seems. As the unknowns increase, each encounter presents a new mirror for Pavel’s own expanding consciousness.

      Innumerable artists, thinkers, and mystics have paid their respects to the void. With refinement and care, Friend of the Desert inserts itself to that tradition. In the wake of Hesse’s famous Siddhartha, Bolaño’s By Night in Chile, and Don DeLillo’s The Names, Pablo d’Ors approaches the depths and casually settles in. Friend of the Desert is a rare gift for seekers of the absolute.
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      Pablo d’Ors is a Spanish priest and writer. He was born in Madrid in 1963 and educated in New York, Vienna, Prague, and Rome. He was ordained in 1991 and he received a doctorate in theology in 1996. In 2014, he founded the Amigos del Desierto foundation with the aim of promoting the practice of meditation. In the same year, Pope Francis made him a consultant of the Pontifical Council for Culture. d’Ors debuted as a writer in 2000 with El estreno, a critically acclaimed collection of short stories. His essay Biografía del silencio was a publishing phenomenon in Spain, selling 130,000 copies in just a few years, and was published in English in 2018. Pablo d’Ors has gone on to publish almost a dozen fiction and nonfiction titles, which have been translated into French, German, Italian, Portuguese, and other languages. This is his first English fiction translation.

      Author Residence: Madrid, Spain
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        Marketing: Print and web advertising in spiritual outlets: Lion’s Roar, Tricycle, Parabola

        Other outlets: LitHub, The Rumpus, PW

        Amazon ads

        Social campaign, target influencers, blogs

        Outreach to The Believer/McSweeneys

        Special markets: lifestyle boutiques



        Publicity: Galley mailing to book review editors at major metropolitan dailies

        Galley mailing to library trade publications

        Advance book posting on NetGalley



        Author Website: http://pablodors.blogspot.com/

        Author Social Media: twitter.com/pablo_dors?lang=en
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      “A sublime performance. At the outset The Friend of the Desert occupies the beguiling territory of Robert Walser, Jane Bowles, or Georges Perec, but soon develops an allegorical intensity all its own; as it reaches its remarkable climax, each gesture seems to stand absolutely for itself, and also for the reader’s unnameable desires.” —Jonathan Lethem, author of Fortress of Solitude and Motherless Brooklyn
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    This Difficult Thing of Being Human The Art of Self-Compassion Bodhipaksa
    9781946764515 Paperback BODY, MIND & SPIRIT / Mindfulness & Meditation On Sale Date: November 26, 2019
    $22.95 CAD 5.31 x 8 x 0.56 in | 224 pages Carton Quantity: 48 Parallax Press
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      We all long for someone to offer us unconditional love and support. But what if that person is us? The practice of mindful self-compassion creates the space we need so that observation, acceptance, and real love can enter, no matter how judgmental or disconnected we may feel.

      It sounds like a simple idea: to be kind to yourself. But if you pay attention to your thoughts, habits, and self-talk, you may find that it’s more difficult than it sounds. The intentional practice of self-compassion, outlined here by Buddhist scholar and teacher Bodhipaksa, can help you find greater overall wellbeing, emotional resilience, physical health, and willpower. Bodhipaksa provides both the why and the how of mindful self-compassion, drawing on contemporary psychology and neuroscience and also on Buddhist psychology, weaving the modern and ancient together into a coherent whole.

      Contemporary psychologists are focusing less on self-esteem and more on self-compassion. Bodhipaksa, a practicing meditator of more than thirty years, effortlessly blends ancient techniques dating back to the time of the Buddha with the most recent understanding of psychology and neuroscience. And in the end, as Bodhipaksa writes, it is actually quite simple: “Life is short. Be kind.”
      Bio
      Bodhipaksa is a Buddhist teacher and author who has been practicing within the Triratna Buddhist Community since 1982. He’s originally from Scotland and formerly ran a retreat center in the Scottish Highlands. In 2000 he created the online meditation center Wildmind (www.wildmind.org) in order to make meditation instruction more widely available. He holds an interdisciplinary master’s degree in Buddhism and business from the University of Montana. He lives and teaches in New Hampshire.

