2012 NEWS


Carla Danziger Featured on InReads 

On March 5, 2012, InReads published an article about Carla Danziger and Hidden Falls.
"Virginia-based author Carla Danziger describes her novel Hidden Falls as both a Mystery and a Romance. In the story, Kristina Kelly, an American woman processing the painful breakup of her marriage, goes to Norway to seek solace and visit her cousin Elsa Jenssen, a popular Norwegian journalist. Instead, Kristina’s trip turns into a nightmare when Elsa is found dead at the bottom of Hidden Falls. Kristina search for justice in the wake of her cousin’s death leads her to unsettling discoveries, but also to romance."
Click here to read the full article.

2011 NEWS

Book Signing

September/October  2011  Minot, ND  

Carla will be joining authors Jeff Foltz, Deb Nelson Gourley, Astrid Karlsen Scott, Lauraine Snelling, and Candace Simar, in signing books at the bookstore at Norsk Hostfest in Minot, ND, September 28-October 1, 2011.  Visit them in Trondheim Hall between 9 a.m. and 8 p.m. For more info on the largest Scandinavian Festival in the United States, check www.hostfest.com.

Special Event

June  2011  (Postponed Until February 2012)

On June 17, 2011, Irene Levin Berman will speak about and sign copies of her memoir, “We are Going to Pick Potatoes” Norway and the Holocaust, the Untold Story at Sons of Norway Washington Lodge #428 in Fairfax, VA. Obviously this is not an author event for me (Carla), but I will be proudly introducing Irene, whom I greatly admire.

“We are going to pick potatoes” refers to what Irene’s mother and nanny told four-year-old Irene Levin and her brother Leif Arild as they were escaping from Nazi-occupied Oslo, Norway, to Sweden in 1942.   That vivid memory serves as the catalyst for the memoir Berman began 63 years later (2005); yet she goes far beyond her own childhood recollections. She takes the reader along as she researches through archives and personal interviews the fate of the aunts, uncles and cousins who “disappeared.”   In exploring the past, she also discovers a great deal about herself, her brother, and her parents.  She reflects on the impact of the Holocaust on her life growing up in Norway, and, after her marriage to an American, in the United States. 

Determined to tell her story in both Norwegian and English, Irene reached out to a number of people on both sides of the ocean; I was honored to be among them.  I was privileged to work with Irene as her editor as she translated the 2008 Norwegian edition of her book ("Vi skal plukke poteter"-- Flukten fra Holocaust) into English.  In winter and spring 2009, via email and often by phone, we worked very closely together.  I raised questions that readers unfamiliar with Norway might ask, thus necessitating some changes from the version written for Norwegians, and at times suggested rephrasing more in keeping with American colloquialisms.  I was moved by Irene’s words.  I deeply admire Irene for writing this book and enduring the emotional pains of her visit into the past in order that her children and grandchildren—as well as anyone interested in the life of Jews in Norway under the Nazi occupation—could learn from this poignant untold story.   Few will read about Irene’s relatives—especially the Steinfeld family in Aalesund—with dry eyes.  This is an extraordinary history and introspective that stays with the reader long after the last page is read.  I am grateful to Irene Levin Berman for taking me along on her journey and for all I learned from it.  I regret that due my personal commitments and the publisher’s deadline, I was unable to participate in the final copyediting/proofreading stage. But I am proud to have been a part of this important book.

Berman’s book can be purchased at amazon.com, or at the Sons of Norway program on June 17, 2011. For more information, write carladanziger@yahoo.com or see www.norwaydc.org

Berman’s book can be purchased at amazon.com.

