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An Evening with David Sedaris at the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall

Are you a fan of the wonderful, witty Mr. Sedaris? Well, faster than you can dress your family in corduroy and denim, quicker than you can explore diabetes with owls check out ticket availability for his one-night only appearance at the Schnitzer! The fun begins at 7:30PM, this Friday, November 8th.

From the Portland’5 Press Release

NPR humorist and bestselling author of CalypsoNakedDress Your Family in Corduroy and Denim and Let’s Explore Diabetes with Owls, David Sedaris has become one of America’s pre-eminent humor writers, known for his sardonic wit and incisive social critiques. The great skill with which he slices through cultural euphemisms and political correctness proves that Sedaris is a master of satire and one of the most observant writers addressing the human condition today.

Calypso, his latest collection of essays, is a New York Times best-seller, and a Washington PostBest Book of the Year. The audiobook of Calypso was nominated for a 2019 Grammy in the Best Spoken Word Album category.

David Sedaris is the author of Barrel Fever and Holidays on Ice, as well as collections of personal essays, NakedMe Talk Pretty One DayDress Your Family in Corduroy and DenimWhen You Are Engulfed in FlamesLet’s Explore Diabetes with Owls, and Calypso, each of which became an immediate bestseller. The audio version of Let’s Explore Diabetes With Owls is a 56th Annual GRAMMY Awards Nominee for Best Spoken Word Album. He is the author of the New York Times-bestselling collection of fables entitled Squirrel Seeks Chipmunk: A Modest Bestiary (with illustrations by Ian Falconer). He was also the editor of Children Playing Before a Statue of Hercules: An Anthology of Outstanding Stories.

“Sedaris ain’t the preeminent humorist of his generation by accident.”– Whitney Pastorek, Entertainment Weekly

You can follow David on Facebook at www.facebook.com/davidsedaris.

LGBT Children’s Book Now Available on Barnes & Noble and Amazon

New York, NY (November 27, 2018) – Everyone’s family structure is different. The world needs all kinds of people and all kinds of love. Big World, Little Om is a multi-faceted project with a single goal: to celebrate family diversity. Using books and animated shows to teach children about diversity, understanding, and compassion, this series highlights the reality of family diversity. It reveals that we don’t need to fight or argue over our differences, or even try to change them; rather, we can accept what makes us special in order to live more free, cooperative lives.

Every day, children are flooded with false images of masculinity and femininity. They’re taught to live in the illusion that money is power, brute strength always wins, and the most manipulative woman is also the most attractive. These are all qualities that create harm. Now is the time to raise a generation that learns to cooperate instead of compete, care instead of manipulate. Just as kids are speaking out about gun violence, they’re also fed up with messages of hate, greed, and violence. They’re hungry to learn ways to communicate, to work together, and to make the changes that will, literally, save humanity from itself.

The market is severely lacking in messages of cooperation and compassion. We’re going to expose children to those character qualities through this project and saturate the market with these values. By creating that continuity of messaging, we can help the next generations to feel less confused, more grounded, and more capable of clear, honest, and helpful communication.

The name “Om” represents a sound associated with mindfulness. Om, the character, is a very mindful boy. He’s aware of diversity and struggles to comprehend these differences, though he doesn’t “react” in the way that most characters do in books and on T.V. He uses his imagination to confront issues rather than run from them; he uses kindness and compassion to diffuse tension and awaken understanding in others. Just as the sound, “om,” is used to concentrate on a single sound, the character, Om, will teach children to concentrate on compassion and understanding.
Through the series, Little Om will look at different communities through innocent eyes. As a child who isn’t influenced by prejudice and hate, he only knows love. He will ask questions and then ask more questions as he tries to understand the world around him.

The characters will experience real-world situations, such as having two mothers or fathers, gender identity questions, parental separation, and more. The characters will model effective and appropriate responses to those situations rather than follow the status quo of current media. Om, for example, will use his imagination to cope with challenges instead of using it to escape from life’s most difficult changes.

