SOURCE: Every Picture Tells a Story

April 26, 2007 08:00 ET

Debbie Robins, Former Producer Debuts New Book, "Where Peace Lives" at Every Picture Tells a Story on May 6

LOS ANGELES, CA -- (MARKET WIRE) -- April 26, 2007 -- Debbie Robins, acclaimed movie/TV producer and executive/corporate coach, will launch her first book, "Where Peace Lives," (Cambridge House Press, ISBN: 0-9787213-7-3; Price: $19.95 hardcover), at a book signing on Sun., May 6, from 12 - 3 p.m. at Every Picture Tells a Story, 1311-C Montana Avenue in Santa Monica, Calif. Renowned actress Dey Young ("Pretty Woman," "Flicka," "Red Eye," "Boston Legal," "The West Wing," "Crossing Jordan") will be reading a chapter from the book, directed by award-winning director/writer/editor Hubert de La Bouillerie ("Right To Remain Silent," "Witches of Eastwick," "Other People's Money"). A portion of the sales of the book will go to City Hearts, a non-profit, arts-based program of prevention and critical intervention providing the most at-risk kids in the poorest neighborhoods with vital, quality arts education that enhances literacy, social and academic skills while building a sense of community ( and Earth Rights Institute, a non-profit organization that is dedicated to creating a global culture of peace and justice (

Endorsed by such luminaries as Deepak Chopra, Gore Vidal, Arianna Huffington, Penny Marshall, Jane Seymour, bestselling author Debbie Ford and others, "Where Peace Lives" ( is a book of timeless wisdom for people of all ages. Library Journal described the book as "delightful" and stated that it will "attract a wide audience."

"I wrote this book to heighten our world's awareness that peace is a discipline, a choice -- a muscle that needs strengthening. In my experience, peace is something we must study, learn and practice to ensure we choose peace when we are faced with challenging situations," said Robins, who before becoming an author spent over 20 years in the entertainment industry, where she was president of Roland Joffe's Warner Brothers company, Lightmotive, a producing partner with director John McTiernan and Donna Dubrow, a producing partner with director Penny Marshall, and a vice president at Disney. Robins explained that when she set out on a new path, earning her master's degree in spiritual psychology from University of Santa Monica, she discovered she had a message of peace to share with the world, which became her first book.

Written in parable form, "Where Peace Lives" is a magical journey to free an angel named Peace who's been locked in a box and can't escape. Only the "Three Keys to Peace" will set the angel free. The book takes the reader on a dream-like journey through the worlds of peace and hatred. Along the way, our protagonist encounters the "Cube of Bitterness," representing intolerance, judgment and blame, and meets colorful characters, (Luther the Bear, Mister Buddha, Mahma the ferret, Chris and Mo, Ah from the Land of La) whose peace teachings are inspired by the life/work of Mahatma Ghandi, Martin Luther King, Jr., Jesus Christ, Moses and Muhammad. Written in the vein of "The Little Prince" and beautifully illustrated, "Where Peace Lives" is destined to become a classic.

"We loaned early copies of 'Where Peace Lives' to hundreds of students and adults, and the response has been overwhelming," exclaimed Robins. "People of all ages have shared with me the impact the book has had on their lives and their desire to make peaceful choices in the future. I chose Every Picture Tells a Story as the location for the official launch of 'Where Peace Lives' because the bookstore represents the finest in children's literature and a commitment to empowering people of all ages to make the world a better place."

"Peace Cookies" in the shape of keys (representing the Three Keys to Peace) are being provided for the book signing by Hail Mary, one of the youngest and most successful chefs in LA. Every young person can enjoy them at the book signing and take one home. Other refreshments will include IZZE Sparkling Juice, Liquid Salvation water and cocktails by Hpnotiq.

Every Picture Tells a Story is one of Los Angeles' foremost cultural destinations. Considered the leading gallery dedicated to the art of illustration and children's literature from authors/illustrators, owners Lee Cohen and Lois Sarkisian represent the works of Maurice Sendak, Garth Williams, Rosemary Wells, Chris Van Allsburg, Ralph Steadman and more. Some of the store's collection has been part of a traveling exhibition that launched at The Museum of Tolerance. Celebrity customers have included Julia Roberts, Jennifer Garner, Harrison Ford, Allison Janney, Drew Barrymore, Joel Silver, JJ Abrams, and many animators and producers like James Cameron and Steven Spielberg. For more information, visit

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