Regina Calcaterra’s New York Times-bestselling memoir Etched in Sand: A True Story of Five Siblings Who Survived an Unspeakable Childhood on Long Island continues to get great pick up in common read programs across the country.
In conjunction with these programs, Calcaterra will be speaking at a number of schools this fall—everywhere from middle schools to colleges, including Whitestone Middle School in Queens and Hesston College in Kansas. She has also been invited back to Suffolk County Community College in New York.
Since the release of Etched in Sand in August 2013, Calcaterra has taken advantage of over 150 opportunities to speak to readers across the US. Her appearances have included libraries, not for profits and academic institutions like St. Petersburg College in Florida, the State University of New York at New Paltz and Stony Brook, Hunter College, Concordia College, and Clarkson College. She has also spoken at many high schools and middle schools, including twice at Lacey Township High School in New Jersey, where the administration has hundreds of students read the book annually. Some educators have even developed teaching guides to incorporate Etched in Sand into their curriculum, which can be found here.
In light of the wonderful academic response to her first memoir, we’re very excited to announce that Calcaterra will be publishing another book with HarperCollins. Calcaterra's next book chronicles the journey of her youngest sister Rosie after their abusive and alcoholic mother removed her from a foster home in New York and unwillingly dragged her all the way to Idaho—far away from her older sisters who had watched over her. Without her older sisters protecting her, Rosie's journey was one of isolation. She had to rely upon her own strength as she learned how to navigate the treacherous landscape of an abusive parent and other unforeseen dangers, while also being forced to labor as a farm hand beginning at the age of ten. Like Etched in Sand, Rosie's story is one of hope, resilience, perseverance and how acts of kindness towards children in need can forever impact them.