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From: Elizabeth Shaw
Date: Wed, 27 Dec 2006

I trust that we're still on for your call to our book club on January 11th. Word of how much fun it was to talk with you in my other book club quickly spread, and this group is really looking forward to participating. Several had read your book before it was put on our list and highly recommended it to the others who are reading it avidly. They'll have lots of questions about Pope Joan and your writing process. I'll be really interested to see how this group's call is different from my other book club's.

Elizabeth Shaw

Name: Daniela Bayer
Location: Germany
Date: Wednesday, December 27, 2006

Hello Mrs. Cross, i'm a college student from germany and i have to write a diploma work in the german advanced course about the german translation of your novel 'pope joan' according to the middle age.i have a couple of questions which i need to be answered by you till next time.The first one is: what were your reasons for writting the novel 'pope joan'? Furthermore i would like to know if there exist differences between the historical background and the novel you wrote? This question may be very interesting for me because it would be the main part of my work. It would be very nice when you answer my questions via e-mail, because its very difficult with the telephone way. Thank you very much and a happy new year. Sincerely yours,Daniela

Name: dianne
Location: westfield, MA
Date: Saturday, December 23, 2006
Time: 04:44 AM

I read that they cast an actress named Franka Portente as Pope Joan. She is german. I am so anxious for them to make this movie!

Name: Alexandra Menezes
Location: Azores, Terceira
Date: Friday, December 22, 2006
Time: 12:15 PM

Hello! It was optimum book that already I read until today! my congratulations, therefore are impossivel to stop to read, vitiate! Lol! congratulations one more time. Kiss's, and sorry my English. :)

Name: Yael
Location: Israel
Date: Tuesday, December 19, 2006
Time: 03:45 AM

Hi ! Why hasn't the guestbook been updated for so long? A few weeks ago I sent Donna a note via the guestbook, thanking her for the worderful telephone chat she gave to our Israeli reading group - and I just wanted to know if she recieved it. In any case - we are waiting for the movie -and more so - for Donna's next book ! Thanks and regards, Yael

Name: gerard langlois
Location: jacksonville, florida
Date: Sunday, December 03, 2006
Time: 01:58 PM

Hello, Donna "Pope Joan" was a wonderful read. I love historical fiction although you say this is written in just novel form still it depicts the era very well. I find a very plausible argument for the exsistence of a woman Pope in your book and why the church would want to bury the evidence. Hopefully we are moving forward in an evolving society where the suppresion of women will come to a complete end, whether in the religious or secular world. Peace, Love and Light gerard

Name: Marita
Location: Longmont, CO
Date: Wednesday, November 29, 2006
Time: 04:25 PM

Would it possible to get copies of Pope Joan signed? If so, how? My friends and I LOVE the book. Thanks.

Name: Sandra Walston Courage Expert
Location: Denver, CO
Date: Monday, November 13, 2006
Time: 08:30 AM

Greetings Donna, I hope you remember me. We exchanged autographed books around July 2001. I am struggling to get my second book with a publisher “Courage Goes to Work: Claiming the Feminine Power to Succeed.” I thought of you and your hard work. I can’t wait to see the movie!! I admire your courage. I wish you bundles of continued success. Blessings talented and courageous woman!

Date: Tuesday, November 07, 2006
Time: 02:59 PM


I really enjoyed your talk today at the TownHall Lecture in North Jersey. You are a wonderful speaker.(I belong to Toastmasters International) I had heard of the book and was not interested because I read nonfiction; however, after hearing you and your research I will read this book.

Name: Yael
Location: Israel
Date: Sunday, November 05, 2006
Time: 11:09 PM

Dear Donna, I am writing on behalf of the "two-part-questions-Israeli-book-club" - to say we had a wonderfully thought-provoking, Intriguing and most of all - fun experience talking to you on the phone. Thank you so much for taking the time to answer all our questions and discuss your ideas and ours. We did actually feel as if you are in the room with us, and we learned a lot from our discussion with you. We now feel that our book club has "grown up" significantly. Also - word goes around that our group has interesting meetings - and now everyone want to join us.... Thank you so much - we will never forget. We are waiting impatiently for the release of your next book, and promise to be your dedicated P.R women in Israel. Yours, All of us.

Name: Christine
Location: Göppingen, Germany
Date: Saturday, November 04, 2006
Time: 05:17 AM

Dear ms. cross. I am 17 years old and i just finished your book 'pope joan'. I really loved it and you are a awsome writer. And I think it is very important to write about women in the middelages, because eventhough the men thought women can't do anything exept getting children, they were [are] just as intelligent as the men. And it is a pity that the church has left the story of a female pope out, because it might had changed the female role in the old ages in a positive way.

Name: Kathy Loser
Location: Bloomington IN 47404
Date: Wednesday, November 01, 2006
Time: 11:52 AM

Dear Ms. Cross, Years ago I encouraged high school students to read your book and they were fascinated by the story. It so happened at that same time (around 1998 or 1999)that you were a speaker for the public library in Bloomington,IN and we (students and I) went to hear you. You autographed the North library copy and unfortunately when I tried to check it out for a student this year, our library copy was missing. I have since replaced it, and I was wondering if I set you a copy can you autograph this new copy? I have often talked with my high schoolers about the power of fiction in that it sparks at times a "reinvestigation" into "legends". Your novel has indeed been such an example. I continue to encourage our high school readers to pick up this book and engage in lively dialogue about "historical" events that are perhaps hidden. Thanks for a great novel.

Name: Donna Gibson
Location: DeLeon, TX, USA
Date: Friday, October 27, 2006
Time: 05:23 PM

All the folks of the "somanyboookssolittletimebookclub" thank you for an extraordinary book, club meeting and speakerphone experience on Thursday Oct. 19th! You expressed so well your cultural research and motivational insights into this book's period and characters that you truly created an aliveness throughout the reading. And, enriched by the phone conversation, we all came away with a much richer understanding and appreciation of our own circumstances as well! We're sharing your anticipation of Pope Joan the new movie and hope it will be a success on the many levels it could well attain! Thank you so much!

Name: Lisa Stringfield
Location: Portland, OR
Date: Monday, October 23, 2006
Time: 06:16 PM

I just purchased "Pope Joan" two days ago and can't put it down! What a page turner! Brilliant! Thank you so much! Cheers! Lisa

Name: Nelda Priddy
Location: De Leon, Tx
Date: Saturday, October 21, 2006
Time: 05:06 PM

It was a pleasure for us to have you join us via speakerphone at our group meeting last Thursday night in De Leon, TX. I really liked POPE JOAN, but your comments made it come to life even more (if possible). I cannot imagine the extensive research that you must have done for your writing of the book. I can hardly wait for the movie; I hope Hollywood doesn't slaughter your work. Thank you for an excellent work!

Name: Mary Reilly-Kliss
Location: West Bend, WI
Date: Saturday, October 21, 2006
Time: 09:39 AM

THANKS for getting our new book club off to a great start with our speakerphone chat this morning. We have two follow-up questions: *Is there evidence out there that others in her time knew of Joan's true identity? *Were there other women popes? Thanks again for talking with us and for taking the time to answer our follow-up questions! Mary

Name: Janet Schmidt
Location: Malverne, NY USA
Date: Friday, October 20, 2006
Time: 09:35 PM

It has been a long time since I could not put a book down. I loved it! Thank you for a wonderful story, as well as insight into what life was like in the 800's under a theocracy. It helped me to better understand the theocracy of Islam, where religious and political leaders are the same. I'm looking forward to your next book!

Name: Gayle Stroud
Location: DeLeon, TX
Date: Friday, October 20, 2006
Time: 11:38 AM

What a pleasure to have you visit with our "little Texas town" book club! I had never been a part of anything like this before. We had nineteen members present for this meeting and every one was thrilled with Pope Joan. It is such a joy to read a book well-written from every aspect. I knew little about this period of history and the story has prompted me to begin an investigation of that era. Most of us are woefully ignorant about specific times in the past, therefore we fail to see how much and how little that history has and does affect us. Thank you. I look forward to the movie and the next book. Thanks for coming to the "boonies." Gayle

Name: Lanette Munks
Location: Bend, OR
Date: Monday, October 16, 2006
Time: 10:04 AM

Dear Donna; I cannot begin to tell you how special it was for our book club (Connie Dean set it up) when you called us in Bend, Or. Everyone loved the book and we were all left feeling very special after your time spent answering our questions. I want to wish you great success in your upcoming book. I know we will all be anxious for it to arrive on the shelves and read it. Sincerely, Lanette

Name: David Hostetler
Location: Lakeland FLA
Date: Thursday, October 12, 2006
Time: 09:46 AM

Saw your presentation last week at Amelia Island. Quite excellent.

Name: Maryanne Lovell
Location: Burns, Oregon
Date: Wednesday, October 11, 2006
Time: 08:05 AM

My book club in Burns, Oregon is discussing Pope Joan a week from today; every single copy in our book store was sold! I first discovered Pope Joan three years ago at the Camas, Washington Library's book club and it started me thinking: thinking about the Catholic Church, the impact of the Dark Ages, especially on women, and my own life. Since I am a cradle Catholic, the Camas group was concerned I find the book offensive but absolutely not! I have long thought the Catholic Church to be a male-dominated force and, of course, "Mother" Church vehemently denies the possibility of a woman pope. Then, immediately afterwards, I went to Ireland, my first trip abroad, and discovered the ancient and the old. I appreciated what I saw so much more because of your book. Thank you again.

Name: MaryDale Jackson
Location: Winchester VA.
Date: Monday, October 09, 2006
Time: 06:40 PM

I have already set up to have Ms Cross speak by phone to our book group on Wednesday at 10:30 but would like to do a run through tomorrow at about 11:30 AM EST to phone number (540) 665-0427 Please let me know if this can be arranged. Regards, MaryDale

Name: Rennie Macleod
Location: Westmount, Quebec, Canada
Date: Friday, October 6, 2006

Hi Donna,  Just a note to say the student and teacher feedback from your visit to our all-girls secondary school has been overwhelmingly positive. Everyone enjoyed your presentation and humour, and felt you were the perfect speaker for our girls. It was a wonderrful day all around, and the girls will remember this Common Read for a very long time!  Thanks again, Rennie

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Name: pamela lange
Location: north tonawanda
Date: Thursday, October 05, 2006

(Posted on the book and school group chat request page.)  My friend recommended Pope Joan to me. Everyone I asked raved about it, so of course, it was a natural choice for our book group.  In the past we have read The Secret Lives of Bees, The Mermaid's Chair, Love in an Asylum, The Da Vinci Code, and The Memory Keeper's Daughter.

Name: Connie Dean
Location: Bend, Oregon
Groupname: Butte Book Club
Date: Wednesday, October 04, 2006

One of our members, Cindy Miller, who is an avid reader and a counselor with the local school district, read Pope Joan over a year ago and loved it so much that she highly recommended it to our book group. Cindy had another reason for recommending Pope Joan...she wanted to re-read it!!  We would be thrilled if you could join our discussion by speakerphone.  If not,  please know how very much we all enjoyed reading Pope Joan and it will be with pleasure that we recommend it to others.

Name: Yael Nachumi
Location: Israel
Date: Wednesday, October 04, 2006

Hi, We are a group of women (30-45 years old), all native English speakers living in Israel (some originally from Britain, some American, and one - me - native Israeli). A few months ago we started a book-club, meeting once every month to discuss a book we have all agreed to read. My mother bought me Pope Joan, and I couldn't stop reading it!. I then enthusiastically recommended it to the group,  and we are scheduled to discuss the book on October 24th. If it is at all possible to have a chat by speakerphone with Donna Woolfolk Cross on that date or another, we would be most grateful. We are a small group (approx. 8 participants). Thank you very much,  Ms. Woolfolk Cross,  for an amazing reading experience! Best Regards, Yael.
Name: Catherine Penterson
Location: Richmond, Virginia
Date: Tuesday, October 03, 2006

My sister read the book and her book group had a speakerphone discussion with you that they really enjoyed.  Hope you can join us too!

Name: Susan Robbins/West Bend Library Librarian
Location: West Bend, Wisconsin
Groupname: Library Book Club
Date: Friday, September 29, 2006

(Posted on the book and school group chat request page.) Books groups here in West Bend have been reading Pope Joan for a long time now. Donna has called our library before to chat with a reading group­and now another group is reading the book this month.  Hope you will join the conversation again!  Thanks so much. Susan

Name: Sue Johansen
Location: Mequon, Wisconsin
Groupname: Essex Place Book Club
Date: Thursday, September 21, 2006

I've only listed one date for a speakerphone chat, as it's our scheduled meeting to discuss Pope Joan. If this isn't possible, I'll need to contact the group to find alternate dates. Pope Joan was selected by a group member who's a retired Religion/Philosophy teacher (prep school level). She has a "theory" about Pope Joan that she won't share until we meet!

Name: Becky Marconi or Sandy Records
Location: Easthampton, MA
Groupname: Emily Williston Memorial Library Book Club
Date: Wednesday, September 20, 2006

We’ve been looking at lists of other book club choices,  and your book sounds very interesting. I hope we will get a chance to chat with you by speakerphone! Thank you - Becky

Name: Yvonne Milspaw
Location: Harrisburg, PA
Groupname: Women's Issues Reading Group
Date: Tuesday, September 19, 2006

A student here at Harrisburg Community College recommended Pope Joan highly, so I read it and thought it would work very well with our reading group. We are teachers and college staff, and we meet just about every Wednesday at noon during the school year.  Hope you are able to join our conversation by speakerphone!

Name: Kathrin
Location: Ellwangen, Germany
Date: Wednesday, September 20, 2006
Time: 01:50 PM

Hey I just finished the book. Unfortunately I read it in German. In english it would have been better I guess but never mind it was still more than good. I was wondering how D. Cross managed it to find all these historical details? Iīm really impressed. I hope some other books like "Pope Joan" will follow. Itīs the best history lesson I`ve ever had.

Name: Kathleen
Location: Houston, TX
Date: Tuesday, September 19, 2006
Time: 09:41 PM

I loved the book so much I suggested it to my book club and we meet tomorrow for our discussion. I can't wait! Also, I second Jen Quesnel's suggestion regarding the movie adaptation, Gerard Butler (Phantom, Atila, Beowulf etc) would make a GREAT Gerold!

Name: Mary Beth McGuinness
Date: Monday, September 18

Hi, Donna! Please hurry up and finish your new book. Our book group would love another phone interview. We just did "The Other Boleyn Girl," by Phillipa Gregory, but Pope Joan is still on the top of the list for historical fiction!

