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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

Saturday, TBD  

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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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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