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Springfield JCC Literatour Series Continues with Author Ronald Balson

SPRINGFIELD — The Springfield Jewish Community Center will host an online presentation by award-winning author Ronald Balson on Tuesday, March 23 at 7 p.m. Balson will discuss his new novel Eli’s Promise via Zoom.

Eli’s Promise is a masterful work of historical fiction that spans three eras: Nazi-occupied Poland, the American Zone of post-war Germany, and Chicago at the height of the Vietnam War. In his latest work, Balson explores the human cost of war, the mixed blessings of survival, and the enduring strength of family bonds.

“Readers will not be able to put this book down, but will turn the pages compulsively with heart in throat, eager to learn the fate of the Rosen family,” said Pam Jenoff, New York Times bestselling author of The Lost Girls of Paris. “Balson’s meticulous historical detail, vivid prose, and unforgettable characters further solidify his place among the most esteemed writers of historical fiction today.”

Ronald Balson is an attorney, professor, and writer. His novel The Girl from Berlin won the National Jewish Book Award and was the Illinois Reading Council’s adult fiction selection for their Illinois reads program. He is also the author of Karolina’s Twins, The Trust, Saving Sophie, and the international bestseller Once We Were Brothers.

This author talk is part of the 2020-2021 season of Literatour, the Springfield JCC’s community-wide celebration of Jewish books and authors. This event is free and open to the public. Pre-registration is required. To register, visit SpringfieldJCC.org or call (413) 739-4715.

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