Photo by Katrina Sorrentino

Photo by Katrina Sorrentino

What Event Hosts are Saying:

"Vesper Stamper's presentation of her powerful book, What the Night Sings, addresses the creative process in combining words and images.  A valuable lesson for emerging storytellers."
—Marshall Arisman, Chair, MFA Illustration as Visual Essay, School of Visual Arts

"Vesper Stamper brought her book, the message of it and the meaning of her illustrations, alive for our students!  The importance of learning from the Holocaust came through in her presentation and in her workshops.  Her advice and expertise shared with our art students and student writers was right on the money like an older, big sister sharing her experiences and knowledge.  Our students soaked up her message and took a lot home with them about strengthening art skills, writing skills, and life skills.  She had our kids on the edge of their seats!"

—Robin Stiles, Library Media Specialist, New Milford High School, New Milford, CT

"Vesper’s time with our students was outstanding and her presentation of What the Night Sings was poignant and timely. A winner on all counts!"
—J. David West, Professor, Gordon College Art Department

In What the Night Sings, Vesper Stamper manages to capture the craven inhumanity of the concentration camps in a writing so tenderly human that when it ends, and at last you catch your breath, you realize you’ve been guided through that dark chapter in history by a master storyteller. It is an astonishing debut.
—Pat Cummings, Professor, Pratt Institute

"I am thrilled to be able to recommend What the Night Sings to readers.  In Vesper Stamper's capable hands, words and pictures combine to create an extraordinary and imaginative novel.  A tour de force.  This is a lushly illustrated, powerful story of love, loss, and survival is not to be missed.”
—Kristin Hannah, #1 NYT bestselling author of The Nightingale

"WHAT THE NIGHT SINGS is a book from the heart, of the heart and to the heart. Vesper Stamper's Gerta is a beautiful and fully-realized character who will stay with you long after you turn the last page. Her story is one of hope and redemption and life--a blessing to the world."
—Deborah Heiligman, author of Printz Honor Book Vincent and Theo

Vesper is available for school visits, book signings and speaking engagements.

Since Vesper is an author-illustrator, she's able to bring an immense amount of value to your school or community. High school, college, museum or other visits can include:

  • Book presentation with film and talk
  • Q&A and signing
  • Art and writing class critiques
  • Art technique workshops
  • Portfolio reviews for aspiring college applicants and students
  • Holocaust history lessons
  • Music history/appreciation classes
  • ...and more!

Appearances range from 30 minute Skype calls for schools, to full-day visits and conference keynotes.

What Readers are Saying:


“Your book is so important and I cannot imagine it not existing in the world.”

“I know that this book will forever remain one of my favorites.”

“This is a book that will stay with me forever.”

"Read it to trace your own humanity.”

“This book really crawls inside you and becomes stuck in your soul… Exemplary.”

“What the Night Sings frames everything true and right about humanity against its most vile and heartbreaking moments.”

“This is a radiant and important book…This should become a classic.”

“I am still in tears from reading this wonderful piece of literature.”

“Let's put ourselves in someone else's shoes so we don't repeat history and maybe practice more empathy to the people suffering around us even today.”

“...reading it while keeping global current events in mind serves as a call to action.”

“...this is a book I will re-read many times.”

“I literally couldn't breathe while reading this book!”

“It is a MUST READ, especially for young adults who are on the threshold of becoming citizens of the world.”