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Bright Ideas for Learning book series Acquired by Chicago Review Press

Media Contact:
Olivia Aguilar, Publicist
Chicago Review Press

Chicago Review Press acquires Bright Ideas for Learning series titles effective July 1, 2017

CHICAGO, IL, July 1, 2017—Chicago Review Press Incorporated, the parent company of Chicago Review Press (CRP, and national distributor Independent Publishers Group (IPG,, has acquired all 11 titles in the Bright Ideas for Learning series, originally published by Bright Ring Publishing, Inc. The acquisition will go into effect on July 1, 2017.

Bright Ring Publishing, Inc. ( was founded in 1985 by author, publisher and educational consultant MaryAnn F. Kohl. That year, MaryAnn published her first book of independent art experiences for children titled Scribble Cookies. Since then, MaryAnn has been writing and publishing art resource books for children, parents and teachers as part of her award-winning Bright Ideas for Learning series. She discovered her passion for children’s creative art when she began teaching primary grades, kindergarten enrichment and college-level art education courses, and consulting with teachers, parents and librarians around the world.

Chicago Review Press publisher Cynthia Sherry will oversee the acquisition and IPG will continue to distribute, now under CRP, all new and backlist Bright Ideas for Learning titles. IPG will distribute the following titles: Discovering Great Artists, Action Art, Great American Artists for Kids, Science Arts, Storybook Art, Good Earth Art, Scribble Art, Mudworks, Mudworks Bilingual Edition, Math Arts, and Making Make-Believe. CRP will not be taking on any Bright Ring staff with the acquisition of Bright Ideas for Learning. MaryAnn F. Kohl will continue her work as a parent educator, author, literary agent and education and publishing consultant.

Founded in Chicago in 1973, Chicago Review Press has grown into a dynamic midsize publisher with more than 900 titles in print. CRP publishes a wide range of subjects including history, biography, memoir, music, film and travel, among others, as well as an award-winning line of children’s activity books and young adult biographies. The press currently publishes about 70 new titles annually under six imprints: Chicago Review Press, Lawrence Hill Books, Ball Publishing, Zephyr Press, Academy Chicago Publishers and Parenting Press. All Chicago Review Press titles are distributed to the book trade by Independent Publishers Group. The Bright Ideas for Learning series is CRP’s newest acquisition.




Abbe Rolnick Presents, Tattle Tales: Essays and Stories Along the Way

Village Books, Fairhaven ,   Saturday, April 22nd,  4:00 PM  Reading Gallery, 1200 11th Street, Bellingham, WA 98225

Join Abbe Rolnick for another adventure into the writing process of an author.

Enjoy the journey through the winding road of short stories, essays, and the blend of fiction and non-fiction.

Tattle Tales: Essays and Stories Along the way,  reveals the many way of telling a story that resonates.    An event filled with humor and insights, everyone will enjoy.


All Day Editing Workshop Thursday, March 30th

Chanticleer Book Reviews would like to invite you to register for our all day workshop with Editor and acclaimed International speaker Margie Lawson. The cost of registration includes lunch and 4 terrific workshops in one day.

  1. Deep Editing Techniques
  2. Margie’s Top Twenty Rhetorical Devices for Fiction Writers
  3. Writing Dialogue Cues Like a Psychologist
  4. Writing Body Language Like a Psychologist

Date: Thursday, March 30th, 2017
Cost: $150
Location: Bellingham Yacht Club
Lunch Included

Register Now

LAST CHANCE for EARLY BIRD, Chanticleer Authors Conference

Last chance to get an early bird rate for the Chanticleer Author Conference. The Early Bird rate was supposed to end January 10th, but the boss is away for the weekend so the deal is extended for a few more days. Register before the error is corrected!

Enjoy 3 days of instruction on how to improve your marketing skills and sell more books, located at the beautiful Hotel Bellwether, at Squalicum Harbor on beautiful Bellingham Bay, in Bellingham, Washington conveniently located between Seattle and Vancouver, B.C.

