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2015 IPPY Outstanding Book of the Year Award goes to Painting for Peace in Ferguson
with a gold medal from Independent Publisher in the Peacemaker category
“This award is a wonderful honor,” said Author Carol Swartout Klein. “But it is really because of the everyday people of Ferguson and St. Louis who wanted to make a difference in their community. Without their efforts and the amazing artwork that was the result there would not have been a story to tell. I’m also really proud that this award recognizes the talent of the 'all St. Louis' Painting for Peace in Ferguson team — from photographers to designers to printing — everything about the book shows the talent that this city has to offer. This award is recognition for everyone here who is working hard to make the St. Louis community an even better place for all of its residents."
Klein added, “What people continually tell me is that Painting for Peace in Ferguson opens doors and is a positive way to start to have the conversation about the issues around race in America that we are seeing everyday not only in Ferguson, but in Baltimore, New York, Cleveland, South Carolina — in short all across the country. Our next goal is to get the book national distribution as we're seeing orders for the book from across the country and internationally."
The Independent Publisher's judges choose books based on the following criteria:
Use of language
The goal of Painting for Peace in Ferguson is threefold:
To show children that everyone has tools to help
To give parents and teachers a way to help start a conversation with children and to give adults an inspirational way to share a moment when a landscape of fear was transformed into messages of hope and healing
To give back to Ferguson, MO and surrounding communities as all proceeds after printing costs will be donated to youth programs and small businesses
The Painting for Peace in Ferguson website (http://www.paintingforpeacebook.com/
Designed by St. Louisans Robert O’Neil and Michael Kilfoy, the book was published locally by Layla Dog Press and printed by Advertisers Printing Company. The book is available at independent St. Louis book retailers (http://www.paintingforpeacebook.com/#!
Klein created the book as a way to give back and help her hometown. Funds from the sale of the book will be deposited with the Greater St. Louis Community Foundation a 501(c)(3) organization. Donations made to that fund above and beyond the price of the book are tax-deductible.
About Carol Swartout Klein
Carol Swartout Klein grew up in Ferguson. A journalist and marketing professional by training Klein has always wanted to do a children’s book. She saw how healing the actual process of creating the artwork was for all those involved … as the community came together to help others, the artists, business owners and volunteers helped themselves … and created new connections that she hopes will continue to create a positive environment of hope and peace.