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Author Talk + Q&A
Authors Jennifer Rosner and Gwen Strauss to discuss their new books and more on May 23

Photo of authors Jennifer Rosner and Gwen Strauss next to their latest books.

ZOOM Webinar Author Talk + Q&A

A Two-Author Event
Join authors Jennifer Rosner and Gwen Strauss as they talk live about their books, research and writing processes. Q&A portion will follow the discussion. Purchasing/reading their books prior to this event is not required.


Jennifer Rosner, The Yellow Bird Sings
Jennifer Rosner is the author of The Yellow Bird Sings, her recently released debut novel. It's been called "exquisite, absolutely beautiful and necessary novel" by The New York Times Book Review and a finalist for the 2020 National Jewish Book Award. The Yellow Bird Sings tells the story of a Jewish mother and her young daughter, a musical prodigy, in hiding during WWII.

Rosner's previously published books include the memoir, If a Tree Falls: A Family's Quest to Hear and Be Heard, and the picture book, The Mitten String.

In addition to writing, Jennifer teaches philosophy. She received her BA from Columbia University and her Ph.D. from Stanford University, and lives in western Massachusetts with her family.

Some reviews of The Yellow Bird Sings:

"Rosner’s exquisite, heart-rending debut novel is proof that there’s always going to be room for another story about World War II....This is an absolutely beautiful and necessary novel, full of heartbreak but also hope, about the bond between mother and daughter, and the sacrifices made for love."
The New York Times

“Music and love course through this beautiful novel, twin rivers of wonder. The Yellow Bird Sings is a powerful hymn to the resilience and determination of a mother’s love in the face of the inhuman horrors of war. Jennifer Rosner has written a book that will break your heart, and then put it back together again, a little larger than before.”
―Alex George, author of The Paris Hours

The Yellow Bird Sings is a beautiful book in so many ways. Like Shira's imaginary bird, Jennifer Rosner's prose is lilting and musical, yet her tale of war's grave personal reality is gripping, heartrending, and so very real. Told beneath an overarching sky of the unbreakable bond between mother and daughter, this is a story readers will continue to ponder long afterward.”
―Lisa Wingate, author of Before We Were Yours and Before and After


Gwen Strauss, The Nine
Gwen Strauss is the author of The Nine: The True Story of a Band of Women Who Survived the Worst of Nazi Germany, which was released on May 4, 2021. It follows the true story of Strauss' great aunt, who led a band of nine female resistance fighters as they escaped a German forced labor camp and made a ten-day journey across the front lines of WWII from Germany back to Paris.

Her other books include: The Hiding Game, a Middle Grade Reader about artists hiding in Marseille with the help of Varian Fry in 1940; Trail of Stones, a book of poetry; The Night Shimmy, a children's book; and Ruth and the Green Book, which received wide recognition including the ALA 2011 Most Notable Middle Grade Reader and Honor book for the Jane Adam's Peace Prize.

Strauss has been the director of the Dora Maar House artists residency program in Ménerbes, France since 2007.

Some reviews of The Nine:

“A compelling, beautifully written story of resilience, friendship and survival. The story of Women’s resistance during World War II needs to be told and The Nine accomplishes this in spades.”
―Heather Morris, author of Cilka’s Journey

“The Nine is poignant, powerful, and shattering, distilling the horror of the Holocaust through the lens of nine unforgettable women.”
—Kate Quinn, author of The Rose Code

"This haunting account provides yet more evidence not only of the power of female friendship but that the often unrecorded courage and resilience of ordinary women must be honoured and celebrated. It’s a most inspiring read...Utterly gripping."
―Anne Sebba, author of Les Parisiennes


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All books include domestic shipping only. Books will be shipped as orders are placed.

Questions about this event?
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