AlbrightCollegeAudience Moved by Violins of Hope Lecture

Grymes captivated the audience from the very beginning. His book is based on the relationship that Israeli violin builder and restorer, Amnon Weinstein has with these special violins that were played during the Holocaust and Grymes’s presentation was presented in a similar fashion. . . . Grymes was generous in answering questions after his lecture, and I had the chance to see him connect with our audience firsthand during his book signing after the lecture.

– Amanda J. Hornberger
Shalom (The Journal of the Reading, PA, Jewish Community)


Previous Engagements (selected)

Book Festivals

AJC Decatur Book Festival (Decatur, GA)
Ann Arbor Jewish Book Fair (Ann Arbor, MI)
Bookmarks Festival of Books and Authors (Winston-Salem, NC)
Center City Literary Festival (Charlotte, NC)
Detroit Jewish Book Fair (Oak Park) (Detroit, MI)
Detroit Jewish Book Fair (West Bloomfield) (Detroit, MI)
Jewish Federation of the Greater San Gabriel & Pomona Valley Book Festival (Arcadia, CA)
San Diego Jewish Book Fair (San Diego, CA)
Southern Festival of Books (Nashville, TN)
St. Louis Jewish Book Festival (St. Louis, MO)

Colleges and Universities

Albright College (Reading, PA) – Leo Camp Memorial Lecture (2021)
Albright College (Reading, PA) – Richard J. Yashek Memorial Lecture (2015)
Bellarmine University (Louisville, KY) – Guarnaschelli Lecture Series
Bucknell University (Lewisburg, PA)
Butler University (Indianapolis, IN)
Coastal Carolina University (Conway, SC)
Converse College (Spartanburg, SC)
Duquesne University (Pittsburgh, PA)
Florida Gulf Coast University (Ft. Myers, FL)
Florida State University (Tallahassee, FL)
Murray State University (Murray, KY)
University of Iowa (Iowa City, IA)
University of South Carolina (Columbia, SC)

Community Organizations and Institutions

Allen County Public Library (Fort Wayne, IN)
Books of Jewish Interest (Bethlehem, NH)
Cabrillo Festival of Contemporary Music
Charlotte Museum of History (NC)
Cincinnati Museum Center (OH) – Insights Lecture Series
The Cleveland Orchestra (OH)
Elgin (IL) Symphony Orchestra
Fort Wayne Museum of Art (IN)
Frazier History Museum (Louisville, KY)
Gail Borden Public Library (Elgin, IL)
Insight through Education (Palm Beach, FL)
Junior League of Charlotte (NC)
Long Beach (CA) Symphony
Merkin Concert Hall (New York, NY)
Museum of Science and History (Jacksonville, FL)
Northbrook Public Library (Northbrook, IL)
Orange County Jewish Community Scholar Program (CA)
Richmond Symphony (VA)
Rose Lehrman Arts Center (Harrisburg, PA)
Ruth Remnant Ministry (Dothan, AL)
San Mateo Public Library (CA)
Sixteenth Street Baptist Church (Birmingham, AL)
Villa Maria Education and Spirituality Center (Villa Maria, PA) – Annual Nostra Aetate Lecture
Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall (New York, NY)

Jewish/Holocaust Centers and Museums

The Anne Frank Center USA (New York, NY)
Birmingham Holocaust Education Center (Birmingham, AL)
Contemporary Jewish Museum (San Francisco, CA)
Dallas Holocaust and Human Rights Museum (TX)
Holocaust Education Resource Council (Tallahassee, FL)
Holocaust Memorial Miami Beach (Miami, FL)
Illinois Holocaust Museum & Education Center (Chicago, IL)
Maltz Museum of Jewish Heritage (Cleveland, OH)
Montreal Holocaust Memorial Centre (Montreal, Canada)
Tennessee Holocaust Commission (Nashville, TN)
Southwest Florida Holocaust Museum (Naples, FL)
Virginia Holocaust Museum (Richmond, VA)

Jewish Community Centers and Federations

Jewish Federation of Central New York
Jewish Federation of Fort Wayne (IN)
Jewish Federation of Greater Harrisburg (PA)
Jewish Federation of Nashville and Middle Tennessee
Jewish Federation of New Mexico
Jewish Federation of Reading (PA)
Jewish Federation of Sarasota-Manatee (FL)
United Jewish Federation of Tidewater (VA)
Valley of the Sun Jewish Community Center (Phoenix, AZ)
Weinstein Jewish Community Center (Richmond, VA)

Temples and Synagogues

Beth Israel Congregation (Jackson, MS)
Chicago Sinai Congregation
Congregation Kehilath Jeshurun (New York, NY)
Temple Emanu-El (Birmingham, AL)
Temple Emanuel (Winston-Salem, NC)
Temple Sinai (Pittsburgh, PA)