News publishing – Plains News Wed, 11 May 2022 19:37:33 +0000 en-US hourly 1 News publishing – Plains News 32 32 South Ripley Elementary Named STEM School – Ripley Publishing Company, Inc. Wed, 11 May 2022 17:25:48 +0000
Excitement grew on Monday at South Ripley Elementary School as the news that the school had been named one of only 15 new STEM Certified Schools  - the only one in Ripley County. This announcement was made by the Indiana Department of Education. This means the school is a leader in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education.

“With now upwards of 100 STEM Certified Schools across the state, these schools are leading the way in helping our students explore, engage, and gain experiences in STEM fields,” said Dr. Katie Jenner, Indiana Secretary of Education, who was on hand Tuesday morning to help celebrate SRES. “I’ve directly witnessed several of these schools’ innovative approaches to inquiry –and problem-based learning, as they integrate STEM across their curriculum and engage families and community partners to help students build knowledge and skills that will serve them throughout their lives.” 

Dr Jenner said South Ripley was an ‘academic superstar you could see in action’ as she visited the school this week. “I’m so impressed with the people at the school and I can feel the energy radiating. I am proud of their work,” she told the Versailles Republican.

Throughout the building, STEM roared with students responsible for their learning. Intense academics taught included the MILO robot, video recordings that happen daily, and STEM activities throughout.

“This is a tremendous achievement for SRES. During a strategic planning session four years ago, our school board set the direction for our schools to achieve STEM certification,” said Rob Moorhead, Superintendent of South Ripley. “The SRES staff accepted the challenge and worked very hard to achieve this certification. The leadership of SRES administrators Ryan Lauber and Kris Wood, and the tireless work of the STEM team including Brett Miller, Sheena Speer, Julia Heidlage, Leslie Rennie, and Neal Herzog enabled SRES to become the first STEM-certified school in the county of Ripley.

Say Supt. Moorhead is proud, would be an understatement. He explained: “With an application rated ‘Exemplary’ by the IDOE, the SRES team scored 74 points out of a possible 75 in the STEM rubric. This certification demonstrates that our students are highly engaged in learning STEM concepts in the SRES curriculum, as we fulfill our mission to educate today’s students to become responsible citizens of tomorrow.

SRES Principal Ryan Lauber said, “South Ripley Elementary is extremely excited about pursuing STEM certification through the Indiana Department of Education. Our application was the highest-scoring application ever received, and the IDOE said SRES is a model for schools across the state looking to create a STEM environment for their students. The vision for this certification was established by our school board, and it was achieved through the hard work of our STEM committee. Teachers, students and parents in our community should be proud of this honor.

The administrators are quick to point out that this was a collective effort that included not only a large group of people at the school, but also the students and parents who also played an important role in ensuring that all takes place together.

According to information from the IDOE, the STEM Certified Schools program was established in 2015. It recognizes schools committed to teaching STEM disciplines beyond the classroom. STEM-certified schools exemplify a highly innovative approach to education, employing a lot of inquiry, project-based learning, community engagement, entrepreneurship, student-centered classrooms, integration into humanities and related arts and extracurricular STEM activities. For high schools in particular, achieving STEM certification requires increased intention and coordination in terms of vision, schedule, and cross-disciplinary collaboration.

Bodour Al Qasimi calls for the empowerment of women in publishing during talks with the First Lady of the Republic of Colombia Mon, 09 May 2022 09:36:24 +0000

Sharjah: Bodour Al Qasimi, President of the International Publishers Association (IPA), hailed the need for coordinated efforts to address the challenges faced by professional women in publishing today and to come up with viable solutions to strengthen empowering women in the industry during her recent visit to the Latin American countries of Colombia and Argentina.

IPA President met with María Juliana Ruiz Sandoval, First Lady of the Republic of Colombia, at the “Casa de Nariño” in Bogotá, and discussed successful women’s empowerment strategies implemented in both countries . Bodour Al Qasimi also shared the Kalimat Foundation’s most impactful initiatives that promote diversity in the Arabic publishing sector.

In her meetings with publishers and industry stakeholders during the visit, the API President reiterated the need for better practices in the publishing industry and called for giving prioritizing empowerment and training of women publishers to build capacity, address skills gaps and build strong and inclusive businesses. ecosystems.

In Colombia, the IPA President met with Diana Escobar, Vice President of Sustainable Development at Ecopetrol Colombia, and officials from the Regional Center for the Promotion of Books in Latin America and the Caribbean (CERLALC), to discuss the extent of collaborations in the training of women editors.

