Introducing Jo D. Tanenbaum, author of GET to the POINT: A History of the Pencil

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Jo Tanenbaum grew up in Chicago and studied at the University of Michigan, UC Berkeley, and Florida State University, where she received a Ph.D. in French Literature. She taught French to middle school and high school students in Tallahassee, Florida for thirty years. She and her husband now live in Los Angeles, California.. She has written FDR and the Dime: the Defeat of Polio and Crooks and Canes: Bible, Bebop and Beyond.

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We have a big selection of writing instruments today—3D pens, mechanical pencils, dry erase markers, watercolor pencils, rollerball pens, and gel ink pens. Technology never stops. Fads come and go. But through thick and thin, there’s one writing instrument that’s still around—the pencil. This book relates the journey of this humble survivor. And what a journey it has been—Egypt, Rome, Athens, Siberia, England, Germany, the United States. The reader will discover that it takes a world of resources to produce the simple pencil.

Introducing Trisha K.M. Szto, author of Hapa Babies, Happy Blessings

“I’d like to thank each one of you for helping me along my Outskirts Press journey in publishing my book “Hapa Babies, Happy Blessings.” You made each stage of the process a very positive experience. I really appreciate your patience. Getting my book going took longer than I had initially thought and that was my doing. I also had to incorporate my dream of publishing this book into everyday living. Everything fell into place in good time. I hope my book is read and seen as a testimony of my faith in God and a gift my children will one day appreciate.”

Trisha K. M. Szto is the mother of three loving and energetic little boys. She was baptized and raised in the Catholic faith. Trisha was born to a Chinese-Jamaican mother and an American born Scotch-Irish father. She currently resides in Southern California with her American born Chinese husband and their Hapa sons. She has a B.S. in Human Development with a minor in Psychology and a M.A. in Organizational Management. She is a full-time working mom.

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This is a story of a mommy’s heartfelt prayers for her unborn babies that really did come true. All expecting mommies hope that their babies are healthy in every shape, way, and form. This mommy wasn’t any different. However, with her deep faith in God she prayed every night before each baby was born to ask for His blessings on her babies. Knowing that each baby would have a unique look because of his mixed Asian ethnicity, the mommy so graciously asked in the silence of her heart a little something different and special for each one. By the grace of God her prayers were answered.

Introducing Jackie Fischer, author of The Lost Branch

“Outskirts Press, especially my author representative guided me through the process with the utmost professionalism and quality service. She not only communicated with me but also my cousins in Italy with regards to completing The Lost Branch, a book that we will treasure and share with the world forever. We also want to thank Outskirts Press for having welcomed our ideas, allowing my cousin and us to make this book in collaboration. They were available at any time to communicate with us and to constantly provide us with great advice. The Lost Branch has come out magnificently thanks to Outskirts Press! We are so excited to share with Italy as well…Marialuisa and Francesca Paladino. I am so proud to have chosen Outskirts Press and I will continue to recommend them to future authors. Thank you again Outskirts Press, we couldn’t have found our Lost Branch without you. You are amazing!”

Jackie Fischer “The General” is 46 years old and lives in Coram, New York. She is a full time Clinical Exercise Physiologist in Cardiac Rehabilitation for the past 20 years. She is married and has one son. Her interests include hiking, skiing, playing piano, tennis, and walking her dog Woody. She loves to travel when her time allows. About of Marialuisa (illustrator) “Giggles” Marialuisa is 21 years old. She lives in Petrosino, Sicily. She graduated in the top two percent of her High School, Geometra. Her expertise in English earned her a trip of a lifetime to study in England. With her passion for learning and her interests of photography, illustrating, and music, she will one day find her dream career. She loves spending time with her family, friends and enjoys all animals. Traveling and visiting the United States has always been her dream.

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The story of my Sicily connection is fun to tell. I hope you enjoy learning a little bit about Sicily, and how our family in America reconnected with our relatives across the sea. There were two brothers that were separated at a young age because of the strict rules of immigration back in the early 1900’s. A hundred years later, a reunion of two families finally took place. There were sad times, happy adventures and special moments and memories that will last a lifetime.

Introducing Patricia (Pat) A. Floyd, Ph.D., author of The Big Red Clock

“The Outskirts Press book team were professional, friendly, knowledgeable, efficient and made my publishing experience a joy. They went out of their way to please and make my book successful. Thanks to all of you.”

Dr. Patricia (Pat) Floyd received her PhD from Florida State University. Retired after 45 years of teaching at all levels in public education, and as university professor of undergraduate and graduate students, she is the co-author of twelve college textbooks. Pat was born and reared in her beloved Luverne, Alabama, where she developed a deep love for her people. She is an avid international traveler, a Belted Galloway cattle rancher, a volunteer, actress, community activist, and the founder of “Voices of Luverne” and “Voices of Crenshaw County.” She loves working with people, helping students, and making a difference in the world.

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“The Big Red Clock” is the story of a big red clock on a tall red post that sits right in the center of Luverne, Alabama-known as the Friendliest City in the South! The Big Red Clock was proud to be the focal point of Friendly City. Everyone greeted him as they passed by and they were grateful to know the time of day. The Big Red Clock was a very happy clock…until one day when storms damaged his working parts. He ended up in a dusty, dark warehouse for many months before the city leaders sent him to be repaired at the Tick-Tock Bells and Clock Factory Hospital in Cincinnati. There, the Big Red Clock was reunited with his clock family…but he missed his friends in Friendly City. It took a long time for the Big Red Clock to recover, but finally he was rushed back to Friendly City. All the happy people gathered around as he was placed on his Big Red Post to tell all the Friendly people when it was time to go to work or school, when it was time to go to lunch, and when it was time to go home and have dinner with their families. Today, the cheerful, mighty sound of the Big Red Clock can be heard throughout the Friendliest City in the South. Tick-Tock, Tick-Tock, Boing, Ding-dong, Clang!