UPCOMING TALKS AND SIGNINGS:
Tuesday, March 25, 2014, 1:00 pm: Heritage Harbour Women’s Club, “Books and Bites,” The Lodge, Heritage Harbour, Annapolis, Maryland. Discussion and signing of Name-droppings: Close Encounters with the Famous and Near-Famous.
Saturday, April 5, 2014, 10:30-noon: Annapolis Book Festival, The Key School, Annapolis, Maryland. One of four authors on a panel discussing the “Immigrant Experience”–the effect of being an ex-pat upon one’s writing.
Wednesday, May 7, 2014, 10:00-11:30 am: Annual Holocaust Memorial Program, Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, 7500 Security Boulevard, Woodlawn, Maryland. Speaking about Prague: My Long Journey Home to 150-250 federal employees at their annual Holocaust memorial program.
Wednesday, May 7, 2014, 6:30 pm: Book club, Riva, Maryland. Discussion of Prague: My Long Journey Home (closed to the public).
Wednesday, May 28, 2014, 7:00 pm: National Czech & Slovak Museum & Library, Cedar Rapids, Iowa. Speaking at Heritage Hall about Prague: My Long Journey Home, as part of the NCSML’s “Great Stories Author Series.”
Wednesday, July 23, 2014, 12:15 pm: Kiwanis Club, Loew’s Hotel, Annapolis, Maryland. Speak about Prague: My Long Journey Home.
Sunday, September 7, 2014, 11:00 am-2:30 pm: METAvivor Authors’ Luncheon, DoubleTree Hotel, Holiday Court, Annapolis, Maryland. I moderate panel of authors and discuss/sign my book, Name-droppings: Close Encounters with the Famous and Near-Famous.
Wednesday, September 10, 2014, 6:30 pm: Book club, Washington, DC. Discussion of Prague: My Long Journey Home. (closed to the public)
Thursday, October 2, 2014, 6:00 pm: CIVE Scholarship Banquet, ConocoPhillips Alumni Hall, Oklahoma State University. Speech related to Prague: My Long Journey Home and Name-droppings: Close Encounters with the Famous and Near-Famous.
Wednesday, November 12, 2014, 7:30 pm: Kiwanis Club of Crofton, MD, Blue Dolphin Restaurant. Speak about Prague: My Long Journey Home.
Tuesday, February 24, 2015, 10:30 am: John Carroll High School, Bel Air, MD. Speak about Prague: My Long Journey Home as part of Holocaust education.
Wednesday, April 7, 2015, 1100 am: Naval Academy Women’s Club, @ Fleet Reserve Club, Annapolis, MD Book-signing and discussion of Prague: My Long Journey Home. (closed to the public)
Sunday, May 17, 2015, 10:00 am: NA’AMAT, Leisure World, Silver Spring, MD. Book-signing and discussion of Prague: My Long Journey Home.
Wednesday, November 18, 2015: 6:30 Maryland Hall, Annapolis, MD (Room 2015), I’ll be one of five local authors reading and signing at Maryland Writers’ Association event, public invited, admission free.
Saturday, November 21, 2015: 9:30 am-noon The Lodge, Heritage Harbour, Annapolis, MD. Signing Prague and Name-droppings at Boutique.
Tuesday, March 1, 2016: 9:30 am-3:30 pm: John Carroll High School, Bel Air, MD. Discussing Prague book as part of school’s annual Holocaust Remembrance program.
Sunday, April 17, 2016: 2:00 pm–Park Heights Jewish Center, Baltimore, MD–Holocaust Survivors Group. Discussing and signing Prague book.
Tuesday, June 14, 2016: 6:00 pm–Heritage Harbour Lodge, Annapolis, MD. Discussing and signing Prague book with book club.
Tuesday, June 21, 2016: 1:00-4:00 pm–The Jewish Museum of Maryland, Baltimore, MD. Participating in The Human Element Project: Holocaust memory reconstruction.
Friday, January 13, 2017: 4:45 pm–Charlestown Retirement Community, 717 Maiden Choice Lane, Catonsville, MD. Discussing and signing Prague book at Shabbat dinner.
Tuesday, March 7, 2017: 10:00 am – 3:30 pm–John Carroll High School, Bel Air, MD. Discussing Prague book as part of school’s annual Holocaust Remembrance program.
Saturday, June 10, 2017: 2:00 pm–Annapolis Bookstore, 53 Maryland Avenue, Annapolis, MD. Launch party for Ready, Fire, Aim! An Immigrant’s Tales of Entrepreneurial Terror. Public welcome.
Wednesday, November 1, 2017: 7:00 pm–Garrett College, 687 Mosser Road, McHenry, MD. Discussing and signing Prague: My Long Journey Home.
The Catholic University of America Magazine Spotlight, Charles Ota Heller, One of WWII’s “Hidden Children” When Hitler’s troops marched into Czechoslovakia in 1938, Charles Ota Heller (Ph.D. 1968) was 3 years old. For this child of a Roman Catholic mother and a Jewish father, the next years would bring torment as the Nazis put a chokehold on the country. Fifteen members of his family disappeared almost overnight. His father, a well-to-do clothing manufacturer in Prague, escaped and joined the British Army. To save Charles’s life, Heller’s mother hid him on a farm just before she was taken to a slave labor camp. Read More
Capital Gazette, Man Writes of Life in Nazi-occupied Czechoslovakia: When he was 9 years old, Charles Ota Heller found a loaded gun in a roadside ditch and shot a Nazi in the chest. He hoped the man died, though he didn’t stick around long enough to find out. All he heard was a woman’s screams as his victim lay on the ground in the waning days of World War II. Read More
Morris County Record, Former Morristown resident writes about surviving war in Europe: Charles Heller was 9 years old when he shot a Nazi in Czechoslovakia. The son of a Jewish father and Christian mother, Heller was in hiding at a family friend’s farm on the outskirts of Prague. Read More
Outlook by the Bay Magazine Prague, My Long Journey Home: Local author Charles Ota Heller begins his compelling memoir with scenes of his early childhood in Nazi-occupied Czechoslovakia. Read More
Capital Gazette, Bookworm: Heritage Harbor Resident does some name dropping. Read More
The Sunday Capital Annapolis, MD), May 21, 2017, p. D2: article about the launch of Ready, Fire, Aim! An Immigrant’s Tales of Entrepreneurial Terror.