Book Launch & Beyond
Snapshots from my book tour and the reviews, publicity, and media that have followed.
Even though it’s early, this year is already jam-packed with winners: spellbinding author-narrated memoirs, poignant and timely young adult novels, captivating original productions, and more. Explore some of the best audiobooks of the year so far across your favorite genres, plus our Editors’ Picks, your Customer Favorites, and the books listeners like you have been wishing for the most this year. –Audible, June 2017
Georgia Hunter (We Were the Lucky Ones) and Jillian Cantor (The Lost Letter) share their insights on the intricacies of writing historical fiction:
One of my absolute favorite genres to read is historical fiction. I loved being transported to a different time and place and I enjoy combining learning something new with falling in love with fictional characters. But I have often wondered if the rigidity of having to maintain historical accuracy impinges on an author’s creativity as they write. I asked two of my favorite historical fiction authors, Jillian Cantor and Georgia Hunter, to spill the details… –Read it Forward
Kim Berns and Meredith Bach of WGCH radio (out of Greenwich, Connecticut) talk shop with Georgia Hunter about the process of unearthing, recording, and publishing her historical novel, We Were the Lucky Ones:
Georgia Hunter speaks about the research and inspiration behind We Were the Lucky Ones on April 4, 2017, at the Chappaqua Public Library in Chappaqua, New York.
It’s been six weeks since the launch of We Were the Lucky Ones—a milestone made all the more monumental by the photos that flooded my inbox in the days that followed—photos of friends with the book in their laps at the beach, on an airplane, at home cozied up on the couch; photos of the U.K. edition spotted at Waterstones in London and at the Edinburgh Airport, and of the U.S. edition perched on bookstore, train station, and airport kiosk shelves across the country.
Today, these images evoke the same surreal, spine-tingling sensation as the memory of sitting on a Barnes & Noble stage with my pal Tommy Kail, talking shop for the first time as a two-day-old published author to a standing-room only group of some 75 of my closest friends and family, among them 2nd, 3rd, and 4th generation Kurc survivors from as far away as Brazil, France, California, Miami, and Chicago.
I’ll never forget that Manhattan launch event, or the others that followed at libraries, bookstores, and auditoriums throughout Connecticut and as far north as Boston, MA, including a stop in Providence, RI, where I snuck in a visit with the 8th-graders at my alma mater, The Gordon School.
For those who live in the NY/CT area, I hope you can join me for a final reading, hosted by the Chappaqua Public Library, on Tuesday, April 4th at 7pm. And if you’re near a radio or a computer tomorrow (Thursday, the 30th), tune in to WGCH between 11am and 12pm for my interview with Kim Berns, broadcast live from Greenwich, CT!
This project began nine years ago, with the simple goal of researching my family history—a survival story that, once unearthed, felt too remarkable to be left untold. It was a story I knew I needed to record, but I had no idea what kind of response it would ignite. I wasn’t prepared for the praise and the media the book would attract, or for the reviews that would bring tears to my eyes on Amazon and goodreads, or for the heartfelt notes I continue to receive, more often than not from total strangers, who have reached out personally by email or facebook to tell me what reading We Were the Lucky Ones has meant to them.
To the family, friends, bloggers, reviewers, readers, and fellow survivors (and children and grandchildren of) who have taken the time to share your connection to my story, I am beyond grateful for the feedback—thank you.
The images are far too familiar—the photos and videos of families pressed shoulder to shoulder in boats at double or triple the vessels’ capacity, desperate to flee the violence, oppression, and starvation in their home countries. Thousands, we’re told, perish during their attempts to escape. A lucky few make it to a safe haven. Millions are stuck—“warehoused,” I’ve learned, is the technical term—in bleak refugee camps, facing waits of unknown duration for a chance to start a new life somewhere, anywhere, safe and welcoming. Many wait their entire lives without getting that chance…–Georgia Hunter for Lit Hub
It’s official. “Pub Day” as they call it here in the States, has arrived. We Were the Lucky Ones has landed in bookstores (and on Kindle & Audible) across the U.S. and in the U.K., and might have even landed on your doorstep (as it did mine just a few minutes ago!), if you pre-ordered a copy. While I thought I was ready for this moment—it’s only been nine years in the making—nothing, truly, could have prepared me for the tremendous outpouring of love and support I’ve received today.
This morning, I told myself to find ways to pass the day slowly, mindfully. I stopped by an art supply store to pick out the perfect pen for book signings (talk about surreal!). I met my mother for a celebratory lunch. I visited my local independent bookstore to see with my own eyes my novel, perched on a shelf. In a few hours, I’ll head to dinner with my family and we’ll raise a glass to the Kurcs, and to all that’s gone into unearthing and recording their story. It’s been a day, as my grandfather would have mused, for the books.
