LITERARY WOMEN

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The Sixteenth of June, by author Maya Lang
Maya Lang, author of The Sixteenth of June

Maya Lang

Written for “readers who never made it through Ulysses (or haven’t wanted to try),” The Sixteenth of June, Maya Lang’s debut novel, is a finely observed, wry social satire set in Philadelphia over the course of a single day, and a nod to James Joyce’s celebrated classic. Maya holds a Ph.D. in Comparative Literature and was awarded the 2012 Bread Loaf-Rona Jaffe Scholarship in Fiction.

Purchase from Mysterious Galaxy › Visit Maya Lang’s website › 2016 Festival ›
What We Carry, by author Dorianne Laux
Dorianne Laux, author of What We Carry

Dorianne Laux

Dorianne Laux pulls us “into the frightening brilliance of the world” in her two poetry collections, Awake and What We Carry. Her poetry transcends the ordinary facts of experience with elegance. It flies to the center of the nitty-gritty to emerge triumphant and sings about where we live.

Visit Dorianne Laux’s website › 1997 Festival ›
Ghettoside, by author Jill Leovy
Jill Leovy, author of Ghettoside

Jill Leovy

After ten years embedded with the homicide detectives of the LAPD, Los Angeles Times reporter Jill Leovy shines a new light on an old situation; the epidemic of black on black violence in South Central Los Angeles. Ghettoside is a thought provoking book that challenges assumptions about ‘gang-related’ violence. Winner of numerous awards, including the 2016 Ridenhour Book Prize which recognizes “acts of truth-telling that protect the public interest, promote social justice or illuminate a more just vision of society.”

Purchase from Mysterious Galaxy › 2017 Festival ›
Fleur de Leigh's Life of Crime, by author Diane Leslie
Diane Leslie, author of Fleur de Leigh's Life of Crime

Diane Leslie

Diane Leslie is the author of Fleur De Leigh’s Life of Crime which, according to the New York Times, "offers a delicious and disturbing glimpse behind the high stucco walls of Hollywood, circa 1957." She has a genuine gift for creating characters that live and breathe in the posh environs of her childhood. Great wit and insight in both her writing and conversation!

Visit Diane Leslie’s website › 2000 Festival ›
Then She Found Me, by author Elinor Lipman
Elinor Lipman, author of Then She Found Me

Elinor Lipman

ELINOR LIPMAN writes romantic comedy for readers who want to be “amused, moved, befriended, included.” She can make us laugh out loud as she converts serious subject matters into humor with the skill of an alchemist. All six of her books are in print, and her seventh, The Pursuit of Alice Thrift,, is due in June.

Visit Elinor Lipman’s website › 2003 Festival ›
The House on Fortune Street, by author Margot Livesey
Margot Livesey, author of The House on Fortune Street

Margot Livesey

MARGOT LIVESEY grew up on the edge of the Scottish Highlands, and is the author of a collection of stories and six novels, including Eva Moves the Furniture and most recently The House On Fortune Street. She has received fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation and the NEA. She is currently a writer in residence at Emerson College in Boston.

Visit Margot Livesey’s website › 2009 Festival ›
If You Lived Here You'd Be Home By Now, by author Sandra Tsing Loh
Sandra Tsing Loh, author of If You Lived Here You'd Be Home By Now

Sandra Tsing Loh

Writer/performer Sandra Tsing Loh has been called a "master of the excruciating moment." Her witty and trenchant observations of the So Cal scene can be found in her critically acclaimed one-person show, Aliens in America; the best-selling essay collection, Depth Takes a Holiday, and the hilarious novel of L.A., If You Lived Here, You’d Be Home By Now. "The Loh Life," her lively radio commentary, is heard weekly on KCRW.

2000 Festival ›
Storm Track, by author Margaret Maron
Margaret Maron, author of Storm Track

Margaret Maron

MARGARET MARON writes the Judge Deborah Knott mystery series, situated in her native North Carolina, as well as the Detective Sigrid Harald of NYPD series, short stories and non-mystery novels. Publishers Weekly calls Maron “one of the most seamless Southern writers since Margaret Mitchell.” Long Beach Public Library lists twenty-two of her titles.

