Celebrating sisters: Women’s History Month

Celebrating sisters: Women’s History Month

As many of you know from my book Myopia, a memoir, my mother was disabled by an aneurysm at my birth. For the next few years, she was in and out of the hospital for surgeries and forced to take heavy-duty medication that left her sleepy and depressed. My sister was eight years old at the time. Some sisters would have blamed me. After all, she was only eight and very angry at the loss of the mother she had known before I was born. My mother had graduated first in her class in mathematics at the University of Pennsylvania in the 1930s. She was a brilliant and talented woman who was suddenly, overnight, no longer engaged in life. But instead of trying to get rid of me or ignore me, my sister embraced me. She turned the love my father was too busy to receive, and my...

Reading at Bookworks on Oct. 15: A Gift

Reading at Bookworks on Oct. 15: A Gift

October 15 was a great reading experience for me upon the Albuquerque debut of Myopia a memoir, where I read chapters from the book, including “An Awfully Hard Man to Kill” and “Lemon Meringue Pie in the Land of Keretaria.” (See photos from the event here.) The audience engaged in some invigorating questions, which is one reason I say Bookworks is a fabulous venue for writers and readers alike. The staff is intelligent, welcoming and supportive, and there is a warm and interested audience. Sadly, so many independent bookstores have vanished. If we wish to keep Bookworks alive and well, we will have to get off our computers and into our cars and actually purchase some books there! They need us as much as we need them. Of course, I want to...

A Successful Book Launch

The book launch for What Survives was very successful! The food was amazing and Lynn and Lynda Miller and Hilda Raz outdid themselves. Thank you, my dear, dear friends. The launch reading was dedicated in loving memory of Lisa Lenard Cook. I wish she could have been there, but her loving presence was felt by all who knew her. I think she may have even told me what to read! Many thanks to all who came. For all those who couldn’t make it on a busy Fourth of July weekend, you can follow my events on this website and join me on another day. The author with her dear friend, Brahna Wilczynski Folks gather to have their books signed. L-R: Hilda Raz, Lynda Miller, author Phyllis M Skoy and Lynn Miller. From left, Lynn Miller, author Phyllis M Skoy and her sister,...

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