I Love Meeting Authors and Readers

Katrina Shawver speaks to a book clubAs a reader I love meeting authors, and as an author I love meeting readers. I learned many years ago that if you reach out to authors, sometimes they write back. I once received a hand-written note back. The clue is if they have posted their email or have a contact form on their website. Go ahead. Reach out to an author whose book you liked. The worst that could happen is they don’t respond. You might build a new connection or friendship. Remember, behind every book there is a real person who wants to tell a story…to you, the reader. Here are a few authors I have met. Continue reading

Happy New Year! Szczęśliwego Nowego Roku!

Happy New Year 2018! Symbolically, a new year is a new beginning, 365 days to seize a new opportunity to learn, to grow, to experience, to laugh, to apologize, to look forward, and to leave regret behind. I’m reminded of a sign my niece gave me several years ago: “If we did all the things we were capable of doing, we would literally astonish ourselves.” For most of us, that is far easier said than done. 2017 is the closest I’ve come so far. Continue reading

A Successful Book Launch and Presentation for HENRY

Katrina spekas to the crowd at the book launch of HENRY: A Polish Swimer's True Story of Friendship from Auschwitz to America

Last week I held a successful Book Launch and Presentation of HENRY: A Polish Swimmer’s True Story of Friendship from Auschwitz to America for a standing room only crowd of 85 people. Fifteen years in the making, I can finally say that while I outlived Henry Zguda, with the publication of this book, now his story will outlive me. It’s more important than ever to keep teaching against the lessons of hate and prejudice by remembering and honoring the very real victims and survivors.

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Readers and Reviewers Alike are Praising HENRY

Katrina Shawver and Henry Zguda in 2003Readers and reviewers alike are praising HENRY: A Polish Swimmer’s True Story of Friendship from Auschwitz to America. Not only is Henry’s amazing story out in the world locally and nationally, people are getting the word about how many Poles suffered during WWII as well. As I’ve said in the epigraph to the book: “The past actually happened, but history is only what someone wrote down” by A. Whitney Brown.

Here is some of the latest news – all of it great!

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