Name: Carol Lynch
Date: Friday, September 15, 2006

Dear Donna, I have been receiving kudos all day for the "Pope Joan" discussion we had with you by speakerphone last night. It is not often that eight women have the privilege and pleasure of conversing with a famous author for one solid hour. Thank you, thank you, thank you. You were so articulate and so knowledgeable about all things historic and literary! Our collective college-educated minds were both impressed and inspired. I want to be among the first to know who has been cast as Joan, and I hope we can continue to correspond from time to time about your new novel. I, and my Book Club, wish you nothing but the best in your future endeavors. Warmly, Carol Lynch

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Name: Silviabowen
Location: Atlanta, GA 30328
Date: Thursday, September 14, 2006                                       

We are a new book club, and this is our first book. We are a group of women with kids at a Catholic High School in metro Atlanta. I know we only have one time slot listed,  but that is when we are meeting and I only just found the option to have you join our conversation by speakerphone on your web site. Thanks for the book... it was great to read from a Catholic Woman's perspective.

Name: Eileen Rabourn
Location: Memphis, TN
Date: Thursday, September 14                                                                                                

(Posted on the book and school group chat request page.)  I read this book three years ago with my former book club in Detroit and we just loved it! So, I thought I would choose it to start my new book club (in Memphis) off with a selection I knew everyone would love! I have recommended it to everyone I know and they always thank me.

Name: Mary Keary Scott
Location: Nanuet, NY
Groupname: The BBB's
Date: Wednesday, September 13, 2006

We have a stimulating and lively bookclub that meets monthly for the past 2 1/2 years. There are 13 members of the club and we manage to have ~11 members at every meeting. We vote on the upcoming selection and the member who requested your book was very passionate about the selection. It is always difficult to settle on a date and as October 6 has been decided upon, I listed it as the only choice for a possible speakerphone chat with you.  Thank you for your consideration.

Name: Jane Wright
Date: Wednesday, September 13

We really enjoyed ourselves during our speakerphone conversation last night and wanted to thank you for your participation in our discussion. We laughed that we were like 13 year old girls sitting around the phone just before you called and we were thrilled when it started to ring! You were delightful to talk to, and we'll be talking about that book club meeting for a long time to come. You can be assured you have a new group of your "biggest fans" in Pittsburgh.

You were right, we did have lots more to discuss after we hung up the phone with you. Instead of me passing along the questions, I think they plan to sign in on your website and ask them on their own.

Thank you again for an enjoyable evening and best of luck to you on your writing of your next novel. We'd love to chat with you about your next book someday!

Name: Deena Sliker
Location: Wexford, PA
Date: Wednesday, September 13, 2006
Time: 06:43 AM

Donna, Last night our book group was lucky enough to have you "chat" with us by speakerphone.  It was a wonderful experience. Thank you so much for your time and your great stories and quotes. I'm sure I speak for the rest of my group when I say I will be telling many people how fantastic Pope Joan is. I'm also putting it on the “must-read” list for my daughter when she gets a little older. I want her to know how lucky she is to have the choices she does. Thank you again!!!!

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Name: Jill Mason
Location: Allison Park, PA
Date: Tuesday, September 12, 2006
Time: 08:46 PM

Dear Donna, It was a pleasure speaking to you tonight by speakerphone. Thank you for spending so much time with our book club. It was a true honor to personally speak with such an incredibly talented author. I look forward to your next book, and I can't wait to find out who the mystery actress is for the Pope Joan movie. My bet is Leila Soboleski(sp)!

Name: Kathy Hockaday
Date: Tuesday, September 12

Hello Donna,
Thank you so much for making last night's book club really
wonderful. After our speakerphone conversation, we had two hours of nonstop
chatter and excitement about Pope Joan and about you. We are all so grateful
for the experience. We think it is fantastic that you take the time
to do this for reading groups! I hope you realize how much you are appreciated.
When your friendly, warm, smart and funny personality comes through
that speakerphone, it truly is like you are sitting at the table with
us. Thank you so much for sharing your time and your self.
None of us will ever forget it.

Name: MaryDale Jackson
Location: Winchester, VA.
Groupname: Books Etc.
Date: Sunday, September 10, 2006                                                                                                                         

Dear Ms. Cross, Every year in April we choose books for the following year. Your book was recommended by two of our members and by the Winchester Book Gallery, our independent book store. We are a group that has been in existence for 25 years and have 30 members. Between 15 and 25 attend regularly, all women, who range in age from early thirties to seventies. Our oldest member, who was 86 just died this summer. She is a great loss to us and one who recommended your book. We look forward to hearing from you about arranging a speakerphone chat with our group.  Thanks for considering us. Regards, MaryDale Jackson

Name: Lynda East
Location: Media, PA
Date: Monday, September 04, 2006
Time: 07:01 AM

Dear Donna, You spoke with my book group a few years ago at Borders' Springfield, PA.  We were the group whose speakerphone didn't work! We all want to know how you are, what’s happening with the movie, and when will you release another great book? Every month, you are mentioned fondly by the members of our group . If you have time, please throw us a crumb ! Take care, Lynda East

Name: Schaefer
Date: Monday, September 4

Our book group had a great discussion about Pope Joan. Each of us had been to Rome so some of the items offered up as proof on your ABC Primetime Live special were discussed as well. Most of us are catholic, so it was a hot topic, which always makes for lively discussion! =) The book was wonderful, and I have recommended it to a number of friends and they loved it also. Wonderful work!

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Name: Eugenia G. Burpulis
Location: Cleveland, Ohio,
Date: Thursday, August 31, 2006
Time: 09:38 AM

I just this very minute finished the book. I so enjoyed it. It was exciting and a page turner. Of course, Diane Sawyer's “ABC Primetime” piece on it got my attention and I read the book. It was exciting how Pope Joan was able to accomplish her life's objective of being educated and even achieve successes beyond her imagination. She was a woman, like so many, who have had to manage life in order to achieve what we have set out to do. Well done. This movie I would go to see.

Name: Helga Stanley
Location: Chatham, Ont. Canada
Groupname: The Best and Most Beautiful Book Club
Date: Thursday, August 31, 2006

I'm a history major and therefore, I'm always looking for books with a historical flavor. Our book group (12-14 members) are all college graduates and professional women.  .Therefore, we are able to meet only once a month. We tend to choose books that are thought provoking and those that stimulate lively discussion.  We would love to set up a speakerphone chat with the author.

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Name: Carol Lynch
Location: Bloomfield Hills, MI
Date: Monday, August 28

Dear Donna, I had the pleasure of meeting you last April in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan when you came to speak at the Village Club. You gave a wonderful speech on "Pope Joan" which I am reviewing with my Book Club on Wednesday, September 13th. Would you be willing to talk to us that evening using a speaker phone? We convene at 6:30 pm for dinner and usually conclude our discussion of the chosen book by 9pm. We would all be so excited if you could join in anytime between 7pm and 9pm to enrich our understanding of the novel and bring us up to date on the movie version of Joan’s story.

Name: Andrea Alexander
Location: Skaneateles, NY
Date: Monday, August 28, 2006
Time: 05:54 PM

Dear Ms. Woolfolk Cross: First of all, I love your book, "Pope Joan." Our book club read it, and I still talk about it to other book club members. I am on the Board of Directors at Community General Hospital. We are holding a fund raiser on November 17,2006 for the Cardiology unit.  Would you be willing to donate an autographed book/s for our "book basket."?  If this is something you could do for us,we would greatly appreciate it.

Name: Joan Medlicott
Location: Barnardsville, NC
Date: Friday, August 25, 2006
Time: 02:30 PM

I  loved your novel Pope Joan. I have never parted with it and was thrilled when my friend and Librarian from Krenshaw County in SC told me that you have a movie in the works. As an author of women's fiction, of the Ladies of Covington series, I know how long and hard you must have worked for this. When I read your novel, I was transported to the ninth century.   I marveled at the research that went into creating this work of art, and  I want to congratulate you and wish you continued success. I look forward to seeing this remarkable book come to life on the screen. Be well and happy. Joan

Name: Julie Veneziano
Location: Cass City, MI
Groupname: Ravenous Readers
Date: Thursday, August 24, 2006

(Posted on the book group chat request page.)  I first learned of the novel through a flyer in a packet I received from Reading Group Choices. I showed it to my reading group and they wanted to read it. Can we arrange a speakerphone chat with you?

Name: Janice Kemp
Location: Houston, Texas
Groupname: SAS Book Club
Date: Thursday, August 24, 2006

Our book club has met once a month for more than six years. The "founders" read Pope Joan in September 2001 and LOVED it. Indeed, I have yet to read another book that so captured my interest and thoughts. (I found myself "sneaking into the bathroom" to get away from my children so I could have more time to read it!) Yearly our club reminisces and each of us relates what are our "top" picks annually and since inception. Pope Joan always comes out on top of the since inception list. Those of us who already love the book want to read it again and hear from you, Donna; and, we want to introduce your work to the newer members. You might enjoy hearing that there is an "inner circle" joke of sorts regarding your book: Each month one of the first questions the moderator usually asks is "Did you like Book "X" and this writer ALWAYS responds: "Well, it isn't Pope Joan but . . ." I am looking forward to sharing this book with new members and my daughters, when they are old enough to read it. I have given your book as a gift many times. I would be honored to speak with you about it by speakerphone. We all would be SO excited and you would be our first "live chat" with an author. If these dates I provided on the chat request form don't work, we can give you more. Thank you SO much for your wonderful novel and this chance to "meet" you.

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Name: Paulyna Rivera
Location: Marietta, Georgia
Date: Wednesday, August 23, 2006
Time: 09:00 AM

This book was absolutely great! I loved it! The story is so moving and just a great novel. I am an english major at Kennesaw State University and I am planning on letting everyone I know about this book. As a woman and as a roman catholic, this book empowered me to realize the important, yet unacknowledged role that we women face in the church today. This book was absolutely amazing! Can’t wait for the movie!

Name: K Hewitt
Location: USA
Date: Tuesday, August 22, 2006
Time: 09:27 PM

Dear Ms. Cross;  I read "Pope Joan" and was unable to put the book down. I loved it and have been more than happy to buy extra copies to place them in the hands of a great many friends. I am working on a website (www.LoadedShelf.com) that will be officially launched in the next two weeks.   In celebration of our launching week I am working on a series of online interviews with great authors, each which will debut during our launch week. I have already secured Diana Gabaldon, Sharon Kay Penman, Denise Giardina, and Marina Lewycka.  When we were putting together the list of authors, you were one I was dead-set on adding. I would be immensely pleased if you could take a few moments to answer a few emailed questions so that LoadedShelf members can be introduced to you and hopefully your book. Thank you so much! 

Name: Jessica Marcy
Location: Troy, New York
Groupname: Jessica's Book Club
Date: Monday, August 21, 2006

I originally learned of Pope Joan the novel through a website of recommended historical fiction novels. Since I first read it, about four years ago, I have been recommending it to everyone I know. I am a librarian and we read this book about two years ago for our book group on Mrs. Cross called and talked to us. It was a great experience. I am now in the process of starting a new book group and this is going to be our kick-off book. I know that having the author join us by speakerphone during the discussion would, once again, greatly enhance the experience for everyone in the group.

Name: Jen Quesnel
Location: Canada
Date: Monday, August 21, 2006
Time: 12:49 PM

Dear Donna: What a great book! I am loving it and think Gerard Butler (Phantom, Atila, Beowulf etc) would make a GREAT Gerold!

Name: Hayley
Location: Oconomowoc, Wisconsin
Date: Thursday, August 17, 2006
Time: 05:40 PM

I loved Pope Joan! I am a Catholic and had never heard of her until I happened to find this book while just browsing in a bookstore. Ms. Cross, thank you so much for writing this book.   I have always had a great thirst for learning, a voracious reading appetite, and I grew up in a very sexist and anti-female small town area. In class discussions,  I would argue against all types of ignorant and antiquated views from my male (and some female) classmates. When I read about Joan debating and talking circles around her opponents, I felt like I was reading about myself (although I would never be near as great as Joan!)   Pope Joan has inspired me to read more about the popes, the antipopes (popes that became so by illegitimate or illegal means and thus are not considered to be real popes), and the history of the Church.   I think that the truth about Joan may be in the Vatican, in the Secret Archives that are only for the Pope's use (yes they are actually called 'secret'). From what I've read, only the Pope can give permission for other priests, scholars, etc to go in - usually they can only look in certain sections of the archives and are admitted only if they are looking into a specific topic, so it is very easy to make sure that no one finds out any undesirable history.  I'm not bringing up these things because I'm a conspiracy nut (I'm not), or because I hate the Catholic Church (I'm Catholic, I love and respect the Church,  but I think for myself just like many Catholics do - this Pope Joan book is NOT anti-Catholic!)    I'm just bringing it up because it's interesting, and because I wish we could learn about the church history with ALL of the information. But I guess 'some ideas are dangerous', right? :)  Anyway, hopefully, the wishes of Joan will one day be completely fulfilled, not just women’s ability to read/learn or to be our own master or to have the rights that we have today, but also to become priests if that be our calling.

Name: Reuven Zaibel
Location: Israel
Date: Wednesday, August 16, 2006
Time: 01:49 AM

Dear Donna: I enjoyed your book very much and it really made me "live" the ninth century and Joan's character through it.

Name: Teri Marconi
Location: San Mateo, CA
Date: Wednesday, August 16, 2006

(Posted on the book group chat request page.)  Sorry...I just found this website TODAY - the day of our bookclub meeting! I am so bummed that I didn't find it sooner. My best friend is from Germany (not a member of our bookclub) and she read the book (in German) several years ago. She told me it was her all-time FAVORITE book and so I recommended it to our group after the first 4 books we read were not so great. So far the comments coming back from the group have all been that this is the BEST!

Name: Laura DeLuca
Location: Florham Park, NJ
Date: Monday, August 14, 2006
Time: 09:41 AM

Dear Donna, Pope Joan is still the favorite of the Ya Ya Book Club! You were kind enough to conduct a conference call for us during one of our meetings to go further in depth on the book, which we are eternally grateful to you. You mentioned that you were working on a new book, and we have tried to find it, to no avail. Would you please let us know where we can get the new one (you wouldn't give us the title on the call!) or when you think it will be available. thanks much.. hope all is well for you. sincerely, Laura and the Ya Yas

Name: Sally Herpin
Location: Lafayette, Louisiana
groupname: Talk About Books!
Date: Tuesday, August 08, 2006

(Posted on the book group chat request page.)  Greetings from another Phi Beta Kappa. Your book was recommended to me a couple of years ago by a friend who is a Vice Provost at Duke Univ. I nominated it as a selection for my book club. Our date had already been set for the book discussion when I discovered your website. If you happen to be available to chat with us by speakerphone, we would love for you to call in.

