LITERARY WOMEN

Celebrating Women Authors Since 1982



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 ›
Kindred, by author Octavia Butler
Octavia Butler, author of Kindred

Octavia Butler

Octavia Butler, a resident of Los Angeles, invents new societies to project ideas of women’s and racial situations into the future. Her intriguing grasp has brought the prestigious Nebula award and two Hugo awards. Books include Bloodchild, Patternmaster, Survivor and Clay’s Ark. Soon to appear: Xenogenesis Trilogy.

Visit Octavia Butler’s website › 1987 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.

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.

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.

Visit Jennifer Clement’s website › 2015 Festival ›
The Sisterhood:  The True Story of the Women Who Changed teh World, by author Marcia Cohen
Marcia Cohen, author of The Sisterhood:  The True Story of the Women Who Changed teh World

Marcia Cohen

Marcia Cohen chronicles the women’s movement in her irreverent The Sisterhood: The True Story of the Women Who Changed the World. Focusing on Betty Friedan, Gloria Steinem, Germaine Greer and Kate Millet, this revealing group portrait traces the women whose ideas and actions have profoundly transformed all of our lives. Cohen has written articles for The New York Times and Ladies Home Journal, and has been a reporter and editor for The New York Daily News.

1989 Festival ›
Segu, by author Maryse Conde
Maryse Conde, author of Segu

Maryse Conde

Maryse Conde, novelist, playwright, producer, essayist, lecturer, and Professor of West Indies and African literature at the Sorbonne, this year is Fulbright Scholar in Residence at Occidental College.

Visit Maryse Conde’s website › 1986 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 ›
Eleanor Roosevelt: Volume One, 1884-1933, by author Blanche Wiesen Cook
Blanche Wiesen Cook, author of Eleanor Roosevelt: Volume One, 1884-1933

Blanche Wiesen Cook

Blanche Wiesen Cook’s Eleanor Roosevelt: Volume One, 1884-1933, has been hailed as a book that “should completely change historical interpretations of the life and times of Eleanor Roosevelt.” Cook’s biography of one of America’s most fascinating and influential political women is scholarly and absorbing. A historian and journalist, Cook is professor of History and Women’s Studies at City University of New York. She is currently as work on Volume Two.

1993 Festival ›
The Orchardist, by author Amanda Coplin
Amanda Coplin, author of The Orchardist

Amanda Coplin

Writing with breathtaking precision and empathy, Amanda Coplin has crafted an astonishing debut novel, The Orchardist, about a man who disrupts the lonely harmony of an ordered life when he opens his heart and lets the world in. Recipient of the 2012 Barnes & Noble Discover Great New Writers Award,Coplin lives in Portland, Oregon.

Visit Amanda Coplin’s website › 2014 Festival ›
Fame and Fortune, by author Kate (Shirley) Coscarelli
Kate (Shirley) Coscarelli, author of Fame and Fortune

Kate (Shirley) Coscarelli

How to Find Fame and Fortune - A Novel Approach
Long Beach’s own Kate (Shirley) Coscarelli will share the experiences of writing and publishing a first novel.

Visit Kate (Shirley) Coscarelli’s website › 1984 Festival ›
Swimming to Antarctica: Tales of a Long-Distance Swimmer, by author Lynne Cox
Lynne Cox, author of Swimming to Antarctica: Tales of a Long-Distance Swimmer

Lynne Cox

LYNNE COX is a local celebrity – a long distance swimmer who lives in Los Alamitos, California. Her memoir, Swimming to Antarctica: Tales of a Long-Distance Swimmer is about her many incredible swims and her relentless drive “to establish bridges between borders.” Her understated style makes for gripping reading. Her memoir is about exploring the impossible and doing it!

Visit Lynne Cox’s website › 2005 Festival ›
In Troubled Waters, by author Beverly Coyle
Beverly Coyle, author of In Troubled Waters

Beverly Coyle

Beverly Coyle’s fiction bares hypocrisy and explores character with insight and humor. The Kneeling Bus and In Troubled Waters re-create small town Florida, examine how we face coming of age, racism, political correctness and Alzheimer’s disease. Taken In, her new work, is due in May.

