The papers have been organized, the interviews transcribed and the first few chapters have been written. Before her death, Ann left instructions that she wanted work on the book to continue. Now we need to raise funds to bring the book to completion. You can now read some excerpts from the book at the new … More Crowdfunding Campaign Details
How many lives include a childhood sailing on a schooner and time in China during the Great Proletarian Cultural Revolution? Hello. My name is Ann Tompkins. I’ve had an unusual life and if I had a nickel for everyone that ever said, “You should write a book,” I’d be wealthy. As a matter of fact, … More I’m writing a book!
The story of Wander Bird’s sinking has made it to the San Francisco Chronicle. And, once again, missing the most interesting part of the ship’s life – the period when Ann and her family lived on it. https://www.msn.com/en-us/travel/article/saga-of-two-ships-e2-80-94-one-new-one-very-old-e2-80-94-both-fine-sausalito-vessels/ar-AADgY0Z
Missing Ann on what would have been her 89th birthday, but celebrating her life!
Ann’s celebration of life is this Saturday! Saturday, June 15th (Ann’s 89th birthday) 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. 887 Sonoma Avenue, Santa Rosa Commons Room You are welcome to share a story or memento of Ann!
The ship on which Ann grew up, Wander Bird, just sank in Germany, where it was originally built and where it had just been renovated. https://www.cnn.com/2019/06/10/europe/hamburg-boat-crash-scli-grm-intl/index.html
An excellent and reasonable question. I’m sure many of you are wondering. Haven’t people – primarily me (Susan Lamont) and Ann – been working on this for years? And, particularly for those who have donated, you’re owed an explanation. For those who have known Ann for decades, I don’t think I’m telling tales out of … More Why is the book taking so long?
Please join us for a celebration of Ann’s life Saturday, June 15 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. 887 Sonoma Avenue, Commons Room Santa Rosa, California
A celebration of Ann’s life will be held on Saturday, June 15th. It would have been Ann’s 89th birthday. We will be gathering in the Commons Room of Santa Rosa Creek Commons, where Ann lived for many years. We hope you can be there. The time and more details will be posted here.
Tentative Book Outline Forward by Lincoln Cushing Preface by Ann Tompkins Introduction by Susan Lamont Part One: Family History and Ann’s Life Before China (1900-1965) Chapter One: The lives of Ann’s parent’s up until their marriage Chapter Two: The lives of Ann’s parents from their marriage, including buying and restoring the Wander Bird, up until … More Across Oceans and Revolution – Tentative Outline
For Ann, a fundamental starting point in assessing any life is an understanding, as nearly as possible, of one’s world view and all the forces and experiences which created it. From there, through analysis, that view can be deconstructed and reconstructed with greater knowledge and understanding. And growing up on the schooner Wander Bird provided … More An Excerpt from Chapter One of “Across Oceans and Revolution”
An excerpt from Chapter 7, a compilation of some of the letters Ann wrote to her family while in China during the Great Proletarian Cultural Revolution. The photo is of her eventual roommate, a student. Rather unexpectedly, Ann found herself in the People’s Republic of China as an honored guest. Because of her principled stance … More Ann’s Letters Home from the Great Proletarian Cultural Revolution