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New Book, ‘Our Walk with Grandma’ by Dolores F. Kurzeka, Showcases That Fun Multigenerational Walks Create Memories that Transcend Generations

MURRIETA, Calif. -- A newly released children's book, "Our Walk with Grandma" is both fun and educational. It shares a cherished time of a grandma and her grandkids enjoying a beautiful walk together while learning about the surrounding nature. It's written by Dolores F. Kurzeka, delightfully illustrated by Nichole Monahan and posthumously released by her children to honor her memory.

The book highlights happy memories of grandchildren and reminds older people everywhere that simply taking a walk with a grandparent creates an unbreakable bond that transcends generations. It is available on Barnes & Noble, FriesenPress and Amazon. Hoping that the book will inspire families to share a walk together, the family will donate copies of the book to suggested libraries. The public can email

Children of all ages will delight in the colorful illustrations, uplifting message, and counting of butterflies throughout the book.

"Fun Facts" provide helpful resources that further encourage multigenerational interactions. Grandparents and older adults everywhere can build connections with younger generations by doing something as simple and inexpensive as taking a walk.

"Our mom was a world traveler who loved nature. She always looked for teachable moments to share with her kids and grandkids," says her daughter Tracy Cook.

Daughter Kerry Hirsch adds, "Mom was not able to publish this beautiful book before she died. It is our privilege to share this heartwarming story that is based on the walks she took with our children. They always looked forward to those moments that have now become cherished memories."

The public is welcome to suggest their favorite public library to receive copies of "Our Walk with Grandma" (ISBN: 978-1039145450, FriesenPress) by emailing or submitting a message on the "Contact Us" page on Please include library name, address, and a little information about the suggested library.

Dolores F. Kurzeka was the dedicated mother of six, grandmother of twelve, and great-grandmother of seven. As a brilliant artist and world traveler she loved to explore the beauty of life and nature, and always looked for teachable moments to share with her family. Kurzeka passed away of Covid-19 in 2021 at the age of 92. She would be thrilled to share her charming book with readers around the world.

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Title: Our Walk with Grandma

Author: Dolores F. Kurzeka

Illustrator: Nichole Monahan

Publisher: FriesenPress

ISBN: 978-1-03-914546-7 (hardcover)

ISBN: 978-1-03-914545-0 (paperback)

ISBN: 978-1-03-914547-4 (ebook)

Size: 8.5x8.5: 36 pages, 33 color

Available on Barnes & Noble, FriesenPress and Amazon

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Kraken Cards Builds Oregon Gaming Community – Continues Growing Magic Regional Championship Qualifiers

CORVALLIS, Ore. -- Kraken Cards, an Inked Gaming store, is excited announce that it's working to be the go-to-spot for Oregon gamers who are looking to stock up on premium gaming gear while having some fun to boot. Ever since it opened its downtown gaming store three years ago, it's been on a mission to be the region's leading gaming supplier.

With its sights set on becoming the top gaming event space in town, Kraken Cards has plans in place that are sure to spark the interest of all gamers in Corvallis and beyond. Those plans include engaging events that will be packed with fun for trading card gamers (TGC) of all ages and experience levels.

"We're excited to continue pushing our magic regional championship qualifiers even further and to support larger and more competitive events," Kraken Cards, manager, Bill Adkins, says.

The following lists weekly events that gamers can look forward to in 2023:

* Dungeons and Dragons (D&D): Sundays at 1 p.m. - Wizards of all ages are invited to drop in and out for some D&D fun!

* Pokémon: Sundays at 3:30 p.m. and Mondays at 6 p.m. - Trainers of all ages are encouraged to stop by, especially young trainers who are looking to learn.

* Flesh and Blood: Thursdays at 6 p.m. and Saturdays at 2 p.m. - This is a community-driven game for all players and those who want help with their decks.

* Magic Pioneer: Tuesdays at 6 p.m. - This competitive environment is ideal for passionate spellcasters.

* Magic Commander: All day Wednesdays - Social Magic for players of all levels who wish to hone their skills.

* Magic Friday Night Magic (FNM): Fridays at 6 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. - For new players, draft begins at 6 p.m. followed by modern format for competitive spellcasters.

