About Annette Libeskind Berkovits
Author of memoirs, poetry and soon a debut novel
Annette Libeskind Berkovits was born in Kyrgyzstan and grew up in postwar Poland and the fledgling state of Israel before coming to America at age sixteen. Culminating her three-decade career with the Wildlife Conservation Society in New York as Senior Vice President and recognized by the National Science Foundation for her outstanding leadership in the field, Annette spearheaded the institution’s science education programs throughout the nation and the world.
Despite being uprooted from country to country, Berkovits has channeled her passions into writing. She has published two memoirs, short stories and a poetry chapbook. Her debut historical novel will be published shortly.
“This is a story that shows how love and passion for the natural world can grow and blossom out of experience and a desire to inspire others. Annette’s career and her accomplishments were no accident, but instead arose out of a willingness to take on opportunities and experience life to its fullest.”
—Alan Rabinowitz PhD, Zoologist, CEO Panthera and author of An Indomitable Beast: The Remarkable Journey of the Jaguar
Praise for Annette's Work
Erythra Thalassa: Brain Disrupted
“This stunning collection of poems powerfully demonstrates the healing nature of writing and assures readers—especially parents—they’re not alone as they face their own travails and tragedies.”
G. Elizabeth Kretchmer, Author; Writing Through the Muck: Finding Self and Story for Personal Growth, Healing, and Transcendence
Confessions of an Accidental Zoo Curator
“Berkovits tells a remarkable story, fascinating and unique. With a deft blend of personal insight and eloquent story-telling, she takes us from a remote village in Kyrgyzstan to the Bronx Zoo...”
William Conway, Senior Conservationist with the Wildlife Conservation Society; former President of the Society and Director of the Bronx Zoo
In the Unlikeliest of Places
“…Berkovits, Libeskind’s daughter and the author of this cinematically gripping debut biography, does a masterful job weaving together a coherent narrative, culled largely from tape recordings that her father left behind. She has a rare gift for storytelling…”
“…a cinematically gripping biography… Berkovits has a rare gift for storytelling…A moving tale that’s emotionally powerful and historically edifying.”
“…an incandescent biographical tribute to the author’s father, Nachman Libeskind, an eternally hopeful survivor… less about enduring than about living vibrantly.”
—Clarion Foreword Review
Poetry & Essays
Annette Libeskind Berkovits has always been fascinated by the written word: reading, writing, studying, and critiquing the works of fellow writers as she honed the craft of painting images with words. Perhaps this fascination with language grew out of her need to learn new languages quickly in order to adapt to the moves her family was forced to make from country to country when Annette was a young girl.
Polish translation of In the Unlikeliest of Places (Życie pełne barw) the acclaimed memoir of Nachman Libeskind, the artist and father of the author and Daniel Libeskind, the world renowned architect, was released at the end of December 2020 by the Center for Dialogue, Lodz, Poland. The acclaimed Powszechny Theatre in Lodz, Poland has created a dramatic reading of fragments from the book Życie pełne barw. Speakers of Polish can access it here
The Corset Maker — coming in 2022 from Amsterdam Publishers. The book will be released in English in many countries. Please check back for updates.
The Time I Spend with You — a song to inspire and rejoice in the simple things in life.