Sometimes the videos I post are entertaining and funny, great to share in store newsletters and through social media. And sometimes I share videos for quick bookseller education, because a recorded interview might offer quick insight into author’s thoughts, feelings, or state of mind. By spending 1 to 2 minutes watching it, you might gain a little more insight or one more talking point for handselling.
The videos I’m sharing this week seem to fall in the second category. You might have seen information about Somewhere There is Still a Sun: A Memoir of the Holocaust by Michael Gruenbaum with Todd Hasak-Lowy on Edelweiss, in an industry publication, or perhaps your rep mentioned it. But there’s something pretty moving about hearing Michael Gruenbaum speak about the relief he felt when his family received their summons to Terezin, because life in Prague before that seemed to be unbearable and he figured “it couldn’t be much worse.” Or when you catch a glimpse of the letter he uncovered, written from his mother to some friends, and you now have a better understanding of the book title origin.
I share these videos because, in my experience, booksellers work harder and are more strapped for time than any other profession. If I can help make you a better bookseller by curating and delivering information and content so you don’t have to spend time looking for it, then I’ve accomplished my goal.
Somewhere There is Still a Sun: A Memoir of the Holocaust by Michael Gruenbaum with Todd Hasak-Lowy (Me Being Me Is Exactly as Insane as You Being You) is a memoir for ages 10-14 and will be released August 25, 2015.