Bodour Al Qasimi also met with Her Excellency Angelica Mayolo, Colombian Minister of Culture, and explored opportunities for collaboration with IPA, particularly in the area of ​​diversity and inclusion, and thus strengthen the presence and role of women in the industry.

In Argentina, the president of API presented strategies to empower women in the publishing industry during a roundtable with Ana Maria Cabanellas, president of Grupo Editorial Claridad, one of the main publishing houses. Argentina edition.

During his meeting with member publishers of the Colombian Book Chamber, Bodour Al Qasimi discussed issues related to sustainability and explored the challenges of paper shortage and its impact on the publishing sector. During her meeting with Argentine publishers, the IPA President reiterated her support for the recovery and growth of publishing markets affected by the global pandemic and urged publishers to take advantage of opportunities for development and capacity building offered through the IPA Academy, which is now online. .

Bodour Al Qasimi also attended the opening ceremony of the Buenos Aires International Book Fair and visited the Bogota International Book Fair during his visit to the two Latin American countries.


Zionsville Resident Reaches Yoga Warrior Semi-Finals Current Editions Sat, 07 May 2022 10:00:32 +0000

By Jackie Grigg

Zionsville resident Gretchen Clore discovered her passion for yoga early in life in a book by Beverly and Vidal Sassoon.

Zionsville resident Gretchen Clore has reached the semi-finals of the annual “I Am Yoga Warrior” competition. (Photo courtesy of Gretchen Clore)

As a child, she said she practiced yoga at home to help her cope with the difficulties of growing up in poverty and to cope with her father’s bipolar disorder. Years later, she worked with the OPTIONS program at Noblesville Juvenile Detention Center to help juvenile detainees defuse and find ways to find peace in their surroundings.

In 2014, Clore completed her 200 and 500 hour yoga teacher training through YogaWorks in Los Angeles. She then moved back to Indiana in 2018 after her mother suffered two strokes. His work as a yoga teacher allows him to transmit the same strengths that yoga gives him to others who seek to calm their brain, focus on their body and find inner harmony.

“I stopped fundraising and started teaching yoga wherever and wherever I could,” Clore said. “It was so good, so perfect for me and so, so happy.”

Clore is a yoga instructor for Carmel Clay Parks and Recreation and LA Fitness in Zionsville and Westfield. She participated in the annual I Am Yoga Warrior competition, raising funds for the Veterans Yoga Project. She reached the semi-finals before being eliminated. His cause has supported the recovery and resilience of veterans, military families and communities. The winner will be featured in “Yoga Journal” and win $10,000 cash.

Clore said she was definitely planning to come in again

Clore, a Crawfordsville native, said it was important to return to his family in Indiana.

“My father was already in a retirement home in Lebanon, and I didn’t want to miss any more time with my parents,” she said.

Clore is a parishioner at Traders Point Christian Church.

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The Office of Faculty Development will host the first five-college publication day on May 17: UMass Amherst Thu, 05 May 2022 19:13:17 +0000

The Office of Faculty Development (OFD) will host Five College Publishing Day, a collaborative publishing event for neighboring academic institutions, via Zoom on Tuesday, May 17 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. The event is free and open to all faculty and Five College aims to foster connections between publishers and authors in attendance.

According to UMass director of faculty development Wendy Varner, the event serves both to mentor faculty in scholarly book publishing and to highlight the “abundance of new opportunities” available to the faculty given the rapid evolution of the publishing field.

The day’s program will begin with a panel discussion with publishers, agents and authors who will share their views on today’s publishing world. From there, attendees will have the option to choose from several morning and afternoon sessions on different areas of editing and writing.

Scheduled moderators and panelists have a wide range of editing experience within the five colleges and beyond. “We have a wealth of experience and expertise here at all five colleges, and I’m excited to learn from our neighbors and our guests,” said Mary Dougherty, director of UMass Press.

Publishing Day 2022 marks a revival of Five College cooperative events focused on the publishing industry. “I’m thrilled to see the return of Five College Publishing Day,” said Raymond Rennard, director of academic programs for the Five College Consortium. “It’s been almost twenty years since the last one, and the publishing industry has changed a lot for academics since then. This launch event has something for everyone, from publishing a first monograph to exploring alternative scientific formats.

