Audiences Respond

Brava & encore! Based on audience feedback, Pamela Schoenewaldt’s reading and presentation at Literary Rounds was ranked one of the best since the series launched in 2012. Pamela gained new readers who are already looking forward to her next novel. One physician remarked that Pamela is a writer who “has the ability to transform the surroundings and take the audience to the time and place the story happened”. Since most Literary Rounds attendees are healthcare professionals, being transported far from their typical work day environment is a welcome change. Thanks to Pamela for providing her audience with a much need break.
Donna Doyle, Health Information Center-Preston Medical Library
University of Tennessee Medical Center

“Knoxville, TN Chapter AH of PEO, International shared a wonderful morning program with Pamela Schoenewaldt. She transported us to the days of the late 19th Century and early 20th Century with visual slides and wonderful words! I already knew she was a superb writer and historian, but now twenty- two of us have seen how well-researched she is before she even sits down to start her books. She is delightful and wonderful to talk to and I eagerly await book number three next spring!”
Ann Rust, P.E.O. International

Pamela Schoenewaldt spoke with humor and passion about the hard work of writing, and also demonstrated the value of telling stories about people from times and places that we might easily forget. She offered historical background, through photographs and description, which helped her vivid prose make even deeper connections for our students. Students and faculty left, wanting to read her books, and perhaps more importantly, do their own research, ask their own questions, and share them with others. Rev. Anne McKee, Maryville College, Maryville, TN

“Pamela’s presentation of her 2nd book, Swimming in the Moon, and her readings of excerpts was a great success at the International Friends Club of TN. Since the book is a story of immigration, the club members (all first generation immigrants from 19 different nationalities) were particularly interested in the topic and enjoyed a presentation done so very well, both humorous and captivating with the help of a PowerPoint point slideshow, which revealed many details of the historical background of the novel.” – Gudrun Gorla, International Friends Club of Tennessee

Franklin Public Library chose Pamela’s When We Were Strangers  for its Community Read. The entire community, twenty-five library book groups, and the Friends of the Franklin Library book group participated. Pamela  Schoenwaldt  was the highlight of the program. She is an outstanding speaker. Her presentations at the senior center and the library were funny, informative and  engaging and she held the attention of the audience to the very end. Feedback from both programs was overwhelmingly positive. “Excellent pick, excellent speaker” were echoed many times over by both seniors, adults and youth.
Felicia Oti, Director, Franklin County Public Library (MA)

In June 2011, talented author, Pamela Schoenewaldt, presented to our group of 30 female donors regarding her book, When We Were Strangers.  She was warm, engaging and most intriguing.  Her historical understanding of the time period, coupled with her talent as a writer, and her approachable and friendly demeanor made her the perfect speaker for the group.  Pamela did an excellent job conveying both the joys and challenges of the writing process with the readers.  I would recommend her without reservation for other such speaking engagements as our donors still speak fondly of her today – two years later.  Kari Martin, Eastern Kentucky University Library

Our book club read and thoroughly enjoyed the ensuing discussion for When We Were Strangers. Given the current immigration concerns in this country, this book hit home on how times may change but issues in people’s minds remain similar; making for interesting and fruitful dialogue about American social and economic policies regarding immigration and human behavior in regard to fear, prejudices and hope eternal! A great book selection for all.  Knoxville Book Group

Choosing Pamela Schoenewaldt’s When We Were Strangers for our monthly book club selection took our group on a literary journey.  Her descriptions of place, from Italy to great American cities, left us feeling like we were traveling with, and living beside, the characters. We experienced their ups and downs!  The book brought out a thoughtful discussion on the meaning of friendship and hard work, and the author’s obvious attention to researching factual details added much to our conversations.  In the end, we were all in love with, and rooting for, Schoenewaldt’s main character, Irma.  We couldn’t get enough!  It’s a great read!  Elizabeth Cantrell, a member of the Webb Book Club

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Sunday, May 6, 2pm reading from latest work at Hexagon Brewing Company, Knoxville, TN.

Thursday, May 10, 6-8 pm presentation on research on the historical novel, Blount County Library, Maryville, TN.

When We Were Strangers, Italian translation, to be 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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