1998 Festival ›
How Did You Get This Number?, by author Sloane Crosley
Sloane Crosley, author of How Did You Get This Number?

Sloane Crosley

Sloane Crosley is a witty, urbane and madcap new voice in American letters. Sloane’s first book, I Was Told There’d Be Cake, was nominated for the Thurber Prize for best humor in America. Her follow-up, How Did You Get This Number, is a collection of fun and zany essays.

Visit Sloane Crosley’s website › 2015 Festival ›
Breath, Eyes, Memory, by author Edwidge Danticat
Edwidge Danticat, author of Breath, Eyes, Memory

Edwidge Danticat

Edwidge Danticat’s two works…Breath, Eyes, Memory, a novel, and Krak? Krak!, a collection of Haitian stories….explore the lives of women who must prove themselves “brave as stars out at dawn.” Revelations unfold in elegant prose with the truth and lyricism of memorable poetry.

Visit Edwidge Danticat’s website › 1998 Festival ›
1959, by author Thulani Davis
Thulani Davis, author of 1959

Thulani Davis

Thulanni Davis’s first novel, 1959 combines a coming-of-age story with a unsettling journey into the very beginning of the Civil Rights Movement, as told by a twelve-year-old girl named Willie. Davis is also a poet, journalist, and the author of the libretto for the widely acclaimed opera X: The Life and Times of Malcolm X, and the adaptation of Brecht’s The Caucasian Chalk Circle.

Visit Thulani Davis’s website › 1993 Festival ›
From This Day Forward, by author Louise De Grave
Louise De Grave, author of From This Day Forward

Louise De Grave

Breaking The Silence: Writing Your Autobiography
Louise De Grave, author of From This Day Forward: Staying Married When No One Else Is And Other Reckless Acts, and Karen Kenyon, author of Sunshower, team up to discuss the writing of their own stories, encouraging others to do the same.

1984 Festival ›
The Madonnas of Leningrad, by author Debra Dean
Debra Dean, author of The Madonnas of Leningrad

Debra Dean

DEBRA DEAN creates heartbreaking beauty in her bestselling debut novel, The Madonnas of Leningrad. Awards for the novel included The New York Times Editors’ Choice, Borders Original Voices, number one Book Sense Pick, Booklist Top Ten Novels and American Library Association Notable Book of the Year. Her collection of short stories, Confessions of a Falling Woman, came out to critical acclaim in 2008.

Visit Debra Dean’s website › 2010 Festival ›
The Mistress of Spices, by author Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni
Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni, author of The Mistress of Spices

Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni

Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni’s acclaimed collection of short stories, Arranged Marriage, was followed by an even-more-successful novel, The Mistress of Spices; and last summer by a book of poetry, Leaving Yuba City. All of her works deal with struggles of immigrant Indian women in families and relationships.

Visit Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni’s website › 1998 Festival ›
Stones for Ibarra, by author Harriet Doerr
Harriet Doerr, author of Stones for Ibarra

Harriet Doerr

Harriet Doerr, whose Stones for Ibarra, on the best seller lists for months this year, was nominated for the Los Angeles Times Fiction Award and the National Book Award for a first novel. With her first book published when she was 73, Mrs. Doerr provides a sparkling example to those faced with the challenge of crossing new borders.

1985 Festival ›
The Girl Who Fell from the Sky, by author Heidi Durrow
Heidi Durrow, author of The Girl Who Fell from the Sky

Heidi Durrow

HEIDI DURROW’s debut novel, The Girl Who Fell From the Sky is the winner of the Bellwether Prize for Fiction. Beautifully written in alternating voices, it is a very modern story that skillfully deals with a family tragedy that must be processed through the prism of biracial identity. The protagonist’s resilience makes it an ultimately hopeful story.

Visit Heidi Durrow’s website › 2011 Festival ›
No Intermissions: The Life of Agnes de Mille, by author Carol Easton
Carol Easton, author of No Intermissions: The Life of Agnes de Mille

Carol Easton

Carol Easton, biographer of Stan Kenton, Samuel Goldwyn, and Jacqueline du Pre, now gives us No Intermissions: The life of Agnes de Mille, praised as “a valuable contribution to American cultural history.” A California native, she majored in Theater Arts at UCLA.

1997 Festival ›


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