So, no matter the time of day or game played, the Kraken Cards' team is ready to meet some local wizards, trainers and spellcasters who stop in for a quick - or long battle. Kraken is committed to creating a fun, friendly environment that all gamers can enjoy. Even if gamers don't have time for a game, the Kraken team will see to it that they find what they're looking for, so they're ready the next time.

"We want to grow all the possible event games we can and ensure the community always has a place to sit down and play," Adkins shares.

Kraken Cards is also working to build community through its Consortium rewards program which offers special discounts and event opportunities to everyone who joins.

"My vision for Kraken Cards is for us to continue to build up the community and we're excited for more events and special occasions for everyone," Thomas Pool, founder and CEO, Kraken Cards, says. "Community, fun and inclusivity; that's what we're all about."

About Kraken Cards

Located in the heart of downtown Corvallis, Kraken Cards is a place where gamers can not only shop, but have fun doing it. They will find all the necessary essentials to enhance game play - sports cards, playmats, deck boxes, sleeves, collectibles and so much more. No matter what the TCG, Kraken Cards helps gamers to find the best gear for their favorite game.

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Combating Inflation: Inked Gaming Lowers Prices on Print-on-Demand Gear

CORVALLIS, Ore. -- As inflation continues to rise, Inked Gaming is doing its part to help keep their customers happy and coming back for more. With budgets tight, many people are focused on ensuring everyday needs are met, while tending to cut back on the things that make their days a bit brighter. That's why the Inked Gaming team have decided to make their signature pieces for gamers more accessible and affordable than ever.

General costs may be up, but creativity is still at an all-time high among gamers, breakers, streamers and dreamers who wish to put a personal touch on their favorite pastimes. So, Inked Gaming has lowered the prices of its print-on-demand products by at least seven percent.

This decision came directly from Inked Gaming's founder and CEO, Thomas Pool, who said in a letter to all customers, "We know how important it is to have an outlet for creativity and relaxation, especially during these challenging times. That's why we want to make sure that our high-quality gaming products are within reach, even as the world around us changes."

By cutting the prices of their print-on-demand products, the Inked Gaming team gives gamers the chance to keep being creative, without breaking the bank. Customers can use this seven percent price reduction to update their setup, snag some new gear to explore, or even double up on purchases, without worrying as much about cost.

Shopping and personalizing gear should be a fun and affordable experience. And, while this has always been Inked Gaming's mission, it's even more important now when so many are struggling to stay within the bounds of their budget.

"Whether people are into card games, board games, PC games or tabletop role playing games (RPGs), we've got them covered with our wide selection of custom playmats, mousepads, dice bags and more," Pool says.

About Inked Gaming:

Based in Corvallis, Oregon, Inked Gaming is built by gamers for gamers. Since 2011, it's been a top supplier of premium gaming gear and has provided its customers with pre-designed and custom goods to enhance their gaming experience. These goods include playmats, mousepads, dice bags and more. Whether it's Pokémon, Magic: The Gathering(MTG), Dungeons and Dragons (D&D), Flesh and Blood, or any other tabletop game, Inked Gaming helps gamers step up their style and game.

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The Efficiency Journal – designed by world-renowned neuroscientists to help get results

TORONTO, Ontario -- Renowned life coach and psychotherapist Misha Saidov has created a system that can help you become the hero of your own life. Such promises have been made by others in the past. However, Misha Saidov's latest project, "The Efficiency Journal" (IBSN: 978-0228887645; Released February, 2023) sets itself apart. More than a book, "The Efficiency Journal" is a first-of-its-kind toolkit that uses proven scientific methodologies to help you achieve results. He and his team have removed all the technical mumbo-jumbo and focused on four simple principles: planning, introspection, gratitude, and reward.

The book is designed to assist you in setting important goals, reaching them, and winning. There is support material to help you through your transformative journey, especially when you find yourself lost or confused - "The Efficiency Journal" will help you stay on course. Readers are not required to adhere to a strict schedule - instead, they are directed to complete three key daily tasks and set goals that fit into 12-week sprints - with the opportunity to reflect on results once every week.

