Wednesday, April 5, 2017

BookExpo 2017 Panel to Explore Graphic Nonfiction for Young Readers

March: Book Three -- HARDCOVER
MARCH, by Congressman John Lewis, Andrew Aydin, Nate Powell

Award-Winning Author / Illustrator Roxie Munro

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Rocco Staino, School Library Journal, Huffington Post

Christopher Lloyd, Publisher, What on Earth Publishing 

New York, NY, Friday, June 2, 2017

At Bookexpo 2017, at a panel titled Truth Is More Painted Than Fiction: Graphic Nonfiction for Young Readers, panelists will explore the topic of graphic nonfiction for young readers. 

Picture books, comics, and other highly illustrated nonfiction books are a growing phenomenon in children's and YA (young adult) publishing. For example, the graphic memoir March, depicting the civil rights movement through the eyes of John Lewis, became a #1 New York Times bestseller and won the National Book Award.

Panelists will discuss questions such as: What makes these works more than simply "easier books"? What is uniquely valuable about learning with images? What is visual literacy? What are readers looking for? What works? What doesn’t? Will schools embrace these formats? How do we market and promote visual nonfiction?

Topics to be covered will include:

  • Learning how using "gamification" in nonfiction increases learning, engagement, and collaboration
  • Understanding the importance of great imagery for  visual learners
  • Why nonfiction can be more fulfilling, exciting, and fun than fiction

Susannah Greenberg

The organizer and moderator of the panel, Susannah Greenberg, a book publicist whose firm Susannah Greenberg Public Relations works with books in the genre, said that she sees graphic nonfiction books as a burgeoning new source of best sellers because they have a unique power to connect, communicate, entertain, engage, and educate young readers.  She believes they speak the language of a new generation, one that has grown up with new media and visual learning, in a way that text alone does not.  

The panelists will be:

  • Rocco Staino, a Contributing Editor for School Library Journal, who writes for the Huffington Post, and is the Director of the Empire State Center for the Book. In November 2014, he became the host of StoryMakers on KidLit.TV. He is also the retired director of the Keefe Library of the North Salem School District in New York. @RoccoA
  • Roxie Munro, Author/illustrator, Roxie Munro Studio, the author/illustrator of more than 40 award-winning nonfiction and concept children's picture books, and three interactive apps, many using "gamification" to engage, teach, and entertain. Titles include the NY Times Best Illustrated The Inside-Outside Book of New York City; Mazeways: A to Z; Doors; EcoMazes: 12 Earth Adventures; Inside-Outside Dinosaurs; Hatch!; and the upcoming Masterpiece Mix (August 2017). Her books have been translated into French, Italian, Dutch, Chinese, and Japanese.@roxiemunro
  • Christopher Lloyd, Publisher, Founder of What on Earth Publishing; historian, educator and author. His book What on Earth Happened: The Complete Story of the Planet (Bloomsbury, 2008), sold over 500,000 copies. Lloyd is an advocate of connected learning. His publishing house What on Earth publishes in a unique innovative format for young people using illustrative timelines called Wallbooks, which present a broader view of world history and visualize connections between the past and the present day. This book is part of a series is being launched in the US this spring, beginning with The Shakespeare Timeline Wall Book. @WallbookUS
  • Leigh Walton, Marketing Director for Top Shelf Productions, an imprint of IDW Publishing. First in Portland, then in Seattle, now in New York, he has been representing his favorite graphic novel publisher for ten years, with duties including marketing, publicity, copywriting, and editorial. Most recently, he edited and managed the promotional campaign for the record-breaking March trilogy by Congressman John Lewis, Andrew Aydin, and Nate Powell.

The panel was organized by and will be moderated by Susannah Greenberg, President of Susannah Greenberg Public Relations, a book publicity firm for publishers, authors, and book industry organizations. Greenberg's clients include both children’s and adult trade books. In children’s publishing, she has represented author Pat Mora, the 2016 Arbuthnot Lecturer and founder of DIA; KidLit TV; KIWI Storybooks; and currently represents What on Earth? Books. Greenberg was launch publicist for Albert Whitman Teen and has served as a judge for the Bookexpo YA and Middle Grade Buzz Picks as well as the Audies. She is past president of the Women’s National Book Association in New York, and a member of the Women’s Media Group.  @suegreenbergpr

Bookexpo meets annually and is the leading book trade conference in North America. It will take place this year from May 31-June 2, 2017 at the Javits Center in New York City.

The panel will take place at Bookexpo 2017, at the Javits Center in New York, NY, on Friday, June 2 - 12:00 - 12:50. Room 1 E16.

