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RECENT MEDIA

May 27, 2020, Shoutout Arizona, “Meet Katrina Shawver: Public speaker, library geek, and author of HENRY: A Polish Swimmer’s True Story of Friendship from Auschwitz to America.” Click here to read.

January 2020, The Polish American Journal, “Polish Survivor Tale Now in Three Languages.” Click here to read.

November 4, 2019 Podcast: Matt Logan Speaks, “Katrina Shawver – Award Winning Author On The Holocaust.” Watch on: YouTube, Spotify, iHeartRadio,

September 2019, Ahwatukee Toastmasters, “Profiles in Leadership: Author and Road Scholar, Katrina Shawver.” Click here to read

August 2019, SanTan Sun News, “Area author Katrina Shawver named Road Scholar,”   Click here to read.

July 22, 2019, Ahwatukee Foothills News, “Ahwatukee’s Katrina Shawver named Road Scholar.” Click here to read.

July 2019, So Scottsdale!, “Putting Pen to Paper: Local Author Katrina Shawver shares the evolution of Bringing A Holocaust Survivor’s Story to Life.” Click here to read

June 15, 2019, nfreads.com. “Author Katrina Shawver on Writing, Poland, and Why Credibility is Critical.” Click here to read.

June 5, 2019, Foothills Focus magazine, “Local Author Harnesses the Power of the Storytelling.” Article on page 9. Click here to read.

May 2019, Interview with Dave Farrow of Brain Hackers. “How to Create and Maintain Your Creative Motivations As a Writer – The Brains Behind It.” This one is a favorite! Click here to watch the video.

February 21, 2019, Koehler Books, “An Interview with Katrina Shawver.” Click here to read.

May 2019, Interview with Dave Farrow of Brain Hackers. “How to Create and Maintain Your Creative Motivations As a Writer – The Brains Behind It.” This one is a favorite! Click here to watch the video.

April 2019, Arizona Talking Book Library, Conversations with Authors! Kudos to the Library for a great experience and interview. Click here to watch.

April 2019, Polish American Congress (national), April newsletter, page 7. Click here to read.

March 23, 2019, JayWay Travel, “Your Reading List for Krakow.” Click here to read.

February 21, 2019, Koehler Books, “An Interview with Katrina Shawver.” Click here to read.

February 16, 2019, Ahwatukee Foothills News, “Library features local author as ‘writer in residence.'” Click here to read.

February 11, 2019, YourValley.net, “Writer in Residence to host appointments at Glendale library.” Click here to read.

Arizona Republic 1.22.2019

Arizona Republic, January 22, 2019

January 22, 2019, Arizona Republic, “Henry’s Stories Help Save History.” Click here to read.

January 22, 2019, Ahwatukee Foothills News, “Book on Ahwatukee concentration camp survivor earns plaudits.”  Click here to read.

November 30, 2018, Ahwatukee Foothills News, “Ahwatukee author’s book wins Polish Congress accolade.” Click here to read.

November 29, 2018, IBPA Member Spotlight: Katrina Shawver: “Katrina Shawver Honored With 2018 Polish Heritage Award for Her Novel About Holocaust Survivor Henry Zguda” Click here to read.

October 4, 2018, Am-Pol Eagle, “An evening with author Katrina Shawver” Click here to read

July 2018, Nonfiction Authors Association, “Bringing Someone Else’s Story to Life.” Click here.

July 2018, VoyagePhoenix online magazine. “Trailblazers: Life and Work of Katrina Shawver.” Click here to read.

Featured in Toastmasters International Magazine June 2018

Featured in Toastmasters International Magazine, June 2018

June 2018, Toastmasters International magazine (private publication so no link available).

April 23, 2018, Blogtalk Radio with Cyrus Webb of #ConversationsLIVE. Click here to listen to great interview. 

April, 2018, Arizona Jewish Life magazine, “Women Who Lead.” Click here to read.

March 27, 2018, My Book Place, Author Interview. Click here to read.

March 23, 2018, Ahwatukee Foothills News, “More Honors for Author’s Book on Nazis Camp Survivor” Click here to read.

March 21, 2018, The Foothills Focus “The Power of the Written Word.” Click here to read.

March 16, 2018, The Am-Pol Eagle (Buffalo NY) Click here to read.

February 7, 2018, radio interview “Off the Record with Judy.” Click here for full interview.

January 22, 2018, Advicesbooks.com (Italian book review site) Literary Prize for Best Book Read in 2017, category New Authors. Click here to read.

January 18, 2018, The Daily Courier, (Prescott AZ) “The power of the written word’ — Phoenix author, journalist relates WWII story.”

