Author, Martha Johnson
PFLAG Westminster-Carroll County (Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays) will be presenting author Martha Johnson who will discuss her novel In Our Midst.
Note that one need not have read the novel to enjoy and benefit from the discussion.
Ms. Johnson is leadership speaker and writer who draws on the lessons learned as an executive from a 35-year career in public and private organizations.
She was nominated by President Obama and confirmed unanimously by the US Senate to be the Administrator of the General Services Administration, a position she held from 2010-2012.
In Our Midst was a quarterfinalist in the 2013 Amazon Breakthrough Novel Competition. Order a copy of In Our Midst on Amazon by clicking here. It is also available through Carroll County Public Library.
Here’s a brief synopsis of the story:
It is 1990 and Stanton, Indiana is a typical town with a busy mayor, active churches, a Wood Carving Festival, a friendly diner, and a highly trusted mortuary.
But, it is not a Norman Rockwell world. The Gulf War is breaking out, Ryan White lives nearby, and AIDS is sweeping the nation.
Despite all that, Stanton is also a town that doesn’t appear to have any gay or lesbian people, or so it seems to Victor Beck, who is anxious and scared because he isn’t attracted to girls.
As Victor gets acquainted with a new girl in town, a second story unfolds of a gay, Korean War soldier who died the day he returned home to Stanton.
The two stories become entwined and the good people of Stanton have to wrestle with their history, their secrets, their prejudices, and their commitment to the health and welfare of their children.
One need not have read the book to enjoy and benefit from the discussion.
Martha Johnson’s other writing credits include On My Watch: Leadership, Innovation, and Personal Resilience, a best-selling book on Amazon published in October 2013.
Both titles are available through Carroll County Library System.
Johnson blogs at www.MarthaJohnson.com and her virtual readership grows daily.
About PFLAG Westminster-Carroll County:
PFLAG promotes the health and well being of gay, lesbian, and bisexual persons, their families and friends through:
Support - to cope with an adverse society
Education - to enlighten an ill-informed public
Advocacy - to end discrimination and to secure equal civil rights
PFLAG provides opportunity for dialogue about sexual orientation and acts to create a society that is healthy and respectful of human diversity.
We welcome all people-gay, straight, bisexual or transgendered, as well as their families, friends and interested members of the community.
.Together, we support each other, educate the broader community and advocate for equality.
Visit our website at www.pflagwcc.org, call 410-861-0488 or e-mail email@example.com.
- What: PFLAG Westminster-Carroll County General Meeting
- When: March 16 from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
- Where: St. Paul’s United Church of Christ, Corner of Bond & Green Sts., Westminster, MD 21157
Contact: June Horner, 410-795-2418, e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org,
About National PFLAG:
Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays (PFLAG) is the nation’s foremost family-based organization committed to the civil rights of gays, lesbians, bisexual and transgender persons. Founded in 1973 by mothers and fathers, PFLAG has 200,000 members and supporters in more than 500 chapters throughout the United States. To learn more, please visit www.pflag.org