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Sunday, September 8, 2019

9/9/19 @9:45am pst - award-winning producer, writer and director Catherine Dudley-Rose joined Janeane live on KUCI 88.9fm

LISTEN to today's conversation with featured guest Catherine Dudley-Rose


“PARALLEL CHORDS" is the true story of a young violinist struggling to assert her individuality amidst the intense pressure of her pianist father and the formidable weight of her own musical ability. The film stars Rachel Ann and veteran actor Bjorn Johnson, with cinematography by 
Kyle Krupinski.

The film screened during the festival circuit last year at Woods Hole, MA, KC, Portland Oregon, Columbus, Charlotte, and was chosen as 1 of 5 films by first time feature directors in the New Filmmaker's Forum of St. Louis International Film Festival.

The film also won best Cinematography, Best Narrative Feature, and Best Production Design in the St. Louis Filmmaker's Showcase. LA Femme International Film Festival awarded Catherine with the Best Feature Writer award at the 2018 fest in LA, sponsored by the Writer's Guild of America, West.


Writer - Director 

Catherine is an award winning writer/director, actress and musician. She has taught at the NY Stage & Film Program, the Broadway Theater Institute, and been a guest artist, director and performer internationally. She is a National Film Challenge winner, and an Emerging Director finalist in Seattle. She was a kick off speaker for the Citizen Jane Film Festival, celebrating female directors, and recently chosen to receive a RAC grant. She is an NEA funded grant recipient, for her feature length screenplay Parallel Chords and has been commissioned to write three other screenplays. She was awarded “Best Feature Writer” at the LA Femme International Film Festival for her debut feature film, which also won Best Narrative Feature, Best Cinematography, Best Production Design, and was nominated for the Emerging Director / New Filmmaker Forum in the St. Louis International Film Festival.

Additionally, she has created music for MTV, done string arrangements for Platinum selling Kate Nash, has performed on violin for an audience of 80,000, has recorded and/or performed w/Grammy artists, and numerous musicians of different styles. She has worked multiple times with favorite Theater World award winner, and recording artist Nellie McKay. As an actress, she has been in dozens of films, TV, and stage productions in New York and internationally.

9/9/19 @9:30am pst - Pen Pearson, author of Bloomsbury's Late Rose, joined Janeane live on KUCI 88.9fm

LISTEN to today's show with featured guest Pen Pearson

A poet in Edwardian London. A woman struggling to let her voice be heard.

In 1894, sisters Charlotte and Anne Mew take a solemn vow never to marry, and never to pass on the family curse: insanity. The spinster Mew sisters descend into genteel poverty, their mother on an invalid's sofa, Anne, the painter, in a menial job.

But Charlotte, the poet, will find immortality, and unexpected love.

Her path will require that she keep secrets and make sacrifices that may be too much even for Charlotte's determined spirit.

In Bloomsbury's Late Rose, Pen Pearson, herself an accomplished poet, has imagined a vivid and affecting story of a woman's life in Edwardian London that will engage and move every reader.

Pen is the author of Poetry as Liturgy and Bloomsbury's Late Rose, a forthcoming novel from Chickadee Prince Books about the harrowing life of British poet Charlotte Mew. The photo of Pen was taken in the public garden just a stone's throw from the house where Charlotte lived in genteel poverty with her sister Anne, an artist. Their residence has since made way for Bloomsbury Theatre, but Charlotte's unmistakable presence still haunts the garden and neighboring streets. Follow Pen if you'd like to be notified when Bloomsbury's Late Rose is released on Amazon.

9/9/19 @9:15m pst - LA-based director and screenwriter Ilana Rein joined host Janeane Bernstein live on KUCI 88.9fm

LISTEN to today's show featuring Ilana Rein

Ilana Rein is an LA-based director and screenwriter whose documentaries and short films have been screened at festivals, galleries and universities internationally. Her award-winning documentary short WE ARE ALL CYLONS premiered at Sci-Fi London in 2011 and enjoyed a long international festival run. She also wrote and directed the short film ELLIPSE, which was shot on location at The Royal Observatory in the U.K. and premiered in May 2013 at the BFI in London. What’s interesting about her is that despite her extensive career as a filmmaker, she did not get around to making her first feature film until she was 50, something I find extremely inspiring and shows that it’s never too late!

