Five Star Finalists for 2019 Will Rogers Medallion Awards Announced

| By Gale Staff | A prolific writer and beloved entertainer Will Rogers once said, “In Hollywood, the woods are full of people that learned to write but evidently can’t read. If they could read their stuff, they’d stop writing.” Given Will’s perspective, we’re especially proud to announce that seven Five Star Publishing titles have … Read more

Talking about Trauma in Women Talking

| By Catherine DiMercurio | Miriam Toews’s Women Talking is rooted in historical events. Toews describes the novel as an “imagined response” to those events. The crimes perpetrated against a community of Mennonite women living in a colony in Bolivia came to light in 2011, during the trial of the men accused of anesthetizing and … Read more

Yolo County Library Graduates First Class of Career Online High School Students

| By Gale Staff | Earlier this year, YOLO County Library celebrated the graduation of its first class of Career Online High School students. The program is nationally accredited and allows adults the opportunity to earn a high school diploma while gaining career skills. “I did this for myself, and for a better future for … Read more

Large Lives, Large Print–Inspiring Stories of Feminine Mystique

| By Gale Staff | Women—controversial, mysterious, and heroic—are in the spotlight for September. Whether your readers are looking for “can’t put it down” fiction or an inspiring true tale, these new large print titles won’t disappoint. Plus, two of the three are in development for the big screen—inviting the classic debate of what was … Read more

Lake County Public Library Uses Data to Take Action

| By Gale Staff | As the third-largest library in Indiana, Lake County Public Library has roughly a quarter of a million patrons. Ingrid Norris, director and CEO, has been with the library system since 1977 and the acting director for five years. She is committed to increasing participation in the programs her library offers. … Read more

A Celebration of History: Apollo 11 50th Anniversary

| By K. Lee Lerner | Man’s footprint remains No wind or rain to erode Mankind’s achievement In July 1969, I was 12 years old. As prize for winning a regional science fair, I traveled to Cape Canaveral to witness the launch of Apollo 11. To this day, the image of the towering Saturn V … Read more

Passing Time: The Search for Marketing Campaigns

| By Matt Miskelly | Anyone who knows me knows I love to travel. A lot. And that’s how I found myself in Granada, Spain, a few months ago. Beautiful city. If you need proof, check out the photo above: me enjoying the Mirador San Nicolás, perhaps the best lookout I’ve ever looked out from. … Read more

Entertaining Exploration of Lives Turned Upside Down

| By Gale Staff | Life stories, seemingly day-to-day circumstances, and choices made – those issues are often at the core of readers’ favorite stories. How often we’ve all thought “there’s a book here” when we contemplate our own lives. This month we’re highlighting three titles that delve into the stories of individuals who have … Read more

The Link between Empathy and Adversity

| By Andrea Drouillard | “You will never truly know yourself, or the strength of your relationships, until both have been tested by adversity.”  This quote by J. K. Rowling rings true for me.  I firmly believe that true empathy cannot exist without experiencing hardship.  Facing adversity head on is a way of life for … Read more

Weed It and Reap!

| By Gale Staff | It’s mid-June and it’s been a rainy spring, which means many things. The tomato seedlings are establishing a healthy root system. Lilac blossoms, intensely fragrant but short-lived, have briefly confetti-ed the lawn and blown away. Swollen peonies are unfurling like sails as we speak. The yard is muddy, dog tracked. … Read more