A New Year

ShirleyIconHappy New Year, Everyone!  2015 is a time for new beginnings and, even in this troubled world, a hope for the future.  January sees me returning to teach after a productive and enjoyable sabbatical.  I was also given the opportunity to spend time with my granddaughter, Zoey, who like a glowing light, illuminates my every step and continues to bring me immeasurable joy.  I wish I could offer all of you one of the delicious Hanukkah cookies we baked together.



Professionally, I am very happy to announce the publication of my book, The Music Makers, which has received a favorable review from Kirkus.  The book is now available online at Amazon and Barnes & Noble.  Additionally, the first chapter of the The Music Makers, “Virginia,” has been chosen as Scriggler’s “Publication of the Day” for January 10th.  Please check it out.  Also, look for my announcement for an upcoming book signing.  Until then, stay cuddly and warm in this deep freeze.

Scriggler Story of the Day: Virginia by Shirley Russak Wachtel
by Shirley Russak Wachtel
From The Music Makers
Shirley Russak Wachtel — Scriggler

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About shirleywachtel

Shirley Russak Wachtel is the author of The Story of Blima—A Holocaust Survivor (publ.2005), a novel which recounts the early years of her mother, Betty Weisstuch Russak. The novel s listed as a recommended novel by the New Jersey Commission on Holocaust Education. Wachtel is the author of several children's books, including a series of interactive mysteries, Charlie Wonder, Chef-Detective (2005), which includes several recipes; Brad Sureshot, Coach-Detective (2007) which details basketball skills; and Howie Rocket, World-Traveler-Detective (2009) which has handy foreign language phrases. In The Mellow Light (2009) is her first book of poetry. She is a professor of English at Middlesex County College in New Jersey. In addition, Wachtel is the co-author of Spotlight on Reading (2011), a textbook for college-level students. A mother of three sons, she resides with her husband, Arthur, in East Brunswick, New Jersey. Initially written as a doctoral dissertation for her Doctor of Letters Degree from Drew University, My Mother's Shoes , says Wachtel, is not just the novel of her life, it is the novel of her heart.
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