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Women's Museum of California

Preserving the Past, Inspiring the Future

An Evening With Women Writers

An Evening With Women Writers


Event Date:
Thursday, September 21 2017

What is the event about?

We are pleased to bring you an evening of readings, questions, and book signings. 

Ms. Cindy Matalucci will be hosting and filming our evening for 'The PULSE San Diego' television show. Get to know five women authors who will reach into your heart and mind with stories ranging from Hiroshima, cancer, motivation, and sex.

Tickets: $5

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Meet the Authors

Sheila Fugard is a South African poet and novelist. She is the winner of literary awards for her novels. She has published four collections of poetry, as well as "Lady of Realization", a spiritual memoir. Her poetry "Harp Song for Hiroshima" is important reading, a warning against the use of nuclear force in a troubled world.


Ally Loprete is a Self-made momprenuer and human potential advocate, Ally Loprete is nationally recognized as a vibrant and dynamic public speaker, radio personality and television host. She is the founder of OurMilkMoney.com, a nationwide online business directory of self-employed parents, the host of iHeart Radio’s THIS LITTLE PARENT STAYED HOME where 6 million listeners tune in for resources and support, and the cohost of WAKE UP TV, a nationally televised broadcast for the new mainstream. You can catch Ally on her new iHeart Radio and on-camera live streamed show DRAMATIC IMPACT WITH ALLY where she interviews successful actors, directors, writers and producers in Hollywood to lift up aspiring artists around the world. Ally is a member of the PFLAG Speaker's Bureau, educating and advocating for LGBTQ and she is a public motivator dedicated to advancing women's leadership worldwide. Ally lives with her husband and their two sons in the northern suburbs of Los Angeles, in a home filled with lots of laughter.

Geri Westphal was born and raised in Wisconsin and moved to Colorado in 1984 where she currently resides. She spent her career in a variety of executive business roles and has traveled extensively. In 2015 she heard the words every person dreads; "you have cancer". With honesty and humor, she shares her story to inspire others who are also battling cancer's grip. We are intensely aware of the things that cancer takes from us, but we do not often acknowledge the gifts it leaves behind; the rebirth and reawakening to what is most important in our lives. 

Dr. Carol Soloway a chiropractor, Qualified Medical Evaluator, and author has changed careers each decade of her life, and writing is the synthesis of all of the knowledge and skills she’s accumulated along the path. Her first career was an English teacher during which time, she completed a master’s degree in English. Ten years later, she went back to school and became a chiropractor and established a rewarding practice which her son, also a chiropractor, now runs. Another decade passed and another career beckoned. She became a Qualified Medical Examiner and has been enjoying the challenges of that career for—of course, ten years.

Since writing has always been her passion, she returned to school and took numerous creative writing courses including Squaw Valley Community of Writers summer program. Now, she’s enjoying the pinnacle of all her careers as the author of SEX HAPPENS. Dr. Carol Soloway lives with her wonderful husband who is nothing like any of the characters in the novel. Together, they have five grown sons with families of their own, all of whom have promised not to read the sex scenes in SEX HAPPENS, a novel which explores the very essence of all that we value as women: marriage, sex, motherhood, friendship and what we’ll do for each.


S.A. Williams - Ms. Williams, spent much of her youth in London, Paris, Rome, Brussels and Madrid.   She returned to the states to attend Syracuse University where she earned a degree in Psychology emphasizing Communications and Marketing, later earning post-graduate credentials in Global Marketing, Management, and Entrepreneurship. After attending the CEO Leadership Program from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, Williams also attended Harvard Business School for Executive Management for Senior Managers, focusing on Global Marketing and Strategic Management.  Having earned her Bronze, Silver and Gold Medals from the London Academy of Dramatic Arts, and becoming a member of the Screen Actors Guild, Williams has worked on the set of noted films such as “The Age of Innocence”, “The Sixth Sense”, “Fallen”, “Philadelphia”, “Unbreakable’, ‘Rocky Balboa”, and “Silver Linings Playbook” and many more.      Along with working on such great films she had the honor of working with such eminent directors as Martin Scorsese, Jonathan Demme, M. Night Shyamalan, and James L. Brooks. She was named to “Who’s Who in the World’ for 2002 and 2003. Ms. Williams’ achievements and talents are highlighted in numerous magazines, radio, and newspapers from Saratoga NY, to London. www.annassecretlegacynovel.com/reviews_endorsements.html