LITERARY WOMEN

Celebrating Women Authors Since 1982



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 ›
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 ›
Heart Mountain, by author Gretel Ehrlich
Gretel Ehrlich, author of Heart Mountain

Gretel Ehrlich

Born in California and educated at Bennington College and UCLA, Gretel Ehrlich is a much honored author of essays, memoir, fiction and poetry. Writing with grace and awe, she embraces such varied subjects as her love for animals, nature, and the American Mountain West, the clash and the fusion of diverse cultures, and the path of her own spiritual journey.

Visit Gretel Ehrlich’s website › 1999 Festival ›
The Painter from Shanghai, by author Jennifer Cody Epstein
Jennifer Cody Epstein, author of The Painter from Shanghai

Jennifer Cody Epstein

The Painter from Shanghai is JENNIFER CODY EPSTEIN’s debut novel about the real life of Pan Yuliang, China’s foremost female post-Impressionist painter. The novel delineates Pan’s love story – for her country, artistic principles and the man who helps her realize herself as an artist. Epstein has written for Self, The Wall Street Journal and the Chicago Tribune and teaches at Columbia University.

Visit Jennifer Cody Epstein’s website › 2010 Festival ›
Gonzalez & Daughter Trucking Co., by author Maria Amparo Escandon
Maria Amparo Escandon, author of Gonzalez & Daughter Trucking Co.

Maria Amparo Escandon

MARIA AMPARO ESCANDON, best-selling bilingual storyteller, was named Writer to Watch by Newsweek and the Los Angeles Times. In her second novel, Gonzalez & Daughter Trucking Co., the incarcerated narrator “reads” to her fellow inmates at the weekly Library Club. As she pretends to recite from the classics, she tells a humorous and passionate mystery that explores the love and hurt of a father and daughter on the run.

Visit Maria Amparo Escandon’s website › 2006 Festival ›
City of Veils, by author Zoe Ferraris
Zoe Ferraris, author of City of Veils

Zoe Ferraris

Zoe Ferraris, an award-winning novelist, has an MFA from Columbia University. Her books, Finding Nouf and City of Veils , seamlessly blend the genres of mystery and literary fiction. Her work combines her own personal experience and her literary talent to deliver gripping, fast-paced mysteries with a rare, intimate look into the closed society of women in the Middle East.

Visit Zoe Ferraris’s website › 2012 Festival ›
White Oleander, by author Janet Fitch
Janet Fitch, author of White Oleander

Janet Fitch

Janet Fitch uses her native Los Angeles as a backdrop for her stunning first novel, White Oleander, a powerful saga about a young woman growing up as one of the thousands of foster children shuttled from home to home in a huge, impersonal city. Fitch has created an inspirational story dealing with the relationships between mothers and daughters and the search for personal identity.

Visit Janet Fitch’s website › 2001 Festival ›
Dove in the Window, by author Earlene Fowler
Earlene Fowler, author of Dove in the Window

Earlene Fowler

Earlene Fowler writes mysteries about everything she loves: cowboys, the Central Coast, quilts, and crafts. With quilt-name titles - Fool’s Puzzle; Irish Chain; Kansas Troubles; Goose in the Pond; Dove in the Window - her tales feature fearless sleuth Benni Harper.

Visit Earlene Fowler’s website › 1997 Festival ›
The Jane Austin Book Club, by author Karen Joy Fowler
Karen Joy Fowler, author of The Jane Austin Book Club

Karen Joy Fowler

KAREN JOY FOWLER introduces six notable characters in The Jane Austen Book Club; each with his or her own “private Austen,” each addressing very contemporary social issues. In sublimely comedic prose, Fowler takes readers on a journey of love, laughter, pain and Jane. Along with this most recent novel, which spent over three months on The New York Times bestseller list, Fowler has authored two short story collections and three novels.

