Thursday, February 18, 2016

Celebrate the Goddess and Strong Women on March 13


Cinematique will be the gathering place for strong women and a celebration of the Goddess on Sunday, March 13. In honor of the 40th anniversary of the publication of When God Was a Woman by Merlin Stone, area women authors are invited to bring books they have written and speak out for all women’s rights.
 
The late Ms. Stone’s book, first published in 1976, has sold well over a million copies and remains a standard in Women’s Studies courses. Daytona resident, Lenny Schneir, her life partner for over 34 years, will present a film on women and spirituality, accompanied by his co-authors, Drs. Carol Thomas and David B. Axelrod. They won a Florida Book Award Gold Medal and a national Coalition of Visionary Resources (COVR) first prize for their critical biography, Merlin Stone Remembered.
 
Also featured will be Dr. Mary Custureri, award-winning educator, novelist and president of Taylor & Seale Publishing. Dr. Custureri  is a member of  the Florida Writers Association, National League of American Pen Women, and The American Association of University Women. Writing as Mary Foca, she is the author of Defy the Winds, a historical novel about an immigrant woman’s triumph in coming to America.
 
The event, made possible in part by a grant from the Cultural Council of Volusia County, is sponsored by Creative Happiness Institute. Any women who have authored a book are encouraged to bring a copy of their work to announce and display. The public is welcome to attend.
 
The film will be shown at 2 p.m. with a discussion to follow. Admission is $7 or $5 Cinematique members. Cinematique is located at 242 S. Beach Street in Daytona Beach. For more information about the program, call Cinematique at 386-252-3118 or email Dr. David B. Axelrod, Axelrod@creativehappiness.org.

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