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Seventh Annual Oce Future Authors Project to See Their Published Works for the First Time on November 9

TRUMBULL, Conn., Oct. 7, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Oce, a Canon Group Company and an international leader in digital document management, today announced the book signing date for Pens and Paper: Our Weapons of Mass Construction, the published works of the 2012 Oce Future Authors Project students.  On Friday, November 9, 2012, the more than 40 middle and high school students from Palm Beach County who participated in the summer workshop will see for the first time copies of their book.


The book signing will be held from 9:30 a.m. until 11 a.m., at the Boca Raton Public Library at Spanish River, 1501 NW Spanish River Blvd., Boca Raton, FL 33431.  The event is free and open to the public.  To attend, please make a reservation by emailing Diana Fedderman at or calling 561-357-5989.

Mayor Susan Whelchel will be on hand to congratulate the students, as will representatives from the program's sponsor, Oce North America, and the School District of Palm Beach County.  After a short program, attendees will be able to have copies of the book signed by the young authors.  Extra copies of the book will be on sale at the library for $5 each.  All proceeds benefit the District of Palm Beach Education Foundation and the Oce Future Authors Project.

Four professional authors gave presentations to the students during the workshop, sharing their personal experiences and offering writing and publishing tips.  The authors were Robert Forbes, children's book author and president of ForbesLife magazine; Mary Monroe, a high school teacher and young adult book author; Nicole Barker, young adult author of Dancing With Ana; and Richard Rosser, the publisher of East Magazine.

Francis McMahon, vice president of marketing, Production Printing Systems, a division of Oce North America, says the book signing is a must-see event.

"Watching the excitement and surprise in the eyes of these passionate writers when they see their own book for the first time is an amazing experience," he said.  "Their reaction each year convinces us at Oce that this program is an essential educational gift we can give students who love to write."

About the Oce Future Authors Project
In its seventh year, Oce Future Authors Project accepted applications this year from nearly 100 students who wanted to spend part of their summer vacations learning how to become published authors. The program begins with an intense eight-day writing workshop.Students gain insight into the process of writing, editing, and digitally publishing books through interactions with Oce executives, published authors, and licensed language arts teachers. Writings from each student are then compiled, professionally published and digitally printed in final book form by the Boca Raton-based Oce North America Production Printing Systems division. Since the program's inception in 2006, nearly 300 students have participated in the Oce Future Authors Project writing workshops. 

The program is a partnership between the School District of Palm Beach County and Oce North America, and is made possible with generous grants from the Lawrence Sanders Foundation; Maroone, an AutoNation Company; and Xplor International, a not-for-profit educational and networking association serving users and suppliers of document technologies.

The teachers for the 2012 class were: Nicole Adamo, who teaches at Don Estridge Middle School; Katrina Sapp Holder, a playwright and short story author who also teaches at Don Estridge Middle School; and Cartheda T. Mann, the chair of the English department and writing coach at Glades Central Community High School.  Secondary Literacy Program Planner Diana Fedderman supervises the program for the District.

For more information on how to support the program, contact the Executive Director of the Education Foundation of Palm Beach County Mary Kay Murray at

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About Oce
Oce is one of the leading providers of document management and printing for professionals. The Oce offering includes office printing and copying systems, high speed digital production printers and wide format printing systems for both technical documentation and color display graphics. Oce is also a foremost supplier of document management outsourcing. Many of the Fortune Global 500 companies and leading commercial printers are Oce customers. The company was founded in 1877. With headquarters in Venlo, The Netherlands, Oce is active in over 100 countries and employs more than 20,000 people worldwide.  Oce North America is headquartered in Trumbull, CT, with additional business units in Chicago, IL and Boca Raton, FL.  For more information, visit

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