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Late TAKING WOODSTOCK author Elliot Tiber helped make the scene!

Posted: 2017/07/04   Source: The Times Herald-Record

Garden City Park, New York: On July 1, one day after June's Gay Pride Month and only a few days before our country's July 4th Declaration of Indepedence celebration, something wonderful happened northward in the upstate New York town of Bethel—or happened again.

As reported recently in USA Today and more regionally in The Times Herald-Record, the iconic stretch of land known to Woodstock lore as "Yasgur's Farm" (now called the Bethel Woods Center for the Arts) was officially bequeathed a special National Register of Historic Places plaque in recognition of its cultural relevance as the site for the legendary Woodstock Music & Arts Festival that took place from August 15 to 18 in 1969 (almost 48 years ago).

In addition to Santana percussionist Michael Carabello and original Woodstock Ventures member Joel Rosenman, who were in attendance at Bethel Woods on July 1, the event was attended by the great original Woodstock festival organizer Michael Lang. As the article and all of Woodstock history now states, it was a single phone call to Lang from struggling artist and closeted motel manager Elliot Tiber that helped relocate a soon-to-be-cancelled concert festival from the town of Wallkill over to Tiber's own little corner of the world called White Lake. The wonderful story of how Lang and the rest of the Woodstock Ventures scene were able to keep their dream afloat is told by Tiber (who passed away last year on August 3 at age 81) in his first of three acclaimed memoirs, Taking Woodstock (co-written with Tom Monte). After his first memoir was made into the 2009 feature film from two-time Oscar winning director Ang Lee, Tiber went on to write first a "prequel" memoir (Palm Trees on the Hudson) and a "sequel" memoir that serves as his swan song, After Woodstock.

As a proudly gay man from the Summer of '69 on, Tiber was at least able to savor the sweetness of having seen the Stonewall Inn (where he and various of his fellow LGBTQ brothers and sisters finally fought back against years of systemic abuse and police persecution) be declared a National Monument by President Obama on June 24, 2016. Though he is sadly not with us here in this world to celebrate in this national recognition of the Woodstock Miracle, there's comfort in knowing that he is most likely out there in the cosmic somewhere smiling and grooving along with Hendrix and Joplin and Havens and Cocker and all those other beautiful people who were there and who now remain an everlasting piece of this life-loving mosaic that is and always will be . . . Woodstock.

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And the Winner Is . . . Square One's ADHD & THE FOCUSED MIND!

Posted: 2017/06/26

Garden City Park, New York: Square One is proud to announce that it has won another Benjamin Franklin Award from the Independent Book Publishers Association (IBPA) announced at their annual awards ceremony during their Publishing University event (held this year in Portland, Oregon).

ADHD & The Focused Mind (Square One, $17.95 USD) is the book that brought home the gold for Square One in the "Best Parenting & Family Issues" category; no coincidence, given the book's central emphasis on the same focus and self-discipline that Olympic medal-winning legend Michael Phelps was taught by his mother, Deborah, when he was diagnosed with ADHD as a young boy. Twenty-two Olympic medals and thirty-nine broken world records in swimming later, it seems safe to say that Phelps' life and incredible level of achievement to date has been served wonderfully well by this important and child-specific approach.

Written by husband-and-wife MDs (Sarah Cheyette, MD and Ben Cheyette, MD, PhD) who joined forces with martial arts master instructor Peter Johnson, ADHD & The Focused Mind is designed specifically to help explain for readers the core basics of ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder), including its common signs and what researchers have discovered about it. The book's remaining chapters detail the components of the authors' own program for dealing with ADHD, including its principles, its goals, and the practical ways in which these goals can be achieved. The authors recognize that all children are different, so the program has the flexibility to work within a child's own particular comfort level while still attaining the necessary level of focus. The book then concludes with a discussion of medications for ADHD, and how to decide what's right for your child.

To date, ADHD & the Focused Mind has received critical praise from Publishers Weekly ("[A] fresh and practical approach . . . [p]arents and kids will plenty of useful ideas in this innovative, 'athletic mindset' approach to tackling ADHD") and Library Journal ("Filled with resources and further reading to assist parents, teachers, and coaches, this manual will aid those with ADHD to learn to hone their attention skills in ways that will be familiar to those who enjoy and participate in sports").

Summer may now be in full swing, but the next new school year will be here before we know it. Feel free to order a copy of this award-winning book today wherever books are sold.

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New Pride Month Rave for Tiber's Swan Song . . .

Posted: 2017/06/06

Garden City Park, NY: June is Gay Pride Month, and there is now a wonderful new rave up on Facebook in recognition of the late gay rights pioneer and memoirist Elliot Tiber's final book, After Woodstock.

Earlier today, acclaimed author/memoirist Steven Sorrentino (former VP and Exec PR director at HarperCollins and also Special Events Director at the esteemed Barnes & Noble store located at NYC's 86th & Lexington) posted the following about the third part of the "Tiber Trilogy":

Pride Month Reading Recommendation: Check out this hilarious and often painful (third) memoir of Gay Rights (and Woodstock!) pioneer Elliot Tiber--AFTER WOODSTOCK. He tells his--and a gay culture's--post Woodstock story with such a mixture of humor and pathos but ultimately a story about love, family and self-liberation in the context of another time. Some high points for me were a journey to Belgium to follow his heart, a searing and touching recounting of his father's death and oh the descriptions of the mother!! A scene where Tiber and his lover go to Israel to meet his mom's Russian fiancee and attend their wedding is worth the price of admission alone! Some great descriptive writing here, a wonderful ear for dialogue, and a cultural history lesson for all . . .

