I am happy to announce to those of you in the Austin area that I have put together a special event at BookWoman that is coming up next weekend. Here is the information:
5501 N. Lamar Blvd. #A-105
Austin, TX 78751
SUNDAY, July 20, 4pm
:: Panel Discussion :: Voices of Addiction :: Jacqueline Covington, Carol Conway, B. Gayle Boyes - moderated by April Boland ::
This presentation will focus on the harmful effects of addiction on women, both directly and indirectly. Two of the panelists are published authors on the subject along with a long-time substance abuse counselor who works for the Texas Dept. of State Health Services.
Jacquelyn Ann Covington is the author of Who? An Addict Like Me! in which she shares her true story of the journey down the hopeless path of addiction, and the remarkable Magdalene organization that helped her find her way back -- truly a travelogue of the trip to hell and back. She also is heavily involved in StreetWorks, an organization in Nashville that deals with the prevention and counseling of those affected by HIV/AIDS.
Carol Ann Conway has done extensive marketing and public speaking on behalf of women. Her seminars for "Women in Transition" reached out to affluent women who found themselves divorced with children after a lifetime of wedlock. She is also the author of the memoir, "Born into the Enemy Camp."
B. Gayle Boles has been a psychotherapist for close to thirty years, having spent the last twenty years working in substance abuse counseling in private treatment centers and adult prisons, and at the Texas Youth Commission. She now works for the Texas Department of State Health Services. She has recently written a fantasy novel for 8-12 year olds entitled "Dodging Sheila," and she is currently working on a mystery novel.
April D. Boland is a writer and editor originally from New York City. Her work has been published in the Austin American-Statesman, the Feminist Review and various magazines and journals. She recently wrote a special report for the Good Life Magazine on domestic violence n Austin, and she is currently working on a second one about sexual violence. She is also the founder and editor-in-chief of Della Donna, a webzine for women.