Written and directed by Ilana Rein and co-written with Brian Smith, PERCEPTION is provocative thriller about the psychic phenomena that shows the struggle between one’s beliefs and one’s ability to question them. Check out the trailer below along with additional info on the film and let me know what you think. Would love to set up a time for you and Ilana to chat on your radio show if you have time.

Directed by: Ilana Rein

Written by: Ilana Rein and Brian Smith

Produced by: Ilana Rein, Brian Smith, and B.D. Gunnell

Runtime: 101 minutes

Website: www.perceptionamovie.com

Starring: Wes Ramsey (General Hospital, Charmed), Meera Rohit Kumbhani (This Is Us, Dave Made a Maze), Caitlin Mehner (Best of Enemies, Ocean’s 8), and Max Jenkins (High Maintenance, Dead to Me)

Synopsis: When Daniel, a successful real estate developer, must evict Nina, a mysterious small-time psychic struggling to provide for her young son, the last thing he expects in return is a free reading. But when Nina senses the spirit of Daniel’s dead wife, a once-promising artist, his desire to reconnect with her quickly becomes an obsession. Haunted by memories, Daniel is determined to reunite with his wife—who may have designs of her own. Soon, Daniel and Nina must each decide how far they’ll go to get what they want in this supernatural, psychological thriller.

PERCEPTION will be available on the following digital platform: iTunes, Amazon Prime Video, VUDU, Google Play, YouTube, Microsoft Store, FandangoNow, Redbox on Demand, Vimeo, Comcast, Spectrum, Cox, Dish Network, Verizon Fios, Frontier, Suddenlink, Mediacom, Armstrong, WOW!, and Shaw.

iTunes pre-order available HERE

9/9/19 @9am pst - memoirist Hendrika de Vries joined Janeane live on KUCI 88.9fm

Memoirist Embodies Resistance in Nazi-era Title

LISTEN to today's show with Hendrika de Vries

A nail-biting tale of female strength, spiritual resilience and resistance to evil that is relevant today. You won’t forget this beautifully written story ––Dr. Betsy Cohen, psychoanalyst

SANTA BARBARA, CALIFORNIA – In her award-winning memoir When a Toy Dog Become a Wolf and the Moon Broke Curfew (She Writes Press, August 27, 2019), Hendrika de Vries focuses on the importance of female empowerment. A story of survival and the power of love, courage, and imagination in a time of violent oppression, Hendrika de Vries shows how the bond between mother-daughter is made stronger amidst subversive activities and acts of moral courage.

Born when girls were to be housewives and mothers, a Dutch “daddy’s girl” in Nazi-occupied Amsterdam learns about female empowerment when her father is deported to a POW camp in Germany and her mother joins the Resistance. Freedoms taken for granted are eroded with escalating brutality by men with swastika armbands who aim to exterminate those they deem “inferior” and those who do not obey.

Following de Vries’ journey from child- to woman-hood, When A Toy Dog Became a Wolf and the Moon Broke Curfew bears witness to the strength that flourishes despite oppression, the power of women existing beyond cultural gender roles of the time, and shows that memories hold the keys to the betterment of our future. A therapist for over thirty years, de Vries has used her experience healing the trauma of others’ to tap into her childhood memories of Nazi-occupation to empower others to stand up in the face of injustice.

Author of When a Toy Dog Became a Wolf and the Moon Broke Curfew, Hendrika de Vries’ life experiences, from the dark days of Nazi-occupied Amsterdam as a child, through her years as a swimming champion, young wife and mother in Australia, and a move to America in the sixties, have infused her work as a therapist, teacher, and writer. Hendrika holds a BA (with Phi Beta Kappa) from the University of Colorado, an MTS (cum laude) in theological studies from Virginia Theological Seminary, and an MA in counseling psychology from Pacifica Graduate Institute. Read more on www.agirlfromamsterdam.com

When a Toy Dog Became a Wolf and the Moon Broke Curfew

Hendrika de Vries | August 27, 2019 | She Writes Press

Paperback ISBN: 978-1-63152-658-9 | Memoir

This beautifully crafted memoir reminds us that we are never far from oppression by those who wish to silence us.–– Maureen Murdock, author of The Heroine’s Journey: Woman’s Quest for Wholeness

She is a master storyteller. –– Dennis Patrick Slattery, Ph.D.