January 17, 2018, Ahwatukee Foothills News, “Book on Ahwatukee Concentration Camp Survivor Earns Plaudits”

January 11, 2018, The Am-Pol Eagle, “HENRY: A Polish Swimmer’s True Story of Friendship from Auschwitz to America recognized by Polish Consulate”

December 19, 2017, Author Interview,
In Polish (W Krainie Czytania & Historii)
In English (Our Thoughts about books, literature and movie)

December 16, 2017 – San Tan News, (page 50) Chandler AZ.  “Author’s book details man’s ordeal in Nazis camp.”

December 16, 2017 – Book Review
In Polish ( W Krainie Czytania & Historii)
In English (Our Thoughts about books literature and movie)

December 16, 2017 – Author Spotlight & Top Ten Books for 2017 – beamisreviewsbooks.com

November 28, 2017 – Author Interview – Virtual Book Club, Jane Davis, Author

November 27, 2017 – Featured Author Interview, All Things Jill-Elizabeth book blog

November 8, 2017 – Featured Author Interview and Top Ten Books 2017, Amy’s Bookshelf Reviews

October 25, 2017 – Ahwatukee Foothills News, Phoenix, AZ. “From Auschwitz to America”

October 2017 – Book Review Polish American Journal

September 27, 2017 – Guest Blog at HeidiAngell.com

September 1, 2017 – Radio Interview with The AuthorsShow.com

August 21, 2017 – Author Interview at HeidiAngell.com

May 11, 2016 – Phoenix Jewish News, “Museum Archives Keep History Alive”

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Recent Posts

Reading during the COVID-19 Quarantine

Katrina Shawver - face maskWhat better time to read than when under quarantine and told to stay home? Reading offers a way to destress, escape or laugh. It can be a family activity to read a book together.  There are still many ways to access books, even with retail bookstores and public libraries closed. They are all still accessible online. Virtual is the new norm.

Skip Amazon and buy books from other resellers if you are in a hurry

Amazon owns a major percentage of the book marketplace. However, due to the COVID-19 crisis, Amazon is prioritizing shipping for essential items. Delivery times are longer than usual for most books, even for Prime members. Consider purchasing from your local indie bookstore (Indiebound), Barnes & Noble, BAM! Books a Million and others. We may consider books essential – but right now the golden currency is toilet paper, paper towels, and cleaning products.

Ebooks and Audio Books are stronger than ever

Ebooks and audio books are available for instant downloads once they are purchased. If you are impulsive, or simply don’t want to wait, consider ordering these formats for your phone or tablet. Don’t overlook your public library. Take your headphones and listen to your book while you walk around the neighborhood. Please follow CDC guidelines for outdoor activities.

Libraries continue to Rock and stay relevant. 

Book titles - COVID 19 message

Read all titles left to right. Unknown source probably a librarian. 🙂

Most public libraries subscribe to digital services such as Overdrive, Hoopla, Bibliotheca, and Baker & Taylor. I love holding a book when I read. But I can download ebooks and audio books regularly to my phone or ebooks. The one caveat with digital library services is there may be limited availability or long waits for the book you want. Not all books in their collections are available, but it is worth checking out. (Hint – if you can’t find the ebook edition of HENRY – request your library add it.)

Don’t forget to check out your library’s website for activities, book lists, workshops, and anything else they make available online.

Question: What’s one place you wish you had gone to before it closed?
Answer: The library, to check out as many books as possible.

Meet with your Book Club online

We all need that human, social connection. Restaurants and bars are closed, gatherings are discouraged, and social distancing is the norm. How to adapt? Meet online. Our new lexicon  includes platforms like Zoom, Webex, Facebook Live, Google Hangouts, in addition to the familiar Skype, Facetime and WhatsApp. I used Google Hangouts for my book club – it’s more for social gatherings – no time limits and super easy. The point is to keep in touch and stay connected any way possible. There are lots of articles and videos out there that will teach you.

Invite Me to your Book Club! I try to attend any book club that invites me if they are reading HENRY. If I am unable to attend in person, I attend virtually. I have been doing this long before the COVID-19 crisis. Please contact me via the Contact form or email to coordinate.

Just for fun, do you have a favorite Budget Recipe?

Living on a budget, cooking on a budget and similar topics are trending online, especially with so many people out of work. Videos that teach budget cooking (“How to feed your family for a week on $30”) have hundreds of thousands of views. Here is one of my mother’s favorite recipes. Dessert always helps with tough times. Enjoy.

Recipe - chocolate cake3-Hole Chocolate Cake
1 1/2 cups flour, 3 Heaping Tbls Cocoa, 1 cup sugar. Sift well and add to 8×8 pan.
Make 3 holes. In each separate hole add: 1 tsp vanilla, 1 Tbsl cider vinegar, 5 Tbsp salad oil. Pour one cup water over all and mix well. Bake 350 degrees, 35 minutes.

Sending thoughts and prayers to our medical personnel, anyone who has lost a job, or is otherwise impacted by the current pandemic. 

We are truly, on a worldwide basis, in this together.

In friendship,
Katrina

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