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Six Seconds, Six Decades: Evergreen Podcasts Prepares to Launch ‘Countdown To Dallas’ Podcast by Paul Brandus

With new details released from the very latest documents, Paul Brandus offers the unique perspective of a veteran member of the White House press corps and presidential historian.

Six Seconds, Six Decades: Evergreen Podcasts Prepares to Launch ‘Countdown To Dallas’ Podcast by Paul Brandus
Countdown To Dallas by Paul Brandus

Countdown To Dallas by Paul Brandus

Excitement builds as the production team at Evergreen Podcasts collaborates with renowned host and author Paul Brandus to transform his new bookCountdown To Dallas, into an accompanying podcast, exploring the history and lore of the John F. Kennedy assassination and surrounding conspiracies.

"You know how people say 'a picture is worth a thousand words'?” Paul Brandus remarks. “Actually, I think the reverse is true: a word is worth a thousand pictures. That's what podcasts can do. I'm proud to team up again with Evergreen. Their team is amazing, and it's always fun when we can make history come alive through vivid storytelling and the use of sound." 

Now, 60 years after the assassination of President John F. Kennedy, veteran White House correspondent Paul Brandus provides us an in-depth look at the seemingly unconnected events that led to that infamous afternoon in Dallas, Texas. Brandus takes us all the way back to 1939 to explore the troubled and broken life of Kennedy’s killer, Lee Harvey Oswald, and challenges six decades' worth of conspiracy theories—none of which have been proven.

“It’s an honor to collaborate with Paul Brandus on what is now our fourth podcast venture together,” states Brigid Coyne, Evergreen’s VP of Production. “His thoughtful approach to understanding Lee Harvey Oswald brings a fresh perspective to an extensively covered event. Our hope is that listeners will learn from and enjoy this retrospective look at the events leading up to November 22, 1963, as we approach its sixtieth anniversary."

In 2017 the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) began releasing tens of thousands of pages of documents, most of them from the CIA and FBI. But both Presidents Donald Trump and Joe Biden have cited personnel changes, the pandemic, and concerns of “national security, law enforcement, and foreign affairs” for the continued withholding of thousands more. Six decades after the assassination, it is certainly worth considering what these final documents could contain. 

“History is never static. It is always marching forward, and so I thought the story of this tragic event needed to be updated,” Brandus continues.

With new details released from the very latest documents, Brandus offers the unique perspective of a veteran member of the White House press corps and presidential historian. He offers a unique take on the cultural and political climate of what he calls a “more innocent era” and reveals lesser-known details that debunk long-held - but still unproven - conspiracy theories that continue to hover over the assassination. “Countdown to Dallas” offers a detailed and unique perspective on this history-altering event - a perspective that many Americans today might find eye-opening.

The first episode of the limited podcast series, Countdown To Dallas debuts on October 31. Subscribe now on Evergreen’s websiteApple PodcastsSpotify, or anywhere you find podcasts.

Interested in reading the book first? Countdown To Dallas by Paul Brandus is out now in bookstores near you. Also pick up Paul’s Amazon best-seller, Jackie—a colorful biography of Jacqueline Kennedy in the years between her two marriages—and listen to its companion podcast, From First Lady to Jackie O, which has already received over 100,000 downloads.

For more amazing stories about how false information turns our world inside out, listen to Paul’s podcast, Disinformation

Connect with Paul on Twitter/X at WestWingReport or via his LinkedIn profile.

Press inquiries: If you’d like to interview Paul Brandus about his new book, recent books, or podcast, please contact Evergreen Podcasts.

About Evergreen Podcasts

Evergreen Podcasts is an established podcast production network with a catalog of entertaining and thought-provoking shows rooted in high production quality and artistic integrity. With a diverse range of podcasts spanning genres such as true crime, pop culture, comedy, and beyond, Evergreen Podcasts connects listeners with engaging content that informs, entertains, and inspires. For more information, visit evergreenpodcasts.com.