From the first page, DeVries’ book left me holding my breath at what she and her parents went through when the Nazis took over Amsterdam; one of the worst times in western history. When at age five, she lost a comfortable and safe world. DeVries’ storytelling makes this nonfiction book read like a good novel. Readers almost 'live' what she and her family experienced and how they rebuilt their life. - Nonfiction Authors Association Book Awards Program

In an interview, Hendrika de Vries will discuss:

  • The significance behind her memoir’s title and what it represents
  • Her experience as a child in Nazi occupied Amsterdam
  • How male presence shaped her understanding of gender and the absence of her father in her early years influenced her relationship with her mother
  • The xenophobia and violence in today’s political climate, and how looking at our past can help guide our future
  • What led her to becoming a therapist
  • How she uses dreams and intuitive imagination to facilitate recovery in her patients

Her experience as a mother and what being a woman means to her––the mother-daughter relationship

Author of When a Toy Dog Became a Wolf and the Moon Broke Curfew, Hendrika de Vries’ life experiences, from the dark days of Nazi-occupied Amsterdam as a child, through her years as a swimming champion, young wife and mother in Australia, and a move to America in the sixties, have infused her work as a therapist, teacher, and writer. Hendrika holds a BA (with Phi Beta Kappa) from the University of Colorado, an MTS (cum laude) in theological studies from Virginia Theological Seminary, and an MA in counseling psychology from Pacifica Graduate Institute. Read more on www.agirlfromamsterdam.com

Sunday, September 1, 2019

9/2/19 @9:30am pst - Emmy Award Winning Actress Holland Taylor and Dr. James Mellon of the Global Truth Center Los Angeles joined Janeane to talk about “The Inner View” event featuring Holland Taylor

“The Inner View” series
Welcomes Special Guest,
Emmy Award Winning actress Holland Taylor
at Global Truth Center Los Angeles

LISTEN to today's conversation
with Holland Taylor and Dr. James Mellon.

Iconic actress Holland Taylor has endeared our hearts for decades with diverse roles on the Broadway stage, television and film. Adored in “Bosom Buddies,” “The Practice,” and “Two and a Half Men,” along with blockbuster films “Legally Blonde” and “The Truman Show,” she is a beloved talent we all relate to.

Now the Emmy Award winning actress will reveal her truest character, herself, as a featured guest of “The Inner View,” hosted by Dr. James Mellon at Global Truth Center Los Angeles Friday, September 6 at 7:30pm.

In today’s world of sound bites and viral memes, “The Inner View” offers an intimate exchange where real conversation reveals the truth of who we are. The show’s host, Dr. James Mellon, actor, author, composer, and founding Spiritual Director of Global Truth Center Los Angeles says, “I’m interested in discovering how Holland got to be who she is today.” With provocative, emotional, sometimes hilarious, and always entertaining perspectives, he brings stories to light.

Holland Taylor’s life story is not unlike her eclectic acting career. New York Magazine said “Miss Taylor is one of the few utterly graceful, attractive, elegant and technically accomplished actresses in our theatre.” As a playwright, she wrote and starred in “Ann,” earning a Tony nomination for her portrayal of Governor Ann Richards of Texas. Taylor has also shared the screen with Tom Hanks, Reese Witherspoon, Tina Fey, Nicole Kidman, and Jim Carey, among others. She holds a master’s degree in Spiritual Psychology. As a gay woman in a male dominated industry, she shares a relationship with an actress 30 years her junior.

The evening’s “The Inner View” topics will be unbridled, touching upon the grace of aging in a modern world, success in a changing business, sexuality, relationships, and whatever comes up!

Tickets for an intimate evening of discovery are $30. They can be purchased upon arrival or in advance at globaltruthcenter.org The show will also be offered on live stream. Doors open at 7:00pm. Show begins at 7:30pm.

The address of Global Truth Center Los Angeles is 880 Hampshire Road, Suite W, Westlake Village, CA 91361. Phone info at 818.508.7171.

*Global Truth Center Los Angeles is a place where all are welcome, sharing the belief we are One people living on One planet. With the goal to create a safe and sacred place where an individual can discover his or her own spiritual path and personal purpose in life, the Center honors the love inherent in all of humankind, bringing us a commonality of Spirit and Soul.

