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December 27, 2002 - Image 65

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The Detroit Jewish News, 2002-12-27

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Glen Hirshberg was
attending junior high
school in Bloomfield
Hills during the late
1970s, when the
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chance to start a creative-writing pro-
gram from scratch."
Although there are no Jewish char-
acters in .Hirshberg's first novel, he has
written two short stories with major
Jewish content for the anthology.
Hirshberg's wife, Kim Miller,
converted to Judaism and
"The book
recently finished her doctoral
a level
is a bit of a
degree in Jewish folklore at the
University of California at Los
mystery, ghost Angeles. The couple has a 3-
story and
year-old son and another child
due in January. They are active
work," says
in their area's Jewish communi-
the author.
ty center, where their son
attends nursery school.
"I think that the main charac-
ter in The Snowman's Children
has the outlook of an American
Jew because he is on a quest for

the right way to be in the
world," Hirshberg says. "The
book is a bit of a thriller, mys-
glen hirs berg
tery, ghost story and literary
work, and I don't mind it being
called all or any of those things.
"I have a Web site and I invite read-
Jewish Connections
ers to contact me about their
thoughts. I've had people, relate their
Hirshberg, the son of Linda and Jerry
memories of that time, and I remain
Hirshberg, left Michigan when he was
terribly interested in that." ❑
14 and attending Bloomfield Hills
Junior High School. His father, who
designed the Firebird with John
DeLorean at General Motors, accept-
Glen Hirshberg will read from
ed an auto design position for a for-
The Snowman's Children at two
eign automaker based in California.
locations of Borders Book
The author went on to earn a bach-
Shop. He will be in Ann Arbor
elor's degree from Columbia
on Monday, Feb. 24, with a time
University in New York, where he
and store still to be determined;
won the Bennett Cerf Prize for Best
call (734) 668-7652. He will be
Fiction, and two master's degrees from
in Taylor 7 p.m. Tuesday, Feb.
the University of Montana.
25, at 23000 Eureka Road; (734)
"I write and teach because I love to
374-5345. To correspond with
do both," says Hirshberg, who has a
Hirshberg, go to his Web site at
collection of stories,
coming out next year. "I've taught at
the college level, and I've had the

"I recall how kids were both excited
and terrified and how teachers got
very nervous. Hopefully, that aspect
of the book is pretty real, and I hope
it fits in with others' memories."

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