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Bryna Kranzler - Crosswalk Press. La Jolla, CA, US

Bryna Kranzler

Publisher; Author | Crosswalk Press


Approachable, attractive speaker who uses humor to motivate and make her points



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TEDxSDSU - Bryna Kranzler - The Art of Optimism SXSW 2013: Connecting While Technology Isolates--The Perks of Procrastination Reading: Excerpt from The Accidental Anarchist




Bryna Kranzler is a graduate of Barnard College where she studied playwriting, and received the Helen Prince Memorial Prize for Dramatic Composition. Her first play, a finalist for the Eugene O'Neill Memorial Theater Competition, was scheduled for production twice: The first time, the theater owner died and the season was shut down. The second time the director committed suicide. For the benefit the arts community, she decided to get out of playwriting. She earned an MBA from Yale University, and spent 15 years in marketing for health-care, high tech and consumer products companies before returning to writing.

THE ACCIDENTAL ANARCHIST, her first book, was the winner of The USA “Best Books of 2011” Awards for Biography: Historical, and a finalist in ForeWord Magazine’s Book of the Year competition in the Biography category. She is also the daughter of the late Shimon Wincelberg, the first Orthodox writer in Hollywood. Bryna was named for the young girl who saved her grandfather's life in the true story that is told in The Accidental Anarchist.

Industry Expertise (3)

Public Relations and Communications


Writing and Editing

Areas of Expertise (2)

The Art of Optimism

The Perks of Procrastination

Accomplishments (5)

Finalist, ForeWord Reviews, Book of the Year (professional)



Winner, USA Best Books of 2011 (professional)


Biography: Historical

Winner, National Indie Excellence Award (professional)


Biography: Historical

Winner, 2012 International Book Award (professional)


Biography: Historical

WINNER, 2012 Sharp Writ Book Awards (professional)


General Non-Fiction

Education (3)

Yale University School of Management: M.B.A., Marketing 1987

Barnard College: B.A., Program in the Arts: Playwriting 1980

Winner of Helen Prince Memorial Prize for Dramatic Writing Finalist; Eugene O'Neill Memorial Theatre Center Competition

University of California, San Diego: Certificate, Copyediting

Current field of study

Affiliations (4)

  • San Diego Jewish Film Festival
  • San Diego Jewish Book Fair
  • Yale Club of San Diego Book Award
  • Yale University Service Project to West Virginia

Testimonials (6)

Katia Graham, President | Barnard Club of San Diego

Top qualities: Great Results, Personable, Expert “After reading the Accidental Anarchist, the Barnard College Club of San Diego asked Bryna to speak at our annual Spring Tea. The event was a huge success; Bryna captivated the attendees with a detailed and intimate talk of her true novel, the historical period the story is set in, and other interesting accounts of her grandfather. Her passion for her work was contagious and she was incredibly engaging during the talk and ensuing Q&A session. The guests could not stop saying how much they enjoyed this year's Spring Tea thanks to her! I enthusiastically recommend Bryna Kranzler as a speaker for any event!

Marjorie Moidel, S.E. National Coordinator | Na'Amat USA, Southeast Area

“Bryna Kranzler, author, spoke on Oct. 2011, at NA'AMAT USA's Literary Chai Luncheon in Tamarac, Fl. about her new book, "The Accidental Anarchist". She was well prepared, charming, articulate and dynamic in her presentation. The audience loved her--she made a wonderful presentation, and we would recommend her to any group that is interested in programming for Jewish groups and any other historical programs. We have recommended her to our organization in California where she resides. Marjorie C. Moidel, S.E.Area National NA'AMAT USA Coordinator”

Hildie Kraus, Librarian | San Diego County Library, Bonita, CA

Top qualities: Great Results, Personable, Expert “Bryna Kranzler is a compelling, articulate, enthusiastic public speaker; she gave a presentation on her book, "The Accidental Anarchist" at our library, and the audience was rapt. They were informed, entertained and moved by her deep knowledge of history, her sense of humor, and her obvious passion for the story.”

