2014 ASAC Conference: Our presentation on Jean Paton anounced

I am happy to announce that I’ll presenting at the 2014 Alliance for the Study of Adoption and Culture (ASAC). conference, Crossing Boundaries  at Florida State University in Tallahassee.early next year..  I’ll be part of a Book Session  panel headed by E. Wayne Carp author of the upcoming biography  Jean Paton and the Struggle to Reform American Adoption (University of Michigan Press, 2014).  A permanent title for the presentation will be announced in a few days, but for current informational purposes, we will be discussing the Jean Paton’s work and the book.. With me will be Elizabeth Samuels and Marianne Novy. I don’t know what their critique topics will be, but mine is “A Radical Looks at a Radical.”  Jean Paton is the mother of us all.:\ the  Mother of US adoption reform and the adopee rights movement.. As  Dr. Carp noted in the proposal: Paton gave adult adoptees a voice and provided them with a healthy self-image; facilitated thousands of meetings between adult adoptees and their families of origin; fought tirelessly to open sealed adoption records… Patron’s struggle to reform American adoption was never easy; she faced resistance at every turn. This, then, is Jean Paton’s story: one courageous woman’s struggle to overcome Continue Reading →


One of Bastaradette’s favorite books, Reading Adoption: Family and Difference in Fiction and Drama by the always awesome Dr. Marianne Novy is now in paperback. Here is some information about its release: The University of Pittsburgh Book Center cordially invites you to celebrate the paperback release of Reading Adoption: Family and Difference inFiction and Drama, by Marianne Novy, Thursday, March 27, from noon until 2 at the Pitt Book Center, 4000 Fifth Avenue. There will be a brief talk at12:30 and light refreshments. RSVP by March 20, if possible, to . Praise for Reading Adoption: “In Reading Adoption Marianne Novy takes us back to Oedipus, that quintessential adoptee, and to Shakespeare’s romance with parent-child reunions, as well as to orphans lost and found in modern English and American literature. And all the while she gives us insights into living adoption as she weaves her own story of reuniting with her birth mother, which is as absorbing as any of the fictional narratives she has guided us through.”—Betty Jean Lifton, author of Journey of the Adopted Self: A Quest ForWholeness “Profound and touching, deeply smart, the perfect blend of academic/intellectual and heartfelt humanity.”—A.M. Homes, author of The Mistress’ Daughter and In Continue Reading →