Literary Salon: Jane Juska

Monday, February 4, 2008

Jane Juska, Author of A Round Heeled Woman and Unaccompanied Women

Born in 1933, Jane Juska is an old person but a new writer. Her first book, A Round-Heeled Woman, was published in 2003, followed in 2006 by Unaccompanied Women. Before that, she taught English for forty years in high school, college, and prison. Her work has appeared in magazines and anthologies. She is working on a novel. She lives in Berkeley, California.

“Round-heeled” is an old-fashioned label for a woman who is promiscuous—someone who nowadays might be called “easy.” It’s a surprising way for an English teacher with a passion for Trollope to describe herself in the title of the memoir which followed after she placed a personal ad in the New York Review of Books: “Before I turn 67—next March—I would like to have a lot of sex with a man I like. If you want to talk first, Trollope works for me.”

The ad worked, a book came out of experience (A Round-Heeled Woman) and Juska was reborn.

Unaccompanied Women is about women Juska met on her book-tour; it is about what happened in her own life; it is about trying to find a home. Her adventures continue.

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Literary Salon: Victoria Shoemaker

Monday, July 2, 2007

Left Coast Writers Literary Salon, 7pm

Victoria Shoemaker
Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista, Corte Madera, CA

For more information: leftcoastwriters@aol.com

Victoria Shoemaker has over 30 years experience in bookselling and publishing. Her experience includes retail bookselling, book development, editing, promotion and publicity. She was co-founder of Sand Dollar Books and Bay Bridge Books in the Bay Area, and a consultant for North Point Press. She developed and ran the nationally recognized author reading series at Black Oak Books in Berkeley. She was a founding partner in Shoemaker/Handel Publicity Services. She joined The Spieler Agency in 1994 as the West Coast representative. Areas of interest include environment and natural history, popular culture, memoir, photography and film, and literary fiction.

Present and past clients include Wendell Berry, Gary Paul Nabhan, Peggy Knickerbocker, Kate Horsely and Linda Watanabe McFerrin.

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