Author Talk At Local Library

I have only one word to say after attending an Author Talk at the local Library : Wow! Just Wow!

Heather Morris is the author of The Tattooist Of Auschwitz (2018), Cilka’s Journey (2019) and the recently released Three Sisters.

The Tattooist of Auschwitz, is the story of how Slovakian Jew Lali Sokolov fell in love with a girl he was tattooing at the concentration camp and is based on a true story.

Cilka is just sixteen years old when she is taken to Auschwitz-Birkenau Concentration Camp in 1942, where the commandant immediately notices how beautiful she is. Forcibly separated from the other women prisoners, Cilka learns quickly that power, even unwillingly taken, equals survival.

When they are little girls, Cibi, Magda, and Livia, the Three Sisters of the book title, make a promise to their father – that they will stay together, no matter what. Years later, at just fifteen, Livia is ordered to Auschwitz by the Nazis. Cibi, only nineteen herself, remembers their promise and follows Livia, determined to protect her sister, or die with her. Together, they fight to survive through unimaginable cruelty and hardship.

Heather Morris is passionate about telling stories and these are mighty powerful stories.

Other than the stories themselves two things stood out having listened to the author talk about her writing :

  1. In 2003 Heather was invited to coffee with a friend who wanted to introduce her to a gentleman with an interesting tale. Lali Sokolov entrusted Heather with the details of his life during WW2 which ultimately became her first book. He also shared stories about another young woman, Cilka, which became the second book. Three elderly women in Tel Aviv then reached out to the author having read about Cilka and their story became the third book. The story about how these books evolved is as fascinating as the tales within the books.
  2. Heather Morris wrote her first book at 65. You go girl!

Has anyone read these books?

NOTE : The author has been in discussions with the NSW Department of Education who have added The Tattooist Of Auschwitz to the school curriculum. WOW, just wow…

25 thoughts on “Author Talk At Local Library

      1. Now, this novel, used in school curriculum scares me. That’s my biggest problem with this book is the fact that people will read it and think that concentration camps weren’t that bad

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  1. I’ve read ‘Tattooist.’ It fell into the ‘Probably Won’t Read It Again But I’ll Keep It Just In Case’ category for me. After reading this, though, I think it’s more likely I’ll give it another try, or give one of her other books a try. Thanks for the insight!

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    1. The author certainly walks the talk. If you ever get the opportunity to hear her speak you must make the effort. She remains in contact with the families of the three sisters in the book who were totally unaware of their mothers’ histories. I too will read at least one of these books now.
      Thanks for dropping by Donna:)

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  2. I have the first book on my shelf, waiting to be read, but I didn’t know she only started writing at age 65. It just goes to show that you are never too old for a new direction in life. It doesn’t seem to matter either, how many books we can read about WWII or the Holocaust, there is always a new perspective or story that underscores the horror that still chills us to the core many decades later.

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    1. I’m impressed that these stories are becoming part of the school curriculum. So many books failed to hold a students attention at high school. How are Donne’s love sonnets connected to the average 15 year old? I do find myself considering whether or not the books I am reading would be educational and interesting to high school students – some written by our Indigenous authors should be compulsory reading.
      Have a beaut week and stay safe. More rain coming….

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      1. Yes, I wish I had had more readable books in high school. Never understood a word of Donne, but rereading Gatsby last year for uni – made so much more sense at this time of life. I would have enjoyed reading books about the Holocaust and WWII, as it was quite an interest for me at the time – trying to wrap my head around that kind of evil. Totally agree about indigenous authors – all the things we never learned.

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  3. Sharon

    I have to confess I generally avoid holocaust stories these days for selfish reasons, it is hard to endure the horror of those stories, although I am glad to hear such a novel will be on the curriculum, we really must never forget.
    Wow only starting writing at 65 that is impressive.

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    1. I listened to a Professor speaking a couple a years back about how our Libraries are evolving and becoming the hubs of our communities. He discussed changes to Libraries all around the world. A newly built Library some 30 kms away is a perfect example – it comes with a Council swimming pool. 30 kms the other way is a new designated children’s only Library.

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