Pope Joan Guestbook Entries:  2000


Name: katie
ny us
Date: Saturday, December 30, 2000 at 16:47:15

i loved your website! i haven't read the book yet but i'm very interested to read it now!

Name: geoff field
Location: melbourne, victoria australia
Date: Saturday, December 30, 2000 at 05:45:27

im not religious one bit but very interested in the history of religion. I hear that a movie is coming out about Joan

Name: Leisa Weir
Location: Fairfax, VA USA
Date: Tuesday, December 26, 2000 at 15:04:17

We have chosen your book for our next month's meeting and hope you will be able to join our discussion on a Friday night in February. Please let me know your availability. Thanks.

Name: Deb Cutler
Location: Yorktown, VA
Date: Thursday, December 21, 2000 at 16:31:19

We are having our bookclub tonight and I found your site here. Loved the book and have already had many bookclub members tell me the same. When is the movie coming out? We will have to make it a club event. Thank you for a well-written, interesting book.

Name: Aideen Briggs
Location: Cincinnati, OH USA
Date: Tuesday, December 19, 2000 at 20:13:22

My book club chose Pope Joan as this month's choice. We will be meeting on Friday, January 12th, at 7:30 p.m., Eastern Standard Time. I was looking on the web to gather some additional information and saw that it may be possible to have you speak to us via speakerphone. I realize that this isn't much time, so understand if it's impossible, but I think it would be really excited to have the author's point of view. I really enjoyed the book and I think I'm pretty convinced now that there was a Pope Joan, but I agree that your book is a novel because we really can't do any better than fiction with something so long ago and so poorly documented. Thanks for writing the book. I learned a lot about the ninth century and I certainly became caught up in the plot - a definite page-turner. I can't imagine the amount of research that went on behind the scenes.

Name: Caren Teich
Location: Nashville, TN
Date: Wednesday, December 13, 2000 at 12:07:27

Donna, Today's speakerphone conversation with you was awesome! You are so much fun! It could only have been better if you could have visited in person. Sooooo, if you ever come to Nashville, please give us a call or an email. I was wondering if you had ever shopped your book to Oprah and her book group. Would you even be interested? We will recommend it to all our friends, with high praise. Thanks again and Merry Christmas! Caren

Location: Stockholm, Sweden
Date: Wednesday, December 13, 2000 at 06:19:27

Hello! I´ve just finished reading the book, and I stayed up until 01.00 at night because I just couldn´t stop reading. I first heard about the female pope 1990, and I remember that I wrote a short essay about her in school. But I just had some basic facts and made things up. I remember my teacher saying that it was a fascinating story. I´ve also heard that the story about Jeanne is so controversial that nobody has dared to write a book or do a film about her, because the Catholics in the Vatican threats people who have tried. Is this true? I also would like to know if any scholar/reseacher/scientist is doing research today to prove her existence? It must be possible with the technology that´s available today. Have you heard anything from the Catholic Church? Thank you so much for writing this book! Reading about her gives me strength and at the same time makes me angry that the conditions for women were so unfair.

Name: Beanne O. Rothenberg
Location: Skaneateles, NY USA
Date: Tuesday, December 12, 2000 at 20:24:01

I emailed my bookclub about the possiblility of discussing Pope Joan with you, and everyone responded within a day! I'd like to throw in a few dates for your consideration, per your suggestion. Will any of the following 3 dates work for you? January 19th or 26th (both Fridays) or the following Thursday, February 1st, 2001. Again, we are so very thrilled by your offer. If none of these dates work for you, the group is flexible and can go with any dates you suggest. (Your website is great, and the feedback must be rewarding; its so uniformly positive and energizing). Thanks so much for your offer. Beanne

Name: Rosalie Emanuel

Date: Tuesday, December 12, 2000 at 00:31:21

My book club will be reviewing Pope Joan on Monday afternoon, October 15th, 2001. We would like to discuss the book with the author in the afternoon by speakerphone on this date if it would be convenient for her. My daughter's Book Club in Seattle had this extraordinary experience. All the members of her club said that this "chat" with the author enhanced and enriched their appreciation of the book...and that Ms Cross was delightful to talk too and very informative. Please contact me when you get a chance re: confirmation of date and time. Many thanks for this opportunity. Roslaie Emanuel

Name: Lisa Gergely
Location: Denver, CO USA
Date: Thursday, December 7, 2000 at 20:34:16

I finished the book today and I thought it was great. The book club I belong to will be discussing the book on Thursday, December 14 at 6:00pm mountain time. Is there any chance we could talk to you? We are all on e-mail too, so maybe we could figure something out. It's great that you make yourself available to your readers! Thanks. Lisa

Name:Alice Shuman
Date: Tuesday, December 5, 2000 at 22:25:50

This book has been an absolute marvel to read. I've been very impressed with the vivid picture it's given me to the time period. And I never knew I'd ever know so much about the Pope. Congratulations on a very entertaining, and informative book. I have a website where a friend and I post a continuing story. As part of it, we feature a mock bookstore where our characters review real books. I couldn't help but include yours there and a link to your site from one of our episodes.

Name: Mary Harrigan
Location: Chittenango, NY
Date: Saturday, December 2, 2000 at 10:14:48

Donna - On behalf of our book reading group, I offer an enormous thank you! You were very generous to call and spend so much time with us by speakerphone. The group was very impressed with several issues that you discussed (the writing process, historical fiction - genre, the research process, etc.). As well, you motivated and encouraged us to continue. The buzz around school today is exciting and the spirit of the reading group is infectious! Again, thank you for your time, consideration and book recommendations! Mary K. Harrigan Librarian Chittenango High School

Name:The Ancient One
Location: hamilton, on canada
Date: Friday, December 1, 2000 at 08:34:56

my compliments on an impressive site . i look forward to future projects . i wish you much success . peace .

Name: Roseann Lorefice
Location: Manlius, NY USA
Date: Thursday, November 30, 2000 at 21:47:48

Merci mille fois. I've just returned from our book club meeting (the Chittenango Teachers) at which you were the guest of honor via speakerphone!!! We all enjoyed getting the inside scoop on the book as well as hearing of future plans for a movie and another historical novel. I rushed to my bookshelves to do some quick research on who this 17th century woman could be! I'm intrigued. I will e-mail again with some guesses. Our club hopes to be at one of your next presentations in the Syracuse area. We'll check your website for dates and locations. Thanks again. It was a treat!!

Name: Alberta Woodall
Date: Wednesday, November 29, 2000 at 12:34:55

I am about 1/4 through the book - can't put it down. It made me run for a map of Germany. Can you suggest where I can find one that would show where a lot of this takes place? Thank you.

Name:Cas Weinbren
Location: New York City, ny USA
Date: Wednesday, November 29, 2000 at 10:46:59

dear Donna, I was researching about woman popes when I found you book's website. Since I didn't know if you would answer this from your book, I was wondering if you were sure there was a woman pope, and if you could send me any more research about her. I am not asking for a answer but for a request about the woman pope, too see if your answer is credible. Thank you very much, your fan, Cas Weinbren

Location: Greenville, South Carolina
Date: Tuesday, November 28, 2000 at 15:01:33

Just a short note to thank you for "meeting" by speakerphone with my book club on Monday, November 6. It was wonderful to be able to talk to the author after reading your book Pope Joan. And what a nice surprise to have such an informative, but entertaining talk! We will remember that night well. We look forward to the movie and have already decided it will be a group attendance. And all are already looking forward to the next book. Don't have any guesses now, but will think on it. Thanks again.....and will pass the word on to my mother's book club. Melanie Carmichael

Name: Rocco Matthew Cambareri
Location: Mattydale, NY USA
Date: Tuesday, November 28, 2000 at 10:46:31

I am an avid fan of the Pope Joan book and I read it all the time. I read it in English this year and I just can't put it down! If I could be anyone in the world I'd be Pope Joan! I have some questions for you, though: -In the text, you spell "Gerold" with an "o". But in the last sequence where he dies, Joan refers to Gerold as "Gerald" and it is spelled with an "a", like "Gerald". Is this the same person

Name: Cherie
Location: Emerald, Qld Australia
Date: Tuesday, November 28, 2000 at 02:26:30

Ok here we go , alas I have not read your book yet but am very interested in the subject of Pope Joan i am wondering if your would give me your reference book titles to wich i can do research on her myself .. i have to defend my honour when i said there was a female Pope to a friend of mine ... so am looking for as much evidence as i can find on her so i can refer my narrow minded pal towards it :) would appreciate any info u could send me and will have to get my local store to order in your book for me :) Its great to see authors tackling interesting subject matters .. yours sincerely Cherie

Name: Laura Wendt
Location: Ft. Polk, LA USA
Date: Sunday, November 26, 2000 at 22:36:27

Hey there! It's been a year since you talked to our book club and we are still raving about your book. We decided that it has been the number 1 book we've read this year. Of course there is still plenty of talk about what your next book will be about. Have you let the cat out of the bag yet? We're still curious to know the topic. How's the film coming along? I was excited to see you and your book mentioned in U.S News and World Report several months back (I think that was the publication). I hope that has sparked even more interest in your book. I've started another book club down here in Louisiana. It shouldn't be too much longer until they pick your book to read and then we will get to talk again. Take care. Laura

Location: Felton, CA USA
Date: Sunday, November 26, 2000 at 14:13:38

I just read this book non stop yesterday and all I can say is WOW. You had me trapped in your world and I didn't want to leave. This is a remarkable work of historical fiction, not only because of the subject but the research you did is highly evident from the first page on. I believe my mouth was hanging open at the end. I liked the way you added the historical info that you uncovered at the end to support your point. Personally I believe she existed there is too much there for her not to have been a real person. I think the clincher was when Pope JohnXX changed his name to JohnXXI in honor of the fact that he obviously believed her to be real. Thanks for a great book and Happy Holidays to you and yours.....Denise

Name: Mirka Johansson
Location: Kokkola, FINLAND
Date: Friday, November 24, 2000 at 05:12:58

Dear Donna,Pope Joan is the best book I ever laid my eyes on.I´m interested in the Catholic cult of Black Madonna and it´s my theme in my art works in metalgraphic pictures. It makes me wonder if you know about the Black Madonnas? Black Madonna is shortly about womens wisdom and sexuality through our world history/existence. Pope Joan is one of them.In Italy Black Madonnas are still praised. There´s only 500 Black Madonna statues left in the world. Don´t ask a man why she´s black? They´ll give you an ignorent answer ´cause they can´t understand it and it scares the hell out of them. All the best to you and search for the Black Madonna faith and you will find it, you may have done it already. Sincerely, Mirka

Name:Michelle Kizer
Location: Nashville, TN USA
Date: Friday, November 17, 2000 at 21:00:26

Hello Donna. I belong to an online book club and several members, including myself, have begun to read Pope Joan this month. I am about halfway through the book and am intrigued at this riveting story. Our group would love for you to join us in an online chat to dicsuss the book in a few weeks, or to even post a message to our club about your amazing novel. Please contact me about arranging a date and time. We would love to discuss Pope Joan with you and look foward to hearing your comments! Thanks.

Name: Melissa Beckman

Date: Friday, November 17, 2000 at 18:15:42

Dear Donna, Thank you once again for a stimulating discussion on Pope Joan last night! As promised our group will make it our goal to spread the good word on Pope Joan and encourage other book clubs to adopt Pope Joan for their next selection. Your book deserves to #1 on the best seller list in the United States as it is in Germany. Also, Pope Joan makes a wonderful gift for the holidays...everyone needs a copy! Can't wait until your next book...Au revoir, Melissa

Name: Arlene
Location: Oakville, ON Canada
Date: Tuesday, November 14, 2000 at 16:30:29

I can't begin to tell you how much I enjoyed this book! The only bad thing about it was that I've finished reading it, and now want to find other books that come close to matching it! I've told countless people that it is a "must read"! What a fantastic book!

Name: Andi Grant
Location: Virginia Beach, VA 23454
Date: Tuesday, November 14, 2000 at 13:35:12

I'd have to say that your book is amazing. Bravo! I see it will be a movie, when should we expect that in theaters, and who will be Joan? Are you working on another novel? If so when can we expect to see it? One more question. Since I loved your book, can you recommend other Titles I may enjoy. Sorry to bombard you. I just get so excited when I find a great book. Can't wait for you to get something else in the stores. Thanks, Andi

Name:Michelle Shapiro
Location: Wheeling, IL Cook
Date: Tuesday, November 14, 2000 at 09:57:52

Dear Joan, We are having a book discussion on your book, Pope Joan, on Monday, March 26th, at 7:00 p.m. central time. We are reading the book for Women's History Month. The group is sponsored by Indian Trails Public Library and has been meeting for over 20 years. We would love to have you as a speaker at our group either by phone or in person. I really enjoyed the book and I'm sure it will make a wonderful discussion. Hope to hear from you. Sincerely. Michelle Shapiro

Name: Louise Bentley
Location: Sydney, NSW Australia
Date: Monday, November 13, 2000 at 20:07:45

Greetings from the Hornsby Bookclub "Pope Joan" is our December nomination, and what a nomination it has been. We have had a few problems obtaining copies, however the two copies we have have been passed around and because of the high level of enjoyment they have been read very quicky. We will all have read the novel by December 4. (In our bookclub you're not in trouble if you haven't read the nominated book.) I'm expecting a very lively discussion not only because of the huge array of issues arising from "Pope Joan" but as it is our Christmas, lunchtime meeting the white wine will be flowing. I'm sure that at some stage during the lunch a toast will be made to the author and to all the others writers who have provided inspiration to our group of avid readers. Thank-you for a fascinating read and a thought provoking heroine, you have certainly made us aware of the richness of history. Louise Bentley

Name: Susan Gibson
Location: Syracuse, NY USA
Date: Monday, November 13, 2000 at 19:37:42

Dear Donna: We talked for a moment in Syracuse at the Everson about Kaiserslautern, Germany. I shared that my daughter and son-in-law live there. If at anytime you are in Kaiserslautern visiting your friends and you attend the Psalztheater, please be sure and introduce yourself to my son-in-law, Ekhart Wycik if he is conducting a performance. He is Second Kapellmeister there. He and my daughter, Laurie, both enjoyed your book. Sue Gibson

Name: Melissa Beckman
Location: Bellevue, WA USA
Date: Monday, November 13, 2000 at 11:08:39

Hi Donna, Just contacting you to confirm details for our Pope Joan discussion this Thursday, Nov. 16th at 6:30pm PST. Respond back and I will give you the phone number where our group can be reached. Looking forward to another stimulating discussion.... Thank you!!!!Melissa B

Name: elizabeth worden
Location: healdsburg, ca. u.s.a.
Date: Sunday, November 12, 2000 at 17:30:21

Years ago I read a novel on Pope Joan by an older scholar who had written in the introduction that he'd translated the story from Greek.My book came from a used book store and was old, mid century maybe. Any clue as to where that book went? I always felt the church had confiscated every last copy, including mine. Thanks for your help.

