My Dear Boy

2019 Finalist, Book of the Year (autobiography/memoir), Foreword Indies awards

BOOK OF THE MONTH (January 2020) by the Smithsonian affiliate: The National Czech and Slovak Museum and Library

Adventurers Against Their Will

Winner of the 2013 Global Ebook Awards for Best Biography and Book Trailer


For appearances and interview requests, please contact:

Joanie Schirm:


Recent Media:


Click here to listen to Joanie’s interview on the National Public Radio (NPR) WMFE 90.7 Matthew Peddie (Mar 2022)

Click here to listen to Joanie’s interview on the ‘The Community Podcast’ podcast on Spotify (Jan 2022)

Click here to listen to Joanie’s interview on the ‘Friends Talking Faith’ podcast on WMFE, NPR (May 2019)

Click here to listen to Joanie’s interview on ‘Listen on Main’ by Dan Manley in Lexington, KY (March 2019) – skip to 41:07

Click here to listen to Joanie’s discussion with author Terrance Hunter, Holocaust Memorial and Resource Education Center of Florida – about the Displacement exhibit showcasing the story of Joanie’s father Oswald “Valdik” Holzer during WWII – the subject of her nonfiction books. (February 2019)

Click here to listen to Radio Prague Interview with Joanie Schirm by Senior Reporter: Jan Richter (September 2014)

Click here to listen to Joanie’s Radio Interview on Growing Bolder NPR


Television/ Video:

Click here to view StoryCorps Interview

Click here to view Orlando Sentinel 2019 Video Clip about MY DEAR BOY storyline:

Click here to view Growing Bolder Media- backstory video for MY DEAR BOY- March 2019

Click here to view WOCA Radio Interview: MY DEAR BOY (March 2019)

Click to view Denik KNIHY/Book Review Magazine for Czech Republic; interview in Czech by Zdraví Vladimír Sůva with English translator (September 2014)

Click here to view Prague, September 2, 2014: Live TV interview w/Joanie Schirm w/simultaneous translation on Udalosti,komentare – a leading Czech Republic commentary show

Click here to view Cable Channel National Broadcasts Interview on Growing Bolder (September 2013)

Click here to view PBS TV Show Interviews on Growing Bolder (March 6,2013)

Click here to view PBS TV Show Interviews on Growing Bolder (July 15, 2010)



Click here for Teaching peace in the shadow of Orlando’s Nazi protests

Click here for Growing Bolder 2019

Click here for The Secret History

Click here for American Red Cross

Click here for Community Newspaper Article with Czech Ambassador, (May 2015)

Click here for Paul Kraus, featured in Chapter 7 of Adventurers Against Their Will, Chicago Sun-Times, (October 2014)

Click here for Oswald Holzer name featured on Shanghai, China Memorial:  College Park Newspaper (September 2014)

Click here for Echo 24 Web-based News provider, interview in Czech of Joanie Schirm by Vladimir Sevela (September 2014)

Click Here for Prague Post(February,8 2014)

Click here for Sun Sentinel Broward & Palm Beach County (September 2013)

Click here for Florida Today (August 2013)

Click here for Senior Life (July 2013)

Click here for Orange Appeal (April 2013)

Click here for College Park Community Paper (April 2013)

Click here for United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Web Link


For Press Kit:

Click here for One Sheet Introduction…story ideas

Click here for headshots of Joanie for use in promotional materials:
Photo 1       Photo 2       Photo 3

Click here for Bio for Author Joanie Holzer Schirm

Click here for front and back covers for My Dear Boy:

Front Cover      Back Cover

Click here for front and back covers and Table of Contents for Adventurers Against Their Will:

Front Cover      Back Cover       Table of Contents

Click here for Testimonials: Page 1      Page 2      Page 3

Click here for Book Graphics for promotional materials:   Chapter 1

Prologue photo with Chinese box      Sample Envelope

Click here for Poster



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