Press and Events

DOWN UNDER makes it to Vanity Fair's Fanfair/​ Hot Type column -- December, 2014

(joining THE WATCHMAKER'S DAUGHTER, which was listed there on December 2012!)

New essay on DOWN UNDER in Lilith Magazine!
http:/​/​lilith.org/​blog/​2014/​11/​down-under-and-back-up-again/​

Great New Q & A about Sonia Taitz and DOWN UNDER (and a little gossip about Mel Gibson)!
http:/​/​www.bookdumpling.com/​the-dumpling-ground/​on-the-highs-and-lows-of-loving-mel-gibson-or-author-sonia-taitz-takes-the-bd-spotlight/​


NPR Authors' Corner spot on DOWN UNDER -- for Morning Edition, Nationwide Affliates


AUDIOBOOK of THE WATCHMAKER'S DAUGHTER
Funded by the LIBRARY OF CONGRESS
Recorded at the Jewish Braille Institute (JBI) in New York City
Read by Sonia Taitz, with Author's Commentary Feature

UPDATE:
The Library of Congress/​JBI are producing an audiobook of my last novel, IN THE KING'S ARMS!
Read by the author, release date TBA


(SCROLL DOWN below appearances for REVIEWS and ARTICLES about SONIA TAITZ)

RECENT AND UPCOMING APPEARANCES:

THE JEWISH BOOK COUNCIL
Author Appearance
Discussion of DOWN UNDER
Thursday, May 29th, 2014

"Scribblers on the Roof" Series
Reading with Jay Neugeboren
THE WATCHMAKER'S DAUGHTER
-- and DOWN UNDER (a preview)
July 14th, 2014
Temple Ansche Chesed
New York, NY

FOX TV Rebroadcast
Yom Hashoah author appearance
July 14th, 2014

The Authors' Corner
for NPR "Morning Edition"
Taping - October 20, 2014

Dix Hills Jewish Center
JEWISH BOOK MONTH
The Sisterhood Selects:
THE WATCHMAKER'S DAUGHTER
and DOWN UNDER
All through November, 2014

East Midwood Jewish Center
JEWISH BOOK MONTH
Book and Author Dinner
Grand Ballroom
Brooklyn, NY
November 13, 2014

HADASSAH Commack Hills
TOVA Chapter
Author Luncheon and Book Talk
THE WATCHMAKER'S DAUGHTER and
DOWN UNDER
November 19th, 2014
Long Island, NY

BOOK COURT
Reading and Signing of DOWN UNDER
December 3, 2014
7:00 PM
Brooklyn Heights, NY

BARNES & NOBLE
Reading and Signing of DOWN UNDER
Upper West Side
January 7, 2015
7:00 PM
New York, NY

Book Group
Reading and Discussion
Private Venue
January 8, 2015
New York, NY

TEMPLE EMANUEL
Book Club Selection
Book Talk
April, 2015
Palm Beach, FL

THE LITERARY SOCIETY
of Northern Trust Bank
"An Evening with SONIA TAITZ"
April 14, 2015
Ft. Myers, FL

JEWISH EDUCATIONAL INITIATIVES
an ORT event
Keynote talk on "Jewish Mothers"
April 19th, 2015
Chicago, IL

BRANDEIS BOOK & AUTHOR Event
Keynote Speaker
May 6, 2015
San Diego, CA

TEMPLE JUDEA
Sisterhood Book Event
Reading and Signing
May 13th, 2015
Manhasset, NY

THE PRINTERS ROW LITERARY FESTIVAL
Sponsored by THE CHICAGO TRIBUNE
Author Appearance and Signing/​ DOWN UNDER
June, 2015
Chicago, IL
(So happy to be back!!)

HADASSAH
Luncheon and Book Talk
October, 2015
Long Island, NY


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PAST EVENTS 2014:

RADIO PLAY /​ Commissioned by NPR
"The Day Starts in the Night"
Based on THE WATCHMAKER'S DAUGHTER
(with music by Frederic Chopin)
Air date: January 3, 2014 @​ 9:30 AM
Live stream and archive at
www.delmarvapublicradio.net

HADASSAH-BRANDEIS INSTITUTE
HBI Conversations
A JEWISH BOOK COUNCIL EVENT
February 4th, 2014 at 3:30 PM
February 5th, 2014 at 9:30 AM AND 3:30 PM
Boca Raton, FL

"THE AUTHOR'S CORNER"
with Peter Johnson for MORNING EDITION
NPR Affiliates
February 11, 2014
Air dates vary by affiliated stations

CONGREGATION KEHILATH JESHURUN
"The Ramaz Shul"
Sisterhood BOOK CLUB Evening
February 11, 2014
New York, NY

BOOKMANIA!
Festival 2014 /​ 20th Anniversary
Presented by The Library Foundation of Martin County
MEMOIR PANELIST (with DANI SHAPIRO and CLAIRE BIDWELL SMITH)
March 8, 2014
Stuart, FL

HADASSAH of NASSAU COUNTY
Yashar: The Lawyers and Judges Division
Book and Author Evening
March 13, 2014
Great Neck, New York

[JUSTICE RUTH BADER GINSBURG HAS PERSONALLY RECEIVED A COPY!]

