​​Virginia Festival of the Book. March, 2016

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:

    Herengracht 80



The Netherlands Institute on War Documentation (NIOD)

Kensington Day of the Book, April  2017

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

Kirkus Review

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