The Hungry Intellectuals Club Selects Cris Cohen Book for 2011 Dinner Theme

The Raleigh book and supper club plans its 2011 Meals From The Market fundraising event.

July 11, 2011 (Durham, NC) — The Hungry Intellectuals, a book and supper club in Raleigh, NC, will hold another “Meals From The Market” dinner this year to help raise funds for Durham Central Park. And the members have voted Cris Cohen’s upcoming humor book, Staying Crazy To Keep From Going Insane, as the theme for their 2011 event.

Meals From The Market dinners are annual fundraisers that individuals and groups host in their homes. Ticket sales to the dinners support Durham Central Park’s preservation and cultural activities. Last year’s Hungry Intellectuals fundraising dinner helped buy new red benches for the park.

To make the annual event more fun for book club members, The Hungry Intellectuals select a book around which they create a theme for the dinner.

“The Hungry Intellectuals Book and Supper Club is very excited to use Cris’ book for our Meals From The Market 2011 dinner theme,” said club organizer Heather Curtis. “We are all too familiar with the idea of ‘staying crazy to keep from going insane!’ “

Cris Cohen of Cary, NC, is the humor columnist for the CaryCitizen.com and a prolific humor blogger. He is publishing his new book this year as a means to raise funds for a local baseball league for kids with special needs, including his own son. The book will be a compilation of humor columns he wrote for several newspapers when he lived in California before moving to Cary in 2008 and new ones he’s written since then. Proceeds from sales will be donated to the baseball league.

Staying Crazy To Keep From Going Insane has already been endorsed by Pulitzer Prize-winning humor author Dave Barry, New Yorker magazine cartoonist Drew Dernavich, and PEN/Faulker Prize-winning author T.C. Boyle.

Cohen was invited to speak to The Hungry Intellectuals, a group of “young professionals who enjoy reading, eating, drinking and debating,” this spring. They chose his book for their dinner theme afterward.

“I am very flattered that they chose my book for this year’s event,” said Cohen. “It is possible that this decision was the result of a computer error or that most members voted while intoxicated. Although, to be fair, I think that is how most bills make it through Congress.”

The Hungry Intellectuals’ 2011 Meals from the Market dinner is scheduled for Sunday, September 18.  The group hasn’t determined the exact location yet.

Durham Central Park is a downtown destination that offers a venue for cultural activities. It is also part of a 24-hour, walkable neighborhood for arts, recreation, and locally owned businesses. The Park includes The Great Lawn, The Pavilion (home of the Durham Farmers Market) and The Skate Park. For more information, visit www.durhamcentralpark.org.

For more information on The Hungry Intellectuals, visit http://www.meetup.com/The-Hungry-Intellectuals/.

For more information on Cris Cohen and Staying Crazy To Keep From Going Insane, visit www.stayingcrazy.com.

About Cris Cohen:

Cris Cohen, the author of the “Nothing In Particular” blog at http://criscohen.typepad.com, and humor columnist for CaryCitizen.com, was born in Buffalo, NY, and grew up in a suburb of Los Angeles, eventually graduating from the University of Southern California. After a stint in rock radio in Los Angeles and Santa Barbara, Cris started writing his humor column for a collection of California newspapers. He eventually gravitated toward the tech world and Silicon Valley, working for companies such as Netscape and Cisco Systems. Cris, his wife Michele, and their young son Max moved to Cary, North Carolina, in 2008. His first book, Staying Crazy To Keep From Going Insane, is due out in the fall of 2011. For more information visit www.stayingcrazy.com.

“The Mahogany Door” Makes BookExpo America’s New Titles Showcase

Split Rail Books gets its first title before international buyers, librarians and more.

May 25, 2011 (Durham, NC) – “The Mahogany Door” by J. Mark Boliek, a new fantasy-adventure book for young readers just published by Split Rail Books of Durham, is included in this year’s New Title Showcase at the BookExpo America (BEA) going on now at the Javits Center in New York City.

