Each of our meetings brings together some members who have been with us from the beginning and some new fellow travelers. Once again we met in Willow's beautifully artistic home, and the setting and the conversation were intimate. There is such richness in the discussions we have with each other, this group of deeply thinking, intelligent and articulate lesbians. Each time we meet, we become a more intimate group of fellow readers and friends. We miss those of you who could not join us and hope you will come again, or for the first time.
Our next meeting will be on Saturday, April 5, from 4:00-6:00 pm at Lynne's house, a new location for us. We will read a novel: The Expected One by Kathleen McGowan. We would love to have you join us! You are welcome whether you have read the book or not--the conversation will be rich regardless. Each time we are joined by some who have not read the book, and I think they can attest that the conversations start with the book and roam freely into the rest of our lives.
Please remember to change your RSVP if your plans change. I'd rather not limit the size of the meetup and it's helpful to know how many chairs we really need. Meeting space and beverages will be provided. As a way of increasing community among us, please bring some small edible thing to share, but empty hands are fine, too.
From the publisher and reviewers:
Two thousand years ago, Mary Magdalene hid a set of scrolls in the rocky foothills of the French Pyrenees, a gospel that contained her own version of the events and characters of the New Testament. Protected by supernatural forces, these sacred scrolls could be uncovered only by a special seeker, one who fulfills the ancient prophecy of l'attendue -- The Expected One.
When journalist Maureen Paschal begins the research for a new book, she has no idea that she is stepping into an ancient mystery so secret, so revolutionary, that thousands of people have killed and died for it. She becomes deeply immersed in the mystical cultures of southwest France as the eerie prophecy of The Expected One casts a shadow over her life and work and a long-buried family secret comes to light. Ultimately she, and the reader, come face-to-face with Jesus Christ, Mary Magdalene, John the Baptist, Judas, and Salome in the pages of a deeply moving and powerful new gospel, the life of Jesus as told by Mary Magdalene.
About the Author
Kathleen McGowan's dynamic publishing career began with the debut of her novel, The Expected One, on the New York Times bestseller list. The sequel, The Book of Love, followed with a similar NY Times bestseller list debut and has developed a fierce cult following around the world. The third novel in the series, The Poet Prince, tells an unprecedented story about the birth of Renaissance art and the secrets hidden in the greatest paintings in history.
Kathleen's unique style of historical fiction combines unprecedented field research with inspired storytelling. Her books have sold over a million copies and are published in almost 40 languages while appearing in approximately 80 countries.
Her first non-fiction work, The Source of Miracles, is a life-changing handbook about prayer and spiritual practice which was influenced by Kathleen's studies of Catharism in France. It was chosen by Oprah's book editor as a holiday gift selection in 2009.
Kathleen has just released her first ebook in her series, Legends of the Divine Feminine, based on the provocative Scottish folktale, THE BALLAD OF TAN LIN. This series is a unique hybrid of fiction and non-fiction, with each featuring a novella followed by extensive author's notes on the history, research and inspirations and how each tale brings us to a new understanding of what the Divine Feminine means to us today. A percentage of all profits from this series are donated to charities supporting women and children (see below for details).
Kathleen is currently at work writing her fourth full-length novel, The Boleyn Heresy, an explosive and previously untold account of Anne Boleyn's heretical education in France. These lost years of Anne Boleyn have been thoroughly researched in multiple languages, using sources inexplicably ignored by most Tudor scholars, to provide an exciting and controversial account of the infamous queen who changed the world.
Kathleen is a dedicated activist, and commits a portion of her time and royalties to organizations that protect women and children from the horrors of human trafficking and sexual slavery. She has teamed with The Emancipation Network and Made by Survivors to fund and participate in programs which provide shelter and safety for victims of abuse, and raise awareness of this global epidemic. Visit www.MadeBySurvivors.com to see how you can join Kathleen in saving lives.
Kathleen shares her life with her partner, author Philip Coppens, and her three sons in the US and Europe.