Registration includes lunches & dinners (and our Awards Gala), and space for your books on the book fair sale tables in our fully staffed book room, open to the public.

Featured Speakers

  • Margie Lawson, Editor (psychologically based editing and character building)  and International Speaker
  • Eileen Cook, Author, Writing Consultant, Editor
  • Chris Humphreys, Author, Actor, Swordsman
  • Kathy L. Murphy, founder of the Pulpwood Queens, Timber Guys, Splinters (YA), and Pinecones (children’s books) Book Club Organization (611 chapters)
  • Shari Stauch, CEO of Where Writers Win
  • Robert Dugoni, #1 Amazon, NY Times, WSJ Best-selling author – the undisputed king of legal thrillers
  • Diane Isaacs A-list Hollywood film producer

Session Tracks

  • Marketing, Publicity, Platform (MPP) – Social media savvy, author websites, branding, driving discoverability, cultivating readership and gaining exposure in today’s market.
  • Sales Tools & Strategies (STS) – Sales Facilitators: Covers, Reviews, Early Readers, Pre-sales, etc. Applying business sense to sales strategies. Currency Exchange: Dollars for exposure.
  • Publishing, Production, Distribution (PPD) – Form & Design. Pitches & Concepts. Working with booksellers. Current Publishing Trends. New Digital Media. And More.
  • Story, Editing, Development (SED) – We’re writers. Naturally, we’re gonna talk about writing.
  • Organization, Motivation, Self-help (OMS) – Get your mind on the right page.
  • A Touch of Hollywood (ToH) – It wouldn’t be the West Coast without it.
  • Kaffee Klatsches (KK) – Informal gatherings led by some of our speakers and guests.

Chanticleer Book Reviews: A Year of Contests

Cygnus Awards – Science Fiction and Fantasy Novel Awards Writing Contest – Deadline Jan. 31, 2017 – ENTER

Journey Awards – Narrative Nonfiction Awards Writing Contest – Deadline Feb. 28, 2017 – ENTER

Global Thriller Awards – Thriller & Lab Lit Awards Writing Contest – Deadline Feb. 28, 2017 – ENTER

Mystery & Mayhem (M&M) Awards – Cozy Mystery Writing Contest – Deadline Mar. 31, 2017 – ENTER

Dante Rosetti Awards – Young Adult Novels Writing Contest – May 30, 2017 – ENTER

Gertrude Warner Awards – Middle Grade Fiction Novel Writing Contest – May 30, 2017 – ENTER

Chaucer Awards – Historical Fiction Writing Contest (Pre-1750s) – June 30, 2017 – ENTER

Goethe Awards – Historical Fiction Writing Contest (Post-1750s) – June 30, 2017 – ENTER

Laramie Awards – Western Writing Contest – July 31, 2017 – ENTER

The Chatelaine Awards – Romantic Fiction Writing Contests – Aug. 31, 2017 – ENTER

Clue Awards – Mystery, Thriller, Suspense Fiction Writing Contest – Sept. 30, 2017 – ENTER

Little Peeps Awards – Children’s Books Early Readers Writing Contest – Sept. 30, 2017 – ENTER

Ozma Awards – Fantasy Fiction Writing Contest – Oct. 31, 2017 – ENTER

The Paranormal Awards – Paranormal Fiction Writing Contest – Oct. 31, 2017 – ENTER IF YOU DARE

Somerset Awards – Literary, Contemporary & Mainstream – Nov. 30, 2017 – ENTER

Finalists and First place Winners announced as the judges send us their results, Grand Prizes announced at our Awards Gala April, 2018 at the Hotel Bellwether as part of our Chanticleer Authors Conference.

Prize: $200 Grand Prize, and eligibility for $1000 CBR Best Book and Overall Grand Prize. First in category winners receive book review package worth $345.

Entry Fee: $55