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Black Broadway author Stewart F. Lane and wife/partner Bonnie Comley make Broadway history

Posted: 2016/06/29   Source: Michael Paulson, The New York Times

In addition to his work as author of the acclaimed theater history book Black Broadway, six-time Tony Award-winning producer Stewart F. Lane has joined with his wife and frequent partner/collaborator--the producer Bonnie Comley--to unveil a brand-new online streaming service called BroadwayHDTM.

Lane and Comley, who were given their own "couple portrait" to hang on the wall at the legendary Sardi's restaurant in early 2016, both see their new venture as an opportunity to preserve on film those many excellent Broadway and Broadway-caliber shows that run from season to season on the Great White Way. In addition, the service provides a more affordable and convenient way to experience several remarkable live show performances for those who can't get to Broadway.

The premiere broadcast of Roundabout Theater Company's celebrated new musical She Loves Me will will take place on June 30, 2016.

Check the BroadwayHDTM website for full details on subscription-rate pricing and a list of those Broadway shows that will be broadcast on the streaming service at any given time.

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Square One Publishers announces its acquisition of Ocean Publishing

Posted: 2016/06/28   Source:

Garden City Park, NY: Square One Publishers is pleased to announce the recent acquisition of Ocean Publishing, a small independent publisher located in Flagler Beach, Florida. Ocean Publishing was founded by Frank Gromling in 2002. The company’s main focus has been on producing quality full-color titles in the areas of aquatic sports, ocean conservation, environmental protection, and planetary sustainability. In addition to garnering several national book awards, its list includes the highly successful National Marine Sanctuaries series by noted ocean protector Jean-Michel Cousteau, son of famed inventor and oceanographer Jacques Cousteau.

“For us,” notes Square One’s publisher Rudy Shur, “picking up Ocean Publishing gives us an opportunity to carry a group of niche titles that has great value and importance both in our lives and on this planet. As a publisher, I have always believed that there are books with stories and viewpoints that deserve to be heard. Now with the book business treading in choppier waters than ever before, I am pleased that we have discovered as sublime an ocean of books as we have here—with Ocean.”

“I have known Rudy for several years,” observes Ocean publisher and author Frank Gromling, “and I have come to appreciate him not only as a smart and savvy independent book publisher, but also as a friend.” Looking now to involve himself more in the art world—with a gallery of his own already set up in Florida—Gromling is pleased that his house will now be run by someone he knows and trusts. “For me, publishing has always been about passion and trust. I see a bit of myself in the passion that everyone at Square One has for what they do. And it feels good to know I can trust them to do right by what I’ve built with Ocean these past fourteen years.”

Ocean Publishing titles are now available through Square One wherever books are sold. As you consider these titles further, we invite you to click here and watch a first-rate book trailer for the acclaimed new Ocean Publishing  book called Islands Under Fire: The Improbable Quest to Save the Corals of Puerto Rico by Kevin McCarey.

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Recent Tony Award Wins Make for Black Broadway History

Posted: 2016/06/27   Source: Clover Hope, JEZEBEL

Broadway History (More than 200 Years in the Making)

On the evening of June 12, 2016, only a few weeks before Beyoncé and Kendrick Lamar blew the roof off the place when performing at the BET Awards, Broadway theatrical history was made during the annual Tony awards—all four of the wins for Best Actor/Actress in both Featured and Leading Roles in a Musical were awarded to gifted and vital members of the African-American theatrical community.

Three of the performers (Daveed Diggs, Leslie Odom, Jr., and Renée Elise Goldsberry) won for their inspired work in the mega-popular hit musical Hamilton, while Cynthia Erivo won for her work in the first revival of the Oprah Winfrey-produced The Color Purple.

To get a better understanding, however, of just how much struggle the African-American community has had to endure in order to achieve all manner of triumph on the “Great White Way” of Broadway, one need go no further than to the celebrated illustrated history book Black Broadway (Square One).