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Discover the Secrets of Amazingly Awesome HR With New ‘HR Like a Boss’ Book From Business Leader & Willory Founder John Bernatovicz

Prepare to Embark on a Remarkable Journey of Human Resources Enlightenment

HR Like a Boss, published by SHRM Books, is the essential guide to transforming workplaces through the power of human resources. This book sets a new standard for delivering Human Resources, advocating for meaningful work experiences, driving exceptional business results, and positively impacting communities. At its core lies a reflective message of loving what you do and embracing the ownership of your role and responsibilities.

Organized into five essential parts — Think Differently, Be Different, Be BetterTake Action, and Make an Impact — this off-beat, fun, and entertaining book offers a refreshing perspective on HR that aims to change how we perceive this vital and growing field. 

John Bernatovicz’s motivation to write this book stems from his concern about the disengagement and indifference prevalent in today's workplaces. With most employees feeling disconnected at work and perceiving a lack of care from their employers, HR Like a Boss offers inspiration, concrete advice, and humor to position HR professionals as catalysts for transforming individuals to achieve amazing feats both professionally and personally. 

Bernatovicz and his team at Willory have also created a robust online community for professionals striving to deliver amazingly awesome HR. The “HR Like a Boss” community includes a training course with up to six continuing education credits for HR professionals, live sessions with HR and business thought leaders, and a platform for professional collaboration among community members. Learn more at www.hrlikeaboss.com

Are you ready to step into the spotlight and become an HR superhero? Bernatovicz leads the way to reinvent how you view HR—one valued employee at a time.

About the Author: John Bernatovicz is a successful entrepreneur and business leader with more than 25 years of sales and leadership experience. He is the founder and President of Willory, an HR and payroll consulting and staffing firm. Bernatovicz is a recognized keynote speaker, having done over 200 speaking engagements on HR-related topics. Bernatovicz also launched a popular podcast by the same title, HR Like a Boss, featuring 100+ episodes to improve HR practices. John Bernatovicz is a graduate of Kent State University and lives in Bath, Ohio, with his wife Emily and two children, Will and Mallory.

About SHRM: SHRM creates better workplaces where employers and employees thrive together. As the voice of all things work, workers, and the workplace, SHRM is the foremost expert, convener, and thought leader on issues impacting today’s evolving workplaces. With nearly 325,000 members in 165 countries, SHRM impacts the lives of more than 235 million workers and families globally. Learn more at SHRM.org.

About SHRM Books: Since its inception in 1984, SHRM Books has developed a robust publishing program with a catalog of more than 100 books in print, digital, and audio formats in its ongoing effort to inform and educate the business community on a variety of contemporary human resources topics. Learn more at SHRMBooks.org.

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Announcing ‘Old Habits for the New World,’ by James J. Michaels, the First Volume of His ‘Five Decades of Deceit’

In Recognition of Yale University's 322nd Foundation date, Oct. 9, 1701, and the 191st year of its infamously private and prestigious secret society, Skull & Bones, otherwise known as Club 322, the author celebrates his own anniversary with the release of this debut publication.

Announcing ‘Old Habits for the New World,’ by James J. Michaels, the First Volume of His ‘Five Decades of Deceit’
Old Habits for The New World

Five Decades of Deceit: Book One Cover Image

Author James J. Michaels announces the release of his new book, "Old Habits for the New World," whose introduction explores several events that led to the discovery of America, recapping some from as early as the beginning of Christianity, and depositing the reader into America’s struggle for independence. The book focuses on the decades of 1770-1820 AD. 

With a thorough insight into the country's history, including several European occurrences, the book encompasses a panoramic perspective of both popular and little-known events and explores the similarities that connect many of them together, free from the influences of those dominant in the era discussed. From Paul Revere’s infamous ride to the dissolution of the Holy Roman Empire, the volume serves as a brainstorming session for its readers.

