Welcome to TEN21 Press (1021 Press)! We are a small, independent book publisher located in the heart of Detroit, Michigan, USA. Our company was founded on October 21, 2011, to publish important, creative works, and authentic stories of high quality written by independent people of independent thought for the widest possible audience. TEN21 Press supports digital and new media as we continue our love for time-honored hardcover and paperback books.
Our debut book is Border Crossings: Coming of Age in the Czech Resistance. Written by Charles Novacek, the memoir is a firsthand account of survival amid the Nazi and Communist occupations of his Czechoslovakian homeland during World War II and the Cold War. It has been endorsed by Madeleine Albright and is a winner and/or finalist of 14 national and international book awards. On the list is a Gold Medal in the Memoir/Autobiography category of the Midwest Book Awards, a Bronze Medal in the World History category of the Independent Publisher (IPPY) Book Awards, and Honorable Mention in the Memoir category of the Eric Hoffer Book Awards.
TEN21 Press has recently announced the coming release of the children's picture book, Charles's Bridge, inspired by author Sandra Novacek’s realization that her husband's personal story had the potential to help other children learn how to use art to calm and soothe them in times of crisis. Beautifully illustrated, this book includes a reproduction of Charles's painting, and an Author's Note. The book is written for children in preschool through 3rd grade.
Flash back to the year 1938, and the crisis facing families in Czechoslovakia, and throughout Europe, was the arrival of armed soldiers and not far behind them the beginning of World War II. Young Charles Novacek and his family are told they must leave. To Charles's dismay, he can only bring "necessities," which means leaving his beloved art supplies behind. Without his friends, paints, and brushes, Charles feels homesick and alone. The only place he finds solace is the forest where he looks for hiding places to store supplies for his family during wartime. Then one day, a majestic stone bridge with carved statues catches his eye.
Charles's Bridge is scheduled for release on January 12, 2021, and has already received several positive advance reviews. Midwest Book Review's reviewer D. Donovan said, "Charles's Bridge holds a magical story with a powerful lesson for all ages, and is a much-needed positive perspective in dark times. As the color evolves both in Charles's life and in the artwork in the book, so hope equally rises in his readers."
Girija Kaimal, Associate Professor, PhD, Department of Creative Arts Therapies, Drexel University; President-Elect, American Art Therapy Association said, "Charles's Bridge is a beautiful and inspiring tribute to the power of imagination, human creativity and the power of art. The story shows us how even in times of greatest adversity, nature and natural materials can be a source of inspiration and sustain hope. A must-read for children and families especially in current times."
To buy Border Crossings and Charles's Bridge visit your local independent bookstore, favorite online bookseller, or other sources listed at the website www.charlesnovacekbooks.com. For special large quantity purchases for colleges, schools, nonprofits, etc., contact Sandra at email@example.com.
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