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Managing Editor Andrea Buchanan was featured in today's edition of USA Today. In the article, Literary Mothers Gender-flect, Andi discusses her books It's a Boy: Women Writers on Raising Sons and It's a Girl: Women Writers on Raising Daughters and shares her personal experience with raising both a son and a daughter. Andi will be in New York on Saturday for a reading at Coliseum Books at 2pm and will be joining Miriam Peskowitz (The Truth Behind the Mommy Wars) for a Mother Talk hosted by Isabel Kallman of Alpha Mom.

Joyce Maynard appeared on the Today show on Tuesday to discuss her take on the mother-daughter relationship as revealed in her essay, "The World's Most Beautiful Baby -- Take Two" in It's a Girl: Women Writers on Raising Daughters.

Popular children's author Patricia Polacco recently had her invitation to speak at the International Reading Association (IRA) Conference revoked after refusing to soften her criticism of the "No Child Left Behind" mandate in her speech. Her website indicates that the conference sponsor SRA/McGraw-Hill was not comfortable with her position as they publish a number of the texts and materials which support the No Child Left Behind mandate.

LM contributor Elrena Evans will have her essay Birthing: A Process in Vignettes included in the anthology Twentysomething Essays by Twentysomething Writers.

On May 6th, former Literary Mama Editor Sophia Raday read from her essay "Shotgun Wedding," which is included in the anthology Tied in Knots: Funny Stories from the Wedding Day. She will be doing a reading from her essay "Panamerico" in the anthology Mexico, A Love Story at Get Lost Travel Books in San Francisco on May 25.

With a number of recently published books fueling the Mommy Wars mythology, it is refreshing to see The Motherhood Manifesto receiving some press.


Jen Lawrence is an MBA and former banker who left the world of finance for the world of sippy cups and goldfish crackers. She writes about her experiences on her blog MUBAR (Mothered Up Beyond All Recognition). She is an Editorial Assistant for Literary Mama’s Reviews section and also contributes to the Literary Mama blog. Her work has appeared in The Philosophical Mother. She lives in Toronto, Canada with her husband and two children.


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