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Sally Wendkos Olds—Personal Growth, Breastfeeding, Grandparenting Specialist

Sally Wendkos OldsSpecialties: Relationships, breastfeeding, personal growth, the freelance life
Home base: New York City
Web site: www.SallyWendkosOlds.com

Sally Wendkos Olds has written extensively about intimate relationships, personal growth, and developmental issues throughout the life cycle, and blogs about about topics of interest to people of grandparent age at Super Granny. Her national awards for both her book and magazine writing includes the American Society of Journalists & Authors Career Achievement Award (2010), May W. Newburger Women’s Roll of Honor (2001, ASJA Outstanding Article Award (1995, 1983) and the Family Service Association of America’s National Media Award (1973). She has been profiled in Feminists Who Changed America (University of Illinois Press, 2006) and listed in The World Who’s Who of Women, International Authors and Writers Who’s Who and Contemporary Authors.

In addition to her classic, The Complete Book of Breastfeeding, first published in 1972 and revised for its fourth edition in 2010, Sally is the author of ten other books, including Super Granny: Great Stuff to Do with Your Grandkids, and more than 200 articles in major periodicals. She is currently writing a book for people whose life partner has died a year or more previously. Complete Book of BreastfeedingShe blogs about topics of interest to people of grandparent age. An accomplished speaker and lecturer to professional, parent and general audiences, she has also appeared on numerous radio and TV programs throughout the country. As an oral historian, Sally has conducted video and audio interviews for several major projects, including the Survivors of the Shoah Visual History Foundation and Museum of Jewish Heritage G.I. Oral History Project.

Sally also presents slide- or PowerPoint-illustrated talks about her travels in Nepal, China, Vietnam and India. The Nepal program,about the people and way of life in a remote village in Nepal, is based on her book, A Balcony in Nepal: Glimpses of a Himalayan Village. All four programs run 45 to 60 minutes, followed by a question-and-answer session.

Suggested Topics

  • Breastfeeding
  • Grandmothering
  • Getting to the New Normal: The Second Year and Beyond after the Loss of a Life Partner
  • Going Freelance: How to break in, get ideas, write proposals for articles and books, interview, manage your work life
  • A Balcony in Nepal

What People Say About Sally Wendkos Olds

“I’ve always wanted to go to Nepal but haven’t, and now you’ve made it an absolute imperative! Your wonderful slides and fascinating stories enchanted us all and I can’t thank you enough. Please call me when you have more stories.”
Aviva Crown, Cultural Program Specialist, Plainview–East Bethpage Public Library

“‘China: As the Chinese Tourists See It’ was a huge success. I received many compliments on the program … and your clear and charming way of lecturing. We are looking forward to the next.”
Gloria Pomerantz, Outreach Coordinator, Peninsula Public Library

“I have included many travel programs at our meetings, but I found Mrs. Olds’ presentation to be one of the best I’ve witnessed. I was impressed by her professional photography, her explanation of Vietnam’s culture and history and her vast travel in diverse areas both in urban and rural areas.”
Evelyn Napolin, Program Director, REAP Bryant Library, Roslyn, NY

“Your presentation in the Windsor Park Library impressed me a lot. I was touched by your spirit to accomplish your wonderful plan and to write this valuable book. It is a very touching personal account that goes far beyond most travel books. Your professional and pleasant lecture impressed the audience, who also got in-depth answers from you. It was a very successful and unforgettable presentation. After your lecture, I found that many copies of your book A Balcony in Nepal had been checked out.”
Vickie Wu, Senior Librarian/Assistant Branch Manager, Windsor Park Library/Queensborough Library System