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Discussing DOWN UNDER, New York City 2015

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!)

GOODREADS loves DOWN UNDER!
The Next Best Book blog! http:/​/​thenextbestbookblog.blogspot.com/​?m=1

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/​

And a "Success Story" in the WOMEN'S FICTION Writers Blog:
http:/​/​womensfictionwriters.wordpress.com/​2014/​12/​04/​guest-post-author-sonia-taitzs-long-winding-and-inspiring-road-to-publication/​#comment-12937


NPR Authors' Corner spot on DOWN UNDER -- for Morning Edition, Nationwide Affliates
"Sonia Taitz is a stand-out speaker. Not all authors perform as well as they write. She does."
-- P. Johnson, Producer, Authors' Corner


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 and JBI are currently 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
May 29th, 2014
New York, NY

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

FOX TV Rebroadcast
Yom Hashoah/​Holocaust Remembrance Day
Author appearance
July 14th, 2014

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

JEWISH BOOK MONTH:
Dix Hills Jewish Center
The Sisterhood Selects DOWN UNDER
Throughout November, 2014
Long Island, NY

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

HADASSAH of Commack Hills
The 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
Brooklyn Heights, NY

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

BOOK CLUB
Discussion on DOWN UNDER
Private Venue/​Greenwich Village
January 13th, 2015
New York, NY

INTERVIEW with Binnie Klein
Radio WPKN/​ New Haven, CT
Podcast on Memoir
Taped on January 17th, 2015

TEMPLE JUDEA
Sisterhood Book Event
Reading and Signing
THE WATCHMAKER'S DAUGHTER and
DOWN UNDER
March 10, 2015
Manhasset, NY

TEMPLE EMANUEL
of Palm Beach
DOWN UNDER:
The Book Club Selection
April, 2015
Palm Beach, FL

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

JEWISH EDUCATIONAL INITIATIVES
an ORT Special Event
Keynote talk on "Jewish Mothers"
with author Patty Volk
April 19th, 2015
Chicago, IL

BRANDEIS BOOK & AUTHOR Event
May 2015 (Tentative)
San Diego, CA

THE PRINTERS ROW LITERARY FESTIVAL
Sponsored by THE CHICAGO TRIBUNE
Author Appearance and Signing/​ DOWN UNDER
June 6th-7th, 2015
Chicago, IL
(So happy to be back!!)

HADASSAH
Luncheon and Book Talk
October, 2015 (Details TBA)
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
Live stream and archive at
www.delmarvapublicradio.net

HADASSAH-BRANDEIS INSTITUTE
A JEWISH BOOK COUNCIL EVENT
HBI Conversation: THE WATCHMAKER'S DAUGHTER
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 National Affiliates
February 11, 2014
Air dates vary by affiliated stations
(Re-aired in January 2015)

CONGREGATION KEHILATH JESHURUN
"The RAMAZ Synagogue"
A Sisterhood BOOK CLUB Evening
Discussion of THE WATCHMAKER'S DAUGHTER
February 11, 2014
New York, NY

BOOKMANIA FESTIVAL
Special 20th Anniversary Celebration
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
The Yashar Chapter: "Lawyers and Judges Division"
Book and Author Evening
March 13, 2014
Great Neck, New York
[JUSTICE RUTH BADER GINSBURG HAS PERSONALLY REQUESTED/​RECEIVED A COPY!]

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

HOLOCAUST and HUMAN RIGHTS:
"The Role of Education"
The HOLOCAUST EDUCATIONAL NETWORK
Presentation to National 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
The 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

Radio 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

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
(others in the series include Alex Witchel and Will Schwalbe)

The JCC of Manhattan
Book Talk on THE WATCHMAKER'S DAUGHTER
THE JEWISH COMMUNITY CENTER
January 17th, 2013
New York, NY

BERKELEY FESTIVAL OF WOMEN AUTHORS:
Keynote Speaker
YMCA Auditorium
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 Tefiloh
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 the Broadway cast of "My Name is Asher Lev"
and Rabbi Burg, Director 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 the 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 at Printers Row Lit Fest
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 author and 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
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
Sponsored by the UNITED JEWISH APPEAL
Author Lecture and Signing
The City University of New York,
John Jay College
December 15, 2013
New York, NY

THE WATCHMAKER'S DAUGHTER
and IN THE KING'S ARMS
RECORDED by author and ARCHIVED by JBI,
The Jewish Braille Institute
Sponsored by THE LIBRARY of CONGRESS
2013-2014
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, Holocaust, Immigration, 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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