I Have Signed with Köehler Books to Publish Henry’s Story

Katrina Shawver and Henry Zguda

Phoenix, Arizona. 2003.

I am happy to announce that as of May 2017 I have signed with Köehler Books of Virginia Beach, Virginia as publisher of my forthcoming book: Henry: A Polish Swimmer’s True Story of Friendship from Auschwitz to America. Publisher John Köehler has caught the passion for this project and remains committed to putting out the best book possible.

Target Publication Date by Köehler Books is Late 2017

Henry Zguda and Katrina Shawver, circa 2003

A scene from interviewing Henry Zguda in 2003. To Henry’s right lay original documents on Auschwitz stationery that he shared with me and will be included in the book.

For those who have followed me for some time, you know the thousands of hours I’ve invested in telling this story that came to me by chance nearly fifteen years ago, and that I followed by instinct, even at times letting the project lay dormant for several years as life, well, intervened. I only knew Henry Zguda for one year. I met him in November 2002 when he was 85 years old, and he passed away a year later. Though others had asked to write his story through the years, he only said yes to me. Imagine finding myself entrusted with a man’s story – if I don’t tell it, it will be lost.

Am I excited? You bet. Please keep reading, and spread the word to sign up for the email list and follow me on Facebook at Read Katrina Shawver. Target publication is late 2017. Yes, this is the year of the book, and it will be available in hardback, paperback and ebook formats.

Per aspera ad astra. Through hardship to the stars

Łazienki Park in Warsaw, Poland

Łazienki Park in Warsaw, Poland 2013.

You’ll have a chance to participate by voting on book covers, and a few readers may even get a sneak peek prior to publication. A book trailer with Henry’s voice is under production. Stay tuned for more news.

Na Zdrowie! Cheers!

34 thoughts on “I Have Signed with Köehler Books to Publish Henry’s Story

  1. So excited for you my friend!! I can’t wait for you to see fruits of your labor of love in print!!!

    • Of course. News will be posted regularly here and on my Read Katrina Shawver Facebook page. You can sign up for email notifications – which I only send when I post a new blog post. I look forward to your feedback once it is out.

  2. So many big hugs and congratulations to you!! What a journey–wow. Henry’s life has been honored by your dedication to preserving and sharing it with us—I can’t wait to read it. He would be so proud, I know. Well done my friend, well done.

  3. I knew my father was an Auschwitz survivor, but after his passing, and requesting existing files from the Concentration camp museum archives, I was surprised he also was marched to Buchenwald. I was wondering if the polish survivor you met, gave you more details to the long trek. It would fill in, the many questions of hardships, that my father endured, and never spoke of.

    • Hi Stanley, I was fortunate to meet Henry later in life, as I think like most survivors, he didn’t want to dwell on, or bring up, the difficult years. Send me an email at katrina@katrinashawver.com so we can connect. Unfortunately the “dead march” as Henry termed it, happened so fast no records were kept, especially as many prisoners died on the way. But I may have some options for you. I look forward to connecting.

    • Dziękuję bardzo! What part of Poland? I visited Kraków and Warsaw in 2013. Beautiful.

  4. Mazel tov, my dear friend, for telling a story that humanity needs to hear! Yes, you were divinely guided to share this story. It’s a message for our times. Anyone can get caught up in prejudice and hate, even when they’re against it and not the object of the hatred. I am so proud of you! I know it’s been a long journey. The best is yet to come! XXXMarcia

  5. Katrina

    It is a victory to open up, Henry’s heart, the main character of your book to have him empty it for you especially that the memories that he had to recall were extremely painful. Congratulations for your fabulous victory. You deserve it. Aim for the stars. I am looking forward to reading your book. By now I feel that I know part of Henry’s life. Thank you

    • You DO know part of his life and you and Roman have been wonderful supporters. I hope it delivers the story, and with accuracy. I’ll have given it my best.

  6. So very glad for you!! Love reading your blogs so look forward to the book! Did you make it to Tucson in March? Not as good as last year but still most informative. Give us a heads up when the book comes out! Would love seeing a sneak peek!!

    • Yes, I was there. There weren’t as many big names but I did find some good workshops. The highlight was meeting Martha Hally Kelly, because her book Lilac Girls also deals with Polish women, subjected to horrible surgeries, in Ravensbruck. We share a common topic, and her book has been wildly successful. I can only hope for the same. She’s a lovely person.

  7. Wonderful! This story needs to be shared, both to preserve Henry’s history, and to provide a sense of hope that we can survive the very worst experiences with the help of friends and an optimistic attitude.

    I am so excited for you, Katrina!

  8. Yeah……..many good wishes are coming your way, you surely deserve all the best the world has to offer. Am anxiously awaiting the arrival of your book, many years in its creation. I can say I know a successful writer and historian ! mak

    • Thank you so much. I anxiously await it too. Stay tuned for more. Best wishes,

  9. Katrina;
    What a labor of love your book has been! Don’t I know it after having spent hours with you concerning some of the difficult German language. You persevered! If only Henry could see your result. I am sure he would be very proud and most likely, humbled, too!
    Lots of luck and success!
    Fondly, Uta Monique Behrens,

  10. Congratulations!! It’s been a long journey, and I am SO proud of you for accomplishing this final goal. You have put your heart and soul into this project, and I know that the book will reflect all of your love and respect for Henry, his story, and this important aspect of Polish history. I am so happy for you, and am looking forward to holding an officially published (and personally autographed ;D) copy of this book in my hands and enjoying every page!

  11. Katrina: Your labor of love never ends. You have bestowed on the hero of your story….justice and a golden star. You are very wise in picking the best publisher who believes in you and your story. May the project generate a wonderful field of support for Poland and the story you share.

    • Thank you Cindy. With support like yours, it’s off to a great start. Cheers!

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