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Children’s Novelist Lore Segal to Read at Moravian College

Author and Kindertransport child visits February 26th

Lore Segal, author of Her First American, Other People’s Houses, and more than 20 books for children, will read from her work at 4:00 p.m. in Prosser Auditorium. She is the mother of Jacob Segal, adjunct instructor in sociology, and mother-in-law of Jean Halley, assistant professor of sociology. This reading is open to both the college and community and is free of charge.

Lore Segal was born in Vienna, Austria and lived there during World War II. When she was just ten years old, she joined 10,000 other Austrian, German, and Czech children on a train ride to England for safety. Her parents stayed behind, and although her mother did not want her to leave, her father strongly encouraged it. Her mother realized in the end that it was for the best.

From Dovercourt Camp where she stayed until an English home was found for her, Segal wrote letters pleading with the London refugee committee to rescue her parents. The committee was able to find them jobs as cook and butler in the south of England. However, soon after the beginning of the war, her father, Ignatz, was interned on the Isle of Man as a “German-speaking enemy alien.” He was released after the first of a series of strokes. He passed away during the final week of the war.

Segal’s first novel, Other People’s Houses (1964) is based on these experiences. She went on to publish many more books, including Lucinella (1978), Her First American (1985), Tell Me a Mitzi (1970), Tell Me a Trudy (1979), The Story of Mrs. Lovewright and Purrless Her Cat (1985), The Book of Adam to Moses (1987), King Saul and King David (1991), and The Juniper Tree and Other Tales from Grimm (1978).

She has taught writing at Columbia University, Princeton University, Bennington College, Sarah Lawrence College, the University of Illinois at Chicago, and Ohio State University. She has received a Guggenheim Fellowship and grants from the National Endowment for the Arts and has published reviews in the New York Times Book Review and stories in The New Yorker.

The reading is sponsored by Arts and Lectures and the English Department at Moravian College. For more information, call 610-861-1491.