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New Book Guides Readers to the Goal of Spiritual Peace PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Author House   
Friday, 18 May 2012 14:38

Author and Reiki master Karen J. Fox inspires readers with her personal journey

IOWA CITY, Iowa – In her new book Living Peace (published by AuthorHouse), Karen J. Fox shares her story of spiritual healing and developing the tools to become a Reiki master, inspiring readers to follow in her footsteps and find their own peaceful life.

 

Living Peace introduces five principles for living a peaceful life, and invites the reader to examine their own life and incorporate the principles to help them to live peacefully. Fox shares her personal journey toward understanding how to live these principles in an effort to model the process for readers. She believes that “…peace is a present-moment attitude and action.” The principles she lives by, and conveys to readers, suggest that living peacefully requires decision-making, self-observation and the courage of one’s convictions.

 

Fox pursued the practice of Reiki following a major surgery. Now she is a Reiki master and teacher and offers her services to help others in their healing process. She credits her work for inspiring her journey toward understanding the importance of, as she says, “…living by the principles of Reiki, embracing forgiveness, confidence, compassion, gratitude and integrity” – the core beliefs that she hopes to pass on to readers.

 

“Living Peace will act as a resource as readers can return to any chapter at any time to refresh their memory, explore more deeply, and increase the sense of peacefulness they carry in their own lives,” says Fox.

 

About the Author

Karen J. Fox was born in Jamestown, N.Y., and now lives in Iowa City, Iowa. Fox was introduced to Reiki after a major surgery to correct a birth defect, and she became enraptured with the practice. She is a Reiki master and teacher specializing in the Usui method of self healing. Fox teaches Reiki and meditation workshops, and offers private and group sessions promoting health and peace. She is the director of the Compeer Program of Johnson County, which matches adults receiving mental health treatment with community volunteers in supportive and caring friendships.

 

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Authors for 2012 National Book Festival Announced PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Jennifer Gavin   
Friday, 18 May 2012 14:15

Roth, Vargas Llosa, Boyle, Brooks, Cornwell, Eugenides, Finney

To Speak at 2012 Library of Congress National Book Festival

 

Event to Take Place on National Mall Sept. 22 and 23

 

Renowned authors Philip Roth, Mario Vargas Llosa, T.C. Boyle, Geraldine Brooks, Patricia Cornwell, Jeffrey Eugenides, and poet Nikky Finney will be among more than 100 writers speaking at the 12th annual Library of Congress National Book Festival, on Saturday, Sept. 22 and Sunday, Sept. 23, 2012, between 9th and 14th streets on the National Mall.  The event, free and open to the public, will run from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. on Saturday and from noon to 5:30 p.m. on Sunday, rain or shine.

Other authors and poets slated to appear at the festival include Natalie Babbitt, Bob Balaban, Robert Caro, Stephen L. Carter, Sandra Cisneros, Michael Connelly, Junot Diaz, Thomas Friedman, Joy Harjo, Steve Inskeep, Walter Isaacson, Jewel, Poet Laureate Philip Levine, Mike Lupica, Lois Lowry, David Maraniss, Chris Matthews, Walter Dean Myers, Mary Pope Osborne, Chris Raschka, Marilynne Robinson, Lisa Scottoline, R.L. Stine, Elizabeth Dowling Taylor, Craig Thompson, Colson Whitehead and Daniel Yergin.

The 2012 National Book Festival will feature authors, poets and illustrators in several pavilions, including two Sunday-only pavilions: Graphic Novels/Science Fiction and Special Presentations.  Festival-goers can meet and hear firsthand from their favorite poets and authors, get books signed, have photos taken with PBS storybook characters and participate in a variety of activities. An estimated 200,000 people attended in 2011.

Details about the Library of Congress National Book Festival can be found on its website at www.loc.gov/bookfest/. The website offers a variety of features, and new material will be added to the website as authors continue to join this year’s lineup.

The 12th Library of Congress National Book Festival is part of a larger Library of Congress “Celebration of the Book” in 2012 and 2013. The celebration will encompass several events and an exhibition, opening late in June in the Library’s Thomas Jefferson Building, featuring “Books That Shaped America.”

“The book’s role in passing knowledge from person to person, from generation to generation, is unique and irreplaceable,” said Librarian of Congress James H. Billington.

Philip Roth won the Pulitzer Prize in 1997 for “American Pastoral.” In 1998 he received the National Medal of Arts at the White House, and in 2002 received the highest award of the American Academy of Arts and Letters, the Gold Medal in Fiction. He has twice won the National Book Award, the PEN/Faulkner Award and the National Book Critics Circle Award. “The Plot Against America” won the Society of American Historians’ prize for outstanding historical novel on an American theme in 2003–2004.

