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Stay safe and well during this health crisis. Although my programs to launch Sing and Shout: The Mighty Voice of Paul Robeson have been cancelled please stay in touch for information about rescheduling events. I would love to hear from you so be sure to contact me and send an email.

 

Susan Goldman Rubin

RECENT NEWS & EVENTS

APRIL

29

I had the pleasure of being a guest on John Mariani's show "Almost Golden." We spoke about Paul Robeson.

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APRIL

15

The big pink poster of Paul Robeson was hanging on the outside of the Center. Pictures 2 and 3 show Yusef Miller and me standing on either side of the poster of the cover of our book in the auditorium. Pictures 4 and 5 show me standing with bass-baritone Marvin Lowe. The 6th photo shows Marvin Lowe on the left of the poster, me on the right with Yusef Miller.




































APRIL

15

These four pictures of our event last Saturday include our fabulous moderator, historian Shirley Satterfield, seated on the left, and me on the right. In the the first 2 photos Yusef Miller (no jacket) and Marvin Lower (in a jacket) stand behind us. In the 4th and 5th pictures Dr. John Wolfe stands on the left beside Yusef Miller, and Edward Roebuck (in a light colored jacket) stands on the extreme right beside Marvin Lowe




































APRIL

15

Barbara Krasner interviewed me about Sing and Shout for her newsletter, The Sepia Chronicles, and here it is. Hope you enjoy it!

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MAR

14

I had a great time on Friday (March 11) presenting a sneak preview of my book Madame Alexander: The Creator of the Iconic American Doll to third graders at the Brawerman Elementary School of Wilshire Boulevard Temple. The kids were great and a photo of us will follow.

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FEB

17

Yesterday I took part in a Paul Robeson Program celebrating the extraordinary life and work of this singer, actor, athlete, scholar, and activist. The program was hosted by John Frank at the Will & Ariel Durant Branch of the Los Angeles Public Library. I hope you enjoy it.

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FEB

16

Here's the link to the radio show I did with John Mariani last week on Coco Chanel.

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FEB

4

Here is the announcement of the program on February 16th celebrating the life of Paul Robeson. This is a free online event so please join me!

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JAN

24

I'm thrilled to announce the release of my picture book, Madame Alexander: The Creator of the Iconic American Doll, on 10/18/22. Sarah Dvojack did the marvelous illustrations to bring the story to life.

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JAN

20

I'm thrilled to announce the audio edition of my book Mary Seacole read by Adjoa Andoh, a British actress and writer, and published by Dreamscape Media.








OCT

28

Here's the link to the radio show, "Almost Golden," that I did with John Mariani this morning. The subject this time was Maya Lin, focussing on her Vietnam Veterans Memorial since we're so close to Veterans' Day.

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SEPT

21

Here's the recommended "book list" that I put together for Quilts of Gee's Bend!

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SEPT

1

Two exciting announcements: "Sing and Shout: The Mighty Voice of Paul Robeson" is on the Bank Street Collect of Education's Best Books of the Year list. and "Mary Seacole: Bound for the Battlefield" was included in Bank Street College of Education's Best Children's Books of the Year in the 9-12 years-old category.








JULY

9

I had a great time talking with my host, John Mariani, on his radio show "Almost Golden" live from New York on station WVOX 1460 AM. Hope you enjoy listening!

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FEB

18

I was so pleased to be interviewed by Anthea Gerrie for her article on the Gee's Bend quilt makers in conjunction with an exhibit of their quilts that has opened in London.

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FEB

4

I was delighted to learn that Mary Seacole: Bound for the Battlefield is on a list of Notable Social Studies Trade Books from the Children's Book Council.

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JAN

13

I was delighted to be a guest on John Mariani's live radio show from New York, "Almost Golden," featuring guests like me who grew up in the Bronx.

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JAN

12

I was delighted that Karina Yan Glaser at Book Riot Kids included The Quilts of Gee's Bend on a list of her favorite picture books with quilting themes.

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NOV

30

The Chicago Public Library recommends "Sing and Shout: The Mighty Voice of Paul Robeson" as one of the "Best of the Best" informational books published in 2020 for kids in 4th through 8th grade.


















OCT

13

I received this lovely letter from Trevor Sterling at the Mary Seacole Trust. This is his daughter reading my book!


















SEP

30

I received a Starred review from School Library Journal for my book Mary Seacole: Bound for the Battlefield!

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SEP

30

I gave an interview to Roxanna Coldiron of Martha Stewart.com, which is now available online

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AUG

24

Here is a preview of the cover of my new book Mary Seacole: Bound for the Battlefield due out on October 13, 2020.

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JULY

29

LAVoyage, an online magazine, posted this interview with me.

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MAY

19

I did an interview with Elizabeth Gard on my book The Quilts of Gee's Bend for her podcast program on quilting in Sept. 2019.

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MAY

12

Congratulations to Barry Blitt, winner of the 2020 Pulitzer Prize for editorial cartooning. Barry contributed two witty cartoons for the chapter "Voting From the Grave" in my book Give Us the Vote! Over 200 Years of Fighting for the Ballot."














