Thursday, November 27, 2014

Lest we forget, the terrorist attack in Mumbai

LEST WE FORGET: Yesterday marked the date of the brazen terrorist act of Lashkar-e-Taiba, a Pakistani terrorist group. The attack in Mumbai, India, shook the world, India and its historic Jewish community. Yes, time stood still at 2120 hours on the night of Nov. 26, 2008 throughout Mumbai. It was one of the worst terrorist attacks in history in which 174 persons, including nine gunmen lost their lives. Included in the carnage were six Jews at Chabad’s Nariman House, among them, Rabbi Gavriel Holtzberg and his wife, Rivka. Check my chapter on India in “The Scattered Tribe: Traveling the Diaspora from Cuba to India to Tahiti & Beyond,” (Globe Pequot Press) .

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Saturday, November 22, 2014

Little Did I know!

Little did I know when I wrote “Klara’s Journey,” an historical novel, (Marion Street Press) that a civil war would break out in Ukraine at the end of 2013. That’s just where the story of Klara Rasputnis begins in a tale of “betrayal, high drama and love.” And a new “Cold War” no less. Great reading in this historical novel re background in this crisis in  “Klara’s Journey,”  especially now on the  first anniversary of the start of mass protests that culminated in President Viktor Yanukovych relinquishing power. .”  Perfect Chanukah/holidya gift,, nook, ipad, Kobo, etc.  Follow me on twitter @bengfrank.



Friday, November 14, 2014

Speaking at Brooklyn College Alumni, Palm Beach County chapter

Having lived in Brooklyn, (short time, the truth be told) I’m honored to be speaking Sunday, 11/16/14 at the luncheon of the Brooklyn College Alumni Association, Palm Beach Country chapter, in Boynton Beach,  re the crisis in Ukraine and its Jewish community as well as “Klara’s Journey,” (Marion Street Press), an historical novel and story of “betrayal, high drama and love.” . Follow me on twitter @bengfrank.

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Risk in Ukraine, rising, at my book event 11/13.

The Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) says the risk of an escalation in violence in conflict-wracked eastern Ukraine is "rising,” according to RFE/RL.  The firing “has not ceased.” I’ll be answering questions about Russia-Ukraine in an “Evening of Travel,” at my book event, including, ‘Klara’s Journey,” an historical novel, and “The Scattered Tribe,” traveling the Jewish Diaspora. From 6 pm. to 8 pm., Thursday, November 13, 2014 Liberty Book Store, 330 Clematis St., Ste 117, West Palm Beach, FL, 33401 (Corner Clematis and Dixie Highway) 561-906-5399



Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Book Event, 11/13/14.

Cold War? David Cameron, British prime minister, says UK is not seeking a “Cold War. But, he quickly adds  "If Russia continues on its current path, then we will keep upping the pressure," according to the BBC. I’ll be discussing this and other parts of the Ukraine-Russia crisis, as well as traveling the Diaspora  at my book event from 6 pm to 8pm. this Thurs. 11/13/14 I’m @ Liberty Book Store, 330 Clematis St., (corner Clematis and Dixie Highway) West Palm Beach, FL 561-906-5399.



Sunday, November 9, 2014

The day the Berlin Wall came down.

Lest We Forget: 25 years ago, the Berlin Wall came down, a great day for freedom and the beginning of the end of the former Soviet Union. Yet today, anti-Americanism is once again a pillar of the Kremlin ideology, just as it was then and as it was 100 years ago, when Klara Rasputnis left Odessa to reach America. For a story of “betrayal, high drama and love,” check out “Klara’s Journey,” an historical novel, Wherever books are sold, Follow me on twitter @bengfrank.   In Florida, stop by at my book event from 6 pm to 8pm. Thurs. 11/13/14 I’m @ Liberty Book Store, 330 Clematis St., (corner Clematis and Dixie Highway) West Palm Beach, FL 561-906-5399.

Friday, October 31, 2014

Myanmar and my chapter on Burma

Burma is in the news: For background check out my chapter on Burma in "The Scattered Tribe, Traveling the Diaspora from Cuba to India to Tahiti & Beyond," (Globe Pequot Press) Ebook formats and wherever books are sold. In Florida, stop off at Liberty Book Store, West Palm Beach, 561-906-5399, bet 6pm.-8 pm, Thursday evening, Nov. 13. for an "evening of travel," re "The Scattered Tribe" and "Klara's Journey.