Memoir Porfession


Please visit my new website, LibbyAtwaterBooks.com, for updates on my book and future publications.

At the 20th Anniversary Association of Personal Historians Conference, I was one or two people honored with a lifetime achievement award in the field of personal history. I felt surprised to be chosen but grateful for this unexpected recognition.








May 20th is Me@20 Day! APH member blog posts and Me@20 Questionnaires now live! Featuring Libby Atwater.

The Bill Frank Show Interview with Libby Atwater:
September 4th View here.

News About What Lies Within by Libby J. Atwater

Awards and Interviews

December 2015: I wrote an article on adoption for StoryMonstersInk.

November 15, 2014: What Lies Within wins first place in the prestigious Royal Dragonfly Awards in the Biography/Memoir category and ties for first place in the Other Nonfiction category. (Press release)

November 10 and 17, 2014: The Memoir Network, interviews author Libby J. Atwater. You can access this article here:

December 2014: What Lies Within receives a glowing review on the website http://truestorieswelltold.com/2013/12/04/what-lies-within-by-libby-j-atwater/, and the author is interviewed the following week.

January 2015: StoryMonstersInk writer Rachel Koestler-Grack writes a beautiful review of What Lies Within, www.storymonstersink.com.

Book Signings and Appearances
September 27, 2014: Libby J. Atwater held a successful book signing at Ventura’s Bank of Books.

March 24, 2015: The author will sign What Lies Within at Chaucer’s Books in Santa Barbara from 7 to 9 p.m.

March 25, 2015: Libby J. Atwater will appear on a panel at Ventura College from 9 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. for Women’s History Month.

March 30, 2015: The author will sign What Lies Within at The Bonaventure residence in Ventura.

April 9, 2015: Libby J. Atwater will speak to a book group at a luncheon held at the Friendly Hills Country Club in Whittier.

April 18, 2015: The author will appear at the Los Angeles Times Festival of Books in the SPAWN booth.

July 18, 2015: Libby J. Atwater will appear on a panel at Mrs. Fig’s Bookworm in Camarillo and sign her books from 1 to 2 p.m.

Copies of What Lies Within are available to purchase through the author’s website, on Amazon and Apple’s websites, and at the following venues: Bank of Books, Ventura; Chaucer’s Books, Santa Barbara; Mrs. Fig’s Bookworm, Camarillo; Museum of Ventura County, Ventura; and The December Store and More, Ventura.

December 2014
What Took You So Long? by Libby J. Atwater
The first chapter of What Took You So Long? by Libby J. Atwater was accepted by the 2015 Oracle Fine Arts Review, a prestigious journal published by the University of South Alabama.


Life is like a book, filled with unique stories that reflect the depth and color of one's existence, link the past to the present, and illustrate experiences. These stories may be recalled at family gatherings or in annual holiday letters, but how many of them will be preserved to learn from and enjoy?

Personal history provides a way to save one's stories, illustrate them, share memories, inspire future generations, and create an enduring legacy.

Photo by D. Fran Morley

Gloria Nussbaum purchases a copy of What Lies Within from Sue McNees at the Association of Personal Historians Inc. conference store.

Since 1997, I've helped others preserve their tales in books and on audio.
In 2013 I introduced my memoir What Lies Within, the story of my early years. The book's pivotal events occur in 1963, the year Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. led the march on Washington, D.C. and President John F. Kennedy was assassinated. Other sixties tragedies and milestones form the backdrop for my tale that portrays a mother's love, a family's dissolution, and my resilience despite great personal loss.

Read Libby's article "Telling Our Own Stories" from the "APH Perspectives" trade journal.

Oral Histories

Read Libby's articles:

"Stories of Survival May Have Therapeutic Aspects"

"Who Benefits from a Personal History? You Do!"