Raquel Marques, Director, Business Development | McGoodwin James & Co.

Top qualities: Personable, Expert, High Integrity “Bryna is not only a fantastic writer but also an amazing public speaker. I've had the opportunity to attend some of her speeches and they are always very motivating, entertaining and thought provoking. Her ideas are always concise and she has the ability to connect to a variety of personalities. Her vocabulary is outstanding. If planning a conference or event where you want to share an important message I recommend that you give Bryna your highest consideration.”

Karin Eastham, Author | Cook the Part

Top qualities: Great Results, Expert, High Integrity “Bryna served as my editor for Cook the Part: Delicious, Interactive and Fun Team Cooking. She was incredibly thorough and diligent in identifying errors, but she also provided great recommendations for improving text and language useage. She was the absolute best of five different editors used on this project. I have just recommended her to serve as editor on a new book project in a completely different book category.”

Zoe Gharemani, Author | "Sky of Red Poppies"

“I've had the pleasure of knowing Ms. Bryna Kranzler both as a friend and colleague over the past ten years. She is a wonderful writer with a keen eye for editing. I have enjoyed and utilized many of her editorial comments. She has played a significant role in the creation of my novel, Sky of Red Poppies - both as a critique and a supportive friend. I would highly recommend her as a freelance editor.” October 20, 2011

Event Appearances (22)

Life Lessons from a Yeshiva Runaway

Distinguished Lecture Series  Osher, UCSD Extension, San Diego, CA


The Accidental Anarchist

La Jolla Public Library  San Diego


The Accidental Anarchist

Bonita Public Library  Bonita, CA


The Accidental Anarchist

Carlsbad Newcomer's Club  Carlsbad, CA


The Art of Optimism

TedxSDSU  San Diego State University


Spring Luncheon

Barnard Club of San Diego   La Jolla, CA


Annual Author Luncheon

ORT USA   Boca Raton, FL


The Accidental Anarchist

Author Talk, Los Angeles Public Library  Los Angeles, CA


Meet the Author: The Accidental Anarchist

Na'amat Book Club  San Fernando Valley, CA


The Accidental Anarchist

UCSD Geisel Library  La Jolla, CA


Literary Luncheon

Na'Amat USA   Tamarac, FL


Meet the Author

Kensington Public Library  Kensington/Normal Heights, CA


The Accidental Anarchist

Congregation Beth Jacob Sisterhood  Beverly Hills, CA


Book Signing

Warwicks Bookstore,   La Jolla, CA


The Accidental Anarchist

Women's League of Conservative Judaism-Southern Region Conference  Deerfield Beach, FL


Book Talk

The Accidental Anarhcist  Museum of Tolerance, NY


Live Interview

With the Author of The Accidental Anarchist and the Daughter of Jacob Marateck  Museum of Tolerance


Author Talk: The Accidental Anarchist

Sisterhoods of Temple Beth Shalom and Congregation Torah Ohr  Temple Beth Shalom, Boca Raton, FL


Meet the Author: The Accidental Anarchist

Princeton Tikvat-Ha'atid Hadassah Book Club  Princeton Library


Book Introduction

San Diego Jewish Book Fair  La Jolla Jewish Community Center


The Perks of Procrastination

South by Southwest (SXSW)  Austin, TX


The Accidental Anarchist

Author Talk  Fallbrook Public Library


Sample Talks (1)

Guilt & The Accidental Anarchist

Inheriting 3 generations of guilt motivated the author to bring the story of The Accidental Anarchist to the public. As the final descendents of the 'anarchist' were in their 80s, she was driven to complete a task begun over 100 years earlier: Tell the story of the man who had been sentenced to death 3 times in the early 1900s -- and lived to tell about it. He also happened to have been her grandfather. Through the process of going through his diaries, she learned about the grandfather she had never met, and some important lessons about survival.



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