Name: Susan Gibson
Location: Syracuse, NY USA
Date: Sunday, November 12, 2000 at 14:43:42

What a wonderful evening last week at the Everson in Syracuse. You were wonderful! The book can be no less an enriching and educational adventure.

Name: Liane de Chazal
Location: Rochester, MI USA
Date: Sunday, November 12, 2000 at 13:43:03

I wanted to thank you for your great presentation at the Rochester Public Library last October 23rd. My bookclub buddies and I thoroughly enjoyed it, as we did your book. I appreciate the tone you set as you spoke. You spoke about how hard women's lives were back in the 8th century, and how some women are suffering the same kind of oppression in other countries today. Yet you didn't have a feminist "man-hating" attitude. From those of us who love our husbands, thank you! You also inspired me to read more. As a stay-at-home mother, I often fell victim to soap operas as my son napped in the afternoon. But lately I've been using that nice quiet time to read. I attribute this change in part to you, and the emphasis in your talk that knowledge is power. I don't work outside of the home, but I sure can contribute to soceity (other than raising children to be good citizens) by becoming a more knowledgable person. Thank you! Sincerely, Liane de chazal

Name: Sevil Toksu
Location: Seattle, Wa USA
Date: Friday, November 10, 2000 at 12:01:34

Dear Donna, I emailed about one week ago to ask you to join our bookclub in early February. I noticed in your guestbook that my email address looks skewed, as though an email to my address was attempted but failed. I would love to hear from you. Thank you ! Sevil

Name: Mary K. Harrigan
Location: Syracuse, NY USA
Date: Friday, November 10, 2000 at 11:18:18

Greetings from Chittenango! Recently our high school teachers formed a reading group and selected Pope Joan as our first discussion book. The response has been overwhelming! We cordially invite you to our discussion session which will be held, Thursday, November 30th. The discussion session will be held from 6:30 - 8:30 (including heavenly desserts, coffess and teas). If you would like more information and directions please feel free to email me. Thank you.

Name: Debbie Sydow
Location: Syracuse, NY USA
Date: Thursday, November 9, 2000 at 21:00:13

Donna, I was absolutely delighted to meet you this evening, and what better location than the ladies rest room! Your presentation was superb, and the fact that I read "Pope Joan" (a copy you signed for Gwen Taylor) only three weeks ago made your comments and insights even more meaningful. Thanks for writing about our forgotten sisters of generations past, thanks for your many contributions to OCC, and thanks for inviting me to your reading. Best of luck with your next novel! Debbie

Name: Kristiana
Location: Port Angeles, Wa United States
Date: Thursday, November 9, 2000 at 10:28:39

I read the excerpts and I can tell you that I'm going to right out and buy the book.

Name: linda berger
Location: rapid city, sd usa
Date: Tuesday, November 7, 2000 at 16:42:56

our store's bookclub is going to be reading Pope Joan for it's January selection and they are interested in the live e-mail chat and/or speakerphone visit--when is good for you in January (towards the end of the month) thank you!

Name: Kathleen Conway
Location: East Islip, NY USA
Date: Monday, November 6, 2000 at 22:07:15

Dear Donna, Pope Joan was quite a book! As part of the multi-state book club to which you connected, let me say it was terrific. I certainly appreciated your insight, humor, and clarifications. Thank you.

Location: Seattle, Wa USA
Date: Saturday, November 4, 2000 at 14:55:24

Dear Donna, I just finished "Pope Joan" and thought it was wonderful. I could barely put it down each night to sleep. I found that period in history fascinating, especially the harsh conditions women had to endure daily. Needless to say, I have chosen "Pope Joan" for my next bookclub. My bookclub would be very honored if you could join our discussion by phone. I'm planning my bookclub meeting in the beginning of February, but am flexible on dates depending on your availability. Please let me know if anything can work with your busy schedule. Look forward to your response. Sincerely, Sevil

Name: June Milliman
Location: Rpchester, NY USA
Date: Thursday, November 2, 2000 at 09:51:04

Last week at the Evans Branch of the Irondequoit Public Library the audience was dazzled. Just wanted you to know that I was confident you would be excellent, but you exceeded my expectations. Thank you for a memorable evening.

Name: Kathleen Igo
Location: Maryland
Date: Monday, October 30, 2000 at 10:08:38

Donna--I was just talking with Layne (who hosted our book reading group the night we chatted with you) and she brought up again how much fun our speakerphone chat was! It really was the highlight of all our meetings--and going on four years together, that is something!

Name: Michelle Boswell
Location: Ames, IA USA
Date: Monday, October 30, 2000 at 08:25:06

Donna, Thanks so much for speaking with my book group last evening. It was so insightful and fascinating to be able to speak with you and hear about your history and reasons for writing Pope Joan. We all (all 13 of us) REALLY enjoyed the time you spent with us. We then spent another hour continuing to talk about Pope Joan. This is really wonderful that you take the time to speak to book groups about your book and I recommend to any other book group to try to find a date that will fit Donna's schedule to get Donna to speak to your group. You won't regret it! Donna, good luck with your next book. We are anxiously awaiting it's publication (and hope you will speak to book groups then too ... is it to early to get on that list?) Michelle Boswell

Name: Diane Cardwell
Location: Ames, IA USA
Date: Sunday, October 29, 2000 at 22:32:14

Donna, I participated in the book club with that you corresponded with earlier this evening. Thank you for your insight and wonderful contribution to a stimulating discussion. The book "Pope Joan" was wonderful to read and truly was one of those books I would stay up until 2-3AM, because I couldn't find a place to stop and put it down. It has triggered some interesting discussion at our dinner table (I have three teenage boys) as well as within my extended family (many very devout Catholics). It has prompted me to reach out for more information on the history of this era and realize the limitations of the data passed down from one generation to the next. I truly appreciated the universal themes of the role of women in society and the conflict women face with the choices in life we make regarding professional and personal issues. Thanks again for your cooperation with our book club and your wonderful contribution through your writing. I will look forward to the movie and your next book. Good Luck Diane Cardwell

Location: Richmond, VA USA
Date: Saturday, October 28, 2000 at 10:55:47

I am currently working on my Masters of Divinity and am researching Pope Joan for a class in Feminist Hermaneutics. I am fascinated by this story and am amazed I had not heard of it before. I was wondering (in addition to your book, of course) if you had any suggestions for additional research materials. Thank you for your help.

Name:Annette Ashlie Slomka
Location: Hamtramck, MI USA
Date: Thursday, October 26, 2000 at 18:29:46

Dear Donna, I've been fascinated with Pope Joan for many years ... I came across your book and it was a delight to read, you're an incredible writer, I really appreciated your detailed descriptive writing style! Annette Ashlie Slomka

Name: Lynn Demsky
Location: Rochester, MI USA
Date: Thursday, October 26, 2000 at 13:55:22

I thoroughly enjoyed your talk at Rochester Hills Public Library on Monday 10/23/2000 --so much so that I've been checking French History for 17th Century --could your new book be on Marie de Medicis? ---You've definitely caught my curiosity! Our reading group had to go to Barnes & Noble (power outage at library) and, just walking in I believe three people I walked in with ---were headed to get Pope!

Name: Rosemarie Paternostro
Location: Garden City Park, NY Usa
Date: Thursday, October 26, 2000 at 06:58:13

Dear Donna, Is your book published in Italian? I have looked for it in Rome and have not found it. If so,can you kindly tell me where I might find it in NY? It is still a great book. When is your next book coming out? I believe you also told my book club-via speakerphone-that Joan was being made into a film. I have given this book to many people as gifts and all are most appreciative. They keep asking me the same question. Is this really true??????? Best regards, RoseMarie

Name: Adrienne Furness
Location: Rochester, NY USA
Date: Wednesday, October 25, 2000 at 19:41:17

Hello! My husband and I really enjoyed your reading and talk last night at the Irondequoit Public Library. I enjoyed reading the book immensely, much more, in fact, than I anticipated I would. I facilitate a book discussion group at the Chili Public Library here in Rochester, and I think the group would enjoy reading and discussing your book. (In fact, a few of the book group members were at the reading last night and said as much.) You mentioned that you often talk by speaker phone with book groups. I was wondering how that works. Do you do a talk or do people just ask questions? I think we'd be looking at some time in the spring. I'm looking forward to the film version of Pope Joan (especially since I now know you wrote the screenplay), and I'll be looking forward to your next book. I'm always so happy to see fine authors finding success.

Name: holly Vsetecka
Location: cresco, ia united states
Date: Wednesday, October 25, 2000 at 19:40:37

I am a student at Crestwood High School and I am doing a report on Pope Joan. I have already read your book and i was just wondering if you could send me any information, or any sources of information I could use in my report. Any help you could give me would be appreciated. Thank you~ Holly Vsetecka

Name: lisa cuncannan
Location: wyoming, mi
Date: Wednesday, October 25, 2000 at 13:40:17

what a wonderful book! I was scrounging through boxfuls of books at goodwill,when a girl my age said "youve got to read this" so glad i did. thanks

Name: Pat Geraci
Location: Fairport, NY USA
Date: Wednesday, October 25, 2000 at 07:33:55

Dear Donna, I was inspired by your talk last night at the Irondequoit library. I found out that you are not only a magnificent novelist but also an extremely articulate, interesting speaker with a wonderful sense of humor. My husband and I both found your story of Joan very believable within the setting of the 9th century. When participating in a discussion with the Fairport library group, I found myself in the minority of believers.Many thought that Catholics, such as I, would be offended by the details of the corrupt Popes at that time. Not so me, because I have read the historical accounts of the Papacy at that time. As a retired Foreign Language teacher of Latin, Spanish and French, I found your comments re Latin and your command of the "belle langue" very refreshing. My quest now will be to study up on 17th century French women to try to discover the heroine of your next historical novel. Pat P.S. One of the most difficult college courses I took many years ago was "17th Century French."

Name:Vicki Novak
Location: Phoenix, AZ USA
Date: Monday, October 23, 2000 at 20:31:47

I am the leader of a group at the North Central Regional library, part of the Maricopa County Library District. Our group will be discussing your book on Thursday, January 25, 2001 between 7:00 and 9:00 p.m. MST. We would love to chat with you by speaker phone if you are available on that day. Thanks!

Name: Barbara
Location: Scottsdale, AZ USA
Date: Monday, October 23, 2000 at 19:46:38

Our book club is meeting on Thursday Nov. 9 between the hours of 7-9 pm MST. It would be terrific to have even a short chat with you. This is a terrific book and I was so enthralled by her story that I rushed right out and bought Lawrence Durrell's translation of Royidis' novel. What a difference!!!

Name: Ellen
Location: Anchorage, AK USA
Date: Monday, October 23, 2000 at 09:16:58

Our new book group has scheduled a discussion of Pope Joan on Feb. 25, 2001 beginning at 2:15 pm (Alaska Time). We are excited about the possibility of having you attend by speakerphone. Does that date fit your schedule? How do we arrange this? Thanks for the opportunity to chat with you.

Name: Gretchen Gonzalez
Location: Beverly Hill, MI USA
Date: Monday, October 23, 2000 at 08:04:24

Our book club will be meeting to discuss Pope Joan this Thursday evening - Oct. 26th. We would love to chat with you anytime between 8 - 10p.m. Please advise.

Name: Aileen McConnell
Location: Seattle, WA USA
Date: Monday, October 23, 2000 at 00:11:44

Hello Donna, Your book is the next book that our book group is reading. We are all very excited about this particular choice and would love to have some discussion with you (either e-mail or phone). Thanks

Name: Caitlin Marie Schultz
Location: Fisherville, Ky USA
Date: Saturday, October 21, 2000 at 16:42:26

Dear Miss Cross, I am so happy to find this website. I am a 10th grade student at Spencer County High School in Kentucky. My History class project is to make a movie about something historical and when searching the web I discovered the story of Pope Joan. I do not have your book yet but since this interests me I will probably read it. I was hoping you would let me mention your book in my movie which will be a mock- documentary. It will be shown to a couple of history classes at my school. Please email me back. Thanks!

Name: Claire Wilkinson
Location: Seattle, WA USA
Date: Friday, October 20, 2000 at 14:13:56

Dear Donna, It was delightful to meet you when you were in town on Oct.7. I had enjoyed reading "Pope Joan," so it was such a treat to get to meet you and ask questions about the book and the upcoming movie production of your book. And Emily is just a peach! What a charming, intelligent and witty young lady she is - she obviously gets those qualities from her mother's side! You must be very proud of her. I'm just sorry I could't have stayed longer and enjoyed your company. I hope our paths cross again. Sincerely, Claire Wilkinson

Name: Elender Barrett Jahde
Location: Glen Ellyn, IL U.S.A.
Date: Friday, October 20, 2000 at 10:42:10

Dear Donna, Thank you so much for tracking me down! I did indeed type in my old e-mail instead of the new one. I refuse to blame this on old age. It's a busy mind that causes me to do these things I'm sure! Joan had her moments too though so I don't feel too bad. Thanks again for the kind words and the opportunity to visit with you. It was very enlightening. Love, Elender

Name: Michelle Boswell
Location: Ames, IA
Date: Thursday, October 19, 2000 at 09:32:37

Donna, I have been in touch and we talked (emailed) about you speaking to my group on Monday Oct 30. Would it be possible to reschedule to Sunday Oct 29? The book group is so excited with the possibility to have you speak with us. They are all loving the book. I have also sent this to the email you told me to correspond to. Thanks! Michelle Boswell


Date: Wednesday, October 18, 2000 at 11:21:56

We met last weekend when you spoke at the Bellevue branch of the King County Library. I enjoyed your talk and have selected Pope Joan for my bookclub to read this month. We are a small group - typically six of us meet on a regular basis. We would love to have you join our discussion. We typically meet on Saturday mornings at 9 AM (12 PM EST). Would you be available Dec 2 or 9? Thank you.

Name: Mary Hamlin
Location: Fountain Hills, AZ
Date: Tuesday, October 17, 2000 at 23:28:58

What a wonderful surprise to have Donna Woolfolk Cross call our Fountain Hills Arizona Book Club today. Thank you so very much for taking the time to talk to us and make this meeting so special and thank you for writing such an excellent book. You have provided great pleasure and insight to each of us who have read Pope Joan. Thank You!

Name: kim mcfall
Location: Greenville, SC USA
Date: Monday, October 16, 2000 at 15:14:34

We have a book club with 25 members and we will partner with another book club which has an additional 25 members to hold a joint meeting if we can arrange to have you "attend" our meeting via speaker phone. Please call be to discuss this. We enjoyed the book tremendously. Thank you in advance.

Name: Judith Gelke
Location: Magdeburg, Germany
Date: Monday, October 16, 2000 at 12:32:09

Pope Joan is one of the best books I have ever read. Donna Cross understood well to make history living up again. She managed the difficult symbiosis between historical report and entertaining novel in a fantastic way. A great book about a strong woman, that has lived her dream.

