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Publisher and speaker Karl Beckstrand is the bestselling and award-winning author/illustrator of 21 multicultural/multilingual books and more than 80 ebook titles.


Raised in San Jose, CA (he knows the secret to peeling avocados), he has a BA in journalism from BYU, an MA in international relations from APU, and a broadcast/film certificate from Film A. Academy. Since 2004 he has run Premio Publishing. His survival western, To Swallow the Earth, won a 2016 International Book Award.


An ESL and college media instructor, Beckstrand has presented to Taiwan’s Global Leadership for Youth, city and state governments, festivals, and schools. His nationally-lauded YA stories, ebook mysteries, nonfiction, Spanish/bilingual/ESL, wordless, career, and STEM books feature ethnically diverse characters and usually end with a twist. His work has appeared in: Amazon, Baker & Taylor, Barnes & Noble, Costco, Deseret Book, Follett, iBooks, Ingram, Papercrafts Magazine,, The U.S. Congressional Record,,


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