NEW YORK COUNCIL
OF JEWISH WOMEN
Author Presentation
at THE COUNCIL HOUSE
May 15, 2014
New York, NY

HOLOCAUST and HUMAN RIGHTS:
"The Role of Education"
Holocaust Educational Network
Presentation to Secondary School Educators
Salisbury University, MD
June 25, 2014 (postponed until 2015)

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PAST EVENTS 2012-2013:

BARNES & NOBLE
Author Interview with Boston Globe Book Critic
& NYT BEST-SELLING NOVELIST Caroline Leavitt
Upper West Side
October 11, 2012
New York, NY

THE FAIRFIELD LIBRARY
AUTHOR SERIES
Book Talk and Luncheon
October 25th, 2012
Fairfield, CT

WOMEN READ/​WOMEN WRITE
BOOK FESTIVAL
Keynote Speaker
October 27th, 2012
Pittsburgh. PA

WPKN - Binnie Klein
Full Hour Author/​Book Interview
November 1, 2012
Tune in: http:/​/​stream.wpkn.org/​

OXFORD UNIVERSITY CLUB
Oxford/​America Foundation
November 1, 2012
POSTPONED DUE TO HURRICANE SANDY
500 Fifth Avenue
New York, NY 10110

UNITED JEWISH FEDERATION
JCC Stamford. /​ TAPESTRY Series Lecture:
"Looking at Intermarriage and Conversion"
November 17, 2012
Stamford, CT

ANNE LEVINE RADIO
Full Hour Author/​Book Interview
November, 2012

PODCAST: BEATRICE/​SHELF AWARENESS
Author's Series with RON HOGAN
"LIFE STORIES: THE ART OF THE MEMOIR:"
Recorded December 3, 2012
Archived as #18 in Author Series

JCC of Manhattan
MEET THE AUTHOR
Book Talk on THE WATCHMAKER'S DAUGHTER
January 17th, 2013
New York, NY

BERKELEY FESTIVAL OF WOMEN AUTHORS:
Keynote Speaker
January 26, 2013
Berkeley, CA

BUREAU OF JEWISH EDUCATION (BJE)
co-sponsored by HADASSAH
Lecture and Discussion
January 27, 2013
The Jewish Community Library
San Francisco, CA

The 92nd Street Y
BOOK DISCUSSION: "Prisoner or Princess?"
MODERATOR, Sonia Taitz
with Talia Carner, author of JERUSALEM MAIDEN
and Deborah Feldman, author of UNORTHODOX
February 13, 2013
New York, NY
AUDIOTAPE AVAILABLE

TEMPLE BETH TFILOH
A JEWISH BOOK COUNCIL EVENT
and "Mercaz Series" Lecture
w/​ Jewish Book Award Finalist Mary Glickman
February 25, 2013
Baltimore, MD
[The largest Modern Orthodox Congregation in the U.S.]

NEW YORK PRESBYTERIAN HOSPITAL/​CORNELL
Outreach Program/​Adult Education
Lecture, Discussion, and Signing
March 12, 2013
New York, NY

THE EAST HAMPTON LIBRARY
Author Talk and Signing
March 16, 2013
East Hampton, NY
YOUTUBE CLIP AVAILABLE

SPOKEN INTERLUDES
Authors' Talk and Banquet Series
with NATHAN ENGLANDER
and BLAKE BAILEY (biographer of Philip Roth)
March 20, 2013
Hastings-on-Hudson, NY

FOX TV Interview
Yom Hashoah Commemoration
with Broadway cast of "My Name is Asher Lev"
and Rabbi Burg of The Simon Wiesenthal Center
April 6, 2013
New York, NY

HADASSAH-BRANDEIS INSTITUTE
HBI Conversations
A JEWISH BOOK COUNCIL EVENT
April 9-11, 2013
Baltimore MD;
Columbia, MD;
and Bethesda MD


TEMPLE BETH EL
Yom Hashoah/​Yom Ha'Atzmaut
Kabbalat Shabbat Lecture
April 12, 2013
Fairfield, CT

HADASSAH Book Group
Author Talk and Luncheon
April 25, 2013
Miami, FL

HADASSAH New York
at HADASSAH HOUSE
Author Appearance and Book Talk
May 28, 2013
New York, NY

THE FOREST HILLS LIBRARY
Author Appearance and Book Talk
June 3, 2013
Queens, NY

HADASSAH-BRANDEIS INSTITUTE
HBI Conversations
A JEWISH BOOK COUNCIL EVENT
June 6, 2013
Stamford, CT