Name: Betty Blank
Location: Fountain Hills , AZ
Date: Sunday, October 15, 2000 at 20:25:06

I have just finished reading comments from your many "guests" who have had you as a part of their book club discussion group and I could kick myself for not writing to you sooner. Our book club will be reviewing "Pope Joan" Tuesday, October 17th, from 1-2:30 PM Mountain Standard time. I know I am asking the impossible...but if possible, we would love to chat, even for just a few minutes. I look forward to hearing from you, but most certainly understand if you cannot "attend" our October meeting. We will miss you! Sincerely, Betty Blank

Date: Saturday, October 14, 2000 at 16:00:22

This is a wonderful book. Thank you! :)

Name: Stephanie Ellis
Location: Boston, MA USA
Date: Thursday, October 12, 2000 at 08:37:03

Ms. Cross: I read your book this summer and was enthralled. I subsequently gave it to many women friends, ages 16 to 76 and they have all loved it. I have recommended it to my book club, and we will be discussing it on Tuesday December 12 at 7:30 PM Eastern time. We would love having your participation. If this does not work with your schedule, we could reschedule for another more convenient December night. Thanks for your consideration.

Name: Kathleen Igo
Date: Wednesday, October 11, 2000 at 10:52:54

Hi Donna -- I see that Becky from my reading group has already posted today, but I also wanted to add my sincere thanks for joining our Book Club last night. We had so much fun talking with you! Being able to speak with the author adds such an interesting dimension to discussion. And speaking with an author as entertaining as you are makes it so much more fun, too!!! We were kicking ourselves afterward that we hadn't thought ahead of time to contact our local newspaper incase they might want to run a story about our book club's opportunity to chat with you. And, the members of our group do have one last request that we forgot to ask you last night..... Please contact me so we can talk about it. Thanks, again, for such a fun evening! Kathleen

Name: Becky Ward
Location: Monrovia, MD USA
Date: Wednesday, October 11, 2000 at 07:19:39

Thank you so much for speaking to our Book Group in Middletown, Maryland last night. It was an exciting experience for all involved. In fact, about 2 minutes after you disconnected on speakerphone, our hostess' dog ran in and pulled the phone out of the wall. I think he was responding to the general excitement of the group. This was an experience I will never forget. I plan to contact friends that I have across the world to let them know all about Pope Joan and encourage them to purchase this book, in fact purchase one for themselves and one as a gift. Can't wait for your next book. Thank you very much

Name: Dorothy
Location: Glen Ellyn, IL USA
Date: Tuesday, October 10, 2000 at 15:20:54

Please contact our book club on May 6, 2001 at 3:30 p.m. CDT. Let me know and I will advise you of place and phone number. We loved the book and are anxious to talk about it.

Name: henri
Location: london, england
Date: Monday, October 9, 2000 at 12:20:56

I happen to be playing Pope joan in a school production of Top Girls - the part is great but I was wondering if you would reccommend playing this part as masculine-like as possible in order to convinvce the audience that this women fooled many men or just to play her as a woman who has got away with it?

Location: n/a, n/a n/a
Date: Sunday, October 8, 2000 at 17:36:53

Have you ever read or seen the play "Top Girls"? Pope Joan is a character in a scene of historical women!

Name: Erika Porter
Location: Kirkland, WA USA
Date: Saturday, October 7, 2000 at 22:10:19

I was lucky enough to hear you speak at the Bellevue regional Library in Bellevue, WA, on 10/7/00. Haven't read the book yet but plan to start in about 5 minutes. I wanted to ask how close to the truth you remained in writing about the other characters (those people who actually existed and there are records of them) in the book. Obviously, some embellishment was needed to tell the story, but did you have to worry about defaming anybody (or their descendents)? Or changing their appearance to suit your story? Is this or should it be a concern for writers of historical fiction? Thanks for your answer.

Name: Michelle Boswell
Location: Ames, IA
Date: Friday, October 6, 2000 at 12:05:39

Loved Pope Joan. My book group will be discussing your book on October 30 at 8:00 central time. Would love to have you speak to our group! Anxiously awaiting your reply.

Location: Shoreline, WA USA
Date: Tuesday, October 3, 2000 at 11:09:17

A real gripper! My book group will be discussing Pope Joan on Friday, October 6th from 7 - 9 pm, Pacific Standard Time. Would love to chat with you before or during. Thanks for a stimulating read.

Name: Beth Davis
Location: Berne, NY Albany
Date: Tuesday, October 3, 2000 at 10:02:51

I am a school librarian and founder (and usually leader) of the Berne-Knox-Westerlo Faculty/Staff Book Club. This is our 5th year and our October book is your Pope Joan. We will be meeting on Monday October 30th from 3-5pm to read it. If there is any way for you to "attend" by speakerphone, even briefly, we would be honored. Thank you, Beth Davis P.S. What a GREAT book!

Name: kc cowan
Location: Portland, OR USA
Date: Monday, October 2, 2000 at 18:07:20

I have just LOVED this book -- almost done...can't wait to get home from work to read some more! I wish they would make a movie of it...it would be a great epic. Thanks again for writing it. kc

Name: philomena cooper
Location: england,
Date: Sunday, October 1, 2000 at 12:02:02

Dear Donna, I wrote in 1999 asking for advice on dissertation I was writing on Pope Joan. I am delighted to say I submitted my dissertation and earned an 'A' grade and was awarded a 2:1 B.A. Hons degree. I will graduate on my 62nd birthday on October 17. Thanks for your encouragement!I really enjoyed researching Pope Joan. Thanks again! Philomena

Name: Kathleen Igo

Date: Sunday, October 1, 2000 at 09:43:07

Our book club thoroughly enjoyed talking with you last Thursday. It was a lot of fun and very interesting. Thanks so much for taking the time to talk with us; - what a nice dimension to our discussion! We all had to scatter quickly after hanging up the phone, but everyone has called me to say how much they enjoyed the opportunity to speak with the author and what a fun person you are!!! Thanks again. Kathleen

Name:Charlotte Poe
Location: Somis, CA USA
Date: Saturday, September 30, 2000 at 14:43:00

Do you have any pictures of Pope Joan? I am doing a presentation of "Sex Lives of the Popes." Thanks!

Name: Kim Booher
Location: Charlotte, NC USA
Date: Friday, September 29, 2000 at 07:49:54

We all enjoyed having you participate in our book club discussion yesterday! We were all joking after you hung up that next month's hostess has a tough act to follow. As I was running errands this morning, your quote about writing only when the creative juices are flowing (and having that coincide with 9:00 each morning) popped into my mind and I had another chuckle. Look forward to seeing your next book in print (but please don't let it take 7 more years!)

Name: Lynn Demsky
Location: Rochester, MI USA
Date: Wednesday, September 27, 2000 at 15:16:34

I thoroughly enjoyed this book, thank you for writing it! And, I was one of the Reading Group from Rochester Hills Public Library and got to hear you over the speakerphone at the end of our discussion! Such a pleasant surprise! Inspired my whole day!

Name: Val Henry

Date: Wednesday, September 27, 2000 at 13:22:54

Could you tell me who Pope Zacharias is? he is not listed as a Pope on the official Pope listings I have seen.

Name: Amy
Location: dayton, ohio usa
Date: Tuesday, September 26, 2000 at 22:20:41

This book was the best book I have ever read! I could not even put it down. Thank you so much!!!!!! I don't read that often but something told me to read it. I cried 2 times while reading it and my eyes are tearing up right now. This book seriously has changed my life! I am going to read it again and again........when is a movie going to come out??. My heart is changed forever, I am so happy I read Pope Joan!!!!!!!!!!

Name: Leslie Braddock
Location: Alpharetta, ga USA
Date: Sunday, September 24, 2000 at 12:26:58

We would like to have you join our bookgroup discussion of this wonderful book by speakerphone. I loved it and so has everyone else I've talked to.

Name: G.B.
Location: Toronto, Canada
Date: Saturday, September 23, 2000 at 18:31:27

Your story was fabulous. A friend in Germany raved about the story he read, "Die Papstin" and recommended that I read about the legend of Pope Joan too. I found your book and simply couldn't put it down. The woman you characterized was exceptionally brilliant and determined for her time. I have one question though. What evidence was there of Gerold's existence? It was comforting to know that Joan had a soulmate and companion she could trust amidst the powers that existed. He was a great character. Again, your book was wonderful and best wishes on your next project. GB.

Name: Jeannine Hamann
Location: Berlin, Germany
Date: Friday, September 22, 2000 at 13:57:04

HI! I'm a 15 year old girl from Germany and I just wanted to say that this is brilliant , fascinating book. I've read it five times now and it's still wonderful ! I'm a little bit proud that especially in my country your novel is so succesful. I hope that the movie will be as good as your novel . I'm a hobby-director and it was always my dream to adapt the novel when I'm grown up.But I'm too late(and unfortunately I'm in the wrong age ) Bye , Jeannie

Name: Jeanne Celtnieks
Location: Bad Kreuznach, Germany
Date: Friday, September 22, 2000 at 05:35:21

The members of our book club are American military wives living in Bad Kreuznach, Germany. We meet at local restraunts and a telephone conference would not be possible. As I am taking RSVPs for our meeting (Tuesday September 26, 2000) I am getting lots of positive feedback. I think our members will have lots to talk about this month. Thanks for the great story.

Name:Ann Falcone
Location: West Haven, Ct. USA
Date: Thursday, September 21, 2000 at 12:04:07

My book club will be meeting on Thursday, November 9th at 8:00 p.m. Would it be possible for you to answer some questions for us on this date? I will give you my telephone number when I hear from you. Thank you.

Name: Elender Barrett Jahde
Location: Glen Ellyn, IL U.S.A.
Date: Wednesday, September 20, 2000 at 19:08:03

Dear Donna, You were delightful to speak with over the phone. I told my pastor that I could only read a chapter or two and then I had to go to another book for a while because the way women were treated made me so mad I'd start hyperventilating! My father's grandmother was a mid-wife and my mother's mother was a pharmacist by apprenticeship and my mother ran our family business of a drug store, so I've always appreciated smart women who were also strong and caring. I've been very lucky. I don't have the same talents but I've raised 3 beautiful, intelligent citizens of whom I'm very proud. I liked your Joan very much. I kept wishing she could have enjoyed being a woman as much as a man. Thanks, Elender

Name: Melissa Beckman
Location: Bellevue, WA USA
Date: Sunday, September 17, 2000 at 19:15:15

Hi Donna, As anticipated my other bookclub has selected Pope Joan for our next discussion on Thursday November 16, 2000 at 6:30pm. I have not been able to stop raving about my other groups wonderful insightful conversation that we had a few months ago with you! I too am looking forward to reading Pope Joan a second time.. Hopefully you're available to call and add to our discussion. Thank you so much!!! Melissa B

Name: Kelly Budd
Location: Strathmore, Alberta Canada
Date: Friday, September 15, 2000 at 21:23:21

We have chosen Pope Joan for our Book Club. We have scheduled to review the book June 4/2001. Could you please confirm if this is a convenient date for yourself. We are so excited about this opportunity! I look forward to hearing form you soon.

Name:Caren Teichmann
Location: Brentwood, tn usa
Date: Friday, September 15, 2000 at 16:45:11

Donna, I have spoken with my book group and we are so thrilled about the teleconference with you. I hope you remember me, I emailed you last month about our group in Brentwood, TN. The particulars are this... Tuesday, December 12, we meet at 9:30, so maybe you could call around 10:30 am CST. I don't want to leave the phone number here, so I'll wait for your confirmation of the date and time. Thanks, Caren

Name: Jenny Bossio
Location: Sammamish, WA USA
Date: Friday, September 15, 2000 at 00:19:44

Our book club is meeting Sept 25, 7:00 PST. Would you be able to chat with us at that time? We didn't think anything could top last month's pick of "The Red Tent". Boy were we wrong!!! "Pope Joan" has all of us completely intrigued. Excellent writing and story telling.

Name: Irene E. Colson
Location: Wauconda, IL 60084
Date: Thursday, September 14, 2000 at 16:30:57

Our new book club has selected POPE JOAN as our first book. We will be meeting every other friday evening for the next two months, so if there is any available time for you to speak with us, Please let me know. It would be a real privilege to have the opportunity! Thanks, Irene Colson Facilitator

Name: Celia Marshall
Location: Charlotte, NC USA
Date: Thursday, September 14, 2000 at 12:11:38

Our book club is discussing Pope Joan on Tuesday, September 26 at noon. Can you join us in a chat? Hoping so... Celia Marshall

Name: Laura DeLuca -Ya Ya Sisterhood Book Club
Location: Florham Park, NJ USA
Date: Tuesday, September 12, 2000 at 12:30:06

Dear Donna, Our book club is named after a book that inspired us to form a sisterhood of women supporting women for intellectual recreation. Since reading our namesake, we have not enjoyed another book as much as Pope Joan. We may have to change our name to the Popesses! We meet the first Wednesday of every month. We are discussing your book this month, on the 13th. WHENEVER you can call us would be a thrill! Thank you for considering to take a few minutes to chat with us. We have a ton of questions! With gratitude for an awesome book, the Ya Ya Sisterhood Book Club.

Name: Carol Bossman
Location: Minneapolis, MN
Date: Tuesday, September 12, 2000 at 09:59:23

Thank you so much for attending our bookclub via speaker phone. It was a wonderful experience for all of us. We especially enjoyed your discussion of the ending! Carol From Edina Book Club

Name: Jan Kilker
Location: Cleveland, Ohio
Date: Tuesday, September 12, 2000 at 09:14:01

Dear Donna, It was such a pleasure and a real treat for our reading group to talk to you by speakerphone last night. Thank you very much for being so generous with your time. You truly have extended our enjoyment of the book, and we will be looking forward to the movie and your next novel. (We'll keep spreading the word!) Jan Mentor Public Library

Name: Amy Handler
Location: Renton, WA USA
Date: Saturday, September 9, 2000 at 13:53:23

Ms. Cross, My sister enjoyed your book so much in her book group, I chose it for mine. She also had the pleasure of a phone conference during her group and said it was great. My book group would love to have you join us in a conference call. We will be meeting on 10/4, a Wednesday morning.Any time between 9:30 and 11:30 would work. I hope you'll be able to find some time for us within that time slot. We're all looking forward to reading your book! I look forward to hearing from you. Thanks, Amy Handler

Name: Rachel Lopez
Location: Lima, OH USA
Date: Friday, September 8, 2000 at 23:58:26

Ms. Crossfolk, I really enjoyed reading Pope Joan. I have always loved historica fiction and yours is on the top of my list now. I read about strong women throughout history and it is so nice to know that one female broke through the barriers to do something she wanted to do all her life, even though she had to disguise her true self to do it! Too bad men are pretty slow to see the light! Thanks for a great read! Please let me know if you're going to write another historical fiction as I'll be sure to buy it!

