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Bronze Man Books is a student owned and operated press located in Decatur, Illinois. We are committed to the integration of high-quality design and meaningful content.

New Trade Paperback

Let's Talk Kids Becoming a Family coverLet's Talk Kids: Celebrating Your Family!
by Claudia Quigg

ISBN 978-0-990992-12-7
paperback © 2015 • 256 pages (6" X 9”)

$16.00 plus $2.50 postage
Illinois residents add 9% sales tax ($1.44 per book)

Edited by Caitlin Husted and Laruen Taylor. Designed by Eric Weatherford, cover design by Emily Cardot, with photopgraphy by Emily Cardot.

Celebrating Your Family, the final installment in the Let's Talk Kids series, celebrates the variety of ways to cherish time with your family, both kith and kin.

After focusing on the building of a family in her last two books, Let's Talk Kids: Celebrating Your Family encourages parents to take a step back and enjoy the family they have lovingly built.

The chapters within are beneficial to anyone with children in their lives. Claudia highlights the wonderful, indispensable connections between family and community

Order by sending a check for $16.00 plus $2.50 for shipping and handling. Illinois residents add $1.44 sales tax per book. Make your check out to Bronze Man Books. Or purchase online with your credit card by clicking on the "Add to Cart" button below. (Contact rbrooks@millikin.edu for special orders or quantity discounts.)

Special Bundle Discount: Let's Talk Kids Trio of Books

 

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If you purchase any combination of three of Claudia Quigg's "Let's Talk Kids" books, you receive a special bundle discount .
Purchase three books for $40.00 plus $4.00 postage. Please specify which 3 books you want, or we will ship you one of each.

Dear Parents,

For ten years, I have had the pleasure of writing a weekly newspaper column entitled “Let’s Talk Kids,” which I also broadcast on WUIS Illinois Public Radio. Most of these weekly entries are the result of a conversation with one or more parents I have the privilege to know through my work at Baby TALK.

Listening to parents’ stories over time has inspired me to value the passionate commitment they invest in their children. My goal in writing is to affirm parents’ best instincts about their children, because I believe that when it comes to their kids, parents almost always have the right answers buried somewhere inside themselves.

Bronze Man Books at Millikin University (my alma mater where I was also honored to teach) has generously made it possible for some of these columns to be gathered into three books.

Becoming a Family (2013) explores those magical years of pregnancy, infancy, and toddlerhood, considering the processes that create the family’s life together.

Facing Family Challenges (2014) examines the hard things families face, like sibling rivalry, discipline issues, illnesses, and disappointments—looking for the silver lining in each cloud.

This book, Celebrating Your Family (2015), gives us the opportunity to value and affirm the very good things kids get from their families— assets which start them on their paths for successful lives.

Thank you for walking this journey with me, and accept my best wishes for your work with your own family!

Many thanks, Claudia Quigg

(1) Let's Talk Kids: Celebrating Your Family! by Claudia Quigg

ISBN 978-0-990992-12-7
paperback © 2015 • 256 pages (6" X 9”)

(2) Let's Talk Kids: Facing Family Challenges by Claudia Quigg

ISBN 978-0-9819591-8-4
paperback © 2014 • 248 pages (6" X 9”)

(3) Let's Talk Kids: Becoming a Family by Claudia Quigg

ISBN 978-0-9819591-6-0
paperback © 2013 • 178 pages (6" X 9”)

Order by sending a check for $40.00 plus $4.00 for shipping and handling. Illinois residents add $3.66 sales tax per bundle. Make your check out to Bronze Man Books. Or purchase online with your credit card by clicking on the "Add to Cart" button below. (Contact rbrooks@millikin.edu for special orders or quantity discounts.)

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See the illustrator's web site about the process of illustrating this book.

See Marcy Blesy interviewed about the book on Michiana, a PBS television program. Her segment starts at about 18.5 minutes. Here is the link : <http://video.wnit.org/video/2314557027/> December 10, 2012.

