Music Hall wins Gold Benjamin Franklin Award 2020

Music Hall Benjamin Franklin Gold Award 2020Great Life Press is pleased to announce that Music Hall, How a City Built a Theater and a Theater Shaped a City by J. Dennis Robinson, has won the prestigious top award in History from IBPA, Independent Book Publishers Association.

The book is available directly from the Music Hall in Portsmouth, NH, or from local independent bookstores, Barnes & Noble, and Amazon.

The judges’ comments were extraordinary, and they said that the book had some pretty stiff competition, winning over 100 other books in the History category.

“If anyone lets this book sit on the coffee table without reading the text, as Mr. Robinson predicts, they are missing a real gem. The writing is great, the photos are great, the research is superb. I don’t have suggestions for improving this book because there isn’t a thing I would change. Reading this book makes me want to visit Portsmouth, NH, something I never thought about before. What better compliment could an author ask for?”

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Talk to an experienced children’s book designer or publisher

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October 2015: Salt & Pepper Cooking

Salt & Pepper Cooking, Chef James Haller

The Education of an American Chef

by Chef James Haller

Available October 5th, 2015 at RiverRun Bookstore

Heartwarming and nostalgic, here are stories of Chef Haller’s childhood experiences with family farm life and cooking in pre-World War II American Midwest, and how he came to be a chef and owner of the Blue Strawbery restaurant with his own unique approach to cooking.

The narratives in this book were previously presented on stage by the author for ACT ONE (Actors Collaborative Theatre of New England) at West End Studio Theatre in Portsmouth, New Hampshire.

5×8 softcover, 128 pages, photos

O. Henry Perfect by David Mauriello

O. Henry Perfect, by David J. MaurielloAuthor, playwright, and film producer David Mauriello has newly published a set of 3 one-act plays based on short stories by O. Henry. The three one-act plays are: The Perfect Fool, The Perfect Stranger, and The Perfect Archer, based respectively on O. Henry’s short stories entitled The Ransom of Mack, Makes the Whole World Kin, and Mammon and the Archer.

O. Henry Perfect, Three Short Plays

Adapted from the works of O. Henry by David J. Mauriello

O. Henry Perfect, is available for purchase on

From the book:

O. Henry (William Sydney Porter (1862-1910) wrote hundreds of entertaining tales. His perfection of the “twist-to-the-plot ending” and unique style make him a true American original.

His Christmas classic, THE GIFT OF THE MAGI, illustrates another reason for O. Henry’s popularity; his representation of the common man and woman.

“While adapting THE GIFT OF THE MAGI I more fully realized that O. Henry’s dialogue with its delightful combinations of superlatives and malapropisms would be “perfect” when spoken for theater audiences.” — David Mauriello

David J. Mauriello is an award-winning playwright, author of the book REMINDERS OF HOME, How To Remember Who You Really Are, and is the Executive Producer of the movie JUST SAY LOVE, available on Amazon Instant Video.

Reviews of David’s previous works:

JUST SAY LOVE —”A strikingly elegant, moving and satisfying film. Truly a wonderful cinematic creation.”
—TLA Video

SPIRITS WILLING — “sparkles, Mauriello proves a resourceful craftsman.” —The Boston Phoenix
BODY — “phenomenally well crafted script”
—Rockingham County News

Much gratitude to the Players’ Ring of Portsmouth, New Hampshire, for their unfailing dedication to promote original plays.

Under the Isles of Shoals wins NEMA award

Under the Isles of ShoalsUnder the Isles of Shoals wins second place in the NEMA Publication Award Competition!

We are proud to announce that Under the Isles of Shoals: Archaeology and Discovery on Smuttynose Island published by the Portsmouth Marine Society and designed by Grace Peirce (Great Life Press) has won second place at the New England Museum Association Publication Award Competition. Written by popular local historian J. Dennis Robinson the book beat out 167 other entrants to gain one of the top honors. The book launch complemented an exhibit with the same name at Discover Portsmouth during the 2012 season which drew tens of thousands of visitors.

Under the Isles of Shoals: Archaeology and Discovery on Smuttynose Island looks at the archaeology of a small island ten miles off the coast of Portsmouth, New Hampshire. Historian and author J. Dennis Robinson ( demonstrates the island’s dynamic and storied past that has captured the imagination of New Hampshire residents and visitors alike. The book follows the four year dig by archaeologist Nathan Hamilton as he and a team of students delve into the 6,000 year history found in the thin island soils. Full of vibrant color photographs, new evidence unearthed by the dig adds to the rich history of this fabled island.

Copies are available at the Discover Portsmouth Museum Shop located at 10 Middle Street in Portsmouth, New Hampshire.

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Shoals Archaeology exhibit: Only a few more days to go!

Under the Isles of Shoals, J. Dennis RobinsonOnly a few more days to go to see the “Under the Isles of Shoals” exhibit at Discover Portsmouth in downtown Portsmouth, NH.

If you miss the exhibit, be sure to stop in and pick up a copy of J. Dennis Robinson‘s great book, Under the Isles of Shoals, designed and produced by Grace Peirce of Great Life Press for Portsmouth Marine Society. [Read more…]

June 23 – Saco, Maine Sidewalk Fair

Costa NdayisabyeThis coming Saturday, June 23rd, 2012 is the Saco Maine Sidewalk Arts Festival, and Costa will have a booth there. Please stop by and say hello and to talk with Costa about his work and his book, The Work That Brings Peace In Me. I hope to see you there!

66,180 dancing Rwandan children — wearing shoes!

shoesLast night I went to bed with the vision of 66,180 Rwandan children dancing in my head — wearing SHOES from Toms Shoes and Eyewear One For One project. Costa Ndayisabye, author of The Work that Brings Peace in Me, recently published by Great Life Press, facilitated in the donation of the new shoes to Rwanda, and he plans on being there when the shoes arrive in late July / early August to help with their distribution.

Costa came to see me yesterday, and told me the donation is dedicated to Great Life Press! He said that successfully publishing his book with me has given him more confidence at his speaking engagements, and this was part of his thanks. I am so honored to be a part of Costa’s efforts for peace, reconciliation, and making a difference in the world. I have rarely felt so blessed, and so joyful to be witness to all of Costa’s activities around the globe.

Costa will be participating in the Old Port Festival, Portland, Maine on Sunday June 10, 2012. Please come, and please stop by to meet Costa and say hello to this amazing emissary of peace!

Costa will be presenting his talk, “The Work that Brings Peace in Me,” in more places in Maine and New Hampshire in the coming months.

In love and light,