BEA is the largest book-publishing event in North America that’s attended by book buyers, librarians, editors, publishers, and literary agents, as well as book authors and illustrators. The New Title Showcase provides a way for publishers of all types, including small presses, to have their book titles on display at major international book fairs in prime exhibiting locations, and in official fair exhibits. Books in the Showcase are also included in a searchable, online database on the BEA website for one year.

“Most book expos are in the fall, but since this one is in May and my book has been officially released this month, it just seemed right that ‘The Mahogany Door ‘would be a part of the BEA,” said Boliek. “I’m delighted that it’s there for buyers, librarians and others to discover.”

“The Mahogany Door” is the first book in J. Mark Boliek’s The Buinduer Narrative fantasy-adventure trilogy. Accompanied by an original music soundtrack CD, it is a story about three friends, separated years ago by a traumatic event, who are compelled to reunite so that they may once again pass through “The Mahogany Door” and into the fantasy Vryheids world of Bruinduer. They must fulfill a destiny they left undone nine years before to keep Bruinduer from collapsing. The eight songs on the soundtrack CD capture the mood and message of certain sections or themes of the book.

A 353-page, soft-cover book, “The Mahogany Door” features original cover art and interior illustrations by California artist Lauren Gallegos. It is intended for young readers ages 10 and up, as well as parents who like to read to their children. Signed copies of the book and CD ($24.95) are currently available on the author’s website www.jmarkboliek.com.

For more information on Book Expo America and the New Titles Showcase, visit www.bookexpoamerica.com.

For more information on J. Mark Boliek and “The Mahogany Door,” visit www.jmarkboliek.com.

About J. Mark Boliek:

J. Mark Boliek, the author of “The Mahogany Door” and the entire Bruinduer Narrative series, grew up in Eden and Durham, North Carolina. An avid writer and athlete, he received a football scholarship after high school but chose to join the Navy instead. He graduated from Concord University in Athens, WV, in 1997 and lived in Wilmington, NC, for a while, where he began to develop The Bruinduer Narrative, a fantasy-adventure series for young readers, as well as the soundtrack CD that accompanies “The Mahogany Door.” Mark and his wife Jill now live in Durham, NC, where they own and operate Split Rail Books and Split Rail Multimedia LLC. For more information on the author and “The Mahogany Door,” visit www.jmarkboliek.com and his Facebook page at www.facebook.com/jmarkboliek.

Humor Author/Entrepreneur Takes His Message To The Triangle

Cris Cohen talks business, baseball, books.

May 25, 2011 (Cary, NC) – “How I learned through the Miracle League that baseball can be fun and not just the forced labor camp experience I remember from childhood”

Cris Cohen

is one of two messages that humor writer Cris Cohen of Cary, author of the irreverent blog “Nothing In Particular,” is taking around the Triangle to various groups as he promotes his upcoming book Staying Crazy To Keep From Going Insane.

The Miracle League of the Triangle is a baseball league for children with special needs, including Cohen’s own son, Max. Through volunteering with the League, Cohen says he’s finally learned to love the game, and he’ll share his insights with the Durham Rotary Club on July 18.

“It turns out that, unlike what I experienced during my childhood, verbal abuse from adults is not supposed to be part of the game,” Cohen said with a smile. “I grew up thinking that baseball’s official rules and regulations had passages about the distance between the bases, what equipment was allowed, and how adults should force kids to experience the kind of psychological trauma normally only seen in prisoner of war camps.”

Before then, Cohen will present his talk “Just try. Just ask. You’ll be amazed at what might happen: My entrepreneurial adventure” with the Success Team Speed Networking group in Raleigh on May 31, with the West Raleigh Rotary Club on June 2, with the Wake County Women Business Owners Network on June 10, and with the Triangle Community of Developing Careerists on June 23. These follow a similar presentation he made to the Triangle Business Alliance on May 19.

“I am really grateful to these organizations for letting me speak to them,” Cohen said. “It is possible that they thought I was someone else when they booked me, but I am not going to try and clear up any such confusion until after the appearances.”

