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Literary Orange Presents Heather Morris in Conversation

Literary Orange 2021 logo CILKAS JOURNEY Heather Morris cover art April 14 event details

Literary Orange presents Heather Morris in conversation with Maria Hall-Brown.

Heather Morris has been travelling and has enjoyed speaking to groups of all sizes, since her book, The Tattooist of Auschwitz, was first released in the United Kingdom and Australia in 2018. Speaking on topics dear to her heart enables her to adapt to the audience in front of her. At schools, she engages the students in an informal chat. Heather asks the audience how many of them have read her book and based on the number who haven’t, she will judge how much of the story to talk about, or switch to talking about how she got the story and what kind of man Lale (the tattooist) was.

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From the organizers: "Since 2007 OC Public Libraries has hosted Literary Orange, Orange County’s premier literary event aimed at uniting authors, readers, and libraries in a celebration of literature. Literary Orange is now in its 15th year and we are hoping that you will join us virtually in 2021."


Event Date: 
Wednesday, April 14, 2021 - 6:30pm
Santa Ana, CA 92705
Cilka's Journey: A Novel Cover Image
ISBN: 9781250265692
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Published: St. Martin's Griffin - September 8th, 2020

From the author of the multi-million copy bestseller The Tattooist of Auschwitz comes a new novel based on a riveting true story of love and resilience.

Her beauty saved her — and condemned her.

Cilka is just sixteen years old when she is taken to Auschwitz-Birkenau Concentration Camp in 1942, where the commandant immediately notices how beautiful she is. Forcibly separated from the other women prisoners, Cilka learns quickly that power, even unwillingly taken, equals survival.

When the war is over and the camp is liberated, freedom is not granted to Cilka: She is charged as a collaborator for sleeping with the enemy and sent to a Siberian prison camp. But did she really have a choice? And where do the lines of morality lie for Cilka, who was send to Auschwitz when she was still a child?

In Siberia, Cilka faces challenges both new and horribly familiar, including the unwanted attention of the guards. But when she meets a kind female doctor, Cilka is taken under her wing and begins to tend to the ill in the camp, struggling to care for them under brutal conditions.

Confronting death and terror daily, Cilka discovers a strength she never knew she had. And when she begins to tentatively form bonds and relationships in this harsh, new reality, Cilka finds that despite everything that has happened to her, there is room in her heart for love.

From child to woman, from woman to healer, Cilka's journey illuminates the resilience of the human spirit—and the will we have to survive.