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Our May author interviews: Marla Cooper-5/3, Rhys Bowen-5/10, Cindy Brown-5/17, Martha Reed-5/24, Sherry Harris--5/31.

Saturday Guest Bloggers in May--Paty Jager-5/6 and Maren Anderson-5/13. WWK Saturday bloggers write on 5/20--Margaret S. Hamilton and on 5/27--Kait Carson. E. B. Davis blogs this month on 5/30.


“May 16, 2017 – The Women’s Fiction Writers Association (WFWA) today announced the finalists of the second annual Star Award, given to authors of published women’s fiction. Six finalists were chosen in two categories, General and Outstanding Debut. The winners of the Star Award will be announced at the WFWA Retreat in Albuquerque, New Mexico on September 23, 2017.”

In the general category, WWK’s Carla Damron was one of three finalist for her novel, The Stone Necklace. Go to Carladamron.com for more information. Congratulations, Carla!

Congratulations to our writers for the following publications:

Warren Bull's new Lincoln mystery, Abraham Lincoln In Court & Campaign has been released. Look for the Kindle version on February 3.

Shari Randall's "Pets" will be included in Chesapeake Crimes: Fur, Feathers, and Felonies anthology, which will be published in 2018. In the same anthology "Rasputin," KM Rockwood's short story, will also be published. Her short story "Goldie" will be published in the Busted anthology, which will be released by Level Best Books on April 25th.

In addition, our prolific KM will have the following shorts published as well: "Sight Unseen" in Fish Out of Water, Guppie (SinC) anthology, just released, and "Making Tracks" in Passport to Murder, Bouchercon anthology, October 2017.

Margaret S. Hamilton's short story, "Once a Kappa" was published as a finalist in the Southern Writer's Magazine annual short story contest issue. Mysterical-E published her "Double Crust Corpse" in the Fall 2016 issue. "Baby Killer" will appear in the 2017 solar eclipse anthology Day of the Dark to be published this summer prior to the eclipse in August.

Linda Rodriquez has two pending book publications. Plotting the Character-Driven Novel will be released by Scapegoat Press on November 29th. Every Family Doubt, the fourth Skeet Bannion mystery, is scheduled for release on October, 18, 2017. Look for the interview by E. B. Davis here on that date!

James M. Jackson's 4th book in the Seamus McCree series, Doubtful Relations, is now available. His novella "Low Tide at Tybee" appears February 7 as part of Lowcountry Crimes: Four Novellas, which is available for order.

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Friday, August 10, 2012

Grit and Grace


Grit and Grace



First, thanks to Vivian Jennings, founder and president  of Rainy Day Books, the oldest independent bookstore in Kansas City and to Unity Temple on the Plaza in Kansas City for hosting Lilly Ledbetter who discussed the book she wrote with Lanier Scott Isom titled Grace and Grit: My Fight for Equal Pay and Fairness at Goodyear and Beyond.

I’d seen Ms. Ledbetter on television shows and on the news. I had an idea of some of her accomplishments, but listening to her speak and reading her book helped me understand who she is and how far she has come.

Sometimes an issue needs a real person to move from the abstract to the actual.  Rosa Parks provided the person of the moment to demonstrate discrimination against Blacks in public transportation (and many other areas of life.) Lilly Ledbetter has become the person showing discrimination against women in pay and advancement as well as the prevalence of sexual harassment at Goodyear (and many other employers.)

Ms. Ledbetter was born in the small town of Possum Trot, Alabama in a house without running water or electricity.  As a child she became aware of her family’s poverty and the relative affluence of others. From an early age she determined to find a better life through hard work and excellent performance.  In 1979 she learned that Goodyear was hiring women at the management level.  She expected to have to be better than the men hired with her.  She expected to be tested and she had no illusions about how many men of the time treated women. 

She persevered and exceeded demands put upon her through daily harassment, unfair treatment and even vandalism to her car that could have killed her.  After nineteen years, she found a note in her company mailbox that listed her salary to the penny and also listed the salaries of the men who held the identical job.  She was paid less than any of the men.

With the encouragement of her family she took Goodyear to court and began a second multi-year ordeal, this time through the labyrinth of the American court system where she won a three million dollar award and lost an appeal that ended up before the Supreme Court. 

Urged on by Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg’s dissent, Ms. Ledbetter started still another quest that resulted in becoming “the grandmother” of equal pay inspiring legislation that carries her name. Ms. Ledbetter works to continue the fight for equality and civil rights. 
I highly recommend this moving and insightful book. You can order it at your local independent bookstore. It is also available from the publisher
and elsewhere.

4 comments:

Linda Rodriguez said...

Thanks for this, Warren. A remarkable woman indeed!

Gloria Alden said...

I've followed her in the news. I was totally upset by the Supreme Court decision. This was just one more decision that shows how far right the Supreme Court has gone in recent years. How could they have voted against her? I can't understand their thinking.

Warren Bull said...

You're welcome. Linda. The woman is amazing.

Warren Bull said...

Gloria, Three justices dissented. One who affirmed claimed she should have filed a complaint sooner, even though she did not know about the discrimination. Apparently the thinking is if you break the law long enough you end up innocent.