LITERARY WOMEN

Celebrating Women Authors Since 1982



Liar, Temptress, Soldier, Spy, by author Karen Abbott
Karen Abbott, author of Liar, Temptress, Soldier, Spy

Karen Abbott

Karen Abbott is the New York Times bestselling author of Sin in the Second City, American Rose, and, most recently, Liar, Temptress, Soldier, Spy, named one of the best books of 2014 by Library Journal and the Christian Science Monitor, Amazon, and Flavorwire, and optioned by Sony for a miniseries. A native of Philadelphia, she now lives in New York City, where she’s at work on her next book.

Purchase from Mysterious Galaxy › Visit Karen Abbott’s website › 2016 Festival ›
A Natural History of the Senses, by author Diane Ackerman
Diane Ackerman, author of A Natural History of the Senses

Diane Ackerman

Diane Ackerman, author of A Natural History of the Senses, A Natural History of Love, and other volumes of nonfiction and poetry, is a rare combination of poet and scientist. Recipient of a number of awards, grants and honors, she has taught at a number of universities. Ackerman’s work appears regularly in The New Yorker, National Geographic and The New York Times.

Visit Diane Ackerman’s website › 1995 Festival ›
Sweet Eyes, by author Jonis Agee
Jonis Agee, author of Sweet Eyes

Jonis Agee

Jonis Agee, acclaimed for her short stories, poetry, and two novels: Sweet Eyes which holds small-town morality under a microscope; and Strange Angels that explores the power of familial and cultural myths of the contemporary West. South of Resurrection is due in 1997.

Visit Jonis Agee’s website › 1997 Festival ›
In The Country, by author Mia Alvar
Mia Alvar, author of In The Country

Mia Alvar

Mia Alvar has written nine eye-opening and unforgettable short stories in her award winning debut novel, In The Country. The “country” in the title is the Philippines, and the stories focus on Filipinos uprooted from their homeland. Each story explores changes, loss and the desire to stay connected. Alvar’s writing is deeply compassionate and richly felt.

Purchase from Mysterious Galaxy › Visit Mia Alvar’s website › 2017 Festival ›
Money Shot, by author Rae Armantrout
Rae Armantrout, author of Money Shot

Rae Armantrout

Honored poet RAE ARMANTROUT’s eleventh book, Money Shot, was released this January to critical acclaim. Armantrout won the 2010 Pulitzer Prize for her thought-provoking book, Versed. She has been referred to as “the laureate of the everyday or uncanny,” and her work has been widely anthologized. She is a professor of writing and literature at UCSD.

2011 Festival ›
Saint Mazie, by author Jami Attenberg
Jami Attenberg, author of Saint Mazie

Jami Attenberg

Jami Attenberg is the New York Times best selling author of five novels including The Middlesteins and Saint Mazie. She has contributed essays about sex, urban life, technology and food to numerous publications, including The New York Times Magazine, The Wall Street Journal and Elle. She divides her time between New Orleans and Brooklyn.

Purchase from Mysterious Galaxy › Visit Jami Attenberg’s website › 2016 Festival ›
Women's Work: The First 20,000 Years, by author Elizabeth Barber
Elizabeth Barber, author of Women's Work: The First 20,000 Years

Elizabeth Barber

Elizabeth Barber started a two month project for a 10-page article about women and weaving in prehistoric ages which became a 17-year project culminating in her work, Prehistoric Textiles: The Development of Cloth in the Neolithic and Bronze Ages. She has just completed her third book, Women’s Work: The First 20,000 Years, for which she is doing the illustrations. We are most grateful to Elizabeth Barber for filling in for us when Alice Kohler had to forgo her participation at the Festival.

1993 Festival ›
Servants of the Map, by author Andrea Barrett
Andrea Barrett, author of Servants of the Map

Andrea Barrett

ANDREA BARRETT is the author of six novels and two collections of short fiction, Ship Fever, which received the National Book Award, and Servants of the Map, a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize. A MacArthur fellow, she’s also received Guggenheim and NEA fellowships. She currently teaches at Williams College in Massachusetts.

Visit Andrea Barrett’s website › 2008 Festival ›
The Guersney Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society, by author Annie Barrows
Annie Barrows, author of The Guersney Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society

Annie Barrows

When first-time author, Mary Ann Shaffer became too ill to finish her novel The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society, she asked her niece ANNIE BARROWS to step in. The epistolary novel tells the story of a reporter in Post-World War II London who corresponds with a group of quirky Guernsey islanders. Ms. Barrows is also the author of the Ivy and Bean series of children’s books.

