Author Captivates Audience with Gripping Stories and Keepsakes from Her War Torn Past

October 01 23:09 2021
Celebrated educator, Saundra Henderson Windom, shares her remarkable story of survival and perseverance during the “Orchestration” book signing in Atlanta.

ATLANTA, GA – October 1, 2021 – On Saturday, September 25, 2021, author Saundra Henderson Windom celebrated the release of her new book, Orchestration with fans, family and friends during her Atlanta book signing soiree. Held at the Hammond’s House Museum in Atlanta’s historic district, attendees were welcomed by greeters at the garden entrance and escorted upstairs to the reception hall. Once inside, guests mingled with the author, browsed the museum’s art and artifacts, and awed over Windom’s mementos and keepsakes from her past.

The personal display included articles of press clippings about her experience in Korea and adoption in America, a series of photo albums documenting Windom’s unbelievable life journey, and even the little yellow dress and shoes she wore on the plane ride from Korea to California over 60 years ago.

Orchestration is “a fascinating story of perseverance, love for family, and God’s beautiful orchestration,” said Susan L. Taylor, Essence magazine editor-in-chief emerita and founder and CEO of the National CARES Mentoring Movement.

In her deeply personal narrative, Windom shared how she was found abandoned and tied to a tree at the age of four, robbed of her family and homeland during the Korean War, and uprooted to a foreign country and culture. She learned to navigate a new language, new identity, and new land after being adopted into a Black family in Compton, California.

The book is “an affecting memoir that intelligently unpacks an experience of cultural dislocation. The author’s story is as remarkable as it is moving, and she furnishes an exceedingly thoughtful reflection on a life that was full of both misfortune and luck,” as noted by Kirkus Review.

The soiree continued in the garden with a fireside chat between the author and her son – Grammy Award-winning music and entertainment executive, Amir Windom. She shared a few memorable stories with the audience and read an excerpt from the book before signing books and taking pictures with guests.

View and download event pictures here.

Photo Credit: Joi Pearson

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Saundra Henderson Windom, known to her family by her Korean name, Chang Bang Sun and Sandy to her friends, is a retired principal and educator living in Atlanta, Georgia. She earned her undergraduate degree from Stanford and her Master’s degree from the University of Southern California. From Korea’s dusty, barren roads to the American orphanages, her success, she affirms, is because of God’s grace, mercy, and His orchestration.

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