Sorrentino's own hilarious and touching first book, Luncheonette: A Memoir (Harper Paperbacks), tells the especially poignant story of Sorrentino's loyal and loving relationship to his family and especially his father during a period of hard illness and recovery. Sorrentino has recently completed his first novel.

Before After Woodstock, Tiber (who passed away last year on August 3, 2016) had written previously the two acclaimed memoirs Taking Woodstock (2007) and Palm Trees on the Hudson (2010). It was Taking Woodstock that was turned into the 2009 feature film directed by two-time Oscar winning director Ang Lee (who wrote an especially gracious and appreciative Foreword to After Woodstock). The popular comedian and all-around creative genius Demetri Martin (who played Tiber in the Ang Lee film) has now released his first film as a director entitled Dean, which is now opening to a number of positive reviews nationwide. And with the 50th anniversary of the original 1969 Woodstock Festival now only a few years away, it seems safe to say that the life and times of Elliot Tiber will remain a zany yet preciously celebrated thing for years to come.

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UNSAFE AT ANY MEAL author Dr. Renee Dufault on "Coast to Coast AM"

Posted: 2017/05/25

Garden City Park, NY: Dr. Renee Dufault, author of Square One's important new book Unsafe at Any Meal: What the FDA Does Not Want You to Know About the Foods You Eat (Square One, $16.95 USD), will appear later this evening (May 25, 2017) on the internationally popular program "Coast to Coast AM" with host George Noory.

The interview will air from 10pm to 11pm PST, and can be heard both in the US and abroad both across terrestrial and online radio stations/formats (the interview can be heard early tomorrow morning - Fri., May 26 - from 1am to 2am EST in NYC on WOR-AM Radio / 710 AM). Tune in!

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Why Is Mercury Still in Our Food, FDA?

Posted: 2017/05/08   Source: Square One Publishers, Inc.

GARDEN CITY PARK, NY: Over the past decade, there has been an ongoing and heated debate in this country about the dangers inherent in vaccines given to newborns and young children. What the public seems to be unaware of is the fact that the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has looked the other way when it allows processed food manufacturers a free pass in producing foods that contain harmful levels of mercury, as well as many other heavy metal toxins—such as lead, cadmium, and arsenic, among others. These chemicals build up in our bodies over time, and they are shown to wreak serious havoc with our health—especially when it comes to autism, which is shown through science to be tied closely to heavy metal toxicity.

Why has this been allowed to happen? In her new landmark book Unsafe at Any Meal ($16.95 USD, Square One), Dr. Renee Dufault—former food investigator for the FDA—provides some startling answers to that question.

In the tradition of Rachel Carson’s groundbreaking 1962 book on the dangers of pesticides, Silent Spring, Dr. Dufault aims now with several years of research to both educate and hopefully save millions of American lives impacted negatively by the alarming allowances made for toxic amounts of heavy metals (mercury, in particular). The science proves these trace metals are allowed into our processed foods in order to maintain shelf life—and to increase profits. “Contaminants, such as heavy metal and pesticide residues,” according to Dr. Dufault, “are legally allowed in food ingredients in small amounts. These small amounts can eventually bioaccumulate in your body and create conditions of disease through unhealthy gene regulation. This is why,” she continues, “eating a Western diet high in processed foods will create Western disease conditions. Examples of these disease conditions include ADHD, autism, Alzheimer’s, heart disease, and Parkinson’s disease among others.”

Unsafe at Any Meal shares the following alarming facts about the state of processed foods at this time:

•    Significant amounts of processed food contribute to high blood mercury levels, which can increase your risk of developing type 2 diabetes.

•    Food coloring—still the most common food ingredient in American and Canadian food supplies—brings significant risk to an increase of blood mercury levels and neurotoxins throughout the body.

•    Mercury cell sodium hydroxide is put into processed foods by the High Fructose Corn Syrup (HFCS) industry to increase product shelf life.

•    Mercury, found in much of our water and food supply, is a scientifically proven toxicant that can cause a significant and increasing amount of damage to the body even at low-level exposure.

•    A diet low in zinc makes it difficult for a person to excrete the mercury and other heavy-metal toxins found in processed foods, which leads to all manner of illness including chronic liver and kidney disease, cardiovascular disease and—especially alarming—autism.

If you have ever or now continue to consume sweetened and processed foods such as assorted cookies, canned soups, TV dinners, or even a bag of potato chips, then you have more than likely already been exposed to mercury. There is hope, however. When describing in her book what we can all do to create and maintain a safe food environment for ourselves at home, Dr. Dufault presents the following revised version of the United States government’s guidelines for a healthy diet:

•    A variety of vegetables (dark green, red and orange, beans, peas, starchy)
•    Whole fruits
•    Whole grains
•    Fat-free or low-fat dairy (e.g., milk, yogurt, cheese)
•    Variety of protein foods (e.g., fish, seafood, lean meats and poultry, eggs, legumes [beans
     and peas] and nuts, seeds, and soy products)
•    Healthy lipids (fats)

Unsafe at Any Meal has already received a strong review from Publishers Weekly that applauds the book for being “scathing about food labeling that omits mercury, arsenic, or other contaminants that can be found in foods as a result of production” and for “leav[ing] readers with a disquieting picture of current American food safety standards.” In addition to other expected reviews from within the trade and the health media in the coming weeks (including a front-page article in the July issue of Bottom Line/Personal with a circulation of 1.5 million readers), Dr. Dufault will appear as the keynote speaker for the nationally popular Green Festival® Expo at Jacob Javits Center in New York City (June 10 – 11, 2017). To learn more about the event, feel free to click here.

Unsafe at Any Meal is now available wherever books are sold.

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