Current Projects

The Medallion by Cathy Gohlke

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For fans of bestselling World War II fiction like Sarah’s Key and The Nightingale comes an illuminating tale of courage, sacrifice, and survival, about two couples whose lives are ravaged by Hitler’s mad war yet eventually redeemed through the fate of one little girl.

Seemingly overnight, the German blitzkrieg of Warsaw in 1939 turns its streets to a war zone and shatters the life of each citizen–Polish, Jewish, or otherwise. Sophie Kumiega, a British bride working in the city’s library, awaits news of her husband, Janek, recently deployed with the Polish Air Force. Though Sophie is determined that she and the baby in her womb will stay safe, the days ahead will draw her into the plight of those around her, compelling her to help, whatever the danger.

Rosa and Itzhak Dunovich never imagined they would welcome their longed-for first child in the Jewish ghetto, or that they would let anything tear their family apart. But as daily atrocities intensify, Rosa soon faces a terrifying reality: to save their daughter’s life, she must send her into hiding. Her only hope of finding her after the war–if any of them survive–is a medallion she cuts in half and places around her neck.

Inspired by true events of Poland’s darkest days and brightest heroes, The Medallion paints a stunning portrait of war and its aftermath, daring us to believe that when all seems lost, God can make a way forward.

https://www.audible.com/pd/The-Medallion-Audiobook/1980036594?qid=1561265715&sr=1-1&pf_rd_p=e81b7c27-6880-467a-b5a7-13cef5d729fe&pf_rd_r=A9QAPNQAPD46V455N31E&ref=a_search_c3_lProduct_1_1

Newly released….. Amish Outsider by Marta Perry

The Amish of River Haven offer sanctuary and solace…even to those with a dangerous past.

In the wake of his estranged wife’s murder, widower Michael Forster returns to the Amish community he’d left as a teen. He wants a fresh start for himself and his daughter, Allie, away from those who still believe he’s guilty. In River Haven, a quieter life seems possible. If only Allie’s Amish schoolteacher, Catherine Brandt, was easier to ignore.

A problem solver by nature, Cathy can tell Allie’s withdrawn demeanor isn’t due to shyness. But getting through to Allie also means breaching her father’s hardened defenses. What starts as persistence soon grows into an attraction neither Cathy nor Michael saw coming. When the past suddenly threatens both his daughter and the woman he loves, Michael must risk everything to save them.

https://www.audible.com/pd/Amish-Outsider-Audiobook/1974949877?qid=1561266032&sr=1-1&pf_rd_p=e81b7c27-6880-467a-b5a7-13cef5d729fe&pf_rd_r=4H79C5F242XXWW96819P&ref=a_search_c3_lProduct_1_1

New Audiobook: Nicole Melleby’s Hurricane Season

This debut novel – about taking risks and facing danger, about love and art, and about growing up and coming out – will make its way straight into your heart.

Fig, a sixth grader, wants more than anything to see the world as her father does. The once-renowned pianist, who hasn’t composed a song in years and has unpredictable good and bad days, is something of a mystery to Fig. Though she’s a science and math nerd, she tries taking an art class just to be closer to him, to experience life the way an artist does. But then Fig’s dad shows up at school, disoriented and desperately searching for Fig. Not only has the class not brought Fig closer to understanding him, it has brought social services to their door.

Diving into books about Van Gogh to understand the madness of artists, calling on her best friend for advice, and turning to a new neighbor for support, Fig continues to try everything she can think of to understand her father, to save him from himself, and to find space in her life to discover who she is even as the walls are falling down around her.

Nicole Melleby’s Hurricane Season is a stunning novel about a girl struggling to be a kid as pressing adult concerns weigh on her. It’s also about taking risks and facing danger, about love and art, and about coming of age and coming out. And more than anything else, it is a story of the healing power of love – and the limits of that power. ©2019 Nicole Melleby (P)2019 Recorded Books

https://www.audible.com/pd/Hurricane-Season-Audiobook/1980037787?qid=1561266273&sr=1-3&pf_rd_p=e81b7c27-6880-467a-b5a7-13cef5d729fe&pf_rd_r=56DG2S7RPAYZ3XKEP5RW&ref=a_search_c3_lProduct_1_3

Rikke Schmidt Kjærgaard’s The Blink of an Eye

“A highly personal, deeply affecting account of what it is to be yanked from a happy, well-ordered life and thrust into a sudden, unimaginable, terrifying darkness. Rikke Schmidt Kjærgaard has done the impossible of putting into words an experience that would seem to be beyond expressing.”—from the foreword by Bill Bryson

It was New Year’s Day. Rikke Schmidt Kjærgaard, a young mother and scientist, was celebrating with family and friends when she was struck down with a sudden fever. Within hours, she’d suffered multiple organ failure and was clinically dead.

Then, brought back to the edge of life—trapped in a near-death coma—she was given a 5 percent chance of survival. She awoke to find herself completely paralyzed, with blinking as her sole means of communicating with the outside world.

The Blink of an Eye is Rikke’s gripping account of being locked inside her own body, and what it took to painstakingly relearn every basic life skill—from breathing and swallowing, speaking and walking, to truly living again. Much more than an account of recovery against all odds—this is, at its heart, a celebration of love, family, and every little thing that matters when life hangs in the balance.

