Benefit event for Georgia Coalition Against Domestic Violence raises $1,000

Lynn Hesse reports:

Lynn Hesse
It was a rainy night in Decatur, Georgia, but about sixty people turned out for "You Are the Resource," a public awareness event. We raised around a thousand dollars for the Georgia Coalition of Domestic Violence from sales of Me Too Short Stories: An Anthology and speaker Jennie Helderman's book, As the Sycamore Grows. and our "Me Too: Short Stories, An Anthology". After Jan Christensen, Executive Director of GCADV, read a statistic on domestic violence, each panelist shared a personal story about some aspect of domestic violence. The panelists discussed their work to change the culture, how domestic violence had affected their lives, and why they were a resource.
Ananda Shakti

Ananda Shakti and Julie Fuzel performed "#-We-2," a movement piece with dialogue. D. Olivia Jones read her poem, "Create Your Own Reality," and spoke about sexual harassment in the Air Force. Wende Ballew, Executive Director of Reforming Arts, spoke about the court system that puts women in jail for
Lynn signs copies of anthology
protecting themselves against their abusers. Jennie Helderman spoke about her harrowing experience of interviewing and writing a book, "As the Sycamore Grows" concerning a real-life case of severe and environmental deprivation where a man abused his wife in a cabin in the woods. I spoke about "Jewel's Hell" and breaking stereotypes in fiction. I ended by discussing the themes of healing and forgiveness from trauma in my books and the transformational quality of art. A reception and book signing followed.

I am indebted to Denise Funk and the Decatur Library staff in Decatur, Georgia, and to GCADV's Executive Director, Jan Christensen, and Communications and Events Manager, Chancy Chea, as well as my my talented panelists. The event was free, accessible, and advocates and deaf interpreters were present.

Liz Zelvin and VS Kemanis read from their stories at the KGB Bar in New York City

Live event update: Elizabeth Zelvin and VS Kemanis read from their short stories at the KGB Bar in New York City with other authors from the New York Chapter of Mystery Writers of America. See photos on the Photo Gallery page. Rona Bell will read at the next MWA-NY event at the KGB Bar on December 22.

Authors at the Mysterious Bookshop for reading and launch party

 Rona Bell, Elizabeth Zelvin, VS Kemanis, Julia Pomeroy, Lynn Hesse, 
Madeline McEwen, Diana Catt

Authors dine out in NYC the night before the launch party

Dinner at Turkuaz in fashionable Hell's Kitchen. The authors, left to right: VS Kemanis, Julia Pomeroy, Liz Zelvin, Madeline McEwen, Lynn Hesse, Rona Bell. The guys: Maddy's husband Mike, Lynn's husband Dean.

Our first reader review

"Of the fifteen short stories in this collection, amazingly there wasn't a single one which I felt was a dud. In fact the collection is refreshingly varied - perhaps unsurprising as the authors include a doctor, a lawyer, a crime writer, a police officer, a scientist, a therapist and a teacher. Most importantly, the stories, although all in some way involving sexual abuse by men against women, are really about survival, overcoming the abuse, fighting back. What shines through in each case is the courage of the women, the solidarity of family and friends, the emotional intelligence and ingenuity of the writers. Strongly recommended." - Cathy on Goodreads


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