Robbie “Kurt” Lavack is still going strong on his WWII memoirscontinued
2015 WORK IN PROGRESS
The book about Anna Skrainka and her family is based on her 36 page memoir. Chapters take readers through her life in Vienna and Hamburg before Terezin.
Walking with Oma and Alison Pick
The mentorship project with novelist-poet Alison Pick (www.alisonpick.com) through the Humber College of Creative Writing (www.humber.ca/scapa/ ) accompanied me to Africa and Tristan da Cunha. I enjoyed having the electronic company of a young author who’s written about the Holocaust and more. I started the important move towards the creative part of ‘creative non-fiction’. The original manuscript, written in art history mode, shortened and picked up much-needed dialogue. Hell, the characters all started to speak at once and I’m still sorting them out!
I’m currently in editing mode, hoping to have a version to float by literary agents later this year. Here’s the first chapter with SOME of Alison’s comments still there. Since I acted on her suggestions, you’ll find things missing. Read on to see how it works because you too might want to take Humber’s web-course, the Creative Writing Mentorship Program. SAMPLE CHAPTER Word | pdf
Walking with Oma - The Skrainka family story during three centuries on three continents is told by a granddaughter who follows her Oma into history and into hell itself. continued
Angelika Hoerle’s Heritage
Out Take One:
The Forebears aroused Polish-born, Luxembourg historian Marc Murzynski to investigate Angelika Hoerle’s “Fick” roots in what was at the time of her ancestors a Prussian Province. Murzynski Born in Massow, the hometown of Angelika Hoerle’s father and grandfather, plans a monograph on the former inhabitants of Pomerania who left or were displaced between 1900-1950. more
Angelika Hoerle’s Heritage
Out Take Two:
“The Developing Artists 1912-1914”
Things started to percolate for Angelika and Willy Fick in 1912. Willy began evening and Sunday courses in drawing and architectural drafting at Cologne’s Kunstgewerbe School. Angelika did all his assignments with him. more
My continuing 15 seconds of fame in Tom Thomson film West Wind: The Vision of Tom Thomson, a film by Michele Hozer and Peter Raymont, screened at the TIFF Bell Lightbox in 2012, followed by Q&A with the filmmakers.
The film was also screened at the Lakefield Literary Festival July 20-23, 2012. Catch my 15 seconds as a talking head, filmed in the Leith Church and the Thomson homestead, Rose Hill. The film is lovingly shot and brilliantly executed. Research kudos go to Nancy Lang and Rebecca Middleton—sleuths par excellence. I love comparing notes with them.