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Calico Lane

In this two-time international award-winning memoir, the question "How does one survive when she is not the person everyone expects?"  is woven into a story about secrets, lesbian love, and living authentically.

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!

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Upcoming Events 2024

Readings, Talks, and Signings

Books will be available for purchase at all events

Events will be added as they become available

Wednesday, FEBRUARY 28     3 pm - 5 pm  

Library Book Club ZOOM  Private Event

@ Valley Community Library, Peckville, Pennsylvania

Saturday, MAY 18    10 am - 4 pm

Columbia River Author Festival ~ Reading and Meet the Author

@  the Longview Library, 1600 Louisiana Street, Longview  WA

Date and time to be posted soon

Podcast Interview on "Hello Ernest in the Morning" 

Wednesday, May 22  10:30 am 

Podcast Interview on The Memoir Channel

Thursday, JUNE  6     6 pm - 7 pm

Sound Alliance of Older LGBTQs  (SAOL)    Happy Hour Speakers

@ ORCA Books Cooperative, 315 5th Avenue SE, Olympia  WA

Saturday, JUNE 22   11 am - 4 pm

Griffin Pond Yard Sale & Firehouse Picnic - Meet the Author 

@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

Calico Lane

Thurston County readers, skip the shipping fees and pick up a copy at 



Lewis County readers, get  your copy at 

Washington: Thurston County Libraries

Washington: Longview Public Library

Colorado: Chaffee County Libraries

New York: Earlville Free Library

Pennsylvania: Lackawanna County Library System

Let's work on getting Calico Lane into a library near you! Just go to your librarian and ask if they could add Calico Lane to their inventory. When they see it's a two-time award-winning book (and if you tell them you know the author) they may be inspired to order it for their collection. Then, tell your friends it's in the library! More important than sales, is to put it into the hands of readers! Drop me a note via my contact form when you see Calico Lane on your local library shelf!

Every now and then I'll take a peek at my local library's web site. I gifted a copy of Calico Lane to my library in 2022. When I last checked, there were 4 HOLDS on the book! Makes my heart glad to see folk interested in reading Calico Lane!

Calico Lane is available through several libraries:

Event Photos


Gray's Harbor PRIDE   

2022      and     2023  

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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

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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

    January 2022   

       me and my peeps                                                      cork-popping ceremony              

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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.

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