My Name is Stardust, a book designed to inspire young science fans

StoryBook Genius to launch father-daughter team in NYC who wrote My Name is Stardust, a book designed to inspire young science fans

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Douglas Harris to appear on panel to discuss science books at 2:30 p.m. June 4 at BookCon

NEW YORK CITY — St. Louis-based StoryBook Genius Publishing is pleased to announce that the father-daughter writing team of Bailey and Douglas Harris will be among the publisher’s featured authors at Book Expo America and BookCon in New York City from May 31-June 4.

The back-to-back book conventions draw publishers, authors and book fans from around the world to the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center in New York City. Bailey and Douglas have co-written My Name is Stardust and will be sharing their story there for the first time.

Douglas also will be featured on a panel of experts at BookCon from 2:30 p.m.-3:15 p.m. on June 4, on the Downtown Stage, discussing the importance of making science and history accessible to all ages.

The book signing schedule will be:

·         10:30-11 a.m. June 2, Published Author Autograph Area, BEA

·         1:00 p.m. June 2, SBG Booth #2527, BEA

·         12:45-1:30 p.m. June 4, SBG Booth #2527, BookCon

·         2:30-3:15 p.m. June 4, Adult Education Panel, Downtown Stage, BookCon

“Douglas and his daughter Bailey have written a captivating book that will appeal to science fans of every age,” said Nate Hartung, the entrepreneurial CEO of St. Louis-based StoryBook Genius Publishing. “We couldn’t be more thrilled to help bring their book to the public. One of StoryBook Genius Publishing’s strengths as an independent publisher is finding creative ways to help writers achieve their dreams, whether it’s pairing them with an amazing illustrator or helping them connect with high-quality printing companies typically accessible only through large publishing houses.”

Douglas and his daughter Bailey came up with the idea for, My Name is Stardust, when she was 8. She had been watching TV and became inspired by a comment from astrophysicist and cosmologist, Neil deGrasse Tyson. He said that all life, including us, is made from the same star stuff. She was so excited by that idea that she immediately went up to the family computer and started writing.

Bailey worked with her father over the next year to develop a story that would explore that concept along with other areas of science such as evolution and astronomy. They have worked with professional scientists to review the book’s content to ensure that every fact is 100% accurate.

In his other work life, Douglas is a philanthropist, writer and business leader. He currently is the CEO and co-founder of Loftii and the former president of Daughter Bailey is now 11.

Hartung says My Name is Stardust is the perfect balance of science fact and wonderment, and he looks forward to publishing future children’s science books by this dynamic father-daughter team.


StoryBook Genius is one of the fastest-growing independent children’s book publishers in the country, driven by an entrepreneurial spirit and approach to the illustrated children’s book market. Our mission is to marry the nimble, innovative style of a start-up with the storytelling traditions of the best children’s book publishers, resulting in brilliantly illustrated books that help expand minds, open hearts and ignite curiosity in readers of all ages. StoryBook Genius connects authors with illustrators, designers and editors from around the world. We publish in formats from traditional paperbacks and hardbacks to eBooks and multimedia formats using the latest technologies including read-a-long, audio-narration and animation. And we have relationships in the publishing industry that connect our authors to digital on-demand printing typically available only through large publishing houses. Our books are distributed to tens of thousands of retailers, wholesalers, libraries and schools both in the United States and around the world. For more information, visit


BookExpo is North America’s largest gathering of book trade professionals attracting an audience from around the globe. The event is designed to lead the global publishing industry to its consumer driven future and celebrate storytelling in all its forms. It’s the place where industry, authors and readers converge to define the direction of the publishing industry for years to come. BookExpo provides a focused professional environment to discover emerging authors and the next blockbuster titles, engage with the world’s most influential publishers and learn from industry leaders and peers. BookExpo is organized with the support of association partners including the Association of American Publishers (AAP), the American Booksellers Association (ABA) and the Association of Authors’ Representatives (AAR).

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