Peruvian Mario Vargas Llosa, winner of the 2010 Nobel Prize for Literature, has used his writing to oppose authoritarianism and to condemn societies that fetter personal freedom. His works include “The Time of the Hero” (1963), “The Green House” (1966), “Conversation in the Cathedral” (1969), “The War of the End of the World” (1987), “The Storyteller” (1987) and “The Dream of the Celt” (2010). In the early 1970s Vargas Llosa began to advocate democracy and the free market. In the late 1980s he ran unsuccessfully for the presidency of Peru, recorded in his memoir “A Fish in the Water” (1993).

T. C.  Boyle is the author of 22 books, including, most recently, “When the Killing's Done” (2011). His awards include the PEN/Faulkner Prize for best novel of the year (“World's End,” 1988) and the PEN/Malamud Prize in the short story (“T.C. Boyle Stories,” 1999).

Author Geraldine Brooks, a native of Australia, worked as a reporter for The Sydney Morning Herald and in 1982 won a scholarship to the journalism master’s program at Columbia University in New York City. Later she worked for The Wall Street Journal, where she covered crises in the Middle East, Africa, and the Balkans. Brooks was awarded the Pulitzer Prize in fiction in 2006 for her novel “March.” Her first novel, “Year of Wonders,” was an international bestseller, and “People of the Book” became a New York Times bestseller.

Jeffrey Eugenides, a native of Detroit, published his first novel, “The Virgin Suicides,” to acclaim in 1993. His novel “Middlesex” won the 2003 Pulitzer Prize for fiction. His work has appeared in The New Yorker, The Paris Review, The Yale Review, Best American Short Stories, The Gettysburg Review and Granta's "Best of Young American Novelists."

Patricia Cornwell is an award-winning and best-selling writer of forensic mysteries that focus on medical autopsies and investigations. Her novels are prized for their authenticity and revealing glimpses into the psychology of professionals at work. Cornwell has expanded the role of the female detective in the mystery genre; her early journalistic work, in which she witnessed autopsies, contributes detail to her writing.

Poet Nikky Finney came of age during the civil rights and Black Arts Movements. At Talladega College, nurtured by Hale Woodruff's Amistad murals, Finney began to understand the powerful synergy between art and history. She has authored four books of poetry: “Head Off & Split” (2011) which won the 2011 National Book Award for poetry; “The World Is Round” (2003); “Rice” (1995); and ”On Wings Made of Gauze” (1985). A professor of English and creative writing at the University of Kentucky, Finney also authored “Heartwood” (1997) edited “The Ringing Ear: Black Poets Lean South” (2007), and co-founded the Affrilachian Poets.

Other poets, authors or illustrators slated to participate in the Library of Congress National Book Festival include Katherine Applegate, Avi, Fergus Bordewich, Natalie Pope Boyce, Christopher Bram, Giannina Braschi, Peter Brown, Douglas Brinkley, Bryan Collier, James Dashner, Anna Dewdney, Michael Dirda, Maria Dueñas, Stephen Dunn, John A. Farrell, Sharon Flake, John Gaddis, Michael Grant, Linda Greenhouse, Jenny Hahn, Charlaine Harris, Paul Hendrickson, Ellen Hopkins, Nalo Hopkinson, Tony Horwitz, Eloise James, Tayari Jones, Laura Kasischke, Charles Kupchan, Hope Larson, David Levithan, Margot Livesey, Thomas Mallon, Leonard Marcus, Sonia Manzano, Steven Millhauser, Corey Olsen, Patricia Polacco, Laura Amy Schlitz, Francesca Serritella, Susan Richards Shreve, Anita Silvey, Sally Bedell Smith, Jerry Spinelli, Philip C. and Erin E. Stead, Margie Stiefvater, David Ezra Stein, David O. Stewart, Raina Telgemeier, Jeffrey Toobin, Justin Torres, Vernor Vinge, Siobhan Vivian, Eric Weiner and Jacqueline Woodson.

Internationally known artist Rafael López, who has illustrated several books including “The Cazuela That the Farm Maiden Stirred” by Samantha  R. Vamos, “My Name is Celia, Me Llamo Celia” by Monica Brown, “Our California” by Pam Muñoz Ryan and “Book Fiesta!” and “Yum! MmMm! Que Rico!” by Pat Mora, designed the 2012 Library of Congress National Book Festival poster and will speak at the festival.

