Garn Press Author Celebration: August 26th – August 31st, 2016, in New York City

Garn Press is celebrating. In these tumultuous times when very little is certain the one statement we can make with absolute certainty is the Garn Press is publishing great books by writers of conscience who are making a difference in their communities and in the world.

In this post Garn Press is giving a shout-out to all authors who will be participating in the weeklong Garn Press Author Celebration in New York City the last week in August, and we are inviting you join us.

What is remarkable about these celebrations is that every Garn Press author will be attending or represented.  Geoff Ward and Ruth Finnegan are coming from the U.K. and Esther Fine will be here from Canada. Anthony Cody from California, James Paul Gee from Arizona, and Rick Meyer from New Mexico. Authors from across the United States will also participate in this momentous gathering of writers and readers.

In these uncertain times one thing is certain, Garn Press will continue to act with integrity to continue the struggle for equality and justice. Garn’s mission is to support both writers and readers in the quest for knowledge that can be acted upon, and to publish great novels and poetry that inspires and sustains us.

We hope you will join Garn Press and celebrate the books by authors who have dedicated their lives to people and society and imagination and the human spirit.


Garn Press Author Celebration: Press Release (PDF)
Garn Press Author Celebration: Event Cards (PDF)
Garn Press Author Celebration: Authors List (PDF)
Garn Press Author Celebration: Books List (PDF)

AUGUST 26th (6:00 – 9:00 p.m.) Garn Press Author Celebration at the Strand Book Store in the Rare Books Room

This remarkable event will include a Readers Theater performance in which all attending Garn authors – fiction and non-fiction writers — will participate.

Both profound and funny, the Readers Theater will combine big idea fiction with the power of science to stand up for human rights in the struggle for the future that is taking place all over the world.

The Readers Theater will include literature, magical, quixotic and liberatory, sane and inane, world affairs, how we live and how we die, how we educate our children, how our political masters frame our lives, how we rebel and create our own frames, how we struggle for the future, struggle with existential risks that in past generations didn’t exist – or if they did we did not know about them.

Will it work? We hope you will join us to cheer Garn authors on and then participate in the conversation with them that will follow about the sheer joyfulness of reading books and the angst we all feel as we make connections between these uncertain times and the books we read.

Saturday, August 27th (10:00 a.m. – 12:00) Write On! Writing, Publishing, and Reading in the Time of Social Media at Mercy College Manhattan Campus

The Mercy College Manhattan Campus event will be a time for great conversations about writing and publishing. Garn Press anticipates that all Garn authors will be there to talk with writers of every age who would like more information about publishing at a time when a revolution is taking in the publishing industry.

Come ready to actively participate in lively conversations about: the role of writers and readers in thinking about the future; standing up for human rights; and how social media is impacting collective action. Nancy Rankie Shelton and Carolyn Walker will discuss memoir writing, David Joseph Kolb rewriting history, Anthony Cody writing to challenge oligarchs and their unacceptable influence on public schools, and Ruth Finnegan, Geoff Ward, and Marty Lee will discuss big idea fiction. A full list will follow.

The idea is to create a forum for Garn Press writers to meet with new and aspiring writers to talk about the experience of writing and publishing as the industry transitions from “old” to “new” publishing. We will talk about all aspects of publishing – from writing and editing, finding and working with a publisher, to publicity and marketing.

Sunday, August 28th  (2:00 – 4:00 p.m.) Writing for Parents and Teachers about Public Education and Corporate Education Reform at the Dolphin Bookshop in Port Washington, LI

Nearly all Garn non-fiction writers will participate. We expect a great conversation about supporting teachers, children, and the parents of children in public education at a time when public schools are being privatized, high stakes tests are negatively impacting the curriculum, and both teachers and children are unacceptably stressed.

Anthony Cody, Russ Walsh, Denny Taylor, Bobbie Kabuto, Anne Haas Dyson, Rick Meyer, Debi Goodman (for Ken Goodman), Esther Fine, and Steve Nelson will participate in this event designed to engage parents and teachers in lively conversation at the beginning of the 2016-2017 school year.

Wednesday, August 31st (6:00 – 9:00 p.m.) Mysterious Books at the Mysterious Bookshop

This is an evening author event.  Geoff Ward will talk about his novel You’re Not Dead and all Garn’s novelist will participate, including Ruth Finnegan, David Joseph Kolb, Marty Lee, and Denny Taylor. It is a culminating event and most Garn Press authors will attend. This will be an evening for wine and good conversation about imagination and the human spirit, and all aspects of our human story that are mysterious.