For further information, contact:
Susannah Greenberg, Public Relations, (646) 801-7477,

OR visit the web site: Bookexpo 2017

Monday, June 13, 2016

Literary Landmarks Designated for New York City Authors - E.L. Doctorow and Erich Maria Remarque


Attention: Events, Metro, New York City, Books, Landmarks

Subjects: Authors, E.L. Doctorow, Erich Maria Remarque, Events, Literary Landmarks, Literature, New York, New York City, New York State,  Real Estate, Writers   


Literary Landmarks Launch
for New York Notable Authors:

E.L. Doctorow and Erich Maria Remarque Homes
To Be Designated New York City Landmarks

WHAT: Literary Landmarks Dedications to the Residences of Two New York State Authors, E.L Doctorow and Erich Maria Remarque. Event organized by the Empire State Center for the Book and United For Libraries. Plaques to be presented in a ceremony with talks. Rooftop reception to follow, at 320 E. 57, underwritten in part by Random House, a publisher of E.L. Doctorow.

WHO: Rocco Staino will speak on behalf of United for Libraries and the Empire State Center for the Book; New York City Councilman District 5 Ben Kallos on behalf of New York City; other literary scholars to be announced; and the Doctorow Family attending.

WHEN: Saturday, June 18, 2016, 2 PM

WHERE: 320 East 57th Street, New York, NY (Remarque’s building); Followed by 333 East 57th Street, (Doctorow’s building); and then returning to 320 E. 57 for a rooftop reception. (Reception is not open to the public; for the press and by invitation only)

WHY: The literary heritage of New York City, specifically two neighboring buildings on East 57th Street, will be recognized with the dedication of two literary landmarks. These will be the two closest literary landmarks anywhere in the United States.

320 East 57th Street is where writer Erich Maria Remarque rented an apartment on the 15th floor. Remarque is the author of All Quiet on the Western Front and used the apartment as a setting in his last novel Shadows in Paradise. He continued to live here with his wife, actress Paulette Goddard, until his death in 1970.

333 East 57th Street is where E.L. Doctorow lived at from 2000 until his death in 2015.  He was the author of such classic works of fiction as The Book of Daniel, Ragtime, Billy Bathgate and World’s Fair. While living here he wrote The March, Homer & Langley and Andrew’s Brain.


Susannah Greenberg, Public Relations, 646-801-7477,
Rocco Staino, Empire State Center for the Book, 914-475-3857

MEDIA CONTACT: For further information or questions, please contact Susannah Greenberg, Public Relations, 646-801-7477,


E.L. Doctorow’s  (January 6, 1931 – July 21, 2015) works of fiction include Homer & Langley, The March, Billy Bathgate, Ragtime, the Book of Daniel, City of God, Welcome to Hard Times, Loon Lake, World’s Fair, The Waterworks, and All the Time in the World. Among his honors are the National Book Award, three National Book Critics Circle Awards, two PEN Faulkner Awards, The Edith Wharton Citation for Fiction and the presidentially-conferred National Humanities Medal. In 2009 he was shortlisted for the Man Booker International Prize honoring a writer’s lifetime achievement in fiction, and in 2012 he won the PEN Saul Bellow Award given to an author whose “scale of achievement over a sustained career places him in the highest rank of American Literature.” In 2013 the American Academy of Arts and Letters awarded him the Gold Medal for Fiction. (Photo by Ryan Brenizer)

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Erich Maria Remarque  (22 June 1898 – 25 September 1970), born Erich Paul Remark, was a German novelist who created many works about the terror of war. His best known novel All Quiet on the Western Front (1928), about German soldiers in the First World War, was made into an Oscar-winning movie. His book made him an enemy of the Nazis, who burned many of his works. (Photo by Jerry Bauer).

The Empire State Center for the Book is committed to the book in all formats. Interests of the Center include the promotion of the culture of reading, literature, literacy, book arts, and book history throughout New York State. The Center will work with publishers, libraries, museums, educational institutions, scholars, authors, illustrators and other interested parties to enrich book culture for the people of New York. The Center for the Book relies on grants, sponsorships and the contributions of individuals who share the ideals and support the mission of the Center to promote literature, literacy and libraries. It is the New York affiliate of The Center for Book in the Library of Congress.

United for Libraries is a division of the American Library Association. It is an association of library trustees, advocates, friends and foundations. The mission of United for Libraries is to support citizens who govern, promote, advocate, and fundraise for all types of libraries.