Science tells us that our results come from our character and that character is built daily through voluntary actions. This means you have the ability to create better results from within. With "The Efficiency Journal" you will learn to manage your energy and analyze your actions, achievements, and experiences.

Misha Saidov, a life performance coach and author, is the founder of IMCP (Institute of Metacognitive Programming) and Think Meta, a coaching company that conducts 4000+ client sessions per month.

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Author: Misha Saidov

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Website: Think Meta - a life performance coaching company -

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Genre: Self-Help

Released: Feb 28, 2023

PAPERBACK ISBN-13: 978-0228887645

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108-Year-Old Tulsa Race Massacre Survivor Viola Ford Fletcher Turns to Literary Activism to Seek Justice, Making History as Oldest Woman in the World to Publish Memoir

NEW YORK, N.Y. -- Mocha Media Inc is honored to announce the publication of "DON'T LET THEM BURY MY STORY, The Oldest Living Survivor of the Tulsa Race Massacre In Her Own Words" (Hardcover; On Sale: May 30, 2023; $29.99; ISBN: 978-1737168409) by Viola Ford Fletcher with her grandson Ike Howard on the 102nd Anniversary of the event that caused the single worst incident of racial violence in the history of the United States.

"I have lived through the massacre every day. Our country may forget this history, but I cannot." - Viola Ford Fletcher.

A lifetime in the making, "DON'T LET THEM BURY MY STORY" shares the journey of the oldest survivor and last living witness of the Tulsa Massacre of 1921. In her memoir, Ms. Fletcher, affectionally known as "Mother Fletcher," takes us through the journey of a terrified seven-year-old girl awakened in the middle of the night and forced to flee her burning neighborhood of Greenwood to the 107-year-old family matriarch testifying before Congress100 years later to the date seeking justice for the families of the greatest tragedy to take place on American soil.

"I will never forget the violence of the white mob when we left our home. I still see Black men being shot, Black bodies lying in the street. I still smell smoke and see fire. I still see Black businesses being burned. I still hear airplanes flying overhead. I hear the screams," Fletcher told Congress. "I have lived through the massacre every day. Our country may forget this history, but I cannot."

Despite 1921 Tulsa being a highly segregated city, the 10,000 Black residents of its Greenwood community created a thriving business district known as "Black Wall Street." But unfortunately, what should have been an opportunity to create generational wealth, became a nightmare that killed hundreds of Black Tulsans. The thousands of survivors who had just lost loved ones and millions of dollars in property were then forced into internment camps.

With no one ever held accountable for the horror they endured, these traumatized American citizens had to figure out how to survive in a country that attacked them with military force and threatened their lives if they ever attempted to tell their stories. For 102 years, the remaining survivors patiently waited to be acknowledged, heard, and restored.

"My grandmother was afraid to tell her stories for many years in fear of retaliation," says her grandson Ike Howard, co-writer and President of the Viola Ford Fletcher Foundation. Finally, the retired military veteran suggested that perhaps God had blessed her with longevity so she could tell everyone what happened in Tulsa. "Knowing I was here to protect her, she was encouraged to conquer her fear. She looked at me and said, "Alright then, go tell my damn story."

"DON'T LET THEM BURY MY STORY" is set to publish on May 30, 2023, the 102nd Anniversary of the Tulsa Race Massacre, under Mocha Media, a Black-woman-owned publishing company that produces original, curated, and user-generated content digital and traditional formats. Upon publication Ms. Fletcher will be 109 years old, making her the oldest centurion to ever write a book.

"What an honor it is to make history on International Women's Day with Mother Fletcher, who is using the power of the pen to keep her survival story alive. It's Literary Activism at its finest," says Margo Ochoa, CEO of Mocha Media Inc. "Because our publishing model not only provides a platform for marginalized writers but it also allows Ms. Fletcher to receive immediate royalties, this we in our own way can do our part to assist in the economic restoration of Ms. Fletcher and her family."

Ms. Fletcher and Ike Howard along with her "Baby Brother" Van Ellis (102) who wrote the forward to the book will embark on tour during the spring and summer of 2023.