To the friends whose calls and texts and emails I can barely keep up with…to the brilliant teams at Viking, The Book Group, Allison & Busby, and The Jenny Meyer Literary Agency who have worked tirelessly to shepherd this book into the world…to the authors, bloggers, and media who have put out mind-blowing reviews, interviews, and Q&A’s (most recently, Tara Leigh, Sarah’s Book Shelves, Reading with Robin, and Newsweek magazine)…and to my family: my parents, Tom and Isabelle, my husband Robert, and my son Wyatt…and to the relatives near and far who I’ve relied upon in countless ways throughout the life of this project—thank you for all that you’ve done to help bring this labor of love to fruition.
On Thursday night, I’ll kick off my book tour at Barnes & Noble in New York City, where I’ll share the stage with my good pal Tommy Kail (director of Hamilton)—and I’ll have the honor of doing so with the support of some 75 friends and relatives in the audience. With family flying in from Brazil, France, Oakland, Chicago, Miami, and Virginia (of my grandfather’s five siblings, four will be represented by their children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren), and with friends in from as far away as Vancouver, BC, it will certainly be a night to remember. To everyone who will be there—I couldn’t be more excited to share such a special evening with you.
I’ll be in touch with details on upcoming events and readings. In the meantime I’ll sign off by wishing you all a happy Valentine’s Day. I personally can’t think of a sweeter, more meaningful gift this Valentine’s than to know that my family’s story—a story of courage, perseverance and love—is out, finally, for the world to read.
Believe it or not, in less than two weeks, We Were the Lucky Ones will be out for the world to read. To the family and friends who have cheered wholeheartedly (and waited patiently) throughout this near-decade-long journey, and to the teams at The Book Group and at Viking that have offered immeasurable support and guidance along the road to publication – thank you — my story would never be what it is today if it weren’t for all of you!
I couldn’t be more excited to announce the dates of my book tour, which will kick off at Barnes & Noble in Manhattan on February 16th with a discussion between me and my good friend Tommy Kail, director of the Tony Award-winning musicals In the Heights and Hamilton. More details to come about that, and in the meantime, feel free to visit my events page or scroll down for a detailed schedule of readings. As you can see, February and March are going to be jam-packed with book-related happenings! All are free and open to the public. I hope you can join me somewhere along the way.
Please feel free to follow me as well on Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, and on Goodreads to stay up to date on everything from my latest events and reviews to sneak peeks into the book and the research it’s entailed.
It’s official. The countdown is on. T minus 11 days!
P.S. If you’d like to order a copy of the book, you can do so here – it should arrive on February 14th. (I’ve just ordered one, too, for the simple, surreal joy of finding it on my doorstep on Valentine’s Day.) To those who have already pre-ordered, thank you, thank you, thank you – I can’t wait to hear what you think of it!
Readings, Conversations & Signings:
New York, NY
Thursday, February 16, 2017, 7:00 pm
Barnes & Noble, 2289 Broadway (at 82nd Street)
With Tony-award winning film and theater director Thomas Kail (“Hamilton”)
Sunday, February 19, 2017, 2:00 pm
RJ Julia Booksellers, 768 Boston Post Road
Tuesday, February 21, 2017, 7:00 pm
Darien Library, 1441 Post Road
Wednesday, February 22, 2017, Time TBD
Rowayton Public Library, 33 Highland Avenue
Monday, February 27, 2017, 7:00 pm
Fairfield University Bookstore, 1499 Post Road
Tuesday, February 28, 2017, 7:00 pm
Brookline Booksmith, 279 Harvard Street, Brookline
Tuesday, March 7, 2017, 2:00 pm
Avon Free Public Library, 281 Country Club Road
Thursday, March 9, 2017, 6:30 pm
Sopkin Auditorium, The Miriam Hospital, 164 Summit Avenue
Tuesday, April 4, 2017, 7:00 pm
Chappaqua Public Library, 195 South Greeley Avenue
We Were the Lucky Ones ranked #18 on the Indie Bestseller list for hardcover fiction!
We Were the Lucky Ones is selected by Harpers Bazaar as one of 14 Books You Need to Read in February…”a tale of resilience and commitment to one another amidst the direst of obstacles.”
“Love in the face of global adversity? It couldn’t be more timely.” –Glamour magazine, on We Were the Lucky Ones
We Were the Lucky Ones is picked by Glamour magazine as one of the Best Books to Read in 2017
Thank you, Bustle, for including We Were the Lucky Ones in your “15 New Authors You’re Going to be Obsessed With” roundup!