Jane's Stories Press Foundation

Chicago Readings: North West

Jane Stories Press Foundation appeared in Chicago February 29-March 3rd for the 2012 AWP Conference.
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Jane Stories 2012 Retreat
& Book Launch
Thanks  to those who sent memories of the 2013 Retreat, 
find them here!
Thanks also to all those who sent memoriesᅠof the 2011 Retreat, 
find them ​here!

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!
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!!
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  

Lucky for us, Meta Commerse joined us at Panera Bread in Wilmette, Il the evening of Friday the Thirteenth. And extraordinary woman, she read from her debut novel The Mending Time, an intergenerational, layered story of overcoming cycles and effects of violence and separation in the legacy of slavery. In the two sections Meta read, the main character jumped off the page as someone you care about. Moreover, Meta's writing touches the reader in the deepest places.  The evening was a great success.