August 4-6 Christian Book Fair International Eyes World Peace Iowa Governor Tom Vilsack, HCEF President Sir Rateb Y Rabie, others invited as speakers
Released on = June 8, 2006, 7:37 am
Press Release Author = Family Reading Ministries, Inc.
Industry = Non Profit
Press Release Summary = Christian Book Fair International Iowa which brings together authors, publishers, others from all parts of the US and around the world for networking, book marketing and sales, learning and sharing in seminars and panel discussions, and personal ministry to visitors is set to promote peace.
Press Release Body = Against the backdrop of high casualty Palestinian-Israeli conflict in the Middle East, the genocide in Darfur Sudan that has claimed UN estimated 200, 000 lives and displaced about 3 million people, and the fighting in the Democratic Republic of Congo that has reportedly taken 3.3 million lives and displaced about 2.25 million people since 1998, the 2006 Christian Book Fair International opens August 4 in Dubuque Iowa with the hope of building bridges of peace through secular and religious books at the event.
Organizers, Family Reading Ministries, Inc. Iowa, believe there has never been a better time for books to mirror and promote peace than now when statistics by US-based book tracking firm, R.R. Bowker, show that there have been significant increases in the number of books published, the number of publishers and the amount of revenue derived from book sales in recent years.
"It therefore behooves the book trade to turn those statistics into assets for global peace," opines Family Reading Ministries, Inc. founder Paschal Eze, adding that drawing author, publisher and other participants from across the US and around the world places on the annual Christian Book Fair International in Iowa the challenge to plead the cause of peace.
Consequently, organizers have invited Iowa Governor Tom Vilsack as Special Guest of Honor, and Rateb Y. Rabie, President of the Bethesda Maryland-based Holy Land Christian Ecumenical Foundation, which helps persecuted Palestinian Christians to keynote their headline event at which a book at the fair that promotes peace would be awarded the founder's Print of Peace Award.
Other highlights of the three-day event include Authors Reading To Seniors at three Dubuque nursing homes, free seminars by resource persons like 27-year-old Detroit Michigan-based newspaper editor and "Ignoring The Underprivileged" author Bankole Thompson, and marketing and sales of secular and religious books written or published by Christians. Five of such books adjudged to be family friendly would be recognized with the Family Friendly Book Awards.
At the 2005 event, exhibitors came from across the US and countries like Canada, United Kingdom, Croatia and India.
For more information or to register for the event, please visit event website, www.christian-book-fair.com or call Shanita Michelle at 3199366140 or 3193519695.