Name: Lisa Jass
Location: La Habra, CA
Date: Tuesday, August 08, 2006
Time: 03:18 PM

This is the second year we are using this book as a required summer reading for our 10th grade honors English students. It has become one of my favorite books, and I know the students enjoy it. Thanks!!!

Name: Elaine Beitenhaus
Location: Cincinnati, OH
Date: Thursday, August 03, 2006
Time: 11:01 AM

Dear Donna, Thank you so much for the speakerphone conference with our United Way Book Group this afternoon. I was born and raised a Catholic and had never heard of Pope Joan until a couple of months ago. I absolutely loved the book!  Thank you again for the time you spent with us. It was so very enjoyable. I'll be looking for your next novel when it is published, and sharing this one with my family and friends. Sincerely, Elaine Beitenhaus Cincinnati, OH

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Name: Debbie Hartley
Location: Cincinnati, OH
Date: Thursday, August 03, 2006
Time: 10:18 AM

Dear Ms. Cross, Thank you so much for chatting with our book group today (8/3/06) via speakerphone! It was so interesting to hear a more in-depth perspective of the book as well as your personal experiences before and after it was published.

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Name: Suzanne Yadav
Location: New York, NY
Date: Thursday, July 27, 2006
Time: 02:38 PM

Dear Ms. Cross - In March of this year stopped for a book sigining at Creekside Books and Coffee in Skaneateles, New York. The shop is owned and operated by a very close friend of mine, Erika Davis. During a recent visit to see her, she recommened and lent me her signed copy of "Pope Joan" which I thoroughly enjoyed and can not stop recommending! Unfortunately, the personalized copy, a peper back, was literally destroyed by teething children, sun lotion, etc...I feel very badly and would like to replace her book. The orignal inscription, dated 3/4/06, reads: "For Erika, another lover of books - and a woman who knows how to make things happen! With Admiration - Donna Woolfolk Cross" Would it be possible to purchase another copy of the book, have you sign it and pay to have it shipped to Erika? Thank you in advance for your time and help!

Name: Tony Pecora McAdoo
Location: Fernandina Beach, FL USA
Date: Wednesday, July 26, 2006
Time: 03:49 AM

Dear Ms. Cross, I first heard and read your wonderful book while I was working at the Vatican Exhibit Gift Shop during its stay at the Art Museum in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, about 2 years ago. It was interesting that we had several titles in the store, but not yours. We did have a semi-official type poster with the Popes in historical order for sale. Whenever possible, I would comment to prospective purchasers that Pope Joan was omitted. During my time working there I shared my copy of your book with many other Museum staff members to their delight. I hope we will be able to meet while you are here in FB in October. In addition, my partner, Jose Garcia, used to be a priest and studied and worked in Rome many years ago and is an accomplished historian of many of behind-the-scenes Vatican exploits. I'm sure he could share some interesting stories with you. Again, thank you for writing your book. See you on Amelia Island in October. Tony McAdoo & Jose Garcia

Name: Anne Thatcher
Location: Winfield, Missouri
Date: Monday, July 17, 2006
Time: 04:43 PM

I bought your book back when it first came out and I have in all honesty probably read it 25 times. I have recommended it to countless people, and I will continue to do so. I have read it so many times I am now going to buy a new copy to replace the old. A very impressive book and I applaud you.

From: Linda Rosenfeld
Subject: Writing this, akin to cooking for a chef.
Date: Monday, July 17, 2006

Thank you for making me the heroine of the Artsy book club at our  speakerphone discussion tonight. If anyone ever asks again, "what of yourself is in this book?", feel free to say that it is the wit and keen intelligence of Joan herself! You should know how very happy you left us this evening. We loved the escape into another world you gave us in Pope Joan, and tonight for a while we were able to escape again.We spoke of how different and yet unchanged men are in ignorance and cruelty making a hell on earth. We wondered if women were in power, would we be so quick to kill each other's children?

We so appreciated your time, your careful research, your wealth of knowledge and your generosity to share with us. We look forward to being able to read your next book. You can be sure that the minute we can we will be buying it! Your admiring audience is waiting.

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From: "Mindy Ross"
United Way of Greater Cincinnati
Date: Thursday, July 17, 2006

I recently finished reading Pope Joan and it was AWESOME!

Thanks for writing such an inspirational piece of art. It only took me 3 days to finish because I couldn't put it down!

Would you be willing to chat by speakerphone with our book group on August 3 at 12:15pm EST? It would be a very unique experience for our book club to include you in our discussion and I'd love to provide our members with the opportunity if we can make it work!

Name: Toshiko. M
Location: Yokohama, Japan
Date: Sunday, July 09, 2006
Time: 11:38 PM

I have just finished this book (Japanese translation).   Absolutely touched by the energy and strong will that Joan had in that difficult time. How happy and lucky we are to live now instead of then!  I’m excited to learn that there will be a movie.  Who will play the part of Joan?

Name: Andrea Semião
Location: Lisbon, Portugal
Date: Friday, June 30, 2006
Time: 07:35 AM

This book is absolutely amazing!  Thank you so much for your inspiration! I have no words!

Name: Mindy Ross
groupname: United Way of Greater Cincinnati:  Book Club
Date: Friday, June 30, 2006

(Posted on the book group chat request page.)  Our local librarian suggested Pope Joan to us and we immediately looked up this website and are so excited about this opportunity. Thanks!

Name: Audrey Wanner
Location: Ottawa, Ontario
Date: Sunday, June 25, 2006
Time: 07:54 PM

Thank you so much for chatting with our book club by speakerphone on June 4th. It was so interesting to get to ask specific questions about why you wrote things certain ways.  .It was also very illuminating to learn about some of the behind the scenes issues that arise in publishing.. Our book club thoroughly enjoyed the book and also loved talking to you!

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Name: Mary Ellen Snodgrass
Location: United States
Date: Sunday, June 11, 2006
Time: 12:21 PM

Dear Donna, I promised to let you know when the Encyclopedia of Feminist Literature was published. I just received my copy this week. I hope you like the entry on your work.  Mary Ellen Snodgrass. 

Name: Joan Fast
Location: Doylestown PA
Date: Wednesday, June 07, 2006
Time: 02:39 PM

I read this book sometime back and probably gushed over it a bit much.  My friends started calling me Pope Joan!   I found the book very thought-provoking.

Name: Vicki C.
Location: Dallas, TX
Date: Monday, June 05, 2006
Time: 09:11 AM

I purchased Poap Joan last Wednesday based on the recommendation of a friend and have enjoyed reading it very much--I especially historial fiction/fact books where the authors have done their research and then share it with their readers in footnote form at the back or just by an elaborated list of their sources. As a former English teacher who could not convince my students of the obligation to provide proper documentation for their researched papers and the ability to write about historical/critical insights with creativity, I loved having popular pieces of literature to share with them as writing samples. My only quibble is really the art chosen for the new cover edition.... the artwork resembles a young Elizabeth I much more than the ephemeral Joan of the novel…

Name: ursula
Location: Bermuda Dunes CA
Date: Saturday, June 03, 2006
Time: 11:39 AM

I read this book (german translation) 2 years ago. Loved it,couldn' stop reading. I am excited to know there will be a movie.

Name: Hilary Kramer
Location: New Paltz, NY
Date: Friday, June 02, 2006
Time: 07:48 AM

Hello, I publish a national award winning magazine for the lgbt community of the Hudson Valley in New York called InsideOUT. We would be interested in receiving a review copy of Pope Joan. InsideOUT is a high quality, general interest magazine published bi-monthly, serving an educated and upscale readership. We have over 30,000 readers. Thank you your consideration.

Name: Page Flippers Book Club
Location: St. Joseph, Missouri USA
Date: Wednesday, May 31, 2006
Time: 09:08 AM

What a wonderful experience our speakerphone conversation with Donna Cross was!  ! Our book club was amazed with the story of Pope. This is the sort of story that is an inspiration to all women throughout the world. Education is the key to advancement and fulfillment in our personal and social lives. Pope Joan has lived and proved it. A big thank you to Donna Cross for answering all our questions and more. She took the time to actually have a converation with us that was not rushed by the clock. We could feel her enthusiasm and love for Pope Joan. This book will go to the top of our book club’s "Favorite Reads" list.

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Name: Audrey Wanner
Location: Ottawa, Ontario Canada
Date: Wednesday, May 31, 2006

(Posted on the book group chat request page.)  My mother recommended it while I was on vacation. I could not put it down so I thought my book club would love it.

Name: Noel Ferre
Location: Mankato, MN
groupname: Mankato Newcomer's Book Club
Date: Friday, May 26, 2006

(Posted on the book group chat request page.)  I read this novel a couple of years ago with a book club in Illinois and you called in to our group, which was truly the highlight of the year. I ranted and raved about it to my new book club here in Minnesota and they picked it for our June meeting.

Location: Carmel, IN
groupname: Oprah and More! Reading Group
Date: Wednesday, May 24, 2006

I met Donna while she was signing books for the Block Forum in Indianapolis. (I was the guy with the books from B&N!) My bookgroup would love to hear from her!

 Name: Vickie
Location: Missouri, USA
Date: Tuesday, May 23, 2006
Time: 05:28 PM

Thank you for this excellent website!  I never thought to google my favorite book, but lo and behold it has its own name in the dot com! How wonderful!  I read Pope Joan 2 years ago, when I was 19, and it was my obsession for the year. I am in the process of reading it for the second time and remember vividly why I loved it so much! I got to speak to Mz. Cross when she joined the conversation by speakerphone with my mother's bookclub.  She was absolutely charming, cracking everyone  up! I find it so admirable that she gives her fans an outlet for contacting her at such an intimate level. Please keep me informed of any movie advancements!

From: Joan Dalrymple
Date: Sat, 13 May 2006
Subject:  Pope Joan in Richmond, Virginia

The Bibliophillies really enjoyed spending Wednesday evening with you discussing your fantastic book by speakerphone.  There were 12 of us in attendance which is the largest crowd we have had in four years because everyone was so excited to be able to chat with the author - and to discuss a book that we all enjoyed.  There was a retired Episcopal priest with us who has recommended the book to her former church to read at their book club.  Before you called, we were talking about the intinction part in the book.  That is still an "issue" in today's church. 

We are looking forward to the movie and have our fingers crossed that those tacky Hollywood types do it justice.  Meanwhile, keep writing so that we will have another one of your books to read and discuss. We'll be on the lookout for the next one...We would love to meet you some day - The Junior League of Richmond does a book and author dinner every year.  Do you ever do any of those?

Thank you, again!  Joan (not of the Pope nor Arc)  Dalrymple

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Name: Rennie MacLeod
Location: Montreal, Que.
Date: Friday, May 12, 2006
Time: 10:42 AM

(Posted on the book group chat request page.)   I am the librarian at ECS School, a private girl's school in Montreal. For the past two years our school has been participating in a common read program at the middle school level and the senior school level. This year the Common Read Committee, made up of teachers and students, selected "Pope Joan" as next year's common read for grades 9-11. We all thoroughly enjoyed your novel and would like to invite you to visit our school to celebrate this common read. I was wondering if you would consider coming to Montreal and visiting our school sometime next Fall. Rennie Macleod Librarian ECS School Montreal
Name: Joyce Fischer
Location: Lafayette, Colorado
Date: Thursday, May 11, 2006
Time: 07:38 AM

(Posted on the book group chat request page.)   Dear Donna,I am the chair of the 2nd annual Authors' Luncheon sponsored by Zonta Foothills of Boulder County. Boulder had never had an authors' luncheon before. Our first effort was very successful with 125 people in attendance We would love to have you as one of our guests on Saturday, April 21, 2007. Perhaps you can arrange a trip to Colorado when you visit your daughter in Denver.  Hope you haven't forgotten us. You spoke to our book club in the fall of this year. Looking forward to hearing from you. Joyce Fischer


Date: Wed, 10 May 2006
From: Mary Beth McGuinness
Subject: LousianaInterview

Everyone in our book group loved your interview last night . Thanks for being available to readers in this personal way.  Your comments added to our enjoyment of Pope Joan and gave us a heightened appreciation of the  research involved in good historical fiction.  Please get busy with your new French novel. We're all very curious and busy guessing who and what it's about. Maybe you'll grant us another interview when it is published?   Until then, as we say down here, Y'all take care

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From: Audrey.
Subject: Re: Pope Joan in Westfield, New Jersey?
Date: Tue, 9 May 2006

(Posted on the book group chat request page.)   Our book group really loved Pope Joan and are really looking forward to a robust conversation about Joan and her obstacles and
decisions.  I read it in Costa Rica over Easter break and met a nice women
from San Diego who was also reading it.  We had our own little book club
every day at the pool.   it  would have made you proud!

Thanks Donna. Looking forward to the next book.

Name: Annica
Location: Sweden
Date: Monday, May 08, 2006
Time: 11:13 PM

I have read the swedish translation of the book. When Joanna is leaving the convent she is learning a small girl the head counting rule of Beda Venerabelis. I would like to have more information about this rule. Is there any books or links on the internet where it is possible to learn more?

Date: Sat, 06 May 2006
From: "Nancy Eichelsdorfer"
Subject: Re:  Pope Joan in Erie, Pennsylvania

Dear Donna,
Thank you!  Thank you! Thank you!  The speakerphone chat with our book group last
evening was wonderful and enlightening.  The discussion of the movie,
book, research was of course extremely interesting; you are a pro at that.
However, there was something that happened, that you probably did not
realize... you made US feel good about OUR BOOK CLUB. Yes,
we do have something special - a group of women from many walks of life
who originally got together 20 years ago because of a love of books, but
the club bonded 22 into real, long-lasting friendships.; And
after talking with you, we felt good about ourselves! And yes, we
did raise a toast to you with our wine classes.
Again, many thanks!  We all wish you a great empowerment as an
educated female when you meet with the movie producer!

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From: "Harriet Glick"
Subject: thank you
Date: Tue, 2 May 2006

Dear Donna....I was so delighted to be able to attend this morning's teleconference.  The women in our book group just loved hearing you talk about the book.  You answered all the questions that arose from reading the book.  We all look forward to the movie if it ever comes to be....I think it would be a box office hit.  Again.....many thanks for the opportunity to talk with you.  We all look forward to your new book too.