PRINTER'S ROW LIT FEST
Sponsored by THE CHICAGO TRIBUNE
Featured Author/​Keynote
Chicago, IL
June 8, 2013

C-SPAN BROADCAST
"BOOK TALK" SERIES
June 8, 2013, and other dates
Archived at C-SPAN
Taped in Chicago, IL

THE NEW YORK PUBLIC LIBRARY
Mid-Manhattan
Reading and Discussion
June 13, 2013
New York, NY

THE FIRE ISLAND SYNAGOGUE
Author Appearance/​ Book Talk
Interviewed by Rabbi Zoe Klein
(Temple Isaiah, Los Angeles)
July 7th, 2013
Fire Island, NY

HADASSAH of Sea-Port, Long Island
Annual "Book & Author" Luncheon
The Country Club
October 24, 2013
Port Jefferson, NY

ANNUAL MEETING and Memorial Service
HOLOCAUST SURVIVORS and The Second Generation
Keynote Lecturer
The Fifth Avenue Synagogue
October 27, 2013
New York, NY

NATIONAL COUNCIL OF JEWISH WOMEN
Salon Think Tank on Women's Issues
Private Venue
October 29, 2013
New York, NY

BARNES & NOBLE
Author Appearance and Signing
November 4, 2013
Salisbury, MD

Congregation Beth Israel
Author Appearance and Book Talk
OPEN TO THE PUBLIC
November 4, 2013
Salisbury, MD

NATIONAL COUNCIL OF JEWISH WOMEN
Mini-Course on Memoir
The Council House
New York, NY
4 Thursdays in November, 2013

NPR Affiliate/​Delmarva
Hour-Long Radio Interview
November 29th, 2013
Salisbury, MD
http:/​/​delmarvapublicradio.net

MUSEUM of JEWISH HERITAGE:
A Living Memorial to the Holocaust
Tribute to the Albanian Rescue
December 8, 2013
New York, NY
(PRIVATE EVENT)

SUNDAYS at JASA Series/​UJA
Author Lecture
John Jay College/​CUNY
December 15, 2013
New York, NY

(RECORDED AND ARCHIVED by JBI,
The Jewish Braille Institute,
New York, NY)




PRESS/​ REVIEWS/​FEATURES:

THE CHICAGO TRIBUNE raves about THE WATCHMAKER'S DAUGHTER!
(See INTERVIEW June 3, 2013)

*PEOPLE Magazine: "Heartwrenching and funny...."
*VANITY FAIR "Hot Type" (Elissa Schappell)
*READERS' DIGEST: "Don't Miss" List (Dawn Raffel)
*Jesse Kornbluth/​HEADBUTLER Top Rating
*DAN'S PAPERS (Hamptons) raves
*KIRKUS
*BOOKLIST
*WISE WOMEN WORLD
*JEWISH JOURNAL calls THE WATCHMAKER'S DAUGHTER:
"One of the Year's BEST READS!"
*BOOKAHOLIC review (see Sonia Taitz Home Page)
*SQUIDOO website features author, recommends book
*BALTIMORE JEWISH TIMES recommends THE WATCHMAKER'S DAUGHTER
*PITTSBURGH POST-GAZETTE (Author Story/​Profile)
*THE JERUSALEM REPORT:
Sonia Taitz is described as "new voice" in post-Holocaust literature.


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Selected Works

Literary Non-Fiction, Jewish History, American History, Memoir
"TAITZ WEAVES HER TALE WITH MEANING AND TENDERNESS." A memoir of growing up as the child of European immigrants who are Holocaust survivors. Her bicultural, binocular life lends humor and depth to the author's story. Nominated for the Sophie Brody Medal by the American Library Association; WINNER of a BOOK OF THE YEAR MEDAL from ForeWord Reviews.
Fiction
This novel, set in England in the 1970s, is a lyrical, romantic tale about the headstrong American daughter of Holocaust survivors. Seeking relief from their traumatized world, she escapes to Oxford, where she is smitten with the son of an anti-Semitic family. Amidst the drama lies a sense of magic and the healing possibility of love. Praised by THE NEW YORK TIMES BOOK REVIEW.
Non-fiction, Memoir, Social commentary/Satire, Women's Studies
The book looks at the infinite variety of supposed “experts” on child-rearing, products mothers are cautioned to buy, and advances they are urged to apply to their children (such as teaching them Latin or Mandarin in utero, or training them to be gymnasts before that first crucial year has passed). Sonia Taitz reassures mothers that they are the best experts on their children, and that the intimacy born of closeness is better than any “Mommy and Me” class or flash-card drill. A classic that has been cited by O:THE OPRAH MAGAZINE as "one of the best things ever said about motherhood."

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