Novelist and short-story writer Binnie Kirshenbaum is a two-time Critics’ Choice Award winner as well as being a Professor at Columbia University School of the Arts. Her keenly-anticipated and now widely-acclaimed novel RABBITS FOR FOOD portrays a writer named Bunny recovering from a breakdown. In her Boston Globe review of RABBITS FOR FOOD, novelist…

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Sonja Dümpelmann is a highly-accomplished scholar of Landscape Architecture on the faculty of the University of Pennsylvania’s Stuart Weitzman School of Design. Her latest book — SEEING TREES, A History of Street Trees in New York City and Berlin — is full of fascinating information presented with an appealing flow. And I am now pleased to…

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I’m proud and excited to be offering this interview with literary light Erika Dreifus. Reviewing Dreifus’s short story collection QUIET AMERICANS for The Quivering Pen, David Abrams said: “She’s a classic storyteller and there’s a clear, direct line from Isaac Bashevis Singer and Bernard Malamud to her 21st-century keyboard.” I highly recommend following Erika Dreifus…

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(Dr. William H. Weitzer, Executive Director of the Leo Baeck Institute) Leo Baeck was a leading German-Jewish rabbi who, during World War II, turned down offers to be rescued into the United States, as he did not want to leave his fellow European Jews behind. Deported to the Theresienstadt concentration camp, he survived, though all…

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(The Central Park West facade of the Spanish and Portuguese Synagogue) Janet R. Kirchheimer is a writer whose Holocaust-related poetry was praised by Nobel Laureate Elie Wiesel. She serves as a docent for tours of The Spanish and Portuguese Synagogue — Congregation Shearith Israel — on Central Park West at West 70th Street. In this interview, I catch up…

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(Photo by Harry Zernike) Sebastian Moll is a German-born writer resident in New York City. He reports on New York and the U.S. for a wide range of prestigious German publications including Spiegel online and the Frankfurter Allgemeine. Recently, I caught up with Sebastian for this interview. 1)  How did you first become interested in…

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Author Ralph Blumenthal, whose parents were born in Berlin, worked for 45 years for The New York Times, and still contributes to the paper regularly. I am pleased to present my interview of this outstanding writer. 1) Do you remember when you first heard about the Holocaust, and what you thought about it at the…

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Gary Haynes writes terrific thrillers — his past novels include STATE OF HONOUR and STATE OF ATTACK. His upcoming novella is set in part in Berlin during the final days of World War II. I caught up with Gary for this interview. I understand that your next thriller is set partially in Berlin in the final days…

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Luisa Weiss is the culinary force behind THE WEDNESDAY CHEF. For that blog, she tests recipes from newspapers’ food sections, often published on Wednesdays. Her delightful cuisine-centric memoir MY BERLIN KITCHEN has received rave reviews. Amanda Hesser, cofounder of Food52 and author of THE ESSENTIAL NEW YORK TIMES COOKBOOK , says: “Luisa Weiss writes with grace and ease…

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