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Sue Barizon, Marianne Goldsmith, Lynn Sunday, Darlene Frank, Elise Frances Miller

Written by Elise Frances Miller

Though we had shared the pages of the anthology, Times They Were A-Changing: Women Remember the 60s and 70s (She Writes Press), my fellow memoirists and I met for the first time at the San Mateo County Fair Literary Stage on Wednesday night, June 11. We were offering Fairgoers a program about the ’60s and ’70s through our panel discussion, readings, and an evening of ’60s music. Darlene Frank and I conceived of and organized the program, and our friend Sue Barizon, 2013 Writer of the Year from SF/Peninsula Writers (California Writers Club), who also writes about the ’60s, joined us. But meeting Marianne Goldsmith from Oakland and Lynn Sunday from Half Moon Bay was a special treat.

The event provided a boost for the anthology, the only one of its kind, edited by Kate Farrell, Linda Joy Myers, and Amber Lea Starfire. Interest in our era grows as boomers look back through TV series like CNNs “The Sixties.” As our Fair audience grew in both numbers and age range, we realized that our kids and grandkids have become interested in finding out more, and comparing their own familiar social, artistic, spiritual and political times.

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Sue Barizon, Marianne Goldsmith, Lynn Sunday, Darlene Frank, Elise Frances Miller

San Mateo County has the only Fair in the nation with a “Literary Stage.” Bardi Rosman Koodrin, whose husband is the Director of the Fine Arts Galleria, figured that if the Fair had fine arts, why not literature? The Fair’s Literary Arts Division has story, essay and poetry contests, a publication of local authors, an Author Day for book sales, and a week of workshops and readings, enhanced by evening music programs.

At about 5:30 pm, the fun began with the ’60s repertoire of Rita Beach and John Green, who perform at Max’s Opera Café in Burlingame, inspiring some of us to “rock out” and others to sing along and grow nostalgic. Then I took the mic to describe the anthology and read from my anthology story, “My People’s Park.” I talked about the upcoming panel discussion and introduced Sue Barizon, who read from her award-winning story “Off Guard,” published in Fault Zone: Shift.

At 7:00 pm, all five of us were on stage, and I began by asking “Who were you in the ’60s? What were the ’60s like for you?” We found–just like in the anthology–that we had a diverse group. Both in the panel and during audience Q & A, a picture began to emerge of a very different world, not only one of different tastes and styles, but a pre-social media world where there was lots to object to, especially for women, that today we take for granted. We spoke of having to re-fight the battles we fought then in the arenas of social justice, women’s rights, peace and human rights–and how differently the struggles are being carried on today. It was a poignant conversation.

Darlene read from her story, “The Assertive Woman,” Marianne read from “Marching with Kay Boyle,” and Lynn read “The Day I Met the Suffragette,” which reminded us all that other women have put themselves on the line before us to earn the rights we enjoy today. Through the years, gaining the confidence to speak out at home, in the workplace, and in public protest has encouraged us to do so through the written word, which is, after all, what our panel members have spent a lifetime doing.


Story Circle Network Conference

April 20, 2014

GOT THIRST?  Written by Sara Etgen-Baker Far out! Outta sight! These were the first words out of my mouth when the editors of The Times They Were A-Changing: Women Remember the ‘60s and ‘70s asked me to join them in reading excerpts from the anthology at this year’s Story Circle Network Conference in Austin, Texas. […]

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Book Promotion Partnership

March 31, 2014

Written by Carol Derfner Partnership with a Community Organization When I learned my short memoir would be included in the new anthology, Times They Were A-Changing: Women Remember the ‘60s & ‘70s, I immediately began to think of ways to promote the book in upstate New York where I live. I wished to share the […]

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Why This Book Speaks to Me

January 23, 2014

Written by Dmitri Rusov-Morningstar I’ve read many of the pieces from Times They Were A-Changing, a women’s anthology of the ‘60s & ‘70s, and have been struck by the honesty, courage and brilliance of the authors who contributed. In the ‘60s, there was a popular poster, Chinese, I believe, that said, “Women hold up half the […]

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On the Scene at the Book Launch in Napa

January 1, 2014

Sunday, December 15, 3:00 – 5:00 pm Napa BookMine 964 Pearl Street, Napa CA 94559  Written by Patsy Ann Taylor For me, the decades of the ’60s and ’70s stand out as a time of uncertainty. As a young wife and mother I was not sure if my parents and teachers had prepared me for […]

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WOW! Blog Tour

December 8, 2013

Join us on our Blog Tour! Coordinated by WOW! Women on Writing. WOW! Follow along, comment, win prizes! It’s not too late! The blog tour will continue for two more weeks. It’s a great chance to share your ideas about the value of the anthology and your experience reading or contributing to the book. […]

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eBook 99 cent Sale!

November 30, 2013

Our publisher, She Writes Press (SWP), is holding a seven-day holiday sale on 18 of their titles (featured above) starting Friday, November 29th. This means that Times They Were A-Changing (along with 17 other SWP books) is available for 99 cents between November 29thand December 6th–across all eBook outlets, Kindle, Nook, Kobo, and beyond! For […]

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A Virtual Book Party

October 13, 2013

Written by Rhonda Rae Baker What happens when several women get together to celebrate the release of Times They Were A’Changing: Women Remember the ‘60s & ‘70s? The answer, my friend, is blowing in the wind. Linda Joy Myers, President of National Association of Memoir Writers, opened with a moment of ‘60s music, – “Blowing […]

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On the Scene at the Anthology Book Launch in Berkeley

October 8, 2013

Written by Darlene Frank You had to arrive early to get a good seat, and an estimated 70 people squeezed into the small Books, Inc. store in Berkeley to celebrate the release of The Times They Were A-Changing. The launch party opened with the audience singing the Bob Dylan song of the book’s title. “This […]

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Times They Were A-Changing Book Launch Party | Books Inc. Berkeley, CA

September 22, 2013

 Sunday, September 29, 6:00 – 8:00 pm Books, Inc. Berkeley 1760 Fourth Street, Berkeley, CA The editors of this powerful anthology about the ’60s and ’70s invite you to join our celebration with guest authors and the editors Kate Farrell, Linda Joy Myers, and Amber Lea Starfire. The women in these powerful stories rode the […]

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