I know we’re in the dead of winter, but I’m feeling the beginning of spring! It only takes a couple of sunny days for me to start believing that warm weather is just around the corner. Now to celebrate the coming of spring, I’m thrilled to announce the publication of a new book called Whispers from the Ghettos, a collection of true short stories from survivors of the Holocaust. This book is co-written with the fabulous Sharon McKay (Esther, Charlie Wilcox, and many, many others; www.sharonmckay.ca) Whispers from the Ghettos is the first of a three book collection of short stories from survivors. The second book, Whispers from the Camps will be out in six months, followed six months later by Whispers in Hiding. Sharon and I are thrilled with this collection. We interviewed dozens of survivors from across the country to find the stories that we wanted to include here. The stories are heroic and remarkable and we know that you will be moved and inspired by what you read. Whispers from the Ghettos is available in bookstores and libraries. Let me know what you think of it.
I’m off to New York City next week to pick up a book award - what fun! The Diary of Laura’s Twin has just won the U.S. National Jewish Book Council Award as the Young Adult Book of the Year. I am one of only a handful of Canadian authors who has won this prestigious award. Needless-to-say, I’m thrilled! I’ll tell you all about it when I get back.