Visit Annie Barrows’s website › 2009 Festival ›
The Inhabited Woman, by author Giaconda Belli
Giaconda Belli, author of The Inhabited Woman

Giaconda Belli

Giaconda Belli’s novel, The Inhabited Woman, a political adventure romance, draws from her background as part of the Managuan upper crust and subsequent life as a Sandanista revolutionary. She and another became the last survivors of her cell. Her poetry, which celebrates equality, both political and sexual, has won the prestigious Casa de las Americas prize. Harlold Pinter describes her as “one of the most gifted writers to come out of Central America in the last ten years.”

1996 Festival ›
The Color Master, by author Aimee Bender
Aimee Bender, author of The Color Master

Aimee Bender

Known for her imaginative prose, Aimee Bender has published three short story collections and two novels. Her most recent book, The Color Master, was a New York Times Notable Book for 2013. Bender’s award-winning short fiction has appeared in numerous publications, including Granta, GQ and Harper’s. She lives in Los Angeles and teaches creative writing at USC.

Purchase from Mysterious Galaxy › Visit Aimee Bender’s website › 2015 Festival ›
Talk Before Sleep, by author Elizabeth Berg
Elizabeth Berg, author of Talk Before Sleep

Elizabeth Berg

If any author can be said to capture the way women think, it is Elizabeth Berg, author of the best-selling Talk Before Sleep. Her insights into the human condition have led to six intensely moving novels exploring friendship, marriage, mortality, and love in its many varieties. Her most recent book, What We Keep, explores the confused, conflicted landscape of a mother-daughter relationship.

1999 Festival ›
Birds of a Lesser Paradise, by author Megan Mayew Bergman
Megan Mayew Bergman, author of Birds of a Lesser Paradise

Megan Mayew Bergman

Unforgettable characters pop to life in Megan Mayhew Bergman’s first collection of short stories, Birds of a Lesser Paradise. The book earned a starred review from Publisher’s Weekly and raves from many quarters. No experience seems to have escaped the author’s eagle eye as she twists even the most mundane into something special.

Visit Megan Mayew Bergman’s website › 2013 Festival ›
Breaking Clean, by author Judy Blunt
Judy Blunt, author of Breaking Clean

Judy Blunt

JUDY BLUNT’s memoir Breaking Clean, which received a Whiting Writers Award, is the antithesis of romanticized myths of the American West. Her beautifully crafted work illuminates the hard life on Montana cattle ranches forty years ago. Born into a third generation ranching family, married at eighteen into another, mother of three, Blunt struggled to escape the stifling confines of a patriarchal culture.

2003 Festival ›
The Burning, by author Laurel Ann Bogen
Laurel Ann Bogen, author of The Burning

Laurel Ann Bogen

Laurel Ann Bogen, acclaimed poet/performer in Los Angeles, was nominated in 1991 for a Pulitzer Prize after publication of her book, The Burning. She was selected as Los Angeles’s “Best Female Poet/Performer” in 1989. Emotional and humorous, her work often reflects personal upheaval and passion gone astray. The voice is “sometimes fragile, as it confronts intense private fractures, and it is also humorous as it triumphs and heals.”

Visit Laurel Ann Bogen’s website › 1993 Festival ›
March, by author Geraldine Brooks
Geraldine Brooks, author of March

Geraldine Brooks

GERALDINE BROOKS is the author of the novel March, which received the 2006 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction. Her novel, People of the Book, is scheduled for release January 2008. She is also the author of Year of Wonders, Nine Parts of Desire and Correspondent. Brooks was correspondent for the Wall Street Journal in Bosnia, Somalia and the Middle East.

Visit Geraldine Brooks’s website › 2008 Festival ›
The Weird Sisters, by author Eleanor Brown
Eleanor Brown, author of The Weird Sisters

Eleanor Brown

The sisters in Eleanor Brown’s entertaining and engaging new novel, The Weird Sisters, had an unusual upbringing, listening to their professor father speak primarily in Shakespearean verse. Brown’s novel focuses on what happens when the adult sisters gather to care for their sick mother. Their “weirdness” is explored with humor, compassion, and poignancy. In true Shakespearean fashion, all’s well that ends well.

