Kathy Kacer - Children's Author of Historical Fiction and Non-Fiction Stories
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March 19th, 2014
shanghaiescape.html I came across this great review of Shanghai Escape that was posted in CM Magazine. I love this story of a young girl escaping Europe on the eve of the Second World War and finding refuge in Shanghai, China - a place that harboured 20,000 Jewish refugees during the war. Lily Toufar Lash, who I write about, now lives in Toronto. Enjoy!
March 15th, 2014
I am thrilled to let you know that I will be part of a new series called Seven Secrets. I am one of seven authors, each writing a book that is linked to the others. My fabulous and super-talented co-writers are Vicky Grant, Marthe Jocelyn, Norah McClintock, Teresa Toten, Kelly Armstrong, and (our one and only male), Eric Walters. It’s definitely the “Dream Team” of authors. The books will be out next year, published by Orca Books. But that’s about all I can tell you for now. Stay tuned for more “secrets”.
In the meantime, remember to check out my latest book, Shanghai Escape, published by Second Story Press and available in all bookstores and at Amazon.ca
November 28th, 2013
Come one, come all!! I’m so excited to finally be officially launching my new book, Shanghai Escape. The event will take place on Thursday, December 5 - 6:30 presentation; 7:30 refreshments and book signing. We will be at the Kiever Synagogue, 25 Bellevue Ave., Toronto. For those of you unfamiliar with this synagogue, it is one of the oldest in the city - dating back to 1912 - and in an area of Toronto (Kensington Market) that was home to many immigrants coming from Eastern Europe. I have to admit, I had never been inside the synagogue until recently. It’s quite beautiful!!
I will be talking about the book and the history behind it. And I’m also thrilled that our special guests will be Lily Lash - the woman I write about in Shanghai Escape, and Olivia Chow - MP, Trinity Spadina.
All are welcome! Come and enjoy this very special evening!
October 2nd, 2013
Check out the book trailer for my new book, Shanghai Escape.Shanghai Escape
August 30th, 2013
This is number 17 for me, and I’m just as excited as I was when my first book was published! I’m delighted to announce the publication of Shanghai Escape. This is the true story of Lily Toufar Lash who escaped Austria with her family as the Second World War was approaching. She made her way to Shanghai, China - a strange place indeed for a young Jewish girl from Vienna. When other countries around the world were turning their backs on Jewish people trying to get away from the unbearable conditions that Hitler had imposed on them, Shanghai was one place that allowed Jews to settle. More than 20,000 Jewish refugees went there, Lily and her family among them.
Conditions there were certainly not ideal. Eventually Lily and the other Jewish families were forced to move into a ghetto in an area of Shanghai called Hongkew. There was little food to eat in the ghetto, terrible living conditions, and sickness all around. And when rumours began to circulate that Jews may be in as much danger in Hongkew as they were in Europe, Lily and the others wondered if they would ever feel truly safe and at home again.
If you want to find out what happened to Lily and the other Jews who went to Shanghai, then I hope you will read Shanghai Escape. And stay tuned for information about the official launch of this book which will take place some time in November during Holocaust Education Week.
Another book in the Holocaust Remembrance Series for Young Readers, published by Second Story Press. Enjoy!!!
November 11th, 2012
At the launch of We Are Their Voice!
I’m still reeling from the overwhelming turn out for the launch of We Are Their Voice: Young people respond to the Holocaust.
I couldn’t keep exact count, but there were hundreds of people crammed (and I do mean CRAMMED) into the conference space at the Northern District public library in Toronto. Many of the young people who wrote stories and drew pictures for We Are Their Voice
travelled in for the launch, along with their families, neighbours, teachers, and friends. A young man who wrote a story for the book later emailed me and said, “The launch today, though jam-packed with bodies, was also jam-packed with a contagious energy striving to remember, in all ways possible, this dark period in our history.” It was the perfect response to the day!
My heartfelt thanks go out to all of you who have been part of this remarkable project! It’s been a memorable two years. I continue to say that of my 16 books, I’m perhaps proudest of this one - and I hardly wrote a word! But this book fulfills my personal mandate to pass the torch of responsibility for remembering this time in history on to the next generation. I’m so proud of everyone involved!
