Dr. Mark Van Stone Making Public Appearances In Georgia, Washington, New York, and Maryland In Promotion Of New Book For The iPad © On 2012 Predictions

ATLANTA—With 78 days remaining before the end of the Maya calendar, renowned Maya scholar Dr. Mark Van Stone Thursday will make a presentation at Emory University in Atlanta about the 2012 predictions of the Maya, while featuring something extraordinarily new and unpredicted—an interactive book for the iPad that takes images once carved in stone and brings them back to life via the magic of technology.

On Thursday, Oct. 4 at 7:30 p.m. in Emory University’s, Carlos Museum Reception Hall, Dr. Van stone will deliver a lecture entitled It’s Not the End of the World: What the Ancient Maya Tell Us About 2012, and demonstrate his new book for the iPad.

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Dr. Van Stone’s book, which was featured in northeast Florida’s Palm Coast Observer Saturday, was built using Apple’s iBooks Author software and called something that can “bring humanity to history.”

“With its small blocks of text on each page and its abundance of interactive features, the e-book is meant to be less daunting than a thick textbook full of dry language and condensed facts,” the paper wrote. “It’s also meant to provide a more enjoyable way for people—students especially—to learn about Mayan culture.”

Noting the 53 videos of 15 Maya scholars that include almost 130 minutes of HD video and the 200 interactive photos, drawings and graphics, the paper wrote, “It also features many “scrubbers”—interactive pieces that allow users to manipulate an image.”

The paper also featured the books four interactive 3-D images of the Rio Azul Masks from 400 AD, a replica of the Aztec Calendar Stone, which often is confused as the “Mayan Calendar,” and one of the famous Sarcophagus Lid of Lord Pakal, the one Erich Von Däniken and other ancient astronaut theorists say is a representation of a Maya leader in an ancient alien capsule.

“Rather than just showing a photo of an artifact, the book generates a virtual copy of it in three dimensions, which can be spun and enlarged for thorough examination,” the paper wrote. Quoting Dr. Van Stone she wrote, “’You can’t handle objects, but you can handle virtual objects,’ Van Stone said. ‘My hope is it will make kids more excited to learn this history.’”

Copies of the book are available to credentialed media within Atlanta for Dr. Van Stone’s event, on site and telephone interviews. Dr. Van Stone is available for on-set, satellite, telephone and desk-side interviews. To schedule an interview with him, please contact Donald Claxton at 972-863-8784.

Following the Atlanta presentation, Dr. Van Stone is slated to make appearances in New York City and at the Library of Congress in Washington later this month.

With degrees in physics and art history, Dr. Van Stone is an expert calligrapher, netsuke-carver, artist, and scholar of ancient writing. The book can be purchased in English on the iBookstore®, in 32 countries, at http://mvs2012.com.

Claxton Creative, LLC

Claxton Creative is a Dallas-based full-service public relations firm focused on the development of interactive, multi-touch publications for mobile devices worldwide. The company was founded by former Dallas ISD communications director, Donald J. Claxton and is supported with the assistance of Fort Worth Author Ron Rose, Dallas Author Allen Manning, Birmingham, AL editor Larisa Lovelady, Ally Stephenson of Huntsville, AL, and others.

Dr. Mark Van Stone

With degrees in physics and art history, Professor Mark Van Stone is an expert calligrapher, netsuke-carver, and scholar of world paleography and hieroglyphic writing.  He has worked as a musician, disk jockey, interviewer, laboratory technician, animator, type designer, author, lecturer, and archaeological illustrator. His beautifully-illustrated books on Maya hieroglyphs and culture bridge scholarly and popular genres. This Renaissance man is a gifted and entertaining lecturer, ably explicating arcane subjects for a wide audience. His new interactive book for the iPad, 2012: Science and Prophecy of the Ancient Maya, sets a new standard for popular cultural and science education.

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