Storytime with Susan Robeson at WORD JC

03/30/2019 - 11:00am


Join us at WORD Jersey City for a storytime celebrating the life of Paul Robeson with his granddaughter Susan Robeson, a filmmaker, producer, and Jersey City resident. 


The story goes something like this: Grandpa Paul was a world-famous actor and singer, a man of peace and principle who worried about the safety of children and families living in countries at war. He wanted to use his voice to promote social justice all over the world. Though people warned Grandpa Paul that it was too dangerous, he traveled to the battlefields of the Spanish Civil War to sing to the soldiers. And while he sang, there was peace.

With gorgeous illustrations from the fine artist Rod Brown, Grandpa Stops a War celebrates Paul Robeson’s global activism and towering achievements, and shows readers the power of music in times of discord and war.


Susan Robeson is a longtime documentary film and television producer. Her award-winning work has appeared on PBS, NBC and ABC affiliates and has shown at the Museum of Modern Art, Lincoln Center and numerous film festivals. She is currently producing a major motion picture on the life of her grandfather, Paul Robeson. Her first book, The Whole World In His Hands: A Pictorial Biography of Paul Robeson, was an ALA best book for young adults. She resides in the New York City area where she is an adjunct professor in film and communications and executive director of the Paul Robeson Foundation. This is her first picture book for young readers.

Grandpa Stops a War: A Paul Robeson story Cover Image
By Susan Robeson, Rod Brown (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9781609808822
Availability: In stock at Brooklyn or Jersey City -- click for more details
Published: Triangle Square - January 22nd, 2019

"It takes a man of peace to stop a war."