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Can words like "read," "talk," and "think" lead to censorship of a book in prison? Yes!

Posted: 2016/12/07

Garden City Park, NY: In what stands as a first for the company, New York-based indie book publisher Square One Publishers, Inc. has had one of its books banned from use within a prison.

In a letter dated November 29, 2016, the Walton Correctional Institution in the town of Defuniak Springs, Florida informed Square One that its best-selling American Sign Language reference book Talking With Your Hands, Listening With Your Eyes ($26.95 USD, Square One) has been taken away from a prisoner who purchased it. The given reason for the book’s ban is “Hand signs that could be used to initiate an attack against staff.”

The section from the book specifically noted as a key reason for the book’s banning covers pages 97 to 103. Words such as practice, prevent, read, remember, speak, sign, sit, stand, start, stop, talk, and think are shown on these pages. Square One president Rudy Shur believes the prison’s decision to ban Grayson’s book as a form of “silent censorship” could actually cause great harm. “What about the relative safety of deaf prisoners?” Shur wonders. “What does it say about the reality of prison for the hearing-impaired, when the only way they are able to communicate is being prevented behind those walls?” Having received the letter only on December 7, 2016, Shur intends to write an appeal to the Department’s Library Services Administrator.

Written by sign-language expert and professor Gabriel Grayson, who has served as the principal sign language interpreter of the New York City Judicial System and is chairperson of the Sign Language Department at New School University in New York City, Talking With Your Hands, Listening With Your Eyes—first published in 2003—has remained the top-selling sign language textbook among two- and four-year colleges and is also a favorite course text among many of the country’s high schools. Unlike any other sign-language manuals presently available, Grayson’s text presents nearly 1,400 photos of professional lifelong signers (including Professor Grayson) who guide readers through the movements of 1,700 signed words and phrases.

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New AGE-less Diet is front-page news at Bottom Line/Personal!

Posted: 2016/12/05

Going out now to a circulation of 1.5 million readers, the popular consumer magazine Bottom Line/Personal has a featured front-page article dedicated to the groundbreaking study of Dr. Helen Vlassara, author along with bestselling cookbook author and nutritionist/dietitian Sandra Woodruff and Gary E. Striker, MD of DR. VLASSARA'S AGE-Less DIET ($16.95 USD, Square One).

The article, entitled "To Live Longer, Cook This Way," focuses on the complex chemical reaction that takes place in foods when cooked in a dry, high heat -- and which result in the production of advanced glycation endproducts (AGEs). While the steps one must take to achieve a far lower AGE-level lifestyle are covered in this new article, the 100 AGE-less and delicious recipes in the book help turn the desire for a lifestyle change into an achievable reality.

Applauded by Publishers Weekly for its "lucid explanation of how these chemical compounds damage and age the body" and also reviewed positively by Energy Times and Booklist (who declare the book "inspiring"), DR. VLASSARA'S AGE-less DIET will soon be followed by a companion volume titled THE AGE FOOD GUIDE  (due out in January 2017).

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Square One author Milan Ross featured in new movie doc poster

Posted: 2016/11/16

Square One's amazing author, Milan Ross (who, with co-author Dr. Scott Stoll, has written the popular new book The Change), is featured in a just-released poster for the important new documentary entitled EATING YOU ALIVE.

Featured alongside Oscar-nominated superstar actor Samuel L. Jackson, Oscar-winning director/producer James Cameron (together with his wife, Suzy Amis-Cameron), and acclaimed comedian/magician Penn Jillette, Milan shares his inspiring story of how he lost over 225 pounds after switching to a plant-based diet in the film (to see a segment of his appearance in the EATING YOU ALIVE film, simply click here).

EATING YOU ALIVE is now being shown in various theaters throughout the US, while Square One's book The Change is now available wherever books are sold.

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Square One picks up new novelist James A. Misko

Posted: 2016/09/28

Square One Publishers, Inc. takes great pleasure in announcing its acquisition of novelist James A. Misko’s first four novels, originally published through Northwest Venture Press. A fifth novel, entitled The Path of the Wind, will be published for the first time by Square One in February 2017. Although Square One’s primary editorial focus has been based to date on non-fiction titles, the addition of Misko’s beautifully written works will now allow Square One to reach an entirely new audience.

Square One’s publisher, Rudy Shur, worked with Jim before on a successful non-fiction book a number of years ago titled How to Finance Any Real Estate, Any Place, Any Time. As a way to keep in touch with Shur since that book’s publication, Jim sent him complimentary copies of his novels. “When I received his fourth and most recent work, As All My Fathers Were,” Shur said, “I knew it was time to expand my company’s horizons, and I knew who the right author would be. In reading Jim’s titles, I find that his books are finely written in the story-telling tradition of John Steinbeck, Willa Cather, and Ernest Hemingway. Like those justly celebrated authors in our country’s history, Jim’s books draw upon the rugged spirit of independent men and women who live in rural America, where people forge their lives in the spirit of adventure and with an inborn strength of endurance. It is no wonder that As All My Fathers Were [2016] was the recipient of four top writer’s awards.”

As an active author, Jim will be cross-crossing the country, signing his titles in bookstores, lecturing, and enjoying an occasional Scotch in the evenings—single malt, of course.

All four of Misko’s novels will be available through Square One beginning November 1, 2016. In February 2017, Square One will publish James Misko’s fifth novel, The Path of the Wind.


For What He Could Become
$16.95, 384 pages, 1- x 6- x 9-inches paperback, ISBN 978-09640826-1-8

The Cut of Pride
$16.95, 304 pages, 5/8- x 5.5- x 8.5-inches paperback, ISBN 978-096408263-2

The Most Expensive Mistress in Jefferson County
$15.95, 192 pages, 1/2- x 6- x 9-inches paperback, ISBN 978-096408262-5

As All My Fathers Were
$19.95, 416 pages, 1- x 6- x 9-inches paperback, ISBN 978-096408264-9

The Path of the Wind [February 2017] $16.95, 320 pages, 1-x5.5-x7.5-inches paperback, ISBN 978-0-7570-0444-5

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THE CHANGE author Milan Ross named spokesperson for Sunwarrior Vegan

Posted: 2016/08/17   Source:

Garden City Park, NY: Only a few weeks into announcement of "The Change 31-Day Vegan Challenge" all throughout August with Vegan Lifestyle Magazine, weight-loss hero and vegan enthusiast Milan Ross has just been named a spokesperson for the nationally popular vegan protein powder company Sunwarrior. Milan's smiling face, as seen on the cover of Square One's acclaimed new hardcover, The Change, will be featured soon on the Sunwarrior home page and will be seen by its more than 3 million site users. In addition, Milan will be seen nationwide in the soon-to-be-released documentary Eating You Alive. In this compelling new doc, Milan shares the inspirational story of how he lost over 225 pounds when he "changed" to the vegan lifestyle celebrated by The Change co-author Scott Stoll, MD in his increasingly popular week-long immersion programs. Sharing the screen in the film with notables such as Oscar-nominated superstar Samuel L. Jackson, Oscar-winning Avatar filmmaker James Cameron and wife Suzy Cameron, and longtime comic and magician Penn Jillette, Milan Ross will also soon be seen nationwide in his very own TV cooking show.

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