Public is Invited to Attend a Free January 21 Fox Run Book Presentation by German Author Susana Piontek

PUBLIC IS INVITED TO ATTEND A FREE JUNARY 21 FOX RUN/NOVI BOOK PRESENTATION OF "HAVE WE POSSIBLY MET BEFORE? AND OTHER SHORT STORIES" BY SUSANNA PIONTEK NOVI, MI (January 3, 2012) - The public is invited to attend a free January 21Fox Run retirement community /Novi presentation of the book "Have We Possibly Met Before? And Other Short Stories" by German author Susana Piontek.  Piontek will be joined in this book review/commentary  by her well-known husband, Dr. Guy Stern, a retired Wayne State University Professor and current Director of the International Institute of the Righteous at the Holocaust Museum.  Dr. Stern translated the book from German to English. Dr. Stern first came to Fox Run last year as the presenter of the Ritchie Boys, of which he was one of the WWII American Ritchie Boys. This event will be held on Saturday, January 21, at 2 p.m. at Fox Run, 41000 Thirteen Mile Road, Novi, MI. RSVP to: Piontek is a seasoned  author who has published numerous stories in a wide range of books and magazines in Europe. This is her first book for an English-speaking audience. Originally published in German asRühlings Erwachen by the Verlag für Berlin-Brandenburg • Potsdam in 2005, the book Have We Possibly Met Before? And Other Stories is now available in the United States. The book offers seventeen short stories that surprise, shock, question conventions, and always end surprisingly. Piontek's view on life is refreshingly realistic. With unflinching exactness Piontek describes everyday life situations we all know very well. With moral authority she points out little details that evoke a complete atmosphere. In a certain way we walk into her stories like guests into a living room, but only to realize that things are not as they seem, and that we will never get what we want. There is---and that is the distinctiveness of almost all her stories---a turning point. A precise moment, usually at the very end, where the reader understands that underneath the reality he knows, there exists another one: a whole underworld of complex feelings and motivations that invites the reader to pose questions, to see things differently. Piontek was born in Bytom, Poland and immigrated to Germany in 1965. She earned an M.A. at Bochum University, specializing in language pedagogy research, history, and American studies. After working at the University of Saarbrücken for several years, she completed her education as a broadcast editor at a journalism school. While working at a radio station, she started writing short stories and poems. They have been published in book form, anthologies, and magazines in Germany, the U.S., Israel, and Albania. Since 2006 Piontek has lived in the United States as a freelance writer. She is a member of the European Authors' Association "Die Kogge" ("The Cog", named after the vessels of the Hanseatic League) in Minden, Germany, as well as of SCALG (Society for Contemporary American Literature in German), and of P.E.N. Zentrum deutschprachiger Autoren im Ausland (P.E.N. Center for German-speaking authors in foreign countries).