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Author Talk: Heather Morris "Cilka's Journey" (Adults 16+) (Civic Library)

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This program is suitable for adults aged 16+

All programs are free. Bookings are essential.

Heather Morris is an international number one bestselling author, who is passionate about stories of survival, resilience and hope. In 2003, while working in a large public hospital in Melbourne, Heather was introduced to an elderly gentleman who 'might just have a story worth telling'. The day she met Lale Sokolov changed both their lives. Their friendship grew and Lale embarked on a journey of self-scrutiny, entrusting the innermost details of his life during the Holocaust to her. Heather originally wrote Lale's story as a screenplay - which ranked high in international competitions - before reshaping it into her debut novel, The Tattooist of Auschwitz. Her second novel, Cilka's Journey, is a follow up to The Tattooist of Auschwitz

Cilka is just sixteen years old when she is taken to Auschwitz-Birkenau Concentration Camp, in 1942. The Commandant at Birkenau, Schwarzhuber, notices her long beautiful hair, and forces her separation from the other women prisoners. Cilka learns quickly that power, even unwillingly given, equals survival. After liberation, Cilka is charged as a collaborator for sleeping with the enemy and sent to Siberia. But what choice did she have? And where did the lines of morality lie for Cilka, who was sent to Auschwitz when still a child? In the Siberian prison camp of Vorkuta, Cilka faces challenges both new and horribly familiar, including the unwanted attention of the guards. But when she makes an impression on a woman doctor, Cilka is taken under her wing. Cilka begins to tend to the ill in the camp, struggling to care for them under brutal conditions. Cilka finds endless resources within herself as she daily confronts death and faces terror. And when she nurses a man called Alexsandr, Cilka finds that despite everything that has happened to her, there is room in her heart for love.

'She was the bravest person I ever met' - Lale Sokolov, The Tattooist of Auschwitz

Dymocks Canberra will have books for sale and signing at this event.

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  • Bookings are essential.
  • Please arrive 10 minutes early to allow time to check in; this assists the program to run on schedule.
  • Places are limited to ensure the best possible experience. If you can't attend please let us know as soon as possible so we can offer your place to someone else.


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