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Book Publication Launch Celebration • November 10, 2012

DECATUR, Ill -- Bronze Man Books, Millikin University's student-run book publishing company, will be hosting a publication release celebration of a new children's book on Saturday, Nov. 10 at 4 p.m. in Kirkland Lecture Room 128 of the Kirkland Fine Arts Center. The event is free and open to the public.

The new children’s book is titled “Am I Like My Daddy?” written by Marcy Blesy ‘94 and illustrated by Amy M. Kuhl Cox ‘98. “Am I Like My Daddy?” is an important book in the children's grief genre. Many books in this genre deal with the time immediately after a loved one dies. This one deals with grief a few laters after the death of a loved one. New questions arise in the child's need to fill in those memory gaps. The main character, Grace, is a little girl who wonders if she is anything like her father. She uses the process of journaling to discover more about her deceased father.

Author Marcy Blesy graduated from Millikin University in 1994 and taught elementary school for several years in the Niantic-Harristown and Sandwich Community School Districts in Illinois. Marcy has been published in local newspapers and magazines as well as in “Chicken Soup for the Soul: Devotional Stories for Mothers.” She continues to write children's books, including her first middle-grade novel. Marcy is a volunteer facilitator at Lory's Place, a grief education center in St. Joseph, Mich.

Illustrator Amy M. Kuhl Cox is a native of St. Louis, Mo. She received her bachelor’s degree in art therapy and photography from Millikin University in 1998, and her master’s degree in art history from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Amy received her American Montessori Society Primary certification from Lander University in Greenwood, S.C. and served as a primary directress in Simpsonville, S.C. Amy has worked as a Montessori artist-in-residence, a Modern Art History instructor, an education director at an area arts center, and a guest lecturer for parent education workshops.

A student-owned and operated publishing company located on Millikin University's campus, Bronze Man Books is dedicated to integrating quality design and meaningful content. The company exposes undergraduate students to the process of publishing by combining the theory of writing, publishing, editing and designing with the practice of running a book publishing company. This emphasis on performance learning is a hallmark of Millikin University’s brand of education.

National Alliance for Grieving Children • June 21-23, 2012

June 21-23 is the 16th annual National Alliance for Grieving Children conference in Orlando, Florida. The conference will give its participants the tools and strategies they need to help families experiencing a loss. Lisa Bartoszek, the wonderful director of Lory's Place, the grief education facility in St. Joseph, Michigan, has volunteered to start early marketing for Bronze Man Book's book, Am I Like My Daddy? at the conference. Bronze Man Books put together a pre-order form for the book highlighting the background of the illustrator, Amy Kuhl Cox and the author, Marcy Blesy, as well as providing information about the premise of Am I Like My Daddy?. Lisa is passing out the forms at the conference to similar participants who work with grieving families.We are so excited to introduce this book to those who can really use it to help others.

Fifth Anniversary BMB Poetry Reading - Wildflour Artisan Bakery • November 11, 2011

Celebrate our Fifth Year Anniversary of Bronze Man Books witha poetry reading at the Wildflour Artisan Bakery. On Novemeber 11 starting at 6:30pm we will be reading haiku, tanka and poetry by Millikin students and authors of BMB books. Our most recently published author, Aubrie Cox, is taking a break from her graduate studies to read from her chapbook, Tea's Aftertaste.Please join us for an evening of tea and baked goodies and quality poetry.

Ray George Exhibition - Decatur Area Arts Council • November 4, 2011

MIllikin University and the Decatur Area Arts Council are co-hosting an exhibit of artwork by Ray George. Bronze Man Books will be at the opening of this exhibit, with a special event sale of the Bronze Man Books publication, Ray George: The Life of a Printmaker by Edwin G. Walker. Join us for the exhibition and get your copy of this wonderful collector's edition.

Chapbook Release & Book Signing - After Five Live, Blue Connection, Decatur, IL • May 6, 2011

On May 6, 2011, Bronze Man Books celebrated the release of a new hand-sewn chapbook,Tea's Aftertaste, a collection of haiku poetry by Aubrie Cox. The book features sketches and grphic design by Katie Baird. Bound with Japanese-stiching, this new collection went on sale May 6, 2011. See photos of the reading & book signing.

This chapbook was produced in-house with Japanese sewing for binding. See the sew-fest photos.

April Poetry Night - Decatur Area Arts Council • April 18, 2011

The Decatur Area Arts Council and Bronze Man Books, a Millikin University press, hosted  A Night of Poetry in celebration of national Poetry Month on Monday, April 18th, 2011 at the Anne Lloyd Gallery in the Madden Arts Center located in downtown Decatur. The evening began at 6:30pm and continued until 9pm. Refreshments were provided. The event was free and open to the public. Featured readers included Millikin professors: Stephen Frech, Carmella Braniger, and Randy Brooks. Heather Champion read her new children's book,Monsters Don't Read.

Spring Monster Fest - Lower RTUC, Millikin University • April 16, 2011

Bronze Man Books, Pi Beta Phi and the School of Education hosted the "Spring Monster Fest." The event began at 11 a.m. on Saturday, April 16 in lower Richard Treat University Center. The "Spring Monster Fest" showcased Millikin graduate, Heather Champion's children's book, Monsters Don't Read. The author read from the book and signed copies for fans both young and old.
Along with Champion, Pi Beta Phi and the School of Education aided in the production of the event. Activities and crafts, such as "speed reads" and monster-mask-making went on during the hour long "Spring monster Fest." Children and parents were also invited to have pictures taken with the monster. Champion's book,Monsters Don't Read was on sale at the event for $12. Along with Monsters Don't Read, past publications were available for purchase.Ten percent of the profits made during the "Spring Monster Fest" were donated to First Book, an organization that Pi Beta Phi works very closely with. See photos of this event.

Author Convocation & Book Signing - Argenta-Oreana Elementary School • April 14, 2011

The Argenta-Oreano Elementary School hosted a school convocation for students, grades K-4, for an afternoon author convocation. Heather Champion read Monster's Don't Read, and representatives from Bronze Man Books discussed the design and development of her book and the related publishing process.That evening there was a family reading event which featured Heather Champion's new book, available for sale and book-signing. See the Herald & Review news story.

Chapbook Release & Book Signing - Pilling Chapel, Millikin University • May 1, 2010

On May 1, 2010, Bronze Man Books celebrated the release of a new hand-sewn chapbook, Moon's Edge, a collection of tanka poetry by Natalie Perfetti. The book features drawings by Laramie Hutchens and graphic design by Sarah Wika and Katie Baird. Bound with Japanese-stiching, this new collection went on sale May 1, 2010. See photos of the reading & book signing.

This chapbook was produced in-house with Japanese sewing for binding. See the sew-fest photos.

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