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Author Jenna Blum Visits Sinking Spring Public Library

by The Sinking Spring Public Library

Feb 25, 2020

New York Times and Internationally best-selling author Jenna Blum comes to the Sinking Spring Public Library in March as part of the Literatour Berks Program for a conversation about her latest novel “The Lost Family.” In the book, Blum creates a vivid portrait of marriage, family, and the haunting grief of World War II in a story that spans a generation from the 1960s to the 1980s.

Of “The Lost Family,” Publishers Weekly says it’s the “perfect encapsulation of the changing times and turbulence of mid-and late-20th century America,” and the Library Journal calls it “exquisitely crafted and compassionate.”

In a guest post on BookClubGirl, Blum recounts how she came to write the story. “In the 1990s, I had the great privilege of interviewing Holocaust survivors for the Steven Spielberg ‘Survivors of the Shoah’ Foundation. All the survivors’ testimonies are imprinted indelibly on me, and one in particular inspired ‘The Lost Family.’ (‘The Lost Family’ is) about what I saw in my survivors: their tenacious life force, their stubborn, permanent hope.”

Blum has an M.A. in Creative Writing from Boston University and is a professional public speaker, traveling nationally and internationally to speak at universities, libraries, events, and book clubs. Copies of “The Lost Family” will be available for sale on site thanks to Reads & Company Bookshop, and Blum will sign books after the event.

The public is invited to attend this free program at 7 p.m. on Monday, March 2 at the Sinking Spring Public Library, but registration is required. To register, please visit www.readingjewishcommunity.org/home/literatour/literatour-event-registration or call the Sinking Spring Public Library at 610-678-4311.

Literatour Berks is a community program bringing 18 authors in 16 exciting programs from October 2019 to June 2020 to Berks County. This program is presented by Jewish Federation of Reading/Berks in partnership with Exeter Community Library and Sinking Spring Public Library. A complete list of authors and topics can be found at www.readingjewishcommunity.org/home/literatour. Additional support in the form of community patrons is acknowledged and appreciated.

The Jewish Federation of Reading/Berks is the planning, coordinating and fundraising arm of the Jewish community. The Federation raises and allocates funds along with the Jewish Federations of North America and collective efforts in support of many vital local, national, and international Jewish organizations.

The Sinking Spring Public Library has been serving the informational, educational and recreational needs of our community since 1965. The library is a place to stimulate creativity and intellectual curiosity as well as facilitate a love of lifelong learning for the residents of the Borough of Sinking Spring and all of Berks County. For more information, visit www.berkslibraries.org/sinking-spring.

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