Join Marsha Casper Cook on Thursday, September 23 at 4EST 3CST 2MT 1PST when her guest will be Shirley Reva Vernick a novelist, essayist, and writing mentor.
The American Library Association named Shirley’s debut novel, The Blood Lie, to its list of Best Fiction Books for Young Readers. The Blood Lie also won the Simon Wiesenthal Once Upon A World Book Award and earned a director’s mention in the Langum Prize for American Historical Fiction. The Blood Lie was named an Honor Book in the Los Angeles Unified School District Awards, the Skipping Stones Award, and the Sydney Taylor Book Awards.
Remember Dippy won the Dolly Gray Literature Award from the Council for Exceptional Children. The Black Butterfly is a Junior Library Guild selection. Falling Stars will be released in 2021. Shirley’s shorter work has appeared in Salon, Cosmopolitan, Highlights, Good Housekeeping, and several literary journals.
Shirley graduated from Cornell University, where she won the university's Fleischman Scholarship for Writing Achievement. She continues her connection to her alma mater by participating in the university’s Prisoner Express program, which creates opportunities for incarcerated men and women to practice creative self-expression.