Believe In Wonder Publishing will premier this summer at The Second Star Festival in Florence, OR, on August 8-9.
Believe In Wonder is a youth focused publishing entity based in Portland, OR. We publish internally developed works like The Wonderous Science (due out in Spring 2016,) the exciting graphic novel series YOU CAN RELY ON PLATYPI, and Crow in the Hollow (a YA fantasy adventure published in partnership with Inkwater Press.) With our new status as a solely owned publishing entity, we will actively search out new and amazing works to bring to the public eye. Our focus is to promote creativity, inspiration, and positive thinking in kids and adults alike through incredible narratives, bound only by the power of the imagination. In a time where social pressures and injustices threaten to take away our ability to dream of a better future, we hope to promote endeavors and education that uplifts and inspires, as well as provides creative outlets for the young and young at heart. We have an emphasis on bringing these opportunities to underrepresented communities and their allies, but we hope our work and message is embraced by many.
The brainchild of Brian and Josie Parker, Believe In Wonder is poised to fill a significant role in youth publishing here in the Pacific Northwest, pulling in inspiration and resources from the diverse creative communities in this area. Through continuing to publish the works of Brian Parker, as well as adding new and amazing works by area authors, poets, artists, and illustrators, we hope to further cement Portland as a publishing center.
Believe In Wonder mission is youth outreach, which we hope to further through partnerships with groups like Right Brain Initiative (Brian Parker received a coveted scholarship to attend the Imagine This! Symposium at Portland Art Museum) as well as Portland Children’s Museum, Regional Arts and Culture Commision, Multnomah County Libraries, and area schools and nonprofits. We will be presenting art educational projects and classes to promote creativity in young people, with a strong focus on the underprivileged and those in the foster care system.
Be on the lookout for our increased visibility at events and conventions throughout 2015 leading up to the release of our flagship title, The Wonderous Science – the first in a incredible Portland-based fantasy series in the vein of Lemony Snicket, P.L. Travers and J.K. Rowling.