Meet the Author Jr. and Book Launch – Susan Hood

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Southport’s own Susan Hood has a brand-new middle grade book, co-authored with Greg Dawson, called Alias Anna.

Join her for the book launch and hear all about the true story of two sisters (ages 12 and 14) who were acclaimed piano prodigies in Ukraine when the Nazis invaded — and who were two of the only known survivors of Drobitsky Yar. Unlike most books that focus on Poland or France, this book tells the story that few people know of the earliest days of the Holocaust, before the concentration camps were built. The girls used their talent and their wits to outplay their enemies. They both survived the war, escaped to America, and were awarded full scholarships to Juilliard. It’s a story of talent, resilience, and the life-saving power of the arts.

For adults, aspiring children’s book authors, and middle-grade fans alike.

Learn more about Susan Hood at:

Learn more about Greg Dawson at:

Attendees will hear live classical music — some of the sisters’ favorite pieces — for this special evening courtesy of Tommy Xie and his two daughters, Catherine and Emily.

Catherine Xie, a senior at Weston High School, began studying the piano with her father at the age of 6.  Catherine has won several piano competitions including Renee B. Fisher Competition in New Haven and International Young Artist Piano Competition in Washington DC. She played a solo piano concert in 2015 to raise money for the Connecticut Food Bank at the Trumbull Library in Connecticut. In 2016, she was admitted to the Manhattan School of Music Precollege with a scholarship. Since the age of 11, she studied with Svitlana Fiorito, Solomon Mikowsky, and Jiayin Li. In her leisure time, she enjoys painting, reading, and writing.

Emily Xie is a 6th grader at the Weston Middle School. She started learning the piano at the age of 6 with her father. In recent years, she began to perform regularly at the Friday Night Café hosted by Music For Youth. She joined the Manhattan School of Music Precollege as a classical pianist under the tutelage of Adam Kent in 2021. In school, her favorite subjects are PE and Math. At home, she enjoys playing with her dog Baobao, decluttering the house, and playing Go (an ancient Chinese board game).

Due to the large number of attendees, masks are required for this event.

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April 7
7:00 pm
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