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Youth Filmmakers From United States and International Selected For the 13th Annual BHERC Youth Diversity Film Festival Streaming On BHERC TV

HOLLYWOOD, Calif. -- The Black Hollywood Education and Resource Center (BHERC) announces the 13th Annual Youth Diversity Film Festival (YDFF) Friday, March 3 through Sunday, March 12, 2023. On Saturday March 4 an in-person opening day will take place at the Pacific Design Center's Silver Screen Theater, from 9:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. (8687 Melrose Avenue, West Hollywood, CA 90069), as well as online at BHERC.TV.

BHERC has a core mission to recognize and support youth's unique talents and voices by providing and promoting this visual platform. Traditionally brought to the community annually as a live event - the YDFF continues both in live and in streaming format, which includes 24-hour access to the films and prime industry panels led by top entertainment professionals.

The March 4 Opening Ceremony event will include:

* 9:30 continental breakfast

* Red Carpet Event

* Introduction of the Filmmakers

* Sizzle reels of the featured films

* Expert Panels

* Featured Films

The BHERC YDFF is one of the longest-running youth film festivals to focus on diversity. Of the 1600+ films submitted, this year's festival will feature 130 of them, from 23 different countries around the world. Some of the countries represented in this year's festival include: Australia, Brazil, Cambodia, Canada, China, France, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, India, Iran, Italy, Korea, Philippines, Portugal, Romania, South Africa, Sweden, Turkey, Ukraine, United Kingdom, United States, & Venezuela.

Also being featured, are programs and schools from the LA area, such as,

* Washington Prep High School

* Urban Scholar Academy

* Women's Voices Now Organization

* Youth Cinema Project

YDFF filmmakers share short narratives, animation, and docu-short films from various topics related to what youth are experiencing today. YDFF goes beyond the definition of a festival by providing guidance and life-changing experiences that go beyond filmmaking throughout the year.

"There is a trend in the filmmaking this year that focuses on compelling and emotional themes on issues of mental health, social and economic issues, sci-fi, family and student life, environmental issues and fantasy," states Sandra Evers-Manly, BHERC President. "Our goal is to celebrate our young filmmakers, provide a cross-cultural experience and expose them to professionals in the industry. We are delighted to provide this platform and spotlight their perseverance and determination."

A vital component of the festival is the panels. Set to provide mentorship and inside, real-time real-life information and experience by some of the best professionals in the television and film industries, BHERC YDFF will give once again the following industry panels as listed in the following:

Founded in 1996 by Sandra Evers-Manly, BHERC is a nonprofit, public benefit organization designed to advocate, educate, research, develop, and preserve the history and future of African Americans in film and television. BHERC programs include film festivals, mentoring, book signings, script readings, film and animation contests, scholarships, and other programs and special events.

Outgoing Director of the festival, Billie Green, had this to say, "I knew from the very beginning, this was a need for young people. I did my best to build something special with this festival, and it has been fulfilling to see the growth of this festival and these young people over the years. And I truly believe, by investing into the future of filmmaking, we can change the narrative of the industry for years to come."

BHERC invites young people from the US and across the globe, industry professionals, and the community to join us for this great festival of incredible films from our youth. "The world has changed, and continues to change, so much and so quickly. And so have the lenses of our youth. How they choose to tell their stories, especially with the new awareness around mental health, has been remarkable. And the outgoing Director of the festival, Billie Green, deserves her roses for building this into what it is." states BHERC YDFF Director Robert McCune. This is a powerful opportunity for everyone. Take the time to log in and learn, be inspired, moved, gain insight from the filmmakers and the films, as well as the industry-led panels.

Register online now at

Admission for the online festival: Festival Pass, $15/Adult, $5/Youth. Please Note All films and programs screen online at BHERC.TV.

For information about the BHERC YDFF festival, please contact Robert McCune, BHERC Youth Diversity Film Festival at email: or by phone: (925)727-6231.