Name: Joan Noeldechen
Date: Friday, September 8, 2000 at 16:53:11

Your book is one I treasure. I was going through a challenging time when I read it 1999. It was a balm for me. A lot of wisdom came through the passages. A friend of mine gave me the name Pope Joan of Arc. It stuck. She thought I had qualities of both women. On my bookshelf I have your book and another novel by Mark Twain entitled, The Personal Recollections of Joan of Arc. I just wanted to thank you for writing this book. By the way, have you ever thought of making Joan's story into a film? Thanks & many blessings. Joanie

Name: Susan Brennan
Location: Castle Rock, CO USA
Date: Friday, September 8, 2000 at 14:48:14

Pope Joan was the Castle Pines Book Club selection for August. I am leading the discussion on Monday, September 11. I enjoyed the book very much and am looking forward to "hashing out" the feminist and political issues.

Name: Kayley Crumley

Date: Thursday, September 7, 2000 at 06:24:00

Dear Mrs. Cross, Your novel, Pope Joan, is the best book I have ever read! I am 15, but I do love to read, and your book is truly wonderful. Once I started reading it, I just couldn't put it down. My mother and father also agree that it is the best book they've ever read. I could relate most of what was happening in the novel to what I had learned in my world history course. I know you probably get a large amount of emails from your readers, but I just wanted to tell you what a fabulous writer you are. If there is any way that you could let me know if you plan to write another book, I would appreciate it greatly. Thank you for taking the time to read this email. Kayla Crumley. p.s. I am convinced Pope Joan did exist after reading your novel.

Location: newton, nj usa
Date: Saturday, September 2, 2000 at 01:35:54

Fascinating read!

Name: Katie Field
Location: Tampa, Fl USA
Date: Friday, September 1, 2000 at 20:17:20

Hi, I'm 12 years old and Pope Joan is my favorite book. The first time I read it in 3 days, and the second time in 2. Whenever I start, I just can't put it down and read for days straight. She has inspired me and I think of her as my role model. I go to a private school that is very small and am taking a writing for publication class. We're looking for authors to come and talk to the class and I would love if you would come and speak. Please e-mail me with any information about Pope Joan that you've found. I'd also like to know if there were any sections you cut out of the book or other editions.

Name:D Bob Reiden Bach
Location: Chicago, IL U S A
Date: Friday, September 1, 2000 at 17:37:51

I am going to get the book on Pope Joan this very holiday week-end and enjoy reading it! D Bob Reiden Bach bbach@ambrosi.com

Name: Raoul A. Heinze
Location: Stuttgart/Germany, Germany
Date: Friday, September 1, 2000 at 15:53:37

Donna, I just finished my first reading of "Pope Joan" in its German translation - wonderful writing, thanks a lot! Specifically the historical background and the description of every-day-life at that time were most interesting. As I did some research on the internet I was surprised by the very few discussions out there. Do you have explanations for this, why is it so silent? Thank you! Got to continue reading... ;-) Raoul

Name: Kathleen Carpenter
Location: Charlotte, NC USA
Date: Wednesday, August 30, 2000 at 21:27:35

Our book club is meeting Tuesday, Nov 7, at 7:15pm here in Charlotte (EST) and would love to set up an interview with you via speakerphone for anytime between then and 8:30. Let me know if this would be convenient. We would love to have you "join" our discussion. I very much enjoyed Pope Joan and found it very provocative. Hope to hear from you.

Name: Tom Cummings
Location: Peoria, IL USA
Date: Saturday, August 26, 2000 at 14:12:11

Our book group is discussing your book this evening. It's too bad we didn't know that you're available to interact with book groups. In any case, I thoroughly enjoyed the book. We just returned Tuesday morning from a month in England, but we had no difficulty in finishing the book in three day's time! My wife thinks we have not advanced as much as some people think when it comes to women's place in society! Anyway, thanks for writing the book. It's going to be a good discussion, I'm sure. Tom Cummings tfc@hilltop.bradley.edu

Name: Jan Kilker
Location: Mentor, OH USA
Date: Friday, August 25, 2000 at 15:11:04

Thank you for responding so promptly to my e-mail. May we take you up on your offer to speak to our book group on September 11th at 6:00PM? You present us with such a wonderful opportunity, I couldn't bear to pass it up. Please pencil us in for that date. I look forward to hearing from you again. Jan (Readers Advisory Co-Ord) Mentor Public Library

Location: Lee's Summit, MO USA
Date: Thursday, August 24, 2000 at 18:25:28

I just heard about your book and have referred it to our group. Everyone is very interested in doing it. It will probably be next year since the hosts for the rest of the year have already chosen their books. Check out our web-site. A reader read it and notified me of your book.

Name: Jan Kilker
Location: Mentor, OH USA
Date: Thursday, August 24, 2000 at 15:23:28

I am the Readers Advisory Co-ordinator for the Mentor Public Library. We chose Pope Joan for our first meeting on September 11th. The idea of having you with us that evening on speaker phone would be a teriffic surprise for everyone! Would it be possible??? (P.S. I am reading and loving this book.)

Name:Sandy Rademacher
Location: Skaneateles, NY USA
Date: Wednesday, August 23, 2000 at 13:50:43

Donna: Sounds like Ken Follett's "Pillars of the Earth" - can't wait to read it!

Name: Carol Keller
Location: Glenside, PA USA
Date: Tuesday, August 22, 2000 at 16:05:55

Dear Donna, Our bookclub will be reading Pope Joan during the month of December for our January meeting. We are a diversified group of 14 women from different ethnic and religious backgrounds. We come in a broad spectrum of ages. We are very interesting in setting up a speakerphone meeting with you for our January meeting. We thought we'd give you a few dates and see if you would be available for any of them: Jan. 9, 10, 16, 17, 23 or 24. Thank you for considering our request. I look forward to reading the book.

Name: Fritz Seisenbacher
Location: Vienna, Austria
Date: Tuesday, August 22, 2000 at 10:53:39

Phantastic book!!! Now I heard that there will be a movie too! Do you have more informations concerning the movie? When will it be released, where can I get more informations? Thanks for your help. Fritz

Name:M Fenlon
Location: London, U.K.
Date: Monday, August 21, 2000 at 11:57:13

Sounds interesting, however there has not been much press over here about the book!!!

Name:Caren Teichmann
Location: Brentwood, TN usa
Date: Sunday, August 20, 2000 at 10:35:01

Our book group has chosen Pope Joan as our December selection. We meet the 2nd Tuesday of December, 9:30am CST until 12:00 noon. We are in a suburb of Nashville,TN. Would a teleconference be possible? Even better, a personal visit? Looking forward to your reply. Sincerely, Caren Teichmann

Name:Mary Palomba
Location: Enfield, CT USA
Date: Saturday, August 19, 2000 at 09:51:34

Our book discussion group is planning to read Pope Joan & I wonder if you would consider coming to our library for an author talk this fall. We are really excited to meet you.

Name: Jon
Location: Harrison, NY United States
Date: Friday, August 18, 2000 at 13:20:11

I haven't read the book yet but I plan to. I first read the title of Pope Joan in US News magazine, but didn't get to finish it, so I came online and finished it. It seems very interesting and I will definately look into it.

Name: carolyn willemin
Location: loveland, ohio usa
Date: Friday, August 18, 2000 at 10:49:50

I think it's wonderful that you would offer to participate in individual book club discussions. We would be honored to include you in ours... How would we go about scheduling it?

Name: Kimberly Summers
Location: McKees Rocks, PA USA
Date: Thursday, August 17, 2000 at 00:23:50

I finally got around to reading my US NEWS from the end of July and found an article on Pope Joan. Born and raised a Catholic, and quite perterbed about the church's attitude toward women, the idea of a woman pope in the church's history is quite intriguing to me. Of course, as I have read in the article, it comes as no surprise the church vehemently denies the idea, and of course has records which "back-up" their refutes. Are you entirely convinced that Pope Joan was indeed consecrated as "Holy Father" to the Catholic Church, and How do you respond to the church's denial? Do you believe there was a cover-up? Thanks!

Location: JXN, MS USA
Date: Wednesday, August 16, 2000 at 00:31:44

Donna--I have been reading "The Legend of Pope Joan" which I recently picked up in the Atlanta airport on the way to Paris! Fascinating! Now I see your book and cannot wait to get it tomorrow! How fascinating and what an apparent coverup done by the church! I'd like to have some other references from you and look forward to reading your book which for the most part has been superbly received. Tommy Rueff, MD

Name: Debra Rosser-Hogben
Location: Lancaster, PA USA
Date: Monday, August 14, 2000 at 12:07:39

A sincere thank you for speaking to the Manheim Township Library's book discussion group by speakerphone last week. We thoroughly enjoyed it. Not only were all our questions answered but we received so much other interesting information. We had to break up and leave right after the call, so we're looking forward to next month's discussion so we can rehash everything. We're supposed to be discussing Wallace Stegner's "Crossing to Safety," but I think he will be taking a back seat to "Pope Joan! We look forward to the movie and your next book. Thanks for a terrific discussion!

Name: Tracy
Date: Monday, August 14, 2000 at 05:09:40

Is there really going to be a movie made out of the Pope Joan novel? That's great. Who'll be in it? Or if it hasn't been cast yet, who would you like to see play Joan?

Name: Kathleen Igo
Date: Friday, August 11, 2000 at 21:50:18

I really enjoyed reading Pope Joan and would like to recommend it to the two book clubs I am in. Think it will generate very interesting discussions, and know that members will enjoy the learning along with the pleasurable reading experience. Are you still doing phone calls with book clubs?? If so, I would like to try and schedule a time that at least one of the book clubs could talk with you. This could be possible for October, November or December 2000. One club meets the second Tuesday of each month at 8:00pm EST, the other meets the third Thursday of the month at 1:00pm EST. I look forward to hearing from you. Thanks for writing such an intriguing book!

Name:Publisher - Canadian Book Clubs

Date: Sunday, August 6, 2000 at 11:48:37

We had one of your readers do our website a great favour. Please contact the above email address for personal communication on this matter.

Name: Carol Harberg
Location: Tacoma, WA USA
Date: Friday, August 4, 2000 at 00:14:41

The bookclub I'm in read Pope Joan this past month and just finished a wonderful conference call with Ms. Donna Woolfolk Cross this evening! We were so honored that she took the time to call and talk with us so candidly about her book and upcoming movie. I really enjoyed the book and am recommending it to all my "reader" friends. It is definitely one of my favorite books; it was not a difficult read and it relayed an important societal message regarding the advancement of women. I can't wait for her next book. Thanks, Donna, for writing this book and for taking the time to share yourself with your readers!

Name: Chau Ngo
Location: Arlington, TX USA
Date: Thursday, August 3, 2000 at 12:04:15

Have you ever heard of the library angel? You go into library not knowing what you are looking for, and you just pick something up and BINGO! That's what happened. I found the book on Saturday and was done with it on Monday. I could not put it down, even with school and work! I'm a teen who loves historical fiction, and I have to say that this is a good book for those who are my peers who are looking for whatever it is they are searching for. It has had a little bit of everything. Thank you for a wonderful book, it is on my top ten!

Name: Donna
Location: Rutherford, NJ 07070
Date: Tuesday, August 1, 2000 at 19:50:11

I just finished reading this book and I wanted to say it was one of, if the not the best, historical fiction novels I've ever read.

Name: Dorothy Sandahl
Location: Hastings, MN
Date: Tuesday, August 1, 2000 at 11:17:34

We were wondering if you would join us in a book discussion on your book for our bookstore's reading club either October 17th or November 21st at 7:00. Just let us know what works. Thanks a bunch!

Name:Jenny Fischer
Location: Glen Ellyn, IL USA 60137
Date: Tuesday, August 1, 2000 at 08:51:55

We would love to have you participate in our reading group discussion for Pope Joan on Tuesday, September 19 at 7:30 PM (at a bookstore) Let us know-thanks!

Name: Wendy Reardon
Location: Hanover, MA USA
Date: Sunday, July 30, 2000 at 14:15:31

Dear Donna, How far along is the Pope Joan movie, and how much creative control do you have over it? Thanks, Wendy

Name: Wendy

Date: Sunday, July 30, 2000 at 14:13:44

Name: Dana Funk
Location: Dallas, TX USA
Date: Saturday, July 29, 2000 at 18:05:00

Donna- Thanks for joining our discussion group (Leslie Landrum's book club). After we finished the conference call, we discussed the book well into the night! What an inspirational story. I know everyone in our book club is working to find "the Joan" within us. Thanks for sharing your thoughts and such a great story. We are anxiously awaiting your next book. Dana

Name: Jo Ann Spencer
Location: Richmond, CA USA
Date: Friday, July 28, 2000 at 01:36:56

Name: Karin Nagel
Location: Newcastle, WA United States
Date: Thursday, July 27, 2000 at 22:53:49

Dear Donna, Thank you for speaking with our book club this evening (the one with the Melissa(s), Cathy, Carol, Lynda, Sharon, Sandy, and Karin. We really enjoyed hearing from the "horse's mouth" and your candid explanations. After ending our conversation with you, we continued it while socializing and realized how inspirational this book really is. We are looking forward to your discussion at the public library in Seattle on October 7th, 2000. Keep up the good work and are anxiously awaiting the release of the film as well as your new novel.

Name: Leslie Landrum

Date: Thursday, July 27, 2000 at 21:28:29

Hi Donna - Thanks again for joining our discussion last Friday. You've really made me the hero with my book club! Everyone loved the book and especially hearing your perspective. It was a rare opportunity to find out "behind the scenes" information about a story. We couldn't stop talking about it. Please hurry and finish the next one... -Leslie

Name: Lev D. Zilbermints
Location: Newark, NJ USA
Date: Wednesday, July 26, 2000 at 22:49:48

Surely there must be records on Pope Joan, squirreled away in sceret Vatican archives?

Name: Arielle Paisley
Date: Sunday, July 23, 2000 at 00:56:25

I just read an artical in U.S. News about the mysteries of history, and I came across the story of Pope Joan. I was very interested, and thought I'd look on the internet, so I could better explore this very interesting woman. Thank you very much Arielle

Name: Ruth Johnson
Location: Chicago, Illinois
Date: Saturday, July 22, 2000 at 07:16:36

I saw the article on Pope Joan in this week's US News and World Report and was immediately intrigued. What a fascinating woman! I'm going out to get a copy of your book right now and will write again after I've read it!

Name: Michelle
Location: Ames, IA USA
Date: Tuesday, July 18, 2000 at 20:21:19

Donna, I just loved Pope Joan. This fall is getting to be my turn again to host book club and choose the book - and given the possibility of having you available by speaker phone - can you guess the book I am going to choose? I can't wait to discuss the book with my book club and get their reaction. I believe that Pope Joan did exist. Once I nail down a specific date, I will add another entry to the guestbook to see your availability. Thanks for a great book!

