Archive for October, 2010

Holocaust Education Week

Thursday, October 28th, 2010

Hi everyone!
Next week is Holocaust Education Week (November 1-9) and the program is impressive. The theme this year is “We Who Survived.” With that in mind, I am scheduled to talk about my latest book, Restitution. It is the story of one family’s journey to reclaim four beautiful oil paintings that were lost during the Holocaust. Many of you were there for the launch of this book in May. This time, I will be talking about the story in more detail, complete with a slide presentation. Karl Reeser, the man whose story is documented in Restitution, will also be there to speak and answer questions.
Here are the details:
Date: Tuesday, November 2
Time: 7:30 p.m.
Place: Beth Torah Congregation, 47 Glenbrook Avenue
Hope to see many of you there!
If you want to see a list of all the programs being presented during Holocaust Education Week, you can go to their website,

Greetings readers and writers!

Friday, October 15th, 2010

My summer has been filled with many wonderful things! Hope yours was the same.
First and foremost, I spent most of the summer doing the thing which I love most and that is writing. I wrote and wrote and wrote, and when I was finished writing one thing, I wrote some more. I have a new thinking place in the backyard– a big lounge chair shaped like a bucket (if you can imagine!) I think I did my best writing there.
A couple of projects on the go– one of them (one I am really quite excited about) is a play I have written with none other than my son Jake Epstein. How amazing that I have the opportunity to work on a creative project with my very own son! The play is called “Therefore Choose Life” and it is about Joseph– a Holocaust survivor who remarried after the war only to discover that his first wife, Chava– a woman he thought he had lost in the gas chambers is actually alive. We did a table read with some very talented actors including my wonderful daughter, Gabi Epstein (yup, she’s named after my mother, Gabi).
The other writing project I’m working on is a book called Voices of Remembrance: Today’s Youth Respond to the Holocaust, which will ask young people from across the country to write about the Holocaust. Their essays will be included in a book to be published by Second Story Press. If you are a teacher or teacher/librarian, interested in having your students participate, write to me and I will send the information
And finally, I’M ON FACEBOOK! I didn’t think I’d do it, but I did. And I’m looking for friends! I still don’t exactly know how that whole world works but my daughter is helping me out. Saw “The Social Network” and was hooked. Hopefully I will see you all in cyberspace!
That’s it for now! Please check back for updates about our play, “Therefore Choose Life” as well as the “Voices” project. I think it’s going to be a very exciting year.