Thanks Cori Urban, freelance reporter for the Springfield Republican, for the great article about my reasons for writing my books about growing up in Springfield, Mass. and my recent honors. My intention was to elevate my mother and those with whom I grew up in Springfield’s North End. You can see the article here.
My thanks to the Jewish Ledger for publishing an article about my recent Gold Medal award in the 2018 Readers’ Favorite International Book Awards Competition. I’m flattered by the quotes and comments in the article and especially the mention of the museum exhibit of my mother, Sidonia’s, clothing designs at the Windham Textile and History Museum, beginning February 8 and extending until April 28, 2019. You can read the article here.
Thanks to the BookLife Prize for judging Sidonia’s Thread as a semi-finalist for the BookLife Prize. As one of thirty titles to advance to this level out of almost one thousand entries, I am truly honored. Congrats to the 2018 winner of the prize, Michael F. Stewart, author of Ray vs. the Meaning of Life. The following are the kind comments by the BookLife Critic’s Report of Sidonia’s Thread, rating it an overall 9.75 out of 10:
Plot: This memoir is almost perfectly plotted. The only issue is the ending, which drags on a bit too long with an epilogue and end notes.
Prose: The prose here is as excellent as the storytelling. A pleasure to read.
Originality: The author has crafted a compelling, emotional, and original story.
Character Development: The author has created vivid and memorable characters. Over the course of the book, the daughter comes to understand the mother in a way that will be rewarding for readers.
My gratitude to the “Descendants of the Shoah” conference for having me as a guest author at their event last month. It was my pleasure to appear along with moderator, Pat Kazakoff, and to meet other authors, speakers, and attendees. Most of the attendees were offspring of Holocaust survivors and had inspiring stories to tell. For a first of its kind conference in New England, it set a high standard, which makes me look forward to future similar events!