The New Yorker has called Holland Taylor "the first vaudeville Gentile we ever saw." Her New York stage performances include Bess in Breakfast with Les and Bess, the original productions of Butley, opposite Alan Bates, and A.R. Gurney's The Cocktail Hour. She still holds her head high after taking over for Eve Arden, and one week later, opening the historic flop, Moose Murders. Recently she took Broadway by storm as writer and star of ANN, a one-woman show about the late Texas Governor Ann Richards, which resulted in rave reviews, a TONY Award nomination for Best Actress, Drama Desk and Drama League nominations, and the Outer Circle Critics award for Best Solo Performance. There is a filmed version for broadcast of the 2016 production of ANN presented at Zach Theatre in Austin, Texas, where Holland reprised the role and brought ANN home to Texas. 

Following her Broadway run in ANN, Holland appeared in a movie titled Kepler's Dream, an inspiring film for a young audience, and last season in New York, she played another character who never leaves the stage and talks a LOT, in Pulitzer prize winner David Lindsay Abaire's dark comedy, Ripcord, at the Manhattan Theatre Club. This spring Holland wound up a four-month limited run on Broadway in the star-studded revival of The Front Page, opposite Nathan Lane, John Slattery, Robert Morse, John Goodman and other luminaries. Over the years in Los Angeles, she has performed on stage in Kindertransport, and played opposite Christopher Lloyd in Yasmina Reza's The Unexpected Man at the Geffen. She has given narrations for the Los Angeles Philharmonic with Essa-Pekka Salonen and John Adams, and narrated the Harry Potter Suite for John Williams at the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. 

She has worked extensively in film and television, appearing in Romancing the Stone, Jewel of the Nile, To Die For, Next Stop Wonderland, One Fine Day, George of the Jungle, The Truman Show, Happy Accidents, Spy Kids (2 & 3), Keeping the Faith, Legally Blonde, and Baby Mama, with Tina Fey and Amy Poehler. On television, Holland has been nominated for the Emmy seven times, winning Best Supporting Actress in a Drama for the sexy, brilliant Judge Roberta Kittleson on The Practice. Among her numerous series starring roles: The Powers that Be, Norman Lear's short-lived but highly acclaimed political satire, Bosom Buddies, with Tom Hanks, and, of course, the juggernaut, Two and a Half Men, with her dear boys, Charlie Sheen, Jon Cryer and number 3 son, Ashton Kutcher. Holland was recently featured in Sebastian Lelio’s Gloria with Julianne Moore. Her current project: Mr. Mercedes, a limited TV series for Audience Network, starring the great Irish actor Brenden Gleeson, written by Executive Producer David Kelley, run by director Jack Bender, based on a trilogy of novels by Stephen King.


Dr. James J. Mellon is the founding Spiritual Director of Global Truth Center, Los Angeles, having founded the Center in 2003 under the name “The NoHo Arts Center for New Thought.” His extensive background in the entertainment industry covers theatre, television, film, recording and dance and his vision statement for his life is “Enlightenment Through Entertainment.”

James Mellon received his Doctorate of Consciousness Studies from the Emerson Theological Institute in Northern California and is an ordained minister of Centers For Spiritual Living, a teaching that sees the Good/God in everyone and honors all walks of life that support and foster Love. He lives in Los Angeles, where he is the Founding Pastor of the Global Truth Center, a non-denominational Center whose vision statement is “Love Only - Forgive Everything - Remember Who You Are!”

Dr. James’ focus for the past twenty years has been to explore the intersection between Spirituality and the Arts. “Enlightenment Through Entertainment” is his mission statement and Dr. James’ vision and ministry is constantly expanding and exploring new ways to teach principle through music, dance, art and drama.

As an actor he made his Broadway debut as Riff in WEST SIDE STORY, directed by Jerome Robbins, and performed in many plays and musicals including, A CHORUS LINE (Broadway), 42ND STREET (Billy Lawlor - National Tour), THE FIFTH OF JULY (Regional) and Jesus in JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR (Chicago). He has worked at such theatres as The Goodspeed Opera House, The New York Shakespeare Festival, Cleveland Playhouse, The Kennedy Center, The Folger Theatre in Washington D.C., as well as The Williamstown Theatre Festival.

