Press Highlights

Numerous magazines, newspapers and television and radio shows have featured Fern Schumer Chapman and her books. Highlights include:

April 27, 2018 – Daily Journal, Kankakee, IL

Feb 23,2018 – Daily Herald covers FSC school event at Jane Addams Junior High School:

Jan.12, 2018 – ABC-7 newscast features FSC presentation at Algonquin Middle School


February, 2012 – The Oprah Winfrey Network (OWN) dedicated a half-hour of an hour-long show to the reunion between Edith and Gerda, two Holocaust refugees who met on a ship taking them to America in 1938.  After a middle-school class read Is It Night or Day?, the students were so moved by the story that they made it a class project to locate Gerda and reunite the two women. Fulfilling a life-long dream, the two women, now in their 80s, finally saw each other again last summer in Seattle, WA. Gerda’s story, the story of Edith and Gerda’s friendship, and their reunion 73 years after their long-ago immigration journey will be the subject of my next book.

* The Oprah Show (2002)
*”After Hours” with Rick Kogan:

WGTB Morning Show with Greg Berg:

“Voices in the Family” WHYY Philadelphia, PA (2002) One-hour discussion

* “The Morning Show” WGTB Public Radio, Milwaukee, WI (2010) One-hour discussion

* “848” WBEZ Public Radio, Chicago, IL(2010)

* “The News Hour” WTTW Public Television, Chicago, IL (2004)

* “Make It Better (The New North Shore Magazine) Celebrates Local Authors” (August 2010) North Shore of Chicago, IL

* “The Sunday Papers” WGN Radio 720, Chicago, IL(2006)

* Articles  have appeared in Las Vegas Sun (2004), Indianapolis Star (2000), Chicago Tribune (2002), Cleveland Plain Dealer (2000) and numerous other publications. Several German newspapers also have featured the books.

Trib Local

The Daily Herald

Naperville Sun

Madison Junior High School Welcomes Edith Westerfeld


Recent Press:

Jan.12, 2018 – ABC-7 newscast features FSC presentation at Algonquin Middle School

Sunday, April 9, 2017

Chicago Tribune features Stumbling On History

Sunday, March 26, 2017

“After Hours” with Rick Kogan – WGN 720 AM

After Hours with Rick Kogan 3/26/17

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

School presentation featured in “Journal Online”

Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Society of Midland Authors selects Like Finding My Twin as a finalist in its 2015 competition (Children’s Nonfiction category)

Friday, April 8, 2016

Independent Publisher Book Award names Like Finding My Twin the 2016 Bronze Medal Winner (Juvenile-Young Adult Non-fiction category)

Sunday, March 13, 2016 – 9-10 pm

“After Hours”  with Rick Kogan, WGN-780AM

Friday, February 19,2016

Association of Jewish Libraries reviews TWIN

“An excellent introduction to the Holocaust…an important addition to any library…” ~Debbie Colodny, Association of Jewish Libraries

Friday, November 13, 2015

Daily Herald

Wednesday, August 19, 2015, 8-10 a.m.

One-hour radio interview on WGTB Morning Show with Greg Berg. He interviews FSC about all three of her books. The show will be archived at this link:

July 22, 2015 calls book “an unusual opportunity to learn history”

July 18, 2015

Naperville Sun announces release of LIKE FINDING MY TWIN

April 15, 2015

Scholastic Canada features NIGHT OR DAY in May newsletter. The Arrow Book Club targets 4th-6th grade readers.

March, 2015

CAMS North students get into minds of historical figures (After reading NIGHT OR DAY, Chambersburg, PA middle-school students interview author and subject)

March, 2015

Scholastic features IS IT NIGHT OR DAY? in the Holocaust Remembrance section of its newsletter for teens:

 January, 2015

Scholastic Canada features IS IT NIGHT OR DAY? in its “Teen Readers Club” newsletter

Thursday, October 2, 2014

Moonbeam awards ‘Night or Day’ gold medal in YA Fiction – Historical/Cultural

Friday, March 21, 2014

Gazebo News announces paperback

Thursday, March 20, 2014

Marking the release of the paperback edition of IS IT NIGHT OR DAY?, my blog at!

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Edith goes to the Barnes & Noble to buy her life story in paperback!

June 26, 2013 – YALSA includes Is It Night or Day? on list of Chicago authors.

June 15, 2013 – New review of Is It Night or Day?:

April 5, 2013 – School Library Journal lists  Is It Night or Day? in article focusing on Holocaust title

“…these stories of resistance, rescue, courage, ingenuity, and survival are a beacon of light amid the dark horrors of the Holocaust. They inspire today’s readers to live by Helmuth Hubener’s words in The Boy Who Dared by Susan Campbell Bartoletti: ‘I don’t want to remember a time I could have done something but didn’t.’”

March 16, 2013 – OWN will rebroadcast the show, ‘Lost And Found’: How compassionate 8th graders reunited two 86-Year-Old Holocaust Escapees (OWN at noon, Central time)

February 14, 2013 –  Central Times article

February 9, 2012 – North Shore Weekend article called “Indestructible Bond”

Dec. 28, 2012 –  Jewish Times reports on ‘Lost And Found’: 86-Year-Old Holocaust Escapees Reunite

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Dec. 28, 2012 – The Jewish Week reports on upcoming OWN show featuring reunion of Gerda and Edith

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Sneak-Peek of new OWN Show featuring the reunion of Edith and Gerda

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December 26, 2013 – Naperville Sun article reports on OWN show featuring Madison Jr. High students

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July 12,2012 mention in Chicago Tribune article

June 28, 2012 article in Lake Forester
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