Morristown author Meg Wiviott plans to have a book launch at the Morristown & Morris Township Library for her new book “Paper Hearts” due to be published in September from Simon & Schuster. Meg will be on hand to read excerpts from Paper Hearts, discuss a little about the book and also sign copies. The novel is based on the true story of Fania and Zlatka, two residents of the Auschwitz prison camp and the origami paper heart one created for the other while surviving in that camp and the story of the bond that helped them both to hope for the best in the face of the worst. Their paper heart is one of the few objects actually created in Auschwitz, and it can still be seen today in the Montreal Holocaust Memorial Centre. Meg Wiviott will be on hand at the Morristown & Morris Township Library to discuss her book on Wed., Sept. 9, at 7 p.m. Light refreshments will be served. This program was made possible thanks to funding from the Friends of the Library.
“Paper Hearts” is a true story about a forbidden gift that helps two teenage girls find hope, friendship, and the will to live. “An act of defiance, a statement of hope, a crime punishable by death-
Making a birthday card in Auschwitz was all of those things. But that is what Zlatka did, in 1944, for her best friend, Fania. She stole and bartered for paper and scissors, secretly creating an origami heart. Then she passed it to every girl at the work tables to sign with their hopes and wishes for happiness, for love, and most of all—for freedom.
Fania knew what that heart meant, for herself and all the other girls. And she kept it hidden, through the bitter days in the camp and through the death marches. She kept it always.
Meg Wiviott grew up in Glen Rock; was a history major at the University of Wisconsin-Madison; earned a master’s in education from Northwestern University and an MFA in Writing for children and young adults from the Vermont College of Fine Arts. She is a long time resident of Morristown. Her debut young adult novel, Paper Hearts, is set to be released by Simon & Schuster in September. She is also the author of the award winning picture book “Benno and The Night of Broken Glass” (Kar-Ben 2010).