This event is co-hosted by Amherst College, Five Colleges, Inc., Hampshire College, Mount Holyoke College, Smith College, and the University of Massachusetts Amherst, in conjunction with Amherst College Press, The Common, the Massachusetts Review, and the University from Massachusetts Press. It is free and open to all teachers at Five College.

Program of events:

Welcome: Five College Publishing Day 2022

  • Michelle BudigSenior Vice President for Faculty Affairs, UMass Amherst
  • Ray FoxDirector of Academic Programs, Five Colleges Inc.

Round table

  • The state of the 2022 edition
    Mary Doughertydirector, University of Massachusetts Press
    Jim Hicks, editor, Massachusetts Review; Associate Professor, UMass Amherst

Morning sessions

  • The first book: where to start?
    Helene VisentinSmith College, Associate Dean of Faculty, Dean of Academic Development, Professor of French Studies
  • The Second Book: What Should I Consider?
    Pawan DhingraAmherst College, Associate Provost and Associate Dean, Professor of American Studies
    Beth Bouloukosdirector, Amherst College Press

Afternoon sessions

Closing discussion

  • Moderator: Brian Halleyeditor, University of Massachusetts Press, UMass Boston

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One in three departments expect to miss FY22 annual report release target Tue, 03 May 2022 23:05:17 +0000

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At least eight departments have warned that they will not be able to meet deadlines for publishing their 2021-2022 annual reports and accounts (ARA).

The admission, revealed by Permanent Secretary to the Treasury Sir Tom Scholar, was updated to members of Parliament’s Public Accounts Committee. The senior official was answering questions about the latest cost estimates for fraud and error in relation to the departments’ coronavirus support programs.

Scholar said that for their 2021-22 reports, all departments were required to report on the impact of the pandemic on departmental goals, strategic objectives and priority results, and to provide an analysis of fraud and error of the Covid support programs.

But he noted that several departments had warned they were unlikely to be able to produce their main annual reports in time for the publication target before parliament broke for the summer recess at the end of July.

“We are back to an administrative deadline of June 30 for the placement of SCBAs,” Scholar said. “Eight departments have indicated that they will not get a laying date before the holidays for 2021-22 – partly due to legacy problems and delays in local government pensions. The Treasury is organizing forums to identify and resolve issues that may hinder faster reporting and will disseminate relevant advice when needed.

Scholar did not identify the departments involved. The Ministry of Education is a ministry that has historically struggled to publish its ARA in the summer, often due to conflicts between the accounting periods for schools and those used in central government.

The permanent secretary’s appearance came shortly before Chancellor Rishi Sunak announced the government’s plan to create an ‘elite anti-fraud squad’ that would use the latest technology and data analysis techniques to pursue those who defrauded the business support programs provided at the start of the pandemic. .

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In response to questions from MPs about fraud and error in the Government’s Covid support schemes, Scholar’s letter repeated the estimates contained in the departments’ 2020-21 ARAs – most of which were published last year.

He cited HM Revenue and Customs’ estimate of an 8.7 per cent fraud and error rate in the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme – commonly known as the furlough scheme. A total of £60.7bn was paid out under the scheme in 2020-21, after voluntary repayments were made.

In relation to the Covid schemes administered by HMRC, Scholar reiterated the Government’s plans from March 2021 to recover up to £1bn of fraudulent or incorrect payments through £100m invested in the Protection Force taxpayers, 1,265 people strong.

“The Taxpayer Protection Task Force is fully funded for 2022-23, and HMRC will continue to pursue risk on schemes for many years to come through its wider program of compliance work,” Scholar said. .

He added that the return on investment in recovering from Covid loan fraud was “much more difficult to estimate”, particularly in relation to the Bounce Back Loan Scheme for businesses, overseen by the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial. Strategy.

“Collections for the vast majority of cases should be done by the lenders but in some cases, especially in cases of serious fraud, law enforcement will also have a role to play,” he said.

Although BBLS is supervised by BEIS and administered by the British Business Bank, its loans – up to £50,000 – have been made by retail banks, guaranteed by the government.

In January, Minister for Government Efficiency Lord Theodore Agnew quit his job in protest at what he described as ‘dismal’ oversight of the £47billion scheme by BEIS and BBB. Agnew went on to accuse the Treasury of having “no knowledge of or little concern for the consequences of fraud on the economy or society”.

