Erika Passantino, art historian and writer, put pen to paper on her family’s captivating tale spanning two world wars and the adventure that ensued in her most recent book, “Coffee Hour in Flensburg.”

Passantino retired in Canton and currently lives in Soleil Laurel Canyon. She attributes her book’s publication to the Canton writing community and specifically the work of Josh Langston, local writer and publisher.

“I think it says a lot about this area that both the writer and the publisher live in Soleil,” Passantino said. “We have such a strong writing tradition here, it’s wonderful.”

Passantino described her book, “Coffee Hour in Flensburg,” as a letter to her grandchildren and a letter of love to her parents. The memoir spans two world wars and follows the family across three continents.

“I like to say that this story has three views, the view from three feet tall, since I was a small child for most of it; the view of an art historian — as that is now my passion; and finally the view from the internet, as I have found out even more information after doing research,” Passantino said.

The stories told in her book include those of war, peace, love, hardship and a family searching for a place to call home.

“It is 220 pages and is highly illustrated,” Passantino told the Tribune. “The pictures are beautifully laid out by Langston and make the book fun to read.”

Passantino along with family and friends are hosing a book launch on Aug. 4 at the Rock Barn. The book launch will be a time for Passantino to celebrate the publication of her book and an opportunity for her to introduce her memoir to the community.

“Coffee Hour in Flensburg” can be purchased on Amazon anytime and at the book launch. For more information, visit

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