Visit Karen Joy Fowler’s website › 2005 Festival ›
Skinner's Drift, by author Lisa Fugard
Lisa Fugard, author of Skinner's Drift

Lisa Fugard

LISA FUGARD’s first novel, Skinner’s Drift, illuminates the complicated relationships and loyalties between blacks and whites in South Africa at the end of the apartheid era. The novel vividly captures the African landscape and the troubled and conflicted personalities who inhabit it. Fugard is the daughter of acclaimed playwright Athol Fugard.

Visit Lisa Fugard’s website › 2007 Festival ›
Let's Not Go to the Dogs Tonight: An African Childhood, by author Alexander Fuller
Alexander Fuller, author of Let's Not Go to the Dogs Tonight: An African Childhood

Alexander Fuller

ALEXANDRA FULLER’s Don’t Let’s Go to the Dogs Tonight is a tender, intensely moving and even delightful journey through a white African girl’s childhood. In wry and sometime hilarious prose, Alexandra Fuller describes an unruly life in an often inhospitable place. Winner of several awards, this tale of terrible beauty soars.

2004 Festival ›
Metropolis, by author Elizabeth Gaffney
Elizabeth Gaffney, author of Metropolis

Elizabeth Gaffney

In her first novel, Metropolis, ELIZABETH GAFFNEY, advisory editor of The Paris Review, has placed vividly imagined characters in the brawling, rapidly changing New York City of the post-Civil War era. The Dickensian novel captures the violence and splendor of the emerging modern city, as well as the “luck and misfortune” of its immigrant hero. Gaffney’s short stories have appeared in publications such as North American Review, Mississippi Review and The Reading Room.

Visit Elizabeth Gaffney’s website › 2006 Festival ›
Dreaming in Cuban, by author Cristina Garcia
Cristina Garcia, author of Dreaming in Cuban

Cristina Garcia

Cristina Garcia lends her rich voice to the chorus of Latina writers whose work brings vitality to modern literature. Critical acclaim accompanied publication of both her novels, Nation Book Award nominee Dreaming in Cuban and her more recent work The Aguero Sisters. Garcia weaves mesmerizing stories of individuals under the powerful influence of Cuban American family life.

Visit Cristina Garcia’s website › 1999 Festival ›
An Untamed State, by author Roxane Gay
Roxane Gay, author of An Untamed State

Roxane Gay

Roxane Gay is the author of the novel The Untamed State, which was a finalist for the Dayton Literary Peace Prize for Fiction; the essay collection Bad Feminist; and Ayiti, a multi-genre collection. She is working on a memoir, Hunger, and a comic book in Marvel’s Black Panther series. Her writing has appeared in Best American Short Stories 2012, The New York Times, the Guardian, and many others. She is a recipient of the PEN Center USA Freedom to Write Award, among other honors.

Purchase from Mysterious Galaxy › Visit Roxane Gay’s website › 2017 Festival ›
Kissing the Bread, by author Sandra M. Gilbert
Sandra M. Gilbert, author of Kissing the Bread

Sandra M. Gilbert

Sandra M. Gilbert crafts fiercely intelligent and beautifully rhythmic poetry. Her critically acclaimed Kissing the Bread: New and Selected Poems 1969-1999 is Gilbert’s sixth book of verse. Also author of a dozen books of literary criticism and a poignant prose memoir, Wrongful Death, Gilbert is perhaps best known as co-editor of the pioneering Norton Anthology of Literature by Women, now in its second edition.

Visit Sandra M. Gilbert’s website › 2002 Festival ›
We Two: Victoria and Albert, Rulers, Partners, Rivals, by author Gillian Gill
Gillian Gill, author of We Two: Victoria and Albert, Rulers, Partners, Rivals

Gillian Gill

Gillian Gill’s biographical subjects are quirky, controversial women (Agatha Christie, Mary Baker Eddy, Florence Nightingale, Queen Victoria, Colette) who blaze their own paths to achievement. She writes about real women faced with tough choices, not icons frozen in time. Gill brings erudition and narrative momentum to history, with documentary zeal and stylistic sparkle.

