In the Media

New York Times Book Review

Honored to review “We Germans” for the NYTimes Book Review, in the 8/30/20 issue devoted to World War II at 75. This does feel like an opportune moment to seek out “perspectives starkly different from our own.”

NYT table of contents

 

 

Top pick at indie bookstore {pages}

It’s always nice to see independent bookstores featured in the media. I loved visiting {pages} in Huntington Beach, CA, during my 2018 paperback tour. Read all about this “book world destination” here. And thank you, Alex, for remembering my appearance!

“Alex Geffner-Millsten has worked at {pages} for two years. Next month, he’ll be organizing the the store’s booths at the Los Angeles Times Festival of Books, an annual weekend gathering which draws more than 100,000 people to the USC campus. Asked to pick a favorite author appearance, he thought for a while, then settled on Georgia Hunter discussing “We Were the Lucky Ones,” her novel about a Jewish family separated at the beginning of World War II and their struggle to reunite. The novel is based on Hunter’s own experiences — according to publisher Penguin Random House, she was 15 when she discovered that she came from a family of Holocaust survivors — and Geffner-Millsten recalled that Hunter’s talk centered around the extensive research she did, including visiting university archives and tracking down people in Eastern Europe.”

Sound Watch Interview

Georgia is featured in an in-depth interview in the January-February 2020 edition of Sound Watch News, a brand new publication distributed to all residents of Rowayton and Darien, CT. Lauren Henry delved into the backstory on We Were the Lucky Ones and asked about Georgia’s new projects.

“Inspired Stories” Keynote

Georgia is honored to be featured as keynote speaker at the Oklahoma Conference of Churches Annual Dinner, to be held in Oklahoma City on November 7, 2019. As reported by The City Sentinel, the theme of this year’s event is “Inspired Stories.” Registration info.

Thomas Kail featured in Vogue

Congrats to my friend Tommy Kail for the in-depth feature in the current Vogue Magazine on his myriad theatrical accomplishments and projects. And I’m thrilled to see “We Were the Lucky Ones” included in his news, below.

Among Kail’s strengths as a director, his greatest, Miranda says, may be that “he always makes sure that we bet on ourselves.” Clearly, Kail’s bets have been paying off (and, looking ahead, he has optioned his friend Georgia Hunter’s best-selling Holocaust novel We Were the Lucky Ones as a limited TV series). “I’m a populist—I want to make things that lots of people can have access to,” Kail says. “But I don’t ever think about what’s going to sell. I have a good instinct about what I think deserves to be seen, so—whether it’s a play for a hundred people or a TV show for potentially millions—all I can do is trust that instinct, do my homework, and let the chips fall where they may.”   –Vogue Magazine

What are Stanford Graduate School of Business Professors Reading?

Recently, Stanford Business Magazine published faculty recommendations for books to inspire readers to place the common good above their own personal interests. Topping the list posted by CNBC MakeIt is We Were the Lucky Ones. Szu-chi Huang, Associate Professor of Marketing, said, “This truly moving novel shows that even in the toughest battles, empathy and love can be our strongest weapons.” More recommendations here.

CTPost Sunday Arts & Style Interview

“After escaping the Holocaust, Rowayton writer’s family members lived lives worthy of a bestselling book, and now a TV series,” headlines a CTPost story by Joel Lang. The in-depth interview appears online as well as in hardcopy in the February 17, 2019, Sunday Arts & Style section of the Norwalk Hour and other Connecticut papers. Asked about plans to televise We Were the Lucky Ones, Georgia speculated that interest probably comes from the fact that it’s a “very global story told through one family’s eyes.”

Boston School Event

At an all-school assembly, Georgia addressed the 600+ students at Noble & Greenough School, then visited classes to continue the conversation in the context of their studies in writing, genocide and power. She was impressed by their insightful questions and comments. “Talking with such smart, curious and engaged students gives me hope for the future of public discourse,” Georgia said. Parents had a chance to see a presentation and meet with Georgia the evening before.