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March 6, 2018

VIRGINIA BEACH, VA – The debut nonfiction biography HENRY: A Polish Swimmer’s True Story of Friendship from Auschwitz to America (Köehler Books, November 2017) by Katrina Shawver has been named a finalist or winner in the following literary award contests. Each contest received hundreds of entries.

Reader Views Literary Awards:

            2018 Finalist in Biography/Memoir, and nominated for Regional, Global and other Special Awards.

The Wishing Shelf Book Awards:

            2017-2018 Finalist for Adult Non-Fiction

2018 Feathered Quill Book Awards:

            Second Place/Silver award for Historical


HENRY: A Polish Swimmer’s True Story of Friendship from Auschwitz to America offers a view of the Holocaust as seen through the eyes of a Polish Catholic political prisoner, and is told with a pragmatic gallows humor. This unique bridge to history includes more than 75 original photos and rare German documents. Both the book and Shawver are receiving high praise locally and nationally.

“We know that we should never forget the Holocaust, and Shawver is ensuring that we won’t.” –– John Liffiton, Professor and Director Genocide Conferences, Scottsdale Community College

“Everyone who reads Henry becomes a witness.” ––Jack Mayer, author of Life in a Jar: The Irena Sendler Project and Before the Court of Heaven

“Henry is both poignant and inspiring.”––Andrew Nagorski, author of The Nazi Hunters and Hitlerland


For additional information, contact Katrina Shawver at Katrina@katrinashawver.com or at 480-329-9738. More about the book, including photos, praise, book trailers, and event dates, is available at KatrinaShawver.com.