The following titles and their authors have made it past the initial “Slush-Pile Rounds” and will compete in the next rounds to see which titles will be Short Listed for the 2017 GOETHE Book Awards.
OLYMPUS NIGHTS ON THE SQUARE, Book 2 of the JULIANA SERIES by Vanda Writer – LGBT Coming of Age, Post WWII New York City
One woman carves out her own destiny and expresses her own truth in this coming-of-age story set in post-World War II, New York City. Vanda utilizes facts and the legal record to reveal that we, as a society, have every ability to be inhumane, but we must never allow ourselves to crush the lights around us, because to do so leaves us all in a bitter darkness.
A young virtuoso pianist rises above the many musicians of her time, blazing a path of passion for music and love that is hers and hers alone in nineteenth-century Vienna.
Helena P. Schrader reminds us that each passing moment is also history. To understand the events reported on the front pages of today's newspapers, there's no greater teacher than the past. This novel is filled with lessons we'd be foolish to neglect.
Can love blossom between the most unlikely pair in a multi-cultural, tension-ripe environment? Author J.L. Oakley breathes life into an often forgotten part of Pacific Northwest history in her beautifully penned novel, Mist-chi-mas: A Novel of Captivity.
Babylonian astrology and Jewish mysticism combine with Roman history to create a timeless story of passion and fate in Chuck Gould’s The Rabbi’s Gift.
A BIT of CANDY in HARD TIMES by Blaine Beveridge – Historical Fiction, Political, Prohibition, Pacific Northwest
Starts with a bulls-eye and enthralls to the last page. It’s tough to put down, so arrange your schedule accordingly. You’ll be waiting for Beveridge’s next book.
DEATH of a DIVA: from BERLIN to BROADWAY by Brigitte Goldstein – Historical Fiction, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense
A murder mystery that is rich in character studies, historical WWI & WWII accounts, and plot twists. Brigitte Goldstein is an author to watch.
The story behind any war is a difficult one to tell. "A Cherry Blossom" in Winter by Ron Singerton takes us into not just one, but two, cultures at the turn of the last century in an attempt to show us both sides of a decisive naval conflict that would shape both countries and people for years to come.
One woman clandestinely practices her art, risking not only her reputation but her life, in pre-renaissance Italy. Spellbinding and transporting. A must read!