Mr. Michaels thanks his family, historians, researchers, and several critical thinkers through whom he has been able to interpret these historic events and write his historiography ever more clearly. Mr. Michaels acknowledges several published authors, along with the many resources from which he drew his inspiration: from Fr. Amiot’s translation of "The Art of War" to Zachary K. Hubbard’s "Number Games", this work has been strengthened and solidified to present history as an interwoven mosaic of time and space. With much gratitude, the author thanks Mr. Hubbard for his keen insight and credits him for his assistance in titling this volume "Old Habit for the New World".

Suitable for all readers, this book is a unique addition to the literary works of history, particularly for world history students and individuals pursuing American history, international relations, and independent journalism. 

About James J. Michaels 

James J. Michaels is an American Air Force veteran, family man, and independent researcher of world history. His debut book, “Old Habits for the New World” reviews interesting historical connections which otherwise may have continued to remain random and obscure, and wholly unconnected to each other. 

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Enjoy revisiting historical events with a new perspective that reveals their enduring interconnectedness in Five Decades of Deceit: Book One, "Old Habits for The New World", available in paperback at Amazon.com.

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Hormone Therapy Pioneer Dr. Terri DeNeui Releases Definitive Guide to Hormone Health in New Book

EVEXIAS Health Solutions founder’s first-of-its-kind book debunks the myths and misconceptions surrounding hormones in women and men

Over the past 15 years, Terri DeNeui, DNP, APRN, ACNP-BC, a board-certified nurse practitioner and founder of EVEXIAS Health Solutions, has been educating both her patients and fellow healthcare professionals about the new, cutting-edge medical advancements in hormone health while also dispelling common misconceptions surrounding the various treatment options. Now, Dr. DeNeui is set to empower readers to take control of their hormones with the release of her new book, “Hormone Havoc.” The Kindle version of the book is now available for purchase on Amazon and a hard-cover version will be available in October.  

"Hormone Havoc" stems from Dr. DeNeui's deep-rooted passion for helping her patients by advancing the field of hormone health. She recognizes that hormones play a fundamental role in long-term health, the risk of chronic disease, as well as emotional and mental well-being. The book offers real-world tips to achieve and sustain hormone optimization at any age while debunking common myths such as “one-size-fits-all” treatment plans, the belief that hormone therapy is exclusive to women, concerns about increased cancer risks and more.

“When I first started my career as an emergency room nurse, far too often I would see patients come in and out of the ER, suffering from highly preventable conditions and leaving with only prescribed drugs to band-aid the symptoms,” expressed Dr. DeNeui. “As someone who has spent the last decade studying and treating patients with these symptoms, I’ve learned that we need to transform our healthcare model to prioritize disease prevention rather than disease management. This starts with creating a hub that patients and fellow healthcare professionals can reference to uncover the truths about hormone health and treatment options, which is exactly what this book is.”

"Hormone Havoc" is not just a book; it's an invitation to embrace the power of hormonal balance and understand the power of hormone therapy. Key highlights include:

  • Realizing and normalizing the fact that individuals don't have to live with sleeplessness, low energy, diminished libido or mood swings. 
  • Revealing practical methods to shield individuals from chronic illnesses. 
  • Discovering actionable strategies that empower patients to proactively safeguard their health, effectively reducing the risk of chronic diseases and ensuring a healthier, happier life.
  • Understanding that aging doesn't have to be unbearable. Learning how to maintain youthful vitality, cognitive sharpness and overall wellness as individuals navigate the journey of aging.

“In the course of my own journey, I have worked with various practitioners, each contributing their unique expertise. However, it is Terri who has left an indelible mark on my life," said Actor, Philanthropist and Women’s Health Advocate Kelly LeBrock. "Through her EVEXIAS Medical Centers and the EVEXIAS Healthcare Solutions providers she has trained, Terri has fostered places where individuals can find solace and healing, allowing them to transcend the chaos of ‘hormone havoc’ and discover what I call 'hormone harmony'.”

