Category Archives: Authors

Author’s Notebook | The Heirs by Fran Hawthorne

The Heirs, a Novel by Fran Hawthorne, Stephen E. Austin State University Press, 2018, 234 pp. The Whole Megillah (TWM): What inspired you to write this novel? Fran Hawthorne (FH): As an American Jew, I knew that I was extraordinarily … Continue reading

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Author’s Notebook | The Seven by Ellen G. Friedman

The Seven, A Family Holocaust Story by Ellen G. Friedman, Wayne State University Press, 2017, 280 pp. The Whole Megillah (TWM): What were your greatest challenges in writing The Seven? Ellen G. Friedman (EGF): I’d like to thank you for inviting … Continue reading

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Author’s Notebook | All Eyes on Alexandra by Anna Levine

All Eyes on Alexandra, written by Anna Levine and illustrated by Chiara Pasqualotto. 32 pp., Kar-Ben, September 2018. The Whole Megillah (TWM): In this book, you’ve personified a family of cranes and used Abba, Ima, Savta, and Saba. How did … 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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2018 Sydney Taylor Book Award Blog Tour | Final Stop

You’ve now come to the final stop along the 2018 Sydney Taylor Book Award blog tour, the culmination of a full week of insightful and inspiring award-winning author and illustrator interviews. Read about the blog tour and all 2018 Sydney … Continue reading

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Poet’s Notebook | Joan Seliger Sidney

I first met Joan at the 2010 Jewish Children’s Writing workshop at the Highlights Foundation in Pennsylvania. I found her writing to be strong and lyrical. Turned out she’s been writing poetry for the adult market for some time. After … Continue reading

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