For information on all the festival offers, visit our website at

For additional details about BHERC, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, and all of its programs, visit

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EOarts Brings Together Extraordinary International Talents From Different Creative Industries For A Show In Brooklyn

BROOKLYN, N.Y. -- On March 18, 2023, The Espejo Organization for the Arts (EOarts) will present THE EXTRAORDINARIES, an exhibition that brings together some of the best foreign-born talents working in the American creative industry. "The goal of the show is to highlight the quality and innovation that imported talent brings to the cultural and creative landscape of the US," said Kika Espejo, Director of EOarts.

The show, which takes its title from the denomination of the visa and permanent resident status awarded to professionals of extraordinary ability in the field of the arts, includes an array of creative practices from immigrant artists from all over the world.

"Creatives who have obtained Extraordinary Ability immigration statuses have demonstrated their original contribution to their field but don't often get much visibility, nor does the wide public recognize what an important role imported talent plays in the development of our country's creative industry," Espejo explains.

This show presents a survey of the works that a selection of these professionals are currently developing, bringing together creators of many different industries to promote and bring awareness to the significance that immigrant talents play in the development of the American cultural field.

The show will count on the participation of accomplished and award-winning international artists and creative professionals. In the area of visual arts, the exhibition will present the works of Brazilian painter and illustrator Niege Borges, Japanese sand artist Naoshi, Lebanese mix media artist Hildos, Hongkongese artist and milliner Penny Chu, Iranian Illustrator Elham Ataeiazar, and Spanish painters Amaia Marzabal and Aida Miro. Macedonian visual artist Mensur Bojda, Ukranian surface and texture artist Maksym Kazarin, and Indian multidisciplinary artist Kuldeep Singh are also taking part in this show.

In the area of photography, the show will include three distinguished professionals, including the fashion and documentary photographer from Sweden, Izabella Demavlys, the Canadian fine art and wedding photographer Erica Reade, and the boudoir and fine arts photographer from Mexico, Gaspar Marquez, who is also involved in the production of the show.

Additionally, the event will include the works of exceptional creatives in the field of design, such as English graphic designer Crissy Bogusz, Chilean art director Nicolas Mardones, Indian urban designer Uttara Ramakrishnan, Spanish architectural designer Ana Avanzini, and the Czech 3D designers Johana & Maxim Kroft. In the area of fashion, the show will also count on the works of Chinese creative director Churou Wang, Japanese costume designer Saori Mitome, and Chinese bespoke tailor and designer Yuecen Cai.

Adding to the exhibition and organized with the support of Brazilian producer Roberta Fernandes, the event will also host two special performances and presentations. Spanish actor and producer Edu Diaz will present an excerpt from his successful play Fantastic Mr. S, recently presented at the United Solo Festival. The Brazilian editor and astrologist, Larissa Xavier, will also participate in the show with a presentation of her collaborative project "New York Women & The Zodiac."

"THE EXTRAORDINARIES is a one-of-its-kind event that intends to go beyond the mere experience of a traditional art show. Multidisciplinary shows have the ability to bring together works from many fields into a conversation, allowing not only to create intrinsic connections between pieces but to generate narratives that expand beyond the borders of each medium," says Colombian Guest Curator Julian Montenegro.

The exhibition will open to the public on Saturday, March 18, 2023, between 6:30 and 8:30 pm, at Meadow Studios (35 Meadow Street) in Brooklyn.

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Black History Month – Teaching Black Children The Value Of Building Wealth, Saving Money, and Financial Literacy

NEW YORK, N.Y. -- On the last day of Black History Month, nationally recognized Black Producer and Creator Joe Young, Jr., in partnership with JPMorgan Chase, will launch a print and digital comic book teaching financial literacy to students featuring "KEMET, BIG TIME SAVER."

On February 28, 2023, 10 a.m. at P.S. 171 Patrick Henry Preparatory school in Harlem, Principal Dimitres Pantelidis, will host a Black History Month event for fourth, fifth, and sixth-grade students to celebrate the conclusion of the month.

Students will officially meet KEMET, a ten-year-old time-traveling comic character who goes back to meet African-American historical firsts, legends, and inventors, both living and deceased, who share with KEMET what they have done to contribute to the outstanding accomplishments of building this country and improving civilization.