For NoHo ACE, the Arts Ministry of GTC, Dr. Mellon directed JERUSELEM, A BOY CALLED LIZARD (Ovation nomination - Original Musical), FEED (LA Weekly nomination – Direction), THE GHOST AND MRS. MUIR (Ovation nomination, LA Weekly nomination – Original Musical), BUSH IS BAD (LA Weekly Award – Acting Ensemble, nomination – Best Musical) and PEST CONTROL (LA Weekly Nomination – Best Musical), THE RED ROOM and THE LIGHT BULB (Both World Premiere Plays). He is also the director/writer/co-composer of ACE’s seasonal yuletide hit, YO HO HO! A PIRATE’S CHRISTMAS. Mr. Mellon has directed and choreographed productions around the country, including: New York (Provincetown Playhouse); Boston (Charles Playhouse); Washington DC (“The Fantasticks” with Greater Tuna stars Jaston Williams and Joe Sears - Fords Theater); Austin (Paramount Theater); Dallas (Watertower Theater); and Fort Worth (Casa Manana). He has also choreographed for the children’s Television Workshop (PBS – “Mathnet”), and a host of commercials.

As a writer, Dr. Mellon adapted Oscar Wilde’s “The Picture of Dorian Gray” into the World Premiere Musical, DORIAN, which premiered at The Denver Center’s Buell Theatre in the fall of 2004. It subsequently opened The NoHo Arts Center’s first season in 2005 and went on to receive Ovation, LA Weekly, Backstage and Drama Critics nominations. James adapted THE GHOST AND MRS MUIR from the novel of the same name as well as A BOY CALLED LIZARD from the Dennis Covington novel, “Lizard.” His original musical, AN UNFINISHED SONG, was nominated for numerous awards and has been produced in New York, Los Angeles, Boston, Maine and Sydney, Australia. His one-man show, SISSYBOY, premiered in the winter of 2016 to great acclaim and is currently being written as a television series.

Samuel French has recently published two of Dr. Mellon’s original musicals: YO HO HO! A PIRATE’S CHRISTMAS and A BOY CALLED LIZARD. The latter received the 2012 AATE Award (American Association for Theatre and Education) for best adaptation of a musical.

James shares his life with his husband Kevin Bailey and their children William and Nora. Their Production Company, MB Artists, Inc., was the Executive Producer of the Holland Taylor play, ANN, which went from North Hollywood to Broadway’s Vivian Beaumont Theater at Lincoln Center. Ms. Taylor went on to receive a Tony Nomination for her performance as Governor Ann Richards of Texas, as well as numerous other awards and accolades.

Dr. Mellon is a sought-after speaker, teacher and inspirational leader in the field of personal growth. He is the author of the book, MENTAL MUSCLE, 16-WEEKS OF SPIRITUAL BOOT CAMP and lectures throughout the United States and Canada. His new book, THE FIVE QUESTIONS has just been completed and will be published in the fall of 2019. You can find more information about his spiritual work at www.globaltruthcenter.org

Global Truth Center

The Global Truth Center is an inclusive, spiritual community whose Vision Statement is:
"Love Only - Forgive Everything - Remember Who You Are!" www.globaltruthcenter.org

9/2/19 @9:15am pst - Author, performer, and screenwriter, Georgia Clark joined Janeane on KUCI 88.9fm. She wrote the critically acclaimed novel, The Regulars, and the "witty, sexy" (L.A. Times) The Bucket List, both Simon & Schuster, and others. Georgia Clark, the host and founder of the popular storytelling night, Generation Women

LISTEN to today's conversation with Georgia Clark

Short story: Georgia Clark is an author, performer, and screenwriter. She wrote the critically acclaimed novel, The Regulars, and the "witty, sexy" (L.A. Times) The Bucket List, both Simon & Schuster, and others. Georgia is the host and founder of the popular storytelling night, Generation Women. She is currently working on her fifth novel, out in 2021. A native Australian, she lives in Brooklyn with her wife and a fridge full of cheese.

Long story: Georgia Clark is an author, screenwriter, and performer currently living in New York City. Her fourth novel, The Bucket List, came out in summer 2018. Her third novel, The Regulars, was her first adult fiction novel. The Regulars was translated into half a dozen languages and was developed as a pilot for CBS Studios.

Georgia is the host and creator of the New York Times-recommended Generation Women, a monthly storytelling night in Brooklyn, NY. Generation Women invites six women of note from six different generations, 20s through 70s, to share an original story on a theme. There is a sister show in Sydney.

Georgia has received a grant for her fiction and has been selected to attend various writer’s residencies in the US and Europe.

She co-wrote the play Pickles & Hargraves, and the Curse of the Tanzanian Glimmerfish with Ryan Williams which was selected for a five-show run at the New York International Fringe Festival in 2014.

In Australia, Georgia won a national film and TV pitching competition and wrote for the TV drama Home & Away. She worked as a freelance journalist for over ten years and was published in Cosmo, Bust, In-Style, Daily Life and many more.

