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Janet Mason is the author of Tea Leaves (Bella, $16.95 pb). This LGBT memoir addresses caretaking of elderly parents, love and loss. Tea Leaves is a lesbian-telling of the story of mothers and daughters, embarking when the narrator’s mother is diagnosed with fourth stage cancer. A dutiful daughter, the narrator proceeds to take care of her mother, 74-year-old Jane, and enters a deeper understanding of her own life through her mother’s stories. Her grandmother (born in 1899) was a spinner in a textile mill and a white glove wearing lady of her generation. Her mother (born in 1920) was an office worker and feminist ahead of her time. The narrator has taken the foundation of her mother’s life and forged her own – taking her mother’s feminism one step further in becoming a lesbian and becoming the first in her family to graduate from college. Tea Leaves is a story of gender and class, identity and sexuality but, most of all, it is about love. Janet Mason is an award-winning writer of fiction, creative nonfiction, and poetry. Her commentary is regularly featured on This Way Out, an international radio syndicate based in Los Angeles and aired on more than 400 radio stations in the U.S. and abroad. She is the author of three chapbooks of poetry, including When I Was Straight. Her work has appeared in The Advocate, American Writing and Chiron Review. She teaches creative writing at Temple University Center City in Philadelphia. Kathy Anderson is an award-winning playwright and fiction writer living in Philadelphia. Her plays have received productions and staged readings in New York, Chicago, Philadelphia, and Arizona. She is a member of the Dramatists Guild. Her last two published short stories were nominated for the Pushcart Prize. Her short stories, poems, and essays have been published in international and national magazines, literary journals, and anthologies. Please visit kathyandersonwriter.com.