Deborah Santana & Contributors - All the Women in My Family Sing (Corte Madera)

Saturday, February 3, 2018 - 7:00pm

Book Launch Party!

Join editor Deborah Santana and contributors Camille Hayes, Charina Lumley, Maria Ramos-Chertok, and Meilan Carter-Gilkey as they celebrate the release of All the Women in My Family Sing.

All the Women in My Family Sing is an anthology documenting the experiences of women of color at the dawn of the twenty-first century. It is a vital collection of prose and poetry whose topics range from the pressures of being the vice-president of a Fortune 500 Company, to escaping the killing fields of Cambodia, to the struggles inside immigration, identity, romance, and self-worth. These brief, trenchant essays capture the aspirations and wisdom of women of color as they exercise autonomy, creativity, and dignity and build bridges to heal the brokenness in today's turbulent world.

Sixty-nine authors -- African American, Asian American, Chicana, Native American, Cameroonian, South African, Korean, LGBTQI -- lend their voices to broaden cross-cultural understanding and to build bridges to each other's histories and daily experiences of life. America Ferrera's essay is from her powerful speech at the Women's March in Washington D.C.; Natalie Baszile writes about her travels to Louisiana to research Queen Sugar and finding the "painful truths" her father experienced in the "belly of segregation;" Porochista Khakpour tells us what it is like to fly across America under the Muslim travel ban; Lalita Tademy writes about her transition from top executive at Sun Microsystems to NY Times bestselling author. This anthology is monumental and timely as human rights and justice are being challenged around the world.

It is a watershed title, not only written, but produced entirely by women of color, including the publishing, editing, process management, book cover design, and promotions. Our vision is to empower underrepresented voices and to impact the world of publishing in America -- particularly important in a time when 80% of people who work in publishing self-identify as white (as found recently in a study by Lee & Low Books, and reported on NPR).

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Deborah Santana is author of Space Between the Stars, a memoir, a seeker and activist for peace and social justice. Her Do A Little non-profit serves women and girls in health, education and happiness. Mother of three beloved adult children, she is a leadership donor to the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture. Her master's degree is in philosophy and religion, with a concentration in women's spirituality.

Camille Hayes is a communications professional, social change advocate, author and blogger, covering politics and women’s issues at her blog, Lady Troubles. Her writing has been featured by The Good Men Project, Bitch magazine and the Ms. magazine blog, and she’s a former columnist for the Sacramento Bee. Camille holds a bachelor of science in psychology and a master of arts in English.

Charina Lumley is the COO of Movemeant Foundation, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that provides life-changing health and fitness programs to young women so that they may learn self-esteem, self-confidence and positive body image. Charina has been a senior-level publishing executive with nearly two decades of successful sales, marketing and business development experience at such titles as Dwell; Backpacker; Climbing; O, The Oprah Magazine; Men’s Health; and Martha Stewart Living. While she spends most of her time chasing social impact, Charina also chases the bike in front of her, the latest food truck and her adventuresome son.

Maria Ramos-Chertok grew up in Hackensack, New Jersey, in a purple house that her mother opened as a shelter for battered women and children in the 1970s. Her early life was filled with political activism and exposure to social justice issues. An avid writer, she published her first article for teens on dating violence in 1993 and continues to write and publish in a variety of genres, including fiction, nonfiction and poetry. She leads The Butterfly Series, a writing and creative arts workshop for women who want to explore what’s next in their lives.

Meilan Carter-Gilkey holds a B.A. and an MFA in creative writing and English from Mills College. Her essays have been published in the anthology Who’s Your Mama?: The Unsung Voices of Women and Mothers, Mutha Magazine and the Huffington Post. She is a contributing writer for mater mea and Heart & Soul magazines. Recently, she won a James D. Phelan Literary Award for her family memoir in progress. Meilan lives in the Bay Area.

 

 

 

Location: 
51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925
All the Women in My Family Sing: Women Write the World: Essays on Equality, Justice, and Freedom Cover Image
By Deborah Santana (Editor), America Ferrera (Contribution by), Natalie Baszile (Contribution by)
$16.95
ISBN: 9780997296211
Availability: Coming Soon - Available for Pre-Order Now
Published: Nothing But the Truth Publishing - January 30th, 2018

All the Women in My Family Sing is an anthology documenting the experiences of women of color at the dawn of the twenty-first century. It is a vital collection of prose and poetry whose topics range from the pressures of being the vice-president of a Fortune 500 Company, to escaping the killing fields of Cambodia, to the struggles inside immigration, identity, romance, and self-worth.