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Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Opening new doors

“Through my writing, I have made new friends and continued to learn about this world of ours in all its wonder, with all its challenges.” – Sonia Levitin

Sonia Levitin is a German American novelist, artist, producer, Holocaust survivor, and author of over forty novels and picture books for young adults and children, as well as several theatrical plays and published essays on various topics for adults.

A great role model for the young adult audience she strives to reach, her semi-autobiographical characters have a somewhat common theme of courageous main characters who are faced with difficult challenges and who must "take charge" in order to overcome obstacles.

This terrific writer is marking her 81st birthday today and showing us a new side of her creativity – as a painter.  Her expressionist paintings are being displayed to great critical acclaim in a new Los Angeles show.  But, of course, it’s her writing that continues to shine – something she determined to do as she recovered at the end of World War II.

“When I was only eleven years old, I decided to become a writer,” she said.   “I told this ambition in a letter to Laura Ingalls Wilder, (and) the die was cast. How could I go back on my word?”   Thankfully, she never did.

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