The researcher’s letter cites BEIS’s annual report and accounts figures for 2020-21 which gave a range of errors and fraud of £3.6bn to £6.4bn for the loan scheme rebound. A National Audit Office report in December said £17billion of the total may not be repaid, although the figure is wider than fraud and error, also including legitimate borrowers who are not in able to pay.

Scholar’s letter said the police-led National Investigation Service had received an additional £13m in spring reporting last month to ‘double its capacity to investigate bounce back loans and fund new business of application”.

He said the BBB would receive £11million in funding over three years to bolster its fraud and insurance programme.

Scholar added that the BBB had commissioned a comprehensive, multi-year assessment of business lending programs, which is being conducted by London Economics and Ipsos MORI.

“The first report will be released this summer, subsequent reports will follow in 2023 and 2024,” he said.

The actress accepts her role in “Antigone” • Current editions Sun, 01 May 2022 19:48:14 +0000

Ciara Huckby

It was easy for Ciara Huckeby to embrace the title role in “Antigone.”

“I really, really love how complex she is,” Huckeby said. “There’s so much fire in her, so much willpower to do what she thinks is right. She’s such a smart young woman, but you can tell she lets her heart guide her. She loves shamelessly and with such intensity, it’s overwhelming. I’ve never really had the opportunity to get into a character like this, having mostly done musicals, but I think I accidentally got hooked.

“Antigone” is an ancient Greek tragedy, the third chapter of the famous “Odeipus” trilogy. It focuses on Odeipus’ daughter, Antigone, in the aftermath of the battle for the throne, which leaves her two brothers dead and her uncle made king. Mud Creek Players presents “Antigone” at 6:30 p.m. May 5-8 in free outdoor performances at the Mud Creek Theater, 9740 E. 86th St., Indianapolis. In addition, an art fair will be presented on May 7 and 8 from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m.

Huckeby said it’s easy to forget that Antigone is so young.

“Having to step back and remember this is a teenager who lost her parents, her brothers and standing alone in this fight is tough,” Huckeby said. “You immediately want to take on this beacon of hope and honor the role she was meant to be, but you know this girl must be terrified.”

Nicole Crabtree

Director Nicole Crabtree, a Fishers resident, said she loved that Antigone was one of the first, not to mention one of the few, feminist portrayals in ancient literature and drama.

“I also love that the piece holds a very interesting and relevant conversation about the place of morality in politics and vice versa, and constantly reminds you that there are things bigger than you,” said she declared.

Fishers resident Nathan Terhune, who plays Kreon, said he admires Antigone’s determination.

“We see other characters wavering and shaking at different points in the play, but no matter what she’s going through, she maintains her love for Polynice,” Terhune said.

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Publication of Two Ways makes Rowman & Littlefield a winner Sat, 30 Apr 2022 00:14:39 +0000

Jed Lyons, chairman and CEO of Rowman & Littlefield, gets upset when the mainstream press calls the publishing industry “besieged” and “distressed”. His word of choice is prosperous. “The book industry is booming right now,” Lyons said. “We are thriving. The Big Five – or maybe soon the Big Four – are doing well. For our national book network [the distributor Lyons founded in 1986] many customers had their best year ever in 2021.”

To become one of the largest independent publishers in the country, Lyons focused on acquisitions, partnerships and people. His 73-year-old publishing house, based outside of Washington, DC, has four dozen prints and climbs. The company concluded 2021 with sales of $103 million and a roster of 80,000 titles.

These figures include the New England publishing house Globe Pequot, which celebrates its 75th anniversary this year. R&L acquired it in 2014, along with its 2,500 tracks and $15 million in sales. Now, Globe Pequot is both the name of R&L’s business group and one of its flagship brands. R&L’s business group had sales of nearly $30 million in 2021. It has a host of specialty imprints in lifestyle, recreation, history, and regional and local guides. They include Stackpole, founded in 1930; Lyons Press, specializing in military history as well as fishing, hunting, nature, etc. ; and Falcon, publisher of more than 1,000 regional guides.

R&L acquired Stackpole in 2015, and its publisher, Judith Schnell, was named business group publisher in 2017. In this role, she also runs TwoDot Books, which focuses on Western history and culture; Down East Books, centered in Maine; and new acquisitions Prometheus, Applause/Backbeat and Astragal. Schnell describes Lyon’s lengthy courtship with Stackpole as typical of his persevering approach to growing up. “Jed had been knocking on the door for years, patiently waiting and getting to know each other,” Schnell said. “It was clear he would keep the footprint and our identity, and he was trustworthy about it. He understood the nature of the business. When you buy a footprint, that’s what you buy.

