Joseph and Rosemarie started Alazar Press, an imprint of Royal Swan Enterprises, over seven years ago. During that time, the press has published new books and new editions of award winning titles. One new book, The Artist and the King by Julie Fortenberry, won a Feathered Quill bronze medal in 2015 for best illustrated children’s book. Another new book, By Trolley Past Thimbledon Bridge by Ashley Bryan and Marvin Bileck, received a Starred Kirkus review in February 2015 and will be released in May 2015. The extraordinary art of Caldecott Honoree, Marvin Bileck, took more than a decade to complete.
The press has had the exceptional experience of working with and publishing books by Ashley Bryan who is one of the most award winning and recognized authors and illustrators in all of children’s literature. The press has published new editions of I’m Going to Sing and Walk Together Children by Ashley Bryan. Both books are collections of black American spirituals music with original prints that took six years to create by Mr. Bryan.