Laurie Abkemeier

I'm a Literary Agent with DeFiore and Company—blogging about authors (mostly my own) and publishing.


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    INSIDE THE AUTHORS STUDIO with Baruch Sterman

    Baruch Sterman received his Master’s in electrical engineering from Columbia University and his PhD in physics from the Hebrew University in Jerusalem, where he developed a CO2 laser used for both medical and industrial purposes. He is a co-founder of Ptil Tekhelet and was instrumental in developing the modern techniques for dyeing tekhelet used by the association today. His first book, THE RAREST BLUE: The Remarkable Story of an Ancient Color Lost to History and Rediscovered, is now available from Lyons Press.


    1. What is your favorite word?  Disparate
    2. What makes you laugh?  Sharing stories with my kids about stupid things I’ve done.  
    3. What makes you cry?  Real goodbyes  
    4. What is your favorite guilty pleasure?  100 Grand Bars
    5. What city or country would you most like to visit?  The Keck Observatory, Hawaii  
    6. What was your favorite childhood book?   Isaac Asimov, the Foundation series
    7. What is your favorite sitcom, past or present?   The Monkees 
    8. What is your favorite magazine?  Natural History
    9. What was your favorite movie of the past year?  Footnote 
    10. If you could have a superpower, what would it be?  Invisibility    

    Baruch’s Stats

    • Hometown:  Passaic, NJ
    • Birthday:  June 10
    • Middle name: David
    • Website:
    • Facebook: The Rarest Blue
    • How He Found His Agent: Serendipitously—on the Internet.

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