Jane's Stories Press Foundation

Jane Stories Press Foundation appeared in Chicago February 29-March 3rd for the 2012 AWP Conference.
Chicago Readings: North West
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Jane Stories 2012 Retreat
& Book Launch
Anne Martin Fletcher  ~   Georgia Ann Martin-Banks            ~  Shobha Sharma
Emelda L. Bekkal          ~     Christine Swanberg     ~        Olga Avalos
Having been my first experience going to the AWP, I was thrilled that 1-1/2 session panels could be so full of useful information. The spirit of collegiality among exhibitors was motivating and I had a great time chatting with passersby who stopped to find out more about our table. --Olga Avalos
Whether it is Yolanda Nieves' fieldworker discovering a common humanity with the exploitative ranch owner in "Tomatoes,"
the difficult balancing act of immigrant women in Susanna Lang's poem "Last Days,
Christine Swanberg's remembrance of th bridge at LaSalle, IL ,
Tabinda Bashir's essay "Odyssey,"
or Mary Hanford Bruce's poetric memoir of cancer, 
our authors have written thoughtfully, imaginatively and passionately about the conflict, hope and reconciliation inherent in the theme. 

Jane's Stories IV: Bridges and Borders, $16.95 (Members get the discount), ISBN 9781891476198, is now available from JSPF, see Publications page. Look for readings in other parts of the country in early 2013.
Our deepest gratitude to the authors and guests at the October 5th book launch who made our book launch a rousing success! Thanks also to Shobha, Glenda, and Linda for bringing together a  magnificent anthology. Wish you all could have joined us for the book launch and workshops!
Glenda Bailey Mershon (far Right).
What a turnout!!
Linda Mowry
Cake provided by author Tabinda Bashir's daughter, Lisa--Thanks, Lisa!
Thanks  to those who sent memories of AWP Conference and the 2013 and 2011 Retreats

Information about this year's retreat 
will be announced soon!
Women in Hot Water Book Tour
       Jim's Wine Market                                     Volta Coffee, Tea, and Chocolate
       Gainesville, FL                     &                   St. Augustine, FL
Started our book tour. Both events were great successes!!
Jane's Stories IV:
Book Launch 2013
Check out Glenda Bailey Mershon's 
interview with Sandra to learn how to pronounce "Chassahowizka" & more about this fascinating woman! 
Post Women in Hot Water! Reading. Oh, oh, oh - it was such fun. Thanks to the fifty or so of you who showed up. Here's a photo [see left] of me and our esteemed anthology editor Glenda Bailey-Mershon. And more of Pat Spears, Katie Riegel, Leny Kaltenekker, and Tricia Booker. Thanks to Madeline Chrystene Davidson for taking these photos. 
--Sandra Gail Lambert
Cookies & Conundrums
Ruby Tuesdays Skokie, IL

We had begun our quest to build bridges with readers everywhere as our writers solved puzzles and leapt divides. Our thanks to readers Mary Hanford BruceTabinda Bashir, Susanna Lang, and Christine Swanberg who held listeners spellbound at Ruby Tuesdays  and made this a special event! 
Glenda Bailey Mershon
Shobha Sharma
JSIV Editors
(L) Featured Volta reader: Sandra Gail Lambert with Series Editor Glenda Bailey-Mershon
"Women in Hot Water" book tour featuring Jane's Stories IV: Bridges and Borders, an anthology of women in conflict and resolution, continues in the Great Northwest! Bette Lynch Husted and Sheryl Clough will be our featured readers at In Other Words, a non-profit, volunteer-run, feminist community center in Portland, Oregon. Their mission is to inspire and cultivate feminist communities, nurturing social justice. They have a storefront that serves as a book store, a lending library, and a venue for feminist events. 

Preceding the readings, Jane's Stories Press Foundation president Shobha Sharma will hold a workshop called "What Women Want. The workshop fee $25.00 includes a copy of Jane's Stories IV: Bridges and Boarders.
The Northwest Leg
of the 
Women in Hot Water
Book Tour Reading
What Do Women Want? 
workshop and reading

College of Lake County Reading

CLC graciously invited us back for a reading in September. Edna HarrisMaria B.Tabinda Bashir, and Shobha Sharma read from JSIV and the college served a delightful dinner! Here are some photos:
Meta Commerse

Glenda Bailey-Mershon's Signing Party & Jane's Stories Fundraiser
Many thanks to all who joined us and guest of honor, Glenda Bailey-Mershon, for our fundraiser in Evanston. We enjoyed a selection of enviable appetizers while Glenda autographed copies of her first novel, Eve's Garden. This compelling story of three generations of a family surviving as outsiders in their communities is beautifully told. It is no surprise that Glenda is also a poet.

In addition to enjoying in conversation with other book lovers we got a history of Romani culture which will add to our appreciation of the novel. And caricaturist Marlene Goodman  delighted several attendees with whimsical, yet uncanny, likenesses.
2014 Signing/Fundraiser & Retreat ~ Smashing Successes 
More photos to come! If you have pics or memories of this event, please send them to infoatjspf@aol.com
While you can still hear Jane's BookChats at Talkshoe,
we will be starting Author Takeovers on Jane's Stories 
Book Buzz in May.
Learn More on our Events page.
After a fabulous Winter reading a Panera's in Wilmette, Meta Commerse brought her Story Medicine Workshop to Evanston in June of 2015. The introduction started the experience on Saturday in the pleasant environment of Touching Earth, followed by the workshop on Sunday which offered a sampling of Meta's six month healing program, based on a West African ritual format. If you have the joy of participating in Story Medicine, you will become acquainted with an indigenous healing circle process that uses reading, writing, storytelling, and listening. This non-medical methodology can lead you beyond the chains of your past and ease the pains of the present. Meta's debut novel, The Mending Time, is was crafted from her work of more than two decades within this model.
                 Jane's Stories Book Buzz
To check out Jane’s Stories Book Buzz on Facebook, click the “Contact Us” button under the menu at the left. The Book Buzz club is designed to bring women writers together with women readers with and interest in literature. We host book discussions, share news of literary events, offer peeks into the writer’s tool box, and we’ll have a few surprises along the way.

On May 13 at Noon, Jane’s Stories Book Buzz will present and Online Chat & Video with Tricia Booker author of The Place of Peace and Crickets; In June, it will be Connie May Fowler and her new book A Million Fragile Bones; and in July poet and essayist Camille Dungy, author of Guidebook to Relative Strangers. All three of the books will be released this year, Dungy’s by W.W. Norton & Company, and Booker's and Fowler's by Twisted Road Publications which also published Jane Authors Glenda Bailey-Mershon (Eve’s Garden), Sandra Gail Lambert (The River’s Memory), and Pat Spears (It’s Not Like I Knew Her and Dreamchaser).

Remember to contact us soon for an invitation to Jane’s Stories Book Buzz. We’ll have fun!
Diana Abu Jaber
Georgia Ann
Banks Martin
Tara Masih
Connie May