Subject: RE: Pope Joan in Granite Bay, California?
Date: Fri, 21 Apr 2006
From: "Vivian Gundestrup"

What an enjoyable experience it was to have you chat with our book group by speakerphone last night. We could tell from your appearance on ABC Prime Time that you were very articulate and had such a cute personality! Have you done much TV work? You were a natural at it.
It was great to feel a connection with the author of a book we enjoyed so much. After our chat, we had a spontaneous and  animated discussion for about 45 minutes about Pope Joan, punctuated with "and I really loved the part where she..." and "what did you think when..."
Thank you again for sharing your time with us. We can hardly wait for your next novel!
Take care,  Vivian Gundestrup and the Granite Bay Book Club

Name: Brittany
Location: TX, US
Date: Saturday, April 08, 2006
Time: 01:04 PM

I actually read Pope Joan for a historical fiction book report in my Honors History class, so I have to admit, when I first opened the book I wasn't sure what to expect. But after the first page I was enthralled. I couldn't put the book down,  no matter how many times I reminded myself I had Algebra or English homework to do.  The six weeks I had to finish the book and write the report were not needed, for I finished Pope Joan in a little under 24 hours and the book report is nearly finished. I just wanted to say that Pope Joan was such an extremely powerful novel with an amazing amount of historical information.(really! the book report wasn't as hard as it should have been! Thanks!)

Name: Chris Jones
Location: Louisville, KY - USA
Date: Saturday, April 15, 2006
Time: 06:32 PM

One of my closest friends is an avid reader and recently let it slip that her current favorite is your very own Pope Joan!! So I jumped on ebay and tracked her down a first edition and I was wondering if you would be willing to sign it if I were to send it to you? I would, of course, provide the return self addressed packaging. I would prefer it signed "For Julie" and then your signature. You are completely welcome (and heavily encouraged) to write a fun or insightful quote as well. It would mean the world to me and I am somewhat confident her as well!! Let me know what you think!! Hope to hear from you soon! Chris Jones

Date: Wed, 12 Apr 2006
From: "Sours, Mardell L"
Subject: THANK YOU!

On behalf of our Three Seasons Book Club - Thank you for your
willingness to share your thoughts and "horse's mouth" answers to our
questions on Monday night.  Your research added amazing insight to us about the dark ages and we had a lively discussion after we hung up about the vastness of the world's
ignorance when it comes to thinking broadly about women's roles and
social injustice. 

This was truly a memorable event for our book club and we enjoyed,
immensely, your wit, humor and intellect.  We will gladly tell everyone we know about your book.  I know several other book clubs and will share with them the opportunity to
talk with you and, hopefully, they will take advantage of such a unique
Thank you for your gracious conversation with our book club,  Mardell Sours

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Date: Tue, 11 Apr 2006
From: laura ye
Subject: Pope Joan
Thank you so much for calling our book club last week  and sharing the wonderful story of Pope Joan with us. Everyone said  the same thing--that hearing from you was amazing! As a foreigner, I find out your book is amazing and attractive. I am looking forward to the movie. This is one thing about which I am curious. What happened to Anastasius's Uncle who was murdered in the beginning?

Name: michele macgregor
Location: Willoughby, NSW Australia
Date: Saturday, April 08, 2006
Time: 04:48 AM

Dear Donna Some time ago, my mother lent me your book in German. I loved the German version so much and bought two copies in English for my friends to read here in Australia. I also did think of getting the movie rights for this book, but I am glad to hear that it is well underway and in good hands. I do look forward to seeing it on the big screen some time soon. Michele Macgregor 

From: "Joan Reed"
Subject: Venice
Date: Fri, 7 Apr 2006

Dear Donna:  Thank you for chatting by speakerphone with the Venice G&CC book group on Monday.  We had 24 people from all over the country.  Most of the people are here only 6 months so that means your word will be spread around the country.  Several bought the book for their children and some talked about contacting you with groups from their home states.
We are considering having a Pope Joan Party in the fall and will brain storm on how to get your wonderful book out there!  Our group includes some very smart people.
Joan Reed

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Date: Thu, 06 Apr 2006
Subject: Thank you!

Donna - I can't tell you how much our book group  all enjoyed our speakerphone discussion with you last night about Pope Joan.  We truly appreciate your taking the time to talk with us and realize what a unique opportunity that was.  You were informative, humorous and so easy to talk to . we only wish you could have been sitting in the room with us!
We are really looking forward to your next novel and wish you great success with all your future literary endeavors.
Thanks again - Lisa Knowles

Name: Patricia J Ribolzi
Location: Ottawa, IL USA
Groupname: Reddick Library Evening Book Group
Date: Thursday, April 06, 2006

(Posted on the book group chat request page.)   One of our current book group members had read Pope Joan in a previous group and she recommended it to us. So far everyone who has read it loves it!  Our discussion will be next week but we would be so excited to talk with Donna that we would extend our discussion to another date if we have to. The group has been meeting since October, 2005, and has grown to about eleven members.

Date: Wed, 5 Apr 2006
From: Margaret Eustace
Subject: 4/4 Westmoreland Book Club

Thank you for taking the time to join our book group meeting by speakerphone last night.  We really enjoyed hearing it all "from the horses mouth".   An author chat was a very interesting twist for us. Thanks for sharing your insights and experience! 
We look forward to your next book.  All Best,  Margaret Eustace

Name: robin sharp
Location: lafayette - colorado
Date: Wednesday, April 05, 2006
Time: 12:39 PM

I had the great good fortune to be at our book group's speakerphone conversation with donna - a totally awesome and inspiring hour, what a WONDERFUL experience!
I  want to tell the world what an amazing book this is --- a page turner beyond compare !!!!   You must experience it ! thank you, Donna,  for being such an incredible writer - Robin

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Name: Kathe Wilson
Location: Oregon, IL
Groupname: Evening book club
Date: Wednesday, April 05, 2006

Pope Joan was mentioned in a Chicago Tribune article on the "Best Book Club Reads." We liked the premise of the book and decided to read it. We know that this request is short notice, so if you cannot call on the date requested, we will understand. We meet in the library, so probably can't reschedule, but let us know if another Thursday night would work instead and we'll start begging!

Name: Darcy Orr
Location: Westborough, Ma
Groupname: Wine and a Book
Date: Wednesday, April 05, 2006

One of our members recommended Pope Joan during our semi-annual review of books and locations. This member's mother had read it and thought it was terrific. We all agreed to add it to out list. Last week we met and two of the members had already read the book and very much enjoyed it, so we are all looking forward to it. We have lively discussions and would be thrilled to speak with Ms. Cross. Kind regards, Darcy Orr
Name: Ginger Cooley
Location: Niwot, Colorado
Date: Tuesday, April 04, 2006
Time: 07:49 PM

I was reluctant at first when my friend suggested that I read Pope Joan.  I am so grateful that I did not judge the book by its cover!   I am not an avid reader, so it takes a lot to keep me going. Your novel Pope Joan did just this. Wonderfully written, the story gripped me and wouldn't let go.

Name: Jennifer
Location: West Dundee, IL (Chicago)
Groupname: Shhhhh.... book club
Date: Sunday, April 02, 2006

(Posted on the book group chat request page.)   OK, so I was looking for fodder for our  book group discussion, and just now found out that we could add you to the discussion. I am sure that I am asking way too late, but it never hurts to try! I heard about the story of Pope Joan through a show on the History Channel. Not two weeks later, one of my best friends told me that she was reading it for her book club. She really enjoyed it, so I chose it for mine. I haven't yet decided the "turn" the discussion will take - how females were treated then, how religion was viewed (and in my mind, what that means for the devout today), the romance part of it, etc. So many things to talk about, so little time.... Anyhow, thanks for the opportunity! Jennifer

Name: Nancy W. Brown
Location: DeLeon,TX 76444
Groupname: So Many Books, So Little Time Book Group
Date: Friday, March 31, 2006

A friend from Dallas read Pope Joan in her group in 2005, and said it was the group's favorite of the year. They especially enjoyed the opportunity to visit with the author by speakerphone.  Our group is in a very tiny Central Texas town, and visitation with the author is an extremely rare opportunity for us.

Name: Nicole Carner
Location: Granville, NY
Groupname: Pember Book Club
Date: Thursday, March 30, 2006

(Posted on the book group chat request page.)   I heard on a listserv that the book was great AND the author chatted with book clubs by speakerphone! Then a library in our system (Stillwater) had a great experience, and we decided we'd like to do it too!

Name: Abe Toyoko
Location: Funabashi/Chiba/Japan
Date: Sunday, March 26, 2006
Time: 08:23 AM

I read this book by japanense. I'm not a good at english but I want to send this e-mail. I'm touched by her activity! This story acts as an encouragement to me that I live life its fullest. I just can't wait for the new movie!

Name: Whitney Bluhm
Location: Winona, MN
Date: Friday, March 24, 2006
Time: 09:36 AM

I would like to thank you for coming to Winona State University on Thursday, March 23. Hearing about your experiences and knowledge was amazing! You have a knack for storytelling and made me feel as if I were living right in the time of Joan! Thank you once again for sharing this wonderful story with the community of Winona!!

Name: Amber Dulek
Location: Winona, MN
Date: Thursday, March 23, 2006
Time: 09:40 PM

Hello, I am writing a paper about Cross' discussion about Pope Joan at Winona State University today. She mentioned that the official reasoning for papal processions to go around where Pope Joan died didn't appear to be true because of the master of ceremonies' journal. I think she mentioned it, but what did she uncover?? Thanks, Amber Dulek

Name: Karola Kristina Rietz
Location: los angeles, ca
Date: Tuesday, March 21, 2006
Time: 08:56 PM

I 'devoured' Pope Joan a couple of years ago and have re-read it several times since then. The book ranks extremely high on my list of favorites and has been a frequent recommendation to others. Never having lived in those dark ages, I would say that you have depicted a very possible scenario. Ultimately I do believe that Pope Joan existed - there are too many facts, mentions and traditions (or changes thereof) to declare it a 'fable'. I can't wait to read your next book!

Nancy Anderson
The Bookworms Bookclub
Date: Thursday, March 16, 2006

I want to express the gratitude of The Bookworms for the wonderful time we had "visiting" with you by speakerphone on Tuesday. You shared so much of yourself and your craft with us and we all felt
enriched and enlightened afterward. We will certainly look forward to the Pope Joan movie as well as your new book. I trust your webmaster will send notifications when the releases are imminent. Thank you again for accommodating our schedule and for giving us this very special wrap-up to
the  reading of your book.

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From: "Claire Joyce"
Subject: Thanks for the phone chat!
Date: Wed, 15 Mar 2006 21:28:41 -0700

Dear Donna-
Wow!!  The women of the “Boulder Book Club” are permanent fans of yours.  We LOVED our speakerphone chat with you.  It was fascinating to hear about your research and the many challenges and decisions you faced while writing about Pope Joan.  You did a wonderful job of bringing us into your world of the 9th century.  We were so invigorated by your candor and enthusiasm; we are already looking forward to your next book!!
We would like to invite you to come to Boulder to make an “appearance” in this area –you would get a wonderful audience.  Let me know if we can help facilitate this in any way.  To make up for us keeping you on the phone so long during our chat, we would love to host you for dinner while you are here. J
We were also wondering if you would share some of your favorite titles with us, specifically those in the historical fiction category.
Thanks again for taking the time to share your thoughts with us. 
Claire Joyce

Name: Lorie Swander
Charlotte, North Carolina
Date: Tuesday, March 14, 2006

Tonights "meeting" with you by speakerphone was incredible.  All in our club are book lovers,  but to have you participate in the discussion tonight was perfect.  The book is fabulous and we talked for another hour after we hung up.
One comment made and I must share.  "I don't think she truly understands what she has done with the writing of this book".  Thank you for giving voice and words to this history.

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Name: Mary OConnor
Location: Lombard, IL
Groupname: Reading Realtors
Date: Wednesday, Mary 15, 2006

Donna,  Thanks so much for your call last  night.  We all commented that we could just picture you in front of a classroom and we agreed that any student would be lucky to have a teacher like you!  Good luck with your book and the movie.  It was an honor to spend the hour with you!

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Name: Claire Joyce
Location: Boulder, Colorado
Reading Realtors
Date: Wednesday, Mary 15, 2006

Wow!!  The women of the “Boulder Book Club” are permanent fans of yours.  We LOVED our phone chat with you.  It was fascinating to hear about your research and the many challenges and decisions you faced while writing about Pope Joan.  You did a wonderful job of bringing us into your world of the 9th century.  We were so invigorated by your candor and enthusiasm; we are already looking forward to your next book!!
We would like to invite you to come to Boulder to make an “appearance” in this area –you would get a wonderful audience.  Let me know if we can help facilitate this in any way.  To make up for us keeping you on the phone so long during our chat, we would love to host you for dinner while you are here.
We were also wondering if you would share some of your favorite titles with us, specifically those in the historical fiction category.
Thanks again for taking the time to share your thoughts with us. 

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Name: Kim Kehr
Location: Parker, Colorado
Date: Friday, March 10, 2006

Thanks so much for calling in to our book group meeting.   It was a great discussion of your book.   Talking with you definitely added very much to our discussion.   Offering these conversations is definitely a great benefit for book clubs! 
We will be looking forward to your new book and upcoming movie.  Thank you for all your input on other books that we might enjoy.

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Name: Martha Hahn
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Groupname: Par Tee Players
Date: Wednesday, March 01, 2006

(Posted on the book group chat request page.)   Our book group heard about Pope Joan through word of mouth from other Book Clubs. We are a group of women from all over the country, who have book clubs at their "other" homes, and we are fascinated by the topic. I am almost done reading, and I just love every word. Thanks for considering our request to chat with you by speakerphone.  Martha Hahn

Name: Mardell Sours
Location: Kennewick, WA
Groupname: Three Seasons Book Club
Date: Thursday, March 02, 2006

(Posted on the book group chat request page.)   Our book club members members regularly listen to NPR, various internet sites for book clubs and are all voracious readers. One of us ran across Pope Joan and suggested for the group.  We would relish an opportunity to discuss this with Donna and have already started drafting some questions we might ask of her. Of the three dates suggested, April is our preferred date as we are reading the book for that meeting. Thank you for considering us!

Name: Wendy Ressler
Location: Central New York

 It was so great to hear you speak about Pope Joan at Creekside Books. (That is a delightful place and I'm sure I'll find reasons to go back again and again.)  But the true delight of the afternoon was seeing you. You are probably the most energetic, interesting and audience-engaging author I have ever heard speak!

Name: Trish Blake-Jones
Location: Rochester NY
Groupname: Hedge Wood Ladies Reading Group
Date: Thursday, March 02, 2006

(Posted on the book group chat request page.)   Hi Donna, I'm just reading the last pages of Pope Joan for our book club tonight. I told a friend this morning that I would love to phone you with questions, having no idea that you participate with groups by speakerphone!  I've just discovered moments ago that you do! We're meeting tonight on Pope Joan, but will reconvene again if you can talk with us. About 10 women are in our group. We chose this book because of excellent reader word of mouth. We look forward to hearing from you! Trish Blake-Jones

Name: Sandy Johnson
Location: Addison, MI
Date: Friday, March 03, 2006
Time: 03:58 PM

I absolutely loved this book!! Our  entire book club felt that it rated at or near the top of all the books we have ever read. It is unusual to have everyone in the club as positive about a book!   We also loved your conversation with us by speakerphone last night!!  It was hard picking the next book after this wonderful "event"!