 

https://www.audible.com/pd/The-Blink-of-an-Eye-Audiobook/1721364536?qid=1561269252&sr=1-1&pf_rd_p=e81b7c27-6880-467a-b5a7-13cef5d729fe&pf_rd_r=7EJWT5H02TH5WQZAFBX9&ref=a_search_c3_lProduct_1_1

Review from AudioFile: The Lines We Leave Behind

THE LINES WE LEAVE BEHIND

by Eliza Graham | Read by Stina Nielsen

Fiction • 11.5 hrs. • Unabridged • © 2018

Maude, a WWII resistance fighter incarcerated in an insane asylum after the war, slowly recovers her memory and recounts a series of horrific events to her psychiatrist and to us, her listeners. Narrator Stina Nielsen is a convincing Maude, whose tightly controlled voice resonates with tension. Nielsen captures Maude’s growing awareness of the events that placed her in the institution. This is a psychological novel, a thriller, a war story, and, in an ironic way, a love story. Resistance fighters are trained not to show emotion, and Nielsen’s Maude is a cool character who endures much. It’s a mesmerizing story delivered in an authentic voice. D.L.G. © AudioFile 2018, Portland, Maine [Published: NOVEMBER 2018]

http://www.audiofilemagazine.com/reviews/read/149273/the-lines-we-leave-behind-by-eliza-graham-read-by-stina-nielsen/

https://www.audible.com/pd/The-Lines-We-Leave-Behind-Audiobook/1543686214?qid=1561266429&sr=1-1&pf_rd_p=e81b7c27-6880-467a-b5a7-13cef5d729fe&pf_rd_r=NDEEC8EYRYST3H9GHTKS&ref=a_search_c3_lProduct_1_1

Hunting Game by Helen Tursten

 

HUNTING GAMEDI Embla Nystrom, Book 1

by Helene Tursten, Paul Norlen [Trans.] | Read by Stina Nielsen

Mystery & Suspense • 7.5 hrs. • Unabridged • © 2019

Stina Nielsen’s narration reflects the fierce character of Inspector Embla Nyström, who can’t catch a break even during a family hunting holiday. The intimacy of friends and family is broken when a stranger joins them and two guests suddenly disappear. Nielsen is precise, measured, and flexible as she capably portrays male and female characters in scenes of considerable dialogue. Fans of Nordic noir will be drawn into this whodunit set amid a harsh Swedish winter. Nielsen helps listeners differentiate between description, extended narrative, and Embla’s thoughts by switching between a neutral tone and more animated one. We are kept guessing until the end, rooting for our heroine all the way. M.R. © AudioFile 2019, Portland, Maine [Published: JUNE 2019]

https://www.audiofilemagazine.com/reviews/read/151598/hunting-game-by-helene-tursten-paul-norlen-[trans]-read-by-stina-nielsen/

 

New Audiobook: Marc Levy’s The Last of the Stanfields

A mystery, a love story, and a search through a shadowy past. Two strangers unite in this novel of family secrets by international bestselling author Marc Levy, the most read contemporary French author in the world.

When London journalist Eleanor-Rigby Donovan receives an anonymous letter alluding to a crime committed by her deceased mother, her life is turned upside down. It points her to a bar on the Baltimore Harbor, where she finds a stranger who has received the same mysterious letter about his own mother. Together, Eleanor-Rigby and this young man, George-Harrison Collins, embark on a quest through the shadowy past of the Stanfields, a moneyed Maryland family full of unimaginable secrets. These secrets will transport them back decades, across continents, and to a mysterious crime long buried…until now.

.©2017 Marc Levy. (P)2018 Brilliance Publishing, Inc., all rights reserved. Translation © 2018 by Daniel Wasserman.

https://www.audible.com/pd/The-Last-of-the-Stanfields-Audiobook/1978608144?qid=1561266675&sr=1-1&pf_rd_p=e81b7c27-6880-467a-b5a7-13cef5d729fe&pf_rd_r=FVWCRWG954T5GEZJGVEJ&ref=a_search_c3_lProduct_1_1

 

Performance 2/20 @ 7 &9pm:

Haunted Files

Produced by American Slavery Project & The Sheen Center for Thought & Culture

Wednesday, February 20, 2019 @ 7PM & 9PM

The Sheen Center in collaboration with The American Slavery Project presents Haunted Files, an immersive evening of theatre, recreating through audience interaction, performance, and talkback the history of scientific racism and eugenics in America. Eugenics is the Progressive Era movement of white Protestant “experts” that sought to eliminate a range of marginalized peoples and elevate Northern Europeans as the norm. The movement pushed these goals through immigration restriction, sterilization, institutionalization, and controlled breeding. It’s legacies continue to have a lasting impact on our country today, even with its dark ties to the atrocities of the Nazi regime.

This evening will draw on the “human trait” files of America’s Eugenics Records Office, specifically the eugenics lecture notes, handed-down pedigree charts, and endless “human trait” files, along with the actual notes of a white eugenics field researcher and an African-Chinese American patient who was deemed automatically “unfit,”institutionalized, and eventually sterilized.

The Eugenics Records Office was the Long Island epicenter of the American eugenics movement. In spring 2015, the Asian/Pacific/American Institute at NYU creatively reimagined the Eugenics Records Office in the exhibit “Haunted Files: The Eugenics Record Office.” American Slavery Project (ASP) was invited to examine the records and created a piece as part of the exhibit programing. ASP writers have imagined the lives of the field worker and the patient and woven the stories of these two women together in a duologue, shedding light on the history of scientific racism in America.

Featuring a post show panel with Adam Cohen, author of Imbeciles: The Supreme Court, American Eugenics, and the Sterilization of Carrie Buck; Noa Fuller and Jack Tchen, co-curators of the original “Haunted Files” exhibition; and Judy Tate, co-founder of The American Slavery Project.

The A/P/A Institute’s “Haunted Files” online can be found here.

The theatrical event will be in the Loreto Theater at 7PM & 9PM.

The Haunted Files Exhibition will be in Studio A&B from 9AM-5PM.

Tickets: $25

*Student rush tickets will be available an hour before any performance for $20 with a valid current student ID