Penn Convoy Press, an imprint of Papers Please, is the publishing arm for our creative nonfiction oral-history books based largely on first-person family interviews conducted 1979-85. These richly illustrated books include documents, photographs or other images collected then and since. In addition to illustrated 32-pageTwo Pianos Exhibit brochures in English and German, they currently include:
A Border Town in Poland: A 20th Century Memoir, Hirsch Bieler as told to Nora Jean and Michael H. Levin (2021), 385 pages with color images, timelines, historical context inserts, maps and supporting end-notes.
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"Couldn't put it down. An amazing and wonderful book. What an essential contribution to history! -- defies superlatives."
-- Hon. Andrew Maguire
Former Congressman, D-NJ
“An important addition to twentieth century history. . .very carefully researched with terrific visuals of maps and family photos rendered by the editors, to carry along a vivid and energising oral history, now published in its full glory."
-- Quad (formerly Oxford Today), Alumni Newsletter of Oxford University (U.K.) (January 2022)
Firebird: The Musical Life & Times of Rebecca Burstein-Arber, as told to Nora Jean and Michael H. Levin (2023), 302 pages with images, timelines, maps, historical context inserts, a Who's Who appendix and supporting end-notes.
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"What a wonderful book! To be reading it during the current Russian invasion of Ukraine is quite an experience. Altogether the book is a triumph. You have brought Rebecca to life. I feel that if I ran into her we could start a conversation at once. No wonder everyone fell in love with her — and after they heard her play, even more so. She was a star."
-- Sandra Herbert
Professor of History Emeritus, University of Maryland
Author, Charles Darwin, Geologist
"A remarkable history of Jean’s formidable aunt Rebecca (1894-1993), who, age 87, shared memories of Tsarist pogroms, command performances in Imperial Germany, a perilous cross-border passage during WW1, concerts in freezing halls for Red Army soldiers during the Russian Revolution, and other events that shaped the 20th Century and still resonate today."
-- Quad (Oxford University Alumni Magazine), July 2023
“An evocative biography that breathes life into the remarkable tale of classical pianist Rebecca Burstein-Arber, through whose performances we witness European antisemitism, revolutions, wars, economic crises, political tensions, and personal tribulations interwoven with pivotal 20th-century events. From Odessa to Petrograd, Bucharest, and finally Israel, she remained resolute, establishing herself as one of the most highly regarded musicians and teachers of music in Europe. A tribute to a remarkable musician, a recognition of the contributions of Jewish musicians to classical music traditions, and a celebration of the deep connections between music and the invincible human spirit.”
-- [Capitol] Hill Rag, July 2023