What initially began as a memoir of Dr. DeNeui’s life, touching on her bootstrap journey to success, "Hormone Havoc" evolved into a powerful resource that not only reflects her personal experiences but also serves as a roadmap for others to embark on their own journeys to better hormone health. From first-hand patient encounters to her creation of the EvexiPEL Method, the only patented hormone replacement therapy pellet developed in an FDA-registered facility and formulated with triamcinolone, the book is expected to be nationally appreciated and to serve as a guide for hormone health initiatives within the medical community.

"Hormone Havoc", published by Holland Robinson Agency, is now available for purchase on Kindle through Amazon. The official book launch celebration will take place on November 2 in Southlake, Texas, which will be an exciting opportunity for readers and healthcare enthusiasts to engage with Dr. DeNeui, gain valuable insights into hormone health, and celebrate this significant milestone in the field of healthcare and wellness.

For more details about the official book launch celebration and to stay updated on Dr. DeNeui's upcoming events, please visit HormoneHavoc.com.

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About Terri DeNeui, DNP, APRN, ACNP-BC

Dr. Terri DeNeui is the Founder of EVEXIAS Health Solutions, creator of the EvexiPEL Method, owner of EVEXIAS Medical Centers, and a board-certified nurse practitioner, nationally renowned speaker, author, and entrepreneur. Her new book, “Hormone Havoc,” is the essential guide for patients and practitioners seeking to understand hormone health and achieve true hormone optimization and truly know why ignoring our hormones has been a detriment to health and quality of life. Dr. DeNeui holds advanced certifications in Hormone Replacement Therapy, Preventive Wellness Medicine, and Functional Medicine. Dr. DeNeui earned her bachelor’s degree in nursing from Texas Women’s University in Denton, Texas, and achieved both her master’s and doctorate degrees in nursing from the University of Texas at Arlington in Arlington, Texas.

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‘Human Beings First’ Releases in Hardcover and Kindle—The Book Leaders Need on International Day of Peace

Seasoned CHRO and Board Member of PayScale, Paul E. Wolfe, Shares One-of-a-Kind Formula for Talent Attraction, Employee Development, and Inclusion in Debut Book Now Available ...

Renowned Marketing Minds Will Gather on September 28th to Celebrate the Launch of Manuel Suarez’s Widely Acclaimed and Highly Anticipated Debut Book, ‘Marketing Magic’

Manuel Suarez to Unveil Highly Anticipated Debut Book 'Marketing Magic' at Attention Grabbing Media World Headquarters, Featuring Renowned Emmy Award-Winning Speaker Mr. Les Brown. The book 'Marketing Magic' is the story of how Manuel Suarez amassed more than 7 billion views, 50 million social media followers, and $250,000,000 in yearly revenue without paid advertising.

Renowned Marketing Minds Will Gather on September 28th to Celebrate the Launch of Manuel Suarez’s Widely Acclaimed and Highly Anticipated Debut Book, ‘Marketing Magic’
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Manuel Suarez's widely acclaimed and highly anticipated debut book, \"Marketing Magic\"

Entrepreneurs and business owners, prepare for a unique marketing journey. Manuel Suarez, CEO of Attention Grabbing Media, and Co-founder of NaturalSlim USA, a visionary in the world of marketing, is on the brink of launching his highly anticipated book, "Marketing Magic," on September 28th. Drawing from his vast experience and remarkable success, Manuel has masterfully crafted a comprehensive resource that will empower entrepreneurs and business owners to elevate their marketing efforts and achieve unparalleled results.

A journey that delves deep into his own experiences is replete with trials, triumphs, and invaluable lessons. With every turn of the page, Manuel's unwavering focus on marketing and motivation reveals the secrets behind his extraordinary success. 

Beneath the surface of this gripping narrative lies an emotional thread that weaves the tale together. A thread that traces back to the early days of Manuel's life, where a profound father-son bond sowed the seeds of his marketing prowess.

