Jean K. Mason and Norman Waksler
Tuesday, March 2, 2010, at 7:30 p.m.
JEAN K. MASON, a retired clinical psychologist, is the author of the memoir Intimate Tryranny: Untangling Father’s Legacy (Centora Press), about which psychologist Lauara Kavish wrote, “This beautifully written, sometimes heart-breaking but always hopeful page turner leads us as naturally into the mind of an unstable, drug-addicted, domineering father and businessman as it does into the complex boardroom machinations of those with both financial and emotional stakes in the company.” Among her many professional accomplishments, Jean developed SHARE, a program for women living alone. She served on the Board of Equal Exchange, the oldest and largest for-profit “fair trade” company in the US.She and her late husband, Ed Mason, were cofounders of Cambridge Cohousing. Her next book is an account of life in cohousing.
NORMAN WAKSLER is the author of two books of short stories, The Book of Regrets (Main Street Rag Press) and Signs of Life (The Black Lawrence Press). His stories have appeared in Ascent, Kansas Quarterly, Greensboro Review, StoryQuarterly, Madison Review, Epicenter and other magazines, as well as in Best American Short Stories. He was the recipient of a Massachusetts Cultural Council Fellowship in Fiction for 1998, and the winner of the Chaffin Award for Fiction in 2004. He has worked as a cab driver, warehouseman, bookseller, school teacher, janitor, magazine distributor, camp director, salesclerk, and librarian at the O’Neill Library in North Cambridge. He lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts with his sociologist wife and muse, Frances Chaput Waksler, and in the company of a moderate number of dogs, birds and turtles. You can read one of his stories at Normanwakslerfiction.com.