Introducing Zuiker Press, an “Issue-Based” Graphic Novel Literary House from Michelle and Anthony Zuiker, Distributed by Simon & Schuster
New York, NY – In 2018, Zuiker Press was founded by Michelle and Anthony E. Zuiker to champion the voices of young authors. The idea to launch an “issue-based” literary house came out of Michelle’s 17 years in elementary school education—primarily at the national blue-ribbon school, Vanderburg Elementary—and from the challenges that the couple saw their own children and their friends’ children facing every day.
Michelle’s deep experience in education and Anthony’s background in storytelling as the creator of the CSI franchise, enables the Zuikers to work closely with young adults and help them share their stories. The books are produced as graphic novels, a genre conducive to dealing with sensitive topics, such as divorce, cyberbullying, or racism.
Every Zuiker Press book is the culmination of months of personal interviews with the author and their families. Additional resources and advice for parents are included in the back of each book and on the website, zuikerpress.com. The goal of each book is to help readers to learn from each author’s pain and heroics, and to find hope, change and happiness in their own lives.
“We are proud to sign with Simon & Schuster to help bring to market our mission to give voice to young people who truly have the opportunity to change lives. We believe that when a young person doesn’t feel alone in the world, because they just read a story that resonated with them, or gave them hope, or gave them the courage to ask for help, then we’ve truly accomplished our goal,” said Michelle.
“My wife and I started on this endeavor because our own children struggle with many of these topics. We’ve listened to them and their friends. Young people of today want to help others to overcome their personal struggles. They truly want to help save lives. Every young author we are working with has shared in interviews, ‘If I can save one life…’ time and time again. Young people, reaching out to other young people, today and tomorrow, is what Zuiker Press is all about,” added Anthony.
“We are thrilled to work with the team at Zuiker Press to introduce their innovative and important books to readers,” said Michael Perlman, Vice President, General Manager of Simon & Schuster Publisher Services. “They are passionate in their mission, and we are pleased to welcome them to our family of distribution clients.”
Zuiker Press is releasing two titles for each of the spring and fall seasons. Books available now are Mend: A Story of Divorce, which hit the #1 New Release spot in the Children’s Abuse Books Category on Amazon in the first 24 hours; Click: A Story of Cyberbullying; Colorblind: A Story of Racism; and Imperfect: A Story of Body Image. November 2019 will also see the release of Activist: A Story of the Marjory Stoneman Douglas Shooting by survivor, Lauren Elizabeth Hogg and Identity: A Story of Transitioning. Future titles in 2020 and beyond include Brother: A Story of Autism and Goodbye: A Story of Suicide. Other topics that Zuiker Press will focus on include opioid and gaming addiction. Given the hard-hitting nature of these topics, the Zuikers felt it was key that each book also includes educational support materials on the subject to assist educators and parents on continuing the dialogue.
Zuiker Press has officially partnered with the National Writing Project, a 501c3 corporation in Berkeley, California. The NWP focuses the knowledge, expertise, and leadership of the nation’s educators on sustained efforts to improve writing and learning for all, by raising private funding from people, companies, and foundations who care about children. These donations allow Zuiker Press to purchase the books at a discount to outfit classrooms, with no charge to the school.
In May 2019, the Zuikers appeared on the steps of Buffalo, New York, City Hall along with Mayor Byron Brown and Superintendent Dr. Kriner Cash to announce that Buffalo Public Schools would receive 2,500 copies of Zuiker Press titles through the donations from the NWP and local and private donors. And in June 2019, author and school shooting survivor, Lauren Elizabeth Hogg, appears with the Zuikers at the American Library Association annual convention, in Washington, D.C.
About Zuiker Press
Founded by CSI franchise creator Anthony E. Zuiker and his wife Michelle, Zuiker Press is a publishing company dedicated to championing the voices of young authors. Their mission is to address subjects that affect all children directly or indirectly and to empower all children everywhere with the knowledge that they are not alone. Anthony E. Zuiker, the creator of television’s hugely successful CSI franchise, serves as the Co-Founder, Publisher, and Creative Director of Zuiker Press. Michelle Zuiker is the Co-Founder and Chief Content Officer of Zuiker Press. A veteran teacher of 17 years at a Blue Ribbon School in Las Vegas, Michelle has worked closely with special needs children and, in particular, those on the autism spectrum.
About Simon & Schuster
Simon & Schuster, a part of CBS Corporation, is a global leader in general interest publishing, dedicated to providing the best in fiction and nonfiction for readers of all ages, and in all printed, digital and audio formats. Its distinguished roster of authors includes many of the world’s most popular and widely recognized writers, and winners of the most prestigious literary honors and awards. It is home to numerous well-known imprints and divisions such as Simon & Schuster, Scribner, Atria Books, Gallery Books, Pocket Books, Touchstone, Adams Media, Threshold Editions, Simon & Schuster Children’s Publishing and Simon & Schuster Audio and international companies in Australia, Canada, India and the United Kingdom. Simon & Schuster proudly brings the works of its authors to readers in more than 200 countries and territories. For more information visit our website at www.simonandschuster.com
The National Writing Project focuses the knowledge, expertise, and leadership of our nation’s educators on sustained efforts to improve writing and learning for all learners. NWP, the nation’s foremost network for teacher professional development, is proud to support the Zuiker Press initiative.
Our plan to help children with our graphic novels is simple. We raise private funding from people, companies, and foundations who care about children. Those donations allow us to make them available to teachers, counselors, and school libraries and to spread the word about these compelling true stories to school districts that need these books.
We also provide downloadable guides to each book for teachers as added resources, often at no charge to the teachers.
Do you want to save a child’s life? Our graphic novels do just that by healing and providing hope to those who need it most. Reading is power. Your gift will be designated to support the Zuiker Press School Book Fund, and with your generous gift, more schools will be able to take advantage of the important work that Zuiker Press is doing to help young people tell the stories of their resilience in meeting the challenges that young people face today.