Archive for the ‘Bywater Books’ Category

Marianne K. Martin on Woman-Stirred Radio   Leave a comment

Marianne K. Martin

Tomorrow, August 17th at 5:00, I welcome Marianne K. Martin to Woman-Stirred Radio. The third in a series of Bywater Books authors
(last week it was Val McDermid).

Martin’s The Indelible Heart, is a well-crafted and insightful look into the ways and means of complex homophobia and its impact on the minds and hearts of lesbian communities. It is also about the extraordinary ways in which those communities cope, communicate, and heal. The story moves smoothly, dialogue is authentic and natural, and characters come alive on the page. There is also an honest clear-eyed look at families and the consequences of dysfunction.

So please join me tomorrow, Thursday August 17th at 5:00 p.m. for a conversation with Marianne K. Martin.

Want to join the conversation? Call the air studio at 802.454.7762.

Amie Miller and Joan Opry on Woman-Stirred Today   Leave a comment

Today on Woman-Stirred Radio, Merry Gangemi welcomes Amie Klempnauer, author of She Looks Just Like You: A memoir of (non-biological lesbian) motherhood, and author Joan Opyr, whose brand-new Shaken and Stirred has just been released by Bywater Press.

Up first at 4:15 is Amie Klempnauer Miller, a development consultant to the public media industry. Miller’s work has appeared in Salon and in Brain, Child, and Greater Good, magazines.
There are thousands of books published about motherhood and parenting every year, but Miller’s, She Looks Just Like You, takes us into the world of lesbian child-bearing and parenting. As the non-biological mother of her daughter, Miller explores the experience of motherhood from and through multiple prisms of lesbian and straight concepts of parenthood and family. The book is engaging, unlike so many pedantic books that grate at one’s nerves or terrify the uninitiated, moving from personal experience to abstract notions of who we are as lesbians and mothers. Sometimes confident, anxious, expectant, and funny, the book is as delightful to read as it is important to the cultural memory of lesbian mother experience.

So tune in today, Thursday, July 21st at 4:15 for a serious but casual conversation about lesbian motherhood.

Want to join the conversation? Give us a call at 802.454.7762, or email me at
Then at 5:00, I welcome Joan Opyr to talk about her fun and snappy new novel, Shaken and Stirred, which through credible characters and authentic experiences, examines the “absurdity and devotion that holds families together.” (press release)

“Sometimes I think my story is about addiction and adultery. Other times I think it’s about bad luck with the Avon lady. And not just one—one I could chalk up to chance. Two rotten Avon ladies feel more like a curse. (Shaken and Stirred).

So tune in to Woman-Stirred Radio, today from 4 to 6 p.m. (eastern), 91.1/91.7 fm on WGDR/WGDH, Goddard College’s community radio stations. To stream us live click HERE. Amie Miller at 4:15 and Joan Opry at 5:00. Air studio phone is 802.454.7762. Email questions to

Bywater Books on Woman-Stirred Radio   Leave a comment

Please join Merry Gangemi as she welcomes the women of Bywater Books, Val McDermid and Kelly Smith, this Thursday, February 4th at 4:15 (EST).

Since the heyday of lesbian presses in the 1970s and 1980s, books written by and for lesbians continue to attract and nourish an enormously rich culture, if you will, of lesbian life. But how have things changed? Does the internet drive cultural production or drive it into the ground? What does all this mean for lesbian literary production in the 21st century? How have presses adapted? And what about the quality of the work? Have lesbian readers co-opted hetero-forms of romance novels or soft porn? Does lesbian trash bring in the bucks but demean and diminish the significance of lesbian literature? Is there a new sensibility in lesbian publishing?

These are just some of the questions publishers Val McDermid and Kelly Smith will talk about tomorrow, Thursday, Feb 4th at 4:15, on Woman-Stirred Radio.

So tune in, Central Vermont, to 91.1 fm or stream us live at