From back cover

“We Are Going to Pick Potatoes”: Norway and the Holocaust, the Untold Story by Irene Levin Berman

We Are Going to Pick PotatoesIrene Levin Berman was born, raised, and educated in Norway. Her first conscious recollection of life goes back to 1942, when as a young child she escaped to Sweden, a neutral country during World War II, to avoid annihilation. Germany had invaded Norway and the persecution of two thousand Norwegian Jews had begun. Seven members of her father's family were among the seven hundred and seventy-one unfortunate persons who were deported and sent to Auschwitz. In 2005 Irene was forced to examine the label of being a Holocaust survivor. Her strong dual identity as a Norwegian and a Jew led her to explore previously unopened doors in her mind. This is not a narrative of the Holocaust alone, but the remembrance of growing up Jewish in Norway during and after WWII. In addition to the richness of both her Norwegian and Jewish cultures, she ultimately acquired yet another identity as an American.

Sons of Norway Bazaar

Sons of Norway Washington Lodge has again invited author Carla Danziger to sign copies of her novel, HIDDEN FALLS at their annual Holiday Bazaar. See details below.

Sons of Norway Holiday Bazaar
November 12 and 13, 2010
Arlington-Fairfax BPO Elks Club
8421 Arlington Boulevard
Fairfax, VA 22031-4689
(703) 560-2188

Museum of Jewish Heritage

APRIL  2010  New York City  

BermanOn April 14, 2010 I traveled to New York City to celebrate the publication of Irene Levin Berman’s must-read book  We Are Going to Pick Potatoes”: Norway and the Holocaust, the Untold Story and attend a program sponsored by the Museum of Jewish Heritage about Norway and the Holocaust, which included interviews with Irene and with Bjarte Bruland, a Norwegian historian.  

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to visit the New York Museum of Jewish Heritage.

Women's National Book Assn.


The Washington Chapter of the Women’s National Book Association (WNBA) presented the Women’s History Month program at the Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Library in downtown Washington, DC, on March 26.  Pictured above:  Authors and books, from left:  Liliane Willens, Stateless in Shanghai (memoir); Ann McLaughlin, The House on Q Street (novel); Roberta Beary, The Unworn Necklace (a collection of Haiku poems);  and Carla Danziger with HIDDEN FALLS.  See podcast: http://dclibrary05.libsyn.com. For info on WNBA and its place in women’s history, see www.wnba-books.org.

Sons of Norway


Sons of Norway Washington Lodge Reading Circle chose HIDDEN FALLS as their book for January and invited author Carla Danziger (me) to sit in on their discussion. That’s me at the far end of the table next to Reading Circle coordinator Christine Meloni. The group met at the SON lodge in Fairfax, Virginia.



2009 NEWS

Sons of Norway Book Signing

left box dancersDECEMBER 2009
For the 6th year—since 2004—Sons of Norway Washington, DC, Lodge #428, featured HIDDEN FALLS and a booksigning by Carla as part of their Norwegian Christmas Bazaar.

Norway Day

Norway DayHidden Falls made its California debut at Norway Day in San Francisco, May 2 and 3, 2009, sharing a table with artworks by artist Claire Anne Thoen.
(See www.ClaireAnneThoen.com)

Two Artists, One Inspiration

cover and art

Dear Ms. Danziger,

The cover [of Hidden Falls] caught my attention right away as I recognized the view of the Naeroyfjord* . . .   Your story engaged me from the first page and visually took me back to the country I love, my homeland.  I appreciate the way you succeeded in fully holding my interest through character development, a great mystery, and a hopeful romance.

I am including a couple of attached photos of paintings I painted of the Naeroyfjord.

Mirjam Ahladas
Ashland, Virginia

*The Naeroyfjord is a finger of the larger Sognefjord.

Paintings posted with permission of Ms. Ahladas


Five Virginia women artists’ dynamic images and personal impressions of their journey to the villages and fjords of Norway in 2005 and 2007 were exhibited at the Montpelier Center for Arts and Education in Hanover County, VA, from March 8 to April 19, 2009. The exhibit was an extension of a Norwegian/American show at the Sogn Folkemuseum in Kaupanger, Norway in the summer of 2007. The works of Mirjam Ahladas, a native Norwegian, Phoebe Antrim, Arlene DeConti, Barbara Duke Jones, and Christaphora Robeers were joined in the exhibit by works of Gjert Heiberg of Kaupanger, Norway.   The powerful images in oil, watercolor, charcoal, and textiles were exhibited along with posters created by the graphic design students at Atlee High School in Hanover County.  

