Press Release/Flyer

TimesTheyWereChanging_Covr1Celebrate the ’60s & ’70s
with Storytelling and Poetry! 

Book Launch Party

Times They Were A-Changing:
Women Remember the ’60s & ’70s.

A FREE event with Live Music by Bill Polits!
Wine, cheese, light snacks. Raffle and book signings!

Sunday, September 29
6:00 – 8:00 pm
Books, Inc. Berkeley, CA
1760 4th St., Berkeley, CA 94710

Readings by: Contributing Authors, Judy Gumbo Albert (Prose Third Place Winner), Joan Annsfire (Poetry First Place Winner), Cathleen Cordova, Lucille Lang Day (Prose Third Honorable Mention), Laura Singh, Marianne Smith, Judith Terzi…and more!

The Anthology: Forty-eight powerful stories and poems etch in vivid detail breakthrough moments experienced by women during the life-changing era of the ’60s and ’70s. These women pushed through the boundaries, trampled the taboos, and felt the pain and joy of new experiences. And finally, here, they tell it like it was.

Hosted by the Editors: Kate Farrell, Linda Joy Myers, Amber Lea Starfire


She Writes Press •

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Carol Derfner’s Press Release: An updated version
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March 29, 2014
Contact:  Carol Derfner

Upstate Author’s Work Included in Anthology Nominated
For 2013 Indie Book Of The Year

Columbia County writer Carol Derfner thinks it is “groovy” a book including a short memoir she wrote last year is a finalist for a national literary award.  The book, Times They Were A’ Changing: Women Remember the ‘60s and ‘70s, has been nominated by Foreword Reviews as one of the top anthologies published in 2013 by independent publishers.

Derfner’s contribution to the 48 personal stories and poems in the book was chosen in a nationwide contest sponsored by the editors, Kate Farrell, Linda Joy Myers, and Amber Lea Starfire and published by She Writes Press in Berkeley, California.  Derfner’s story, In the Family Way, recounts the tribulations of two sorority sisters who have to come to grips with an unwanted pregnancy in 1964.

“Whenever I finish reading In the Family Way to an audience, there is a moment or two of silence, then a soft collective moan.  As a writer, it is very gratifying to know my account of how we lived in the Sixties makes such a human connection.”

A panel of over 100 booksellers and librarians from throughout the nation will determine the winners of the Foreword’s prestigious annual Book of the Year awards.  In June, cash prizes will be awarded for the best in fiction and non-fiction work and significant recognition will be given to winners in 60 other literary categories.

Carol Derfner is a published author of memoir, short fiction and poetry. She is an active participant with The Center for Creative Non-Fiction, the Arts Center of the Capital Region’s Memoir Project, A Room of Her Own Foundation, and the Edna St. Vincent Millay Society. In 2010, one of her short stories was a prizewinner in the Hudson Valley Writers Guild Fiction Contest.  Derfner is currently working on a memoir of her life in politics in Alaska, a crime novel set in Old Kinderhook, and an article about Millay’s library.

Foreword is the only literary organization in the nation solely dedicated to discovering and reviewing books published by independent publishers.  It is committed to finding authors and publishers whose groundbreaking work stands out in the crowded field.

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