welcome agents and publishers…

Shores Beyond Shores: From Holocaust to Hope–My True Story is the memoir of Irene (Hasenberg) Butter due out in February, 2018 with White River Press. If you are interested in subsidiary rights, please get in touch.

She has shared the stage with the Dalai Lama, Elie Wiesel, Desmond Tutu, and other peacemakers. She is one of the few Holocaust survivors still alive, speaking, and inspiring. But she has never told her entire story until now.

We have known Irene for two decades and are privileged to bring her story to life. Our first narrative nonfiction book, Monique and the Mango Rains: Two Years with a Midwife in Mali, was a Kirkus starred review, made Entertainment Weekly ’s Top 10 narrative travel books (EW Pick), and was one of the Boston Globe’s Favorite Books of 2006.

Irene’s story brings a fresh, moving tale to a still vital genre. Irene’s relationship with her brother Werner allows us to navigate the horrors of concentration camp life with a trusted friend. Her connection to an orphan Polish boy and to Lex, her first love, allow us to explore a displaced persons camp in Algeria and finally, to watch her find her way home. It allows us a rare glimpse into the intimacy of family life during a time in history when many families fell apart.

This timeless story speaks to what we must strive to uphold. It’s about the importance of family, of never being a bystander to violence, and of the strength of the human spirit.

We love promoting almost as much as we love writing. Please contact us with any questions. 

John D. Bidwell & Kris Holloway

August, 2017

johndavisbidwell (at)

kris.e.holloway (at)