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When a Woman Tells the Truth:
Writings and Creative Work by Women Over 80

Edited by Dena Taylor & Wilma Marcus Chandler

Here in these pages are stories, poems, essays, memoirs and art
by over 80 women over 80 about life at and after eighty years of age:
a time for rest, reflection, doing and learning new things;
for sadness, grief, adventure, romance, and activism.
All told with honesty, wisdom, and humor.

Book launch will be on June 4th, 2024 at Bookshop Santa Cruz.

Listen to Dena Taylor and Wilma Marcus Chandler
being interviewed by Mathilde Rand on
KSQD in September of 2023.

Read more about When a Woman Tells the Truth

Newest Publications by Many Names Press

In 1993 Kate Hitt began Many Names Press for letterpress and offset print production specializing in graphic design for fine press books. The press addresses artistic, social, economic and environmental issues through award-winning, limited edition books of lasting quality.

Lauren Crux
Rambles, Rants and Intimate Conversations

ISBN: 978-1-944497-08-8
Poetry, epistolaries, photography, abstract prints, LGBTQ
Book and cover design by Victoria May
Library of Congress Control Number: 2022951315
166 pp. 66 full color photographs by Lauren Crux
6" x 9", Paperback
Many Names Press, Feb.2023
Price: (U.S.) $25.00

Lauren Crux in Difficult Beauty writes short, deceptively simple contemplations in poetic prose that embrace the full complexity of human experience, from the routine day-to-day to the often shockingly unexpected. Her photographic images, usually abstract, often sensual, sometimes just odd, are never illustrations. Instead, they engage us in an intimate conversation with her words, just as her words are in an intimate conversation with us, her readers.

Difficult Beauty: Rambles, Rants and Intimate Conversations
Crux, Lauren

Jerry Martien
Dreams, Divinations & Dispatches from the Underground

2nd Edition
ISBN: 978-1-944497-06-4
Cover design by Annie Reid
Library of Congress Control Number: 2022946849
142 pages, 6" x 9", Paperback
Many Names Press, Oct. 2022
Price: (U.S.) $18.00

Jerry Martien, author of more than eight books, poet and writer, teacher, carpenter, and watershed citizen, works on behalf of thriving forests, abundant rivers, and healthy communities on the Humboldt Bay in northern California, embracing new models of living and schooling, and the active defense of forests, rivers, and native culture.

Infrastructure: Dreams, Divinations & Dispatches from the Underground
Martien, Jerry

Dena Taylor
Collected Poems

ISBN: 978-1-944497-04-0
Cover by Janet Fine
Library of Congress Control Number: 2020942118
146 pages, 5.5" x 8.5", paperback
Many Names Press, July, 2020
Price: (U.S.) $18.00

This is the author’s first book of poems, which serves as memoir from her early childhood through the beginning of the raging COVID-19 pandemic. Full of humanity, witty, poignant, and humorous, these are extraordinary perspectives about her daughters, grandchildren, family, friends, relationships, travel experiences, and political wisdom. Now in her 80s, Dena Taylor is the co-editor, along with Wilma Marcus Chandler, of When a Woman Tells the Truth, Writings and Creative Work by Women Over 80; co-author with Becky Taylor, of Tell Me the Number Before Infinity: the story of a girl with a quirky mind, an eccentric family, and oh yes, a disability, and the author, editor, or co-editor of six books on women’s issues. She lives in Northern California.

Exclamation Points: Collected Poems
Taylor, Dena

Eli Whitney
Collected Thoughts of a Poet with Autism

ISBN: 978-1-944497-03-3
Transcription by Louise Grassi Whitney
Poetry, living with Autism Spectrum Disorder, memoir
Graphic design and photos by Kate Hitt
Library of Congress Control Number: 2019942029
88 pages, 5.5" x 8.5", paperback
Many Names Press, June 2019
Price (U.S.) $18.00

This may be the only book of its kind: poetry told through the use of facilitated communication because Eli Whitney was born severely disabled with autism and is mute. This collection shows a philosopher’s unique point of view of himself, his family, and life with the disabled. When Eli Whitney was young, no one thought he could express himself in words, let alone write, but he learned the alphabet watching Sesame Street on TV. Then a special needs teacher showed him "facilitated communication" using a board that allowed him to spell by pointing to the letters embedded in it. Eli lives in a group home, and spends a good deal of time in Napa conveying his poems to his mother who meticulously transcribes, poet Louise Grassi Whitney, author of Wet Welded Together. Together they enjoy riding horses and fine dining.

Speaking for the Unspeakable
Whitney, Eli and Grassi Whitney, Louise

Becky Taylor and Dena Taylor
The Story of a Girl with a Quirky Mind, an Eccentric Family,
and Oh Yes, a Disability

PRINT ISBN: 978-0-9773070-8-1
EBOOK ISBN: 978-1-944497-00-2
Book cover by Janet Fine
Design by Kate Hitt
Library of Congress Control # 2016001109 (print)
Library of Congress Control # 2016003357 (ebook)
166 pp. photos of the authors, resources, links
6" x 9" x 0.36", 0.53lbs., Paperback
Memoir by mother, and daughter with cerebral palsy
Price: (U.S.) $18.00

Tell Me the Number before Infinity has been praised as the honest, moving, informative, and often funny memoir by Becky Taylor, born in 1972 with cerebral palsy and a gift for math, and by her mother Dena Taylor. They contributed to mainstreaming of disabled children into California public schools. Parents, teachers, sociologists, disabled people and even brain researchers will find the book inspiring.

Although several books on disabilities already exist, the use of two narrations is unique. The subject is Becky Taylor, from her birth in 1972 to about age forty. The mother, Dena Taylor, begins the book by telling us about her daughter’s earliest years, discovering Becky’s cerebral palsy, and her exceptional gift for calculus and depth of thought at the age of four.

Tell Me the Number before Infinity: The Story of a Girl with a Quirky Mind, an Eccentric Family, and Oh Yes, a Disability
Taylor, Becky and Taylor, Dena

Leba Wine
ISBN 978-09773070-2-9
Historical Fiction, Memoir, Jewish Studies
book design by Kate Hitt
Library of Congress CIP data 2006029833
312 pp, 9" x 6", Paperback,
Many Names Press, 2006
Price: (U.S.) $20.00

I realized, in my middle years, says Leba Wine, that I was of the last generation to hear first-hand Jewish Eastern European immigrant history from the lips of those who had made the trip to America. My head was full of tales told to me by my grandmother. I had my mother’s diaries full of stories. Best of all, I had the quilt made by my grandmother and great-grandmother, made in the late 1800s in Pennsylvania. The imagery sewn on it would come to represent the stories of hope and hardships that accompanied my ancestors to this land. I wanted my children to know the hearty stock they came from, and so I began by writing on three-by-five cards for them to read. After ten cards, I knew that my children would never curl up with them to while-away a rainy afternoon, so I decided to write a novel, a biography, of the quilt itself.


Stitches in Time: The Biography of a Quilt
Wine, Leba

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