Ron Horne’s Book, Forgotten Faces, Receives National Recognition – on the Cover of Publishers Weekly, Cited in U.S. News & World Report and Recommended by About.com

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Ron Horne’s book “Forgotten Faces — A Window Into Our Immigrant Past” was selected by the Publishers Marketing Association to share the cover of the March 7th edition of “Publishers Weekly”. Two weeks later Mr. Horne was quoted in the April 4th edition of “U.S. News & World Report” (published on March 28th) on the unique qualities of memorial portraits they relate to the exhibit “Faces of the Fallen” which displays portraits of U.S. service men and women who have died in the Iraq war. In March, “Forgotten Faces” was also “recommended reading” for “most of us who claim U.S. citizenship” by About.com.

Gaining growing national recognition, Ron Horne’s pioneering book of images on American immigrants in the early 20th century, was selected by the Publishers Marketing Association to grace the March 7th cover of “Publishers Weekly,” the 131-year-old international news magazine of the $23 billion book industry that reaches every major publisher worldwide.

“Publishers Weekly” is the leading publication serving all segments involved in the creation, production, marketing and sale of the written word in book, audio, video and electronic formats. In addition to reaching publishers worldwide, “Publishers Weekly” influences all media dealing with the acquisition, sale, distribution and rights of intellectual and cultural properties. Its weekly reviews of forthcoming books are a must-read for the entire industry. Publishers Weekly” reaches more than 27,000 paid subscribers in bookstores, libraries and publishing, as well as media and literary agents, and movie and studio executives--more than any other publication--delivering a total audience of nearly 100,000.

Continuing its recognition by national and international publications as a leading reference on memorial portraiture “Forgotten Faces” was cited in the April 4th edition of “U.S. News & World Report” regarding the nationally acclaimed exhibit “Faces of the Fallen” which movingly displayed the portraits of U.S. service men and women who have lost their lives in the Iraq war. Ron Horne, author of “Forgotten Faces” was quoted clarifying the poignant characteristics of memorial portraiture that “foster a unique human exchange” and allow “the observer to connect in a very genuine way” to the person in the portrait.

“U.S. News & World Report” provides in-depth news coverage rich in editorial content, graphics and photos to 11.7 million readers weekly. It celebrates its 70th anniversary in 2003. The weekly national newsmagazine is devoted to investigative journalism and to reporting and analyzing national and international affairs, politics, business, health, science, technology and social trends. Through its annual rankings of “America's Best Colleges, Best Graduate Schools and America's Best Hospitals,” and its News You Can Use® brand, “U.S. News” has earned a reputation as the leading provider of service news and information that improves the quality of life of its readers. Available online at http://www.usnews.com, “U.S. News” was recently named the most credible newsweekly by the Pew Research Center for the People and the Press.

The “U.S. News & World Report” article can be accessed online at the link - http://www.usnews.com/usnews/culture/articles/050404/4faces.htm
Also in March, “Forgotten Faces – A Window Into Our Immigrant Past” was favorably reviewed by Art- History Guide Shelley Esaak who said “The first reference of its kind, “Forgotten Faces” is recommended reading …for those who take an interest in threatened and/or vanishing art mediums and Americans with immigrant roots. The latter group includes most of us who claim United States citizenship. Happily, this book is but the first volume of a planned series.” She added “To describe the portraits as "haunting" would be taking the easy adjective out. The markers that depict young children - and there are many of these - are especially forcible visions. Horne does an admirable job of explaining how, exactly, the technology can produce an object capable of withstanding the elements for many decades.”

The complete review can be accessed online at -http://arthistory.about.com/od/book_reviews/fr/forgotten_faces.htm
“Forgotten Faces” is a completely original photo-history of American immigrants coming to this country from 28 different nations in the early 20th century. Emphasizing memorial portraits on tombstones as objects of fine art and national heirlooms overlooked by historians and artists alike, the book presents the first complete collection of the art form ever published and provides a unique visual panorama of American immigration in the first decades of the 1900’s. It is available on http://www.Amazon.com, http://www.BarnesandNoble.com and many other online outlets and bookstore. It is distributed by Baker & Taylor, Quality Books, Inc., Emery-Pratt and Midwest Library Service.

Visit http://www.PersonalGenesisPublishing.com or http://www.ForgottenFaces.org for more details. ISBN 0974739529

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