Ten21 Press Celebrates 10 Years!

Ten21 Press Celebrates 10 Years!

TODAY – 10.21.2021 Ten21 Press celebrates its first decade! This small independent book publisher was founded on October 21, 2011 in the heart of Detroit, Michigan, USA. Ten21 Press celebrates 10 years and two titles: the award-winning memoir Border Crossings: Coming of Age in the Czech Resistance in the Czech Resistance published in 2012 and the new picture book Charles’s Bridge published in 2021.

Our newest release is the highly-praised children’s picture book, Charles’s Bridge, inspired by Detroit author Sandra Novacek’s realization that her husband Charles’s personal story of a boy in Czechoslovakia during World War II had the potential to help children learn how to use art to calm and soothe them in times of crisis.

Based on actual events, Dr. Girija Kaimal, Associate Professor, PhD, Dept. of Creative Arts Therapies at Drexel University, said “Charles’s Bridge is a beautiful and inspiring tribute to the power of imagination, human creativity and the power of art. The story shows us how even in times of greatest adversity, nature and natural materials can be a source of inspiration and sustain hope. A must-read for children and families especially in current times.” Beautifully illustrated by Detroit artist Nicole Lapointe, this book includes a reproduction of Charles’s painting, and an Author’s Note, PreS-Gr 3.

Our debut book was Border Crossings: Coming of Age in the Czech Resistance. Written by Charles Novacek, the memoir is a firsthand account of survival amid the Nazi and Communist occupations of Charles’s Czechoslovakian homeland during World War II and the Cold War. The book has been endorsed by Madeleine Albright and is a winner and/or finalist of 14 national and international book awards. On the list is a Gold Medal in the Memoir/Autobiography category of the Midwest Book Awards, a Bronze Medal in the World History category of the Independent Publisher (IPPY) Book Awards, and Honorable Mention in the Memoir category of the Eric Hoffer Book Awards. YA-Adult.

Free Educator’s Guides are available for both books. They are easy to download, contain ready-made activities and are related to the actual story aligned to Common Core Standards to help teachers integrate the book into their curricula.



More titles are in the works and we look forward to publishing them for our readers in the years to come!

Our books would be great holiday and birthday gifts! Available through Amazon, Barnes & Noble and other online retailers including the National Czech & Slovak Museum store.

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