Written by six-time Tony award-winning producer and American theater historian Stewart F. Lane, this justly acclaimed work also contains a Foreword by Tony award-winning African-American theater director Kenny Leon. At no time in publishing history has a book like this been attempted and realized as it now has been by indie house Square One Publishers. Earning more than twenty-five rave reviews—along with praise from legendary performers such as Ben Vereen, Leslie Uggams, Brian Stokes Mitchell, and Maurice Hines (see photo  at top of this item)—Black Broadway is a theater book that has found its time.

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NYC's iconic Stonewall Inn now declared a LGBT national landmark

Posted: 2016/06/24   Source: Scott Horsley, NPR

In time for New York City's annual Gay Pride Parade, and 47 years after the Gay Liberation movement was born in the midst of a riot held just outside its doors, the iconic Stonewall Inn has been declared a national monument by President Obama. The news was received with great joy and emotion by our author Elliot Tiber.

Tiber, who has been declared a "gay rights icon" by none other than The New York Times in recent years, was among those who finally stood back and fought gainst the unjust harassment often aimed at the gay community through the unwarranted force and intimidation of the city's police. To learn that the Stonewall is now the first monument in our country's National Park System to both acknowledge and respect the LGBT experience in America nearly brings Mr. Tiber to tears. "After having gone through the agony of seeing what happened to my many slain gay brothers and sisters in Orlando, this announcement today brings a hard-earned joy to my heart. I never thought I would live long enough to see this day, and I'm delighted by this long-overdue news."

Having written about his many life experiences leading up to the Summer of '69 in his first two books (Taking Woodstock, written with Tom Monte, and the "prequel" Palm Trees on the Hudson written by Tiber alone), Elliot Tiber continues his reminiscences about his life as a gay man and artist from the year 1970 and up to present in hs newest memoir, After Woodstock: The True Story of a Belgian Movie, an Israeli Wedding, and a Manhattan Breakdown (with a Foreword by none other than two-time Oscar winning director Ang Lee, who directed the acclaimed feature film of Taking Woodstock back in 2009). Tiber lives in Florida with his beloved Yorkie terrier, "Woody Woodstock," and can't wait to get back up to New York City and visit the Stonewall site yet again.

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Maria Shriver talks about the new SQ1 Alzheimer's book

Posted: 2016/06/23   Source:

After appearing together last month on Dr. Oz, well-known Alzheimer's disease
Maria Shriver hosts a social media chat with Richard S. Isaacson, MD, author with Christopher N. Ochner, PhD of The Alzheimer's Prevention & Treatment Diet (Square One)

Garden City Park, NY: After appearing twice last month (May 2016) as a medical expert on the popular and nationally syndicated Dr. Oz show, revered medical doctor and Square One author Richard S. Isaacson was invited to appear in an interview with none other than California's former First Lady and Alzheimer's advocate Maria Shriver.

The segment went live earlier this month on Ms. Shriver's special Facebook page dedicated solely to the topic of Alzheimer's. Within less than a week, the Shriver/Isaacson interview segment received over 79,000 views (and counting), a record high for that page.

Dr. Isaacson's expertise on Alzheimer's was cited in a recent New York Times article (link the article), and his new book received a positive review from Publishers Weekly ("[A]" comprehensive yet easy-to-follow nutritional guide for the prevention and treatment of Alzheimer's disease . . . recommended for anyone who cares about long-term mental health.").

The book has also won the praise of the authors' colleagues in the world of health and
beyond, including: Dr. Arthur Agatston, MD, cardiologist and New York Times bestselling author of The South Beach Diet TM ("Cutting-edge approach"); Dr. Dale V. Atkins, psychologist and author of Sanity Savers ("A valuable resource"); Dan Pashman, host of the Cooking Channel series You're Eating It Wrong ("The perfect guide"); and New York Times bestselling author David Pottruck, who says of the book that "It can work for you."

Both authors hold great positions in their respective fields: Dr. Isaacson is the founder and director of the Alzheimer's Prevention Clinic at Weill Cornell Medicine and New York-Presbyterian; and Dr. Ochner is now President of the Nutrition Science Initiative, a nonprofit organization that facilitates research in nutrition.

The Alzheimer's Prevention & Treatment Diet is now available.

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