She Writes Press Summer Panel Event (Corte Madera Store)

She Writes Press Panel Event

Featuring: Ann Bancroft, Catherine Harrington, Penny Lane, & Claudia Marseille

Corte Madera Store
Sun., August 4th, 2024 • 1:00pm PT

This event is free to attend and will be hosted in-person at Book Passage's Corte Madera Store. Please contact with questions regarding events.


       Ann Bancroft
Almost Family: A Novel – 

Almost Family is the darkly funny, poignant story of Liz Millanova, an accomplished but unfulfilled woman who meets two unlikely friends in a support group for metastatic cancer patients. They ditch the group and form their own, aiming to squeeze as much fun and meaning from life as they can. In the process, they help one another resolve family issues and find love and acceptance at the end of their lives.

Ann Bancroft was an Army brat who settled in Sacramento as an adult after attending ten schools in seven cities and four states. As a reporter, she worked in the State Capitol bureaus of the San Francisco Chronicle and the Associated Press. An alumni of the Community of Writers, the Tomales Bay Writers Workshops, and Everwood Farmstead artist's residency, she has ghostwritten two nonfiction books and was the cowriter, with Father Dan Madigan, of Many Hands, Many Miracles. She's written personal essays for the former Open Salon and Cure Magazine, and her writing has appeared twice in A Year in Ink, the annual anthology of San Diego Writers, Ink. Almost Family is her debut novel, published at age seventy-one. Ann and her husband split their time between Sacramento and Coronado, California.


     Catherine Harrington

The Longest War: A Psychotherapist's Experience of Divorce, Custody, and Power

As a naive freshman, Catherine meets Walter, a senior and Big Man on Campus whose sophistication, confidence, and wealth both intimidate and excite her. A three-year absentee courtship follows, during which time the idea of Walt tethers Catherine to safety. She was programmed to marry someone like him, so she ignores the warning signs that they might not be a good match. Hoping to please her mother and seeking refuge from her fraught childhood, she marries and has children with him--but the marriage doesn't last.

Honest and unflinching, The Longest War reminds us that there's always a way through when we access the courage within ourselves. No matter how painful life's difficulties, they offer us the opportunity to heal ourselves and evolve into more open, loving, compassionate people. The choice is ours.

Catherine Harrington grew up in Colorado, one generation removed from the family farm in Longmont. After graduating from Stanford University, she fell into teaching high school Spanish until she was twenty-eight, when she returned to school to become a psychotherapist. In the years that followed, she did career counseling and taught courses at UC Berkeley, supervised the clinical work of PhD candidates at the Wright Institute, and was an assistant professor at the University of North Carolina Wilmington. She subsequently worked in executive search for nine years and then spent ten years as an organizational consultant. Since finishing her PhD, she has had a private psychotherapy practice. Catherine has adult children and grandchildren, and lives in the Bay Area with her husband.


    Penny Lane

Redeemed: A Memoir of Stolen Childhood –

Penny is just four years old when she is snatched away from her all-American home by the Hungarian father who abandoned her when she was a baby. After facing isolation and neglect in a strange, dysfunctional household where heartache, rejection, and physical abuse rule her life, she escapes--only to find herself in a relationship with a man who's just converted to fundamentalist Christianity.

A rise-from-the-ashes hero's story of overcoming abuse, trauma, and unbearable odds, of being waylaid by both family and religion's promise of love, and harnessing the resilience to find the way home, Redeemed offers a rare window into Eastern European immigrant culture and reads like a page-turning thriller. Especially relevant today--a time when marginalized people are increasingly finding a voice--this memoir will serve as an inspiration to women everywhere, encouraging them to overcome their obstacles and go after their dreams.

Penny Lane is a writer, wife, mother, and friend with an insatiable passion for life. Originally from Jackson Heights, Queens, she loves being outdoors--cycling, hiking, traveling, and connecting to, and inspiring people. She has a BS in business and management from the University of Phoenix and an MA in industrial/organizational psychology from Golden Gate University. In her spare time, she helps underserved youth learn to read, apply to college, and find jobs once they graduate, and in food pantries and other non-profits near her home in Mill Valley, California.


    Claudia Marseille

But You Look So Normal: Lost and Found in a Hearing World

When four-year-old Claudia Marseille was diagnosed with severe hearing loss and received her first hearing aid, her lifelong journey to fit in began. Here, she reveals how she overcame loneliness and isolation and carved out a fulfilling life for herself somewhere between the mainstream culture and the Deaf world. But You Look So Normal is the inspiring story of a life affected but not defined by an invisible disability. It is a journey through family, loss, shame, identity, love, and healing as Claudia finally, joyfully, finds her place in the world.

After earning master's degrees in archaeology and in public policy, and finally an MFA, Claudia Marseille developed a career in photography and painting, a profession compatible with a hearing loss. She ran a fine art portrait photography studio for fifteen years before becoming a full-time painter; her paintings are now represented by a gallery in Mill Valley, California. In her free time Claudia loves to read, watch movies, travel, spend time with friends, attend concerts and art exhibits, and play classical piano. Learn more about her art at and more about her writing at She and her husband live in Oakland, California, and have one grown daughter.



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