By traveling through a history time capsule called "Sankofa 82," KEMET, in mascot form, will talk to the students about the value of money and saving and the importance of financial literacy.

"There is a dire need for youth in urban areas to understand the importance of basic money management," said Joe Young, Founder and Producer of Joe Young Entertainment. "KEMET, BIG TIME SAVER will engage the students to think about the value of money, saving, and investing. Promoting financial literacy in our schools impacts the mind and behavior towards money management and understanding the value and importance of generational wealth."

"Financial health is a critical component of creating a stronger economic foundation and building generational wealth for the Black community," said Jumoke Fagbayi-Butts, Vice President and Senior Business Consultant at Chase. "We are committed to addressing the unique financial needs of those too often left behind in a growing economy. Our firm works with leaders like Joe Young to support the next generation of Black prosperity."

"We are happy to join nationally recognized cartoonist Joe Young, his cartoon character KEMET, BIG TIME SAVER, and JoAnn H. Price, Co-Founder/Managing Partner of Fairview Capital, to present this comic book to all students at P.S. 171 in Harlem," said Rocky Chowdhury, Vice President, and Community Manager for Chase in Harlem. "Building positive financial health habits early in life leads to great success, and applaud Joe's work to teach students responsible money habits that will help secure their financial futures."


KEMET, BIG TIME SAVER comic book, was co-written by Joe Young and his daughter Paige Young. The comic book story features ten-year-old "Ro" who runs a lemonade stand and decides to use her profits from the revenues generated from her lemonade stand business to buy a new scooter. She gets frustrated after running into problems raising enough money.

KEMET, alerted about her dilemma, takes off in "Sankofa 82" to help her. He introduces Ro to three successful Black entrepreneurs from past and present: the late A.G. Gaston, one of the wealthiest African Americans of his time, including a $130 million business empire spanning communications, real estate, and insurance; JoAnn H. Price, Co-Founder/Managing Partner of Fairview Capital Partners (Private Equity and Venture Capital firm) with over $10.4 Billion in assets under management since inception; and the late Mary Ellen Pleasant, a 19th-century entrepreneur, financier, real estate magnate, and abolitionist who was the first self-made millionaire of African-American heritage.

Beginning in March, Young and his mascot KEMET will commence a tour to visit schools and youth groups with his KEMET BIG TIME SAVER PROGRAM. The KEMET youth activity sheets, which include fun and educational Black history facts, are distributed nationwide to schools and Black newspapers, reaching over 22 million readers a week. Young is in pre-production for the KEMET BIG TIME SAVER animated film.

* 10:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. P.S. 171 Patrick Henry School, 19 E 103rd St, New York, NY 10029

Black History Month event with over 100 elementary students to meet KEMET, celebrate African American leaders and discuss the importance of financial health and generational wealth for young people. Courtesy of JP Morgan Chase, every student will receive a copy of KEMET, BIG TIME SAVER.

* 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m., Apollo Theater, 253 W 125th St, New York, NY 10027

Joe Young will host a KEMET Book Signing at the historic Apollo Theater in Harlem to celebrate Black History Month.


Joe Young is the Founder and president of Joe Young Entertainment and the President and CEO of Hartford's Got Talent!, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. He is an award-winning cartoonist, filmmaker, producer, writer, and teaching artist. Young is the Vice Chair of the Board of Trustees of The University of Bridgeport. In 2022 Young teamed up with music icon Smokey Robinson to produce the animated BLACK AMERICAN film. The animation was featured on ABC's "The View" TV program. In 1999, he received the Daily Point of Light award from the White House from Presidents Bill Clinton and the late President George H.W. Bush for volunteering to bring the arts to inner-city youth.

He has been recognized for his accomplishments, including being an Amazon National Best-Selling Author, featured in Ripley's Believe It or Not, and in The NAACP 100 Most Influential Blacks in CT. His work has appeared in People, Ebony, GQ and Jet Magazine, the Boston Globe, New York Times, C-Span, ABC's The View, CNN, the Black Family Channel, and other national media outlets.

