The ability to share stories is the essence of our humanity. Whether it is around a campfire, on a printed page, or shared in a blog or ebook, when we tell our stories we make connections. My mission is to be among the storytellers, those who inspire love, tell cautionary tales, and reveal the souls of individuals and cultures. Our stories, our poetry, our songs have the power to bring understanding and peace, to be a part of that legacy is a true honor.
— Mindy

Meet Mindy

Mindy Reed is all about books. She is a librarian, editor, narrator, writer, educator, and reader. The founder of The Authors Assistant holds a Master of Library and Information Science degree from the University of Texas at Austin, a Master of Liberal Arts degree in Humanities from Southern Methodist University, and a Bachelor of Arts degree in English and Business from Kansas State University. Her short story collection Women of a Certain Age: Stories of the Twentieth Century was published in 2018. Her debut novel: This is the Dawning: a Woodstock Love Story was released in June 2019.

Reed’s novel This is the Dawning: a Woodstock Love Story set at the iconic music festival. https://www.amazon.com/This-Dawning-Woodstock-Love-Story/dp/0999762214/ref=sr_1_fkmr0_1?crid=2370YF8IMOUGT&keywords=this+is+the+dawning+a+woodstock+love+story&qid=1560451289&s=gateway&sprefix=This+is+the+Dawning%3A+a+wood%2Caps%2C200&sr=8-1-fkmr0

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Book signing and Discussion of Woodstock

This is the Dawning: a Woodstock Love Story




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The twentieth century was a pivotal time in America, moving from an agrarian society to the Industrial Revolution to the rise of technology. We went to war, protested for justice, moved from the farm to the city and found our voice. Women of all ages and walks of life make up the characters in these stories. Women of a Certain Age is a short story collection that paints a portrait of various women throughout the century.

Great rainy day read...as if I’d rummaged through my Great Grandmother’s attic and stumbled onto a trunk filled with secrets.
— Amazon Reviewer
By chance both Paul Applebaum and Sylvia Zyweig end up in at the Woodstock Music Festival in August of 1969. They meet under unforeseen circumstances and Paul is immediately attracted to Sylvia. Sylvia aspires to be a filmmaker and has landed an assignment to get released from the musicians for the Warner Brothers concert film. The two are in the twenties and both are children of immigrants. They have only seen the trials and strife of married life until they meet Max and Miriam Yasgur. The owners of Yasgur's farm, the resulting site of the music festival, show Paul and Sylvia how love and affection blossoms into a lasting relationship.This is the Dawning is historical fiction, but the Afterword written by journalist and radio personality Rush Evans is fact. The article is based on his multiple meetings, emails, and phone conversations with Richie Havens.

By chance both Paul Applebaum and Sylvia Zyweig end up in at the Woodstock Music Festival in August of 1969. They meet under unforeseen circumstances and Paul is immediately attracted to Sylvia. Sylvia aspires to be a filmmaker and has landed an assignment to get released from the musicians for the Warner Brothers concert film. The two are in the twenties and both are children of immigrants. They have only seen the trials and strife of married life until they meet Max and Miriam Yasgur. The owners of Yasgur's farm, the resulting site of the music festival, show Paul and Sylvia how love and affection blossoms into a lasting relationship.This is the Dawning is historical fiction, but the Afterword written by journalist and radio personality Rush Evans is fact. The article is based on his multiple meetings, emails, and phone conversations with Richie Havens.