Essential weirdness of Philly

photoI went to graduate schools in Philadelphia (U of Penn in English literature and Temple U for radio-TV-film) and since my sister lives there, I return often. It’s a wonderful city, beautiful, wildly diverse neighborhoods, plenty of that history and culture stuff, affordable, and it’s got an essential weirdness that is just so great. Here are some examples. I will trust astute readers to match captions with the image: 1) a self-portrait in the Magic Garden on South Street, a wonderland of glass and found objects; 2) interior of the Garden; 3)  shop window display on, maybe N. 3rd, promoting I don’t know what; 4)  winter protection of a lamp post by a thoughtful Philadelphia citizen. photo 3photo 4Other examples coming soon.

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Pamela Schoenewaldt, historical novels of immigration and the search for self in new worlds: WHEN WE WERE STRANGERS, SWIMMING IN THE MOON, and UNDER THE SAME BLUE SKY (all HarperCollins).

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Tennessee Mountain Writers Conference, April 5-7, 2018. Two workshops: “Ancient fires for modern words” and “Blending narrative & description to empower your prose.”

When We Were Strangers, in Italian translation, presented in Pescasseroli, Italy, August 2018.

Recent Review
“Absorbing and layered with rich historical details, in Under the Same Blue Sky, Schoenewaldt weaves a tender and at times, heartbreaking story about German-Americans during World War I. With remarkable compassion, the author skillfully portrays conflicted loyalties, the search for belonging, the cruelty of war, and the resilience of the human spirit.”—Ann Weisgarber, author of The Promise and The Personal History of Rachel Dupree

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