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“Shores beyond shores” named 2018 great group read
New York, NY (October 4, 2018) - The National Reading Group Month Great Group Reads Committee has selected 20 books for their 2018 Great Group Reads, including Irene’s “Shores Beyond Shores.”
The titles were selected on the basis of their appeal to reading groups, which seek books that open up lively conversations about a myriad of timely and provocative and diverse topics, from the intimate dynamics of family and personal relationships to major cultural and world issues.
Photos from Irene’s presentation at Emerson School
Ann Arbor, MI (October 1, 2018) - Irene was just delightful, as I expected, and the students and faculty were equally enthralled. I was SO impressed with how quiet the students were - and during the Q&A you could have heard a pin drop as they asked question after question. Irene received a standing ovation. The best part was the rush of kids who came forward afterwards to talk to Irene, to thank her, to ask her to sign something of theirs if they didn’t have a book already, and even to take a selfie with her! It brought tears to my eyes! And, of utmost importance, my dad was thrilled to have inspired this event. He claims it was the best birthday present he could ever have received. I don’t know how I’ll top it for his 90th! ;-) — Abbie Lawrence-Jacobson
“Never again doesn’t happen unless we fight for it,” says Michigan Holocaust survivor
Ann Arbor, MI (September 19, 2018) - Michigan Radio interviews Irene (link/listen here).
story circle book reviews praises Shores Beyond Shores
(August 29, 2018) - "This book was definitely not light escapist reading, but necessary. This should be required reading in high school history classes." Read more!
Irene speaks against Trump's separation of immigrant families
Ann Arbor, MI (June 30, 2018) - Irene speaks against Trump's immigrant family policy at a large Families Belong Together rally, saying that the fact that "hundreds of vulnerable children are subjected to this extreme trauma is totally devastating and heartbreaking for me. We are here today because we all have a social conscience and recognize that all of us are responsible for each other. We cannot be bystanders."
Northampton Book launch
Northampton, MA (June 20, 2018) - Irene spoke about the dangers of history repeating itself on the Bill Newman Show on WHMP. A crowd of well over 300 listened to Irene's presentation at Hampshire Regional High School, braving a storm and power outage! Thanks to Chris Butler and Anne Howland for organizing.
Western MA Kick-off
Westhampton, MA (June 18, 2018) - A crowd of well over 300 listened to Irene's presentation at Hampshire Regional High School, braving a storm and power outage! Thanks to Chris Butler and Anne Howland for organizing.
Boston welcomes Irene
Boston and Newton, MA (June 11, 2018) - Irene spoke at Boston Latin High School, and Irene and Kris presented at the Newton Free Library to a large crowd. See the video here.
author Q & A
Washington, DC (May 28, 2018) - Deborah Kalb interviews Irene about why she wrote her book and her experiences.
Ann Arbor Book Launch
Arts Around Ann Arbor
Ann Arbor, MI (May 3, 2018) - Patti Smith interviews Irene and her book.
Michigan Radio book interview
Ann Arbor, MI (April 30, 2018) - Irene talks about the importance of her book to keep the world from forgetting. Listen.
The diary of anne frank
Fountain, MI (March 18, 2018) - Irene speaks after the performance of "The Diary of Anne Frank." Read more here.
presidential Letter of thanks
Little Rock (Feb 13, 2018) - President Bill Clinton sends note to Irene thanking her for presentations.
Little Rock (Feb 10, 2018) - Irene shares her story, implores Americans to be vigilant against signs of authoritarianism (Northwest Arkansas Democrat Gazette).
Irene speaks to sold out crowds at clinton presidential center
Little Rock (Feb 1, 2018) - Irene was the keynote speaker to over 1,000 attendees at the Clinton Presidential Center on January 31-February 1. See THV 11 interview with Irene.
October 18, 2018 (Thu) | National Reading Group Month Authors Panel | Greater Lansing, MI | 7-9 pm
October 28, 2018 (Sun) | Congregation Sinai | Nathan & Esther Pelz Holocaust Education Resource Center, 8223 N. Port Washington Road, Milwaukee, WI | 2:00 - 3:00 pm: Community wide presentation followed by book-signing and reception
April 16, 2019 (Mon) | Congregation Sinai | 8223 N. Port Washington Road, Fox Point, WI | School visit
April 16, 2019 (Mon) | Seattle Town Hall | Details to come
November 15, 2018 (Thu) | A Night of Nonfiction | Pioneer Valley Writers | Amherst, MA | John & Kris only | Details to come
March 4, 2018 | Conference on the Holocaust | Richardson, TX | The University of Texas at Dallas
March 15-17, 2018 | The Diary of Anne Frank Play | Post-play presentation | Fountain, MI
March 28, 2018 | Bowling Green Ballroom | Bowling Green, OH | Bowling Green University
April 3, 2018 | Northampton, MA | Writer's Night Out (co-authors John D. Bidwell & Kris Holloway only)
April 21, 2018 | With NYT-Bestselling author Jan Jarboe Russell | Temple Beth Emeth | Ann Arbor, MI
May 8, 2018 | Ann Arbor District Library, MI
June 3, 2018 | Farmington, MI | Southeast Michigan Holocaust Center
June 11, 2018 | Newton Free Library
June 18, 2018 | Hampshire Regional High School
June 20, 2018 | Book Launch: Reading | Northampton, MA | Broadside Books
Oct 1, 2018 | Emerson School | Ann Arbor, MI