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LISTEN: ReConnect Hungary Discussion with Author Allison Pataki about The Accidental Empress

Our Zoom chat with Allison Pataki about her novel "The Accidental Empress" was an absolute delight! ReConnect Hungary’s ambassador and a New York Times multiple best-selling author, Allison has written two historical fiction novels about Sisi, the beloved empress of Austria-Hungary.

The discussion started with Allison sharing how she transitioned from journalism to literature, and her personal relationship to, and journey with Empress Elizabeth commonly known as Sisi. The author also shared valuable tips about the writing process.Allison became enamored of Sisi on a trip to Hungary with her family. Her passion for the Empress and her Hungarian heritage was evident and contagious throughout our chat, which was co-sponsored by the American Hungarian Library and Historical Society. Enthralling Hungarian summer reads: The Accidental Empress and Sisi: Empress on Her Own by Allison Pataki

Her books have been translated into Hungarian and published in Hungary by Libri. Allison is also in early discussions for development of Sisi into a TV series so stay tuned....

Two of Allison’s books were recently among  Wall Street Journal readers recommended  historical fiction books . . . mentioned in one sentence with Tolstoy.  In addition to the Sisi series, Allison has written two children's books, a memoir and other historical fiction. You can learn more about the inimitable Hungarian-American on her website

Lucy Kosty, RH'21

My whole life I felt like we were missing pieces to our Hungarian heritage. The only things passed down through the generations were the food and some family stories. After this trip, I feel like I got to fill in those gaps. I have a better sense of what it means to be Hungarian-American and I feel a stronger connection to my great grandfather.

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Madison Jones, RH'19

I got a more thorough experience of Hungarian culture than if I would have traveled by myself...

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Mark Czeisler, RH'18

ReConnect Hungary is an exceptional opportunity to discover aspects of your past...

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