Carolyn North and Toni Ortner; Courtesy photo/Commons file
Carolyn North and Toni Ortner

Toni Ortner, Carolyn North to read at Putney Library

The Putney Public Library, 55 Main St., presents a pair of Putney writers on Thursday, Jan. 11, at 6:30 p.m. This event is free.

Carolyn North had been living in Berkeley, California, until a year and a half ago when she returned to Putney, the place she says she loves the best in the world. She is the author of 18 published books, and has taught improvisational dance as a healing modality in Berkeley for four decades. North will read from her book, Freeflow Stories.

North says her current focus is preparing and reassuring people, through her writing, to manage big societal shifts by working together. She has three grown children and four grown grandchildren and lives in Putney.

Toni Ortner, also a Putney resident, has had 31 books published by small presses. The most recent is Focused Light from a Distant Star by Kelsay Books. The book honors women's art of the last few centuries. Her website,, shows a full bibliography of her published books with reviews and directions on where to purchase them.

Ortner was vice-president of Write Action for 14 years and hosted the Write Action Radio Show in which she interviewed writers and they read their work. She hosted the Putney Writers Salon through the Putney Library on Zoom during Covid. She will read from Focused Light from a Distant Star accompanied by a slideshow of art by the women artists who inspired this writing.

This The Arts item was submitted to The Commons.

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