Location: Iva, , SC USA
Date: Saturday, July 15, 2000 at 13:14:27

I have a library patron who is convinced that Pope Joan existed. Are there any sources that assert that there really was a female pope way back inthe early Middle Ages? Thanks, Connie Gray

Name:george and Ryanne
Location: Ruemningen, Germany
Date: Friday, July 14, 2000 at 16:29:00

What a great page...it was such a joy to surf through it..
George und Ryanne

Name: Carol Bossman
Location: Edina, MN USA
Date: Monday, July 10, 2000 at 20:21:56

My book club is reviewing your book on Monday September 11 in the afternoon. We are on USA cental daytime savings time. ( Minneapolis, MN) We would love to be able to talk to you via speakerphone. Please let us know we are flexible on the time, but no the date. I really hope this works out. I am the reviewer and researcher for your book. Carol Bossman snowbearmn@aol.com

Name: vicentino sangga
Location: davao, philippines
Date: Monday, July 10, 2000 at 01:57:19

Dear Donna, I would just like to thank you for the marvellous conversation we were able to have with you last night. We all loved reading Pope Joan and felt so privileged to hear about the thoughts and effort that provided the framework for this beautiful novel. I especially loved the character which you created in Joan. Her indomitable spirit, her thirst for knowledge, her ability to combine faith with reason - all would inspire any women to strive to become a better and stronger version of herself. I especially relate to Joan's quest for an education. I would like each of my children to enjoy Pope Joan and I intend to give them each their own copy (new). Thanks again for writing such an inspiring book and for sharing your thoughts with us. Gratefully, SANGGA

Name: Joan Tolle

Date: Tuesday, July 4, 2000 at 19:00:54

Dear Ms. Cross, Our bookclub has chosen your Pope Joan as it's selecton to be discussed at the Fall meeting scheduled for Novenber 4, 2000. We would be delighted if you could join us via speaker phone. We are a group of about 15 ladies who gather from Maryland, Virginia, New York and Rhode Island. I can E-Mail you a number to reach us on that date if it fits with your schedule. Joan

Name: Sandra Baker
Location: Orlando, Florida
Date: Saturday, July 1, 2000 at 17:47:42

Donna, I wanted to thank you so much for the speakerphone chat last week with our book group. Everyone was delighted and informed. It enhances a work of art greatly to have an opportunity to meet and experience its creator. We're all looking forward to the movie and to your next book which we will all buy! Sandi

Name: Carol Harberg
Location: Tacoma, WA USA
Date: Monday, June 26, 2000 at 17:35:01

I chose this book for our July bookclub selection. Our next meeting is July 27th at 6:30 (PST) if by any chance you'd be available evenings for discussion. Your book sounds very intriguing and I can't wait to read it! I would also be interested in any menu tips you may have to accompany this era/ story as I'm cooking dinner for all of us that night also!

Name: Melissa Beckman
Location: Bellevue, WA USA
Date: Monday, June 26, 2000 at 12:42:23

Our next book club meeting is July 27th at 7:30pm PST. We would be honored to have your join our discussion of your book. Another club said this was this best discussion ever!

Name: Bronwyn Meehan
Location: Creswick, vic Australia
Date: Sunday, June 25, 2000 at 21:00:59

There is one thing that I would like to know. Was there ever really a Pope Joan, or is it all Fiction?

Location: Fair Lawn, NJ
Date: Sunday, June 18, 2000 at 13:23:24

thanks so much Donna for a fabulous book group meeting. it was one of the best we ever had in the almost 10 years of the book group. speaking to you by speaker phone added so much to our experience of your wonderful book.

Name: Kathy Sklena
Date: Friday, June 16, 2000 at 17:58:27

what fun to have you join our book club at work by speakerphone this past wednesday. I had noticed you had dedicated your book to your father. I wanted to ask why he was such a great inspiration to you. I so enjoyed your book...never wanted to read history and here I was back in the Dark Ages...looking forward to the movie.

Name: Camille Culp
Location: Omaha, NE USA
Date: Tuesday, June 13, 2000 at 16:28:02

Donna, Would you be available for an author chat on Monday evening, June 26th? Our book club meets that evening. It took me two rounds of book choosing to convince them to choose your book, but now, each of them says she really enjoyed it. I'm looking forward to the evening in any case. This is a book that will cause conversation. Your book certainly fits my description of a ""book club book". It must be well written, have a good plot, and make you want to talk about it when you're done. Thanks. Camille

Name: Ludwiga Covert
Location: Palo Alto, CA
Date: Monday, June 12, 2000 at 17:28:22

Dear Donna, I would just like to thank you for the marvellous conversation we were able to have with you last night. We all loved reading Pope Joan and felt so privileged to hear about the thoughts and effort that provided the framework for this beautiful novel. I especially loved the character which you created in Joan. Her indomitable spirit, her thirst for knowledge, her ability to combine faith with reason - all would inspire any women to strive to become a better and stronger version of herself. I especially relate to Joan's quest for an education. I would like each of my children to enjoy Pope Joan and I intend to give them each their own copy (new). Thanks again for writing such an inspiring book and for sharing your thoughts with us. Gratefully, Ludwiga

Name: Jennifer Jackson
Location: Carroll County District Library, Ohio
Date: Tuesday, June 6, 2000 at 18:38:33

Thank you so much for calling our book discussion this past Thursday. Everyone really enjoyed our speakerphone chat. Some even said it was the most interesting conversation they have ever had! (normally, I would crack a joke about being from a small town at this point! But since it really WAS an interesting conversation, I'll let the opportunity slide!) I had this professor I adored (well, I have loved all my English teachers), and you reminded me of her. I found myself wishing that you could have been one of my professors!! Sincerely, Jennifer Jackson (Carroll County District Library) P.s. The Canton (Ohio) Repository had your book as number three on its book list last week!

Name: Michele
Location: Rome, Italy
Date: Saturday, June 3, 2000 at 13:01:44

I read your book and I loved it. I discussed it with my grandfather, who has certain documents(at least they look real) which could prove Pope Joan`s existence. We believe they are form the 15th Century(my family name is Bentolila) If you are interested in obtaining a copy, I would gladly send it to you. Hope you answer Michele

Name: tio

Date: Saturday, June 3, 2000 at 12:55:13

YOUR BOOK SUCKED. You started really well, then started writting a wonderland kind of story. A shame.

Name: Kim Rutter

Date: Thursday, June 1, 2000 at 08:40:19

Donna: This is my shamefully late thank you for your generosity in chatting by speakerphone to our book discussion group on May 13. Everyone was SO enthusiastic about the insights we gained from you, to say nothing about the continuing controversy of whether or not Joan did actually exist! Thanks so much! In addition, we have a few guesses about who might be the subject of your next book: Please let us know if we're correct-- Madame de Lafayette 1634-1693 Madame de Sable 1599-1678 Elizabeth-Claude Jacquet de la Guerre 1664-1729 Mademoiselle de Scudery 1607-1701. Thanks for the chance to speculate! Kim Rutter Lake Villa District Library

Name: sandi baker
Location: Orlando, FL USA
Date: Friday, May 26, 2000 at 06:25:00

My book group will be discussing your book June 25 from 6 to 9 PM. We would be thrilled to speak with you regarding your very interesting book.

Name: Ev Ross
Location: Gloucester, Ontario Canada
Date: Tuesday, May 23, 2000 at 22:07:46

Dear Donna Woolfolk Cook,Our Book Club is beginning to plan next fall's reading program. We have heard such wonderful reports about your novel, 'Pope Joan', that we have included it in our list! We would be thrilled to have you speak to us as a follow-up. Would you please contact me to arrange for a suitable time to make this all happen. With thanks. Ev Ross

Name: Nancy Dilly
Location: Alpharetta, Georgia
Date: Tuesday, May 23, 2000 at 12:05:25

Dear Donna, I had the opportunity to talk to members of our group. Everyone found your insights into the book very intriguing! Our session is now considered our best meeting of the year! I especially appreciated your comments concerning young women and their quest for knowledge..My daughter, age 22, is just beginning a PhD program this fall. I have recommended the book to her, as she has some time this summer to read whatever she would like, before starting her program. I have recommended the book to at least 5 friends, all of whom said it will be on their summer lists! Would love to see Pope Joan get the publicity it deserves! Thank you again, Donna, for joining us. Awaiting your new book, Nancy Dilly

Location: Aurora, OR USA
Date: Thursday, May 18, 2000 at 21:53:34

My book group has GREATLY enjoyed your wonderful book and will be discussing it at our June meeting. We would be thrilled to have a conference call with you if possible. Thank you for your consideration. Sincerely, LuAnn

Name: LuAnn Herold
Location: Aurora , OR USA
Date: Thursday, May 18, 2000 at 21:52:14

My book group had a speaker phone call with you from woodburn Oregon. The above address is that of a friend of mine that is having her book group read your book and would like to have you call them. I enjoyed the call to our group so much I can honestly say it was one of the best experiences I have had. Please contact her so she and her friends can also have others buy the book and help it get the recognition it truely deserves. I plan to buy it as a gift for many of my friends for birthdays and christmas. Thank you so very much. Sharon Walsh S1cone@aol.com

Name: Barbara J. Barrett
Location: Northfield, IL USA
Date: Thursday, May 18, 2000 at 14:03:53

Dear Donna: I participate in a book club at my place of employment, the College of American Pathologists. The club meets once a month during our lunch hour. We usually read non-fiction selections but we also enjoy historically-based fiction. Next month, the club will celebrate its one year anniversary. We will hold our next meeting on June 14th from 12:15 PM - 1:15 PM (Central Time)to discuss Pope Joan. It certainly would add to the discussion if you would be kind enough to participate in our meeting via speakerphone. Your participation would be a wonderful way for the club to celebrate its first anniversary. Please let us know if you would be interested in joining our discussion group on June 14. Thank you, Barbara J. Barrett bjbarre@cap.org

Name: Liz Fetter

Date: Wednesday, May 17, 2000 at 20:25:06

Dear Donna, Wow! We truly enjoyed chatting with you by speakerphone. You are an inspiration to us all! We loved hearing of your experience writing your books and screenplay. Your book and conversation were empowering, educational and fun. You were so kind and generous to devote so much time and effort talking to us. We loved it! We hope that everything runs smoothly for your screen play. We can't wait to see it. We couldn't think of the heroine of your next novel, but we look forward to reading it. Thank you again for sharing the gift of your time and book. For reference purposes, our book club rates books after we read them. As I mentioned before, Pillars of the Earth was our favorite book; that is until now. Pope Joan is now our highest rated reading selection! Looking forward to your next accomplishment. Thank you again and sincere wishes for a successful future! Liz Fetter

Name: Laura Amundson
Location: Des Moines, Iowa US
Date: Friday, May 12, 2000 at 16:57:35

Donna -- Our book group at Borders (West Des Moines/Gail Brubaker) really enjoyed speaking with you Wed. night. Pope Joan was one of the most enjoyed books I think we've read, and I have recommended it to friends in another reading club. Thanks again! (I'm the one who asked whether you had thought of Joan as a selfish woman.)

Name: Marilyn Johnson

Date: Thursday, May 11, 2000 at 14:24:39

Donna, THANK YOU SOOOOO MUCH FOR YOUR PHONE CHAT LAST NIGHT! Our book group was thrilled to learn more about you and your insights into the writing of Pope Joan. We could feel the spirit of Pope Joan in talking with you. You and your book have touched each of our lives in a very good way. Our book group has 12 to 15 members who come regularly ranging in age from 29 to 64 years old. Interestingly, we went on to discuss Ray Bradbury's Fahrenheit 451 last night and all wondered where we would be today without books like Pope Joan today to inspire and encourage us as women. Four out of five of my daughters have read your book and loved it as well. One of my daughters introduced me to the book from her book group in Arlington, Va. My youngest daughter at UCDavis is planning to read the book after finals next month!! Just within my own family your book is being read around the country!! Our book group and I personally will continue to tell others about your book. You are a remarkable writer. We look forward to your next novel. Good luck! Thank you for sharing yourself with us. Sincerely, Marilyn

Name: Michelle Wisniewski
Location: Rochester, MI 48307
Date: Wednesday, May 10, 2000 at 13:25:32

We would be very interested in Ms. Cross speaking at our library to a group of primarily book discussion club member. Pope Joan is one of the titles we currently have in our book discussion kit collection and we would love to have her visit us to discuss the writing process. Thank you Michelle Wisniewski (248) 650-7155

Name: gale brubaker
Location: des moines, iowa usa
Date: Tuesday, May 9, 2000 at 21:17:16

Ms. Cross- thanks for returning my e-mail and so kindly agreeing to speak to my book group. I replied to your message with the phone # and time, but am a little worried that the "love bug" may have screwed up my external e-mail at work- could you reply to Gbrubake@bordersstores.com if you did receive the information about time and phone #? and to anyone else- this lady is doing a discussion on SHORT notice- Donna Cross rocks!

Name: Joan Green
Location: Cape Haze, Fl USA
Date: Monday, May 8, 2000 at 16:14:33

Where can I find backgound information on you? Thank you in advance for your help.

Name: Joe Wiggins
Location: Jackson, MS USA
Date: Monday, May 8, 2000 at 15:58:14

What an intriguing book. While in seminary I wrote a short research paper on Pope Joan. That was in 1995. There really wasn't much to draw from at that time. If you'd like to look at my paper I'd be happy to e-mail you a copy. It pales in comparison to your book but it takes a more scholarly (read BORING HA HA) approach. My conclusions may be different but we can agree that this subject is very interesting. Rev. Joe Wiggins

Location: Des Moines, IA USA
Date: Friday, May 5, 2000 at 08:17:26

Loved this book so much the first time I read it I'm having my historical fiction group read it for May! I know this is really short notice, but we're meeting Wednesday, May 10 and they would be thrilled beyond belief to have a chat with Ms. Cross. Is this a possibility?

Name: Stefanie K. Albertson
Location: Chicago, IL USA
Date: Thursday, May 4, 2000 at 14:54:00

My book club has chosen Pope Joan as our book this month. We would love to hear from the author. Thanks, Stefanie Albertson

Name: Marieann Carter
Location: Colorado Springs, Co USA
Date: Thursday, May 4, 2000 at 00:55:10

Dear Donna, I am writing a book also that incorporates the Pope Joan legend. Wish me luck. You chose some interesting names for your characters, such as Gudrun. Were they accidental or chosen with care and purpose?