Frank Suárez, the illustrious Puerto Rican nutritionist and creator of the NaturalSlim brand, along with the stellar success of his YouTube channel, Metabolismo TV, with 8 million subscribers, stands as the beacon of inspiration. With Frank's nurturing guidance and boundless support, Manuel's dedication to excellence and relentless drive to push the boundaries of digital marketing sprouted. 

Together, Manuel and his father Frank grew from just one country and 100K followers to a legacy that has grown into millions of followers, billions of views, a global distribution spanning 14 different countries, and generating a quarter billion dollars in annual revenue, without paid advertising. 

Step into the pages of "Marketing Magic" and you'll find yourself embarking on a transformative journey alongside Manuel himself, sharing his own experiences and lessons learned along the way. With an unwavering focus on marketing and motivation, Manuel reveals the secrets behind his extraordinary success and presents practical steps to execute impactful marketing strategies.

By following the expert guidance laid out in the book, readers will gain the knowledge and tools to craft and implement a winning marketing plan tailored to their specific business goals.

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Original Source: Renowned Marketing Minds Will Gather on September 28th to Celebrate the Launch of Manuel Suarez's Widely Acclaimed and Highly Anticipated Debut Book, 'Marketing Magic'

Nostalgic, Comfort Food Recipes at Every Meal, ‘Welcome to My Southern Table’

My Southern Table: Recipes from a Georgia Kitchen

Born and raised in south Georgia, Lana Stuart grew up in a family where the kitchen was the heart of the home. The smell of chicken frying, the taste of freshly churned ice cream, the laughter and conversation that filled the air as the family gathered around the dining table— these are the cherished memories that have shaped her and her new cookbook, My Southern Table: Recipes from a Georgia Kitchen

A full-color photo and clear, easy-to-follow directions accompany each of the 246 recipes. Notes and tips on nearly every page ensure success in the kitchen.

Readers will find dozens of "heritage recipes" throughout the book. "These are the recipes I learned from my mother, grandmothers, and aunts who were all accomplished home cooks," says Lana. "And I've also created new recipes that reflect the continuing evolution of Southern cooking. This is Southern food as I know it today—vibrant, diverse, and ever-changing."

Enjoy recipes like:

  • Baptist Church Party Punch
  • Copper Pennies
  • Shrimp and Grits
  • Watergate Salad
  • Chicken Jallop
  • Chocolate Little Layer Cake

"Each recipe in this book carries a piece of my heart and tells a story from my life. They are the recipes I turn to when I want to celebrate, to comfort, to share love, and to create new memories with my family and friends. Now, it's your turn to bring these recipes to life in your kitchen and to weave them into your own stories."

Lana Stuart has been a food blogger since 2009. Her popular blog, Lana's Cooking, has more than 5 million pageviews per year and has been featured in Real SimpleParade MagazineBon Appetit, and The Kitchn. Fans and followers can sign up for her daily recipe newsletter, featuring her tried and true recipes. She is a watercolor artist, a bookbinder, and an avid reader. Lana and her husband, Bill, have a daughter and two grandchildren and live in Buford, Georgia. 

Presales are open on all major platforms, as seen here on her website, Lanascooking.com. All available media assets can be found in this folder, Lana Stuart Cookbook Assets


Recipes from a Georgia Kitchen

By Lana Stuart

Imprint: Food and Fiction, LLC

Distributed by Ingram/Spark

Publication date: October 23, 2023

Paperback/$36.99  Ebook/$9.99

346 Pages

246 Recipes, Each with Full-Color Photo

Interior Trim Dimensions: 7.5" x 9.25"

ISBN: 979-8-9880113-6-1 (paperback)

ISBN: 979-8-9880113-7-8 (digital)


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Renzo Del Castillo’s ‘Still’ Released in Time for Hispanic Heritage Month by Indie Earth Publishing

An Immigrant Experience Through Poetry

Renzo Del Castillo’s ‘Still’ Released in Time for Hispanic Heritage Month by Indie Earth Publishing
Still Cover Image

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Released a month before Hispanic Heritage Month, Renzo Del Castillo's "Still" is a collection of poems that reflects an all-too relatable tale for all immigrants.

