Air date set for Gerald on PBS’ AMERICAN EXPERIENCE!
MAGIC WORDS author Gerald Kolpan will be among the interviewees on PBS’ AMERICAN EXPERIENCE documentary on Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid. The air date for the premiere is Tuesday, February 11 at 9pm on most PBS stations. Gerald was chosen by producers Ark Media because of his first novel, ETTA, which is about Sundance’s […]Read more
Amazon readers give MAGIC WORDS 4 1/2 stars!
5 out of 5 stars! The Bookschlepper Recommends, May 31, 2012 By Jean Sue Libkind “bookschlepper” (Philadelphia) I loved Kolpan’s earlier book, ETTA: A Novel (the woman with Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid). He tells a rollicking story. I would have found this one too rollicking to be believed except that it is based […]Read more
MAGIC WORDS is out in paperback!
Although it’s not officially due until April 15th, Amazon now has the new MAGIC WORDS paperback. The book looks great and the author would like to thanks everyone at Pegasus books for doing such a great job and making him a paperback writer. Link to the Amazon page is below.Read more
Review: The Reporter Group
Book Review: Adventures in the wild west By: Rabbi Rachel Esserman Wild West adventures are not the first thing that come to mind when thinking about Jewish immigration to America. However, many Jews did help settle the West, although I doubt few of them had as exciting a life as Julius Meyer, one of the […]Read more
MAGIC WORDS in the South Philly Review
Gerald Kolpan shares ‘Magic Words’ After a long career in Philly media, a Queen Village resident picked up his pen and released his second novel. By Jess Fuerst “The best part of writing a novel is getting it done — finishing it. That’s it,” Gerald Kolpan, a 35-year Queen Village resident, said. The author finished […]Read more
Review: Genii: The Conjurer’s Magazine 9/12 Issue
Magic Words Gerald Kolpan $25.95 Review by Jamy Ian Swiss I’ve never been much of a fan of fiction which utilizes conjuring as a narrative element. Writers seize on magic as a symbol or a device with little insight into its actual workings—or meanings, for that matter—and realities are quickly trampled underfoot of a storyteller’s […]Read more
Review: Publishers Weekly
Kolpan’s ambitious second novel (after Etta) follows a family of Jewish magicians from the Wild West to the glittering theaters of Victorian London. World famous Compars “the Great” Herrmann retires, passing his act to his younger brother, Alexander, who, with cousin Julius in tow, travels around America. While out west, Julius is taken captive by […]Read more
Review: ‘Magic Words:’ Washington, D.C. Public Libraries
Review: ‘Magic Words’ by Gerald Kolpan -A+A Gerald Kolpan writes in the seasoned language of a long-time reporter, and this gives his fiction both legitimacy and believability, which works to his advantage when his characters wind up in somewhat unbelievable situations. In his second novel, Magic Words, he blends the fantastic nature of early stage […]Read more
Omaha World-Herald: Magic Words “fun,” “intriguing.”
By Carol Bicak World-Herald staff writer A…non-Nebraskan, Gerald Kolpan of Philadelphia…found an interesting subject in “Magic Words: The Tale of a Jewish Boy-Interpreter, the World’s Most Estimable Magician, a Murderous Harlot and America’s Greatest Indian Chief” (Pegasus, $25.95). The novel is based on real characters — Julius Meyer, who grows up near Omaha and eventually […]Read more
Reviews from Goodreads Readers
Danny Jun 19, 2012 Danny rated it 4 of 5 stars Two young men travel from Europe to America just after the end of the Civil War. Each intends to take an apprenticeship, one as a magician and one as a shopkeeper. The story of their successes and failures is the glue that binds this […]Read more