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Elizabeth Rosner

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Elizabeth's first book of non-fiction launched in September 2017. "SURVIVOR CAFE: The Legacy of Trauma and the Labyrinth of Memory" features a compelling blend of personal narrative, interviews, and extensive research about the inter-generational aftermath of war, genocide, and violence. It was selected as a finalist for a National Jewish Book Award, and Rosner has been interviewed on NPR's "All Things Considered" as well as in The New York Times. The book is receiving dazzling reviews, and Rosner's important work promises to expand our conversations about addressing the consequences of the past in order to transform the future.

Her third novel ELECTRIC CITY was published by Counterpoint Press in October 2014, and named one of the best book
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Elizabeth Rosner Hi David. Thanks for your note and apologies for my delayed reply. I'm delighted to hear of your personal connections to Steinmetz, and truly apprecia…moreHi David. Thanks for your note and apologies for my delayed reply. I'm delighted to hear of your personal connections to Steinmetz, and truly appreciate knowing that there are ongoing re-discoveries of his important work! As for the Longboats, I was initially inspired by meeting a member of the Mohawk tribe in San Miguel de Allende, MEXICO (where I own a small home and where I am at this very moment). He was an indigenous dancer, close to my age, and when he told me his family was from Schenectady I realized that the living presence of his people had been invisible to me all my life. I began to investigate further and had an intuitive sense that Steinmetz felt his own deep interest in Native Americans... thus the characters of Joseph and his grandson Martin arose into being. That's the short version! (less)
Elizabeth Rosner I prefer to think of time spent away from my writing as time for my material to refresh itself, and perhaps to increase my tolerance for uncertainty. …moreI prefer to think of time spent away from my writing as time for my material to refresh itself, and perhaps to increase my tolerance for uncertainty. I admit to experiencing quite a bit of fear and doubt when too many days (weeks!) pass like this, but I have learned over the years that my own level of productivity isn't easily measured by the number of hours per day spent in active pursuit of words or sentences or pages. That being said, I often envy other writers who seem to have better strategies than my own for staying "on task." (less)
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Survivor Cafe

Dear Readers,

I hope you are finding your way to my new book SURVIVOR CAFE: The Legacy of Trauma and the Labyrinth of Memory. As I mention in my author's note in the opening pages, this is a book I've been writing my whole life. And although it's my first book of nonfiction, when you read and absorb it, you'll see how many of the themes and images have haunted my novels and poems and essays....

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“When I asked 'Have you ever had thoughts of suicide in your post-war life?' none of those I interviewed answered in the affirmative. On the contrary, the response of a survivor of Auschwitz, Jack Saltzman, echoed the sentiments of many: 'I wouldn't give the bastards the satisfaction.”
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“When I asked 'Have you ever had thoughts of suicide in your post-war life?' none of those I interviewed answered in the affirmative. On the contrary, the response of a survivor of Auschwitz, Jack Saltzman, echoed the sentiments of many: 'I wouldn't give the bastards the satisfaction.”
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Elizabeth Jan wrote: "Such a lovely profile pic, Elizabeth. Looking forward very much to your next book, whatever, whenever."

Thank you, Jan, for your kind note. I'm working on that next book... and eagerly awaiting the paperback release of BLUE NUDE this September.


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Jan Such a lovely profile pic, Elizabeth. Looking forward very much to your next book, whatever, whenever.


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