About the Author

Vera Graaf is a writer, journalist and documentary filmmaker, living in New York City.  She spent the Seventies living in the Caribbean, first as a hippie, then owning and operating a movie theater in the British Virgin Islands. Her forthcoming memoir, “Virgin Territories”, is based on this adventure. As a journalist, in the Eighties and Nineties, she covered art and architecture, design and cultural news for various German publications, such as DER SPIEGEL, DIE ZEIT and SUEDDEUTSCHE ZEITUNG. Using her numerous contacts as a journalist, she later branched out into documentary filmmaking, teaming up with filmmaker Max Scott to profile passionate art collectors in “Stranger from Away” (2003) and “Souvenirs” (2007). Their films were screened widely at festivals in the US and in Canada and “Souvenirs” was broadcast on PBS nationwide.

Most recently, she has been shortlisted for the MsLexia Memoir contest in Great Britain.