Posted by: Through the Eyes of Women | October 20, 2014

October 20, 2014 Join Host Brenda Starr with Guest JJ Wilson From Sonoma County’s The Sitting Room-A Community Library

THE SITTING ROOM- A COMMUNITY LIBRARY started  in Cotati, California in the early 1980’s and in close proximity to one of it’s founders,English Professor JJ Wilson of Sonoma State University.

THE SITTING ROOM has grown into: a vast library; a community gathering place; a space for women’s oral and written herstory projects ; and a do-it-yourself publishing entity.

In 2003 THE SITTING ROOM began producing a small publication every Spring based on a particular theme. The Publication Party coincides with the Sitting Room Birthday Celebration, usually the first Sunday afternoon in June.


Listen to JJ Wilson address the liveliness and excitement of these wonderful readable anthologies. The 2014 theme was “This is what a Feminist looks like…” and the 2015 theme is “An overlooked female author”.


JJ Wilson reads aloud a passage from the book "Rumors of Peace" at The Sitting Room. photo by Beth Schlanker

JJ Wilson reads aloud a passage from the book “Rumors of Peace” at The Sitting Room. photo by Beth Schlanker

JJ Wilson states, “seems to me a long overdue conversation in many close knit communities and that the results will be bright bits of fabric which can be pieced together in a warm quilt of understanding, a kind of quilting bee over the internet, open to all interested who follow the guidelines of civil discourse and candid talk.”

THE SITTING ROOM is now located in Penngrove, California. If you are ever in the area stop by!


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To listen to and/or download Brenda’s conversation with JJ Wilson click the following link:     10-20-2014 Brenda_JJ Wilson

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