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(September 28, 2016)
Sex, Lies & Scotch Tape: Exposing Secrets & Healing Wounds WITH Your Characters’ Help
Successful albeit intensely secretive husband wires all of your money out of the country, forges your name, abandons you and your two young children, leaving you with less than $1 in your bank account, and then he vanishes—never to be seen nor heard from again. It’s as though he never existed…”
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(November 24, 2015)
Show by example, take family trips:
TODAY parents on raising kind kids

All this month, TODAY Parenting Team members have been sharing tips on how to raise kind kids who give back to the community, including leading by example and taking educational trips.”

—Stephanie Renée dos Santos, blogger
(May 30, 2015)
“Written in bold and emotive strokes like the Expressionist painters and modern artists the novel tributes one can’t help but be deeply moved by this arresting and driving drama.Told with heart and precision, one is drawn into the Parisian and German art world at the onset of World War II.”
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—Raoul Peter Mongilardi, producer, director, and author of the “Next to the Gods” series
(May 27, 2015)
“Lisa Barr succeeds in drawing attention to a tragedy of the human condition whose ramifications are still shuddering through the vaults of high art. This novel is an important and engrossing tale that kept this reader burning a late candle.”
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—Andrea Kempf, The Kansas City Jewish Chronicle
(April 16, 2015)
“The discovery of the trove of stolen art hidden in Cornelius Gurlitt’s apartment in Germany or the fight to return a Klimt painting to the family of the original owners — now a movie titled “Woman in Gold” and starring Helen Mirren — make “Fugitive Colors” a timely novel as well as a fascinating one.
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Q&A with Lisa Barr About Her Award-Winning Debut Novel
“Fugitive Colors”

(October 21, 2014)

Best Holocaust Novel That Scored a Movie Deal: Fugitive Colors by Lisa Barr The novel tells the story of young Julian Klein, who gives up his Orthodox religion to move from Chicago to Paris to paint freely, only to find that he must pay the ultimate price for following his passion. “Fugitive Colors” won the Independent Publisher Book Awards gold medal for “Best Literary Fiction 2104,” first prize for “Best Unpublished Manuscript” at the Hollywood Film Festival (Opus Magnum Discovery Award), and was listed on “HEEB” magazine’s “Top Ten” Books for 2014. Barr’s eight-city book tour kicks off this week in Columbus, Ohio.

“HEEB” Magazine lists FUGITIVE COLORS as one of its ‘Best Books’ of the year (Top Ten List)
(October, 2014)

Best Holocaust Novel That Scored a Movie Deal: Fugitive Colors by Lisa BarrA painter flees his religious family in Brooklyn and lands in Europe…. right around the beginning of WWII. As a historical novel, Fugitive Colors offers a fascinating account of the Nazi attempt to “purify” art (when they weren’t busy purifying the population). As an epic thriller, former Jerusalem Post editor Barr’s fiction debut keeps the pages turning by killing off the good guys and steadily upping the evil. Extra credit: how many blurbers who’ve written for Heeb can you spot on the back cover?!

2014 Independent Publisher Book Awards Results
(May 28, 2014)

Recognizing Excellence
in Independent Publishing – 18th Annual
– Congratulations to all of this year’s medalists and sincere thanks to the 2,500+ independent authors and publishers who participated. Even if you didn’t win a medal, know that the competition was very fierce, and that everyone involved in the independent publishing movement is a winner!

‘Rush Hour’ Producer Developing Spy Tale ‘Fugitive Colors’
(April 19, 2014)

“Rush Hour” producer Arthur Sarkissian is developing “Fugitive Colors,” optioning Lisa Barr’s debut novel about the 1930s art world in Paris.

The novel, published in October by Arcade Publishing, centers on an American Jewish artist who flees Chicago for the artistic freedom of Paris and becomes a spy amid the Nazis’ plans to rid Europe of “degenerate art.”

How Far Would You Go for Your Passion?
(July 18, 2014)

The hardest part about being a writer or an artist is having the inclination but not the talent. Rejection is the deepest of all artistic suffering because it is not just what we do — it is who we are. And when we are celebrated for our work, there is nothing that comes closer to validating our soul.

Featured Article – Chicago Sun-Times:
A Chicago novelist sheds light on art stolen by the Nazis

(November 6, 2013)

“I’ve been a journalist for more than 20 years, but there was one pivotal moment that changed the course of my career. When I was 26, I was assigned to cover the “Degenerate Art” exhibit at the Art Institute of Chicago. The exhibit literally stopped me in my tracks, and later became the basis for my first novel, “Fugitive Colors.” Even as the daughter of a Holocaust survivor, I had never known about the Nazis’ relentless mission to destroy anything avant-garde, particularly painters and their work …

Local author’s first novel optioned by Hollywood
(April 28, 2014)

Kudos to local author and journalist Lisa Barr — who formerly wrote for both the Sun-Times and Jerusalem Post. Her debut novel, “Fugitive Colors,” has just been optioned by Hollywood producer Arthur Sarkissian (“Rush Hour” triology, “While You Were Sleeping” ) to develop into a movie.

Featured Article – Modern Luxury:
The World’s Greatest Heist

Degenerate art comes to the surface again with a new movie, museum exhibit and one important book by a Deerfield author.
(Winter 2014)

If you destroy an entire generation of a people’s culture, did they ever exist? This is the question posed in a new movie debuting in February, produced and directed by George Clooney, and starring Matt Damon, Bill Murray and Cate Blanchett. CalledThe Monuments Men , it details the story of an Allied group during World War II who are on a mission to save art and other cultural items before they are destroyed by Hitler’s army…

Freaky Fug Friday: Fugitive Colors: A Novel
(June 27, 2014)

It does not escape me that this week’s prize has the word “fug” within its title, but I swear that’s just a coincidence. This week’s prize is called Fugitive Colors, and I think you will enjoy it