Name:Bro. John-Paul Ignatius

Date: Wednesday, May 3, 2000 at 22:20:48

Legend that will not die? I don't think so. The "legend" of Pope Joan is supported only by anti-Catholic bigots who not only have no respect for the truth, but rape the truth to serve their bigotry. Pope Joan NEVER existed. There is no evidence whatsoever, not even a crumb, that she existed, and the first time the "legend" was ever heard of was LONG after the time she allegedly reigned. Anything can be fodder for a novel, of course, and from a fiction writers point-of-view I suppose this would be a fascinating subject. But if anything keeps this unmitigated and bigoted lie alive is the gratuitous exploitation of the lie. Fiction is fiction. And let us remember that this book is FICTION. :-)

Name: Dino Vitulli
Location: Bangkok, Thailand
Date: Tuesday, May 2, 2000 at 12:17:29

Dear Donna, Really a great book. I enjoyed it from the first to the last page. Since I read the German version, I might re-read it in English soon. Regards, Dino

Name: Nancy Dilly
Location: Alpharetta, GA USA
Date: Tuesday, May 2, 2000 at 08:58:59

Dear Donna, Our book club is in the midst of reading Pope Joan as our May selection. We'll be meeting at my house on May 17, 2000, for our discussion. I just became aware of the possibility of you joining us for our discussion! Is this too late to plan on having you be a part of our discussion? I have been receiving great feedback from our members as they are finishing the book. I check my e-mails regularly. Thank you for writing such an engrossing book! Nancy Dilly

Name: Annette Rodriguez
Location: San Juan, PR
Date: Monday, May 1, 2000 at 21:57:45

Hi Donna: I'm always been fascinated with the history of the Pope Joan. I propose two actress for that interpretation in a movie: Cloe Sevigny or Hillary Swank.

Name: Judy Brunkel
Location: Woodburn, Oregon
Date: Monday, May 1, 2000 at 07:58:35

Dear Donna, The women of my Book Discussion Group were so thrilled with our speaker phone visit with you on Monday, April 17. I heard many comments such as "This was the best book group discussion we've ever had!", etc. We enjoyed every minute of our conversation with you Thank you so much for being generous with your time and sharing with our group. It was a highlight of our year! It is going to be difficult, after that last great meeting, to settle down and read ONE HUNDRED YEARS OF SOLITUDE by Garcia Marquez for next time. I have a feeling it won't be quite the page turner that "JOAN" is! Hope we can do another speaker phone conversation about your next heroine. Yours truly, Judy Brunkal, Woodburn Public Library

Name: Sandi Koenigsberg
Location: Lahaina, Hawaii
Date: Saturday, April 29, 2000 at 08:00:01

Aloha! I am starting a book club and have chosen "Pope Joan" as our first book. I am so excited! I work for Waldenbooks and after launching this club, which is for me and friends, I hope to start some others through the bookstore. It would be extremely exciting if our first metting could include a discussion with you. I realize the time difference would be of some difficulty, but I hope we can work it out. I will keep my fingers crossed and look forward to hearing from you. Mahalo (Thank you!) Sandi

Location: Spring Lake, MI
Date: Thursday, April 27, 2000 at 11:09:49

Dear Donna, It was so wonderful to have you join us by speakerphone as part of our book club last Tuesday night. We enjoyed it tremendously. How generous you were with your time. I've already suggested "Pope Joan" to another bookclub and they will probably be contacting you sometime in the near future. Good luck with the movie. We all can't wait for your next book. Hopefully, we can discuss this mystery woman with you after the book is published. Thanks again, Lori and the Spring Lake book club.

Name: Tamara White
Location: Park Ridge, NJ USA
Date: Saturday, April 22, 2000 at 20:45:06

The subject of Pope Joan is absolutely fascinating to me. I attend a very strict Catholic high school. Students are expected to believe what our teachers say. When I asked my religion teacher about Pope Joan, he said there was no such person. I believe he is wrong and I want to prove it. For my junior term paper, I would like to write a report on Pope Joan. I know that this will be a very controversial paper, so I need to have plenty of evidence to back up this theory. I need your help. Please let me know where you researched information on this topic. This is extremely important to me. Thank you in advance for everything.

Name: Lucy Steinlage
Location: Grand Haven, MI USA
Date: Friday, April 21, 2000 at 14:46:44

Donna, Thank you so very much for your delicious leading of our book club during our speakerphone chat last week. You were extraordinary... which should have been expected, since you wrote an extraordinary book! I have an answer to your "riddle". Please contact me at my email site so that I can keep it as a riddle! Sincerely, Lucy Steinlage

Name: Jim Pickard
Location: Jordan, NY
Date: Friday, April 21, 2000 at 13:53:56

Everyone around me had already read the book but, for many reasons, I generally don't read novels unless I'm on a vacation or something [mostly magazines]. Last February, my wife Kathy and I went to a wine festival for the weekend and I decided to give it a try. I COULDN'T PUT IT DOWN!! This story is a great adventure. Best of luck of the movie. Hope Hollywood doesn't screw it up. Can't wait to see another book from you. Best Regards, Jim Pickard

Name: Daryl Fischer
Location: Grand Haven, MI USA
Date: Thursday, April 20, 2000 at 21:17:00

Donna: I'm a member of the book group that talked with you Tuesday night by speakerphone. What a treat for all of us! Thank you for being so generous about sharing your time and your experiences with us. It will be hard to top that discussion but it certainly inspired us all. Thanks again.

Name: Kathleen Couture
Location: Berwick, ME USA
Date: Thursday, April 20, 2000 at 11:48:52

Donna, I belong to a book group in the York Public Library. We plan to discuss your book at our Oct. 25th meeting at 7 p.m. We would love to have an author as part of our discussion, it would be a first for our group. Please let me know if this would be possible, I know you're in high demand.

Name:Kate McGahan
Location: Marcellus, NY USA
Date: Thursday, April 20, 2000 at 00:58:14

Dear Donna - Awesome. The website is beautiful and the contents of the book look even MORE beautiful. You have found yourself a fascinating story and have the gift of telling it in a wonderful manner. I look forward to reading it as soon as possible. Your father must be proud of you. Continued success... I will look forward to helping to make this a box office hit! Kate

Name: amanda young
Location: dallas, tx usa
Date: Sunday, April 16, 2000 at 22:12:10

I first learned of pope joan through a philosophy class in high school. I then found your book and fell in love with it. I am fascinated by her and her story, unfortunately my search for any other literature on her had failed, or rather I have not found any. Do you know where I could find some or anything pertaining to her and her story? I would appreciate all the help you could give. thank you--amanda--

Name: Jenn Russell
Location: Newmarket, ON Canada
Date: Wednesday, April 12, 2000 at 20:00:50

I read Pope Joan and was immediately inspired to use it for my OAC comparison essay and seminar. Unfortunately I need to compare a theme from your book to another story, and I was wondering if you would have any suggestions, because I cannot find any other novel that presents the same themes. PLease write back to me!!

Name: Kristin Cowles
Location: Syracuse, NY United States
Date: Tuesday, April 11, 2000 at 11:59:27

Hello Donna,I am writing a paper for my high school senior english class on your book and my own research on Pope Joan.My teacher has interviewed you before,Nancy Pasquale,and I was wondering if I could ask you a few questions or get some information of your research. I look forward to hearing from you!

Name:Jennifer Jackson
Location: Carrollton, Ohio USA
Date: Thursday, April 6, 2000 at 12:21:34

We were thinking about discussing "Pope Joan" at the Carroll County District Library book discussion on June 1, 2000 or October 5, 2000 at 7:00 p.m. Please let me know if either date is convient for you to call the group. Thanks, Jennifer M. Jackson

Name: Debra Rosser-Hogben
Location: Lancaster, PA USA
Date: Tuesday, April 4, 2000 at 09:14:30

Dear Donna, I had previously e-mailed you, but you were out of town at the time. Would it be possible for the Manheim Twp. Branch Library's book discussion group to speak with you via speakerphone? We plan to discuss your book on Wednesday, August 9. We usually start our meeting around 10:00 a.m. and go till about 11:00 or 11:30. I look forward forward to hearing from you!

Name: Leigha Harden
Location: Billings, MT USA
Date: Saturday, April 1, 2000 at 13:01:31

I absolutely loved this book! I bought it for a friend for her birthday-she loved it, too! Well done!!

Name: Jordan Wood
Location: Holland Patent, NY US
Date: Friday, March 31, 2000 at 22:13:28

The book was awesome. I read it in about three weeks. The detail you put into it was amazing. Thanks for writing such a good book.

Name: Michael Whittenburg
Location: Memphis, TN USA
Date: Monday, March 27, 2000 at 19:57:52

Behind every legend there is some truth and behind every truth there is still more legend. In your case, however, I am curious, having only read your website, whether you are asserting the veracity of the legend or merely retelling it. I think I shall have to go out and purchase the book. Wonderful hook you have. I look forward to reading your work.

Name: Robert J Kinney
Location: Redmond, WA USA 98155
Date: Monday, March 27, 2000 at 17:14:22

Thanks for writing this book! It is marvelous. The historical background is so very well painted. I learned a lot about the times, and enjoyed the story immensely.

Name: Sally Nuerenberg
Location: Grand Rapids, MI USA
Date: Saturday, March 25, 2000 at 12:39:28

Dear Donna: How did your trip to Austria go? Anything of general interest to share? I continue to be an ardent supporter of you and your work. My daughter has suggested the book as required reading for one of her Women's Studies classes at Michigan State University(I don't know if her prof will go along with it). Best Wishes on the movie--it sounds like they are really in production now. Sally

Name: Dagmar Peters and Yvonne Müller
Location: Cologne, Germany
Date: Friday, March 24, 2000 at 18:29:54

Dear Donna Cross, we interviewed you in Cologne about one week ago and just want to say thanks again! It was very nice to get to know you and talk about so many interesting things. We are already looking forward to seeing the film about Pope Joan. We are sure you will write an excellent screenplay. If you come to Cologne again, we hopefully get to know about it in time. Then we come again!!! All the best from Cologne. Dagmar and Yvonne (At the moment I dont have to dress warm, because the weather is a bit nicer now in Germany...)

Name: Olympe de Gourges
Location: La Jolla, Ca USA
Date: Thursday, March 23, 2000 at 14:06:56

I am thrilled at having found your site. Do you know of any feminist book clubs in San Diego? If not, I would like to start one with your book as a first. Could you please post this message? Than you so much!

Name: Christopher Dolmetsch
Location: Hurricane, WV USA
Date: Monday, March 20, 2000 at 11:49:23

Thanks to the Penn Gazette (March/April 2000), I found the fascinating discussion of your book. As a result, I ordered a copy for my mother and a second copy for my wife. Who says "no one reads those alumni magazines"? I certainly did! Thanks be to you! Chris Dolmetsch (Professor of German/Marshall University & C'72).

Name: Kathleen Cox
Location: Cherry Hill, NJ USA
Date: Saturday, March 18, 2000 at 16:19:47

Dear Ms. Cross: I was doing research for my own book regarding the women in the church when I came across you website. I do remember hearing about Pope Joan but I admit knew very little about her. Your online interview with the author has peaked my interest. Good luck with your writing and continue success.

Name: Margit Thage
Location: Vordingborg, Denmark
Date: Wednesday, March 15, 2000 at 01:57:33

Dear Donna W. Cross! Your "Pope Joan" is the most wonderful book I've ever read!!! I'm 46y old Danish school teacher and an eager reader, I've read several wonderful books, but I don't hesitate to nominate yours the best, and I tell it around to everybody I know! By chance (or was I led?) I took your book from the shelfe at my local library, first I was astonished about the title - had never heard about "Pave Johanne" (Danish title) before, I sat down read the first page, and I knew that this book was/is special, I knew that a gifted storyteller was working here! I went back to the shelfe to see, if there should be other books by this wonderful author - there wasn't. I sat down again to read and forgot time! I rushed to my next apppointment, rushed home and read the whole weekend, everything else had to wait. I've checked Amazone and your site - had to know more! I was happy to see that you are working on another historical novel, and I was happy to see that "Pope Joan" is also becoming a film! Thanks again for a wonderful reading experience which I shall never forget, and never forget to tell others about! Thanks also for this site! Regards, Margit Thage

Name:Judy Brunkal
Location: Woodburn, OR US
Date: Tuesday, March 14, 2000 at 14:49:41

Dear Donna, I contacted you about 8 months ago about connecting with our Book Group by speaker phone on March 20. We did not set a time. Is that day still good for you or would the following Monday, Mar. 29 be better. We are open for either day. What time of day is best. We are in Oregon, Pacific Standard Time. East Coast is 3 hours ahead. We meet at 10--it would be 1 p.m. on the East Coast. Where are you located? Let me know, so I can call our members. We look forward to asking you questions! Judy Brunkal

Name: szabolotny
Location: hershey, PA 17033
Date: Tuesday, March 14, 2000 at 11:47:21

Thank you so much for the excellent talk you gave at the Hershey Library in early March. You reminded me of Frank McCourt (I hope that's okay with you). He is always so relaxed and seems to thoroughly enjoy sharing his time with those interested in his work. I feel you are the same way. And thank you as well for the tasteful way in which you have handled this subject matter. It would be so easy to demean or denigrate the Catholic faith, but instead you have enlightened and entertained people of all faiths. Your many hours of research are reflected on every page. I'm looking forward to the movie and so glad they had the good sense to let you do the screenplay.

Name: Debra M. Rosser-Hogben
Location: Lancaster, PA USA
Date: Tuesday, March 14, 2000 at 10:17:55

The Manheim Township Branch Library plans to read your book sometime in the next few months (June, July, or August). We typically meet on the second Wednesday of the month at 10:00 a.m. Would it be possible to talk to you via speakerphone one of those months? Could you please e-mail me with all details - I look forward to hearing from you!

Name: Sean Spalding

Date: Saturday, March 11, 2000 at 22:56:36

Now that you have written the "true" story of 9th Century Pope Joan, maybe you can now write the "true" story of 19th Century Maria Monk. You know Maria- she was the "escaped" nun who "revealed" that convents were sex-houses for the evil and depraved Catholic priests, and that the babies which resulted from their illicit unions were aborted or murdered in the cellars. From reading the comments you received from readers, it is obvious that you have convinced many that Joan existed; now give poor Maria her due! Oh, the Catholic Church will issue denials, but that's okay - the media has taught us to believe that anyone who denies anything is lying! And think of the financial benefits you can reap. Whatever those fine purveyors of truth, goodness and decency in Hollywood payed you for the rights to "Pope Joan" will pale in comparison for what they will give you for "Maria Monk". When through with that project, you can write a new version of the "Protocols of the Elders of Zion". This way, you can insult the Jews, as well as the Catholics. After all, our culture values diversity!