Representatives from across the United States and its territories will celebrate their unique literary offerings in the Pavilion of the States.  The Let’s Read America Pavilion will offer reading activities that are fun for the whole family. The Library of Congress Pavilion will showcase treasures in the Library’s vast online collections and offer information about Library programs. Sponsor Target will reprise its  “Family Storytelling Stage” featuring authors and musical acts popular with young children.

The 2012 National Book Festival is made possible through the generous support of National Book Festival Board Co-Chair David M. Rubenstein; Charter Sponsors Target, The Washington Post and Wells Fargo; Patrons the Institute of Museum and Library Services, the National Endowment for the Arts and PBS KIDS; Contributors Barnes & Noble; Digital Bookmobile powered by OverDrive and Scholastic Inc.; and—in the Friends category--the Harper Lee Prize for Legal Fiction, The Hay Adams and the National Endowment for the Humanities. Thanks also to C-SPAN2’s Book TV, The Junior League of Washington and The Links.

The Library of Congress, the nation’s oldest federal cultural institution, is the world’s preeminent reservoir of knowledge, providing unparalleled collections and integrated resources to Congress and the American people. Many of the Library’s rich resources and treasures may be accessed through the Library’s website, www.loc.gov.

 

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Library of Congress Commences “Celebration of the Book” PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Guy Lamolinara   
Friday, 18 May 2012 13:45
May 16, 2012

“Books That Shaped America” Exhibition to Begin Project

The Library of Congress – the world’s largest repository of knowledge and information  – will begin an ongoing “Celebration of the Book” with an exhibition this summer of “Books That Shaped America.” It will be part of a larger series of programs, symposia and other events that explore the important and varied ways that books influence our lives.

The “Books That Shaped America” exhibition will be on view from June 25 through Sept. 29 in the Southwest Gallery, on the second floor of the Library’s Thomas Jefferson Building, located at 10 First St. S.E., Washington, D.C. The exhibition will be open from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Saturday. The Library is closed on Sundays and federal holidays.

The Library’s “Celebration of the Book” includes its 12th annual National Book Festival, which will be held Sept. 22-23 on the National Mall. The festival draws hundreds of thousands of book lovers each year.   

The initial selection of “Books That Shaped America” will not be definitive; rather, it will mark the beginning of an ongoing recognition of culturally significant books from all genres of writing. Members of the public will be asked to nominate books for subsequent lists of “Books That Shaped America.” In 2013, the Library will recognize “Books That Shaped the World.”

“The ‘Celebration of the Book’ at the Library of Congress demonstrates our recognition of books as the cornerstones of American culture and democracy,” said Librarian of Congress James H. Billington. “We want to involve all Americans in a conversation about books and how they have affected them.”

The Library of Congress, with collections that are universal and comprise all media, has a long history of acknowledging the importance of books. It sponsors book symposia and author discussions, held year-round; exhibitions, such as the display of Thomas Jefferson’s Library, which formed the “seed” of today’s Library of Congress; and its annual National Book Festival.

Founded in 1800, the Library of Congress is the nation’s oldest federal cultural institution. The Library seeks to spark imagination and creativity and to further human understanding and wisdom by providing access to knowledge through its magnificent collections, programs and exhibitions. Many of the Library’s rich resources can be accessed through its website at www.loc.gov.

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“CHASING THE WHITE DRAGON” TO REACH 19.6MILLION CABLE SUBSCRIBERS PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Kim Collins   
Monday, 14 May 2012 12:45

“CHASING THE WHITE DRAGON” TO REACH 19.6MILLION CABLE SUBSCRIBERS

Atlanta, GA - Award winning feature film “Chasing the White Dragon” (CTWD) has signed a North American/Canada cable pay-per-view distribution deal, placing the movie in the homes of 19.6 million cable subscribers beginning May 8, 2012. Included cable carriers will be Verizon, Charter Communications, Mediacom, AT&T U-verse and Rogers Communications (Canada).

The film, which was filmed in Tupelo, Mississippi, depicts a fictional group of crystal meth users trapped in a torrent of violence, deceit, paranoia and passion. They must leap from the careening roller coaster or ride it to its nightmarish end.

“Though the story behind this film is fictional, it carries a tragic truth that many have experienced, including my extended family,” said Kathilynn Phillips, CTWD writer and director. “Crystal meth destroys you mentally, physically and socially. Even one hit of it causes birth defects. Anyone touched by the evils of crystal methamphetamine should watch this film. This drug continues to be a scourge on small town America regardless of our best efforts to stop it.”