Thank you again for writing such a wonderful story, and for all you do to promote it. Both are truly a rare find! I hope that it becomes the "buzz" for more people in the US soon!!  I guarantee that I will be one of the people trying to help create that scenario. Sandy 

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Name: Connie Chan
Location: Berkeley, California, USA
Date: Saturday, March 04, 2006
Time: 06:02 PM

Dear Ms. Cross, My name is Connie Chan and I am a high school student. I am doing a large research paper for my world history class about Pope Joan. During my research, I came across your novel. I noted that it is historical fiction. Can you tell me how much of your novel is actually based on your research of Pope Joan and which parts you made up?   I would appreciate any help that you can provide. Sincerely, Connie Chan

Name: Claire Joyce
Location: Boulder, CO
Groupname: Boulder Book Club
Date: Friday, March 03, 2006

(Posted on the book group chat request page.)   A friend who is an avid reader recommended Pope Joan. I loved it and have suggested it to my book group and to many other friends who all love it too.  Our book club enjoys historical fiction and are always looking for strong female characters.  Hope you can join us!

Name: Carol Tess
Location: Bonita Springs, FL
Date: Thursday, March 09, 2006
Time: 06:13 PM

Thank you! I know our book group was very last minute with our request for a speakerphone chat. We really appreciated your call and all the wonderful information you shared with us. How many ways can I say that POPE JOAN is one of the best books I have ever read? I will continue to say that until everyone I know has read it! Thank you for your time, thank you for the book, thank you for being you....carol tess

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Name: Katie Peterson
Location: Salt Lake City, UT
Groupname: Bookworms
Date: Monday, March 06, 2006

While pregnant on bed rest a dear friend brought over this book. She said it was amazing and would help pass time. Unfortunately I was on bed rest for 4 months and I finished the book within a week!  I have never been so sad to finish a book. I have given it to numerous friends and chosen it for the book I wanted to facilitate this year at my book club. I would be so thrilled to be able to talk to you by speakerphone and ask you questions about Pope Joan at our book club meeting. Thanks for writing such a wonderful novel!

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Name: Sandi Biron
Location: West Warwick, Rhode Island
Date: Monday, February 27, 2006
Time: 08:10 AM

Dear Donna, Not since the book "The Red Tent" have I enjoyed a book so much. I saw the TV show with Diane Sawyer and became interested in Pope Joan.. Your writing touched my heart. You are truly a gifted writer. I am giving your book to both my daughters and to a young girl that I hold dear to my heart. I am at the point of reading slower so the book does not end.  I can hardly wait for your next book..Thank you
Name: Jennifer LoGrasso
Location: Shelby Twp., Michigan
Groupname: We have never named our group - just Book Club!
Date: Wednesday, February 22, 2006

(Posted on the book group chat request page.)   The novel was amazing and I simply had to read more about the author and the book - that is how I came upon the chat request form on your website.  Thank you for considering chatting by speakerphone with our book group!  Regards, Jennifer LoGrasso

Name: Joan Dalrymple
Location: Richmond, VA
Groupname: The Bibliophillies - members of the May L, Keller Alumnae Club of Pi Beta Phi (our college sorority)
Date: Tuesday, February 21, 2006

(Posted on the book group chat request page.)  My mother-in-law recommended Pope Joan as her club in Paducah, KY read it. She lent it to me to read but wouldn't let me keep it. I had to return it to her, and buy my own copy! Our book club has read or will read Pillars of the Earth, Plain Truth, The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, The Kite Runner and will end with your book. What a great way to wrap up our year, and it has been a good one!   The members of our group who have already read Pope Joan really enjoyed it, and we would love to share our discussion with you. I hope that one of the dates we submitted will work for you. Thank you!

Name: Rose
Location: Bronx, NY
Date: Monday, February 20, 2006
Time: 06:42 PM

This book just took my breath away!  The characters are perfectly conceived and well connected--especially the character of Gerold.  This story is one of life's mysteries... I, as a Catholic, once heard of a female pope.  It gave me reason and knowledge to know more and open my doors to the impossible!Thank you for this book and the ability to gain more knowledge as a woman!
Name: Laura Ayers
Location: Salt Lake City, Utah
Date: Friday, February 17, 2006
Time: 10:09 AM

My book group & I recently read Pope Joan & discussed by speakerphone with Donna Cross. It was the most fabulous book group we have ever read!  Donna, you are not only a wonderful writer & researcher, you are a most delightful & enthusiastic person! We greatly appreciate you taking time to call us. We all enjoyed discussing your book with you. We can't wait for the next one to come out! Thank you & congratulations on your success. I tell everyone about Pope Joan & its dedicated author!
Name: Brandy Stewart
Location: Pultneyville, NY
Groupname: RCC Bookclub
Date: Sunday, February 12, 2006

(Posted on the book group chat request page.)  Pope Joan is the favorite book of one of our members. Several people had already read it, but it was decided that this book would make for a nice discussion!

Name: Sandy Johnson
Location: Addison, Michigan
Groupname: we have not given ourselves one, ,, although we have been together for years and talk about it at times
Date: Sunday, February 12, 2006

(Posted on the book group chat request page.)  I travel about 50 miles to the dentist I have gone to for 35 years. My hygienist and I are about the same age and seem to have parallel lives. We always check on each others book club choices.   She was adamant that we read Pope Joan and said that it was magnificent. I just finished it and I agree!!

Name: Mary Rocks
Location: Pittsburgh, PA
Groupname: USC Panthers
Date: Saturday, February 04, 2006

(Posted on the book group chat request page.)  I am a big fan of your book. I liked it so much that I recommended it for my book group. Thirteen of the fourteen women in my club had not read Pope Joan. I found out about the ability to chat by speakerphone with you only yesterday. Unfortunately, we have our book club discussion scheduled for next week. Just thought I would take a chance and try!

Name: Sienna Reid
Location: Rome, Italy
Date: Thursday, January 19, 2006
Time: 07:15 AM

Dear Donna,  Congratulations on your book! It is a fascinating subject worthy of intense scrutiny. I am a tourguide in Rome and I have told the story of Pope Joan for years and point out some symbolism that relates to her in St. Peter's. At one time, many years ago I read a reference to a marker in Rome on the spot where she was stoned to death. Do you know of this marker or did you come across mention of it in your studies? I would be incredibly appreciative if you can let me know. If you come to Rome, please do not hesitate to look me up. I give private walking tours in Rome and I am obsessed with history!  Best regards, Sienna Reid

Name: Terri McCreesj
Location: Voorhees,NJ
Groupname: Carriagebrooke Bookworms
Date: Friday, February 03, 2006

(Posted on the book group chat request page.)  I belong to two book clubs. I was unable to attend the previous book club which read POPE JOAN, so I decided to do it for my second book club. I heard from the first book club that your book was GREAT, and also the people at my local Barnes and Noble suggested this as a great book club read.


Name: claire constantino
Location: Saudi Arabia
Date: Wednesday, January 18, 2006
Time: 02:44 AM

I am Mrs. Claire V. Constantino a Filipino wroking in King Fahad Hospital of the university as a Respiratory therapist/ clinical Instructor. i just want to tell you that i am very excited about your book POPE JOAN. I watched the episode of ABC Primetime live yesterday here in Saudi Arabia. I was really glued to my TV set watching it and i am very astounded as to what I saw.  I never knew that there was someone like POPE JOAN in the highest position of the catholic church. It was a very interesting for me to know this because I am a very devout Catholic.  It was very informative.  They will not teach us these things in the universities or in the school.   I offer my support to you and I wish you all the best. God bless..

Name: Naibe Reynoso
Location: Los Angeles CA
Groupname: KWHY
Date: Thursday, February 02, 2006

Hello! I saw the television special about Pope Joan on ABC with Diane Sawyer... I would love to do a similar story on Donna's novel for the Spanish audience.. KWHY-TV--Channel 22.. We are the #2 show in our Prime Time slot. Thanks! Naibe Reynoso

Name: patty lynch
Location: hinsdale
Groupname: pope joan
Date: Thursday, February 02, 2006

(Posted on the book group chat request page.)  A book club in Atlanta told us they chatted with you by speakerphone, and it was enlightening and fun! I hope you can speak with us also. We are really looking forward to it. Thanks for considering us!

Name: Haley Rae
Location: White Oak, TX USA
Date: Thursday, February 02, 2006
Time: 06:27 PM

I love Pope Joan. I am twelve, when my teachers saw me reading the book that seemed to be so far beyond my years they fell in love with my being so interested in such a character. I disliked when it was over. It just seemed like a book that great should never end. Your book inspired be to go beyond my sixth grade boundaries and look into this great woman more. Thanks for opening my eyes to the possibilities woman can have. Your book is my favorite. And I've read many books. Thank You!!!

Name: Mary Hottinger
Location: Waukesha, WI
Date: Thursday, February 02, 2006
Time: 09:24 AM

Hi Donna, Our book discussion group LOVED your presentation at the Women's Club of Milwaukee yesterday. You know your material so well!  I wrote a note to the Oprah show this morning asking them to have you on the show.

Name: Kathy Noether
Location: San Jose, CA
Date: Sunday, January 29, 2006
Time: 06:30 PM

(Posted on the book group chat request page.)  I am sharing Pope Joan with my chat group. We have talked about it at length with only two people having read it out of 18 of us! I can't wait till the rest read it. I am enthralled with your wonderful dimension of feminism and the strength of Joan's character.  I am thrilled to know the film will be coming out and pray it stays true to your excellent book!  Kathy

Name: Marietta Schwalbe
Location: St. Louis, MO
Date: Thursday, January 26, 2006
Time: 01:28 PM

My book reading group recently "met" with Donna via speakerphone. We thoroughly enjoyed having the questions that develop after reading a book answered by the author!  We asked her to share favorite "reads" with our group, and our next selection developed out of that list - Julian by Gore Vidal. Thanks,  Donna!

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Name: A Reader
Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada
Date: Tuesday, January 24, 2006
Time: 10:18 AM

I loved, loved, LOVED this book! I can't wait until the movie comes out!

Name: jackie stoyk
Location: Hudson, Michigan
Date: Sunday, January 22, 2006
Time: 09:34 AM

My 16 year old daughter, an avid reader, will be given this book today. I hope it offers to her the inner strength and courage that it takes to be an intelligent woman in the 21st century. Thank you for a well written story, and thank you for the intriguing "Author's Note" at the end of the novel. In its entirety, the book is one of the best I have read.

Name: Kasia Swacha
Location: Calgary, Canada
Date: Monday, January 16, 2006
Time: 07:31 PM

I just finished reading your book...and WOW.  Awesome book!!  I can't wait for the motion picture!! -Kasia-

Name: Diane Bickers
Location: Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Date: Thursday, January 26, 2006
Thank you so much for spending time with us to discuss your book. It was one of our best meetings, and everyone really enjoyed the opportunity of being able to ask you questions!
It would be a real treat for us if we could take you to dinner when you next visit Toronto. We promise more than bread, water and blue cheese!  You won't have to answer any Pope Joan questions (unless you want to).....Although I must admit I am still interested in learning how your understanding of Joan's character steered the decisions you had to make in your portrayal of historical events.
People must comment on your voice all the time. You could have your own radio show;  the warmth of your personality really comes through the speakerphone.
Thanks once again for a very memorable evening.

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Name: Jeannette Kornreich
Location: Boulder, Colorado USA
Groupname: Devil's Thumb Book Group
Date: Tuesday, January 24, 2006

(Posted on the book group chat request page.)  I have heard for years from my former book group that this was their FAVORITE choice. In this new book group, I suggested as the book to read. Another member had it on her book shelf because a friend had told her it was HER book group's favorite read as well. Have VERY much enjoyed it.

Name: Nora
Location: Kuwait.
Date: Monday, January 16, 2006
Time: 04:22 PM

Donna, your novel is a one of a kind read that one does not ever forget. It mesmerized me from the beginning, and I could not put it down. I was sad when I got toward the end, because I knew these kind of books only come around very rarely. I anxiously await for you to write another novel! I must tell that your book contains a valuable lesson for all women: that they have the power to think and to reason. Keep up the good work, and good luck !

Name: Carol
Location: Chicopee MA USA
Date: Sunday, January 15, 2006
Time: 04:12 PM

Donna Just wanted to say nice job on the primetime live show. Our book club members were eager to see you on the show and put a face to the wonderful lady who took time out to share her thoughts on the book by phone. May God bless you as you continue to enlighten others. We look forward to the movie! The St. Rose Book Club

Name: Kathryn Avinante
Location: Mission, TX
Date: Friday, January 13, 2006
Time: 10:11 AM

In the 1970's I was doing volunteer work in a Catholic school when I came across an article about Pope Joan in a book of unknown facts. I told the priest about the article and asked him if the information was true. He told me that it was but that they don't talk about it. Later in years(1990's)while I was in college, I did a report about Pope Joan. I mentioned this to the same priest and he then told me that the information was not true. I told him that he had told me that it was true. He stilled denied it and walked away from me. I was and still am very much interested in Pope Joan. My husband is also and we talk to a lot of people about her. I have read several books about her and I look forward to reading the book by Donna Cross. I wanted to watch the TV program but unfortunately I missed it. I look forward to seeing the movie.

Name: Molly
Location: Durham, NC
Date: Wednesday, January 11, 2006
Time: 07:26 PM

thank you for the gift of a wonderful book to look forward to reading every night!!

Name: Dr. Natalia Moehle Rushing
Location: Winston-Salem, NC
Date: Tuesday, January 10, 2006
Time: 08:33 AM

I discovered the book on my own a couple of years ago,and I just loved it! I teach Philosophy and I am thinking of using the novel in a course on feminist philosophy.

Name: Xavier Marquez
Location: Mallorca. SPAIN
Date: Tuesday, January 10, 2006
Time: 09:44 AM

I have enjoyed very much reading your book, because you add tenderness and poetry to an enormous work of research. Many readers might think this all is just a marvelous legend, but it really happened on the 9th century (I have recently finished reading HISTOIRE DES PAPES ET DES ROIS by Maurice la Châtre). Weird as it may seem, the Church was more reluctant to accept a female pope than others who were murderers or sodomists.  I recommend your book especially to men, because nowadays feminism is just the best form of humanism.

Name: Annmarie Andersson
Location: Sweden
Date: Tuesday, January 10, 2006
Time: 01:22 PM

Just wanting to tell you that we read this very interesting and really wonderful novel in Sweden too! The book was a Christmas gift from my children, but I started to read and couldnīt stop and I was even dreaming about Joan! Have read somewhere that this novel is being filmed! Is this right? When? Can You tell me more? Best regards from Sweden!

