In the Media
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
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.
That’s the question explored by Kveller and reposted by the Jewish Telegraphic Agency. Emily Burack interviewed Georgia for her perspective on the topic, as well as Julie Orringer, author of the acclaimed novel, The Invisible Bridge, and of the upcoming The Flight Portfolio. It turns out the reasons for the popularity of Holocaust stories are timely. Find out why.
“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.”
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.
Over 400 people turned out to hear Georgia speak about We Were the Lucky Ones at the Woman’s Club Monday Program in the elegant Historic Bolling Haxall House in Richmond, VA, on November 19, 2018. Georgia considers Richmond a second home, and it was a special honor to see so many friends and family in the audience. Here is a brief video interview with the Woman’s Club Eva Marie Clarke.
A new podcast on the literary website Sarah’s Book Shelves launched on January 2, 2019 with an interview with Georgia about We Were the Lucky Ones. The conversation takes a look behind the scenes at Georgia’s research, favorite books, book tour experiences, and even a hint about her work in progress.
The Resursy Cultural Center of Radom, Poland, announced that Georgia will be interviewed online at a Retrospective featuring her book, We Were the Lucky Ones, the story of the lives of her Radom-based grandfather and his family during World War II. Sponsored by Resursy, Retrospectives are interactive events held monthly to explore the history of Radom and to share insights, memories and artifacts relating to the city.
During the December Retrospective, visitors will be able to buy the Polish edition of “We Were the Lucky Ones” (“My Mieliśmy Szczęście”), much of which takes place in Radom. Georgia is grateful to Resursy’s Jakub Micek, who contributed to the narrative by assisting with fact finding about the history of Radom.
The event will also feature a vocalist performing “List” (“The Letter”), a song written by Addy Kurc when he lived in Radom. The original recording by Viera Gran may be heard here.
The Retrospective on “We were Lucky Ones” will be held on December 11, 2018, at 6:00 pm local time (12:00 pm EST), in the Chamber Room at Resursy, ul. Malczewski 16. After the event, the interview will be viewable on Resursy’s video archive (“Retrospotkanie 12“).
Georgia’s conversation with Anne Bogel for her “What Should I Read Next?” podcast is live on the Modern Mrs. Darcy literary website. The interview, dubbed “The stories behind the stories we love to read,” gives listeners an inside scoop on Georgia’s process in conceiving, researching, and writing We Were the Lucky Ones, as well as some current suggestions on what to read next.