Posted by: Through the Eyes of Women | June 12, 2017

June 12, 2017: A Love Letter To Lesbian History Of The Not So Distant Past, Author Paula Martinac Joins Host Brenda Starr To Discuss Her New Book THE ADA DECADES

Set in North Carolina during the turbulent Civil Rights Era, THE ADA DECADES is a lesbian feminist historical novel spanning 70 years with 11 interconnected stories about the life of Ada Jane Shook. Author Paula Martinac calls her new book a historical novel-in-stories which chronicles the life of a school librarian who encounters segregation, the paradox of religion and her true love, Camillia Lively, during the Pre-Stonewall south.

Ada is a 1st Amendment wielding school librarian, and as a girl from a Carolina mill family, is 12 years old in 1947 when she finds a secret photograph that has a profound impact on her life. Paula Martinac tells the adventures of a principled, compassionate, resilient lesbian living amidst racial tensions and social & political repression.

Paula Martinac is a Lambda Award winning novelist. She has published 3 non-fiction books on lesbian and gay culture & politics as well as numerous essays, short stories and articles. Paula is also a playwright and currently teaches creative writing at the University of North Carolina in Charlotte.

A favorite quote of the author comes from Eleanor Roosevelt:

” with the new day comes new strength and new thoughts”

Author, Editor, Teacher PAULA MARTINAC

Other works by Paula Martinac include:

 Her first novel, OUT OF TIME, won the Lambda Literary Award for Lesbian fiction

THE QUEEREST PLACES: A NATIONAL GUIDE TO GAY & LESBIAN HISTORIC SITES (Paula is a trained historian and served as advisor to the National Park Services LGBT Heritage Initiative)


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