After migrating to Florida from Peru as a child, Del Castillo built a life in a new country with a foundation forged in his native land, caught in the space between cultures. This led him to write "Still" [Indie Earth Publishing, $24.99], an exploration of the immigrant experience through reflections of memory and transition, an adaptation to new cultures and geographies through the ethnographic lens of Miami. His story, told in verse, is that of many immigrants.

"Still" is a collection of poems that focuses on the immigrant experience: a family's journey from Lima, Peru to Miami, Florida as political refugees and asylum seekers and the impact that had on the life of a boy as he grew into a man.

"We left Peru when I was five because my family had received death threats from a terrorist organization. We went from being comfortable to starting from zero. I knew I would have to adapt to make a life worth living," says Del Castillo.

As we enter National Hispanic Heritage Month, Still provides a read that is as timely as it is pertinent. With poems in three languages, the book looks to bridge the divide between cultures, highlighting Hispanics' shared experience in his poetry. When the reader finds something to relate to in these pages, a dialogue starts and shows people aren't that different underneath it all.

That heritage of terror and exile that sometimes underlies these poems gives them a sense of history within the lyric confusions of a single life. There is an intimate tone, used to remind the reader that imagination triumphs over, or sometimes through, adversity. "Still" was released July 30, 2023, and is available wherever books are sold (ISBN: 979-8988037996).


Renzo Del Castillo holds a B.A. in English from University of Florida, specializing in Victorian Literature, and an M.A. in Mass Communications, specializing in Intercultural Communications. Del Castillo has been published in Literary Yardthe Acentos Reviewthe Scarlet Leaf Review, and the Ekphrastic Review. He lives in Miami, where his family also resides.


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Three New Members Join the Bay Area Book Festival’s Board of Directors

Exciting Changes for the Bay Area Book Festival as It Heads Into Its 10th Year

Three New Members Join the Bay Area Book Festival’s Board of Directors
BABF Board of Directors 2023

Announcing the Bay Area Book Festival Board of Directors

The Bay Area Book Festival has elected three new members to its Board of Directors: Aya de León, Piper Kerman, and Aida Salazar. This exciting slate of members joins Board Chair Brooke Warner and Treasurer George Rehm to lead the festival into its next iteration in the aftermath of the resignation of Festival founder Cherilyn Parsons in 2023. 

The Bay Area Book Festival has been a cultural and literary mainstay of the Bay Area for the past nine years since its inception in 2014. Its headliner events have brought in speakers such as Roxane Gay; Rebecca Solnit; Gloria Steinem; Jason Reynolds; George Saunders; Ann Patchett; Christian Robinson; Tommy Orange; Anthony Doerr; Tayari Jones; Joan Baez; W. Kamau Bell; Kazuo Ishiguro; and many more. 

The festival's dedicated staff and growing board will steer the festival into a future under new leadership. Managing Director of the Festival Samee Roberts will spearhead overall planning for the 2024 Festival, which involves scaling back in size while keeping intact everything that's special and wonderful about this important community event, including diverse and inclusive panels, headliner events, and the family-friendly outdoor street fair.  

Next year will be the Festival's 10-year anniversary, and it will take place, per usual, in Downtown Berkeley in either May or June 2024. "We are planning for a somewhat smaller footprint this year," said Festival Chairperson Brooke Warner, publisher of She Writes Press, "and we're doing everything in our power to ensure that the Festival will be as special and well-attended as it's always been." Warner highlighted that by many measures, both in terms of programming and anecdotally by way of attendee feedback, the 2023 Festival was the most successful yet. Because this is a transition year, a scaled-back Festival will allow the board to adapt in Parsons' wake. "We're committed to continuing the legacy that Cherilyn left us, and this new slate of board members makes me feel confident that we'll be able to do just that."

