Four women who recently published their memoirs will be the featured speakers for the inaugural Women's Voices author series hosted by the Chandler Downtown Library. This four-part series begins Saturday, Jan. 27, 2018, and continues monthly through April 21. Each session is from 11 a.m. to 12:15 p.m., in the Copper Room on the second floor of the Downtown Library, 22 S. Delaware St. Women's Voices sessions are free to the public and no registration is required. The authors, all based in the Southwest, will present their work and then be available to sign their books and meet with attendees.
"This series allows Chandler Library to bring the inspired words, compelling stories and bold voices of these women to the forefront," said Chandler Librarian Ted Liebler. "Through their writings and lives, each author expresses courage, determination and fortitude in the face of prolonged adversity and instability."
The complete Women's Voices schedule, including descriptions, is below, and on the Chandler Public Library website, chandlerlibrary.org.
- Saturday, Jan. 27
Women's Voices: Ianthe McGuinn
"In the Wings: My Life with Roger McGuinn and The Byrds"
Ianthe McGuinn was born Dolores Deleon in Ray, Ariz., in 1942. After spending a childhood with her resilient and hard-working mother, she became involved with the 1960s folk music scene in Hollywood. During this experience, she met and later married Roger (aka Jim) McGuinn, who was on the threshold of fame and success as the founding member of his rock music group, The Byrds. After divorce and raising two young sons as a single mom, McGuinn later remarried and completed a nursing degree in her hometown of Tucson, where she currently writes stories and poetry.
- Saturday, Feb. 24
Women's Voices: Marijane Huang
"Beyond Two Worlds: A Taiwanese-American Adoptee's Memoir & Search for Identity"
Born in Taipei, Taiwan, Marijane was adopted by an American military family at four-months old. She grew up in a middle class neighborhood in the deep South where there was little diversity. Raised to believe she was Vietnamese and Japanese, she never doubted what her adoptive parents told her, until one day, she found her original adoption papers hidden in an old attic. This shocking discovery led Huang on a whirlwind journey halfway across the world to find the truth about her adoption. "Beyond Two Worlds" is a poignant telling of one woman's search for identity and belonging despite insurmountable odds. Huang is an Associate Clinical Social Worker and Board-Certified Music Therapist. In 2015, she received her Master of Social Work (MSW) with a clinical concentration in Children, Youth, and Families from Arizona State University.
- Saturday, March 24
Women's Voices: Valerie Foster
"Dancing with a Demon"
What would you do if your child stopped eating? Named 2017 Best Non-Fiction: Narrative by American Book Fest, "Dancing with a Demon" is the true story of a mother searching for answers through the labyrinth of her teen-aged daughter's struggle with anorexia. Foster has to fight against a demon that threatens her daughter's life and her own mental health. She will be sharing the riveting and inspiring story of her daughter's sudden decline and remarkable recovery, and how this disease affects one's entire family. Foster is an award-winning educator and memoirist who taught high school and college for more than thirty years. Her first book was "The Risk of Sorrow: Conversations with Holocaust Survivor, Helen Handler."
- Saturday, April 21
Women's Voices: Lynne Hartke
"Under a Desert Sky: Redefining Hope, Beauty, and Faith in the Hardest Places"
In "Under a Desert Sky," Hartke asks herself the hard questions of not only her cancer diagnosis, but also the diagnoses of both parents. Readers will discover that even in life's hardest places, they are not alone in their fear, they are not foolish to hope, and they are never forgotten by a loving God. Hartke is a Voice of Hope for the American Cancer Society, a pastor's wife, community volunteer, blogger and grandma.
For additional information, visit chandlerlibrary.org or call 480-782-2800.