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Local authors linked by stories of courageous women.

Byline: Pamela H. Sacks

The Worcester Women's History Project has sponsored a series of successful programs, among them "Women in Print." Last year, 75 women and men turned out on a cold and blustery winter evening to hear five Worcester County writers talk about the ways in which they shape history through the written word.

This year, the fourth annual event will provide something for every literary taste. "Varied Perspectives: Women and the Written Word" will be at 5:30 p.m. Feb. 15 in the Saxe Room at the Worcester Public Library, 3 Salem Square, Worcester. The program is free and open to the public. The snow date is March 1.

"Women seem to be reading more and joining book discussion groups," said Judy Finkel, who co-chairs the WWHP events committee with Linda Miller. "They seem especially to like the `stories' of women from different backgrounds who face and overcome so many obstacles - perhaps the inspiration that comes from these readings and histories continues to bring them out to hear local women who are engaged in the process and craft of writing and in sharing their lives and work."

A humorist and artist, a historian, an English professor, a memoirist and poet are this year's presenters:

Suzy Becker is an author, artist and entrepreneur. Ms. Becker is perhaps best known for her witty best-seller "All I Need to Know I Learned from My Cat" and her acclaimed illustrated memoir on her year coping with a health crisis, "I Had Brain Surgery, What's Your Excuse?"

Shirley F.B. Carter, a nurse with a doctorate from the University of Massachusetts, recollects growing up in Worcester as a third generation Black Yankee in her memoir "Colored Of Course."

Gertrude Halstead is an award-winning poet who escaped the Nazis during World War II. In spare and haunting verse, she often writes about those years.

Amy Richter, a history professor at Clark University, did groundbreaking research on women and public transportation in the 19th century and the ways in which the new mode of travel freed females and changed society. Richter turned her doctoral dissertation into "Home on the Rails," a fascinating account of this aspect of American history.

Karen Woods Weierman, an English professor at Worcester State College, has written "Interracial Marriage in American Fiction, Scandal, and Law, 1820-1870," an examination of this ugly and persistent American taboo.

"I think people are amazed at the number and variety of women authors we have in the Worcester area," Mrs. Miller said.

For more information on "Women in Print," call WWHP at (508) 767-1852; or check the organization's Web site at www.wwhp.org .

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CUTLINE: (1) Suzy Becker wrote "All I Need to Know I Learned from My Cat" and an acclaimed memoir on coping with a health crisis, "I Had Brain Surgery, What's Your Excuse?" (2) Professor Amy Richter (3) Poet Gertrude Halstead

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