Dear Willy Wins a Gold Medal!

The 2019 Florida Authors and Publishers Association (FAPA) President’s Book Awards recognized Dear Willy, The True Story of a Life Well Lived by Claire Ohlsson Geheb, as a Gold Medal Winner.
This prestigious national award is open to books published between 2018 and 2019. The judges for this national competition are librarians, educators, and publishing professionals.
“The FAPA President’s Book Award exists to promote excellence in the publishing industry by recognizing talented contemporary authors who put both heart and soul into their work. FAPA is proud to be a champion of authors and publishers going the extra mile to produce books of excellence in every aspect.” said Angelina Assanti, Past President of FAPA.
“This year’s winners truly embody the excellence this award was created to celebrate. Their works are representative of the creative storytelling, bold concepts and innovative ideas which makes the President’s Book Awards so well respected by librarians and the publishing industry. We salute all of our winners for their fine work.” said FAPA’s President, Patti Brassard Jefferson.

Are you looking for an engaging and informative public speaker for your next event? Claire Ohlsson Geheb, editor of Dear Willy, The True Story of a Life Well Lived, weaves a unique tale. Most noteworthy, she tells this tale using journals, letters, photos and historic comments. As a result the story is brought to life because it is told in the words of the people who lived it. This social history about the pursuit of a better life tells of the ingenuity, drive and courage of our forefathers. Also people identify with the German American Geheb family and reflect on their own family’s journeys. Most people in America don’t have such a detailed personal history of their own families. This story has satisfied the need to understand their parents and grandparents for many people.

In this history presentation the audiences experiences the lives of a German American immigrant and his family in Germany during the tumultuous years from 1914 to 1947. Dear Willy is about contrasts, love, loyalties and how determination can lead to a better life. History can be viewed from many angles, but there is nothing like firsthand accounts to bring it to life. Poignant letters sent to and from Germany became the lifeline for the Geheb family as they shared concerns, triumphs and tragedies. These candid accounts of their lives take the audience back in time and into their personal world.

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About The Book

This is a story told through the descriptive journals and letters written by ordinary people living through extraordinary times. In their own words, the Geheb family share their adventures. heartaches, love, and passions from 1914 to 1947 in Germany and America. You will be inspired by the strength and perseverance of the German Gehebs and the never-ending love and devotion that Willy Oswald Geheb had for his family.

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