May 29, 2015 - Saving Mona Lisa wins Indie Reader Discovery Award for non-fiction


Today at BookExpo America, the largest publishing event in North America, Indie Reader announced its 2015 award winners.  

April 29, 2015 - Saving Mona Lisa wins Independent Publisher bronze medal for outstanding book of the year (history)

The Independent Publisher "IPPY" awards, presented since 1996, recently announced winners from 5,600 entries. 

April 12, 2015 - Saving Mona Lisa wins Benjamin Franklin Silver Book Award


The Independent Book Publishers Association (IPBA)—the largest not-for-profit trade group in the U.S. book industry—recognizes excellence and innovation in independent publishing with its annual Benjamin Franklin Awards. On Friday, April 10, IBPA named Saving Mona Lisa  a 2015 Benjamin Franklin Silver Award winner for History.

March 12, 2015 - Saving Mona Lisa selected as IndieFab Book of the Year Award finalist

Saving Mona Lisa was named a finalist in the 17th annual Foreword Reviews' IndieFab Book of the Year awards.

January 18, 2015 - Radio interview on Conversations with Creative Women show

Gerri spoke with host Sandi Klein on the Conversations with Creative Women radio show, 89.1FM. Listen here.

January 12, 2015 - Saving Mona Lisa reviewed by Paris Insights

Saving Mona Lisa has been reviewed by Paris Insights, a blog about a Paris that the average tourist would not otherwise experience; hosted by Tom Reeves, author of the book and newsletter of the same name as well as co-owner of the Discover Paris! travel planning service and author of the e-book, Dining Out in Paris—What You Need to Know Before You Get to the City of Light.

January 6, 2015 - Dutch Treat Club

At New York's Dutch Treat Club, Gerri spoke about the book, following a performance by renowned jazz pianist Jon Weber.  

December 3, 2014 - Art Lover's Podcast

Artist and writer Tim Paulson of The Art Lover's Podcast interviewed Gerri about Saving Mona Lisa. The 40-minute interview can be heard here. Acknowledgment to Monique Y. Wells, author, speaker and productivity expert for women entrepreneurs.

December 2, 2014 - Beaux Arts Alliance

New York's Beaux Arts Alliance sponsored an illustrated lecture by Gerri, "Monuments Men: Hollywood vs. History."

November 20, 2014 - National Arts Club

The National Arts Club Roundtable sponsored French Art During World War II: The Seized and the Saved, at which Gerri was the featured speaker.

October 30, 2014 - New York Society of Women Artists

At the fall meeting of the New York Society of Women Artists, Gerri spoke about the battle to protect France's art during World War II. Acknowledgment to artist Lynne Friedman

October 23, 2014 - Temple Shaaray Tefila

Gerri spoke about the Jewish art pillaged during World War II and ongoing restitution issues at Temple Shaaray Tefila in New York City. 

October 12, 2014 - Congregation Beth Israel, Alliance Française

At Congregation Beth Israel in West Hartford, CT, Gerri spoke about the Jewish art looted by the Germans during World War II; at the Hartford, CT chapter of the Alliance Française, she spoke about Saving Mona Lisa

October 1, 2014 - French Chocolate: Recipes, Language, and Directions to Français au Chocolat

Gerri's crêpe recipe featured in the just-released book, French Chocolate: Recipes, Language, and Directions to Francais au Chocolat.

September 15, 2014 -

Saving Mona Lisa featured on

August 25, 2014 - WAMC, Northeast Public Radio

Interview on WAMC, Northeast Public Radio
Listen here

July 8, 2014 - Parler Paris Après-Midi | Paris, France

Gerri spoke about Saving Mona Lisa and French art during World War II at Parler Paris Après-Midi, a monthly gathering sponsored by Adrian Leeds, internationally-recognized French property expert and Director of The Adrian Leeds Group, LLC. From the write-up of the event: "The subject was fascinating for all of us (a bigger than average attendance, in spite of the pouring rain!) and she held us spellbound -- not just the story about what the most important museum in the world went through to protect its treasures during the great wars, but her personal discovery of how much of what we read and believe is true, simply is not.  The book is a must-have for anyone interested in history, art or war."

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Gerri was profiled on Paris

June 30, 2014 -

Saving Mona Lisa featured on 

May 26, 2104 - Association France-Amériques | Paris, France


On the 70th anniversary of General Eisenhower's pre-D-Day declaration that cultural centers and historical monuments in war zones should be protected, Saving Mona Lisa author Gerri Chanel participated in a panel discussion about the Monuments Men and other aspects of protection and restitution of art during World War II. The other panelists speaking to the group of almost 80 were Thierry Bajou, Chief Heritage Curator of the Ministry of Culture and Communications and Thomas Morin-Williams, art historian and archivist of Impressionist and Modern Art at Christie's. 

France-Amériques, an association founded in 1909, is a meeting place for French and American opinion leaders from the worlds of diplomacy, defense, business, higher education and cultural institutions. The elegant Hôtel Le Marois in which the organization resides was built in 1863 under Napoléon III.