WEST ORANGE, NJ - In celebration of Women's History Month, on March 10, 2014 the organizations of WIN, NAACP, and Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., sponsored a literary program at the West Orange Library featuring five female authors in the community spotlight. The program was well attended, and the five women each spoke on a variety of topics.
The authors included Barbara Kukla ("America’s Music: Jazz in Newark"); Ashley McFarlin Buie (“The Truth Wrapped in Love”); Dr. Anasa Maat (“Wrong”); Shelley Tzorfas (“Recovering Autism, ADHD, and Special Needs”); and Autumn Urling (“The Real Deal”).
Each author brought something different to the discussion and their books ranged from music to meditation.
Ms. Tzorfas impressed attendees with her lay knowledge of health and the use of medicines that Americans seem to use and overuse. It was Ms. Tzorfas’ desire to make readers aware of the problems that medicines can produce.
Ms. Kukla has written ten books on jazz, principally music that has come from and/or has been performed in Newark. Her encounters and meetings with hundreds of musicians and entertainers were phenomenal. Listeners found pleasure in traveling down memory lane with her, reminiscing about the artists Kukla described in her books.
Dr. Maat was the only novelist of the group. She offered types of female characters, which titillated the listeners. Romance, heartbreak, raising children, and the problems of living can cause persons to agree and debate about the serious issues that women incur.
Ms. Buie had a wonderful memoir in which she told of a personal health problem that she had to endure, which caused her to re-evaluate her life style and habits. She was glad to relate that this experience caused her to become close to God and spend her recuperative time reading the Bible. She spoke of the people in the Bible that she embraced during her time of study.
Ms. Urling spoke at length of about her time of despair of her mother’s death and how touching base with her inner self helped her to put her thoughts on paper. The result was her memoir concerning her journey through grief.
The audience then interacted with the authors during a question and answer period and had the opportunity to purchase the authors' books.