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An American Decade (2017)

'A fine novel about an emigre German singer at large in the America of the 1930s,
in which Richard Aronowitz displays his characteristic ability to mingle
the slow unravelling of ordinary lives with the ebb and flow of world events.
I greatly admired it.'

- DJ Taylor

An American Decade by Richard Aronowitz (published April 2017) - UK reviews, quotes & articles

Unicorn Hunter Books youtube review on »An American Decade«

Nick Piercey BBC broadcast on »An American Decade«

On BBC RADIO OXFORD (95.2FM) Richard talks about writing his historical fiction novel 'An American Decade' while balancing a career at Sothebys where he heads the restitution Department.

Richard Aronowitz at Jewish Book Week on March 5th, 2017 (Podcast)

Richard Aronowitz and John Steinberg: Fiction of Guilt and Identity
Richard Aronowitz
John Steinberg
Chair: Jenni Frazer
March 5th, 2017
Kings Place, St. Pancras

Richard's blog

'Surfacing' poem shortlisted for the TIPP 2016

My poem 'Surfacing' has been shortlisted for the Troubadour International Poetry Prize 2016 (TIPP). 2016 Winning poems & judges’ reports will appear on http://www.coffeehousepoetry.org/poems after the annual prize-giving event at The Troubadour, London on Monday 31st October 2016.



"Putting Up a Music Stand" selected for NZ poem project in 2016


My poems "Putting Up a Music Stand", has been selected for the New Zealand project Poems in the Waiting Room, and printed (alongside others) in 7,000 pamphlets to be distributed across New Zealand this summer.


The aim of the Poems in the Waiting Room project is to provide a free source of well-chosen poetry for; patients waiting for medical appointments, rest home residents waiting for meals, outings or appointments, hospice patients and their families and prison inmates. The poetry cards, A4 sized three-fold cards, feature between eight and ten poems. New editions of the cards are printed and distributed every season.


Poems include those from contemporary poets (especially New Zealand writers), older poems, a haiku, and poems for children. They are selected for readers’ enjoyment and are in no way a vehicle for delivering any social/health messages. The cards may be read and left on site or taken away for sharing or further reading. The original print run of 500 cards in 2008 was limited to Dunedin medical practices.


Over the years the print run has gradually increased as our project spread out from Dunedin. We currently print 7000 cards every season and distribute them throughout the South Island and lower North Island. PitWR(NZ) is planning to continue moving northwards as finances permit. Each seasonal edition is also transcribed into braille and distributed as booklets to members of our sight impaired community.


The Poems in the Waiting Room project currently send new cards, every quarter, to 281 rest homes, 427 medical practices, 8 prisons, 5 hospices, contributing poets, interested individuals, and practices (outside our current area) who request card. PitWR(NZ) relies solely on donations and successful applications to trusts/companies to fund its two costs – postage and printing. Our long-term aim is to secure sponsorship so this service may be offered New Zealand-wide.


For further information please visit the official PitWR(NZ) website: https://waitingroompoems.wordpress.com




Putting up a Music Stand poem shortlisted for Troubadour International Poetry Prize 2014


My Putting up a Music Stand poem was shortlisted for the Troubadour International Poetry Prize 2014. “There were several poems … that were like the perfect little dances, gavottes, beautifully executed and succinct. ‘Putting Up a Music Stand’ by Richard Aronowitz…” For more information on the jury's decision click on the following link: http://www.coffeehousepoetry.org/poems




It's just the beating of my heart - a new review of an old book


"…The book isn’t a Jason Bourne novel and is slow and internal, but Aronowitz comes off as a plus writer and an even keener observer of single maleness than Warren (Charles Grodin) in The Lonely Guy.…" Read more on The Nutmeg Iluminado's blog