LITERARY WOMEN

Celebrating Women Authors Since 1982



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 ›
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 ›
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 ›


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