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Gary Mazzone: Matchmaking Books & Bulk Buyers
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Gary Mazzone: Matchmaking Books & Bulk Buyers

by Karen Pavlicin-Fragnito

There was a point a few months ago when Gary Mazzone couldn’t see his fireplace. A stack of books, mostly advance reader copies (ARCs) from hopeful publishers, filled his living room. It is a recurring theme, but the literary clutter doesn’t last long. For the past two years, Gary has made it his mission to build and create partnerships within his community by helping organizations buy meaningful books in bulk. […]

Nancy Saltzman: A Radical Survivor
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Nancy Saltzman: A Radical Survivor

by Meagan Frank

Nancy Saltzman’s husband and their two sons were killed in a small plane crash. For ten years, Nancy got up every day and went to work as an elementary school principal, where her children had been students. Her initial job was to support her staff and students through their grief. When she decided to retire to write her memoir, Nancy had to face her story and the pain she endured while living as a Radical Survivor. […]

Scarlet Helps Kids Learn About Hospice
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Scarlet Helps Kids Learn About Hospice

by Meagan Frank

When a family cares for a loved one in hospice, one of the many challenges is helping young children understand what is going on around them. Christine Thompson wrote the picture book Scarlet Says Good-Bye to help kids learn about hospice and capture memories. Turns out it’s also a great resource for the grownups in the room—hospice workers, parents, and grandparents— to ease the conversation in an emotional time of stress. […]