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) http://amzn.to/J3Z47T Ebook formats and wherever books are sold. In Florida, stop off at Liberty Book Store, West Palm Beach, 561-906-5399, www.libertybookstore.com bet 6pm.-8 pm, Thursday evening, Nov. 13. for an "evening of travel," re "The Scattered Tribe" and "Klara's Journey.

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Launch Florida season book engagements!


Launching Florida season book engagements with “an evening of travel” at Liberty Book Store, 330 Clematis St. Suite 117, West Palm Beach, FL,  (cor. Climatis and Dixie Highway) from 6 pm to 8 pm. Thursday evening, Nov. 13. Both “Klara’s Journey,” (Marion Street Press) an historical novel and story of “betrayal, high drama and love,” as well as “The Scattered Tribe, Traveling the Diaspora from Cuba to India to Tahiti & Beyond, “ (Globe Pequot Press) will be highlighted. Both books on sale at Liberty Book store, http://www.libertybookstore.com/upcoming-events.html or if you’re not in the Palm Beach area, wherever books are sold. Follow me on twitter @bengfrank. www.bengfrank.blogspot.com

Friday, October 24, 2014

Invitation. Book Event,




Please refer: frankpromo@aol.com, 561-737-2325     For Immediate Release

LOCAL AUTHOR ON “TRAVELING THE JEWISH DIASPORA” AT BOOK EVENT AT LIBERTY BOOK STORE, WPB, FL, NOVEMBER 13

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“Traveling the Jewish Diaspora” will be one of the topics discussed by  travel writer and author  Ben G. Frank, of Boynton Beach, FL, at a book event at Liberty Book Store, 330 Clematis St., Ste. 117, (corner Clematis and Dixie Highway,  West Palm Beach, from 6 pm. to 8 pm, Thursday, November 13.

The meet-and greet book signing also will highlight  the “Ukraine-Russian crisis. Frank is the author of three books on Russia and Ukraine and will be launching in Florida his historical novel, “Klara’s Journey,” (Marion Street Press), an historical novel and “a story of betrayal, high drama and love,” that deals with the Russian Revolution and Civil War.

          “Those events a century ago were a harbinger of the current Ukrainian conflict,” said Frank who is the author of “The Scattered Tribe, Traveling the Diaspora from Cuba to India to Tahiti & Beyond,” (Globe Pequot Press).      Warren Adler, author of The War of the Roses, described “Klara’s Journey,” as: “A human struggle of epic proportions that will linger in the mind long after the story unfolds.”

Thorne Donnelley, owner of Liberty Book Store noted that Frank has been to Russia and Ukraine at least a half dozen times. During the Cold War, Frank, a former newspaper reporter and journalist, worked for Radio Liberty which broadcasts to the former Soviet Union and now Russia. His family is from the Ukraine.

At the event at Liberty Book Store, www.libertybookstore.com,  Frank will discuss “ traveling the Jewish Diaspora.”

The November 13 event is open to the public and light refreshments will be served.

 

Wednesday, October 15, 2014


“Civil war,”Stephen Kotkin writes, “was not something that deformed the Bolsheviks; it formed them … [providing] the opportunity to develop and to validate the struggle against ‘exploiting classes’ and ‘enemies’ …. For Stalin, the civil war was especially formative, since it gave him his first experience of executive power,” notes Anne Applebaum in her excellent review of “Stalin,” by Stephen Kotkin. “Check out “Klara’s Journey,” (Marion Street Press) an historic novel and a gripping saga of Russia’ Civil War. http://amzn.to/13Sp769. Ebk formats and wherever books are sold. ). Follow me on twitter @bengfrank.

 

Monday, October 13, 2014

Temple Beth El, Boca Raton, FL


I’’ll be speaking at the “Kickoff event” of “Passport” luncheon talks at Temple Beth El, Boca Raton, FL, this Sunday, Oct. 19, on my travels to Jewish communities in Asia, including Siberia, India, Burma, Thailand, Cambodia and Vietnam in researching my two recent books, “Klara’s Journey,” (Marion Street Press),  an historical novel re Ukraine and Russia, http://amzn.to/13Sp769, and “The Scattered Tribe: Traveling the Diaspora from Cuba to India to Tahini & Beyond” (Globe Pequot Press). Follow me on twitter @bengfrank.

 

Monday, September 22, 2014

Nobody lovds Russia


In “The Life of a Useless Man, by Maxim Gorki,  a character explains that “nobody loved Russia, that everybody robbed it and wished it every kind of harm, “ shades of Vladimir Putin’s outlook on the West. “Unfortunate Russia,” has been the mindset of those in the Kremlin for centuries. No wonder we have a crisis in Ukraine now and as we did, 100 years ago, when Klara made her journey across Siberia in the story of “betrayal, high drama and love,” in "Klara’s Journey," an historical novel.

Crisis in Ukraine discussed at "Klara's Journey," book signing event


CRISIS IN UKRAINE DISCUSSED AT BOOK SIGNING RE HISTORICAL NOVEL, “Klara’s Journey.”

 

With many in attendance, Ben G. Frank, author of  ”Klara’s Journey,” an historical audience pointed out at a book signing event at J. Levine Books and Judaica in New York City, that  while there are glimmers of hope that the bloodshed will cease in Ukraine, the truce “is very shaky” and fighting still rages around Donetsk.

            Frank was launching his historical novel, “Klara’s Journey,” (Marion Street Press), a story of betrayal, high drama and love,” that deals with the Russian Revolution and the Civil War that followed.

            On his part, Danny Levine, ‎President & 4th Generation Owner of J Levine Books & Judaica and levinejudaica.com, noted that Frank has been to Russia and Ukraine at least a half dozen times. During the Cold War, Frank worked for Radio Liberty which broadcasts to the former Soviet Union and now Russia. His family is from the Ukraine.

            In answering questions of those attending the book event at J. Levine’s , Frank pointed out that a small number of Jews have lost their lives and several thousand Jews have been moved or displaced to safer Ukrainian cities where they have been taken care of by the  Joint Distribution Committee (JDC), Chabad and the International Fellowship of Christians and Jews. More than a thousand have made aliya to Israel.

Frank said that the crisis in Ukraine had ignited a new Cold War, one that actually can be traced back the Russian Civil War of 1918-1922, the time frame of “Klara’s Journey which he discussed at the signing and which is available wherever books are sold and as an ebook.