Mid-Week Notes

Inspired by and with permission of Erika Dreifus, I am initiating a weekly post of three quick things on Wednesdays.

  1. I have signed a contract with Kar-Ben Publishing of Lerner Publishing Group for a middle-grade novel in verse about the MS St. Louis, 1939. Right now it’s called 37 Days. This book has gone through so many lives, starting with nonfiction in 2010 after I interviewed eight survivors. It then became adult poetry in seven voices, then back to middle grade in three voices, then ultimately to one voice. Along the way, I fictionalized, which was liberating. The novel is slated for Spring 2021 publication.
  2. I’ve been named a 2019 Holocaust Educational Foundation Fellow at Northwestern University’s 24th Annual Summer Institute on the Holocaust and Jewish Civilization. The faculty line-up is outstanding, including Peter Hayes, Natalia Aleksiun, Sarah Cushman, Sara Horowitz, Dagmar Herzog, and Barry Trachtenberg. I’ve also been selected to attend the 2019 Curt C. and Else Silberman Seminar for Faculty, Displacement, Migration, and the Holocaust this summer at the US Holocaust Memorial Museum. So, my pursuit of the PhD in Holocaust & Genocide Studies at Gratz College is going well and I’m just now completing my first year of course work.
  3. Finally, I’m a literary agent at Olswanger Literary LLC. I represent authors of both adult and children’s books. I’m particularly fond of historical and Jewish material. But if you’re writing history, be forewarned. I’m a real stickler for accuracy and research as well as polished writing.

That’s it for this week. Have a zissen Pesach!

About Barbara Krasner

History writer and award-winning author Barbara Krasner writes Jewish-themed poetry, articles, nonfiction books, and novels for children and adults.
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20 Responses to Mid-Week Notes

  1. Andria Rosenbaum says:

    Congratulations on all your BIG news, Barbara! Wishing you a wonderful Pesach!!

  2. geobonni says:

    Mazel-tov on all of this great news, but especially the book! Hag Sameach, Bonni

    Sent from my iPhone

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  3. PJ Taub says:

    Congrats Barbara for your book about the SS Louis. I look forward to reading this emotional impactful book. I was just thinking about this event in light of today’s border immigrant issues. It seems humanity is destined to keep repeating the same events until we learn and respond with love and helping the stranger.

  4. Wow! That is all such great news. I can’t wait to read your MG novel. Congratulations, Barbara. Well deserved success.

  5. Meryl G Gordon says:

    Mazal Tov on all that wonderful news, and happy Pesach!!

    On Wed, Apr 17, 2019 at 7:55 AM The Whole Megillah wrote:

    > Barbara Krasner posted: “Inspired by and with permission of Erika Dreifus, > I am initiating a weekly post of three quick things on Wednesdays. I have > signed a contract with Kar-Ben Publishing of Lerner Publishing Group for a > middle-grade novel in verse about the MS St. Louis,” >

  6. Judy Dick says:

    Mazal Tov on everything, especially being a literary agent!

  7. csheer18 says:

    Barbara, Exciting news x 3! Looking forward to reading your 2021 release of the SS St. Louis saga…such an important story to be read by many more than know it now. Fantastic progress on your PhD work. The lit agency is lucky to have you! Accepting submissions yet?

  8. Thanks! Yes, I am accepting submissions. Send to barbarakrasner(at)att(dot)net.

  9. Sunny-D says:

    Congratulations Barbara! Are you accepting picture book submissions? I checked the agency site but didn’t see info for any agents other than Anna (and mostly it seems the site is about her own book), so slightly confusing. What types of clients have you worked with before?

  10. Apologies for the delay in commenting. Delighted for all your good news, and happy if some small way I’ve helped you share it in this format!

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