Reception, Author Talk & Book Launch Party
At Little River Inn's Abalone Room
Refreshments are complimentary and book sales benefit
the Mendocino Coast Writer's Conference!
Join us at Little River Inn's Abalone Room for the launch of the new memoir by Norma Watkins, That Woman From Mississippi. We'll have complimentary rum punch and treats, and book sales benefit the Mendocino Coast Writers' Conference.
Norma's award-winning first memoir, The Last Resort, described coming of age during the civil rights movement—when black people, along with anyone white who disagreed with segregation—lived in fear. That book ends when she leaves Mississippi. The sequel, That Woman from Mississippi, opens with that flight and explores the consequences of exile. The nurturing mother is our model, and society does not easily forgive a woman who leaves her children. Partnered with the powerful and attractive civil rights lawyer who carried her away, Watkins tries to balance the love she feels for him, and for graduate school and teaching, with guilt over that loss. In the face of betrayal, she realizes how ridiculous it was to free herself from one man by fastening herself to another. Humorous and discerning, the book shows how excruciating it is for women to do what men take for granted: find a harmony in love, work and parenting.
Norma holds a Ph.D. in English and an MFA in Creative Writing. She is professor emerita at Miami Dade College where she held an endowed chair, and presently teaches creative writing for Mendocino College. She has served on the board of the Mendocino Coast Writers' Conference since the days of no board: just three women sitting around a café table trying to figure out how to keep a conference going after the original director moved to Kansas.