ABOUT SPEAKER KARL BECKSTRAND
Award-winning publisher-speaker Karl Beckstrand was raised in San Jose, California, USA. He has a B.A. in journalism from BYU, an M.A. in international relations from APU, and a broadcast & film certificate from Film A. Academy. Two publishers produced his early multicultural books. Since 2004 he has run Premio Publishing & Gozo Books—producing captivating stories, ads, and scripts for all ages. An engaging speaker, consultant, and workshop facilitator, Beckstrand has experience in high tech, public policy, film, radio, and TV broadcasting—including screenplays, speeches, and Web content. He teaches media at a state college and contrasts traditional with digital/self-publishing. Mr. Beckstrand has worked with people from all continents (except Antarctica) and lives to exchange ideas with individuals, organizations, families, and educators. He is passionate about literacy and using the arts to give people of all backgrounds a vision of their worth and potential. He has lived in South America (Chile), been a Spanish-English interpreter, and is learning German. He has visited Turkey, Ukraine, Romania, Spain, Canada, Bulgaria, Mexico, France, Peru, and the Czech Republic. His ancestors hail from South Africa, Sweden, Scotland, Switzerland, England, and Ireland (there may also be some American Indian in the mix). (For the real story, see his blog.)
Mr. Beckstrand's Y.A. fiction, ebook mysteries, nonfiction/biographies, Spanish & bilingual books for kids (with ESL/ELL pronunciation guide), short stories, wordless books, and picture book app feature diverse characters of color and have been lauded by the Horn Book blog, School Library Journal, Kirkus Reviews, the Horn Book blog, and ForeWord Reviews Magazine (see Premiobooks.com/press). His racially balanced work has appeared in/via: Amazon/Kindle, Follett/Baker & Taylor, Barnes & Noble, Border’s Books, Brodart, Costco, Deseret Book, EBSCO, Flipkart, Gardners, iBooks, Ingram, Inktera, Kobo, Library Direct, Mackin, OverDrive, Quality, SCRIBD, txtr, The Children’s Miracle Network, The Congressional Record of the U.S. House of Representatives, Papercrafts Magazine, LDS Film Festival, various broadcasts, and PremioPublishing.com. Find: “Karl Beckstrand – Author” on FB, LinkedIn, and Twitter. Contact for interviews. See awards below. Chat with me on Amazon or ask me a question at Goodreads.com.
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To Swallow the Earth won a 2016 International Book Award and was a Laramie Award finalist. She Doesn't Want the Worms was named in the top ten "Best Books" of 2011 by ForeWord Reviews Magazine and recently placed in Amazon's top ten Spanish children's titles. It was also featured in School Library Journal. Crumbs on the Stairs - Migas en las escaleras: A Mystery has consistently been in Amazon's top 10 bestselling books in ESL, large print, and also Spanish titles. Bright Star, Night Star: An Astronomy Story recieved a 2014 UP Authors cover design award and hit #2 in Amazon's hot new children's titles. Sounds in the House was called "suspenseful without ever getting too intense for younger readers" by Kirkus.
Discursante, Utah speaker, Karl Beckstrand nació en San José, California. Vivió por dos años en Sudamérica y da clases sobre media y entretenamineto. Él obtuvo su titulo en periodismo de la Universidad de Brigham Young en Provo, Utah, y estudió cine en Utah y California. Ha escrito quince libros con dibujos, y contenido editorial para Printech Corp., The Children’s Miracle Network, las revista PaperCrafts Magazine, The Congressional Record of the U.S. House of Representatives, el diario The Daily Universe, la radio y televisión. Ha servido como intérprete y le encanta cantar con un conjunto de rock. Busca “Karl Beckstrand – Author” en Facebook, Amazon y Twitter.
“Karl has a way of activating your imagination! His creative flow never stops and his outstanding published works are the result. Not only is Karl creative and humorous but he also brings home a solid lesson to his [audience]. Pure enjoyment.” – Greg Pace, AGP Companies