“Just try. Just ask” addresses Cohen’s humorous yet successful efforts at setting up a small press – Tyrannosaurus Max Press – through which he’ll publish Staying Crazy To Keep From Going Insane and other works, and the celebrity endorsements it’s already received (Dave Barry, T.C. Boyle and Drew Dernavich) because he wasn’t afraid to ask.

The book will be a collection of humor columns Cohen wrote for several newspapers when he lived in California and new ones he’s written since he and his family moved to Cary in 2008. Cohen intends to donate the majority of the proceeds from sales of the book to the Miracle League of the Triangle.

For more information on Cris Cohen and his book, and to see his evolving schedule of speaking engagements, visit www.stayingcrazy.com. Cohen’s blog is located at criscohen.typepad.com.

About Cris Cohen:

Cris Cohen, the author of the Nothing In Particular blog, was born in Buffalo, NY, and grew up in a suburb of Los Angeles, eventually graduating from the University of Southern California. After a stint in rock radio in Los Angeles and Santa Barbara, Cris started writing his humor column for a collection of California newspapers. He eventually gravitated toward the tech world and Silicon Valley, working for companies such as Netscape and Cisco Systems. Cris, his wife Michele, and their young son Max moved to Cary, North Carolina, in 2008. Cris’ blog is available at http://criscohen.typepad.com. His first book, Staying Crazy To Keep From Going Insane, is due out in the fall of 2011. For more information visit www.stayingcrazy.com.

“Staying Crazy” Gets New Yorker Cartoonist’s Endorsement

Award-winning cartoonist Drew Dernavich looks forward to Cris Cohen’s new humor book.

May 9, 2011 (Cary, NC) – Staying Crazy To Keep From Going Insane, an upcoming book

Drew Dernavich

by Cary, NC, humor writer and blogger Cris Cohen, has received a rousing endorsement from Drew Dernavich, cartoonist for The New Yorker magazine.

Due out in the fall, Staying Crazy To Keep From Going Insane, will be a collection of Cohen’s humor columns, most from the years he spent as a columnist for several newspapers in California as well as new ones he’s written since he and his family moved to Cary, NC, in 2008.

Cohen sent a pre-publication copy of his book to Dernavich, who is also the winner of the National Cartoonists Society’s “Reuben Award” as the best gag cartoonist in the nation.

“If Cris made a lasagna, it would probably be a funny lasagna,” Dernavich wrote in his endorsement. “If Cris made a chair, it would be a funny chair. Thankfully, he has decided to make a book instead, which I enjoyed reading along with a glass of the most hilarious Merlot. Keep it coming, Cris!”

How big of a deal is Dernavich’s endorsement for Cohen? “I am in awe of Drew’s talent,” Cohen said. “At least, that’s how I explained it to the policemen who found me hiding in the bushes outside his house. He can write. He can draw. He does speaking engagements. He’s like a Swiss Army Comedian.”

Cohen is publishing Staying Crazy To Keep From Going Insane as a way to raise money for a local baseball league for children with special needs, including his own son, Max. He will donate proceeds from sales of the book to the league.

Cris Cohen is also the author of the humor blog “Nothing In Particular: Trying Not To Take Life Too Seriously” at criscohen.typepad.com.

For more information on Staying Crazy To Keep From Going Insane, visit www.stayingcrazy.com and the Facebook page: www.facebook.com/stayingcrazy.

About Cris Cohen:

Cris Cohen, the author of the Nothing In Particular blog, was born in Buffalo, NY, and grew up in a suburb of Los Angeles, eventually graduating from the University of Southern California. After a stint in rock radio in Los Angeles and Santa Barbara, Cris started writing his humor column for a collection of California newspapers. He eventually gravitated toward the tech world and Silicon Valley, working for companies such as Netscape and Cisco Systems. Cris, his wife Michele, and their young son Max moved to Cary, North Carolina, in 2008. Cris’ blog is available at http://criscohen.typepad.com. His first book, Staying Crazy To Keep From Going Insane, is due out in the fall of 2011.

