September 25, 2016
Participated in annual Book Festival in Baltimore's Inner Harbor.
Baltimore Book Festival. Sept. 2016
Papa's War can be read in the library of the Netherlands National Institute on War Documentation:
The Netherlands Institute on War Documentation (NIOD)
Sunday, April 23, 2017
I will be selling copies of Papa's War at the Kensington Day of the Book Street Fair on Sunday April 23 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Howard Avenue, Kensington, MD
March 22, 2016
Presented Papa's War as part of a 3-person panel on WWII and the Strength of Individuals. The event was held in Crozet, Virginia at the Lodge at Old Trail.
Events and Reviews
“A depiction of the horrors of the second world war . . . World War II has been the subject of more scholarly monographs and works of literature than readers could ever consume in a lifetime. In her debut effort, however, van Houten effectively plumbs the war’s meaning from a more personal perch. She pieces together letters between her mother and father, along with their diary entries, which were written while the conflict separated them . . . The author’s running commentary helpfully provides historical context, but she always allows the letters themselves to take center stage in the narrative . . . As a result, this is both an informative and an affecting tale . . . A testament to the human spirit of perseverance in the face of danger and dislocation.” --–– Kirkus Review
From the London Blitz to the Liberation of Holland