December 2, 2021

Best Selling Author Malve von Hassell Announces Release Of New Book, Tapestry Of My Mother’s Life: Stories, Fragments, And Silences Malve von Hassell is a freelance writer, researcher, and translator. She holds a Ph.D. in anthropology from the New School for Social Research. She has published nine books and a number of journal articles. The…

November 19, 2021

Christa von Hassell December 21, 1923 – August 15, 2009 Christa von Hassell was born in 1923 in the house of her maternal grandfather in Muttrin, Pomerania, near the Baltic Sea to Erika von Studnitz, née von Zitzewitz, and Lieutenant General Bogislav August Wilhelm von Studnitz. Christa grew up close to several military bases, moving…

October 2, 2021

Over the last year, my face covered by a mask, clutching a bottle of sanitizer in my pocket, and my eyes obsessively scanning my environment to make sure I observed the required distance of two shopping carts between me and others, I sometimes remembered the amber bear of Slupsk and took comfort in that funny,…

September 4, 2021

Check out this selection of new historical fiction releases.  There is a little bit of everything here–romance, detective stories, fantasy, adventure, and history, lots and lots of compelling history. https://books.bookfunnel.com/historicalreleases2021/oq1fjo2z8n/    

May 24, 2021

Check out this great sale of books for kids and teens! There is something for everyone on your list–read-aloud picture books, fun books, inspirational books, historical fiction, and fantasy, even entire series for your teen to get lost in. https://books.bookfunnel.com/mgyabooksforsale/ku8gjpainl      

May 18, 2021

The time-slip historical fiction book The Amber Crane about Peter, a 17th century amber guild apprentice, was inspired by three central themes. Since my childhood I have loved amber, a gemstone full of mystery and power. Amber is inextricably linked to the history of Pomerania, having occupied center stage in trade and politics over centuries….

May 4, 2021

Introduction In the course of my research for my historical fiction book Alina: A Song for the Telling, I happened upon the poetry of Yehuda Halevi, a poet from the 11th century, and felt as if I had come upon a pot of gold. Halevi was a Renaissance man of his time—a renowned philosopher and…

April 2, 2021

Benjamin of Tudela Introduction “Jerusalem […] is a small city, fortified by three walls. It is full of people whom the Mohammedans call Jacobites, Syrians, Greeks, Georgians, and Franks, and people of all tongues. It contains a dying-house, for which the Jews pay a small rent annually to the king, on condition that besides the…