The book will resonate with many who trying to initiate change in our prison system, how we educate our youth and how we ensure parents are taught the skills they need to be parents.
San Diego, CA (PRWEB) September 15, 2008
Humane Exposures Publishing, LLC, a socially-responsible publishing company whose mission is to drive public awareness and education about some of the most troubled areas of American society, has selected Gable PR to manage its public and media relations programs, including the launch of the first in trilogy of books on Sept. 15 entitled Maggots in My Sweet Potatoes: Women Doing Time.
The photojournalistic piece created by author Susan Madden Lankford, takes an in-depth, illuminating, and often heartbreaking look at the lives of women who end up in jail. Dramatic portrait photography coupled with interviews with inmates, deputies, as well as medical experts, raise questions about the powerful role of childhood experiences in shaping the people we become. Maggots reveals an overcrowded, strained incarceration system increasingly unable to deal with the mental, emotional, and addiction problems women bring with them behind bars.
"When I began this journey nearly 10 years ago, Gable PR analyzed the photography and interviews and provided initial creative guidance on how Maggots could evoke passion in people and be used for action, not just sit on a coffee table," Lankford said. "With the book scheduled for publication, it was only natural to select Gable PR for the launch. They have created short- and long-term media relations programs that have sparked media interest. For my book tour, they booked speaking engagements at universities and scheduled book signings that will reach a diverse group of individuals who will find the issues raised in Maggots worth discussing and hopefully taking action."
Tom Gable, CEO, a nationally-recognized authority and author on managing successful PR and media relations programs, is team leader, assisted by Jennifer Cornelius, account manager, and Erin Kirkpatrick, account coordinator.
Lankford, founder of Humane Exposures, studied photography under several well-known artists, including Ansel Adams. She pursued nature photography before settling down as a studio artist at home following the birth of her third daughter. The studio work flourished until two tragic events convinced Lankford she wanted to learn more about society and the injustices that people face. She felt photography could be her outlet to do that.
The other two books in the trilogy are Downtown USA and Born, Not Raised. Downtown USA probes into the lives of our homeless population to reveal a seemingly defeated group that struggles with the pain and harsh challenges of living on the streets. Born, Not Raised examines the plight of youngsters, who for a variety of offenses and reasons, serve time in juvenile hall and habitually get caught in the cycle of institutionalization.
"The topics that Lankford addresses are serious and not at all attractive, but through both her photography and in-depth reporting, she has captured these issues in a captivating and thought-provoking way," Gable said. "The book will resonate with many who trying to initiate change in our prison system, how we educate our youth and how we ensure parents are taught the skills they need to be parents."
Earlier this year, Lankford created Humane Smarts, a non-profit foundation and related entity to Humane Exposures Publishing that provides college financial assistance/scholarships for at-risk youths. "At-risk" is defined as young people who have been committed into or affected by the criminal justice system. The Foundation's first awards will be granted in August 2009 to select recipients based on their personal capabilities to succeed, obtain a GED or high school diploma and gain acceptance into college. A portion of the proceeds from Maggots in My Sweet Potatoes will go to funding Humane Smarts.
About Humane Exposures Publishing
Humane Exposures is a socially-responsible publishing company whose mission is to drive public awareness and education about some of the most troubled areas of American society. Through a series of books with vivid photographs, compelling stories and expert testimony, it strives to bring to life the unmet needs, fragile values and often hopeless situations of society's disenfranchised youth, the homeless, and the emotionally and physically incarcerated. Beyond merely exhibiting images and chronicling stories, Humane Exposures and its array of experts provide specific actions society can take to confront and correct these issues.
About Gable PR
Gable PR, based in San Diego, delivers highly effective public relations programs for clients in a broad range of industries. Its tradition of success goes back 30 years with Tom Gable, agency founder, a nationally recognized authority on the strategic use of public relations for positioning, branding, reputation management and delivering meaningful results. Clients have included private and public companies, organizations, institutions and government agencies at every stage in their life cycles, from start-up to a Fortune 100 company. The firm has received more than 100 awards for excellence, including the highest honors in the PR profession, while helping clients of all sizes and needs succeed.
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