Happy birthday, my dear book. It took a heckuva long time for you to get here, and I am so thrilled to see you. I really love you, and I hope the rest of the world does, too. Cheers.
Tomorrow is Tuesday, September 19th… a red letter day in the Schulman household as STOLEN SECRETS is finally released to the world. As many of you know, this book tackles such important subject as Alcoholism and Alzheimer’s, as well as solving a secret that could change the world. The contemporary and historical voices are blended together to create a Holocaust mystery that’s entertaining and, as it turns out, prescient to what’s going on in the world right now. So from now until the end of the launch day, if you purchase STOLEN SECRETS and write me from the Contact Page with a photo of your receipt, I will donate $3 to the Southern Poverty Law Center for each *copy. The SPLC, established in 1971, raises most of its funds through donations. They track hate groups and extremists, litigate for victims of hate crimes, and help fight prejudice and promote tolerance in the schools. (I am pretty sure adults will enjoy this one as much as teens.) This offer also exists to all guests attending my launch party on 9/23/2017.
*Donations raised from this website may not exceed $500. I am a giving, but still underfunded, writer. 🙂
Great news! The United States Holocaust Museum has told me that they’ve reviewed and approved Stolen Secrets for their museum shop. Since then, three more Holocaust museums have informed me that they are also considering my book. I am so happy, because I feel there is great synergy between the message of Stolen Secrets and the ambitions of the museums to reach teens.
As anyone who has read my author’s note will see, it’s very important to me that we keep the tragedy of the Holocaust, and history in general for that matter, as alive to kids as we can. My generation was touched by the many interviews and personal accounts of Holocaust victims in newspapers, radio shows, and on the Internet. But kids today will find less and less of that as firsthand witnesses of this horrendous tragedy pass on. Meanwhile, hate groups are only growing stronger and more active.
I believe that society has an obligation to make sure that teens understand the world before their birth to prevent history from repeating. I am so excited to partner up with these outstanding museums to progress our common vision!
Today is a big birthday for me. I hope you will read this whole, too long post. IF you were considering buying my book that comes out on September 19th, Stolen Secrets, I would love it if you would write a review of any length on Goodreads (anytime) and on Amazon (on or after it comes out) when you finish reading it. Honest reviews mean so much to authors. As a review from VOYA pointed out, because my mystery surrounds Anne Frank, teen readers may need to be hand-sold the novel, “but once they pick it up they will not be disappointed.”
There’s a scene in my book involving a hate group’s appearance in San Francisco. At this moment, a struggle is going on with the decision to allow a hate group to protest on a family beach here. These groups are everywhere—in every state, in every city.
Because I am happy to have the fortune to reach this decade marker, I am donating $5 per book pre-ordered in the next 48 hours to the Southern Poverty Law Center, whose mission is to fight hate and bigotry and to seek justice for the most vulnerable members of our society. My family stands behind their mission of equality. Please let me know that you did this in the comments so I can count you. Love you all!