Name: Patt Aitchison
Location: La Quinta, Ca.
Groupname: Traditions Book Club
Date: Monday, January 02, 2006

(Posted on the book group chat request page.)  I learned about the book from a friend and loved it. I have recommended "Pope Joan" to other book clubs, and it has been given the highest rankings.

Name: Diane Noll
Location: White Bear Lake, Minnesota
Groupname: women on the edge

Donna--after our speakerphone chat with you, our book group was up till midnight discussing your book!!  We have never gone that long (we are all around 50).  We all agreed it was our BEST meeting ever (we've been together 8 years). You are a delightful person!  We found you very energized, and fun to talk with.  All around it was a wonderful "pick-me-up" evening for the middle of January.  We are anxiously awaiting the arrival of your next book, and hope you have a book signing in the Twin Cities so we can come say hello in person!  Thank you ever so much!  It was very thrilling to talk with you!
Diane Noll and the members of "Women on the Edge"

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Name: Jeremy
Location: Highland CA
Date: Saturday, December 31, 2005
Time: 04:26 AM

As a former protestant Christian (now Atheist) I found your book on Pope Joan fascinating. Even though it calls into doubt a lot of core religious beliefs, I think it's a good thing, and I admire that you've done so with so much respect for your subject. I Have been hearing a lot about the controversy surrounding "The Da Vinci Code", and having read both Brown's book and yours, I think yours is the better, more plausible story. I'll be genuinely looking forward to the movie of Pope Joan, but skeptically awaiting "Da Vinci". I can only hope that the studio treats the story with the respect and reverence that you have, and that it deserves. Researching a new story, even one this controversial, is not a bad thing, nor do I believe you were counselling against the church itself, or its teachings, merely spreading new light on a possibility.
Thanks for opening up some eyes, and along the way giving  people something new to think about, including yours truly.

Name: Jacqueline N. Fox
Location: Columbia, South Carolina
Time: 11:22 AM

At the age of thirteen I was given a book by my Grandmother that would alter the course of my life forever. That book was Pope Joan. The book Pope Joan was an inspiration to me to fulfill all my dreams, and let no obstacles stand in my way. The main character, Joan, gave me hope and a new found understanding of what I will be able to achieve if I work hard enough and set my mind on my future goals. I am now 21 years old and a National Honor Society student. I am pursuing my goal to become a Doctor of nuclear medicine. Throughout the course of my life I know that the book, Pope Joan, has been one of the main influences of my high and college years. She has given me the strength to achieve goals that I thought were once out of my grasp. I will never forget the book Pope Joan for it has changed me in so many astounding ways as a young women.

Name: Lisa Knowles
Location: Cincinnati, Ohio
Groupname: CGL Book Club

(Posted on the book group chat request page.)  Saw the book on a list of the top 10 books read by book clubs. We've read 8 of them but not Pope Joan!

Name: Suzanne B. NicoloThanks
Location: Naples,ME
Date: Friday, December 30, 2005
Time: 04:02 AM

I hope the piece on ABC Primetime sends the sales of Pope Joan skyrocketing;   it would make me go buy the book if I didn't already have it. I am looking forward to the film and,most of all, to your next book. Thanks again for the chance to chat. I think the Naples Library Book Group's best and most interesting meeting was our speakerphone chat with you. What a brilliant idea! Best of luck in what is to come. We will surely be hearing more of you.

Name: Linda McCabe
Location: Sonoma County, California
Date: Thursday, December 29, 2005
Time: 11:20 PM

I hope that you are able to easily disregard some of the negative comments that are being posted here by those that categorically reject anything that challenges their belief system as heresy. It is their way of coping, and they lash out to try and persuade others to think the way that they do. As the old bumper sticker slogan says, "A Closed Mind is a Wonderful Thing to Lose."

Name: Madeline (Orlando) Hayes
email: madcreations138
Location: Camillus, New York
Date: Thursday, December 29, 2005
Time: 09:45 PM

The author is THE most interesting and inspiring college teacher I ever had! Her method of enlightening impressionable students equals her captivating delivery on the printed page to her readers. Seeing "Primetime" this evening and Donna's smiling face again brought a sense of pride, gratitude and happiness.  It was a joy feeling the youth and optimism of being a lucky student again! Thank you!

Name: Erika Davis
Location: Skaneateles, NY 13152
Date: Thursday, December 29, 2005
Time: 01:09 PM

Creekside Books & Coffee in Skaneateles would love to host a book signing with Donna this winter. We are currently putting together our Feb/March newsletter and are wondering if she might be interested in setting something up in this time frame. Please contact me at the number below. Thank you for your time. Best Regards, Erika L. Davis President Creekside Books & Coffee

Name: Eileen Busel
Location: Delray Beach, Florida
Groupname: Chrysalis
Date: Wednesday, December 28, 2005

(Posted on the book group chat request page.) We are thrilled that you are willing to take the time to chat with our book club by speakerphone.  Thank you very much!  The early comments I received from a few of my fellow book club members (we try very hard not to discuss the books in advance of the meetings) were: “intriguing”, “I couldn’t put it down”, “thought provoking” “the best historical fiction I have ever read”,  “I want my daughter and all of her friends to read it” …..
We can’t wait to meet and further discuss your novel, as we are anxiously awaiting a special evening with you.   Again, many thanks!

Name: Marion Luger
Location: Vienna, Austria (Europe)
Date: Thursday, December 29, 2005
Time: 07:56 AM

Dear Ms Cross, I've finished reading "Pope Joan" (in German, I have to confess) in the early morning and still can't think on anything else (although it's already evening now). THE BOOK IS JUST GREAT!!!!! I've been reading hundreds of books already but can't remember of being moved so deeply ever before! As I'm an historian (who concentrats on the Early Modern Period rather than on the Early Middle Ages), I'd really like to know your sources. Did you come to Europe to get original sources? Did you have to learn Latin or could you manage the language problem by other means? Have you visited the historical places? Did you speak to somebody from the Vatican? Can you tell me some scientific literature that proves the existence of Joan? I'm very pleased to read there will be a film about the story - but will it be presented in Europe as well? I hope so!!! Thanks for the great pleasure you gave me with "Pope Joan"!!! Best regards, Marion Luger

Name: maria
Location: PA-USA
Date: Thursday, December 29, 2005
Time: 05:38 AM

The lies that began from the father of lies, the father of sin, will continue until the end of time...Therefore, we expect you to hit us with every lie possible, (books, movies chat rooms, tv etc.) and we will continue to survive as we have in the past. We already have the victory, won for us by Jesus. We will follow Him into the mockery, mire, insults and say, "thank You Jesus for allowing us to suffer just a tiny bit in imitation of our Beloved Lord." Satan hates the Catholic Church and he continues to try to undermine everything that is Holy. You are interceding for him by writing lies. Your book has not been written to teach truth but to plant doubt in the minds of others and of course to make money which is the god of our age. The Da Vinci code can be burned right along with your book. There are now more than 30,000 different Protestant Churches and they are growing daily. But there is only One, Holy, Catholic and Apostolic Church. "And upon this Rock I will build my Church"--singular, not plural.

Name: Lorraine Wilson
Location: Waterloo, Ontario, Canada
Date: Wednesday, December 28, 2005
Time: 04:03 AM

I read Pope Joan a few years ago and found it fascinating. I passed it to some of my younger co-workers. I was amazed yesterday when someone stopped to tell me that there was going to be something about Pope Joan on ABC Primetime Live this Thursday. She said when she saw the ad it reminded her of that great book I had loaned her. It's nice when there is something written this well that it stays with people long after you put the book down.

Name: Bonnie Guski
Location: Alpharetta, Georgia
Date: Tuesday, December 27, 2005
Time: 07:13 PM

I can't begin to tell you how much our book club enjoyed our speakerphone chat with you! It was so enlightening to hear what went into the research of Pope Joan. Personally, I can't imagine the Latin poem you persevered through to bring us the medicinal remedies of our heroine's time. What an incredible discovery along with the monastery's herbal garden map! We were also captivated by the actual history and facts about Pope Joan, and loved hearing from the "horse's mouth" about things we didn't pick up on when we read the story. You wrote such a plausible story to explain such an extraordinary piece of history. Thank you again for joining our book club meeting. We're looking forward to both the movie and to your next novel!

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Name: Jennifer Blaes
Location: Alabaster, Alabama
Date: Tuesday, December 27, 2005
Time: 06:44 PM

(Posted on the the chat request page.) I read the book at the suggestion of a friend (the founding member of our BOOK club), and we both suggested it for this year's reading list. We REALLY enjoyed it, and we expect a lively discussion! We generally meet on the 3rd Thursday of the month, so any 3rd Thursday evening after 7:30 pm eastern would be great for a speakerphone chat with the author. Thanks for considering us!

Name: Lisa Mari
Location: Vernon Hills, Illinois
Date: Tuesday, December 27, 2005
Time: 05:56 PM

Hi, Donna! I just wanted to send a quick note of thanks for joining our book club discussion by speakerphone the other evening........It's all anyone is talking about!!!! We are all working hard to spread the news of your wonderful book and are anxiously awaiting the next! Thanks again. Lisa

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Name: Ryan Murphy
Location: Waterloo, Iowa
Date: Tuesday, December 27, 2005
Time: 12:06 PM

The idea that there really was a female Pope is truly ridiculous and totally without merit. It is especially preposterous considering that it was debunked in the mid-17th century by David Blondel who was, ironically, a Protestant, who suggested that Pope Joan's tale may have originated in a satire against Pope John XI. Those who cling to the 'Pope Joan' theory say that she came to power in-between Leo IV and Benedict III, but considering that there are letters that state that Benedict succeeded Leo to the Holy see and that there was even coinage with Benedict's face on it with the year 855 on make it highly improbable that she reigned at all, let alone the 2 years that has often been claimed.

Name: Beth Sheridan
Location: Lake Orion, Michigan
Date: Friday, December 23, 2005
Time: 02:26 PM

Thanks again for talking to our group by speakerphone last night.  Everyone REALLY enjoyed the discussion and the change of pace. What a wonderful opportunity you provide to readers in doing these phone discussions!

Name: Leigh Hunt
Location: Miami Florida USA
Date: Friday, December 23, 2005
Time: 08:14 PM

Sounds like an interesting story. I'd like to keep up on the progress of the movie.

Name: Kitty Stein
Location: Miami Beach, FL
Date: Thursday, December 22, 2005
Time: 08:53 AM

Ms. Cross, your book was written in such a beautiful language that it was such a pleasure to read it. I hope the film will capture not just the content of Pope Joan but also your poetry! Please write more novels, you are a born story teller.

Name: Shelley Olsen
Location: Winona, MN
Date: Wednesday, December 21, 2005
Time: 12:48 PM

Dear Donna, Greetings! Today, a second book club has chosen your book and I was told about it. The first book club read it because of our bookstore recommending it. Myself and another co-worker met you at UMBA (now MBA) a few years ago and we were both hooked on your book. Anyway, I am checking this web site and see that you will be in Milwaukee in Feb. 2006. Do you do other readings and book signings at bookstores? If you do, can you come to our bookstore? If you want to see a bit more of the Midwest while in Milwaukee. Although, February is not the BEST month to be in MN.. BRRRRRR Thank you for thinking about it.

Name: Tim McHenry, Rubin Museum
Location: New York, New York
Date: Sunday, December 18, 2005
Time: 02:38 PM

I have a somewhat specialized request: Would you be willing to introduce a screening of the 1972 movie Pope Joan on January 14 at The Rubin Museum of Art on West 17th Street? We are currently showing a series called DIVA: Divine Female Icons in Film. Each week we invite someone to introduce the films - whether it be Liv Ullmann for the Burt Bacharach musical version of Lost Horizon, or New Yorker writer Joan Acocella to comment on The Red Shoes, and Bert Lahr's daughter Jane to talk about her father as the Cowardly Lion in The Wizard of Oz. On Saturday January 14 we are screening the 1972 film of POPE JOAN. Would you be willing to come and introduce the film? I hope you will be interested. Most sincerely, Tim McHenry Director, Programming RMA

Name: Lisa Mari
Location: Vernon Hills, Illinois
Date: Sunday, December 18, 2005
Time: 02:26 PM

(Posted on the the chat request page.) OH MY, WE ARE ALL SOOOOO EXCITED!!!!!!!!! Yes, the telephone # I provided on the form is correct !  Thanks sooo much! This was the best book I've read in a long time.  It was recommended by a member of our group who also LOVED it!

Name: Nancy Anderson
Location: Lakewood, NY
Date: Sunday, December 18, 2005
Time: 02:20 PM

(Posted on the the chat request page.) A friend of mine from Rochester recommended this book. I was reminded of it when I recently talked to someone in our area whose book group had read Pope Joan and had a very enjoyable phone chat with the author. The date that I listed would work best for us, but if that is not possible I will resubmit with additional ones.

Name: The Saving Graces book group
Location: Framingham, MA
Date: Tuesday, December 06, 2005
Time: 08:45 PM

Donna, Thank you so much for being the "guest speaker" at our book group tonight. It was very exciting to have the author of our book selection actually present by speakerphone. Your enthusiasm, love of literature and open communication made this a truly memorable experience. We feel like we have met a new friend. Good luck with the movie and your new book. Looking forward to talking with you again...The Saving Grace's Book Group

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Name: Betsy Spohn
Location: Cincinnati, Ohio
Date: Saturday, November 19, 2005
Time: 10:12 AM

Donna, The Literary Divas want to thank you for joining us by speakerphone for our book club, wine and all!! We SO enjoyed your company and conversation! You are so animated! You should star in your own movie!!! Good luck with the new book! We will be anxiously awaiting its arrival!!!! Happy Holidays! Betsy and The Divas!

Name: Jennifer Coleman
Location: Orlando, Florida
Date: Saturday, November 19, 2005
Time: 09:57 AM

Dear Donna, As much as I enjoyed your book, I really enjoyed meeting you in Orlando! I wish you much success on your next book, and feel that like Pope Joan, the world will be a better place because of it. Sincerely, Jennifer Coleman (PS - I, too, attribute humanity's growth to education, and admire the brilliance of its chosen individuals.)

