Still Here: A Thought Provoking Book Reading


transFORM Gallery was happy to host a book reading and discussion, Still Here Thinking of You: A Second Chance with Our Mothers, with authors Susan Hodara, Lori Toppel, Vicki Addesso and Joan Potter on June 20th. It was compelling and moving to hear the authors read from their stories in the book. The conversation that followed was also interesting and enriching. It touched on our common feelings and experiences as well as unique situations and perspectives in our relationships with our mothers.

In conjunction with the book reading, “Moments of Being”, a photographic slideshow of mothers and daughters, was displayed at the gallery. The photos and smiles triggered our own happy recollections and warm feelings for our mothers as well. We invite you to see Moments of Being for yourself and submit your own photos of you and your mother to the collection.

Take a look at all the good fun and great people from the event, and scroll down to read more about the book and the authors.









About Still Here Thinking of You

Reflecting on their formative years and beyond, authors Vicki Addesso, Susan Hodara, Joan Potter, and Lori Toppel grapple with the circumstances that shaped their mothers’ lives, thus deepening their understanding of their relationships with their mothers and the love they shared. The book ultimately inspires women to reexamine the relationships they have or had with their mothers – and those they have with their daughters – and view them in a different and more accepting light.

About the Authors

Vicki Addesso began writing memoir in 1998 and is working on a collection of short stories. Her work has been published by Damselfly Press.

Susan Hodara is a journalist, memoirist, and teacher. Her short memoirs have appeared in a variety of literary journals and anthologies; one was nominated for a Pushcart Prize. Her articles are published in the New York Times, Communication Arts, and other publications. She has taught memoir writing since 2003.

Joan Potter is a writer and teacher whose work has been published in magazines, newspapers, literary journals, and anthologies. Her most recent book is African American Firsts: Famous, Little-Known and Unsung Triumphs of Blacks in America (Kensington, 2009).

Lori Toppel’s novel, Three Children (Summit Books, 1992), was nominated for the Hemingway Foundation/PEN Award. Her stories and essays have appeared in such journals as Antioch Review and Del Sol Review.

The authors all live and work in Westchester County, NY.