      Author Residence: New Hampshire

      Author Hometown: Scotland
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        Marketing: Print and web advertising in spiritual outlets: Lion’s Roar, Tricycle, Mindful

        Other outlets: PsychologyToday, Spirituality & Health

        Amazon ads

        Social campaign, influencer posts

        Special markets: health & wellness boutiques, Bay Area/East coast Buddhist centers, therapist industry recs



        Publicity: Outreach to mental health and psychology editors

        Galley mailing to library trade publications

        Advance book posting on NetGalley

        National author radio tour

        All media outreach to author’s hometown



        Author Website: www.bodhipaksa.com/

        Author Social Media: www.facebook.com/dh.bodhipaksa/
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      “Bodhipaksa gently reminds us that compassion for others begins with compassion for ourselves. This book is a wise guide to five key skills that bring mindful self-compassion to our own suffering and allow us to move through the world with our hearts wide open.” —Tara Brach, author of Radical Acceptance

      “Bodhipaksa embodies an unusual combination of penetrating wisdom, simplicity and modesty, heartfelt good humor, deep contemplative training, grounding in science, and direct clear expression. A wonderful friend and teacher for the path.” —Rick Hanson, author of Buddha’s Brain

      “Suffering is inherent to being human. Bodhipaksa contends that mindfulness meditation and lovingkindness or compassion meditation are powerful vehicles for meeting this challenge. He makes a compelling case with a clear presentation of these traditional meditation practices and scientific studies that show how these benefit us. Kudos!” —Sharon Salzberg, author of Lovingkindness and Real Happiness
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    Healing Resistance A Radically Different Response to Harm Kazu Haga, Bernard LaFayette Jr., David C. Jehnsen
    9781946764430 Paperback SOCIAL SCIENCE / Violence in Society On Sale Date: January 14, 2020
    $23.95 CAD 5.19 x 8 x 0.75 in | 296 pages Carton Quantity: 36 Canadian Rights: Y Parallax Press
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      Activists and change agents, restorative justice practitioners, faith leaders, and anybody engaged in social progress and shifting society will find this mindful approach to nonviolent action indispensable.

      Nonviolence was once considered the highest form of activism and radical change. And yet its basic truth, its restorative power, has been forgotten. In Healing Resistance, leading trainer Kazu Haga blazingly reclaims the energy and assertiveness of nonviolent practice and shows that a principled approach to nonviolence is the way to transform not only unjust systems but broken relationships. With over 20 years of experience practicing and teaching Kingian Nonviolence, Haga offers us a practical approach to societal conflict first begun by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. during the Civil Rights Movement, which has been developed into a fully workable, step-by-step training and deeply transformative philosophy (as utilized by the Women’s March and Black Lives Matter movements). Kingian Nonviolence takes on the timely issues of endless protest and activist burnout, and presents tried-and-tested strategies for staying resilient, creating equity, and restoring peace.
      Bio
      KAZU HAGA is the founder of East Point Peace Academy and one of the most experienced trainers in Kingian Nonviolence, a philosophy that comes out of the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. A leading voice nationally in various approaches to nonviolence, organizing and restorative justice, he works to empower incarcerated communities, youth, and activists to work for Beloved Community. Kazu Haga lives in Oakland, California.

      Author Residence: Oakland, CA
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        Marketing: Print and web advertising in spiritual outlets: Lion’s Roar, Tricycle, Mindful

        Other outlets: Mother Jones

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        Social campaign, activist blogs/sites

        Special markets: trainings/readings/classes at health/wellness centers: Spirit Rock, 1440 Multiversity



        Publicity: Outreach to civil rights and community activists

        Advance galleys to library trade publications

        Campaign to television and print news magazines

        Pitch to radio shows in major markets

        All media outreach to author’s hometown (San Francisco Bay Area)

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      Awards
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      “Kazu Haga’s deep, nuanced, and principled commitment to nonviolence has challenged and inspired me and many others who’ve had the privilege of encountering his work.”
      Michelle Alexander, author of The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness

      "To resist today's violence exploding everywhere, in ways that can actually heal our world, seems a pipe dream—until Kazu Haga makes it real. In his wry, funny, and utterly grounded fashion, he helps me believe we can do it, and begin to become the Beloved Community. We need this book like oxygen. Kazu is my teacher."
      Joanna Macy, author of World as Lover, World as Self

      "Kazu Haga reminds us of the power of nonviolence, building on the work of Gandhi and King and informed by his own life and insight in a way that touches us all today. Haga teaches us that true belonging … is a challenging process that takes constant work and training from the internal to the interpersonal to the institutional. But that the work is worth the reward of building Beloved Community. We owe a debt of gratitude to Haga for his work and words and have in this book a manual for loving and for living nonviolence that will guide and inspire generations to come."
      —john a. powell, director of the Othering and Belonging Institute at UC Berkeley and author of Racing to Justice: Transforming Our Concept of Self and Other to Build an Inclusive Society