Georgia performed improv in New York for seven years and is a former UCB house team member. Georgia is enthusiastically vegetarian, proudly queer, definitely a city-dweller, and a long-time lover and supporter of the arts, including Australia's Erotic Fan Fiction community (of which Eddie Sharp kindly credits her as a co-creator). She loves beach days, group dinners, and her beautiful fiancée.

9/2/19 at 9:00am pst - E.R. Ramzipoor, a writer and content marketer, joined Janeane on KUCI 88.9fm

LISTEN to today's conversation
with Evan (author 
E.R. Ramzipoor).

In our own age of “fake news” and social media blitz-storms, and with real journalism under constant siege, it is important to remember the role propaganda plays promoting both right and wrong at crucial moments in history. When first time novelist E.R. Ramzipoor discovered the forgotten story of a satirical anti-Nazi newspaper created and distributed by the Resistance in occupied Belgium she knew she had hit upon a story with both historical significance and contemporary resonance. Her dazzling debut, The Ventriloquists (Park Row Books; August 27, 2019) brings riveting tension and surprising humor to this little known chapter of World War II history as she “reminds us that so much of what we read, hear and watch is propaganda—for someone, for some organization, some country” (Heather Morris, #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Tattooist of Auschwitz).


Brussels, 1943. The Nazi occupiers have hatched a plan to turn the resistance newspapers into Nazi propaganda mouthpieces that will sway public opinion against the Allies. To do so, they conscript key members of the Front d’IndĂ©pendance to carry out their dirty work, and the ragtag band of misfits have little choice if they wish to escape death. But then rogue journalist Marc Aubrion has a brilliant notion: turn the tables and create a fake edition of Le Soir that not-so-subtly mocks Hitler and the oppressors who have overrun Europe. That is a joke worth dying for—and the Ventriloquists have less than three weeks to pull it off.

“I first ‘met’ the original ventriloquist, Marc Aubrion, in my senior year at UC Berkeley,” Ramzipoor recalls. “While doing archival research for my thesis on underground literature. I came across a document written by five women who worked for the Office of War during World War II... ‘The patriots seem to take delight in including the Germans on their distribution routes. To get a wider public among the Germans, the patriots insert articles in the German-controlled press or manage to fake a whole edition….’ Further research revealed that the Belgians wrote and distributed this paper in only eighteen days. A writer, Marc Aubrion, orchestrated the most elaborate feat of satire the Europe has ever seen: the grandchild of Voltaire and the ancestor of Improv Everywhere.”

In this triumphant debut inspired by true events, a ragtag gang of journalists and resistance fighters risk everything for an elaborate scheme to undermine the Reich.

The Nazis stole their voices. But they would not be silenced.

Brussels, 1943. Twelve-year-old street orphan Helene survives by living as a boy and selling copies of the country’s most popular newspaper, Le Soir, now turned into Nazi propaganda. Helene’s world changes when she befriends a rogue journalist, Marc Aubrion, who draws her into a secret network that publishes dissident underground newspapers.

The Nazis track down Aubrion’s team and give them an impossible choice: turn the resistance newspapers into a Nazi propaganda bomb that will sway public opinion against the Allies, or be killed. Faced with no decision at all, Aubrion has a brilliant idea. While pretending to do the Nazis’ bidding, they will instead publish a fake edition of Le Soir that pokes fun at Hitler and Stalin—daring to laugh in the face of their oppressors.

The ventriloquists have agreed to die for a joke, and they have only eighteen days to tell it.

Featuring an unforgettable cast of characters and stunning historical detail, E.R. Ramzipoor’s dazzling debut novel illuminates the extraordinary acts of courage by ordinary people forgotten by time. It is a moving and powerful ode to the importance of the written word and to the unlikely heroes who went to extreme lengths to orchestrate the most stunning feat of journalism in modern history.

E.R. Ramzipoor is a writer based in California. She also works as a content marketer, writing about cybercrime and online fraud. She studied political science at UC Berkeley. Her writing has been featured in McSweeney’s and The Ventriloquists is her first novel.

“Art and artifice, life and death, collide powerfully in The Ventriloquists,” says Pam Jenoff, New York Times bestselling author of The Orphan’s Tale. “E.R. Ramzipoor has made an unforgettable and important contribution to the canon of Holocaust literature.” “A compelling historical thriller.... Engrossing,” says Booklist in a starred review.