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Local Author Wins Royal Dragonfly Book Award

Mollie and Cyndee reading Mollie's War

Mollie and Cyndee reading Mollie's War

The 2012 Royal Dragonfly Book Awards contest, which recognizes excellence in literature, recently announced "Mollie’s War" by Cyndee Schaffer of Northbrook and her mother, Mollie Weinstein Schaffer, won 1st place in the Biography/Memoir category.
“Winning any place in the Royal Dragonfly Contest is a huge honor because in order to maintain the integrity of the Dragonfly Book Awards, a minimum score is required before a 1st or 2nd place or Honorable Mention will be awarded to the entrant – even if it is the sole entry in a category,” explains Linda Radke, president of Five Star Publications, the sponsor of the Dragonfly Book Awards. “Competition is steep, too, because there is no publication date limit as long as the book is still in print.”
Mollie’s War is a memoir that takes you on the romantic and always frightful journey of a WAC (Women's Army Corps) during the height of WWII. It details Mollie's experiences assigned to the Medical Intelligence division of the U.S. Army. She was stationed in London, England before D-Day and during the German buzz bombs attacks after D-Day. She was then transferred to Normandy and Paris, France after its liberation and, because of her high school French, was able to act as an informal French translator in social and work –related situations. Finally she was transferred to Frankfurt, Germany as part of the Army of Occupation and witnessed first-hand the devastation of the country. This book, based on the letters that Mollie sent home, vividly depicts her experiences from her first train trip to Daytona Beach, Florida for basic training in October 1943 to the dramatic picture of seeing the Statue of Liberty as her ship approached the shores of the USA in November 1945. For more information, please visit:
Cyndee will be discussing “Mollie’s War” at Max and Benny’s Restaurant in Northbrook on Monday, April 23 at 7 PM as the featured author at the Chicago Jewish Authors Literary Series.
For more details on Five Star Publications and the Royal Dragonfly Book Awards contests, visit, email or call 480-940-8182.

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