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Actor/Filmmaker Gino Cafarelli Releases Heartening New Children’s Book Inspired by His Daughter

It is a delightful story of adventure, friendship and discovery.

Actor and filmmaker Gino Cafarelli proudly announces his newly released children’s book, “Athena Visits The Marina,” a magical story inspired by his daughter.

Published by Mascot Books, “Athena Visits The Marina” tells the tale of a little girl with hearing loss who meets sea animal friends with the help of her hearing aids. Athena has a routine that she follows every single day, including putting in her hearing aids. Her familiar daily routine changes when she takes a trip to the marina. Athena’s amplified hearing introduces her to new fun water friends, turning the trip into a magical sound adventure.

In this book, young readers will discover the amazing, exciting things that can happen in unexpected places. They will see the story brought to life by artist Tristan Tait’s illustrations. They will also learn the meaning of some cool words they can add to their growing vocabulary.

Author Cafarelli, who is a talented actor, writer, producer and director with a career spanning 30 years, has worked with some of Hollywood’s elite like Robert De Niro, Martin Scorsese and Al Pacino. Now, he is fresh off of his spectacular recurring role on “Godfather of Harlem” season 2 on Epix opposite Forest Whitaker and Vincent Donofrio and the film, “Capone.” He shares “Athena Visits The Marina” to young readers worldwide — a story that is near and dear to his heart and inspired by his daughter, Athena, who was born with hearing loss.

“My daughter Athena was born with hearing loss. She’s seven now, and she’s adapted so beautifully. But I just wanted to do something in the hearing loss and deaf community. I want to share the encouragement that it’s the journey and not the destination,” stated Cafarelli.

The love Cafarelli has for his daughter is felt as he talks about her journey. Though the diagnosis was a shock at first, he has never let Athena be held back by her hearing loss.

“Some may see it as a disability, but it’s also become kind of like a superpower. [This] is a beautiful story, and if you do something from the heart and with authenticity, it’s always going to catch on because you put the time, passion and love into it,” the author further shared.

Every book is autographed by Cafarelli and his wonderful daughter, Athena. More information can be found at

“Athena Visits The Marina” is available in hardcover and e-book formats. It is published by Mascot Books and produced by Cafarelli’s company, EMG Productions. The book is distributed at EMG Productions, Amazon, Barnes & Noble and other online book retailers.

About EMG Productions

EMG Productions is a film, TV and children’s books company, specializing in TV and film development, sizzle reels and pitch promos, business promo videos and children’s books production.

Media Contact
Company Name: EMG Productions – c/o Athena Visits The Marina Book
Contact Person: Gino Cafarelli
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Country: United States

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