Mid-Week Notes

Three quick things this week:

  1. Two of the five manuscripts I’d sent out into the world were rejected. I had been specifically asked to write them for this one publisher. They were both picture book biographies. I aim to make a study of them and unlock their secrets! Any you recommend?
  2. I am now officially done with my PhD coursework! I’m on my second draft of my dissertation proposal about Holocaust children’s lit, but I’m also interested in the lives of displaced persons in postwar America and in Yizkor books (memorial books) written by landsmanshaftn (town-based societies). I’m working on a paper that presents a new model where narrative and historical truths co-exist based the eastern migration of refugees from my grandmother’s shtetl of Ostrow Mazowiecka, Poland that several Yizkor books (e.g., Zambrow, Slonim) discuss specifically.
  3. The semester has begun. I’m teaching a vast array of undergrad classes: English Comp I, English Comp II, Children of the Holocaust, Historical Methods, and US History II. My goal is to dedicate weekends to my personal writing.

Continue to be safe, wherever you are.

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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6 Responses to Mid-Week Notes

  1. Hi Ms. BK. Brava! for all your coursework & teaching. This is a generous item about p.b. bios & MovingAhead. From your excelelnt experience (GOLDIE TAKES A STAND) & my own effort, we well know that p.b. bios are a bear. One of my go-to reference librarian online for PBO analysis is at SchoolL.J.. This particular round-up, below, cogently tips us to what makes each of the spotlighted titles, sing. ~ Jan ~~ the URL is

  2. Arlene Schenker says:

    Congrats on finishing your coursework, Barbara! I can’t believe how many balls you have in the air at once. I am working on a pb bio now too and I will send you a list of my favorites.

  3. Congrats on finishing your PhD coursework. Good luck with the dissertation. Also congrats on the rejections. That means you are putting work out there. PB bios are a real art form.

  4. PJ Taub says:

    Mazel Tov in these important endeavors.

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