Attending Authors

More than twenty Garn Press Authors will travel from the U.K., Canada, and from across the U.S. to join with readers in a celebration of the remarkable books by Garn Press thought leaders, activists, original thinkers and writers of conscience who inspire people to act.

james-paul-geeJames Paul Gee. Author of Blowing Out the Candles: A Poetry Trilogy

Paperback: Amazon | Barnes & Noble
Paperback ISBN: 978-1-942146-04-9



Anthony Cody - Garn PressAnthony Cody. Author of The Educator And The Oligarch: A Teacher Challenges The Gates Foundation

Hardcover & Paperback: Amazon | Barnes & Noble
eBook: AmazonBarnes & Noble | Apple iBooks | Kobo eBooks
Paperback ISBN: 9781942146001
eBook ISBN: 9781942146018


Garn Press Author Russ Walsh: forthcoming book, A Parent’s Guide to Public Education in the 21st Century: Navigating Education Reform to Get the Best Education for My ChildRuss Walsh. Author of A Parent’s Guide to Public Education in the 21st Century

Paperback: Amazon | Barnes and Noble
eBook: Amazon
Print ISBN: 978-1-942146-33-9
eBook ISBN: 978-1-942146-34-6


bobbie-kabuto-author-photo-garn-pressBobbie Kabuto. Author of Negotiating a Permeable Curriculum: On Literacy, Diversity, and the Interplay of Children’s and Teachers’ Worlds

Paperback ISBN: 978-1-942146-43-8
July, 2016 (Paperback)
Paperback: $13.95


ann-haas-dyson-author-photo-garn-pressAnne Haas Dyson. Author of Negotiating a Permeable Curriculum: On Literacy, Diversity, and the Interplay of Children’s and Teachers’ Worlds

Paperback ISBN: 978-1-942146-43-8
July, 2016 (Paperback)
Paperback: $13.95


Martin LeeMartin Lee. Author of Bloody Lane

Hardcover & Paperback: Amazon | Barnes & Noble
eBook: Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Apple | Kobo eBooks
Hardcover ISBN: 978-1-942146-23-0
Paperback ISBN:978-1-942146-25-4
eBook ISBN: 978-1-942146-27-8


david-kolbDavid Joseph Kolb. Author of Devil Know

Paperback & Hardover: Amazon | Barnes & Noble
ebook: AmazonBarnes & Noble | Apple iBooks | Kobo eBooks
Hardcover ISBN: 978-1-942146-23-0
Paperback ISBN: 978-1-942146-22-3
eBook ISBN: 978-1-942146-24-7


cdm-2-72pxCurt Dudley Marling. Author of Preparing the Nation’s Teachers to Teach Reading

Paperback: Amazon | Barnes and Noble
eBook: Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Kobo eBooks
Paperback ISBN: 978-1-942146-20-9
eBook ISBN: 978-1-942146-21-6


nancy-rankie-shelton-author-photo-garn-pressNancy Rankie Shelton. Author of 5-13: A Memoir of Love, Loss and Survival

Hardcover & Paperback: Amazon (early release)
Paperback ISBN: 978-1-942146-35-3
Hardcover ISBN: 978-1-942146-36-0
eBook ISBN: 978-1-942146-37-7


Rick Meyer Garn PressRick Meyer. Author of Flush: The Exaggerated Memoir of a Fourth Grade Scaredy-Cat Super-Hero by Rick Meyer

Paperback: Amazon
Paperback ISBN: 978-1-942146-39-1
Hardcover ISBN: 978-1-942146-40-7
eBook ISBN: 978-1-942146-41-4


ruth-f-3-author-thumbnailRuth Finnegan. Author of Black Inked Pearl A Girl’s Quest

Hardcover and Paperback: Amazon | Barnes & Noble
eBook: Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Apple iBooks | Kobo eBooks
Hardcover ISBN: 978-1-942146-16-2
Paperback ISBN: 978-1-942146-17-9
eBook ISBN: 978-1-942146-18-6


Geoff Ward, You’re Not Dead, The Midnight BooksGeoff Ward. Author of You’re Not Dead

Hardcover & Paperback: Amazon | Barnes & Noble
eBook: Amazon | Barnes & Noble
Hardcover ISBN: 978-1-942146-28-5
Paperback ISBN: 978-1-942146-29-2
eBook ISBN: 978-1-942146-30-8


Esther Sokolov FineEsther Fine. Author of Raising Peacemakers

Hardcover & Paperback: Amazon | Barnes & Noble
ebook: Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Apple iBooks | Kobo eBooks
Hardcover ISBN: 978-1-942146-19-3
Paperback ISBN: 978-1-942146-12-4
eBook ISBN: 978-1-942146-13-1


denny-taylor-2Denny Taylor. Author of Rosie’s Umbrella

Hardcover & Paperback: Amazon | Barnes & Noble
eBook: Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Apple | Kobo eBooks
Hardcover ISBN: 978-1-942146-06-3
Paperback ISBN: 978-1-942146-02-5
eBook ISBN: 978-1-942146-03-2


author-thumbnail-pl-thomasPaul Thomas (Represented). Author of Beware the Roadbuilders: Literature as Resistance

Paperback: Amazon | Barnes and Noble
eBook: Amazon | Barnes and Noble | Apple iBooks | Kobo eBooks
Paperback ISBN: 978-1-942146-07-0
eBook ISBN: 978-1-942146-08-7


ken-goodmanKen Goodman (Represented). Author of What’s Whole in Whole Language in the 21st Century?

Paperback: Amazon | Barnes & Noble
eBook: Amazon | Barnes & NobleApple | Kobo eBooks
Print ISBN: 978-1-942146-04-9
eBook ISBN: 978-1-942146-05-6


Untitled-1Yetta Goodman (Represented)

Yetta M. Goodman is Regents Professor of Education at the University of Arizona. She consults with education departments and speaks at conferences throughout the United States and in many nations of the world regarding issues of language, teaching and learning with implications for language arts curricula.


Also in attendance (more information forthcoming)

  • Morna Mcdermott
  • Carolyn Walker
  • Steve Nelson


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