A Band of Women (ABOW), a private social network designed only for women, is gearing up to publish a second anthology of women writers and artists in March.
The 30-essay anthology, “Nothing But the Truth So Help Me God: 71 Women on Life’s Transitions,” includes writers such as Kelly Corrigan, Belva Davis and Ginny Graves. Abigal Maslin, who triumphed over some incredible obstacles, won the essay contest, and as a prize she received an interview with an agent at ICM, and will be writing a memoir based on her essay.
The anthology also includes a story from a 75-year-old ex-Catholic nun who writes with humor about leaving after spending two decades serving the church.
A Band of Women released its first anthology, “Nothing but the Truth So Help Me God: 51 Women Reveal the Power of Positive Female Connection,” on October 30th.
The social network, which launched in 2009 and has 7,000 members, includes California attorney general Kamala Harris, the state’s former first lady Maria Shriver and Katherine Spillar, executive editor of Ms. magazine. Its motto is “No Woman Left Behind.”
A Band of Women was founded by Christine Bronstein — her family launched Borders book stores, and she is married to former San Francisco Chronicle editor Phil Bronstein – in 2009.
“These anthologies bring together famous writers and thought leaders, aspiring writers and everyday women, giving a new platform to many women who would not otherwise have access to being published. The first anthology opened many doors for the women in the book. ABOW is constantly looking for new ways to help women connect and have their voices heard on a larger scale,” Christine Bronstein told SocialTimes.
Bronstein explained that the A Band of Women brand extends beyond the social network and anthologies. It also hosts weekly in-person events, and created a monthly video interview series titled “Gab Fab.”
A Band of Women plans to release a third anthology later in 2014.