Name: Leigh Purdy
Location: Derbyshire, UK
Date: Wednesday, March 8, 2000 at 14:40:35

I am a performing arts student studing pope joan. I can not find any info on the subject, PLEASE HELP***

Name: Marilyn P. Johnson
Location: Reno, NV
Date: Tuesday, March 7, 2000 at 18:58:55

Our book group will be discussing your book on Tuesday, March 14th. We would be thrilled to talk to you on speaker phone. Let me know if this would be possible. We all loved your book and are anxious for our March 14th meeting. It would be an honor and a first to talk with an author since our book group began 15 years ago! Thanks so much! If you don't have time, we understand. Marilyn and Enna's Book Group

Name: Stephanie Batts

Date: Tuesday, March 7, 2000 at 13:36:24

Donna, Thanks so much for talking with our book club by speakerphone last night. We all had a wonderful time (we love to laugh). You helped make our first meeting a great success! Speaking with the author is such a rare opportunity, we really appreciated hearing the "horse's mouth" perspective. So, from our entire group, Thanks again! Stephanie Batts

Name: June Milliman
Location: Rochester, NY U.S.
Date: Monday, March 6, 2000 at 16:14:13

Dear Donna, Our Tuesday Book Discussion at the Pauline Evans Branch of the Irondequoit Public Library would be interessted in a telephone conversation about your novel Pope Joan. Perhaps you would have a chance to Fax or e-mail the libary after your conference.

Name: Jennifer Carpenter

Date: Monday, March 6, 2000 at 14:34:20

I really enjoyed reading your book. I had heard of Pope Joan in a British play (Call-girls I think) and have been fascinated ever since. I hope you are working on another book and maybe bringing another mythical person "to life".

Name: Danielle Mace
Location: Great Offley, Herts. England
Date: Sunday, March 5, 2000 at 08:14:37

I am a drama student studying a-levels at school. This year we are performing a play by Caryl Churchill. In this play I am playing the part of Pope Joan, and I was looking for infomation on her when I came across this page. If you have any ideas for where I can get more information on pope Joan I would love to know. Thanks

Name: Marie
Date: Sunday, March 5, 2000 at 06:22:19

Ms. Cross, I have not read your book, yet, but feel compelled to write and congratulate you on your accomplishment. For years, I have been trying to find Pope Joan. Growing up Catholic, you would hear whispers of a woman Pope, but when one went into the historical archives to learn more, no mention was made(not even a footnote)or be met with a flat out denial. The church,effectively,had obliterated her existence from history.I look forward to reading your book.

Name: Sue Myers
Location: Hershey, PA USA
Date: Saturday, March 4, 2000 at 16:51:37

Dear Donna, Thank you so much for the wonderful talk at the Hershey Library. Thank you too for being such a wonderful role model for women of today. I am looking forward to the movie . Since you wrote the screenplay, it will be true to the book. Please share with me, the incident you were going to tell at the booktalk and then declined because most had not read the book. The incident was something about the writing of the screenplay. Thank you again for a most enjoyable, informational evening.

Name: Shirley M. McLaren
Location: Harrisburg, PA USA
Date: Friday, March 3, 2000 at 19:36:42

Thanks, Mrs. Cross! I really enjoyed your talk last night at the Hershey library. I had never heard of Pope Joan, and now I can't wait to read the book. I was the one who spoke to you about buying a copy in German. I would like to get one from you and I would like for you to sign it "To Gabriele. Hope that you enjoy reading this best seller in your native German." Let me know the cost and I will forward the amount or give you my visa number. Thanks again! Shirley McLaren

Name: jnorgren
Location: Hershey , PA USA
Date: Friday, March 3, 2000 at 08:55:46

Thanks for the talk at the Hershey Library. Were you aware that although women outnumbered men 10-1 in the audience, during the Q &A you called on more men than women, and called on men first? As a teacher, I believe that this practice discourages women from speaking up as it suggests that men are preferenced. I had wanted to ask you if my history teacher friends are not correct and that there were convents that were centers of learning in the 9th century? Not many, bu enough to have provided an intellectual home for "brilliant young women like Joan"? There were literate women, who taught other women, in Joan's time, yet your talk suggested otherwise.

Name: Sally Nuerenberg
Location: Grand Rapids, MI USA
Date: Wednesday, March 1, 2000 at 19:54:03

Dear Donna: Thank you so much for the time you spent discussing Pope Joan with our reading group. We especially enjoyed the historical references and your explanation of how you did your research. We are so grateful to you for bringing Joan to life for millions of women today who would never have heard of her without your book. It sounds like you have inspired at least one man to research the evidence of her existence as well. Best wishes to you on your conference in Austria on March 12th. Perhaps you could print something about your impressions of that meeting on your website when you get back. Sincerely, Sally

Name: Michelle Guldenpfennig
Location: Roeland Park, KS USA
Date: Wednesday, March 1, 2000 at 15:01:29

On the suggestion of a new member to our book club, "Wine, Women & Words" we have selected "Pope Joan" for our May selection. If you are available (May 17th), I know our group would love to include you in our discussion of the book. I would love to be able to announce at our next meeting that we will have a special guest! I look forward to hearing from you soon. I can't wait to begin the book myself (it's next on the list!)

Location: N.Y.C., N.Y. U.S.A.
Date: Wednesday, March 1, 2000 at 13:17:37

I guess it is true that there are no coincidences! I am an attorney learning and writing about strong Catholic women. Please correspond with me to share resources. I'm very excited about the book. SILVANA

Name: Stephanie Batts
Location: Chillicothe, OH
Date: Wednesday, March 1, 2000 at 09:01:14

Dear Donna, Our bookclub read your book this past month and our meeting is March 6 for discussion. Preliminary reports are great, everyone is enjoying the book. Our members have a few questions and we'd be honored if you could e-mail us with answers. We are all anxiuosly awaiting the new novel,Thank you. Stephanie Batts 1) How is the new novel coming and when is it due out? 2) How is production on the movie going? 3) Where and how did you do research for Pope Joan? 4) Joan seemed torn in her religious world, outwardly performing her duties, but inwardly she questions its basic foundation - Was this a character development decision or was there evidence of her doubts?

Name: Lisa Hammond
Location: Omaha, Ne United States
Date: Tuesday, February 29, 2000 at 14:22:00

Donna, Thanks so much for being a part of our Book Review of "Pope Joan" last week. You are so easy to talk with. It seemed like you were right there with us. Your book was fantastic. Your heroine is an example for us all. Can't wait to "get inside" the heart and head of another strong woman of history. Could not reach your email site to enter our "challenge". Will try again later 'cause I have a guess. Thanks again for sharing of yourself. Lisa

Name: Leslie Landrum
Location: Plano, TX USA
Date: Monday, February 28, 2000 at 21:25:59

Hi Donna, We are a newly formed book club and are planning to read Pope Joan for our June selection. Any chance you might want to conference in? I can see from the many comments that you are in great demand. Please let us know. Thanks, Leslie

Name: Jennifer Robins
Location: Kitchener, Ont Canada
Date: Monday, February 28, 2000 at 18:31:39

Dear Donna, I'm 17 years old and in grade 12. I chose to read Pope Joan for an independant study. I just recently finished and truthfully i couldn't put it down! I am an advid rewader and know a good book when I read one. I would just like to say that you have an amazing talent for building character. I have never read a book that evoked such emotion. Both Joan and Gerold's love, losses and triumphs touched me. You are a very talented writer and hope to read another one of your works. Sincerly, Jennifer Robins

Name: Jennifer Robins
Location: Kitchener, Ont Canada
Date: Monday, February 28, 2000 at 18:26:16

Dear Donna,

Name: Sharon Leach
Location: Naples, NY USA
Date: Sunday, February 27, 2000 at 08:33:21

Hi Donna. Accolades on a wonderful, informative book from your pennywhistling, hammered dulcimer friend from PA Ren faire (the Abbey). Finally got a chance to do some catch up reading (only took 18 months), and wanted you to know that once begun, I couldn't put your book down. Didn't realize until this week that you live so close and would love to get a schedule of your book-signings, etc. in the Syracuse/Rochester areas so that we can "catch up". Would be great to see you again, and would like to get a couple of hand-signed copies to give as gifts. Your friend... Cricket

Name: Sally Runge
Location: Omaha, Ne USA
Date: Friday, February 25, 2000 at 09:29:44

Dear Donna, Thanks so much for the conference call during our book club meeting. It was so interesting to find out what was fact and what was fiction and just how one does write historical fiction. You are such a delightful person to talk with. Thank you for taking the time to share with us your insights into your wonderful book. I am looking to the movie and your next book.

Name: Amanda Materne
Location: Rochester, Mi Oakland
Date: Thursday, February 24, 2000 at 19:07:21

i have become aware of Pope Joan, due to a production we are putting on at Oakland University. We are doing the play, "Top Girls." I don;t have acopy of the script at this time so couln't tell you the author. The play is centered around seven historival women one of them being Pope Joan, who i will be playing! I am so very excited! I had a question,and I wondered if you could maybe answer it for me! My director seems to think that Pope Joan spoke in Greek dialect! I had thought since she came to Italy at the age of 11 and eventually was the Pope of Rome, maybe she would speak in anItalian dialect.I would be interested in knowing,also maybe if you have more information on her that would be great. I really enjoyed your website and I will be purchasing the Novel soon! Have a wonderful nite!

Name: Jane Reuss
Location: Omaha , Ne U.S.
Date: Wednesday, February 23, 2000 at 22:28:31

Hi Donna I wanted to thank you for the wonderful conversation we had with you last night via conference call to our book club. You were wonderful I felt like I knew you , you were so witty and informative. You made us all feel so special. I loved the book and can hardly wait for the movie{ I understand they have a really good screenwriter!!!} Thank you again so much. Janie Reuss

Name: Michele Millard
Location: Omaha, NE USA
Date: Wednesday, February 23, 2000 at 15:59:46

Hello Donna: Thank you for joining our book group discussion last evening as we visited the world of Pope Joan. You charmed us, enlightened us, made us laugh, and let us have a glimpse into the creation of a compelling tale. We collectively give you thanks for an evening well spent. We will eagerly await the upcoming movie and your book-in-progress. Again, our thanks. Michele Millard

Name: June Denkinger
Location: Omaha, NE USA
Date: Wednesday, February 23, 2000 at 15:37:05

Donna - I was one of the twelve that had the opportunity to chat with you last night. Many thanks for the wonderful opportunity to visit with you via a phone conference. I have been so absorbed in Pope Joan. Visiting with you made the novel even more alive! I have already passed the book on to one of my teammates at work and have two more waiting in line. I have recommended it to our oldest daughter who is an English teacher in one of our suburban school districts. Our youngest daughter has also expressed an interest in reading it. I am so excited that you were able to write/edit the screen play. You are truly a talented, intelligent woman and it is evident that you have chosen to use your talents well! Congratulations! You are to be commended! Again, my sincere thanks for having the opportunity to visit with you about your book via a phone conference. Sincerely, June

Name: Ludwiga Covert
Location: Palo Alto, CA USA
Date: Wednesday, February 23, 2000 at 12:22:50

Dear Mrs. Cross, I read your book last summer while on vacation in Germany and enjoyed it tremendously. I will introduce "Pope Joan" to my book club as our March selection. We would very much appreciate talking to you as part of our meeting. Please advise us on how to arrange for such an interview. With high regards, Ludwiga Covert

Name: Laura Wendt
Location: Ft. Polk, LA USA
Date: Wednesday, February 23, 2000 at 00:21:12

Dear Donna, Well you've done it again! You really gave our group a lot to talk and think about this week. Thanks so much for talking to our book group. So many of us commented on how we felt so much more a part of the book after talking to you. We were excited to hear what books interested you, a writer, and many have gone out and bought the books you have suggested. All of us are intrigued about who the topic of your next book might be, although we're not quite ready to take you up on your challenge yet. Give us time though! Your suggestions on what to look at when reading a book were insightful and got us talking about what other authors have done to tackle the problem you discussed. You know what's most interesting to me? How clearly your personality and warmth come through even on the telephone. It's amazing how we all walked away from our conversation with you feeling like you had been a long time friend in our group. Thanks again for adding so much to our get-together. I will talk to you again in two years when I move again and find a new book group to introduce you to. Your friend, Laura

Name: Holly
Location: Syracuse, NY United States
Date: Tuesday, February 22, 2000 at 19:54:01

Dear Donna Woolfolk Cross, I really enjoyed your book Pope Joan. I am in the 11th grade and have decided to do a research paper on strong women comparing a few book including your. I have looked all over for biographical information on you. I would truly appreciate it if you could fill me in on when and where you were born, where you were educated etc... or you could give me a web site where I could find this. With this information my reseach will be complete. Thanks for writing Pope Joan and inspiring so many with your writing. Your truly, Holly

Name: Michelle Stears
Location: Idah,
Date: Monday, February 21, 2000 at 15:44:39

Location: Wuerzburg, Germany
Date: Sunday, February 20, 2000 at 03:47:39

Our Catholic Women of the Chapel have read your book,"Pope Joan". A fellow member and I will be facilitating the group discussion. There are questions we would like for you to answer or comment on. You can email us to the above address. Since our group is in Germany it would be diffucult to have a phone or online chat. Thank you, Margaret Hieke

Name: Paul Lüthy
Location: Rohr, Switzerland
Date: Saturday, February 19, 2000 at 11:43:52

Ein grossartiges, spannendes Buch, das anschaulich Mentalität und Lebensweise im frühen Mittelalter beschreibt. Kleine Kritik, die den Gesamteindruck überhaupt nicht trübt: Der Wortschatz der Beschreibungen und der Dialoge tönt auch gar nach 20. Jahrhundert.

Name: susanne olsson

Date: Saturday, February 19, 2000 at 02:56:41

Dear Donna. Many years ago I heard the story of the female pope but so there was so little to read about her. Now many years later I was glad to find a book about her life. It's hard to find that information and add it together and make it understandable. But as you have done it in your book and the myth comes alive. We all need inspiration from strong and fantastic women, to show that in life everything is possible. Thank you! Susanne

Name: Barbara Friedman
Location: Dallas, TX USA
Date: Thursday, February 17, 2000 at 19:42:16

Donna - Pope Joan is a wonderful book. I couldn't put it down. I can't wait for the movie! Thanks for this great website.

Name:Carole Burrage
Location: Claremore, OK USA
Date: Sunday, February 13, 2000 at 08:55:54

Dear Donna, After seeing the enthusiastic recommendation of Pope Joan in the Chinaberry Books catalog, I ordered your book and chose it for our book club's May 2000 read. I was hoping we might be able have you chat with us via speakerphone at the meeting (Monday, May 15 2000, at around 8 p.m. central time). If you're available, we would be absolutely thrilled -- it would add such a unique dimension to our reading experience. Congratulations on the success of your wonderful book. Carole Burrage, Claremore, OK

Name: Pierre. Hazelhof
The Netherlands
Date: Sunday, February 13, 2000 at 05:25:49

A great book. Pierre.

Name: Emily Eckel and Rachael Griggs
Location: Slippery Rock, PA USA
Date: Friday, February 11, 2000 at 21:32:13

Dear Donna, Emily and I are roommates at Slippery Rock University. Joan's story has inspired us!! Joan's desire to be herself despite the circumstances has brought us a lot of inspiration. We share a copy of Pope Joan (we only have one copy in the university library) and find that our love for learning and literature grows with each chapter. Seeing how much Joan cherished books and learning has given us a new perspective on our own studies; we are very thankful. We wait for your reply with great expectations. -Rachael and Emily

Name: Helen Condron
Date: Friday, February 11, 2000 at 05:11:20

I am using the story of Pope Joan as the stimulus for my A-Level performing arts individual piece and would be extremely greatful if you could send me some information which would help me. Thankyou in advance, HELEN.