Cary Citizen Editor Wins Humor Writing Contest

Cris Cohen Selects Best Guest Blog Post  

April 19, 2011 (Cary, NC) – Leslie Huffman, Associate Editor of the Cary Citizen, an online newspaper, has won humor writer/blogger Cris Cohen’s guest blog post contest with a 250-piece entitled “My Invisible Car.”

Huffman’s piece is posted on Cohen’s Nothing In Particular blog (criscohen.typepad.com) and she will receive a copy of Pulitzer Prize-winning humor columnist Dave Barry’s newest book I’ll Mature When I’m Dead.

“All of the entries were fun to read, so it was difficult selecting just one,” Cohen said. “I liked the fun spin that Leslie put on the topic of ‘potential vehicular homicide’. She has a slightly warped perspective that I can identify with. I’m sure Leslie will enjoy this coveted literary honor for at least l0 minutes.”

Huffman’s winning entry can be read at: http://criscohen.typepad.com/cris_cohen/2011/04/contest-winner.html

Cohen announced the guest post contest in early April as a way to celebrate the endorsement he received from David Barry for his upcoming book Staying Crazy To Keep From Going Insane.

Cohen’s book, due out this fall, will be a collection of Cohen’s humor columns from the years he wrote for several newspapers in his native California and new ones he’s written since he moved to Cary in 2008. Proceeds from sales of the book will go to a local baseball league for kids with special needs. Tyrannosaurus Max Press, Cohen’s new small publishing company, will publish the book.

“I want to thank everyone who entered the contest,” said Cohen. “It is really great that people from Maine to Washington state were willing to invest so much effort and creativity into what was essentially a colossal waste of time.”

Cohen intends to announce another contest related to his upcoming book in the near future.

For more information on Cris Cohen, visit his blog at http://criscohen.typepad.com. For more information on Staying Crazy To Keep From Going Insane, go to www.stayingcrazy.com.

About Cris Cohen:

Cris Cohen, the author of the Nothing In Particular blog, was born in Buffalo, NY, and grew up in a suburb of Los Angeles, eventually graduating from the University of Southern California. After a stint in rock radio in Los Angeles and Santa Barbara, Cris started writing his humor column for a collection of California newspapers. He eventually gravitated toward the tech world and Silicon Valley, working for companies such as Netscape and Cisco Systems. Cris, his wife Michele, and their young son Max moved to Cary, North Carolina, in 2008. Cris’ blog is available at http://criscohen.typepad.com. His first book, Staying Crazy To Keep From Going Insane, is due out in the fall of 2011.

Cary Couple Launches Tyrannosaurus Max Press

New small press to publish books by Cris Cohen, perhaps others.

A new small publishing company has opened in the Triangle with a name that reflects the tenacity of a little boy with special needs. Cris and Michele Cohen have launched Tyrannosaurus Max Press, LLC, in Cary.

Cris Cohen is a humor writer, columnist and blogger who announced recently that he was going to publish a collection of his humor columns in book form, entitled “Staying Crazy To Keep From Going Insane.” Proceeds from sales of the book, which is due out this fall, will go to a local baseball league for children with special needs. Cris and Michele are regular volunteers for the league, and their son, Max, is one of the players.

Cohen knew he was going to self-publish the book – meaning that he would pay for it to be published rather than wait for a traditional publishing house to buy the rights. He didn’t know until recently, however, that he was going to launch a small press in the process.

”I thought that to be a publishing company you had to have a large office in New York City and hundreds of employees who liked to wear tweed,” said Cohen. “It turns out you just need some forms and a Visa card. So we thought, ‘What the hell.’”

His immediate plans are to publish “Staying Crazy To Keep From Going Insane” and other books he will write himself. “But you never know,” he added. “Maybe we will publish books from other authors in the future.”

Once disrespected by the traditional publishing industry, small presses and self-publishing have now become what Publishers Weekly, the international, weekly trade news magazine for publishers and booksellers, calls a “phenomenon.” As a result, Publishers Weekly began publishing the PW Quarterly last year, a quarterly supplement announcing self-published titles and reviewing work from small presses that PW believes deserve of a critical assessment.

Entering the growing industry of small presses, Cohen named his new company Tyrannosaurus Max Press after his son’s baseball nickname.