“I was in a same-sex relationship for nine beautiful years,” says book author Mera Malik. “Our relationship ended not for any lack of love, but because she could no longer handle the discrimination she faced in her community or the disapproval of her family. Our child lost one of his moms and no doubt was confused by the whole situation. All he knew was the two of us and the love that was our family. I don’t want that to happen to any other family or child.”

Malik says that the world she wants to live in and raise children in doesn’t discriminate when it comes to love or family; a world where everyone’s story has power and importance, where hearts and character are more important than skin color and gender. She believes that begins through representation and community building. Om the Enchanted, Big World, Little Om will be a show dedicated to showing how wonderful –but sometimes challenging—the lives are for unique families. “It can be a child who has a disability, a refugee family,” she says, “I’m not excluding anyone. I want these kids to see themselves on media in a positive, uplifting way.”

More info can be found on www.bigworldlittleom.com.

Author Jake Biondi to release BOYSTOWN Season Nine on December 14

Chicago, Ill. (November 6, 2018) – BOYSTOWN series author Jake Biondi will release the ninth installment of his popular BOYSTOWN book series on December 14. “The ninth book is a very special one and a Christmastime release date seemed appropriate,” Biondi told fans of his BOYSTOWN book series. “Because of the success of the series, fans from all over the world have been asking me when book nine will be available. The events of the ninth book take place during the holiday season, so the timing is perfect.”

“I decided to mix things up a bit in Season Nine,” Biondi explained. “While the twists and turns that fans have come to expect from the series are absolutely present, the ninth book employs some different story-telling techniques and explores some of the characters’ relationships in a deeper way. And the ending? Well, it will blow readers away!”

Biondi has once again teamed up with designer Anna Crosswell of Cover Couture to create the latest BOYSTOWN book cover, which features five of the “BOYSTOWN boys” that fans have come to know.

“BOYSTOWN is my favorite guilty pleasure,” said cover model Jake Jensen. “I love the relationships, drama, intrigue, and twists and turns. Each book is full of sexy surprises and I can’t put them down.”  He added, “It was a huge honor to get asked to be one of the cover models for BOYSTOWN. I love the series, so having the opportunity to have my face as part of the brand is very cool.”

Matt Bailey also appears on the new cover. “From the moment I started reading the BOYSTOWN series, I fell in love with it. Such a captivating series that leaves you wanting more. I couldn’t put the books down. Each one ends with a killer cliffhanger leading you into the next book.”  Regarding being featured on two of the series book covers, Bailey stated, “This is such a cool experience, to see myself on the covers of this great book series.”

Biondi said, “I love that fans are connecting with the characters and want to know what the future holds for them. The broad appeal of the book series is amazing. BOYSTOWN has an incredibly diverse audience.”

Cover model Kyle Goffney said of Biondi, “He’s professional, encouraging, talented, and focused, all of things which I respect and admire.”  Goffney added, “It’s really cool to be a part of something so creative and enticing. It’s not every day a guy gets featured on the book covers of such a cool series.”

“It’s been an absolute pleasure working with BOYSTOWN series creator Jake Biondi,” said Jensen. “I have a great amount of respect for his writing and his work.”

Bailey previewed, “There’s some exciting things in store for the BOYSTOWN series, and I’m honored to be working on this project as well as being on the covers. Jake is very creative and this is only the beginning.”

The BOYSTOWN book series continues to maintain an average customer rating of five stars, the highest possible rating on Amazon.com.

“Jake Biondi is one of the most masterful writers of fiction of our time,” said Roger Ward in his review of the BOYSTOWN series. “The saga is told masterfully through several subplots which include unforeseen twists and turns that will leave the reader stunned and speechless.”

BOYSTOWN Season Nine is currently available for pre-order on iTunes, Kindle, and Nook: https://www.boystowntheseries.com/order-season-nine.html  The series is available in paperback, audio book, and all e-book formats. Readers may order autographed paperback copies of the books directly from BoystownTheSeries.com.