LITERARY WOMEN

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Dreaming Water, by author Gail Tsukiyama
Gail Tsukiyama, author of Dreaming Water

Gail Tsukiyama

GAIL TSUKIYAMA was born in San Francisco, California, to a Chinese mother and a Japanese father. Initially a poet, she now uses her cross-cultural experiences in all her novels, the latest of which is Dreaming Waters. She teaches at San Francisco State Universality and is book review editor for the on-line magazine Pacific Rim Voices.

2003 Festival ›
Makai, by author Kathleen Tyau
Kathleen Tyau, author of Makai

Kathleen Tyau

Reflecting her own background of mixed race and traditions, Kathleen Tyau’s widely acclaimed novels play out against the lush background of Hawaiian cultures and landscapes. The deeply layered, interwoven strands of both Makai and A Little Too Much Is Enough result in works that are, according to The Asian Reprter, "entertaining, innovative, and emotionally satisfying."

2002 Festival ›
The Toss of a Lemon, by author Padma Viswanathan
Padma Viswanathan, author of The Toss of a Lemon

Padma Viswanathan

PADMA VISWANATHAN’s bestselling debut novel The Toss of a Lemon, was inspired by family history. It takes the reader into the private world of a Brahmin clan in early twentieth century India, a turbulent time of social and political change. At the novel’s heart is Sivakami, a young widow bound by rigorous rules, which she observes – with the exception of a single defiant act.

Visit Padma Viswanathan’s website › 2010 Festival ›
The Passion of Artemisia, by author Susan Vreeland
Susan Vreeland, author of The Passion of Artemisia

Susan Vreeland

Susan Vreeland has enjoyed a thirty-year career teaching English and ceramics while publishing newspaper pieces and short fiction. Her books about women include What Love Sees, the best seller Girl in Hyacinth Blue, and her recently released The Passion of Artemisia that explores a woman’s struggle to paint in seventeenth-century Italy.

Visit Susan Vreeland’s website › 2002 Festival ›
The Submission, by author Amy Waldman
Amy Waldman, author of The Submission

Amy Waldman

In The Submission, a finalist in the Hemingway Foundation/PEN First Fiction Award, Amy Waldman creates a fascinating look at the jury’s selection in an anonymous competition for the 911 memorial. A Muslim-American wins and the jury goes into a tailspin. Waldman eloquently considers the multiple issues that spring from this event.

Visit Amy Waldman’s website › 2013 Festival ›
Heart of the Beast, by author Joyce Weatherford
Joyce Weatherford, author of Heart of the Beast

Joyce Weatherford

A finalist for the Willa Cather Award, JOYCE WEATHERFORD’s debut novel, Heart of the Beast, has been lauded as “not a book, but a spell, an act of magic.” This saga of the American West told from a female perspective comes alive with fiercely rich details grounded in Weatherford’s own experiences growing up on a ranch in eastern Oregon.

2003 Festival ›
The Warmth Of Other Suns, by author Isabel Wilkerson
Isabel Wilkerson, author of The Warmth Of Other Suns

Isabel Wilkerson

The Warmth of Other Suns, written by Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Isabel Wilkerson, is an epic narrative focusing on the lives of three African Americans who represent the stories of millions who migrated from the South from 1915 to 1970. A major part of American history, this great migration has been called the most underrated story of the 20th century.

Visit Isabel Wilkerson’s website › 2012 Festival ›
The Writing Class, by author Jincy Willet
Jincy Willet, author of The Writing Class

Jincy Willet

JINCY WILLETT is a Southern California author living in Escondido. Her novel, The Writing Class is a clever mystery set in a writing class comprised of adult students with varying degrees of writing ability. The reader learns a lot about the craft of writing while laughing at the hilarious situations and wry, witty writing. Willett’s other books include Winner of the National Book Award and Jenny and the Jaws of Life.

Visit Jincy Willet’s website › 2010 Festival ›
Messenger of Truth, by author Jacqueline Winspear
Jacqueline Winspear, author of Messenger of Truth

Jacqueline Winspear

JACQUELINE WINSPEAR is the author of the award-winning Maisie Dobbs series. Maisie is a one-of-a-kind psychological investigator who has captured the attention of mystery lovers and history buffs alike. In the fourth installment, Messenger of Truth, Winspear explores both the sinister aspects of the London art world and the bitter legacy of World War I.

Visit Jacqueline Winspear’s website › 2007 Festival ›
The Ten-Year Nap, by author Meg Wolitzer
Meg Wolitzer, author of The Ten-Year Nap

Meg Wolitzer

MEG WOLITZER has published seven novels, including The Position, which was long-listed for the UK’s Orange Prize, The Wife and Surrender; Dorothy. She has taught creative writing at the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, Skidmore College, Columbia University and 92nd Street Y of New York City. Her new novel, The Ten-Year Nap, will be published in March.

Visit Meg Wolitzer’s website › 2008 Festival ›


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