The 48-page book is available for $12 plus $2.50 postage. (Contact rbrooks@millikin.edu for special orders or quantity discounts.)

Recent Chapbooks

dust coverThe Dust We Cherish
by Amanda L. Hamilton
ISBN 978-0-9909921-0-3
hand-sewn saddlestiched © 2015
44 pages (6.5" X 8”)
$12.00 plus $2.50 postage

The 4-page chapbook of poetry is available for $12 plus $2.50 postage. (Contact rbrooks@millikin.edu for special orders or quantity discounts.)

The Dust We Cherish is a collection of poems about transition, isolation and almost communicating. Hamilton writes of her home in central Illinois, recalling rural landscapes alongside dream-like images.

Former Millikin professor Katie Schmid Henson notes in the book’s introduction that, “the speaker of these poems is mistrustful of language; aware that words are often a site of confusion or even worse, betrayal.” Hamilton takes the reader on a journey through transitions and resulting tumultuous emotions. Schmid Henson goes on to say that, “The impulse to both revel in a thing and question its pull runs throughout the chapbook….wrestling with an idea leads to understanding and celebration, and this wrestling is the great power of this collection.”

Student editor for The Dust We Cherish, Brittany Mytnik, states: “Bronze Man Books has paired beautiful photographs, edited to resemble pencil drawings, with the poetry. The result is a stunning and engaging reading experience.”

 

coverPantheon
by Bryson David Hoff

edited by Emma R. Wilson
graphic design by Drew Scholl
illustrated by Mehalet KesateBirhan

ISBN 978-0-9819591-5-3
© 2014

hand-sewn saddle-stictch binding
52 pages (5" X 11”)

$12.00 plus $2.50 postage

Bronze Man Books is pleased to publish Pantheon by Bryson David Hoff.

These are poems about real people with lives garbed in excitement, lust, and behind it all, emptiness. In this world, no one hurls thunderbolts from the clouds or pulls the sun across the sky in a mighty chariot. In the world, kings are angry children with daddy issues while givers of light are only second best with nothing but a harp to show for it. Yet these luminous being are in this earthly realm. Somehow, there is nowhere else they would rather be. —Jackson Lewis

Bryson David Hoff was born in Port Jefferson, New York and raised in Bolingbrook, Illinois. He is currently a senior at Millikin University with a double major in Theatre and Creative Writing. His poetry has appeared in Collage: Literary & Fine Arts Magazine.

 

coverMap to the Multiverse
by Emma R. Wilson

graphic design by Charlie Huth & Kt Krekel

illustrattions by Jess Black

ISBN 978-0-9819591-7-7
© 2013

hand-sewn saddle-stictch binding
52 pages (5" X 6.5”)

$12.00 plus $2.50 postage

Bronze Man Books is pleased to publish Map to the Multiverse by Emma R. Wilson.

This collection of poery is a hand-sewn chapbook featuring works that celebrate the movement and creativity of the imagination. "You sense in reading Emma R. Wilson's poems that almost anything can happen in them and be completely believable. They introduce a new kind of space-age, pop-culture carnivalesque." ~Stpehen Frech, introduction.

 

coverWinter Hearts
by Jackson Lewis

illustrations by Monica Smith

graphic design by Chelsea Arnold
edited by Taylor Chaney

ISBN 978-0-9819591-4-6
© 2012

hand-sewn saddle-stictch binding
40 pages (4" X 6”)

$12.00 plus $2.50 postage

See the Winter Hearts web page.

Bronze Man Books is pleased to publish Winter Hearts by Jackson Lewis. This collection of tanka and is a hand-sewn chapbook.

"The collection of tanka is rich, contemplative, full of powerful imagery and haunting, unspoken questions. It is an exciting reminder of the ways in which a tradition hailing from Japan's earliest poetic roots can live on through the pens and lives of some of today's most skillful writers." Joseph Bein.

 

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