Margaret Eilerman

Chair CA Writers Group

Margaret Eilerman

“Holding a person’s attention in today’s world is a challenge and one that Aura has conquered. She is a spirited speaker who has the intelligence and enthusiasm to tell her story to an enthralled audience. Attentive listening was never easier.”

Vicki Timmons

Torrance Book Club

Vicki Timmons

“You were a star at the book club! I have never seen these women so quiet before! You had them enthralled. Cosmic smile!”

Karen Blake

Writers of Kern

Karen Blake

“Many of us are involved in various groups, many of which, need speakers. I ran into a great one this morning at the Writers of Kern, Aura Imbarus, PhD. – very dynamic, personable, and funny… She is the author of the book, “Out of the Transylvania Night” where she tells her story of escaping the communist regime in Romania.”

Greg Smith

Librarian Reference / Adult Programming / Audiovisual
Manhattan Beach Library

Greg Smith

On Saturday 21 July 2012, author and educator Aura Imbarus spoke to an enthusiastic audience at the Manhattan Beach Library about “The Happiness Gene.” Dr. Imbarus kept the audience engaged with her very interesting personal narrative, and explained what she had learned over the years about the power of positive thinking and how it can help one attain their life’s goals. Dr. Imbarus is a passionate speaker and connected well with the audience, who stretched her one-hour talk into almost two hours with many questions, which she happily answered. I would not hesitate to have Dr. Imbarus back to speak at the library again, as I am sure she would command any topic she set upon and would draw an interested audience.

Cynthia Aguado

Acting Reference Services Supervisor Torrance Public Library

Cynthia Aguado

Aura Imbarus presented a dynamic and heartwarming discussion about her experiences published in Out of the Transylvania Nigh: A Story of Tyranny, Freedom, Love and Identity at the Torrance Public Library. Her ability to “read” the audience of students, travelers, educators and curious readers was uncanny as she garnered their attention for over two hours, and they wanted more! I have never seen such a diverse audience react so positively to an author talk- but Ms. Imbarus’ enthusiasm proves to be contagious…expressions of laughter and disbelief filled the room as Ms. Imbarus recollected her travels from Sibiu to the United States and subsequent attempts to secure a job, home, mate and, ultimately, happiness. I would highly recommend Ms. Imbarus for small and large groups alike as she connects to listeners’ minds and captures their hearts.

Annie Lubinsky

Editorial Writer PV News

Annie Lubinsky

Aura Imbarus can be likened to a rocketship — colorful, vibrant, and unstoppable when it comes to making her dreams come true. As a speaker, she shows her audience that anything is possible for them. Having lived in a communist country, Aura truly knows the meaning of “freedom” and enjoys it to the fullest. Her accomplishments are stellar, from earning a Ph.D. to learning multiple languages to writing a memoir that became a Pulitzer Prize entry. Throughout her life, she overcome some heartbreaking setbacks and emerged stronger because of her determination and hard work. And she believes others can use the lessons she teaches to succeed as well. I’ve heard Aura speak several times, and each time I leave knowing that she believes in me and that challenges are part of the journey to my particular star.

Amy Feller

Programs and Outreach Librarian Redondo Beach Library

Amy Feller

Aura presented a two-part program at our Library, inspiring an audience made up of current writers, future writers, or people just interested in the path she traveled to write her memoir “Out of the Transylvania Night”, and get it published. Our audience thoroughly enjoyed her speaking and presentation style, which was instructional and interactive, but vivacious and funny too. After listening to Aura speak and engage her audience, it is easy to see how that positive energy enabled her to leave behind a familiar world, and achieve success in a new one.

Cindy Leuty Jones

Chair of Special Events

Cindy Leuty Jones

The Beverly Hills Women’s Club thoroughly enjoyed the presentation of Aura Imbarus. Controlled by a communist regime under rations and curfews, her story of personal and family courage, and the journey to her new life in America, and what that has meant to her, was an inspiration to us all. For a moment we were all united in the blessedness of our civil liberties, freedom to choose and inspired to pursue our own right to happiness.

Allison Murray Pop

Assistant Professor Department of English Long Beach City College

Allison Murray Pop

I extend my highest recommendation to Ms. Aura Imbarus, who was gracious enough to participate in our author speaker series at Long Beach City College’s Marian Sims Baum Center for Creative Writing. Aura spoke on April 15th, only a week after she had returned from an overseas trip, yet her energy and passion were unabated. Rather than give a traditional reading, Aura engaged the audience by giving an oral rendition of her adventure into the world of literary prose and memoir. This resulted in immediate captivation of the student and faculty audience. They were drawn into her adventures and found themselves participating in her journey from the dark Transylvanian night, toward the light of the California dream. This was a reading unlike any I had ever attended, and I was incredibly thankful to Aura for entering into a conversation with the audience.

Judge Greg O'Brien

Palos Verdes Peninsula Rotary Club

Judge Greg O'Brien

“Aura was a big hit with Palos Verdes Rotary Club!”
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