The World is Just a Book Away

The World is Just a Book Away

Edited by James J. Owens and Illustrated by Ryane Acalin 

Winner of the Independent Publisher Book Award (IPPY) for "Most Original Concept" 2018, The World is Just a Book Away is an anthology edited by USC professor James J. Owens and illustrated by Ryane Acalin that captures the stories of how books and reading inspired some of the world s most prominent people. This book takes readers on a unique journey through personal stories from five Nobel Peace Prize laureates, actors, royalty, world leaders, scientists, humanitarians, and many more.

All profits from the book go to the international children's literacy charity The World is Just a Book Away (WIJABA).


Cinder's Kingdom

Created by Adelina Esquerra and Ryane Acalin 

Cinder's Kingdom is the story of an inquisitive mother who looks to fill in the gaps of her past with the abundance of her present. Through the magical imagination of her daughter Apple, the Mother explores the timeline of her own life. Unable to change the past in reality, the protagonist takes part in her daughter's wild creativity where past, present and future undulate in and out of one another.


Apple's budding consciousness becomes a guide for her curious parent in a quest to understand the importance of a person's beginning in the temporal spectrum of human existence. This playful exploration ignites thoughts of the human process for the mother in a poetic realization of her own biology.