2012 Festival ›
The Whole World Over, by author Julia Glass
Julia Glass, author of The Whole World Over

Julia Glass

JULIA GLASS proved herself a gifted writer with her first novel, the best-seller Three Junes, winner of the 2002 National Book Award. Her second, The Whole World Over, is a generous, tentacled, ensemble novel deploying many characters. Her short stories have been honored with three Nelson Algren Awards and the Tobias Wolff Award.

2007 Festival ›
A Girl Becomes a Comma Like That, by author Lisa Glatt
Lisa Glatt, author of A Girl Becomes a Comma Like That

Lisa Glatt

LISA GLATT’s A Girl Becomes a Comma Like That explores the complex and all-too-human world of Rachel Spark, a thirty-something college instructor, and her wildly life-affirming mother, who has been diagnosed with terminal breast cancer. “Far more celebration than wake,” raves Elle magazine, this novel has been widely praised in many publications, including The New York Times Book Review. Lisa Glatt is a Long Beach writer.

Visit Lisa Glatt’s website › 2005 Festival ›
Dorothea Lange: A Life Beyond Limits, by author Linda Gordon
Linda Gordon, author of Dorothea Lange: A Life Beyond Limits

Linda Gordon

Among her many accomplishments, historian LINDA GORDON received the 2010 Bancroft Prize in American history and the Los Angeles Times Book Prize for her book, Dorothea Lange: A Life Beyond Limits. The Los Angeles Times calls it a “superbly written biographical documentary.” Linda Gordon is the Florence Kelley professor of history at NYU. She has won many prestigious awards, including Guggenheim, National Endowment for Humanities, American Council of Learned Societies, and the Radcliffe Institute fellowships.

Visit Linda Gordon’s website › 2011 Festival ›
Secret Daughter, by author Shilpi Somaya Gowda
Shilpi Somaya Gowda, author of Secret Daughter

Shilpi Somaya Gowda

A summer spent as a volunteer in an Indian orphanage led Shilpi Somaya Gowda to write her first novel, Secret Daughter. Born and raised in Toronto to parents who emigrated from Mumbai, Shilpi weaves together both American and Indian cultures in a gripping exploration of family and motherhood. She currently lives in California with her husband and children.

Visit Shilpi Somaya Gowda’s website › 2012 Festival ›
Speed Walk and Other Stories, by author Suzanne Greenberg
Suzanne Greenberg, author of Speed Walk and Other Stories

Suzanne Greenberg

SUZANNE GREENBERG’s short story collection Speed-Walk and Other Stories has been praised as “the work of a confident, strong, and utterly unique writer.” With gracefully simple prose, Greenberg creates characters that are at once eccentric and familiar. This debut volume was the 2003 winner of the prestigious Drue Heinz Literature Prize.

Visit Suzanne Greenberg’s website › 2004 Festival ›
Waterborne, by author Linda Gregerson
Linda Gregerson, author of Waterborne

Linda Gregerson

LINDA GREGERSON’s luminous third book of poetry, Waterborne, recently won the $100,000 Kingsley Tufts Poetry Award, and her 1996 volume, The Woman Who Died in Her Sleep, was a finalist for both the Poets Prize and the Lenore Marshall Award. A former actress with the experimental theater company Karken and staff editor at The Atlantic Monthly. Gregerson is also a specialist in English Renaissance literature.

Visit Linda Gregerson’s website › 2004 Festival ›
Baker Towers, by author Jennifer Haigh
Jennifer Haigh, author of Baker Towers

Jennifer Haigh

JENNIFER HAIGH is the author of both The New York Times bestseller and award-winning Baker Towers, and Mrs. Kimble, which won the Pen/Hemingway Award for debut fiction. Haigh creates rich character sketches, drawing the reader into the interwoven lives of families and making her books difficult to put down. She has published numerous short stories, and her latest novel is The Condition.

Visit Jennifer Haigh’s website › 2011 Festival ›


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