Latest edition:

Unabridged recording now available on Audible, narrated by Kimberly.

Latest podcast:

An interview on How to Ruin Dinner” with Professor Mary McGovern Treyz at University of North Florida.


Upcoming readings



November 30, 2017, Department of Philosophy and Religious Studies, University of North Florida, Jacksonville, Florida

January 31, 2017, Rose Schnitzer Manor, Cedar Sinai Park, Portland, OR

Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, January 16, 2017, Jewish Federation of Nashville and Middle Tennessee and Gordon Jewish Community Center, Nashville, Tennessee. (Book sales handled by the wonderful Parnassus Books!)

January 15, 2017, Martin Luther King Jr. Weekend service, Lee Chapel, AME Church, Nashville, Tennessee

Oct. 30, 2016, College of Charleston, Yaschik/Arnold Jewish Studies Program, Charleston, SC. Co-sponsored by the Pearlstine/Lipov Center for Southern Jewish Culture.

April 6, 2016, Temple Beth Zion-Beth Israel, Philadelphia, PA.

March 28, 2016,  “Identity Construction: Writing Biographies and Memoirs,” with Reed College Professor and author Roger Porter.
Oregon Jewish Museum and Center for Holocaust Education, Portland OR

March 16, 2016, Richard B. Russell Building Special Collections Libraries, University of Georgia in Athens, Ga.

March 3, 2016, Jewish Federation of Greater Portland, Mittleman Jewish Community Center, Portland, OR

Scholar in Residence, Congregation Beit Haverim 
Portland, Oregon, Dec. 4-5, 2015

No Alibis Bookstore, 83 Botanic Avenue, Belfast, Northern Ireland

A packed house at Northern Ireland's best bookstore!

A packed house at Northern Ireland’s best bookstore!

Columbia Jewish Book Festival, Katie & Irwin Kahn Jewish Community Center, Columbia, SC 29223, Oct. 19, 2015.

University of North Carolina-Charlotte, Special Collections, J. Murrey Atkins Library; Oct. 6, 2015.

Fall For the Book festival at Jewish Community Center of Northern Virginia Sept. 30, 2015.

Temple Sinai, Newport News, VA., Oct. 1, 2015.

Quail Ridge Books & Music, Raleigh, NC, June 2, 2015

The Regulator Bookshop, Durham, NC, June 1, 2015

Event sponsored by Jewish Community Center, Robinson-Spangler Carolina Room of the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Library, the Levine-Sklut Judaic Library of the Jewish Community Center and the Levine Museum of the New South, Charlotte, NC, May 27, 2015

University Bookstore, Seattle, WA, May 19, 2015

Congregation Beth Israel, Portland, OR, May 13, 2015


Hear my interview on WFAE-Charlotte, NC,

with  Host Mike Collins

Hear my interview with
host, syndicated columnist and broadcaster D.G. Martin
on WCHL-Chapel Hill, NC.

Hear my interview with Host Mike Moore on
1490 WLOE/1420 WMYN-Rockingham County (NC) Radio

(interview starts at 2:35)

An interview with Jason Schulman of the New Books Network. 

What hosts and listeners are saying:


“Harry’s life drew the audience, but it was Kimberly’s vivid stories about Golden that made the rest of feel as though we knew him.
Carolina Israelite owes its success to the way Kimberly combines exhaustive  biographical research with a real talent for storytelling, and
her speaking style is just as engaging as her writing.”
–Dawn Schmitz, Atkins Library, University of North Carolina-Charlotte


“Kimberly Hartnett breathes life into Harry Golden’s memory. Our library experienced a record turnout and the audience hung on her every word. Combining her knowledge and wit, everyone who experiences “Harry” through Kimberly’s eyes will walk away wistful that they never knew the man and thankful that she has captured his life in such  an amazing biography.”

Shelia Bumgarner, Librarian, Robinson-Spangler Carolina Room, Charlotte-Mecklenburg Library, referencing “Remembering Harry Golden” event in Charlotte, NC, organized by the Robinson-Spangler Carolina Room of the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Library, the Levine-Sklut Judaic Library of the Jewish Community Center and the Levine Museum of the New South.

“Kimberly Marlowe Hartnett held us spellbound telling the story of Harry Golden in all its complexity. Even those of us who had never heard of Golden felt that we knew him afterward.  As the subtitle of her book states, Harry Golden made us care about Jews, the South and Civil Rights…
and Hartnett makes us care about Harry Golden.”

— C. Verderosa, Temple Sinai, Newport News, Virginia

“Kimberly spoke at our congregation on her book about Harry Golden. She is a charming and entertaining speaker. She kept our attention and
she evoked a lively discussion following her talk.
We left with smiles on our faces.”

— Robert Rosenbaum, Chairman, Adult Education, Congregation Beth Israel, Portland, Oregon.

“Kimberly Marlowe Hartnett gave us a smart, funny, engaging presentation that entertained (and educated) our audience — and turned not a few listeners into buyers. As Harry Golden might have said, ‘What’s not to like about that?!’ “

–Tom Campbell, The Regulator Bookshop, Durham, NC

 “Kimberly Marlowe Hartnett’s introduction into her amazing and insightful unveiling of the almost forgotten world of Harry Golden is made even more delightful because you have one humorist writing about about another. Even those who thought they knew of Golden and his accomplishments wound up shaking their heads and giggling like teenagers at the author’s presentation of what what her years of research had uncovered.  It’s really too bad that Golden isn’t alive to enjoy Hartnett’s view of his life.  He would have enjoyed it as the rest of us have, maybe more.”  –Andrew Schneider, investigative reporter and two-time Pulitzer Prize winner, after author reading at University Bookstore, Seattle, May 19, 2015.



On May 28, 2015, I auditioned for the Jewish Book Council’s wonderful authors’ tour project. Authors who are Jewish and/or write about Jewish topics have two minutes each (yes, TWO!) to pitch their books. Here’s what I said:

I’ve logged a lot of miles with Harry Golden.

Harry died in 1981, and I never actually met him. But I feel as if I walked off the ship with his family when they arrived in 1907…down the streets of the Lower East Side where he grew up.

Its almost as if I went with him to the South in the 1940s, where he started his quirky little newspaper, the Carolina Israelite, and became a key player in the civil rights movement.

Golden was a fearless, very funny commentator on race, immigration, politics and Jewish life. He was a flawed hero to be sure … a sort of Jewish PT Barnum with a typewriter.

He hit it big in 1958 with the first of more than 20 books—it was called “Only in America,” a huge bestseller that made him a powerful voice for change.

I’ve discovered that older folks who remember him love his story, and younger people know a good blogger when they meet one – because that’s what he was in a sense….long before the internet.

Now, I grew up reading Golden – my mother was one of his secretaries in the 1940s and he was quoted often in my house. He influenced me as a Jew, and as a journalist.

He was a sort of a Forest Gump character, always in the middle of the big news of the day. He shared warm correspondence with Robert Kennedy, Billy Graham, Carl Sandburg, Edward R Murrow and many others. The Rev Martin Luther King Jr. praised him in his famous “Letter from Birmingham jail.”

Golden was a ‘connector’ between Gentile and Jewish America, and between whites and blacks. He introduced these groups to each other, and he did it with a mix of laughter and lecture like no one else of his time.

He was more than just a funny guy. As we despair over police shootings, poverty, and the challenge of “What can I, just one regular person, do to make the world better?” – Golden has a lot to teach us.

And he can make us laugh while we learn.