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March 2009

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A Conversation with Linda C. Wisniewski of Off Kilter: A Woman's Journey to Peace with Scoliosis, Her Mother, & Her Polish Heritage.

If you've been following literary news in the past few years, you'll know that that fake memoirs have been making headlines from Oprah's Book Club to the New York Times.

On Wednesday, March 11, 2009 you have a chance to hear a memoirist―and memoir-writing teacher―talk about her own book and how such controversies affect people who want to tell authentic stories about their lives.

Join Linda C. Wisniewski and me for a Pearlsong Conversation at noon Eastern (11 a.m. Central) for a discussion of her book Off Kilter, the memoir-writing process, and the fake memoir controversies. If time and technology permit, you'll be able to ask questions and join in the fun―err, discussion.

 Email for the details (teleconference phone number & access code) and call the teleconference line at noon Eastern (11 a.m. Central) to listen and/or participate in the hour-long Conversation. (You don't have to talk if you don't want to. )

The line will handle up to 96 participants―first come, first served. And did I mention that it's F.R.E.E.?! Other than your usual cost, if any, for a long distance call.

Linda C. Wisniewski is a librarian, newspaper feature writer and teacher of adult education memoir classes. Her essay "My Body, My Self" (eventually incorporated into the text of Off Kilter) was nominated for a Pushcart Prize in 2003. She grew up in Amsterdam, NY, where much of Off Kilter is set, and currently lives in Doylestown, PA.

The first Pearlsong Conversation was on January 14 with FatLand author Frannie Zellman as the featured Conversationalist. Pat Ballard, the Queen of Rubenesque Romances, was the second month's Conversationalist. Right now our plans are to hold these Conversations on the second Wednesday of every month.  Charlie Lovett, author of The Program, will join me in April.

We are recording these Conversations and making them available for listening online after the call. (You can find links to the first two Conversation recordings on the Pearlsong Conversations webpage. I have also been playing the recordings on my Health At Every Size radio show.

For more info, see

To go ahead and request the call-in number & access code, email

I hope I'll hear your voice―or at least you'll hear Linda C. Wisniewski's and mine―on February 11!

In Joy,

Peggy Elam
Founder, Editor & Publisher
Pearlsong Press

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