September 12, 2006
Wow! It's great fun when old books get new life. This coming month (October) marks the 50th anniversary of the 1956 Hungarian Revolution. And that means that all over the U.S. there are celebrations and commemorations going on as the Hungarian people remember an event that shook the entire world. It just so happens that Helen Szablya and I co-authored a book about that amazing time, and now we get to celebrate it all over again. The book is THE FALL OF THE RED STAR, a historical fiction account of Stephen Kovary, a 14 year-old freedom fighter and his family's harrowing escape from Hungary. The celebration is a Hungarian Freedom Party, which Helen and I are hosting Thursday, October 12th at Parkplace Books in Kirkland, Washington. You're all invited! We'll have a Hungarian dance demonstration, and Hungarian goodies to taste, and Helen will tell the story of her own family's escape with their 1o day-old baby. It's a startling story (can you imagine having to teach a baby not to cry at all, in order to save all your lives? Helen tells how it's done!) And in spite of it all, this story is one of joyful hope, of a people of strong faith and integrity, who know what True Freedom is all about.
I'll be filling you in on the details as the day gets closer--hope lots of you will join us for this evening of music and dance and exciting discovery. (Not to mention some delicious treats.)