Name: Deborah Visner
Location: Conover, WI USA
Date: Wednesday, February 9, 2000 at 15:47:56

We will be reading Pope Joan in our book club during April 2000. I will be facilitating the discussion on your book and would appreciate any assistance you could be and also discuss any chance of an online or phone chat during the club meeting on April 25th (6:30 p.m.) If this is not possible, I will get some questions together and email them to you prior to the 25th of April. Thanks. I am anxious to finish our current book soI can start Pope Joan. Deborah Visner

Name: Laura Wendt
Location: Ft.Polk, LA USA
Date: Wednesday, February 9, 2000 at 00:33:04

Dear Donna, I have read your book and LOVED it! It was your book that prompted our starting our book club in Watertown, New York after several of us read it and were dying to talk it over. After speaking to you on the phone at one of our book club meetings we went to hear you talk in Syracuse several times and thoroughly enjoyed meeting you. Well, that was over a year and a half ago and since then I have moved to Louisianna. Of course,the first thing I found here was a book reading club in the neighborhood and suggested your book at my very first meeting. The group took my suggestion and chose it for February's book. So far it seems that everyone I've talked to has been as excited about the book as I am. Would you be able to join our discussion on February 16th sometime after 7:00 p.m. (central time, so your time it would be 8)? I would love the opportunity to talk to you again and hear where production on the movie stands as well as what's been happening in the year since I saw you last. Thank you! Sincerely, Laura Wendt

Name: Camille Woolfolk
Location: Inglewood, CA USA
Date: Tuesday, February 8, 2000 at 23:14:15

Dearest Donna, My daughter and I were searching for other Woolfolks online and came across your name and book. She became facinated and started searching for everything on Pope Joan. We ordered the book and since it arrived she has hardly put it down. "Mom, you have GOT to read this book" she says, so I think I will have to purchase another copy so she and I can discuss it. When she showed her language arts teacher the book (she is 11 years old and is in 7th grade) he told her that the story of Pope Joan was not true. Now she wants to buy 'The Legend of Pope Joan: In Search of the Truth' by Peter Stanford. She plans to challenge her teacher to read both books and discuss them with her. You really started something here, lady! My daughter loves to read and loves to learn. She is also a great believer in "Girl Power". I will tell her about your guestbook. I'm sure she will let you know how everything turned out between her and her teacher... if he takes the challenge. Camille Woolfolk P.S. If you get a chance please visit 'http://members.xoom.com/_XOOM/debdavis/' there may be a few Woolfolks there that you know.


Name: Heidi Gleason
Location: chicago, IL USA
Date: Tuesday, February 8, 2000 at 15:04:43

Donna, You spoke with my book group last summer and my mother's group is reading your book now. She is wondering if you are possibly available March 20th at 8PMish (CST)? She has already read the book and loved it! Heidi

Name: Janice Hadley
Email: jthadley@ioa.com
Location: Hendersonville , NC USA
Date: Tuesday, February 8, 2000 at 10:02:26

Dear Mrs Cross; I enjoyed reading your book. It is a real page turner. I am not a real fan of historical novels but can truly say that this was a joy to read. I will be doing a review on "Pope Joan this evening Feb 8th at the home of Barbara Volk Phone Number is 828-693-5692. If at all possible we would enjoy a call from you. I know this is late but was unable to contact you sooner due to computer internet problems. I enjoy reading and have belonged to my book club several years and really enjoy so many diverse books. Thanks so much Janice Hadley

Location: Garson, Ontario Canada
Date: Tuesday, February 8, 2000 at 06:33:16

Dear Ms. Cross, Our 'Ex Libris' Book Club has selected your novel, 'Pope Joan' as our most recent feature book. I have recently finished reading it and was so pleasantly surprised by the fact that I (not a fan of historical novels) was completely enthralled by your telling of this fascinating story. I know my group would be thrilled to speak to you first hand about your experiences in creating this novel. Please contact me to arrange a convenient time for such a chat. Thank you! Linda Hugli

Name: Esther Meyers
Location: encino, cal los angeles
Date: Monday, February 7, 2000 at 18:37:28

dear ms. cross: enjoyed reading the book....has being involved with the material in any way altered your view of organized religion? do you see joan's situation in any way an alegory of the plight of a modern housewife/mother/wife/career woman? how do see the applicability of the issues to today's world? thanks for your reply! esther meyers

Location: Santa Ana, CA United States of America
Date: Monday, February 7, 2000 at 08:59:22

Although I have not yet had the opportunity to read your novel, I will do so after my schooling today! I, myself, am interested in Pope Joan, who was, was she not, under the name of John VIII? Or so some believe. I personally believe that she was a real person, because if there are, indeed, over five hundred accounts of her existance, then that would probably be a sign that there was something going on in the papacy. I love this Web Site! Good luck to you with any future novels that you may write!

Name: Ann Marie Truppi
Location: Slingerlands, NY USA
Date: Sunday, February 6, 2000 at 12:16:29

Ms. Cross, I cannot tell you how much I enjoyed your book Pope Joan. I actually cried when I was finished with it and feel an emptiness without this fascinating figure to read about. The story certainly inspires one to be true to one's principles in life and to believe in oneself in spite of all odds. Joan was a woman of courage, as many women (and men) are. Thank you so much for bringing her life to our attention. She will always remain with me in some way. Ann Marie Truppi

Name: Donna Blackburn
Location: Overland Park, KS USA
Date: Friday, February 4, 2000 at 15:11:51

I will leading the discussion on Pope Joan for our book club. I read the book sometime ago and was fascinated with it and am ready to re=read it before our discussion. What a wonderful piece of literature. I had a hard time putting the book down. Thank you for your wonderful work--I only hope the movie version will do your writing credit! Sincerely---Donna

Name: Melissa Bentley
Location: Phoenix, AZ US
Date: Thursday, February 3, 2000 at 00:43:51

I just wanted to let you know that I admire you for writing a book about a strong women. This subject caught my attention because I believe girls should have a strong women as a role models and Pope Joan fits that bill. I will buy this book and when finished will share it with my friends and recommend it to anyone that asks. I hope to see more books like this from you and wish you much sucess with your writing. Thank You, Melissa Bentley

Name: Kim Rutter
Location: Lake Villa, IL USA
Date: Wednesday, February 2, 2000 at 08:11:10

I lead a book discussion group at our public library and we would be thrilled to have you speak to our group by speakerphone. We were scheduled to discuss Pope Joan in March, 2000, but have run into a glitch with obtaining enough copies of the book. I am planning to re-schedule Pope Joan for later in the year--possibly on June 10. Would this be a possible date for you? We meet on the second Saturday of every month at 10AM Central time. We could probably reschedule the time to suit your obviously busy schedule. I look forward to hearing from you. Kim Rutter

Name: Lori Rhem
Location: Spring Lake, MI USA
Date: Tuesday, February 1, 2000 at 14:34:49

Dear Donna, My book club has chosen POPE JOAN for its next selection. We would love to have you join us by speakerphone. Please contact me so that we can setup a time that may work for you and our book club. Thank you.

Name:Michelle Millard
Location: Omaha, NE USA
Date: Saturday, January 29, 2000 at 16:13:01

Hi Donna: I've just been immersed in Pope Joan this weekend and am entralled. I'll be leading the discussion at our book group which will meet on Tuesday, Feb. 22. We'd be thrilled if you could join us by speakerphone. I'll look forward to hearing from you via e-mail concerning the feasibility of that "meeting of the minds". Sincerely, Michele Millard

Name: Myla Tosatto
Location: Kansas City, MO USA
Date: Thursday, January 27, 2000 at 17:57:51

Donna- Thank you so much for speaking to our book club on Tuesday! I can tell you , without a doubt, that you being there with us made it our best meeting ever (and we have had some doozies!) Our book club has already told three other book clubs to do this (you may never get off of the phone!) Good luck with your next novel and the whole Hollywood thing- we'll be rooting for you!!!!

Name: Gena Zelenka
Location: Park Ridge, IL USA
Date: Wednesday, January 26, 2000 at 20:12:28

I can hardly believe you would be available to speak to our book club via phone on March 16 at 10pm central time. I am sure it would provide quite a thrill to everyone. How do you arrange these things?

Name: Anne Whyte
Location: Fayetteville, NY USA
Date: Wednesday, January 26, 2000 at 19:10:15

Thank you for joining us at our book group discussion today we really valued your input. This was my second time of reading Pope Joan and I found that the layering that you spoke of was true for me, I found things I hadn't even considered before popping out at me. I was interested in where you found the spoken language that was used in parts. Having lived in Holland it sounded very Dutch. Thank you again for writing such a wonderful book we all look forward to your next and will be asking Carolyn for updates.

Name: Mary
Location: Houston, TX USA
Date: Tuesday, January 25, 2000 at 23:50:29

I understand the book is a fiction novel... yet I would like to do some more critical research of Pope Joan to sort out facts and fiction for a church history course I am taking. Are there any good sites, periodicals, documentaries, historical sitings that you could recommend for some scholarly research? Especially historical writing that would substantiate the likelihood of truth, rather than legendary or mythical conclusion? Thanks

Name: kim evans
Location: swansea, wales
Date: Monday, January 24, 2000 at 08:20:04

I am currently doing A level performing arts and for my final examination we have to devise a piece from a stimulus, one of the stimuli we were given was "pope joan"I had never heard of her before but thanks to your great page I have found out everything I need.Thanks

Name: Kate Littrell
Location: Clinton, IA
Date: Saturday, January 22, 2000 at 12:28:26

I had been looking for a book for my book club to read for January and, after reading several, I chose Pope Joan. This is the first time that I have had to select a book for several people to read and I was kind of nervous about it. Our book club meets to discuss your book on Tuesday, January 25th and I have already gotten many favorable comments. One of the members said that she had to hide the book from herself during the holidays because she wasn't getting anything else done. I read it several months ago and am rereading it now to refresh my memory and I am enjoying it as much as the first time I read it. Kate Littrell

Name: Jessi Usborne
Location: oneida, NY USA
Date: Friday, January 21, 2000 at 09:40:26

Dear Donna, I'm thirteen years old and I'm in love with your book. Not only does it prove that women are capable of reaching greatness, but it also provides strength to get through everyday life, with all it's horrible blocks that are still set against women. One day, I hope to be able to meet you and sit down to a steaming cup of tea while discussing the Pope Joan theory, along with others. Thank you for your amazing book, and I'm looking forward to future works of your amazing art.

Name: charlotte north
Location: wigan, britain
Date: Friday, January 21, 2000 at 09:06:50

a very enlightening and moving account, I feel I know Joan personally. Thankyou for doing this web page.

Name: Erin Kirwan
Location: Glen Ellyn, Illinois
Date: Friday, January 21, 2000 at 08:36:36

Donna, Thanks for a wonderful speakerphone chat. I have a much fuller appreciation for the book after hearing your thoughts last night, and I think everyone else does too. We will do our best to further promote the book in our circles of influence. Good luck with the screen play project. What an exciting adventure! Looking forward to your next book. Maybe you could keep a list of your book club contacts and sent out a bulk email when it gets published. Marketing, marketing! Thanks again for all of the women of Bookworms II of Glen Ellyn,

Name: Myla Tosatto
Location: Kansas City, MO USA
Date: Tuesday, January 18, 2000 at 17:59:17

Pope Joan was our book club choice this month, and what a way to start off the year! I can't wait to discuss this book with the women in my group on January 25. We have just come off of a string of books written by men- in the woman's voice. How refreshing to read a smart novel about a woman BY a woman. Thank you. Are you currently working on anyting else? And if so- when can we expect it?

Name:Erin Kirwan
Location: Glen Ellyn, IL USA
Date: Monday, January 17, 2000 at 23:30:04

Our book group is meeting this Wednesday, Jan. 19 at 7:30 Central Time, with the discussion starting around 8:00. I don't know what your schedule is like, but it would be a special treat to talk with you if you are available. As the person who picked the book and the one who has to present and lead the discussion, I am patting myself on the back for hitting a home run. What a wonderful combination of early Christian history with a story that's as gripping as a soap opera. The early scouting reports from the other members of the group are that they have equally enjoyed the book and are eagerly awaiting the discussion. Hope we're able to connect, but if not, thanks for all the time you spent researching and writing such a compelling book. Looking forward to the next.

Name: Karen Horton
Location: Kirksville, MO US
Date: Friday, January 14, 2000 at 14:24:02

I will be playing Pope Joan in a production of Top Girls in february here at Truman State University. I am having some trouble finding information about her. Do you have any suggestions or tips for accurate sources?

Name:Melissa Galyon
Location: Annandale, VA USA
Date: Wednesday, January 12, 2000 at 12:08:59

I just finished Pope Joan this morning (at work, our network was down), and I wanted to let you know how much I enjoyed it. I read it for an on-line bookclub called The Bookshelf and have thanked the founder many times for introducing it to me. What I appreciate the most is your availability to bookclubs across the country. What a great way to encourage more people to read! Thanks again, Melissa

Name: Liz
Date: Tuesday, January 11, 2000 at 06:08:13

Dear Ms. Cross, I am thrilled to have chosen your novel for our book club's May meeting. I have chosen in advance in hopes that you might be able to share your time and insight with us at our meeting on May 12th. Our favorite book club choice is also historical fiction (Pillars of the Earth). We look forward to hearing from you. Thank you!

Name: Patricia Primo
Location: Rochester, NY USA
Date: Monday, January 10, 2000 at 20:00:37

I couldnt keep my eyes off this book when I first started reading it.. This novel reminds me of a book called 'The Clan of the Cave Bear' that I have read long before. I enjoyed Pope Joan for it's truly a great story! It's not "just a book".

Name: Shirley Shroyer
Location: Big Spring, tx. USA
Date: Sunday, January 9, 2000 at 19:47:51

1/9/2000 You did a great job with the book. Joan is fantastic. It made me grateful to live in a century when women were not punished for being able to read and write. Shirley Shroyer

Name:Fausto Jaime
Location: Goiania, GO Brazil
Date: Sunday, January 9, 2000 at 08:16:34

I want more informations about Pope Joan. The theme is fantastic. Do you send me a bybliography ? Fausto Jaime

Name: Syl Joevenazzo
Location: Vulcan, Alberta Canada
Date: Friday, January 7, 2000 at 20:21:22

I enjoyed this book immensely. I was raised Catholic and had never heard this story before. Fact or fiction it was a truly wonderful book and I couldn't put it down.It also gave me some very entertaining hours arguing with a friend who is a priest and works at the University of St. Paul in Ontario which is the Catholic University for Theology and Canon Law. The wires were burning up on this one!!


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