Saturday, March 17, 2012

HvS BOOKS | Tim Sullivan's LTV Show (Updated Oct. 5, 2016)

John Tepper Marlin (left) talks with Tim Sullivan (right).
EAST HAMPTON, NY, St Patrick's Day, 2012–Tim Sullivan interviewed John Tepper Marlin about the life and books of his late mother, Hilda van Stockum (1908-2006).
The interview aired March 18, 21, 23, 25, 28, and 30, and April 1, 2012.

The word “Penengro” means “storyteller” in the language of the Roma (gypsies) or “tinkers” (more respectfully, “travelers”) in Ireland. Rory O'Malley runs away from a foster home he finds difficult, and is protected by the travelers. He learns their language and ways and falls in love with one of the Roma girls. In the end he is persuaded to leave the travelers to go to university. A bittersweet ending that shows respect for the beauties of the Roma culture, especially its oneness with the environment, while cutting no corners in showing how cultural differences can get in the way of permanent relationships. To download Part 1 (8:37 minutes), click here:  Here is the full story of Rory’s adventures:

The son of author Hilda van Stockum  talks about two of her books for young readers. Little Old Bear is about a bear (Jeremy)  who gets two new eyes and gets a new owner and a new home in his old age – a story that will please both child and the grandparent who reads it out. Patsy and the Pup is about a young girl who finds a puppy and is required to return it to its owner, with a surprise happy ending.  To download Part 2 of the interview (9:35 minutes), click here:  For more about Jeremy Bear, go to For more about Patsy and the Pup, go to

The interview covers Hilda van Stockum’s life – how she met her husband Spike Marlin at Trinity College, Dublin through her brother Willem van Stockum – and some of her other books, including two very popular books for teens about the Nazi Occupation of Holland, both originally published by Farrar Straus and Giroux. The Winged Watchman is available in reprint from and The Borrowed House from The Purple House Press (just reissued Oct. 3, 2016). The remainder of the interview is about the changing opportunities in publishing. To download Part 3 of the video (10:04 minutes), go to

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