Discovering that HIDDEN FALLS was also set in the Sognefjord region, the artists invited Carla to participate in the opening.  Mirjam spoke about the genesis of the exhibition, and Carla spoke briefly about how the fjord setting influenced her writing.  She also signed copies of Hidden Falls.  The Montpelier Center for Arts and Education is located at 17205 Mountain Road, Montpelier, VA. Phone 804-883-7378.   



Winding up 2008, in December, Carla signed copies of Hidden Falls at the Sons of Norway annual holiday bazaar at Union Station in Washington, DC, and at the book & author luncheon of the Potomac Chapter of Hadassah in Potomac Falls, VA, where she was the featured speaker.


Daughters of Norway

Carla Danziger returned to her Washington state roots and to the Issaquah Valley Grange on September 22, 2008, to talk about Hidden Falls and her writing journey. Among the 50 people in the audience were members of Daughters of Norway from the Seattle area.  Carla’s visit was organized by Jo Ann Anderson, lecturer (program chair) of the Issaquah Valley Grange and a member of Daughters of Norway.  For more information, see www.nationalgrange.org and www.daughtersofnorway.org




AMFIn September 2008, Carla visited the Seattle office of The Norwegian American Weekly (NAW). Pictured to the right are NAW’s Publisher and Editor-In-Chief Jake Moe and Managing Editor Tiffanie Clark. (The New York Managing Editor is Berit Hessen.) For more information on NAW, contact: The Norwegian American Weekly, 7301 Fifth Avenue NE, Suite A, Seattle, WA 98115, Phone:1-800-305-0217 or 206-784-4617, Email: naw@norway.com. NAW is housed in the offices of the Norwegian American Foundation, phone: (206) 441-3044, Email: naf.info@norway.com.



In April 2008, Carla visited Balderdash Books & Art, a wonderful treasure of the Greenwood neighborhood for the past 20 years, located at 8536 Greenwood Avenue North.

Balderdash Books and Art To visit Balderdash online: balderdashbooksandart.com

Vanessa Oniston of Balderdash Books & Art
Owner and book maven Vanessa Orniston took over the store 3 years ago and offers loyal patrons their choice of thousands of used books and an opportunity to trade in their own for credit towards other books--or even jewelry or works of art.

Carla and Jennifer at Balderdash Books & Art
Photo by Carla Holley, Seattle
The store welcomes families, offering a cozy reading area. Vanessa also celebrates local authors and has been a supporter of Hidden Falls ever since meeting Carla at a Seattle booksigning in fall 2005. Thank you, Vanessa!



Hidden Falls was published in large print on January 22, 2008, by Thorndike Press, the world’s leading publisher of large print books distributed to libraries. Hardcover, 16 pt. font, and 475 pages. After 13 months, this edition is now out of print and unavailable from Thorndike. Contact Carla at carladanziger@yahoo.com for possible sources for the large print edition.


Scandinavian Mysteries

Carla’s article “Writing from Norwegian Roots” appears in the “Author! Author!” section of the “Scandinavian Mysteries” edition of Mystery Readers Journal, The Journal of Mystery Readers International®, Volume 23, Number 3, Fall 2007.  Go to mysteryreaders.org to order this fabulous issue of articles about and by Scandinavian mystery writers.   

Carla & Susan Weinberg of the Hassadah National Board

Hadassah Talk

Carla was a featured speaker at the Hadassah of Northern Virginia Author Luncheon in spring 2007.  Here Carla stands with Susan Weinberg, member, Hadassah National Board. (For more information on Hadassah, see www.hadassah.org.)

Hidden Falls
Carla spoke at the Sarasota (Florida) Jewish Book Fair held at the Flanzer Jewish Community Center in November 2006.



Carla is available to speak to groups about Hidden Falls.

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