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Alison Leslie Gold was born and grew up in New York City.  She was educated at the University of North Carolina, Mexico City College and the New School for Social Research in New York City.
She has published fiction, non-fiction and journalism, and has also written for radio and television. She has often lived abroad, and presently divides her time between New York City and Greece.

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  1. Emanuele Cacciatore

    Dear Ms. Gold,
    I have been searching for information regarding Claude Boule for years, finding out little to nothing about her throughout the endeavor. I am thrilled to know that you have published a book about her life. I ordered the novel today and look forward to reading it. After reading the free preview I now realize that Claude’s life was far more tumultuous and eventful than I could have ever imagined. I am amazed that such a seemingly obscure person, or at least someone that I thought was obscure, has now been brought to light. I look forward to reading more about her when the book arrives.
    Claude Boule is of interest to me because many years ago, I believe it was 1994, I began writing a novel in which a lithographic print of her (“Claude,” by Henri Matisse, from the May, 1952 edition of the art journal Derriere le Miroir) is one of the secondary characters. I decided to include “Claude” in the story because I own a copy of the print and find it/her enchanting. The framed lithograph, taking on a life of its own, profoundly affects the lives of two brothers who are twins; one an artist, the other autistic. Drawn to Claude for different reasons and in different ways, the print becomes a catalyst for the pain and redemption in their lives.
    Again, knowing that I will be both engrossed and enriched, I look forward to reading your novel.

    Sincerely,
    Emanuele Cacciatore

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  2. Father Kenneth W. Ekdahl

    Dear Ms. Gold:
    Knowing of my interest in anything concerning Anne Frank, last weekend good friends of mine gave me your book, Memories of Anne Frank. It opened my eyes (again) to an experience I had in Amsterdam in 1968. I had been attending Loyola University of Rome and was traveling with a friend to 4 cities in Europe, the first having been Amsterdam. Mike and I had just finished touring the Annex and I bought a copy of The Diary of Anne Frank and we had stopped into a small diner-type restaurant. It was probably close to Noon. I had two books with me: Europe on $5 Dollars a Day, and the aforementioned Diary. A tall gentleman (I seemed to remember a man close to 6 feet, and while not thin, very slim) and he asked if he could sit with us. We were 18 years old and welcomed him to sit. He sat next to Mike and soon asked if he could see the book I had to my left. I remember handing him the Europe on $5 book and he shook his head and said, “No, the other one.” Handing him the Diary, he proceeded to speak for close to 10 minutes all about the Anne Frank Foundation. I always call this my Emmaus experience. I don’t recall ever thinking about who this man really was. Although he sat down after us, he finished his lunch and picking up both tabs, said he would take care of lunch. And handed me his business card. The tables were probably 10 feet below street level, and I remember lifting the cover of the card to reveal his name just as we was tipping his Homburg down at us. It read Otto C. Frank!
    I worked in the Insurance business for 17 years after graduating from College (Mt. St. Mary’s College- now University- in Emmitsburg, MD. I entered the Seminary in 1986 and was ordained a Roman Catholic priest in May of 1991. In the 4 parishes I have been in, I have frequently given talks about this experience that I had in the Spring of 1968 with Otto C. Frank. When I read your book the past few days, it brought that whole experience to life once again. As strange as it may sound, the end of your book when Hannah again meets up with Otto Frank gave me chills as I too remember this man who must have suffered so greatly that words couldn’t possibly do justice to.
    I am a late, or second career vocation to the priesthood, and I can’t help think that somehow in ways that only God would understand or appreciate, but somehow Otto Frank, Anne’s father, played a role in the vocation that I undertook at age 43. Thanks for listening, Alison.
    Fr. Ken
    P. S. Although I have written any novels (yet), I have written 3 plays and numerous poems.
    KWE

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    • Alison Leslie Gold

      Dear Ken, A great story.Thanks for sharing.Everyone I’ve met who knew Otto Frank liked him. Seems he was a soft-spoken, personable, also had a nice wry sense of humor. I’m told he answered every letter he ever received through the years. Wonderful that you write plays and poems. Many thanks for responding to my book and taking the time to write. Forgive the delay in replying, but I didn’t really know how to get with the technology. Now I’m getting some muscle in this new world. Sending friendly greetings. Alison

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  3. Timothy Regler

    Alison, Not sure you’ll remember me. We were colleagues, of sorts, back in the ’80’s. Ralph Edwards Productions. Richard (Dick) Gottlieb was my mentor. Have often thought of you and happy to see you doing so well. And, Thor?

    All best,
    Timothy

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    • Alison Leslie Gold

      Hello Timothy, My oh my!!! Those were the days, remembered with delight, Dick Gottlieb too. I moved my base back to New York in 01 but Thor stayed on in LA. He’s married, makes small films, also does other work. He’s well and delightful. I’ll mention our contact. How about you? What? Where? When? How? Sending my warm greetings, Alison

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  4. Tim Bowler

    Dear Alison,

    thank you for including me on mailing list for your latest book, the Potato Eater. I look forward to receiving, reading, and then posting a review to Amazon

    Love Tim

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  5. Susan Anderson

    Hi Alison: So great to find your website! I haven’t seen you in years. I’m so glad you are a successful novelist. I look forward to reading the Potato Eater. I’m going to order it on Amazon. I think about the 80’s in L.A. and how much it has changed now. I long for a simpler place to live…………………..so glad to see your bio page and to connect with you. Love, Susan

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  6. Catherine

    Dear Leslie – I’m a journalist, communications consultant and emerging children’s author in Adelaide, South Australia. I’m currently working on a project – an historical fiction that references a reimagined friendship between Anne Frank and Hanneli Goslar. Would it be possible to email you privately with more details about my project? I am not seeking major input, but would appreciate some thoughts/insight. Look forward to your reply.
    Kind regards

    Catherine

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    • Alison Leslie Gold

      Hi again, I see that Hannah Goslar replied to you.If there’s anything else you’d like to discuss, feel free to be in touch. Good luck. Alison

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  7. Alicia Cho

    Dear Alison,
    I read your novel “A Special Fate: Chiune Sugihara, Hero of the Holocaust” and I am glad I did! I enjoyed the specific details you wrote in the book, and I got lots of information from it. As your novel was a reliable source, I used it in my history project to discuss the achievements Chiune Sugihara did that impacted history. Would it be possible to interview you through email to discuss more information about him?

    Thank you for writing such an amazing book,
    Alicia Cho

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