Name: Marcia Ellis
Location: West Bloomfield, Michigan
Date: Friday, November 18, 2005
Time: 02:30 PM

I just wanted to say "thanks so very much" for chatting with our group yesterday. Everyone enjoyed speaking with you and went home saying "that was the best!" I personally will be recommending "Pope Joan" to others! We cannot wait until your next book is published and we will get together for another chat. THANKS AGAIN! Marcia

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Location: Tokyo, Japan
Date: Tuesday, November 15, 2005
Time: 06:24 AM

I'm a journalist from Japan and I also am a reviewer for Japanese newspaper. The book just came out in Japan,  and I thought that I'd like to know about movie project and want to know which production company  handles this movie project. Because one Japanese distributor company is interested about this movie project.  I'd like to know how do I contact the production company;  I'd like to speak with them

Name: annie lazar
Location: nyc
Date: Friday, November 11, 2005
Time: 01:07 PM

What is the best book to read about Pope Joan if you want to know more after you have read the novel?

Name: Sarah Lemnah
Date: Wednesday, November 09, 2005
Time: 06:51 AM

Hi, I cannot tell you how much our reading group of elementary school teachers enjoyed the speakerphone conversation with you tonight!! We all felt empowered by you and your book. I just want you to know that you have made a difference in our attitude about ourselves and the children we work with. With our heartfelt thanks from Vermont!! Thank you! Sarah

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Name: Laurie Wilcox
Location: Essex Junction, Vermont
Date: Tuesday, November 08, 2005
Time: 12:27 PM

Donna, I so enjoyed the book club chat with you last evening (set up by Sarah Lemnah). Your sense of humor is wonderful! My question is: If I send you my copy of the book, would you be willing to sign and return it to me? Wishing you the best of luck with the book, movie, and can't wait to read your upcoming book.

Name: Sabrina
Location: Germany, 94065 Waldkirchen
Date: Sunday, November 06, 2005
Time: 04:51 AM

Hi, can I have a biographie about Donna W. Cross...? I write an Artikel for the School and I have any Informations...! Can you send me the Details with an e-mail? Excuse me please, but my English is not so perfekt! ;-) Thank you, your book is really good and interessting! Sabrina

Name: Kathleen O'Malley Richards
Location: Arlington Heights, Illinois
Date: Thursday, November 03, 2005
Time: 08:13 AM

Hi Donna, Thank you for participating in our Pope Joan book discussion last night. We all really enjoyed your insights, humor and movie scoop. Hollywood is bound to cast a beautiful face as Pope Joan to romanticize this intelligent, logical, philosophical and caring woman. I truly enjoyed reading Joan's life's story and didn't want the book to end! It was great chatting with you! ~All the best~ Thanks again, Kathleen

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Name: Joan
Location: burlingtion, VT
Date: Tuesday, November 01, 2005
Time: 03:03 PM

Donna, I thoroughly enjoyed reading Pope Joan.  . I appreciate the research that went into it and believe it happened! Can't wait to see the movie...look forward to your next book!

Name: Sarah Chamberlain
Location: Chocowinity, NC
Date: Tuesday, November 01, 2005
Time: 06:32 AM

A very big thank you from the gals in Chocowinity, North Carolina. The Crazy Ladies Book Club so enjoyed the chance to talk with you. The speakerphone chat sparked much more discussion and lots of ideas flew around the room. One retired German teacher brought pictures of referenced places and taught us some 9th C history as well. What a great learning opportunity! With gratitude for your generous gift of time and talk.. Sarah Chamberlain

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Name: Nancy Van Patten
Location: Duluth, Georgia
Date: Sunday, October 30, 2005
Time: 06:26 PM

Donna was a delightful speakerphone guest at our Shakerag Book Club two years ago. At the time there was only the beginnings of talk about a film being made of "Pope Joan", and I'm excited to see that the movie is coming closer to being a reality! Please use the e-mail address above to keep me posted. Thank you!

Name: Anna Kaiser
Location: Vienna, Austria
Date: Saturday, October 29, 2005
Time: 05:00 AM

Dear Donna W. Cross--  First, I have to say, that my english isn't well, so excuse my mistakes, please!  I read your book, and I was excited!  Your book and the background was really very interesting and it was a can't-put-it-down-book.  For school we have to present  a paper on any book and I knew that I would write about "Pope Joan".  I searched for  informations about you and your past, the background of your book and about the books you did write before, but without success  And I would be interested to know why you did write the history about Pope Joan. Is there a certain reason? Please, could you give me these informations? That would be great!  Greetings from Austria, Anna.

Name: dianne hoff
Location: westfield, ma
Date: Thursday, October 27, 2005
Time: 10:25 AM

I have yet to find another historical book that matched Pope Joan. I am wondering how the movie is progressing, and if Ms. Cross is working on another novel? I would like to know if she has any favorite novels to recommend? I have told everybody I know to read Pope Joan, and they all say the same thing, that that is the best book they have ever read!

Name: Kay Frewald
Location: Arlington, MA
Date: Wednesday, October 26, 2005
Time: 12:40 PM

Our book group,The Last Word, had a great time talking with you via speakerphone on Sunday evening. Discussing our questions before our chat then getting the author's insight certainly added more to our enjoyment and understanding of the book. And added a new dimension to our reading experience. We're looking forward to the movie, "Pope Joan" and to reading your next book. Thank you for chatting with us.

Name: Karen von Lersner
Location: Lake Mary, Florida
Date: Wednesday, October 26, 2005
Time: 08:04 AM

Donna, We thoroughly enjoyed our speakerphone book chat with you on Monday evening! We were enthralled with Pope Joan! We eagerly await news of the upcoming movie and your next novel! Our regards and best wishes, Karen von Lersner

Name: melv
Location: Singapore
Date: Saturday, October 22, 2005
Time: 08:25 AM

Dear Donna Woolfolk Cross The last book which made me so glued to it was The Da Vinci Code by Dan Brown. Pope Joan has held me to it for the past week, and I have finally finished it. Apparently I am extremely interested in books which test the accuracy of historical data such as the existence of Pope Joan in your book. I hope you have future books on such topics! Well done on this one! Thanks for a wonderful read! Yours truly Melv

Name: Diana Goldstein
Location: Burr Ridge, Illinois
Date: Monday, October 17, 2005
Time: 11:30 AM

Dear Donna, The Burr Ridge Meadows Book Club would like to thank you so very much for taking time out to chat with us by speakerphone about Pope Joan. This was our first author talk and, I must say, you made quite an impression! We were all a bit nervous (silly, isn't it?), but you put us right at ease and the conversation took off with no problem. Obviously you are more than well-versed on the ninth century time period and we loved hearing about life at that time. And how wonderful to actually ask an author what was based on fact and what came out of her head (and yes, Gerold was truly a favorite!!)! We felt like we had an added bonus since your work is going on the "big screen" and we got a very small glimpse of the behind-the-scenes action there. Our discussion carried on for another hour after you left us, by far the longest club meeting we've had. You really energized us! Everyone loved the book and is so looking forward to the movie and a second novel. Thank you, thank you, thank you! Best of luck to you and know you have 8 adoring fans here!! Diana

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Name: Stephanie Haveman
Location: Germany
Date: Sunday, October 16, 2005
Time: 08:51 AM

Hello Donna Thank you very much for sending me your Author Information for my assignment. Now, I will take my dictionary and try to translate your text. Maybe, I will be better in English lessons at school. Thank you very much. I am still reading your book, and I think it is very interesting. Other pupils in my class donīt like their book or they donīt understand it. But I think, I made a really good decision with Pope Joan. Good Bye and please write more books like Pope Joan. Stephanie from Germany

Name: Stefanie Timm
Location: Neubrandenburg, Germany
Date: Friday, October 14, 2005
Time: 09:27 AM

I'm reading the book at the moment because our class has an assignment to introduce our classmates to a book of our own choice. Therefore I need an extensive curriculum vitae of the author and furthermore a list of the books she has written. I've found nothing until this homepage. Would you please help me?   Stefanie Timm

Name: Ederic
Location: Philippines
Date: Friday, October 14, 2005
Time: 03:43 AM

When I was still in college, I saw Pope Joan in a local bookstore here. I wanted to buy it, but I couldn't since it would be a big cut from my allowance. I'm buying it soon, but I hope you also offer an ebook version.  

Name: Ellen Einsohn
Location: Dallas, Texas
Date: Thursday, October 13, 2005
Time: 02:17 PM

Donna Our reading group is all excited to talk with you by speakerphone from Dallas on November 7. Your book was my pick for our next meeting. I found out about Pope Joan from an acquaintance at my health club who is an avid reader and loved the book when it was selected by her book club. She said it was the best discussion they ever had since the club members have many different religions so it was great to get different viewpoints. After she told me about the book I checked it out on Amazon and read the reviews. I bought it and saved it for my pick. I have about 100 pages left and I love the book! We can't wait to talk to you in a few weeks! Best regards, ELLEN EINSOHN

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Name: Bette Brunelle
Location: Clifton Park NY
Groupname: The Gals
Date: Thursday, October 13, 2005

I believe one of our book group members had it recommended by a librarian (possibly a book club list) and we selected from a list of titles and abstracts. Historical novel appealed to everyone -- we've enjoyed that category and biographies.

Name: Kathleen Flatow
Location: Lake Zurich, IL
Groupname: Ela Book Discussion
Date: Wednesday, October 12, 2005

I first read about the chat idea on the Book Club Cook Book website. Our library will be focusing on historical fiction for our summer reading program, and we thought your book would be a perfect book discussion book to tie in with this theme. As a librarian, I have read reviews of the book, and I personally think it sounds like a good discussion book. We are anticipating purchasing 20 copies of the book for the discussion since we do think this will be popular. Please contact me if none of these dates are compatible with your schedule. Perhaps we could arrange another time. Thank you.

Name: Alice Schmidt
Location: Orlando, Florida
Date: Tuesday, October 11, 2005

My neighborhood book club will be discussing your novel Pope Joan on Friday, November 11 at 1 p.m. Would you be willing to join our discussion by speakerphone? We are a small book club, usually about five women. One member has already read Pope Joan in another book club and she jumped up and down when we decided this would be our next book. I haven't read it yet, since I just bought it and my husband who loves adventures got it away from me. My husband keeps saying that is a great book. I am definitely going to have to get it back from him! But I promise I and the rest of us will have completed it long before our meeting date. I hope you will speak with us! Alice Schmidt

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Name: Joyce Danelen
Location: Sherman Oaks Calif. USA
Date: Monday, October 10, 2005
Time: 09:14 PM

Please add me to your guest book. Thank you so much.

Name: Heather
Location: Canonsburg, PA
Date: Monday, October 10, 2005
Time: 12:02 PM

Please keep me updated about the progress of selecting the cast and making the Pope Joan movie

Name: Deb Gjoraas
Location: Plymouth, MN
Date: Sunday, October 09, 2005
Time: 08:14 PM

I really enjoyed our conversation on the speakerphone last Thursday night. This is the second time I have heard your interesting comments and explanations, as I had you speak to my other bookclub a couple of years ago. You are awesome! Thanks so much! Deb Gjoraas

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Name: Wendy Sondag
Location: Plymouth, mn
Date: Sunday, October 09, 2005
Time: 05:50 PM

We thoroughly enjoyed our speakerphone chat with you! Thank you so much for sharing all your insights. Can I please have your address to send you a picture of our Book Club?

Name: Chris Poe
Location: Plymouth, MN
Date: Saturday, October 08, 2005
Time: 04:48 PM

Thanks you so much for the speakerphone chat with our book club this week. We all enjoyed the book, and found we appreciated it even more after our conversation with you. What a treat to be able to experience that! Thank you! Chris

Name: sarah chamberlain
Location: Chocowinity, NC
Date: Saturday, October 08, 2005
Time: 11:31 AM

I found it myself I believe at Maria's bookstore in Durango, Colorado. Chose it for the Crowned Heads group and then used it for my group here in my new retirement home. Trying to make new friends...this would help chatting with you! Mostly I thought this group read "Lite Pop" but they all seem to be totally engaged in Pope Joan...good for them! Maybe it will be a slow day on Weds night....and you can call us! In hope, Sarah Chamberlain a fan

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Name: Marquita sheble
Location: St. Charles, Il
Date: Thursday, October 06, 2005
Time: 08:32 PM

Just wanted thank you for chatting with us. We really enjoyed it and actually continued on for another forty minutes. you were delightful and very down to earth. Talking to the actual author really added to the understanding and enjoyment of the book. I am really looking forward to your next one. I tell everyone to read "Pope Joan'. I'll be anxious to see how the movie actually comes out. Thanks so much again. Marquita

Name: Sarah Lemnah
Location: Essex Jct. Vermont
Groupname: 1820 Book Club
Date: Tuesday, October 04, 2005

Alot of our group are teachers in an elementary school and we wanted a strong book about a women as a role model and champion. Many area bookgroups highly recommended this book.

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Name: Joan Reed
Location: Jamestown, New York
Date: Tuesday, October 04, 2005
Time: 11:35 AM

Dear Donna: Our book group all sat stunned after talking with you by speakerphone yesterday. We found you to be funny, intelligent, warm and fascinating. We all just love you! Thank you so much for giving us the time to ask our questions and get to know you. You picked up quite a few devoted fans. Love, Joan Reed

Name: Natalie Venezia
Location: San Diego, California
Date: Sunday, October 02, 2005
Time: 06:55 AM

Donna, Thank you so much for taking the time to chat with our reading group and give us your insight and comments about the writing of your book. As avid readers, we were all fascinated by the process you have gone, and are still going, through. Our conversation was quite entertaining and educational and we came to love and appreciate your characters even more. We look forward to your next book! Thank you, Natalie

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Name: Kerry Bundy
Date: Tuesday, September 27, 2005
Time: 06:55 AM

Donna--Thank you for your prompt reply to our request for a reading group speakerphone chat. It will be great to have you talk with us about Pope Joan! I heard about the book from one of my colleagues' wives who is a voracious reader. She declared it to be "one of [her] favorite books of all-time." I read it, agreed, and selected it when it was my turn to host book club. We very much look forward to talking to you on November 21! Kerry Bundy

Name: Karolin Lorenz
Location: Germany
Date: Saturday, September 24, 2005
Time: 01:58 PM

Dear Donna, I first read "Die Paepstin" during a tremendously horrible vacation several years back. It was the one thing I truly enjoyed and the first good novel I'd read in ages. I've had a soft spot for the book ever since and am so thrilled to find you have a website where your readers can contact you. Last summer, going on vacation again, I saw a copy of your novel in a bookstore at the airport in Cologne. While flipping through it, two people stopped by, telling me what a great read it was, to which I could only reply, "I knoooowwww", and we ended up discussing our favourite parts. I think it will make a fantastic movie, which first occured to me when reading the epilogue - it's so very movie-esque and obviously written by someone who knows her stuff (i.e. how to write a darn good story). Johanna's world has been such a part of my world for so many years and I really wanted to let you know that... Thank you Donna for this wonderful story.