Incoming board member Aya de León said, "This festival is a precious resource in a world where independent literary institutions are struggling. Stepping onto the board is an opportunity to provide accessible literary community to the Bay Area, to highlight urgent issues in our time, and to celebrate books, authors, reading, and community. I am excited to give back to this community."

The Bay Area Book Festival invites the community to support its efforts for the 2024 Festival by becoming a sponsor, donating or volunteering. Find the Festival's video and podcast archives.

Meet the Bay Area Book Festival's Board: 

Brooke Warner is publisher of She Writes Press and SparkPress, president of Warner Coaching Inc., and author of Write On, Sisters!, Green-light Your Book, What's Your Book?, and three books on memoir. Warner is a TEDx speaker, weekly podcaster (of "Write-minded" with co-host Grant Faulkner of NaNoWriMo), and the former Executive Editor of Seal Press. She has served on the boards of the Independent Book Publishers Association, including for two years as Chairperson; the National Association of Memoir Writers; and the Book Industry Study Group. She has also been on the board of the Bay Area Book Festival since its first year in 2014. She has been Chairperson since 2000. Warner writes a regular column for Publishers Weekly, and weekly Substack @brookewarner. She lives in Berkeley, California. 

George Rehm is a founding partner of aeris CAPITAL AG. He has over 30 years of experience as a lawyer and executive in international licensing, technology transfer, and investment and privatization transactions in the U.S., Europe, and Asia. Rehm has held board or observer positions in numerous transformational healthcare companies, including Crescendo Biosciences, Adamas Pharmaceuticals, and Ion Torrent, Inc. Rehm continues to manage the aeris Life Science portfolio and serves as a director of GenomeDx Inc., PFS Genetics, Butterfly Networks, LAM Therapeutics Inc., Solstice Biosciences, G2i and Jiff Inc. He received his BSFS from Georgetown University, and a JD from the University of California, Hastings College of Law in parallel to graduate studies in City Planning at the College of Environmental Design, UC Berkeley and served as graduate assistant at the Earl Warren Legal Institute, UC Berkeley, Boalt Hall. He lives in Berkeley, California.

Aya de León teaches creative writing in the African American Studies Department at UC Berkeley. She is acquiring editor for a new climate justice fiction imprint at She Writes Press. Fighting Chance Books will publish novels by authors of all genders about people taking collective action in the here and now to solve the climate crisis. de León is the author of 10 novels, published by Kensington, Candlewick, and Orion, all focused on racial, gender, class and climate justice. Her books have won the Jane Addams Award for peace and social justice in children's literature, and multiple International Latino Book Awards and Independent Publisher Awards. de León's work has appeared in Harper's Bazaar, Ebony, Guernica, Bitch Magazine, VICE, The Root, Ploughshares, and on Def Poetry. In 2022, she organized an online conference entitled Black Literature vs. the Climate Emergency and she works on the issue of climate with the Black Hive, which is part of the Movement for Black Lives. She currently has two novels-in-progress and is working on an intersectional memoir-in-progress about race, gender, war, body image, and the environment. She lives in Berkeley, California. 

Piper Kerman is the author of the memoir Orange Is the New Black: My Year in a Women's Prison, which was adapted into an Emmy Award-winning original series for Netflix. She serves on the board of directors of the Women's Prison Association and the advisory boards of the PEN America Writing for Justice Fellowship, InsideOUT Writers, Healing Broken Circles, and JustLeadershipUSA. Kerman is a frequent invited speaker to students of law, criminology, gender and women's studies, sociology, and creative writing, and also to groups that include the International Association of Women Judges, the National Association of Counties, the National Conference of State Legislatures, the National Criminal Justice Association, the American Probation and Parole Association, the American Correctional Association's Disproportionate Minority Confinement Task Force, public defenders, justice reform advocates, and formerly and currently incarcerated people. Kerman has taught writing in Ohio state prisons as an Affiliate Instructor with Otterbein University. She's a graduate of Smith College and lives in Berkeley, California. 

