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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
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 18 2020

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 ...
Oct 19 2016

Illinois Humanities Council names FSC a Road Scholar

Feb 23 2016

Association of Jewish Libraries reviews TWIN

Praise for Like Finding My Twin: “Every child should read it! Every school should teach it!” ~ Pulitzer Prize nominee James B. Lieber, author of “Friendly Takeover“ “An excellent introduction to the Holocaust... an important addition to any library” ~ Debbie Colodny, Association of Jewish Libraries   AJL review “A non-fiction narrative that informs and inspires...” ~ Hadassah Magazine
Apr 9 2015

Another sneak peek at my new book!

  Here's another look at a spread from my NEW narrative non-fiction book for upper elementary and middle school students, "LIKE FINDING MY TWIN: How an Eighth Grade Class Reunited Two Holocaust Refugees." This is in the beginning section of the book, which focuses on the friendship between Gerda and Edith. Copies will be available in June. I'll post more spreads in coming weeks. You can reserve a copy now ...
Jan 31 2014

A rock-star welcome at Gower Middle School, Burr Ridge, IL

  Thank you, Gower Middle School students, for the warm welcome and the beautiful day.
Jan 9 2014

Coming in March: Is It Night or Day? paperback edition

Square Fish will release the paperback edition of IS IT NIGHT OR DAY? on March 18, 2014. The book includes bonus material -- a Q/A with the author, a 3,000-word story of how 8th graders reunited the two Holocaust refugees featured in the book, and the Teachers Guide, which is aligned with the new Core Curriculum Standards. Fern Schumer Chapman is scheduling school speeches tied to the paperback release at ...
Aug 27 2013

How I spent my summer vacation…

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