MAY

8

I was thrilled to receive my first hardcover copies of Sing and Shout: The Mighty Voice of Paul Robeson from Diesel, A Bookstore. Books can now be ordered! Harry Belafonte wrote a moving preface which begins, "Paul Robeson was an artist and activist whose voice could not be ignored."





MAY

7

Sing and Shout has been selected for the Children's Book Council's Hot Off the Press May 2020 showcase. The online display features new releases and is a resource for educators, parents and readers.





APR

23

Feb, 2020: Release of Give Us the Vote! Over 200 Years of Fighting for the Ballot.





APR

23

April 7, 2020: Publication of Sing and Shout: The Mighty Voice of Paul Robeson. Due to the pandemic shipping of books has been delayed. But pre-order your copy!





NOV

7

I had so much fun at Mount Notre Dame High School in Cincinnati. Thank you for choosing "Maya Lin: Thinking with Her Hands" as a common school read. Here are a few photos from my visit, and I greatly look forward to coming back soon.





AUG

6

One of my writer friends recommended me for this feature, and here it is. I hope you like the images I chose and the story I told.





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JULY

22

Happy to have received this 5-star review for my Degas book!





JUN

6

My friend Amy's daughter Emily and grandson Felix enjoying my Magritte book!













APR

25

Henriette Chardak has made a documentary film about Terezin concentration camp, "The Kids and the Monster with Moustache," inspired by the book Ela Weissberger and I wrote, The Cat With the Yellow Star. The French film is available in English. The password is ENFANTSfest.

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APR

19

Here is the cover of my new book, Degas, Painter of Ballerinas, that I did in conjunction with the Metropolitan Museum of Art.













APR

18

Here is an interview that I did with Deborah Kalb

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APR

12

On Saturday, April 13th, I will be at the Los Angeles Festival of Books at USC, speaking about Degas, Painter of Ballerinas on a panel, "This Is How It Happened: Young Adult Nonfiction" at 11:30 am at Mudd Hall 203.

MAR

1

My book Degas, Painter of Ballerinas, done in collaboration with the Metropolitan Museum of Art, will be released by Abrams on April 16, 2019. I'll be appearing at the Los Angeles Festival of Books to sign copies on April 13-14th.













FEB

14

Here are photos of Larry Brimner, Isabel Quintero and me participating in a panel discussion on nonfiction -- fake news and alternate facts-- with our moderator, Madeline Bryant, at the Los Angeles Public Library's Central Library.

The event was an annual gathering of Teacher Librarians from LAUSD high schools and Young Adult Librarians from the various branches. A full house!













NOV

8

I am so pleased that Jane Tanner has chosen The Quilts of Gee's Bend as one of the picture books recommended on her blog. Click here to check it out

NOV

1

Love a sale? Me too! This month only, my ebook Maya Lin: Thinking With Her Hands is on sale for just $1.99 across a variety of ebook retailers. Click here to check it out

OCT

17

I was thrilled and honored to see this article about me and my children's books In the fall 2018 issue of the Oberlin Alumni magazine. The editor featured the covers of my three latest titles: Maya Lin, The Quilts of Gee's Bend, and Coco Chanel. Click here to view article

JUN

20

I am delighted to announce that the 2018 Children's Literature Council of Southern California is giving me an award for Notable Contribution to the Field of Non-Fiction for my books Maya Lin: Thinking With Her Hands and The Quilts of Gee's Bend.

JUNE

14

On June 11 I was thrilled and honored to receive a gold award for Maya Lin: Thinking With Her Hands from the California Commonwealth Club. All of the winners were asked to give a short speech that was filmed and recorded in a video. Click here to view video





MAY

10

I've been named a Gold Winner in the Juvenile category of The Commonwealth Club's 87th Annual California Book Awards for Maya Lin: Thinking With Her Hands. This is truly a great honor.

APR

24

Book Q&As with Deborah Kalb has just posted a new interview with me for my book Coco Chanel!

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APR

20

The Bank Street College of education has named The Quilts of Gee's Bend as a Best Children's Book of the Year, 2018, and has selected the title for Outstanding Merit in its category!

APR

20

Here are some pictures of my book launch for Coco Chanel at the Brentwood Country Mart













MAR

18

Here are some pictures of my book launch for Coco Chanel at Children's Book World in Los Angeles.













MAR

14

Here are some pictures of me at the Tucson Festival of Books.

MAR

13

My book COCO CHANEL: Pearls, Perfume, and the Little Black Dress was just reviewed in Time Magazine.

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MAR

11

My book COCO CHANEL: Pearls, Perfume, and the Little Black Dress was just reviewed in the Wall Street Journal.

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FEB

23

A reporter from the California Apparel News interviewed me this week about COCO CHANEL: Pearls, Perfume, and the Little Black Dress.

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FEB

10

I'm pleased to announce that the PJ Library edition of Music Was IT: Young Leonard Bernstein has been released.

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UPCOMING EVENTS

 

On Saturday, April 9th, from 2:00 to 4:00 pm EST, I will be presenting a small program to launch Sing and Shout: The Mighty Voice of Paul Robeson at the Paul Robeson Center for the Arts in Princeton, New Jersey, 102 Witherspoon Street. All are invited.

 

 

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