Aida Salazar is an award-winning author, arts activist, and translator whose writings for adults and children explore issues of identity and social justice. She is the author of the critically acclaimed middle grade verse novels The Moon Within; Land of the Cranes; and A Seed in the Sun. Her other works include the picture book anthology In the Spirit of a Dream: 13 Stories of Immigrants of Color; the bio picture book Jovita Wore Pants: The Story of a Mexican Freedom Fighter; and the anthology Calling the Moon: Period Stories by BIPOC Authors. Salazar is a founding member of LAS MUSAS, a Latinx kidlit author collective. She lives with her family of artists in Oakland, California.

About the Bay Area Book Festival 

The Bay Area Book Festival is a world-class literary extravaganza that takes place each year in Downtown Berkeley. For the past nine years, the festival has hosted 250-300 authors on 15 stages; an Outdoor Fair/Literary Marketplace; and a wonderland of literary vendors, kids' activities, and more. The Festival has showcased more than 1,500 speakers who come from the Bay Area, the state of California, the nation, and world. Since its founding, the Festival has thrilled more than 150,000 book-lovers of all ages. The Bay Area Book Festival is not confined to just one weekend. The Festival continues year-round with prologue events, literacy programs, and other special programming including WomenLit, which features groundbreaking female-identified authors, and #Unbound, a virtual series that focuses on critical conversations around voter suppression, race and equity, immigration, poverty, crime and incarceration, and other important topics of our times.

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Persian Singer and Mental Health Advocate Nika Nikoubin Published Her Autobiography, ‘Who is Nika Nikoubin? A Bloody Las Vegas Hotel Story’

Persian Singer and Mental Health Advocate Nika Nikoubin Published Her Autobiography, ‘Who is Nika Nikoubin? A Bloody Las Vegas Hotel Story’
Who is Nika Nikoubin?

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Who is Nika Nikoubin? A Bloody Las Vegas Hotel Story is not just another True Crime story but a powerful testament to resilience and authenticity, set to captivate readers worldwide. In a compelling narrative, this book takes readers on an intimate journey through Nika's life, from her childhood in Iran to her pursuit of dreams in the United States and the night that unfolded in a Las Vegas hotel room.

Following Nika Nikoubin's final court hearing in Las Vegas, certain media outlets and online comments presented a distorted narrative, failing to capture the full spectrum of Nika's life experiences and the hurdles her mental health struggles posed. "The incident in Las Vegas, which has been subject to misconceptions, was solely rooted in mental health struggles and bears no connection to any political motives or affiliations," states Nika. "My autobiography is an opportunity to provide an authentic perspective beyond sensationalized narratives."

Publication Date: August 31, 2023

ISBN (Paperback): 979-8-218-26706-3

ISBN (Ebook): 979-8-218-26707-0

Book Genre: Autobiography

Publisher: Nika Nikoubin LLC

Nika Nikoubin, a 2023 Persian talent, is emerging as an advocate for mental health awareness and societal transformation. Her autobiography delves into her journey, shedding light on the complexities and challenges she has faced while battling bipolar disorder and schizophrenia. "My main goal is to spark conversations about mental health," Nika says, echoing the central theme of her book. Her mission extends to dismantling the cultural taboos surrounding trauma and mental health, particularly among Persian women who have suffered assault—Nika's determination to create a more compassionate society. A portion of the proceeds of the book will be allocated to National Alliance on Mental Illness.

Contact Information:
Nika Nikoubin
[email protected]

Original Source: Persian Singer and Mental Health Advocate Nika Nikoubin Published Her Autobiography, 'Who is Nika Nikoubin? A Bloody Las Vegas Hotel Story'

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