Meet new FAPA member Susan Bays
I am Susan Bays, publisher at Arbutus Press. I began my traditional publishing company in 2002 with a self-published book titled Historic Cottages of Mackinac Island. This history-architecture book details the original owners of the island’s cottage-mansions of the late 1800s. It was a fun research project that led to important historical findings and also, a Michigan Notable Book Award! I was encouraged to continue in the field of publishing. At that point, I transitioned from self-publishing into publishing other authors’ work.
Now, over 15 years later, we have published over 75 titles, mostly non-fiction about travel, cooking, nature, history and a few fiction titles, mainly mysteries and books for kids. We have now relocated to Florida (no more snow) and intend to continue our regional focus to Florida, with its authors and settings.
Our first foray into the Florida landscape is the children’s book, Rosie’s Rescue: Rosie the Roseate Spoonbill by Edward Ritts. Rosie the spoonbill is whisked away in a Florida storm and rescued by a bird rehabilitation center.
Here’s to a happy rescue and many more happy Florida tales.
Rosie the Roseate Spoonbill
by Edward Ritts, Jan Oliver (illustrator)
Rosie’s Rescue is the story of a baby Roseate Spoonbill – a type of bird similar to a Flamingo in size and color but different because of its beak. It has a spoon-like beak that sifts through the bottom of shallow marshes to get its food.
Children are fascinated by the story of a baby bird swept out of its nest in a windstorm. The bird, Rosie, tumbles from her nest and lands in the big blue ocean. Scared and alone, Rosie calls for her family. Finally, a fisherman sweeps her up in his net, keeps her warm, and takes her to a bird rehabilitation center to recover from her ordeal.
The illustrations in this book are stunning watercolor by seasoned artist Janet Oliver and, along with the text, create drama and charm.