When Great Trees Fall…Goodbye Nelson Mandela

By Janis F. Kearney When giants die their deaths impact the world; touches the largest and smallest of us; challenges us to never forget their amazing lives, or the important lessons they left behind. Nelson “Madiba” Mandela was such a giant who, in spite of his role – from his years as a young anti-apartheid activist, to his ascension to the presidency of South Africa – counted himself a servant of the people. I join the Universe in grieving this great man’s passing as I remember the moment I stared greatness in the face. It was another amazing leader, America’s … Continue reading

Middle Smithfield man devotes retirement to ensuring Holocaust histories are read, remembered

Click here for November 4, 2013 reprint of article By Debbie Kulick October 25, 2013 Article Originally Published by Pocono Record October 25th Middle Smithfield resident Steve Feuer (pronounced Foyer) has dedicated his work as a publisher in tribute to the lives of millions lost in the Holocaust. Feuer was born and raised in New York City where he spent most of his life. During the mid-1960s and 1970s he spent 14 years in the Navy Reserve as part of a Naval Air Squadron. He retired in 2009 after spending 30 years selling printing for a variety of book publishers. … Continue reading

Another Award for The Tattered Prayer Book

The 2013 Moonbeam Awards were just recently announced and we are pleased to inform you The Tattered Prayer Book has done it again by receiving a silver award for category 15 – Pre-Teen Fiction (Mature Issues). The awards are intended to bring increased recognition to exemplary children’s books and their creators, and to celebrate children’s books and life-long reading. Each year’s entries are judged by expert panels of youth educators, librarians, booksellers, and book reviewers of all ages. … Continue reading

FAPA Award Winner Results

The Florida Author’s and Publisher’s Association (FAPA) has formally announced their 2013 award winners. We are pleased to announce: The Tattered Prayer Book written by Ellen Bari and illustrated by Avi Katz has received a silver award in the “Education” category and a gold award in the “Children’s Fiction” category. Amidst the Shadows of Trees written by Miriam Brysk has received a silver award in the “Autobiography/Memoir” category and gold award in the “Adult Non-Fiction” category. … Continue reading

The Whole Megillah Interviews Ellen Bari

The Whole Megillah (TWM): What prompted you to write The Tattered Prayer Book? Ellen Bari (EB): When my daughter was picture book age, there were almost no books about the Holocaust for young children. I felt there needed to be what I’m calling a “gentle introduction” to the Holocaust, an accessible story that children can relate to and that could be used as a tool by parents and educators to begin a conversation on this insanely difficult topic. TWM: We hear all the time that no one wants Holocaust stories. Did that hold you back at all, at least initially? … Continue reading

The Whole Megillah Interviews Steve Feuer

The Whole Megillah (TWM): What prompted you to found Gihon River Press and is there any significance to the name? Stephen Feuer (SF): I retired from the printing business in 2009.  I spent the last 30 years working as a sales person for a book manufacturer.  Getting closer to retirement started me thinking about what I wanted to do after I retired.  Having always been a reader and having always had a great deal of respect for books, publishing seemed to be a natural progression for me.  I also had some knowledge of the book industry and could call on industry experts … Continue reading

Save the Date – September 9, 2013 at 4 pm

“Silence Not, A Love Story” A READING (free) Monday, September 9, 2013 4 pm at Primary Stages, 307 West 38th Street, Suite 1510 New York, NY a play by Cynthia L. Cooper directed by Ludovica Villar-Hauser A woman, a man, a will to resist. An untold story of courage and love. Featuring Sarah Baskin, Laurence Cantor, Tamara Flannagan, Autumn Horne, Asa Merritt, Jeremy Rishe, Abby Royle Amidst economic chaos in the early 1930s, the Nazis amass power in Germany with brutal intimidation. A young Jewish woman and labor-activist man in Hamburg dare to speak out, despite the danger. Based on … Continue reading