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Knowing Pains

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Have you ever wondered how other women survived their 40s? The new anthology, Knowing Pains, is an honest, humorous, thoughtful and diverse collection of essays by real women who aren't afraid to tell their age and tell it like it is. Sex, marriage, love, divorce, motherhood, singlehood, passion, obsession. Nothing is off-limits to this group of new female voices that Molly Rosen, a mother in Northern California, has brought together to swap stories and compare notes on the desires, influences and events that have impacted and shaped their midlives.

The anthology features an essay by Literary Mama Columnist Ona Gritz.

100% of all book net proceeds will be donated to Breast Cancer Action ( to support breast cancer education and advocacy.

Please come to one of the upcoming readings near you:

Friday, September 26 at 7:00: A Great Good Place for Books in Oakland
Sunday, October 5 at 2:00: Borders Books in San Rafael
Monday, October 6 at 7:00: Pleasures of the Heart in San Rafael
Tuesday, October 14 at 6:30: Simayof Mansion in San Francisco (AICI)
Wednesday, October 15 at 7:30: Books Inc in San Francisco
Sunday, October 19 at 2:00: Book Passages in Corte Madera
Thursday, November 13 at 7:30: The Lafayette Library in Lafayette, New York
Monday, October 13 at 6:00: Cornelia Street Café in Greenwich Village
Tuesday, December 9 at 7:00: KGB Bar in the East Village, Washington DC
Wednesday, October 1 at 9:30 am: The Wednesday Morning Group in Washington DC

Amy Stockwell Mercer is a freelance writer living in Charleston, SC with her husband and three sons. An MFA graduate in Creative Writing from Queens University, she writes about art and artist profiles for Charleston Magazine, The City Paper, Charleston Art Mag, and Art Papers. Amy also writes about living with chronic illness, and is finishing a book about women with diabetes for Demos Health. When she needs to get out of her own head, she teaches college students how to write the 5 paragraph essay. You can read more of her writing at her website.

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