About this project
Hi! I'm hoping to raise at least $3500 dollars to bring Ithaca Diaries to life.
About the book:
Ithaca Diaries is coming of age memoir set at Cornell University in the tumultuous 1960s. The story is told in first person from the point of view of a smart, sassy, funny, scared, sophisticated yet naïve college student (moi) who can laugh at herself while she and the world around her are having a nervous breakdown. Based on diaries, letters, interviews and other primary and secondary accounts of the time, Ithaca Diaries describes collegiate life as protests, politics, and violence increasingly engulf the student, the campus, and the nation. I hope my irreverent observations will serve as a prism for understanding what it was like to live through those precarious times. While often laugh-out-loud funny, I believe they provide meaningful insight into the process of political and social change from which we are reaping the benefits, today.
Cornell Professors James McConkey (English) and Carol Kammen (History) have each given the book 5 stars--as have quite a few readers. (For proof...visit http://ithacadiaries.com). Ithaca Diaries will be of special interest to baby boomers, college students, professors, Cornell grads and to anyone interested in the 1960s.
About the kickstarter project:
After eight years of research and writing, the content is ready to go but I need to raise $3500 to complete the publishing process and pay an indexer. It looks like we're about to meet that goal. Additional $$ will provide for a Kirkus review, which lets bookstores and libraries know about the book--and will help fund an interactive Website on which you can tell YOUR story, no matter when you went to college. I understand that not everyone has $$$--please don't hesitate to pledge a small amount; every donation, including $1, helps elevate a project in the kickstarter rankings so that more people see it.
I plan to publish Ithaca Diaries through my own imprint, Cambridge Common Press, but would welcome connection to a commercial publisher. There's some urgency because Cornell is now celebrating its 150th anniversary year--and the book should be out in time for the Boston launch, in January. If enough $ comes in before November, I'll try to make the book available for holiday gifts. Thanks!
Risks and challenges
I'm confident that the project will work out, mainly because it's just about done. It's possible that some readers or reviewers may recall things differently.. I'm hoping they'll sound off on the Ithaca Diaries Website--http://ithacadiaries.com--and share stories of their own. Who knows? This may lead to an annotated version, another book, or even a video.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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