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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Ed Avis  

Pen Name: None

Genre: Non-Fiction

Audience: Adult;

Born: 1967 in Pennsylvania

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Illinois Connection

Avis raised his family in Oak Park for 20 years and now live in Chicago. He received a masters degree from Dominican University in River Forest.

Biographical and Professional Information

Ed Avis has written articles for the Chicago Tribune, Chicago Sun-Times, Crain's Chicago Business, and dozens of other publications. He owned book publisher Marion Street Press, Inc. in Oak Park from 1993 to 2009. He is currently publisher of ''el Restaurante'', a trade magazine for owners/managers of Mexican other Latin-cuisine restaurants.

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Titles At Your Library

Come on, Dad!: 75 Things for Fathers and Sons to Do Together
ISBN: 1897073771

Lobster Press. 2008

(ages 4 - 8 and their parents) The perfect gift for Father's Day, this activity book is packed with fun ways for young boys and their dads to spend time together. Dads are famous for being fun, but even the most active father can use some new ideas for things to do with their son! From concocting secret codes and crafting homemade musical instruments to camping out in the backyard and making personal pizzas, Come on, Dad! 75 Things for Father and Sons to Do Together features creative games and projects that will fill an afternoon with fun, and create lasting memories for young boys and their fathers. Each activity is accompanied by easy-to- follow instructions, a materials needed list, and suggestions on how to "make it easier" and "make it harder" depending on the age and ability of the child. This New Edition features a new cover, new interior photos, and a new introduction from the author.

Sample activities: Personal Pizzas, Paper Air Force, Time Capsule, Take it Apart, Family Story Collection, Old Man Apples, Math Olympics, Beach Memories, Obstacle Race, Recycled City, Personal Place Mats, Shopping Alphabet, Backyard Campout, A Shave a Day, Twirl Pictures, Leafy Fun

The Lobster Kids' Guide to Exploring Chicago
ISBN: 1894222407

Lobster Press. 2001

"(all ages) Small enough to fit in a knapsack yet huge on ideas, this guide has more than 100 suggestions for fun-filled family activities in Chicago, Illinois."

Armchair Reader Civil War (Armchair Reader)
ISBN: 1412715636

Publications International. 2007

Uncover the real events behind the myths and the startling details often absent from history books. This Armchair Reader gives an in-depth analysis of an important chapter in the American saga. Readers will learn what a marine, a Quaker, and an infernal machine had in common technical marvels of the time how a paleface became a powder monkey and families even Abe Lincoln's that were split in two over the conflict. Enjoy stories about how a Union general was captured by Confederate soldiers in his own bedroom, why General Jeb Stewart traveled with a personal banjo player, and the perils of being a battlefield photographer.

Green Reprographics Handbook, The
ISBN: 1933338334

Marion Street Press, Inc.. 2008

Go Green, Make Green! The Green Reprographics Handbook shows reprographics professionals the importance of going green, how to do it properly, and how to profit from it. Topics include key ways going green can save you money top reasons your customers want you to be green how to get your staff excited about going green how to evaluate your business to see how green it already is three levels of suggestions for making your shop green three chapters of ways to promote your green advantage and press releases, letters and articles about green reprographics you can use in your own promo materials.

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