What readers have said about Calico Lane:
* Judy gives easy, accessible insight of her Russian Orthodox upbringing without disdain or liberal sneers. Powerful!
* Judy’s memoir transported me to Calico Lane and made me not want to leave. The Lane is as much a character in her book as the human ones she so deftly renders. This coming-of-age tale will rivet readers, not only because the author combines heartbreak with humor, but because she tells her story with love.
* The excerpts I have read of Judy’s memoir have delved into the emotional tangle of family relationships: the expectations, demands, rules of right or wrong, and choices made in the name of duty and love. Introspection is dealt with realistically and the reader comes to know Judy as a unique, funny, loving individual.
* Judy has chronicled a particular segment of a generation of immigrants, the great migrations of the 20th century, and then the great attempts to homogenize and blend – it’s all here in Calico Lane.
** My best friend in school was gay, a secret I kept for him... Judy Kiehart’s memoir of growing up knowing she was attracted to girls and not boys ...brought me closer to an understanding of my friend’s struggle.
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January 2021, an excerpt from Calico Lane was a semi-finalist in the nonfiction category in the Tucson Festival of Books Literary Awards competition.
If your copy of Calico Lane does not have the BIBA and Firebird Book winner emblems, use the contact me form, and I'll send one or both to you!
Upcoming Events 2024
Readings, Talks, and Signings
Books will be available for purchase at all events
Events will be added as they become available
Wednesdy, FEBRUARY 28 3 pm - 5 pm
Library Book Club ZOOM Private Event
@ Valley Community Library, Peckville, Pennsylvania
Sound Alliance of Older LGBTQs (SAOL)
Happy Hour Speakers - Private Event
Saturday, APRIL 27 1 pm - 4 pm
Olympia Arts Walk ~ Meet the Author
@ ORCA Books Cooperative, 315 5th Avenue SE, Olympia WA
Saturday, MAY 18 10 am - 4 pm
Columbia River Author Festival ~ Reading and Meet the Author
@ the Longview Library, 1600 Louisiana Street, Longview WA
Griffin Pond Yard Sale & Firehouse Picnic - Meet the Author @ South Sound Indie Author Booth
@Griffin Pond Firehouse
Saturday, JUNE 29 11 am - 6 pm
CAPITAL CITY PRIDE ~ Meet the Author @ South Sound Indie Author Booth
@ Percival Landing, the Marina boardwalk in Olympia
Saturday, July TBD; 10 am - 3 pm
@ Companion Cove Outdoor Market ~ Meet the Author
Sexton Drive NW, (via Steamboat Exit off Hwy 101), Olympia
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Gray's Harbor PRIDE
2022 and 2023
Griffon Firehouse Picnic 2022
Columbia River Author Festival 2023
Reading and Signing
Orca Book Talk and Signing 2023
Olympia PRIDE 2023
with South Sound Indie Authors
Court Yard Boutique Art Walk 2023
with the Olympia Writers
Carbondale PA Library Book Talk 2023
Events without photos:
Lacey Senior Center Memoir Writers - Private Event 2022
Companion Cove Yard Sale 2023
It's been a fun first two years promoting Calico Lane. More to come in 2024!
Book Launch Celebration
me and my peeps cork-popping ceremony
15 minutes of fame :)
Two fun books by Jermyn residents
The Blessed Town of Edgerton and The Anthracite Idiom
provided inspiration for Calico Lane.
Memory Triggers were prompted by several family newsletters from the 1980s.