“Chasing the White Dragon” is already available for purchase or rent as a digital download on iTunes, YouTube Rental and Amazon.com (DVD). It will soon be available on Snap.com, Hulu and Vudu.com.
This emotionally charged motion picture has won numerous awards such as Best Feature - Live Action in the 2011 Philadelphia Independent Film Festival, Best Feature Pocono Mountains 2009, Best Ensemble Cast First Glance Hollywood 2009 and First Place Best Screenplay 2008 Rhode Island International Film Festival.

About the Film and Cast:

CTWD comes to life through powerful performances, stunning special effects and energizing music. This gripping, fast-paced tale depicts a fictional group of crystal meth users trapped in addiction known all to well to the millions of meth abusers worldwide.

Ryan Kennedy (The Invisible, Hunter, Whistler, V, Caprica) delivers a chilling performance as crystal meth cook, Ethan Duffey, obsessed with concocting ever more powerful forms of the drug. Seeing his fellow meth users as lab rats, he often finds cruel joy in manipulating them as they become desperate for his “special recipes”. Preston Vanderslice (Blonde Ambition, Transmorphers) explodes on the screen as Jesse, a long-time dealer and self-crowned leader of the group who holds the reigns through rage and intimidation. However, his control over the group and his mental state slowly unravel as he finds the drug overpowering him. In a moving performance by Learyn Wilde, Jesse's downtrodden girlfriend, Lindsay Butler, is caught between two equally unforgiving and tragic worlds, from which both she longs to break free. Up and coming country music artist Kree Harrison stars as Jasmine, Lindsay's closest friend and Ethan's former object of affection, but she is on the outside now struggling to get her life in order. Sixteen year-old Rud, portrayed by talented newcomer Matt Kimbrough, is trying to flee one world that has dealt him tragedy only to find himself in even more dire circumstances as his addiction deepens. In an extraordinary performance by Amanda Ward (Invasion of the Pod People, Freakshow, Van Helsing's Way of the Vampire), Paulina is a hard-core addict living outside the group who's frequently buying and begging dope from both Jesse and his fierce and violent competitor, Raul. Her addiction and associations drive her to ever more desperate circumstances culminating in an explosive confrontation with her demons. Also stars Austin Haley (Kings of Brooklyn, One Life to Live), Johnny McPhail (Ballast, Big Bad Love) and Samantha Welch.

This array of characters proves to be a dangerous mix and the events set in motion by a death and driven by the drug-inflicted deterioration of the group leads to its implosion. But, there is more than one way out.

About the Filmmakers:

CTWD is written and directed by Kathilynn Phillips (Kat Scratch Films - Atlanta) and co- produced by Austin Haley (Little Bo Productions- Mississippi) and Eric Springman. The team strives to create independent motion pictures with compelling and timely content of high production value. They have been recognized together and individually as they have and continue to achieve this goal.

 
Author Offers Journal to Help Readers Pray for Loved Ones PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Debra Williams   
Monday, 23 April 2012 15:35

Debra Williams pens new prayer journal, For the Lives of My Children

PALM CITY, Fla. – For many years, author Debra Williams has been keeping prayer journals intended to be a gift to her children. Looking back through them one day, she noticed how much her prayer life had changed through the years. What began as a list of wants soon became more about thanks and praise. To help parents and even their children learn more about the Scriptures and their importance, Williams has turned her journals into the new book, For the Lives of My Children, Prayer Journal (published by CrossBooks).

 

For the Lives of My Children is a 120-day prayer journey, guiding readers to pray God’s Word over the lives of a loved one. Williams has included over 100 pieces of Scripture, along with 120 prayers to assist and encourage those who have a burden for someone – in particular, children and grandchildren.

 

Williams hopes her prayer journal will encourage readers to keep praying for loved ones in need, and that it will serve as a guideline for doing so.

 

“Prayer is such a great need in today’s world and is sometimes the only thing we have in regard to a loved one,” Williams says. “Oftentimes, prayer is much more needed than our words to that loved one.

 

About the Author

Debra Williams grew up in South Florida and accepted Jesus as her Savior at the age of 7. She has taught Sunday school to different age groups for several years. Today she lives in Florida’s Treasure Coast area, where she enjoys watching her children and grandchildren grow.

 

CrossBooks, a division of LifeWay Christian Resources of the Southern Baptist Convention, is a Christian publishing imprint committed to bringing more Christian voices into the publishing industry. Established authors, first-time authors, and authors anywhere in between can meet their goals and fulfill their vision for their books by publishing with CrossBooks. CrossBooks’ innovative style of publishing blends the best of traditional and self-publishing. While our authors contribute monetarily to cover the cost of publishing, we maintain a strict moral and quality standard that every manuscript must meet for us to publish. For more information on publishing your Christian book with CrossBooks, log on to crossbooks.com or call 1-866-879-0502.

 
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