Visit Eleanor Brown’s website › 2013 Festival ›
Goodnight Irene, by author Jan Burke
Jan Burke, author of Goodnight Irene

Jan Burke

Novelist Jan Burke took the mystery-loving world by storm with Goodnight Irene. The unsolicited manuscript won her a three-book contract with Simon and Schuster. Sweet Dream’s, Irene and Dear Irene are the second and third novels in Burke’s Irene series. It will be hard to beat the excitement of her first novel. President Bill Clinton held Goodnight Irene up on national TV when asked what he’d been reading lately.

Visit Jan Burke’s website › 1995 Festival ›
Distant Land of My Father, by author Bo Caldwell
Bo Caldwell, author of Distant Land of My Father

Bo Caldwell

BO CALDWELL’s debut novel, The Distant Land of My Father, details a journey to the magical land of the narrator’s childhood, Shanghai prior to the Japanese invasion. Selected as a Los Angeles Times Best Book 2002, the fictional memoir explores the themes of betrayal and forgiveness and the enduring love between a parent and child.

2008 Festival ›
Mothers, Tell Your Daughters, by author Bonnie Jo Campbell
Bonnie Jo Campbell, author of Mothers, Tell Your Daughters

Bonnie Jo Campbell

Novelist and short story writer, Bonnie Jo Campbell, released her latest story collection, Mothers, Tell Your Daughters, this past fall. Her previous collection, American Salvage, was a finalist for both the National Book Award and National Book Critic’s Circle Award. Campbell was a Guggenheim Fellow in 2011 and teaches fiction at Pacific University. She lives with her husband and other animals outside Kalamazoo, Michigan.

Purchase from Mysterious Galaxy › Visit Bonnie Jo Campbell’s website › 2016 Festival ›
All Is Forgotten, Nothing Is Lost, by author Lan Samantha Chang
Lan Samantha Chang, author of All Is Forgotten, Nothing Is Lost

Lan Samantha Chang

Lan Samantha Chang is the author of a story collection, Hunger, and two novels, All Is Forgotten, Nothing Is Lost and Inheritance. She has taught fiction writing at Stanford, Harvard, and the MFA Program for Writing at Warren Wilson College. Chang is the director of the prestigious Iowa Writers’ Workshop.

2012 Festival ›
Blue Plate Special, by author Kate Christensen
Kate Christensen, author of Blue Plate Special

Kate Christensen

Kate Christensen is the author of six novels, including The Epicure’s Lament, the PEN/Faulkner award-winning The Great Man, and The Astral. Her most recent book, Blue Plate Special: An Autobiography of My Appetites, pairs a personal and social history with a passion for the culinary arts. Her essays, reviews and stories have appeared in Bookforum, The New York Times Book Review and The Wall Street Journal.

Purchase from Mysterious Galaxy › Visit Kate Christensen’s website › 2015 Festival ›
Half A Life, by author Jill Ciment
Jill Ciment, author of Half A Life

Jill Ciment

Jill Ciment, author of Small Claims and The Law of Falling Bodies, chronicles her adolescent years in her memoir, Half a Life. “I felt for girls my age; we were more likely to have gone out in the world like Huckleberry Finn. I thought it was a story no one ever told.” Ciment reveals all, sometimes to the reader’s discomfort.

Visit Jill Ciment’s website › 1997 Festival ›
Prayers For The Stolen, by author Jennifer Clement
Jennifer Clement, author of Prayers For The Stolen

Jennifer Clement

Jennifer Clement is the author of many books including Widow Basquiat, the acclaimed memoir of Jean Michel Basquiat. Her recent novel, Prayers for the Stolen, is a portrait of how the drug trade in Mexico has affected women. The book won an NEA fellowship and the Sara Curry Humanitarian Award and has been published all over the world to the highest praise.

Purchase from Mysterious Galaxy › Visit Jennifer Clement’s website › 2015 Festival ›
Burmese Lessons: A Memoir, by author Karen Connelly
Karen Connelly, author of Burmese Lessons: A Memoir

Karen Connelly

Karen Connelly is an award-winning author of poetry, fiction and non-fiction. Her novel, The Lizard Cage, was shaped by her immersion in the political struggles of Burma, and she explored the lives of Burmese rebels in her nonfiction work, Burmese Lessons. Her poetry collection, Come Cold River, was released last fall.

Visit Karen Connelly’s website › 2014 Festival ›


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