Booksellers and journalists at BEA should take note of Central Recovery Press’s latest offerings at booth 3830. The Las Vegas publisher of books about addiction and recovery and other behavioral health topics is promoting four titles this week that deal with issues very much in the news—including a title timed to be released in e-book format just as jury selection for a trial certain to garner national headlines is scheduled. Today, CRP is releasing Echoes of Penn State: Facing Sexual Trauma by Jennifer Storm, a 2002 graduate of Penn State University who is the executive director of the Victim/Witness Assistance Program in Harrisburg, Pa. Storm has a unique expertise when it comes to the Jerry Sandusky case of multiple charges of child sexual abuse: not only does she have firsthand knowledge of how Penn State covers up on-campus crimes, she says, but she has also worked with one of Sandusky’s young victims and spoken to two of the attorneys representing other victims. Storm, who also wrote Picking Up the Pieces Without Picking Up: A Guidebook Through Victimization for People in Recovery (CRP, 2011), says that, with the focus on Penn State, Sandusky, and the late Joe Paterno, very little attention has been paid to the victims themselves.
“The story I want to tell is what victims go through,” Storm tells Show Daily, insisting that this is not a book about either Sandusky or Paterno. “I want to drive the conversation more to the victims and toward victims’ rights.”
CRP is holding a press conference at its booth this afternoon at 2 p.m. to announce the release of Echoes of Penn State and Storm’s role in the legal proceedings, held at the Centre County courthouse in Bellefonte, Pa. Storm will be available to answer questions from booksellers and media.
CRP also is promoting two books touching on another hot-button topic—obesity—an issue that has received more attention in recent years, thanks to First Lady Michelle Obama’s advocacy against childhood obesity, as well as general concern over the growing numbers of Americans who are obese. Judi Hollis, Ph.D., will sign ARCs of From Bagels to Buddha: How I Found My Soul and Lost My Fat at the CRP booth today, 10–11:30 a.m., and Gary Solomon, Ph.D., will sign finished copies of Why Is Brian So Fat? a story for children and their parents and teachers that includes an activity guide and healthy eating tips, in the booth tomorrow, 10–11:30 a.m.
Booksellers and media also wanting to understand more about various forms of addiction might want to pick up When the Servant Becomes the Master: A Comprehensive Addiction Guide for Those Who Suffer from the Disease, the Loved Ones Affected by It, and the Professionals Who Assist Them by Dr. Jason Powers, who will sign copies in the booth tomorrow, 1–3:30 p.m.