MEDIA CONTACT: For further information or questions, please contact Susannah Greenberg, Public Relations, 646-801-7477,

Monday, May 9, 2016

Book Expo America 2016 - Susannah Greenberg to Present Publishers and Authors

News from Susannah Greenberg Public Relations

Susannah Greenberg will present the following exciting panels at Book Expo America 2016 at The McCormick Center in Chicago, IL

Panel Title: BEA Selects-Reference-Self-Help 

Uptown Stage - #159. Date: Wednesday, May 11, 2016 / Time: 3:30 – 4:00

BEA presents Fall 2016 Reference/Self-Help from Maven House, New Harbinger Publications, Haymarket, and Sourcebooks - four Independent Publishers! Join in this rapid-fire presentation of top titles in the reference and self help and at the conclusion, receive your special coupon to redeem at each publishers booth for a free galley or book. ‪#‎books‬ ‪#‎BEA2016‬ ‪#‎publishers‬


Panel Title: Meet BEA Young Adult Buzz Authors 2016. / 

FRIDAY 05/13/2016, 10:00 AM - 10:30 AM / Uptown Stage Presented by Hallmark

Meet the BEA 2016 Young Adult Buzz Authors - Stephanie Garber, Caraval; Kerri Maniscalco, Stalking Jack The Ripper; Sonia Patel, Rani Patel In Full Effect; Aaron Starmer, Spontaneous; Billy Taylor, Thieving Weasels.
‪#‎books‬ ‪#‎publishing‬ ‪#‎YA‬ ‪#‎YAlit‬ ‪#‎authors ‬‪#‎BEA16‬ ‪#‎publishers‬

About BEA
BookExpo America (BEA) is the leading book and author event for the North American publishing industry. It’s the best place to discover new titles and authors, conduct business and network, and learn the latest trends.
BEA is the largest gathering of booksellers, librarians, retailers, publishers, rights, licensing, and book industry professionals in North America.

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Wednesday, March 2, 2016

Celebrating Book Day - Día and Its Founder Author Pat Mora

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Pat Mora
Author, Family Literacy Advocate, and Founder of

Children's Day, Book Day / El día de los niños, El día de los libros

April 30th and every day of the year


Dear Journalist/Producer:

Interview Author and Día Founder Pat Mora about her being selected by the American Library Association to deliver the 2016 Arbuthnot Lecture on April 15, 2016 in Santa Barbara, CA and about her being founder of Día which will celebrate its 20th anniversary in April.

AVAILABILITY: Pat Mora is available in Santa Fe, NM and environs, by telephone and email, and travel by arrangement.

For further information:

The 2016 May Hill Arbuthnot Lecture Award is an honor awarded by the Association of Library Service to Children, a division of the American Library Association. The award winner, selected by committee, represents the finest in children's literature and provides a forum for "new voices speaking with new insight and new emphasis in the field of children's lectures."

Pioneering author and literacy advocate Pat Mora has written more than three dozen books for young people that in part represent the Mexican American experience. “Mora’s commitment to literacy for all children of all backgrounds motivated her to found Children's Day, Book Day/El día de los niños, El día de los libros, a celebration of children, families and reading. This flourishing family literacy initiative culminates annually on April 30th,” stated 2016 Arbuthnot Committee Chair Julie Corsaro.

Born and raised in El Paso, Texas, Mora grew up bilingual and bicultural. With degrees in English and speech, she was a teacher and university administrator before writing books. Known for her lyrical style, Mora’s poetry and prose have won numerous awards, including a 2005 Belpré Honor Medal for text for “Doña Flor: A Tall Tale of a Giant Woman with a Great Big Heart,” published by Knopf Books for Young Readers, and illustrated by Raul Colón. Her generosity for sharing bookjoy, the phrase she coined for the power and pleasure of words, led Mora to launch “Día,” which will observe its 20th anniversary in 2016.

CONTACT: Susannah Greenberg, Susannah Greenberg Public Relations, 646-801-7477,

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Meet Book Expo America Young Adult Buzz Authors 2015

Meet BEA Young Adult Buzz Authors 2015

Fri. May 29| 10:00 AM - 10:30 AM | Uptown Stage

NEW YORK, NY - Book Expo America Show, Javits Center.

Meet the BEA Young Adult Buzz Authors for 2015


Susannah Greenberg, Moderator

Marie Marquardt - Dream Things True, St. Martin’s Griffin; (On Sale: September 1, 2015);

Marie Marquardt CREDIT Kenzi Tainow.jpg“Marquardt's DREAM THINGS TRUE vividly weaves to life the thrill of falling in love in the South while awakening readers to the struggles of US-Mexican immigration policies. In this touching coming-of-age story, full of hope and possibilities, Marquardt captures the bittersweet world of undocumented teens living in the US and the power of true love.” —Malin Alegria, author of Estrella’s Quinceañera and the Border Town series

“DREAM THINGS TRUE by Marie Marquardt is a story that must be told and needs to be read.  With sensitivity and care, Marquardt deftly illustrates the struggles and hopes of Alma, an undocumented teenager living in the United States.  Alma's story reflects the lives of millions of young people trapped between countries and cultures, longing for a place to belong.  An important story that's full of heart, it will forever change the way you view those who live their lives in the shadows.” —Jennifer Mathieu, author of The Truth About Alice

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Nicola Yoon - Everything, Everything, Delacorte Press; (On Sale: September 2015);

This innovative, heartfelt debut novel tells the story of a girl who’s literally allergic to the outside world. When a new family moves in next door, she begins a complicated romance that challenges everything she’s ever known. The narrative unfolds via vignettes, diary entries, texts, charts, lists, illustrations, and more.

