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May 1 2020

Happy Harper Thursdays is now available in hardcover!

We know many of you have been waiting for the hardback version of "Happy Harper Thursdays: A Grandmother's Love for Her Granddaughter during the Coronavirus." We are thrilled to announce it is officially available for purchase. Follow the ordering link below to grab your copy (or three) and have it delivered just in time for Mother's Day! https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/happy-harper-thursdays-fern-schumer-chapman/1136829920?ean=9780996472555
Apr 26 2020

Happy Harper Thursdays is now available in print and ebook!

Print edition is available at Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Happy-Harper-Thursdays-Grandmothers-Granddaughter/dp/0996472568/ref=sr_1_1?dchild=1&keywords=happy+harper+thursdays&qid=1587912581&sr=8-1 Ebook is available at Barnes & Noble: https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/happy-harper-thursdays-fern-schumer-chapman/1136829920?ean=9781087856971
Mar 5 2020

School visits 2020

It's that time of the year... Eighth-graders learn about the Holocaust in the spring, and I find myself hopping from school to school. Yesterday, my mother and I spoke at Hubble Middle School in Warrenville, IL. We have had the privilege of presenting to Hubble students for the last three years. Thanks to librarian Kristin Diaz for her determination in educating students on this important topic.
Feb 6 2020

Video conferencing with a Basel book club

Yesterday, my mother and I video conferenced with a book club in Basel. Amazed by the technology, Mom turned to me in the middle of our conversation and asked: "Are we really talking to a book club in Basel, Switzerland?!?" When she came to this country, she couldn't call her parents -- who had the first phone in her village, Stockstadt -- because the lines were unreliable and expensive. Some ...
Mar 15 2019

Living with her past

Students have changed my mother. At school speeches, they have listened to her story of fleeing Nazi Germany at 12 all by herself. They have asked her tough questions: What did you do? Why do you blame yourself? How could you think your parents didn't love you? They have born witness and have helped her to live more comfortably with her past.
Jan 23 2019

FSC presents at the Woodstock Opera House in Woodstock IL

Last Thursday, as part of the Woodstock Fine Arts Association Creative Living Series, award-winning author Fern Schumer Chapman captivated the audience with an inspiring presentation. Fern shared the emotional story of her mother, Edith Westerfeld, who painfully fled Nazi Germany in 1938 and journeyed to America as an unaccompanied minor refugee. Fern then described Edith’s return to her small German hometown in 2014 to witness the installation of a memorial ...
Dec 12 2018

Chicago Tribune reports on author’s school visit

https://www.chicagotribune.com/suburbs/deerfield/news/ct-dfr-author-visit-schumer-chapman-tl-1220-story.html?fbclid=IwAR34MeI6MacOTtmx-zNMtoSl-LZRVj0x4IHKdudSF_DTNrzQgBy-wxiZ3KU
Dec 7 2018

Great to visit with Deerfield High School students who read IS IT NIGHT OR DAY?

Presentation at Deerfield High School. Students read IS IT NIGHT OR DAY? and we discussed how the book resonates with today's issues -- restrictive immigration, unaccompanied minors, and anti-Semitism. Thanks to English teacher Stephanie Martin for organizing the event.
Dec 1 2018

CNN poll finds one-third of Europeans know little about Holocaust

https://www.cnn.com/2018/11/27/opinions/anti-semitism-holocaust-education-intl/index.html?no-st=1543583357&fbclid=IwAR2W9gLlBv20M5NVPyd6rvHwn3EFvg0IvBctjOEeQWc0KCpWWuPZ4T-pFlc
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