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Eve: Questions of Creation & Gender Roles

Worldwide Bestselling Author of THE SHACK, Wm. Paul Young
set to release EVE – a novel that will challenge misconceptions
about gender roles and reshape our thoughts on creation.

PAUL OPENS UP ABOUT HIS INSPIRATION BEHIND THE NEW BOOK, THE RESEARCH THAT WENT INTO IT, AND HOW EVE WILL DESTROY HARMFUL MISCONCEPTIONS ABOUT OURSELVES

From the author of the 25-million copy bestseller The Shack comes a captivating new novel destined to be one of the most important and talked-about books of the decade. In typical Young fashion, Eve challenges our views on gender roles, taking us back to the beginning of creation, removing patriarchal interpretation that has skewed these views for hundreds of years. Eve will leave readers with a deeper understanding of the true intent of God.

When a shipping container washes ashore on an island between our world and the next, John the Collector finds a young woman inside—broken, frozen, and barely alive. With the aid of Healers and Scholars, John oversees her recovery and soon discovers her genetic code
connects her to every known human race. She is a girl of prophecy and no one can guess what her survival will mean…

No one but Eve, Mother of the Living, who calls her “daughter,” and invites her to witness the truth about her story—indeed, the truth about us all.

Eve is a bold, unprecedented exploration of the Creation narrative, true to the original
texts and centuries of scholarship—yet with breathtaking discoveries that challenge traditional
misconceptions about who we are and how we’re made.

As The Shack awakened readers to a personal, non-religious understanding of God, Eve will free us from faulty interpretations that have corrupted human relationships since the Garden of Eden.

Eve opens a refreshing conversation about the equality of men and women within the context of our beginnings, helping us see each other as our Creator does—complete, unique, and not constrained to cultural rules or limitations. Thoroughly researched and exquisitely written, Eve is a masterpiece that will inspire readers for generations to come.

-Press Release

The Final Crash The Super Bowl Contest

The Crash the Super Bowl contest is back for its 10th and final year. Fans have one last chance to create a :30 second ad for Doritos and have it air in front of millions during the broadcast of Super Bowl 50 next February. The contest has become part of American pop culture with fans worldwide entering self-produced ads.
This year’s competition offers a grand prize with super ambitions: the creator of the Doritos Super Bowl finalist ad receiving the most consumer votes will win the opportunity to collaborate with Zack Snyder while working with Warner Bros. Pictures and DC Entertainment.
Along with that, there’s a $1 million grand prize, to boot. -Press Release

Two Years Eight Months And Twenty-Eight Nights

Two Years Eight Months and Twenty-Eight Nights
A Novel by Salman Rushdie
On Sale September 8

After writing his memoir and a children’s novel, TWO YEARS EIGHT MONTHS AND TWENTY-EIGHT NIGHTS (less precisely 1001 nights!) is Rushdie’s first adult novel in 7 years.
Rushdie’s new novel is a wonder tale about the way we live now, a rich and multifaceted work that blends history, mythology, and a timeless love story to bring alive a world – our world – that has been plunged into an age of unreason. Inspired by 2,000 years of storytelling tradition yet rooted in the concerns of our present moment, it is an enduring testament to the power of the imagination.

In the near future, after a storm strikes New York City, the strangenesses begin. A down-to-earth gardener finds that his feet no longer touch the ground. A graphic novelist awakens in his bedroom to a mysterious entity that resembles his own sub–Stan Lee creation. Abandoned at the mayor’s office, a baby identifies corruption with her mere presence, marking the guilty with blemishes and boils. A seductive gold digger is soon tapped to combat forces beyond imagining.

Unbeknownst to them, they are all descended from the whimsical, capricious, wanton creatures known as the jinn, who live in a world separated from ours by a veil. Centuries ago, Dunia, a princess of the jinn, fell in love with a mortal man of reason. Together they produced an astonishing number of children, unaware of their fantastical powers, who spread across generations in the human world.

