Friday, March 17, 2023

Invictus by L.L. Holt (Harvard Square Editions, 2019) was named a Finalist in the international Next Generation Indie Book Awards for 2021. Also known as the Indie Book Awards, the literary awards program recognizes and honors authors and publishers of exceptional independently published books in 70 different categories.

Holt's novel builds on the long-persisting legend that the composer Ludwig van Beethoven may have been, or been treated and discriminated against as, a person of color during his lifetime (1770-1827) 

The book is the prelude to The Black Spaniard by L.L. Holt (Unsolicited Press, 2016), a novel in which Beethoven breaks away, faces adversity, and challenges Fate.

Award recognition is nothing new to this author. She has been mesmerized by Beethoven's music and life story since her childhood. Earlier, The Black Spaniard was short-listed for the GOETHE Book Awards for Historic post-1750s Fiction, a division of the Chanticleer International Book Awards. Invictus was also a Finalist for the Landmark Prize for Fiction when it was still in manuscript form (under the title, Intensia).

Holt's award is in an exciting new category designated for books that deal with issues experienced by Black, Indigenous, People of Color (BIPOC). She is currently contemplating writing a third and final novel about Beethoven as well as a fictional reimagining of the swashbuckling life story of the Chevalier de Saint-Georges, a prominent composer and swordsman during the French Revolution.

Invictus                           Beethoven age: 0-16    Order here:  

The Black Spaniard       Beethoven age: 21-33   Order here:



Tuesday, March 14, 2023

Kairy Koshoeva's Piano Wizardry

 Musician profile featured the Broad Street Review (Philadelphia) March 16, 2023, edition:

Photo by E.G. Schempf

Tuesday, March 7, 2023

Bronfman Shines in Firsova U.S. Premiere

Review in Broad Street Review (Philadelphia, PA) March 2023.

                                                                Yefim Bronfman, pianist

Beethoven without a Pulse :-(  

Excruciatingly slow and oddly pointless. Can this still be Beethoven? Review in

Friday, November 4, 2022

L.L. Holt interviewed on the Win-Win Show, Nov. 2, 2022

Here is a link to this lively, laugh-filled interview program conducted weekly on the Internet by Win Derman. Alternatively, search for FeelItLive, the Win-Win Show, Episode 55 with Dr. Linda Holt :