The recent surge of horribly incorrect information bellowing from politicians’ mouths (Marine Le-Pen, leader of France’s far-right National Front, denying French guilt in the Holocaust; U.S. press secretary Sean Spicer, claiming Nazis never used chemical weapons) is a shocking reminder of our collective ignorance. Clearly, we have not progressed far from the blood libel that ignited the 1903 Kishinev Pogrom, when the editor of the Bessarabetz, wrote that a Russian boy had been killed by Jews for his blood to make matzah. As you’ll find in Rachel’s Secret, attacks against the Jews began on Easter Sunday, lasted three days, and destroyed the Jewish community.

Rachel’s Hope was shortlisted for the VINE AWARDS for Canadian Jewish Literature, presented by the Koffler Centre of the Arts: Sanders, Shelly – Rachel’s Hope (Second Story Press) “A poignantly realistic portrayal of a young Jewish woman’s struggle towards independence in early 20th C San Francisco, trying to embrace the new world while grappling with her ties to tradition.” – The Jury

It was honor being part of the distinguished group of authors shortlisted, including David Bezmozgis, Joseph Kertes, Emil Sher, Eva Wiseman, and Frieda Wishinsky.

In 2015, I was chosen to be a Toronto Dominion Canada Book Week Author, a rewarding experience that took me to Manitoba. I spoke at libraries and schools about THE RACHEL TRILOGY, met avid readers (including a boy who told me he was going to save his money to buy THE RACHEL TRILOGY). and answered thoughtful questions. I also appeared on CTV Morning Live on May 5. Here’s the link:

I’ve added a Book Clubs Discussion Guide to my website, compiled of topics I encounter when I speak to groups.  If you’re a teacher, be sure to look at my Rachel Trilogy Literature Guides on this website, which are written to Common Core and the National Council of the Teachers of English Standards. They’re free! I’ve also included writing tips and exercises which can be accessed by clicking the “On Writing” tab. I love to hear from readers; you can e-mail me through this site and contact me through the following:

Twitter @shelly_sanders

Facebook and


Linked In



Second Story Press

E-mail shelly(ampersand)shellysanders(dot)com

Thanks for visiting and have a peaceful, healthy year,


watch less READ MORE