Ave Maria Press will preview four of its new fall books at the Catholic Marketing Network trade show in Schaumburg, Illinois.

The annual trade show, sponsored by the Catholic Marketing Network, is July 18–21, 2017, at the Renaissance Schaumburg Convention Center.

Popular Catholic author and EWTN host Mike Aquilina, executive vice president of the St. Paul Center for Biblical Theology, will be the featured speaker at the annual retailer and supplier luncheon sponsored by Ave Maria Press on July 18, 2017. He will sign galley copies of his forthcoming book, A History of the Church in 100 Objects—which he wrote with his daughter, Grace—following the luncheon.

The Christian answer to Neil MacGregor’s New York Times bestseller A History of the World in 100 Objects, the Aquilinas’ book tells the Christian story through the examination of 100 objects and places. Some, like Michelangelo’s Pietà, are priceless works of art. Others, like a union membership pen, don’t hold much monetary value. But through each of them, the Aquilinas offer a memorable and rewarding look at the history of the Church.

Ave will have a limited number of galley copies of Why I Am Catholic (and You Should Be Too) by Brandon Vogt at its booth in the exhibitor hall, #305.

With atheism on the rise and millions tossing off religion, why would anyone consider the Catholic Church? Vogt, a bestselling author and the content director for Bishop Robert Barron’s Word on Fire Catholic Ministries, shares his passionate search for truth, a journey that culminated in the realization that Catholicism is right about a lot of things, maybe even everything. His persuasive case for the faith reveals a vision of Catholicism that has answers our world desperately needs and reminds those already in the Church what they love about it.

Iconographer Joseph Malham, artist-in-residence at St. Gregory the Great Catholic Church in Chicago, Illinois, will demonstrate his craft on Wednesday afternoon, July 19, 2017, at the Ave booth. He is the author of Drawing Closer to Christ: A Self-Guided Icon Retreat, which will be released in October. In the new book, Malham takes readers through an eight-day, self-guided contemplative retreat to create an icon of the Christ Pantocrator (Ruler of All).

Michele Faehnle and Emily Jaminet, bestselling coauthors of Divine Mercy for Moms, will sign galley copies of their forthcoming book, The Friendship Project, from 3 to 4 p.m. on July 19, 2017, at the Ave booth.

Drawing on the cardinal and theological virtues, stories of the saints, and anecdotes from their own friendships, Faehnle and Jaminet provide a practical primer for any Catholic woman seeking ways to deepen old friendships and develop new ones of virtue.

Joining Faehnle and Jaminet at the book signing will be Lisa Hendey (The Catholic Mom’s Prayer Companion), Sonja Corbitt (Fearless), and Marge Fenelon (Our Lady, Undoer of Knots).

Ave Maria Press is an apostolate of the Congregation of Holy Cross, United States Province of Priests and Brothers. Ave is a leader in publishing Catholic high school religion textbooks, ministry resources, and books on prayer and spirituality.