Author Archives: Barbara Krasner

About Barbara Krasner

History writer and award-winning author Barbara Krasner writes Jewish-themed poetry, articles, nonfiction books, and novels for children and adults.

Poet’s Notebook | Because I Cannot Leave This Body by Carol V. Davis

The Whole Megillah (TWM): What inspired this collection? Carol Davis (CD): I don’t ever think in terms of a collection before I put it together so I can’t say there was a specific inspiration for the collection as a whole, … Continue reading

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Guest Post by Barbara Bietz | Report on 2018 Tent–Jewish Children’s Literature

I recently returned from a week at the Yiddish Book Center as a participant in the TENT program for children’s writers and illustrators. This incredible program, sponsored by PJ Library, was a journey of soulful explorations, academic discussions, and emotion-filled … Continue reading

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Author’s Notebook | Irving Berlin by Nancy Churnin

Irving Berlin: The Immigrant Boy Who Made America Sing by Nancy Churnin, illustrated by James Rey Sanchez (Creston Books, 2018) The Whole Megillah (TWM): What prompted you to write about Irving Berlin? Nancy Churnin (NC): I love Irving Berlin’s music … Continue reading

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Author’s Notebook | 9 Tips on Writing Memoir–A Conversation with Lisa Romeo

The Whole Megillah caught up with busy author and teacher Lisa Romeo last month at a coffee shop in northern New Jersey. I asked her for her top tips in writing memoir. Here are the results of our conversation, fresh … Continue reading

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Author’s Notebook | When History Is Personal by Mimi Schwartz

The Whole Megillah (TWM): What has led you to write memoir? What are the greatest challenges and the greatest satisfactions? Mimi Schwartz (MS): I had been writing fiction and poetry until we spent a year in Israel in 1972-73. There I … Continue reading

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On My Night Stand | The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up by Marie Kondo

Yes, I know this is not a craft book or a work of literature, and there’s no Jewish content here. But I present these two books here in the interest of spring cleaning and renewal. I’d heard about Marie Kondo … Continue reading

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Author’s Notebook | When We Were Shadows by Janet Wees

The Whole Megillah (TWM): What prompted you to write this book? Janet Wees (JW): When I visited the memorial site of The Hidden Village in the mid-2000s, it affected me more than other sites I’d seen; it gave me a … Continue reading

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