”With the special needs baseball league, every kid gets a nickname that is announced when he or she steps up to bat,” Cohen said. “We had originally considered giving him the nickname ‘His Parents Are The Smartest, Most Attractive People You Will Ever Meet In Your Life’, but we worried that the announcers wouldn’t say it with the conviction and awe that it deserves. So we went with ‘Tyrannosaurus Max’ instead.”

California artist Manuel Sanvictores created the logo for Tyrannosaurus Max Press, LLC.

Cris Cohen is the author of the humor blog “Nothing In Particular: Trying Not To Take Life Too Seriously”  (http://criscohen.typepad.com). For more information on Tyrannosaurus Max Press and “Staying Crazy To Keep From Going Insane,” visit www.stayingcrazy.com and the Facebook page: www.facebook.com/stayingcrazy.

About Cris Cohen:

Cris Cohen, the author of the Nothing In Particular blog, was born in Buffalo, NY, and grew up in a suburb of Los Angeles, eventually graduating from the University of Southern California. After a stint in rock radio in Los Angeles and Santa Barbara, Cris started writing his humor column for a collection of California newspapers. He eventually gravitated toward the tech world and Silicon Valley, working for companies such as Netscape and Cisco Systems. Cris, his wife Michele, and their young son Max moved to Cary, North Carolina, in 2008. Cris’ blog is available at http://criscohen.typepad.com. His first book, “Staying Crazy To Keep From Going Insane,” is due out in the fall of 2011.

NC’s Emerging Horror/Fantasy Author Featured at EyeCon Convention

 

T. Lyn Fletcher joins the cast and fans of “The Vampire Diaries” at Atlanta

"Twisted and Turned" author T. Lyn Fletcher

Convention.

March 31, 2011 (Raleigh, NC) —  EyeCon Celebrity Autograph Conventions, best known for conventions geared towards the shows “True Blood” and “Supernatural” and the “Twilight” movies, added a new show and location this year: EyeCon Vampire Diaries Convention in Atlanta March 25-27, spotlighting the stars of the CW Network’s TV series.

T. Lyn Fletcher, North Carolina native and author of the upcoming supernatural book series Twisted and Turned, was invited to participate in the convention to promote the series, which she insists will take fans of supernatural and occult literature on a journey “unlike any they’ve experienced before – including The Vampire Diaries,’ ‘True Blood,’ and ‘Twilight.’”

If comments she received during EyeCon are indicators, she’s right.

Twisted and Turned is “a true love story of supernatural proportions,” Fletcher says. It begins with an archangel in heaven who falls so deeply in love with a human soul that she arranges to be born on earth in the same place where this soul will be born. The soul actually becomes twins – stunningly handsome twin vampires. Yet the archangel is destined to find and fall in love with one of the twins – even though her natural instinct is to destroy demons. She even bears children from this unlikely union.

“The archangel/vampire connection fascinated everyone,” Fletcher said. “Many people told me it was a fresh twist for the genre. Several people even asked me if this was going to be a TV series. They seemed really excited!”

Fletcher’s display booth for Twisted and Turned featured promotional posters designed by Cary artist Darla Yanko. Yanko is also creating cover art for each book in the series.

“It was an incredible experience,” Fletcher said. “I met so many wonderful people, from the staff and volunteers to the stars from ‘The Vampire Diaries.’  The exposure for Twisted and Turned was invaluable, and it was great to meet people who are so deeply interested in the genre. I was thrilled to hear so many people say that they can’t wait for the books to come out.”

The EyeCon weekend included panel discussions, celebrity Q&A events, and photo op and autograph sessions with the cast of “The Vampire Diaries,” along with a Cocktail Carnival and Banquet with the stars, and a Masquerade Ball on Saturday Evening.

T. Lyn Fletcher, a member of the well-known, philanthropic Fletcher family of Raleigh, NC and a medical software designer in her “other life,” as she puts it, expects to have the entire Twisted and Turned series completed this year. Requests for review copies are already coming in.

