Andover Townsman, Andover, MA

Arts/Entertainment

May 2, 2013

Authors to highlight women's issues, new fiction

The Center at Punchard, 30 Whittier Court, is welcoming two award-winning authors — “Our Bodies, Our Selves” co-author Joan Ditzion and novelist Mary McGarry Morris — this month for readings and discussions.

Ditzion will share her journey and how her ground-breaking publications have changed the way women view their health and sexuality on Friday, May 10, at 1:30 p.m. She will highlight the distance women have come in a little more than 40 years, from the time there were quotas for women within prominent graduate law and medical programs and employment and salary inequities were rampant through to today.

Ditzion is an original founder of the Boston Women’s Health Book Collective, now known as Our Bodies Ourselves, and a co-author of all editions, including the 40th Anniversary, 9th Edition, of “Our Bodies, Ourselves.” A geriatric social worker and educator, she is a member of the Life Planning Network, is on the steering committee of Eastern Mass OWL (Voice for Midlife and Older Women) and speaks and presents workshops nationally on the issues of women.

All ages are invited. The cost is $8; a reception will follow. Those who have previously paid their registration for the event, which was rescheduled from March 19, should notify the center.

On Monday, May 13, at 1:30 p.m., Morris will lead a book discussion on her most recent work, “Light from a Distant Star.” Morris won national prominence in 1988 with her first novel, “Vanished,” and was nominated for the National Book Award and the PEN/Faulkner Award. “A Dangerous Woman” was published in 1991 and was chosen by Time magazine as one of the “Five Best Novels of the Year.” It was later made into a motion picture starring Debra Winger, Barbara Hershey and Gabriel Byrne.

Admission is $3; advance registration is requested. A reception follows the lecture.

For more information on either event, call 978-623-8321.

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