Times They Were A-Changing Book Launch Party | Books Inc. Berkeley, CA

Sunday, September 29, 6:00 – 8:00 pm

Books, Inc. Berkeley

1760 Fourth Street, Berkeley, CA


The editors of this powerful anthology about the ’60s and ’70s invite you to join our celebration with guest authors and the editors Kate Farrell, Linda Joy Myers, and Amber Lea Starfire.

The women in these powerful stories rode the sexual revolution with new found freedom, struggled for identity in divorce courts and boardrooms, and marched in the streets. They trampled the taboos, and felt the pain and joy of the amazing breakthrough era of the ’60s and ’70s. Where were you then? What do you remember?


From the Foreword by Sheila Bender:

During the ’60s and ’70s, in every part of our country, women were waking up to their power, intelligence, right to succeed in life and opportunities to contribute their gifts without inhibition.  The road ahead was not a smooth one. It was fraught with conflict between offspring and their parents, between students and teachers, and between those questioning the status quo and traditionally civic-minded people. Many women felt conflict between who they were raised and trained to believe they would be and who they wanted to become.”

We are happily published by She Writes Press!


60s and 70s music by Bill Polits, guitar

Refreshments and mingling, celebrating the book and the era!

6:00 PM Readings and discussion

Introduction by editors Kate Farrell, Linda Joy Myers, Amber Starfire


Guest Readers

Judith Terzi, “Berkeley Raga”

Laura Singh, “The Magician”

Cathleen Cordova, “Round Eye in a World of Hurt”

Elise Frances Miller* “My People’s Park”

Joan Annsfire* “Under Siege”

Marianne Goldsmith, “Marching with Kay Boyle”

Lucille Lang Day* “The Trip”

Judy Gumbo Albert* “Bugged”

* Prize winners


What people are saying about the book:

Whether you managed to grab hold of the 60s and 70s the first time around or not, be sure to grab a copy of Times They Were A-Changing: Women Remember the 60s and 70s. The stories will make you laugh out loud and sob until your tears run dry. They recall the trails blazed during those momentous decades by the women who walked them. They will have you remembering women’s rights, gay rights, Woodstock, Berkeley, activist politics, changing work environments, no-fault divorce, illegal abortion, sexual revolution, drugs, Vietnam War, and so much more.

–Matilda Butler, award-winning co-author of the collective memoir Rosie’s Daughters: The “First Woman To” Generation Tells Its Story and Writing Alchemy: How to Write Fast and Deep and co-founder of Women’s Memoirs.com.

This marvelous anthology shows the vital role outrider women played in changing our world—often overlooked, they were the heart of the ‘60s revolution.

–Brenda Knight, author of Women of the Beat Generation: The Writers, Artists and Muses at the Heart of a Revolution

We lived in the Haight Ashbury and Bourbon Street and the high plains of Oklahoma. We wore hip-huggers, tie-dyes, military uniforms, and fringed ponchos embroidered with peace signs. We danced and marched and organized and loved and broke all the rules. We were changing, and we changed the world. I love this book because it is written by women who were on the scene—and such a scene it was! If you were there, it will remind you of those remarkable years. If you weren’t, you’ll be amazed and delighted and proud of the brave women who have written these stories and poems. Thank you, lovely women, for telling us about it!

—Susan Wittig Albert, author of A Wilder Rose, and founder of Story Circle Network

Times They Were A-Changing is the book long missing from the packed second wave feminism shelf. Finally, the women you never heard from are speaking in their own powerful voices about how each in her own way and in places you might never imagine pushed America toward greater equality and justice. If you are a woman over a certain age, you will find yourself in this book’s stories. If you are a woman of any other age, you will find your own story informed and enriched by these beautifully written, honest, and evocative essays. 

–Gloria Feldt, Co-Founder and President of Take the Lead, Author, No Excuses: 9 Ways Women Can Change How We Think About Power, former President, Planned Parenthood Federation of America

Times They Were A’Changing anthology challenges us to see past the clichés of the ’60s and ’70s to see the unique experiences of young people who were rebelling against their parents’ teachings to reinvent not just themselves—but the whole world. The pieces in this anthology open a window into a fascinating, important time, seen through the eyes of those who lived it.  This collection lets us look back and see the era with wisdom, humor, power, and grace.

–Jerry Waxler, Author of The Memoir Revolution and the blog Memory Writers Network.


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