Candid girl talk


When you were young and idealistic and you looked in mirror, what were your expectations for your future? What was expected of you by family and community? And now, years later, how do you feel about that person looking back at you in the mirror? What do you see? Are you satisfied, or do you see all that you failed to accomplish? And your you look toward creative conquests, or a time of quiet reflection?

These questions were posed to some of our country's most gifted authors…and they responded, sharing the heart of soul of their lives. Each eloquent piece is certain to captivate, and make readers see the world and their own lives in an entirely new way.

Contributing authors: Barbara Abercrombie, Michael Bader, Lee Chamberlin, Alan Dershowitz, Beverly Donofrio, Margot Duxler, Jane Ganahl, Eileen Goudge, Sandra Gulland, Kathi Kamen Goldmark, Aviva Layton, Aimee Liu, Joyce Maynard, Malachy McCourt, Christine O'Hagan, Laurie Stone, Richard Toon, Nancy Weber, Leon Whiteson,Victoria Zackheim


This eclectic approach to looking back over our lives is moving, funny, philosophical, and supportive of all women wondering if their lives have had purpose. The answer is: yes! Whatever we imagined we would become-who we would be, what we would accomplish-is fodder for discussion, but not for self-recrimination. The events of life-education, work, falling in love, having children, suffering illness and loss-everything works together to shape who we are…who we have become. The real message is: are we satisfied with our lives? If yes, it's magic. If no, there's still time!


Wednesday, September 30, 7:00 PM
1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park, CA, 94025
Reading: Joyce Maynard, Kathi Kamen Goldmark, Laurie Stone, Richard Toon, Michael Bader, Margot Duxler, Jane Ganahl, Aviva Layton, Leon Whiteson, Victoria Zackheim

Thursday, October 1st, 7:00 PM
Book Passage
51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera, CA, 94925
Reading: Joyce Maynard, Kathi Kamen Goldmark, Laurie Stone, Richard Toon, Michael Bader, Margot Duxler, Jane Ganahl, Aviva Layton, Leon Whiteson, Victoria Zackheim

Friday, October 2, 7:00PM
Mrs. Dalloway's
2904 College Ave., Berkeley, CA 94705
Reading: Joyce Maynard, Laurie Stone, Richard Toon, Michael Bader, Margot Duxler, Jane Ganahl, Aviva Layton, Leon Whiteson, Victoria Zackheim

Tuesday, October 20, 7:00 PM
1644 Haight Street, San Francisco, CA, 94117
Reading: Kathi Kamen Goldmark, Margot Duxler, Victoria Zackheim

Wednesday, November 11, 11:00 AM
Contra Costa JCC
2071 Tice Valley Boulevard, Walnut Creek, CA
Reading: Margot Duxler and Victoria Zackheim

Sunday, December 06, 10:00 AM
Kent Middle School
800 College, Kentfield, CA 94902
Reading: Kathi Kamen Goldmark and Victoria Zackheim

Victoria Zackheim (anthology editor and contributor) Victoria Zackheim is the author of The Bone Weaver and editor of two other anthologies, The Other Woman: 21 Wives, Lovers, and Others Talk Openly About Sex, Deception, Love, and Betrayal (GrandCentral) and For Keeps: Women Tell the Truth About Their Bodies, Growing Older, and Acceptance (Seal Press). Zackheim is story developer and writer of the documentary film, Tracing Thalidomide: The Francis Kelsey Story, now in development with Rosemarie Reed Productions, writer of More Than A Poet's Daughter: The Story of Ada Byron Lovelace (Rosemarie Reed Productions), and co-producer and writer of the documentary When G.I. Joe is a Muslim (On the Road Productions). Victoria teaches in the UCLA Writers' Program and writes/records commentaries for The Mimi Geerges Show, XM-Satellite and public radio.

Aviva Layton is the author of the novel Nobody's Daughter and several children's books. She has taught literature at universities, colleges and art schools and has reviewed plays, books, and film for newspapers, journals and radio arts programs in the U.S. and Canada. Born in Sydney, Australia, the author lived for many years in Montreal, Toronto and London. She currently resides in Los Angeles, where she works as a literary editor.

Kathi Kamen Goldmark is the author of And My Shoes Keep Walking Back to You, a novel; co-author of The Great Rock & Roll Joke Book, and Mid-Life Confidential: the Rock Bottom Remainders Tour America with Three Chords and an Attitude; and has contributed essays to several anthologies. With Sam Barry, she writes a monthly advice column in BookPage, "The Author Enablers." Goldmark is founder and member of the all-author rock band, the Rock Bottom Remainders, president and janitor of "Don't Quit Your Day Job" Records, Author Liaison for Book Group Expo. She is producer of the radio show West Coast Live and recipient of the 2008 Women's National Book Association Award.

Red Room: Kathi Kramen Goldmark

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