Former history teacher/Holocaust educator and first-time author David Austin discusses the journey of "Small Miracle: A Holocaust Story from France (Fernwood Press, 2020) from the moment of inspiration to the day the first published copies arrive on his doorstep.
"Small Miracle" is a novel-in-verse re-telling of the real-life experiences of Charles Middleberg, a Holocaust survivor who was a "hidden child" in France during World War Two. This discussion will explore how the idea for the book came to be, the writing process, working with a collaborator, using historical sources, writing in verse, understanding your audience, creating historical fiction while remaining true to history, and the trials and birthing pains of publication.
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David Austin is a published author and retired public school educator, who left the classroom in 2020 after forty years of teaching. His background is in English, social studies, world history, and Holocaust education. David has an MA in Creative Writing from Rutgers University. His poems have appeared in many literary magazines.
"Small Miracle: A Holocaust Story from France," published by Fernwood Press (available from the publisher, or from Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Powell's Book, or Inkwood Books) is his first book.
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