The T. Lyn Fletcher website, www.tlynfletcher.com, will launch soon. In the meantime, she maintains a Facebook page (under T. Lyn Fletcher) and Twitter account to support the upcoming series and to connect with her future readers. For more information and to arrange interviews with the author, contact publicist Kim Weiss of Blueplate PR, at kim@blueplatenc.com or 919-272-8615.

San Francisco Sponsors Support Cary Writer’s New Book

Cris Cohen’s upcoming humor book will raise money for kids with special needs.

 

March 25, 2011 (Cary, NC) – Humor writer and California native Cris Cohen has lived in Cary, NC, since 2008. But fans of his popular columns that ran in California newspapers for several years haven’t forgotten how much they enjoyed his work. They’re also eager to support his new fundraising effort for kids with special needs.

As a result, Cohen announced this week that TechProse, a technical writing, training and instructional design consulting service, and newspaper copywriter Marilyn Berg Cooper, both of the San Francisco Bay Area, have signed on as official sponsors for Cohen’s upcoming book, “Staying Crazy To Keep From Going Insane.” Proceeds will go to a local baseball league for children with special needs, including his own son, nine-year-old Max.

“I had the pleasure of working with Cris on several projects and always really appreciated his sense of humor,” says Kathy Krumpe, Resource Manager at TechProse. “I’m so pleased that he is writing something that will give us a reason to laugh and at the same time help an organization like the special needs baseball league.”

Entitled “Staying Crazy To Keep From Going Insane,” the book will be a collection of Cohen’s humor columns, some from his California career, others penned in Cary.

“I’ve been looking forward to this take-it-with-you collection of Cris Cohen’s offbeat musings,” said Marilyn Berg Cooper.

Cohen has been seeking sponsors to help defray the cost of self-publishing his book. They’re starting to come in, as are endorsements from the likes of Pulitzer Prize-winner humor writer Dave Barry and Pen/Faulkner Award-winning author T.C. Boyle.

“I am flattered that these people not only remember me, but have not pressed charges,” said Cohen.

For more information on “Staying Crazy To Keep From Going Insane,” visit www.stayingcrazy.com and the Facebook page: www.facebook.com/stayingcrazy.

Cohen is also the author of the humor blog “Nothing In Particular,” which can be found at http://criscohen.typepad.com.

 

About Cris Cohen:

Cris Cohen

Cris Cohen, the author of the “Nothing In Particular” blog, was born in Buffalo, NY, and grew up in a suburb of Los Angeles, eventually graduating from the University of Southern California. After a stint in rock radio in Los Angeles and Santa Barbara, Cris started writing his humor column for a collection of California newspapers. He eventually gravitated toward the tech world and Silicon Valley, working for companies such as Netscape and Cisco Systems. Cris, his wife Michele, and their young son Max moved to Cary, North Carolina, in 2008. Cris’ blog is available at http://criscohen.typepad.com. His first book, “Staying Crazy To Keep From Going Insane” is due out later this year.

Sponsors Sign On To Support Upcoming Humor Book

Two entrepreneurs from California sponsor Cris Cohen’s new book.

Cris Cohen's upcoming book. Proceeds will benefit the Miracle League of the Triangle.

 

March 10, 2011 (Cary, NC) – When humor writer/blogger Cris Cohen of Cary, NC, decided to publish a book entitled Staying Crazy To Keep From Going Insane, he announced that he would donate the proceeds from its sales to the Miracle League of the Triangle, a baseball league for kids with special needs. He also announced that he was looking for sponsors to help defray the costs of self-publishing.

 

This week, two entrepreneurs from Cohen’s home state – California – stepped up to the plate. Laura Little of Live A Little More Enterprises in San Luis Obispo, CA, and Gina Gotsill, a writer, editor and voice-over talent with Vocal Variety in the San Francisco Bay area have agreed to be sponsors of Staying Crazy To Keep From Going Insane.

 

Since moving to North Carolina in 2008, Cohen has been writing his Nothing In Particular blog at criscohen.typepad.com. Before the move, he lived in California for most of his life and wrote a humor column that was published regularly in several newspapers. His upcoming book will be a collection of columns from his California career, as well as some new pieces.