Lyons said: “It’s rewarding to be part of a team that keeps these respected imprints alive and independent rather than watching them get rolled into the maw of a gigantic public corporation. To retreat to Down East Books in Maine and erase their Maine identity would be foolish. Ditto for Pineapple Press, which has been making books on Florida for forty years. Globe Pequot is still based in New England, moving a 20-minute drive from Guilford, Connecticut this year to relocate to Essex, where the company was founded.

A silver lining over the long stay-close-to-home years of the pandemic has been “an increase in the sale of our outdoor books,” Lyons said. Sales at Falcon Guides soared, as did sales of fishing titles, regional trips and local history books.

Strategy and planning also played a role in the commercial division’s big 2021 sales year. “These kinds of books sell out every year,” Schnell said. “We don’t have to run after trends. We stay strong in what we do and do it the best we can. Schnell expects steady growth to continue on the trade’s top list, with production rising from 539 titles in 2021 to 586 this year and more than 600 in 2023.

Partnerships are also essential to the growth of R&L. Under Globe Pequot, for example, Lyons Press publishes Orvis’ fishing books, while Stackpole publishes titles for the National Outdoor Leadership School. Falcon works with Hiker magazine and National Geographic, and its latest partner is KOA with camping books for kids. R&L has worked for decades in partnership with non-profit organizations such as the American Association for State and Local History, think tanks such as the Center for Strategic and International Studies, research groups, university presses and government agencies, in particular by publishing the annual report United States Statistical Summary.

Lyons and Schnell said R&L’s people drive the company’s success. It employs approximately 400 full-time people in offices in Marlborough, Massachusetts; Essex, Connecticut; and Lanham, Md., and at its 300,000 square feet. distribution center in Blue Ridge Summit, Pennsylvania and its 150,000 square feet. warehouse in Hagerstown, Md. The trading group has about 70 people on its payroll, many of whom have worked at Globe Pequot, through various owners, for decades.

Lyons, who began his career as a campaign man for a Maine congressman before moving into publishing 47 years ago, still looks to the future. R&L, for example, was an early adopter of print-on-demand and now does 40% of its printing in-house. “This protects us to some extent against the unpredictable and sometimes unreliable book printing schedules that external printers supply too often,” Lyons said.

The company has met its challenges. There was a furlough at the start of the pandemic, although all employees who wanted to return returned to work within a few months. Today, inflation not only drives up the cost of paper for books, but also the price and availability of corrugated boxes to ship them. New England paper mills send pulp to China, where manufacturers make corrugating material and ship it back to the United States at prohibitive prices, Lyons said. Years ago, Lyons moved R&L’s four-color printing from China to Singapore, South Korea and Vietnam. “I would love to do all of our impressions nationally,” he said. “It’s something we’re monitoring.”

A version of this article originally appeared in the 2/5/2022 issue of Weekly editors under the title: Better Together

Ola client sends takedown notice to company for posting telemetry on social media Thu, 28 Apr 2022 06:38:39 +0000

A customer has sent a takedown notice to Ola Electric for posting telemetry data of the two-person electric scooter on social media, after the electric scooter encountered an accident in Guwahati, injuring the driver.

Balwant Singh from Guwahati tweeted on April 15 that his son had encountered an accident “due to a regenerative braking fault where on a speed bump, instead of slowing down, the scooter accelerated, sending out so much torque that it crashed “.

The carpool major said last week that its investigation showed the driver was speeding.

“My notice to A @OlaElectric to immediately delete my telemetry data which they have published in public without my consent violating privacy laws and graphics whose authenticity has not been verified by me/legal agencies. If you don’t I will take legal action against @bhash,” Balwant Singh tweeted, along with a screenshot of the takedown notice.

Ola said he conducted a thorough investigation into the accident and “the data clearly shows that the driver exceeded speed all night and braked in a panic, losing control of the vehicle. There was no nothing wrong with the vehicle”.

The accident happened on March 26 when Balwant Singh’s son was driving an Ola S1 Pro. “The scooter took off before crashing and skidding. My son was hospitalized on March 26 and suffered a broken left hand and 16 stitches in his right hand due to a defect in Ola S1 Pro,” Balwant Singh tweeted.

Ola had stated that the speed of the scooter the night of the accident was between 95 km/h and 115 km/h.