NICOLA YOON grew up in Jamaica (the island) and Brooklyn (part of Long Island).She currently resides in Los Angeles, CA with her husband and their daughter, both of whom she loves beyond all reason. Everything, Everything is her first novel.

Jake Halpern and Peter Kujawinski - Nightfall, G.P. Putnam’s Sons Books for Young Readers;  (On Sale: September 22, 2015);

A story where edge-of-your-seat horror meets post-apocalyptic thriller, perfect for fans of Lois Lowry and The Mazerunner. Night is coming. On Marin’s island, sunrise doesn’t come every twenty-four hours--it comes every twenty-eight years. Each sunset, the townspeople sail to the south, where they wait out the long Night. None of the adults will tell Marin, Kana, or their friend Line exactly what happens when they leave the island, but when the three are accidentally left behind in the gathering dusk, they learn the truth: at Night, their town belongs to others, and those others want them gone. Fleeing through the now-alien landscape that used to be their home, the three confront shocking transformations and uncomfortable truths about themselves.  They are challenged to trust one another or perish. Marin, Kana, and Line must find their way off the island . . . before the Night finds them.

Jake Halpern is an acclaimed journalist, author, and radio producer who has written for several publications including The New Yorker and The Wall Street Journal.  As a contributor at NPR, Jake produced one of the most listened-to episodes of This American Life. He co-wrote the Dormia series with Peter Kujawinski and is the author of Bad Paper, a nonfiction book for adults.

Peter Kujawinski is an author and diplomat, currently serving as US Consul General for Alberta, Saskatchewan and the Northwest Territories. He co-wrote the Dormia series with Jake Halpern and has written for The New York Times.

Daniel Kraus - The Death And Life Of Zebulon Finch, Volume 1: At The Edge Of Empire, Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers; (On Sale: October 2015);

“A splendidly rendered, macabre picaresque—muscular and tender, imaginative and grotesque, cynical yet deeply moving.” —Rick Yancey, The 5th Wave

Daniel Kraus is a Chicago-based writer and filmmaker. His novel The Monster Variations (2009) was selected to New York Public Library's "100 Best Stuff for Teens." Fangoria called his acclaimed, Odyssey Award-winning, Bram Stoker-nominated second novel, Rotters (2011), "a new horror classic." Scowler (2013) was a Junior Library Guild selection. Upcoming novels include Trollhunters (June 2015), co-written with filmmaker Guillermo del Toro, and The Death and Life of Zebulon Finch, Volumes 1 & 2 (2015, 2016). Kraus has written regularly for such magazines as Cosmopolitan, Playboy, Maxim, and

Estelle Laure - This Raging Light, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Books for Young Readers; (On Sale:December 22, 2015)

"A funny, poetic, big-hearted reminder that life can—and will—take us all by surprise.”
—Jennifer E. Smith, The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight

laure$estelle.jpgThe story of Lucille. Her dad went crazy. Her mom left town. She has bills to pay and a little sister to look after. Now is not the time for level-headed seventeen-year-old Lucille to fall in love. But love—messy, inconvenient love—is what she’s about to experience when she falls for Digby Jones, her best friend’s brother. With blazing longing that builds to a fever pitch, Estelle Laure’s soulful debut will keep readers hooked and hoping until the very last page.

The debut author Estelle Laure is a Vonnegut worshiper who believes in love, magic, and the power of facing hard truths. She has a BA in theater arts and an MFA from Vermont College of Fine Arts in writing for children and young adults. She lives with her two children in Taos, New Mexico.
Estelle was inspired to write this book by her own unorthodox teen years. At the age of sixteen, she graduated from high school and moved into a tiny apartment in New Mexico with a group of friends. She got a job, bought a car for $500, and began to learn how to be an adult. Without their parents around, Estelle and her friends raised each other. She learned to depend on her “tribe” for support, much like Lucille leans on her friends in the book.
Estelle says that “everyone is messed up, but most people have a great capacity for kindness.” In This Raging Light, Lucille and Wren receive much-needed gifts of food and household supplies from unknown “angels.” As a teenager living without parents, Estelle herself received support and kindness from adults who gave her sack lunches for school and rides to doctor’s appointments. Similarly, the character Fred is a based on Estelle’s real life friend, mentor, and former boss Fred Muller, owner of El Meze restaurant in Taos.