WELCOME to Ten21 Press (1021 Press), a small, independent book publisher located in the heart of Detroit. We publish important, creative works, and authentic stories of high quality.


CHARLES’S BRIDGE Our newest release was inspired by Detroit author Sandra Novacek’s realization that her husband Charles’s personal story had the potential to help children learn how to use art to calm and soothe them in times of crisis.

It’s a Silver Medal Winner in the 2022 Midwest Book Awards and was named among the Best 2021 Informational Fiction for Younger Readers.

Based on actual events, Charles’s Bridge is a beautiful and inspiring tribute to the power of imagination, human creativity and the power of art. The story shows us how even in times of greatest adversity, nature and natural materials can be a source of inspiration and sustain hope. A must-read for children and families especially in current times. Beautifully illustrated by Detroit artist Nicole Lapointe, this book includes a reproduction of Charles’s painting, and an Author’s Note, PreS-Gr 3, but inspiring for all ages.

Free Educator’s Guide available https://guidesbydeb.com/home/charless-bridge-debbie-gonzales

BORDER CROSSINGS – Our debut book was Border Crossings: Coming of Age in the Czech Resistance. Written by Czechoslovakian-born Detroit author Charles Novacek, the memoir is a firsthand account of survival amid the Nazi and Communist occupations of his Czechoslovakian homeland during World War II and the Cold War.

The book was endorsed by Madeleine Albright and is a winner and/or finalist of 14 national and international book awards. On the list is a Gold Medal in the Memoir/Autobiography category of the Midwest Book Awards, a Bronze Medal in the World History category of the Independent Publisher (IPPY) Book Awards, and Honorable Mention in the Memoir category of the Eric Hoffer Book Awards. YA-Adult.

Free Educator’s Guide available https://guidesbydeb.com/home/border-crossings


Books are available through major online booksellers: Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and Bookshop, etc.; locally at Source Booksellers and Book Beat and/or through your favorite bookseller. For large quantity orders please contact Ten21 Press.



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