 

Gina Gotsill was a regular reader of Cohen’s humor column when it ran in California. “Cris has been keeping us in stiches for years,” she said. “I’m excited about having a book to refer to when we need some comic relief. And it feels great to support Miracle League of the Triangle. It’s such a positive, fun organization and the kids get so much out of it.”

 

After reading several chapters of the book-in-progress, Laura Little commented, “In his upcoming book, Cris promises to entertain and delight his readers with his offbeat sense of humor prompted by the predicaments of daily life. He crafts a love affair between pomp and circumstance with his witticisms. If you’re overdue for a good belly laugh, don’t miss this book!”

 

Staying Crazy To Keep From Going Insane will be published in September in time for the opening of the Miracle League’s fall season. For more information, visit http://stayingcrazy.com.

 

For more information on Cris Cohen, visit http://criscohen.typepad.com.

 

About Cris Cohen:

Cris Cohen is the author of the Nothing In Particular blog. Although he was born in Buffalo, NY, Cris grew up in a suburb of Los Angeles, eventually graduating from the University of Southern California. After a stint in rock radio in Los Angeles and Santa Barbara, Cris started writing his humor column for a collection of California newspapers. He eventually gravitated toward the tech world and Silicon Valley, working for companies such as Netscape and Cisco Systems. Cris and his wife Michele and their young son Max moved to Cary, North Carolina, in 2008. Cris’ blog is available at http://criscohen.typepad.com.

NC Author’s First Children’s Book Gets Rave Review

Midwest Books’ Bookwatch calls Sleep, Little Child “entrancing.”

February 16, 2011 (CHARLOTTE, NC) – Sleep, Little Child, author/composer Marc Hoffman’s new children’s book with accompanying CD, has received a glowing review from Midwest Book Review’s senior reviewer Nancy Lorraine on “Bookwatch.”

Sleep, Little Child is based on an original lullaby Hoffman wrote years before he decided to turn it into a picture book. It answers a child’s question about who will watch over him through the night after his parents are asleep. The author performs the lullaby on the accompanying CD. Other tracks include spoken-word readings and an all-instrumental version.

Calling the book and CD “entrancing,” Lorraine writes: “The rhyming lullaby lyrics are gently

The CD that accompanies the lullaby book.

reassuring to the young child that while he goes to sleep, he is watched and cared for by his heavenly Father, as well as by his earthly father.”

She calls the book’s original watercolor illustrations by artist Tony Waters of Charleston, SC, “both appealing and inviting to prepare to embark for Slumberland. Little comical details of the boy’s favorite stuffed monkey — whose eyes wake and sleep in sync with the boy’s — will be carefully noted and cherished by sleepy toddlers.”

She concludes: “Sleep, Little Child is an ideal bedtime experience to offer to sleepy, squirmy children ages two through seven, to help them settle into sound and healthful slumber.”

Sleep, Little Child is published by Virillion Music of Salisbury and retails for $17.95. It is currently carried by The Literary Bookpost in Salisbury, NC, Blue Bicycle Books in Charleston, and on Amazon. For more information, visit www.sleeplittlechild.com and the book’s Facebook page.

 

Composer/author Marc Hoffman.

About the author:

Composer/pianist/vocalist Marc Hoffman received his degree in composition from the North Carolina School of the Arts and studied film composition at USC. He also attended The Dartington International Summer School of Music in Devon, England. His composition teachers have included David Ott, Leo Arnaud, Neil Hefti, and Sherwood Shaffer. A member of BMI and the American Composer’s Forum, he is also founder and artistic director of the Salisbury School of Music. He lives in Salisbury with is wife, Anne, and their daughter August. For more information on Marc Hoffman and his work, visit www.marchoffman.com. He is also available on Facebook under Marc Hoffman Music, on MySpace, and on the Internet Movie Database (IMDb.com). Agent: Brandon Crumpton, Key Signature Entertainment, 704-249-5907, brandon@keysignatureonline.com.