And now, on to the next book. Stay tuned!
October 3rd, 2012
I have a tree in my backyard that is bright orange at this time. It’s beautiful! It also reminds me that winter is just around the corner. But before that happens, I’m so excited to tell you that I have a new book that is coming out. It’s called We Are Their Voice: Todays’ youth respond to the Holocaust. This book is a collection of short stories about the Holocaust that have been written by young people across Canada, parts of the U.S., Italy, and Australia.
This all began as a writing project a couple of years ago. I sent out a call around the world for meaningful stories about the Holocaust, and 45 schools responded. I received over 250 submissions of which 85 have been published in this book, along with a dozen drawings. I’m so proud of this new book and the writing that has been done by the young people who contributed.
And more good news! We are launching We Are Their Voice on Sunday, November 4 from 2-4 p.m. at the Northern District Toronto Public Library, 40 Orchard View Blvd. (near Yonge and Eglinton). I’ll be joined by a number of the young people who wrote stories for the book. It should be a fantastic event. So please come out, meet these young writers, and join in the celebration of the launch of this book.
April 12th, 2012
Happy spring! Yes, I know it still feels a bit chilly out there, but I think spring is here! Whether you celebrated Easter or Passover, I hope it was a wonderful time with family and friends.
My big news is that I am leaving tomorrow (April 13) for a book tour to Brazil. Four of my books are being published there by Callis Books, and they have invited me for the launch. I will be visiting a number of schools where I will speak to young people about my stories. I’ll also have the chance to talk at a children’s book festival in Rio de Janeiro. I’ll be talking about The Secret of Gabi’s Dresser, Clara’s War, The Diary of Laura’s Twin, and The Underground Reporters. I’ll be back in nine days.
I’m so excited!! It’s remarkable to me that young people in countries around the world are reading my books and learning something about the history of the Holocuast. I’ll let you know how it all goes. I hope to do some touring in Rio and Sao Paolo as well.
Stay tuned for photos and updates. Next time, I’ll tell you about the progress of my latest book!!
Hope the next weeks are productive for all of you - and fun, of course.
August 31st, 2011
I’m proud and excited to announce the publication of my new book for young readers, To Hope and Back: The Journy of the St. Louis. This luxury ocean liner left Germany in 1939 carrying almost 1000 Jewish passengers. They were all hoping to find freedom across the ocean, away from the Nazi regime that was threatening them. Not one country in North or South America (including Canada) would permit the ship to land. It was finally forced to return to Europe where over one third of its passengers eventually perished in the Holocaust. This book documents the journey of the St. Louis and the story of two of its passengers. Lisa Avedon and Sol Messinger were children on board the ship. They were among the lucky ones to survive. To Hope and Back is another book in the Holocaust Remembrance Series for Young Readers, published by Second Story Press.
I’ll be talking about this new book during Holocaust Education Week here in Toronto in November. I’ll let you know the details as they develop.
Hope you all have a chance to read this remarkable story!
April 24th, 2011
First of all, to those of you who are celebrating Easter, I hope it’s joyous celebration. And to those who have recently celebrated Passover, I hope your seders were wonderful!
Well here’s the exciting news! I recently found out that the play I wrote last summer with my son, Jake Epstein, has been accepted into the “In the Beginning Playwrights Festival” with the Harold Green Jewish Theatre Company here in Toronto. We will have the opportunity to have the play workshopped for a full day and then we will have a public staged reading with professional actors and director. The play is called Therefore Choose Life and is based on a true story of a man who survives the Auschwitz concentration camp thinking he lost his first wife there. He comes to Canada, remarries, has a son, and twenty-five years later, his first wife resurfaces! Yes, it’s quite a story!
The staged reading of Therefore Choose Life will take place on Tuesday June 14 at the Al Green Theatre (Miles Nadal JCC). It’s free and open to the public. Once I have more details I will be sure to let you all know. So, stay tuned as I begin a new and exciting writing chapter in my life!