Breathe In Breathe Out

It’s now three days until my big debut at the Deckle Edge book festival Local Author Showcase.  It will be a mixture of newcomers like me as well as seasoned veterans such as Cokie Roberts, who received a “Living Legend Award” by the Library of Congress. Wow! I am just thrilled to be asked to participate in this event.

Let me mention that I am a card-carrying member of the Library of Congress, albeit currently expired.


Check out the award requirements. It is quite impressive:

Established during its Bicentennial celebration in 2000, the Library of Congress’ “Living Legend” award is selected by the Library’s curators and subject specialists to honor artists, writers, activists, filmmakers, physicians, entertainers, sports figures and public servants who have made significant contributions to America’s diverse cultural, scientific and social heritage. The professional accomplishments of the Living Legends have enabled them to provide examples of personal excellence that have benefited others and enriched the nation in a variety of ways.

Past recipients of the award include amazing humans and birds from every walk of life. Note: Big Bird is on the list. See for yourself: Library of Congress Living Legends.

I am assembling my props, including my Russian nesting dolls, and have decided to participate in the live streaming on Facebook Live around 3:30pm. This requires me to come up with what is called an elevator pitch to introduce myself and my book. I have called upon my daughter, the marketing/speech person of the family, to assist me with this.

I can do it. I can do it. Breathe in. Breathe out.


About kjw616

I am a genealogy detective. I have already written one book about my Irish family's journey from 19th century Ireland to the United States- a family history sprinkled with personal anecdotes. My second book was intended to be a similar story about my Russian ancestors. Instead, it turned into a tale of just my father's immediate family. It is the tale of what happens when 6 children from New Jersey are moved to the Soviet Union by their Russian-born parents during the Great Depression. It details who lives, who dies, and who is able to return to NJ during a time when leaving the USSR was not an easy endeavor, particularly during World War II and the Cold War. It is my hope that those interested in history during this time period will find this story fascinating as well as those fellow amateur family historians who will learn some of the tools such as, visits to the National Archives, and local libraries I used to uncover this story.
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