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‘Our Walk with Grandma’ Celebrates National Library Lovers Month by Donating Books to Southern California Libraries

MURRIETA, Calif. -- The family of late author Dolores F. Kurzeka announced today their plans to donate "Our Walk with Grandma" (ISBN: 978-1039145450, FriesenPress) books to Southern California libraries in honor of National Library Lovers Month. The public is welcome to suggest their favorite public or school library by submitting a message on the "Contact Us" page on with library name, address and a little information about the suggested library by Friday, March 10, 2023. (See details below.)

"National Library Lovers Month is dedicated to book lovers everywhere. It honors libraries, their contributions to society and the amazing life-changing books they offer the community," said Kerry Hirsch, daughter of author Dolores Kurzeka. "We want to donate "Our Walk with Grandma" to bring libraries more storytelling opportunities to the children in their local community."

The newly released children's book is both fun and educational. It shares a cherished time of a grandma and her grandkids enjoying a beautiful walk together while learning about the surrounding nature. It helps build happy memories for the younger generation and reminds older people of the wonderful times they shared with their grandma. Grandkids of all ages love the charming story, gorgeous illustrations and amusing fun facts.


Book suggestions will be taken until Friday, March 10, 2023 at 12 p.m. EST (9 a.m. PST). One submission accepted per person. First come, first served. One book distributed per library. Up to a total of 50 paperback books will be distributed to libraries in Southern California as far north as the San Luis Obispo, Kern and San Bernardino counties.

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Dolores F. Kurzeka was the dedicated mother of six, grandmother of twelve, and great-grandmother of seven. As a brilliant artist and world traveler she loved to explore the beauty of life and nature, and always looked for teachable moments to share with her family. Kurzeka passed away of Covid-19 in 2021 at the age of 92. She would be thrilled to share her charming book with so many readers.

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Title: Our Walk with Grandma

Author: Dolores F. Kurzeka

Publisher: FriesenPress

ISBN: 978-1-03-914546-7 (hardcover)

ISBN: 978-1-03-914545-0 (paperback)

ISBN: 978-1-03-914547-4 (ebook)

Size: 8.5x8.5: 36 pages, 33 color

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The Dillinger Escape Plan’s Ben Weinman Has a New Course on How to Make a Living in Art Without Making Compromises

BROOKLYN, N.Y. -- Online music learning platform Soundfly has released a brand new course with Ben Weinman, guitarist, songwriter, and founding member of The Dillinger Escape Plan, on the business of making art without compromising one's values or integrity. The Business of Uncompromising Art is a course like no other, and musicians of all types can find it today in Soundly's digital library of creative music courses.

There are a million music business courses out there, but we dare you to find another that teaches you how to blow fire in a fan's face and still get paid for it. In fact, Ben argues that's part of what made his legendary band so successful for so long: authenticity, risk-taking, an obsessive focus on fans, and an unwavering DIY ethos. This comprehensive course - filled with case studies, challenges, stories, advice, and lessons culled from Ben's 20+ year career in music - will change the way independent artists view their mission.

Named one of SPIN's "100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time" and one of "the 20 Most Influential Metal Guitarists of the Modern Era" by VH1, Ben Weinman is a founding member of The Dillinger Escape Plan, a guitarist in Suicidal Tendencies and Giraffe Tongue Orchestra, a songwriter, composer, and manager. Having performed with NIN, System of a Down, Soundgarden, and The Prodigy, written music for HBO, voted for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, and consulted for Grammy-winning artists, Ben's crept into every corner of the music industry - and found success in each.

In his course, he'll explain how he took what many called an "unmarketable" band and transformed it into an iconic act and a profitable economic engine with a rabid fanbase - along the way elucidating how to attract a passionate fanbase, deliver honest art, and design creative strategies for making money in an industry plagued by old, tired models. In Ben's own words, you'll learn: "How to stick to your guns, follow your values, create uncompromising art, and then sell that uncompromising art in a way that doesn't suck the life out of you."

The Business of Uncompromising Art features over 35 lessons loaded with invaluable advice and strategic information, and 25 videos, plus graphics, activities, downloadable learning materials, and access to Soundfly's Discord community where students can ask questions and get feedback on their work.

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