At the time of the accident, three brakes were applied together – front, rear and regenerative – bringing the speed from 80 km/h to 0 km/h in 3 seconds.

Ola Electric has voluntarily recalled 1,441 electric scooters as a precaution to perform a detailed health check of the affected lot.

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The company said its internal investigation into the March 26 incident, when an Ola S1 Pro electric scooter caught fire in Pune, found that “the thermal incident was isolated”.

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Lilith Games Launches New Global Publishing Brand, Farlight Games Tue, 26 Apr 2022 07:32:57 +0000

Farlight Games, a new global game publishing brand Lilith Games, a well-known Chinese creator of hit mobile games, was launched. The company’s goal is to provide the best games to people around the world.

Soul hunters, art of conquest, A.F.K. ArenaRise of Kingdoms and path of war are just a few of the most popular games from Lilith Games. Each of these games sought new and exciting ways to deliver Lilith Games’ distinct brand of entertainment to gamers around the world. The formation of this new brand is the critical next step in the company’s ongoing mission.

Singapore-based Farlight Games is poised for explosive growth. Going forward, the company’s global staff will support and facilitate the global distribution of titles from Lilith Games and other global developers. Farlight Games will be able to provide enhanced and personalized services and enhance gaming experiences for users around the world by cooperating with global partners.

Farlight Games will publish the next titles from the house of Lilith Games

Lilith Games will continue to expand its horizons by actively pursuing other game genres and innovative gaming experiences, using Farlight’s new means of expansion and brand research. Players will be able to find these new Lilith Games experiences released under the Farlight global brand in the near future. Farlight Games should now publish Dislyte, Distant 84Boom Party, an unannounced title called “SAMO” and several other titles that will be revealed soon.

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“The launch of Farlight Games represents a significant upgrade to our ‘global localization’ strategy,” said Farlight Games Founder and CEO Kenny Wang. “We want to recruit the best talent from around the world to provide a more localized service to players around the world.” he concluded again.

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Starting ‘courageous conversations’: Butterfly Effect founder publishes book series she hopes will get people talking Sun, 24 Apr 2022 12:48:05 +0000

Tijuana Fulford has never been one to shy away from tough conversations. In fact, she initiates them.

The dynamic founder of The butterfly effect projecta Riverhead-based organization that aims to empower girls in underserved communities, and a certified life coach, Fulford stresses the importance of open dialogue about difficult issues, of “being able to openly say how you feel without having to ashamed of your thoughts or experience.”

Fulford encouraged this kind of dialogue in her mentorship of children involved in The Butterfly Effect Project, an organization she started in 2014 with eight girls that has grown to over 500 girls (and boys) in 17 Suffolk County chapters. .

“I wanted to create an opportunity to have these courageous conversations in the school system as well as at your table, without there being a right or wrong answer,” Fulford said in an interview Thursday. She was looking to create a conversation starter, a tool to initiate those courageous conversations.

Fulford had an idea for a book that would present a situation, provide all the facts, and then rely on readers to essentially write the ending — a short story with a “cliffhanger” ending, she said. “And they have to understand, what would they do? How would they handle this? And give them all the information and let them unpack the story.

This is how “My Fabricated Truth” was born. This is a series of five novels, each dealing with a difficult individual subject – including race, LBGTQ issues, substance abuse and abortion – written to allow readers, in conversation, to expand on the findings. .

The books are aimed at teenagers and young women. Fulford designed the series as a tool that can be used by schools and organizations working with young people – and by book clubs. They’re short – Fulford said each short story would be no more than around 65 pages.

“I strive for each chapter to be very engaging, short and to the point, so when you’re done with this chapter, you’re like, wow,” Fulford said. “I want people to read the book in two days, or on their lunch break – like I want them to really engage with the book and really get a lot of different dishes out of it, not just one. I want them to get to know the character and see someone they know in that character. Everyone will have a different takeout, Fulford said.

The first book in the “My Fabricated Truth” series was published last month. “The Time My Mirror Deceived Me” deals with the subject of race. Told in the first person, the main character, Tina, is a pregnant woman who learns something about herself through routine pregnancy screening tests. The information turns her world upside down, challenging her beliefs about herself to the core.

Tina’s mother tells her, “Some things have a way of revealing themselves.”

But once these things are revealed, what do you do with them? This is the essence of the dilemma Tina faces – and the brave conversation starter of “The Time My Mirror Deceived Me”.

The book is available on Amazon.

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