Once the line between worlds is breached on a grand scale, Dunia’s children and others will play a role in an epic war between light and dark spanning a thousand and one nights—or two years, eight months, and twenty-eight nights. It is a time of enormous upheaval, where beliefs are challenged, words act like poison, silence is a disease, and a noise may contain a hidden curse.

Inspired by the traditional “wonder tales” of the East, Salman Rushdie’s new novel is satirical and bawdy, full of cunning and folly, rivalries and betrayals, kismet and karma, rapture and redemption.

Salman Rushdie is the author of twelve novels—Grimus, Midnight’s Children (for which he won the Booker Prize and the Best of the Booker), Shame, The Satanic Verses, Haroun and the Sea of Stories, The Moor’s Last Sigh, The Ground Beneath Her Feet, Fury, Shalimar the Clown,The Enchantress of Florence, Luka and the Fire of Life, and Two Years Eight Months and Twenty-Eight Nights—and one collection of short stories: East, West. He has also published four works of nonfiction: Joseph Anton,The Jaguar Smile, Imaginary Homelands, and Step Across This Line, and co-edited two anthologies, Mirrorwork and Best American Short Stories 2008. He is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters and a Distinguished Writer in Residence at New York University. A former president of American PEN, Rushdie was knighted in 2007 for services to literature.

-Press Release

Funnel Cake Flowers & The Urban Chameleons

 

HaJ, an Emmy-nominated film, video, media producer and performance artist formerly of the development team of Sony and Ayoka Chenzira, Division Chair of Arts & Humanities, Spelman College, an award-winning, internationally acclaimed film and video artist. A pioneer in Black independent cinema, Chenzira is one of the first African-American women to write, produce and direct a 35mm feature film, “Alma’s Rainbow,” one of Billboard Magazine’s top 40 home video rentals. She is also noted as the first African-American woman animator.
Chenzira was invited to serve as the first William and Camille Cosby Endowed Professor in the Arts at Spelman College in 2001, producing a wildly successful multimedia stage version of her screenplay, “Flying Over Purgatory” (starring legendary actress Ruby Dee and featuring a South African cast), which was featured on CNN Headlines/CNN Inside Africa.  Chenzira also received the HBCU Digest’s “Female Faculty Member of the Year” award in 2014.

This mommy-daughter and writing-directing duo are committed to creating projects that analyze, deconstruct and sometimes satirize racial and social identities.  Simply put, they make us laugh out loud and shake our head about the way black people are portrayed in the media, using the arts as a vehicle.

Their current project, FUNNEL CAKE FLOWERS & THE URBAN CHAMELEONS is a multi-media stage show about being black in corporate white America.  The satirical project analyzes how and why people of color still feel the need to put on the mask and police our emotions in front of white people.

 

Parenting: Children & Smartphones

According to a recent survey by LifeLock, the majority of children receive their first smart phone between the ages of 8 and 12. While 79 percent of families have technology agreements with their children, only 6 percent of those are written.

National PTA® and LifeLock, Inc. have announced a new, free resource for families that helps parents have clear conversations with their children about using technology and agree on ground rules together called The Smart Talk.

Jean Chatzky, the financial expert for NBC’s Today Show and best-selling author, discusses how to empower families to make smarter, safer choices online and help build the next generation of digital citizens – including:

-Press Release

What Is Post-Traumatic Church Syndrome?

Interview with author Reba Riley on new book Post Traumatic Church Syndrome.

 

Understanding Your Message: Branding & More

Interview with former journalist, Public Relations pro and social media strategist Cathy Hackl.

How To Stop Hating: Author Emily-Anne

LIVE from IRELAND: Best Selling Author Tana French

Tana French grew up in Ireland, Italy, the US and Malawi, and has lived in Dublin since 1990. She trained as a professional actress at Trinity College, Dublin, and has worked in theatre, film and voiceover.

-Website

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