      “Kazu Haga has written an accessible, thorough, and deeply personal introduction to nonviolence as a power for personal and social transformation. He reflects upon common myths about nonviolent resistance, offers practical insight from his own experiences, and challenges readers to consider a radical, healing approach to confronting injustice. An inspiring read.”
      Erica Chenoweth, Berthold Beitz Professor in Human Rights and International Affairs at Harvard Kennedy School and author of Civil Resistance: What Everyone Needs to Know

      "Kazu Haga is a masterful teacher connecting our internal and external experiences: of intending, of doing, and of being—living together with care and justice."
      Larry Yang, core teacher at the East Bay Meditation Center, member of the Spirit Rock Teachers Council, and author of Awakening Together: The Spiritual Practice of Inclusivity and Community

      "In Healing Resistance, Kazu Haga takes on the why of violence, breaks it down, and then builds us up for the work we need to do now.”
      Mushim Patricia Ikeda, Buddhist teacher, racial justice community activist, and author of viral article “I Vow Not to Burn Out"

      “At a time when the literature is often divided between advocates of nonviolence out of principle and advocates of nonviolent action for strategic and utilitarian reasons, Kazu Haga puts forth a compelling argument as to why both are important to challenge the forces of oppression and build a better world.”
      Stephen Zunes, professor of politics and international studies at the University of San Francisco and author of Nonviolent Social Movements
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    The Lion in Me Andrew Jordan Nance, Jim Durk
    9781946764416 Hardcover JUVENILE NONFICTION / Social Topics Age (years) from 4 - 8, Grade (US) from P - 3 On Sale Date: September 17, 2019
    $22.95 CAD 8.76 x 9.75 x 0.4 in | 32 pages Carton Quantity: 36 Plum Blossom
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      “When I feel anger start to roar, I take a deep breath and count to four…”

      In the latest picture book from educator Andrew Nance, author of the bestselling Puppy Mind, a young boy learns to calm his ferocious anger. Using deep breaths, the lion inside—his growling anger—can be tamed. Written in a rhyming style that will be fun for the whole family, this is the perfect book to introduce basic mindfulness practices for emotional regulation to children. 

      With illustrations by Jim Durk, whose work includes Puppy Mind and many of the Clifford the Big Red Dog and Thomas the Steam Engine books.
      Bio
      Andrew Jordan Nance, the author of Puppy Mind, The Lion in Me, and Mindful Arts in the Classroom, has been an educator since 1991. He is the founder of Mindful Arts San Francisco, whose mission is to provide volunteer mindful educators to teach at underserved San Francisco Schools. Nance is also an award-winning actor and director. For almost thirty years he taught performing arts to students from diverse backgrounds, and for eighteen years he was the Conservatory Director at San Francisco’s New Conservatory Theatre Center. Andrew Jordan Nance lives in San Francisco.

      Jim Durk has over thirty years of experience working on children’s books. He’s drawn iconic characters including Clifford the Big Red Dog, Thomas the Tank Engine, The Rugrats, The Wild Thornberrys, and many more. He received a BFA from Ohio University in 1983 and currently lives in Bay Village, Ohio.


      Author Residence: San Francisco, California

      Jim Durk has over thirty years of experience working on children's books. He's drawn iconic characters including Clifford the Big Red Dog, Thomas the Tank Engine, The Rugrats, The Wild Thornberrys, and many more. He received a BFA from Ohio University in 1983 and currently lives in Bay Village, Ohio.

      Illustrator Residence: Bay Village, Ohio
      Marketing & Promotion
        Marketing: Print and web advertising in spiritual outlets: Lion’s Roar, Tricycle, Mindful

        Other outlets: PW

        Amazon ads

        Social campaign, children’s blogs

        Library outreach, school visits/signings

        Special markets: kid’s boutiques



        Publicity: Outreach to children’s book editors and reviewers

        Advance book posting on NetGalley

        GoodReads giveaway

        Bay Area bookstore appearances and signings

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      “This charming and contemporary story about the transformation of anger to sweetness is appropriate for everyone between three and 103 years old. Its message is ageless.”
      —Sylvia Boorstein, Co-founding teacher Spirit Rock Meditation Center and author of Happiness is an Inside Job

      The Lion in Me celebrates a child’s growing mastery of his anger through mindful awareness. Jim Durk’s wonderful illustrations add depth to the story in subtle, whimsical ways. A delightful contribution to the literature on children’s emotion regulation.”
      —Deborah Sosin, LICSW, author of Charlotte and the Quiet Place

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