After years of research in five countries (and three languages), my biography of Helene Schweitzer Bresslau (1879-1957) was published in April of 2015 by Syracuse University Press. "HELENE SCHWEITZER: A Life of Her Own" is the first book in English about the remarkable woman who was the co-founder and lifelong supporter in the work of the Schweitzer Hospital in Lambarene, Gabon, French Equatorial Africa. She was also a pioneer of social work, a natural linguist, registered nurse, and indispensable editorial assistant in the writings of her husband, Dr. Albert Schweitzer (1875-1965). See book cover below, and please check out my BOOK TALK page for events and endorsements.

"ON WRITING THE LIFE OF HELENE SCHWEITZER" is a companion essay to my new biography intended to share my "journey of discovery" with inquisitive readers and writers. BOOK CLUB RESOURCES at the end include a list of "Open Questions" for discussion. Kindle Edition ONLY, available within seconds at a Kindle near you!


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My English translation of "Chant de Notre Rhone" by C. F. Ramuz (1878-1947) is scheduled to appear in a bilingual edition in May 2015 from Onesuch Press. This 70-page prose poem, published in 1920, is an artful ode to the land and the people along the Rhone River and Switzerland's Lake Leman. Read a review from the March 23, 2015, issue of "Music and Literature Magazine" here:

"Helene Schweitzer: A Life of Her Own" appears in spring 2015 from Syracuse University Press. Please check out my speaking and signing events on the BOOK TALK page of this website.
A companion to "Helene Schweitzer: A Life of Her Own," this essay speaks to readers and writers as it reflects on and reveals the author's process of writing. Book Club Resources at the end include "Open Questions" to engage readers in the process of interpreting a little-known life.

These essays go beneath the surface of life in Switzerland as they combine culture, history, and personal experience. The 2nd Edition includes "Gateau de Payerne," winner of the Geneva Writers Non-Fiction Literary Award in 2013.
What a privilege to have been the first to bring this poetic "ode" to the Rhone by Swiss writer C.F. Ramuz into English. As the author said, "I sing here of the soul of a river, and this soul never dies."

Seven essays on islands with French connections focus on the culture, history, and one woman's experience of travel amidst "floating worlds." This book was a finalist in the Writers' League of Texas Nonfiction Book Awards (2009). Order from Amazon in print or Kindle editions, or at
This collection of short stories set in Haiti, with one exception, explores the "outsider's lens" we often bring to Haitian culture. Published by Educa Vision in 2010 after being shortlisted for the Paris Prize for Fiction. A Teacher’s Guide is also available from the publisher

"Albert Schweitzer's Lambarene - A Legacy of Humanity for Our World Today" was written by Jo and Walter Munz. My translaton of this story of the Schweitzer Hospital since 1965 was sponsored by nine international Schweitzer organizations.
High School and/or College Level teachers will find useful tools in this Teacher's Guide to inspire discussions of cultural differences and moral dilemmas that arise in my story collection, Tales from the Heart of Haiti.

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