Name: Monica
Location: Plano, TX
Date: Saturday, September 24, 2005
Time: 06:03 AM

This is my mother's favorite book! I'm giving her a signed copy for Christmas this year, for I know she will cherish it.

Name: Kim Dixson
Location: Manasquan, New Jersey
Date: Friday, September 23, 2005
Time: 04:34 PM

I'm so excited that our reading group will get to chat with you by speakerphone! I just called my sister in Boston to tell her the great news. She's jealous because her book club already did Pope Joan and now I can "one up" her. Love that sisterly rivalry. I got the book from my sister the first week of August...she gave it to me to read on the plane to Italy with my husband. How perfect and appropriate a story it was! I just loved the book (although pronouncing all of the words was not my forte). Once I was 50 pages into it, I knew it would be perfect for book club. Those who have finished the book say it is the best one we've had (4 years of meetings). We all want to save it for our daughters to read when they grow up! Thank you thank you thank you, I look forward to talking with you. I'll see my whole book club tomorrow at our annual Block Party and tell them the good news!

Name: Joyce Fischer
Location: Lafayette, Colorado
Date: Wednesday, September 21, 2005
Time: 09:06 PM

Dear Donna, THANK YOU for a wonderful book talk chat this evening. The women of the group were all very pleased that they were able to ask their individual questions. After we spoke with you, many more questions were raised and I wouldn't be surprised if you received several additional questions. THANK YOU AGAIN for speaking with our Zonta Book Club. Looking forward to meeting you in person in Vail. Joyce

Name: Kerry Bundy
Location: Minneapolis, MN
Groupname: TwinCities Women
Date: Tuesday, September 20, 2005

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We are a spirited group of professional women from various religious and political backgrounds who would love to gain insight from Ms. Woolfolk Cross about Pope Joan.

Name: Sarah
Location: whittier, ca
Date: Monday, September 19, 2005
Time: 06:47 PM

i personally fell in love with the novel. i believe that there existed a Pope Joan. and i thank you for bringing her story back to life, for all to know...thank you...

Name: Melissa Walch
Location: La Crescenta
Groupname: Verdugo Hills Book Club
Date: Friday, September 16, 2005

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We are so excited about discussing your book with you. I heard about your book from my Sister-in-law who discussed your book with you at her book club. She said it was a great experience! So I thought I'd read the book. It was great! I can't wait to share it and this experience with our club. Thank you in advance for your time. Sincerely, Melissa Walch

Name: Kim Dixson
Location: Manasquan, New Jersey
Groupname: Orchard Crest Readers
Date: Friday, September 16, 2005

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Those who have finished the book say it is the best one we've had (4 years of meetings). We all want to save it for our daughters to read when they grow up to appreciate what is available to them as women today.

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Name: Kathleen O'Malley Richards
Location: Arlington Heights, Illinois
Groupname: Neighborhood Book Club
Date: Tuesday, September 13, 2005

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After reading about the speakerphone chat on the website, a friend of mine told me she had previously participated in a chat & it was enlightening.

Name: Carolee
Date: Friday, September 16, 2005

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I am very excited that you can chat with our reading group on our requested date. It will be a marvelous experience for all of us. We heard about the book through one of our members who had read it and loved it. She said that it had all the elements we enjoy: history, mythology, characterization and romance. I actually had bought it some time ago after reading the reviews, so we decided it would be an excellent choice.
 I look forward to meeting you via telephone and really admire the fact that you have developed this unique way of meeting with your readers!

Name: Susie Watson
Location: Kansas City, Missouri
Date: Thursday, September 15, 2005
Time: 06:10 PM

THANK YOU--THANK YOU!!! What a wonderful evening our book group had chatting with you by speakerphone last night! We all enjoyed you so much. Know that your labor of love in writing has produced a wonderful story and this will be just one of your legacies. I've heard if you want to live forever...have a child, plant a tree or write a book. Blessings and continued success!!!!

Name: Tressa Gaufin
Location: Jordan, Utah
Date: Thursday, September 15, 2005
Time: 02:18 PM

Dear Donna Thank you so much for calling and talking with our reading group by speakerphone. Everyone had such a great time and had so much fun. It was our bookclub highlight! We are all very interested in checking out some of the books and authors you suggested as well as reading your next novel when it debuts and also seeing the movie of Pope Joan. You offer such a wonderful service by chatting with book groups. We really appreciated the time you took out of your day and busy schedule to talk with us! Thank you once again. Tressa

Name: Stephanie Havemann
Location: Sittensen /Germany
Date: Thursday, September 15, 2005
Time: 04:37 AM

Hello at everyone. I have to read pope joan at school and I must write biographie about Donna. I didnīt found facts about her. So I need your help. Iīm from Germany and my English isnīt so well, may you see it in my text. If you have a biographie about Donna at home, and it is german, please send it to my email-adress. I urgently need it. Please please please. You would help me so much. Thank you.

Name: marilyn shewmaker
Location: kansa city,mo
Date: Wednesday, September 14, 2005
Time: 07:16 PM

Donna, thank you so much for the chat with our book club tonite[ eclectic book club ]. we all enjoyed it and very glad that susie arranged it. love your book and looking forward to the movie version. the best of luck to you.

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Name: Shelbi Bywater
Location: Salt Lake City , Utah
Date: Tuesday, September 13, 2005
Time: 08:12 AM

Donna, My Warmest regards to you. I loved your book, my husband said after I was finished reading- So I get you back now? Pope Joan was magnificent.

Name: Cara Sharp
Location: West Jordan, Utah
Date: Monday, September 12, 2005
Time: 09:35 AM

I really enjoyed the book I couldn't put it down!

Name: Joyce Fisher
Date: Friday, September 9, 2005

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Hi Donna, Our book group is very excited to chat with you by speakerphone on September 21st!  I am getting nothing but praise for the book.  In one of the Border's I was in the other day, they only had one copy left.  Your book is all the rage around here.  I'm so happy I sent you that first email on your comments page. Thanks a million!  Joyce

Name: Katherine Sinicropi
Location: Buffalo, New York
Date: Thursday, September 08, 2005

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Our group has been together over seven years and we are very excited about our first author chat! Thanks, Katherine

Name: Carol
Location: Los Altos CA
Date: Monday, September 05, 2005
Time: 08:52 AM

Reading for the second time and I am picking up so many details I missed the first time... Best book read last year and so far this year too!

Name: Lies van Haaster
Location: Hoorn, The Netherlands
Date: Sunday, September 04, 2005
Time: 09:53 AM

I have already read your books over and over again. Now i am doing a project for school about your book! It is the best I ever read.

Name: Susie Watson
Location: Kansas City, Missouri
Group:  Barnes and Noble Eclectic Book Club
Date: Friday, September 02, 2005

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Hi Donna: I am absolutely thrilled that our requested date and time will work for our speakerphone chat with you.  I have recommended the book to two book groups that I'm in.  The first last year and discussion was just wonderful.  I'm looking forward to this time around.  Know that this is a wonderful enhancement to reading and discussing the book.  You did a marvelous job and I've thoroughly enjoyed it.  Great too to have a strong woman character!!!                            Blessings, SUSIE Watson

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Name: Patricia Geraci
Location: Longboat Key, Florida
Groupname: Longboat Key Library Book Club
Date: Friday, September 02, 2005

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Several years ago, after I had read "Pope Joan" for a book club near Rochester, NY, my summer residence, I had the pleasure of meeting the author at a library in the area. I was so excited about the book and the author that I have been recommending it to friends ever since. Now that I am the leader of a book club for our library in Longboat Key, Florida (my winter residence), I have suggested that "Pope Joan" be on our winter book discussion list and think it would be great to have a phone chat with Ms.Cross. I am also very anxious to hear more about the upcoming movie.

Name: Shannon
Location: Royal Oak, MI
Date: Friday, September 02, 2005
Time: 07:07 PM

Absolutely loved the book and would love to know when you plan on writing another book as well as find out more about the Pope Joan movie.

Name: jevans
Location: San Cristobal de las Casas, Mexico
Date: Tuesday, August 30, 2005
Time: 07:15 PM

I learned of Pope Joan from a friend who owned a Nuremburg Chronicle that was not defaced. Saw your book and leaped on it. Well written. Do you have a bibliography available. I'm working on a novel in the 15th century and info in English seems very sparse. Thanks!

Name: Carolee Bertisch
Location: Ponte Vedra Beach, FL
Groupname: The Pageturners
Date: Friday, August 26, 2005

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One of our members loved the book, said it had all the elements of history and love that we enjoy, and recommended it to us. We would love to talk to you about POPE JOAN.

Name: Joyce Fischer
Location: Lafayette, Colorado
Date: Wednesday, August 24, 2005
Time: 11:26 PM

Amazing book. I could not put it down. Our book club has chosen to read it as our next selection. It was a unanimous decision and I will have the pleasure of leading the group discussion. We are a group of women in Zonta International. Our goal - to promote the status of women worldwide. Anxiously waiting for more information on the movie.

Name: Janie Pansini
Location: Tiburon, CA 94920
Date: Monday, August 22, 2005
Time: 10:38 PM

We are using this novel for our book club. Tiburon is a beautiful port town that with the expansion of tourists has not lost its small town charm. We have a lovely library that regularly has guest authors come to speak. I know we could get a good crowd to come hear Donna speak. Will she come??

Name: Teresa
Location: Buffalo, NY
Date: Sunday, August 21, 2005
Time: 04:20 PM

My Book Group had a chat with Ms. Cross yesterday, and I just wanted to leave a note to say thank you for the interesting discussion. It was a pleasure to discuss this wonderful book, and gain new insights. We're looking forward to your next book. Best wishes!

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Name: Barbara Bergin
Location: Milford, MI
Date: Saturday, August 20, 2005
Time: 03:37 PM

I represent the Michigan Association of Healthcare Advocates, an organization of hospital and healthcare volunteers throughout the state of Michigan. I am interested in communicating with Ms. Cross about the possibility of having her speak at one of our conferences. I had the pleasure of hearing Ms. Cross at the Livonia Town Hall series (Livonia, MI) in March of this year. Please advise the best method of contacting Ms. Cross regarding this matter.

Name: Jo
Location: Oklahoma City, OK
Date: Saturday, August 20, 2005
Time: 12:43 PM

I love this book! Possibly the best I've ever read!

Name: Colleen McCollough
Location: Rochester, NY
Date: Thursday, August 18, 2005
Time: 03:55 PM

I just finished reading your book and am incredibly moved by it. The past few days I have been thinking about ways in which to look at history differently in order to prove her existence! I am also very happy to see that it will be made into a film. No matter what, I will watch it...and Gerard Butler does sound perfect for the role of Gerold!

Name: Julie Savalas
Location: alpharetta, Georgia
Date: Tuesday, August 16, 2005
Time: 06:38 AM

Dear Donna, I am the widow of the late actor Telly Savalas, and have a keen desire to know more about the film production of your wonderful book. Is Constantin Films still involved? Is Herman Weigel still the producer? Do you know who the casting agents will be? I look forward to hearing from you! Kind regards, Julie Savalas

Name: Sean Field
Location: Burlington, VT
Groupname: my history 195 class, "urban legends of the Middle Ages"
Date: Sunday, August 14, 2005

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Is Ms. Cross willing to speak with an academic class of 40 university students? We're reading her book (I've assigned it before) and would love to chat with her. thanks.

Name: Stephanie
Location: Philadelphia, PA
Date: Saturday, August 06, 2005
Time: 05:46 AM

When I picked up "Pope Joan", it was at my university library and didn't have a dust cover on it, so I while I'd heard about the legend, I didn't know exactly at which point in history Ms. Cross had set it. Imagine my surprise when, after a summer of slaving away over a catalogue of Carolingian authors for my Religious Studies professor, to find old friends like Hrabanus Maurus, Gottschalk, and even Paschasius Radbertus showing up in fiction! I had a lot of fun reading the novel, and enjoyed the story very much. Thank you for indulging a crazy Carolingian-obsessed undergrad!

Name: Shannon Barnhill
Location: Bountiful, Utah
Date: Monday, August 01, 2005

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My mom had this opportunity with her book group and said how wonderful it was. We were hoping we would be able to have the same opportunity.

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Name: Sarah Bhutta
Location: West Windsor, NJ
Groupname: West Windsor
Date: Monday, July 18, 2005

I have really enjoyed reading this book. Its subject and the intensity of hatred stemming from the different religious believes of the characters seems to be reflected in our current world. Centuries have passed but human nature has not changed all that much.

Name: Robin Bassion
Location: Warrington, PA
Date: Monday, July 18, 2005
Time: 04:53 PM

Am glad you are seeing such success in Europe. I am still sharing the title with friends and hope the movie is a credit this wonderful novel.

Name: Jeannine Goggin
Location: Neenah W
Groupname: St. Margaret Mary's Spirited Book Club
Date: Tuesday, July 12, 2005

I read Pope Joan in hardcover when it first came out and loved it; compelling, informative, creative, challenging! Since women's issues are such a huge issue in today's Catholic Church, we decided it was an appropriate time to read Pope Joan now. We would be delighted to share the chat room experience with Donna: lots of great women in our cooperative yet feisty group - we're middle aged and beyond! Looking forward to hearing from you. Jeannine Goggin

Name: Susan Warren
Location: Southport, North Carolina
Date: Wednesday, July 06, 2005
Time: 03:50 PM

Dear Donna, Just wanted to let you know how much we all enjoyed the conference call for our book group at Marilyn's. I've told several people and all were impressed that you would do this for book groups. Since I sell books, I of course told them I could order your book and they could go to your web site to arrange a speakerphone chat like Marilyn did. Thanks again, it was a fun evening! Susan Books 'n Stuff Southport, NC

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Name: Marilyn Ain
Location: Oak Island, North Carolina
Date: Wednesday, July 06, 2005
Time: 03:32 PM

Donna, thanks so much for the delightful speakerphone chat last night! We had the phone on a wooden chair (which did have a medieval look to it) and so you were actually part of the Motley Crew circle. You are to be commended for your own marketing strategies, particularly the conference calls. Here's to your enthusiasm and innovation! Our reading group had a blast last night and lots of laughs. What a fun meeting.... Thanks! Marilyn

Name: David Lefaivre
Location: Hohenfels, Germany
Date: Tuesday, July 05, 2005
Time: 02:06 AM

Pope Joan was given to me for my 60th birthday by a wonderful German friend. I enjoyed reading the book very much. My wife and I enjoy walking in the German countryside. Each day I tell her about the new happening in Joan’s life. I am very fortunate to live in Germany. To be able to see the castles and cathedrals of the time frame makes the book seems to come alive. We must remember that prisoners today live far better than any Bishop or King lived in the dark ages. It is easy to understand how Pope Joan is in the top 10 books throughout Germany.

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