Motherland

Cast members for Motherland, the play

Diane Dorsey, known for "Road to Perdition," "Ghost Whisperer," and "Last Day," will play my mother, Edith. Suzy Brack, known for her work on "That Wasn't Supposed to Happen," "Market Value," and "Bachelors Grove," will play me, Fern. Chicago Writers Bloc and Perennial Theatre Chicago are hosting the table reading with lights and sound effects on September 21, 2020. The festival features new plays. Location will likely be the Piven ...

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 ...

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

Finding her voice…

  After decades of silence about her family history, Edith, at 90, tells her story at the Illinois Holocaust Museum and Education Center of coming to America alone as a 12-year-old girl. This year, she decided to become a docent at the Skokie, IL museum.

Featured speaker for community wide reads

Tea and Talk with Author Fern Schumer Chapman Saturday, November 5 • 2 p.m.-4 p.m. • Aspen Drive Enjoy tea, cakes and conversation with Fern Schumer Chapman, the author of our Everyone Has a Story, What’s Yours? communityread titles! Listen to Fern speak and answer questions about Motherland and Is It Night or Day? as well as tell her latest heartwarming story of how her mother Edith was reunited 72 ...

Two community-wide reads programs feature both books

Cook Memorial Public Library District Community-Wide Read 2011 (from the library press release) No matter its size or composition, every family has a story to tell.  Join the Cook Park and Aspen Drive libraries as we celebrate Family History Month with our third community-wide read for adults and children! United We Read: Everyone Has a Story - What’s Yours? will feature local author Fern Schumer Chapman’s books Motherland (for adults) and Is It Night or Day ...
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