Visit Margaret Maron’s website › 2005 Festival ›
Rage Against The Dying, by author Becky Masterman
Becky Masterman, author of Rage Against The Dying

Becky Masterman

Becky Masterman’s debut thriller, Rage Against the Dying, captured worldwide attention with her smart and compassionate heroine, Brigid Quinn. Aging, but no MissMarple, this woman can still take down a mugger. The story is fast-paced fun throughout; a book you won’t want to put down.

Visit Becky Masterman’s website › 2014 Festival ›
Under the Tuscan Sun, by author Frances Mayes
Frances Mayes, author of Under the Tuscan Sun

Frances Mayes

Frances Mayes, widely published poet, gourmet cook, and travel writer, takes the reader into the heart of Italy through her sensuous memoir, Under the Tuscan Sun. Her poetic descriptions bring alive the adventures of purchasing, restoring, and living in an abandoned villa in this spectacular countryside.

Visit Frances Mayes’s website › 1998 Festival ›
The Giant's House, by author Elizabeth McCracken
Elizabeth McCracken, author of The Giant's House

Elizabeth McCracken

Elizabeth McCracken is the author of the ALA Notable Story Collection Here’s Your Hat, What’s Your Hurry? Her eccentric debut novel, The Giant’s House, a tender story of a friendship between a lonely librarian and an eleven-year-old boy, was a finalist for the National Book Award in Fiction. In 1996 Granto magazine named McCracken one of the Twenty Best Young American Novelists.

Visit Elizabeth McCracken’s website › 2001 Festival ›
The Songcatcher, by author Sharyn McCrumb
Sharyn McCrumb, author of The Songcatcher

Sharyn McCrumb

SHARYN McCRUMB’s eighteen novels and two short-story collections celebrate Appalachian history and folklore with such skill that they are studied in universities worldwide. Winner of six Notable Book Awards from The New York Times, she weaves a tale! The Songcatcher follows her own family history, beginning with a young boy kidnapped off the coast of Scotland in 1751.

Visit Sharyn McCrumb’s website › 2003 Festival ›
Shadow Baby, by author Alison McGhee
Alison McGhee, author of Shadow Baby

Alison McGhee

ALISON MCGHEE writes novels about love and loss, connection and disintegration, friendship and alienation and these stories are told in such a distinctive voice that the reader becomes submerged in the characters’ lives. She is the author of the Pulitzer Prize-nominated Shadow Baby. Her other works include Was It Beautiful?, Rainlight and All Rivers Flow to the Sea, as well as award-winning books for children.

Visit Alison McGhee’s website › 2006 Festival ›
Half in Love, by author Maile Meloy
Maile Meloy, author of Half in Love

Maile Meloy

MAILE MELOY’s stories have appeared in The New Yorker, The Paris Review, and Best New American Voices. The New York Times Book Review describes her collection of short stories, Half in Love, as “lean, and controlled in their narration and abundant and moving in their effects.” She captures vibrant moments in life as her characters experience desire, fear and mystery. Her debut novel, Liars and Saints is a multigenerational saga of the Catholic Santerre family.

Visit Maile Meloy’s website › 2005 Festival ›
The River of Doubt, by author Candice Millard
Candice Millard, author of The River of Doubt

Candice Millard

CANDICE MILLARD has moved from being editor at National Geographic to becoming author of The River of Doubt, an engrossing account of the psyches of two men, Theodore Roosevelt and his son Kermit, as they complete their death-defying journey through uncharted tributaries of the Amazon River. Millard reveals both history and character with clarity and authority.

Visit Candice Millard’s website › 2007 Festival ›
The Song of Achilles, by author Madeline Miller
Madeline Miller, author of The Song of Achilles

Madeline Miller

A story of love and adventure that vividly conjures the world of ancient Greek myths, Madeline Miller’s debut novel, The Song of Achilles, won the 2012 Orange Prize for Fiction and was a New York Times Bestseller. When she’s not writing, Madeline teaches Latin, Greek, and Shakespeare in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

Visit Madeline Miller’s website › 2014 Festival ›
Becoming Madame Mao, by author Anchee Min
Anchee Min, author of Becoming Madame Mao

Anchee Min

Anchee Min has of late become the darling of the media, a dramatic change for this former Maoist Red Guard teenager, and later, performer in the role of Madame Mao in Chinese film. From the experience she wrote Becoming Madame Mao, her latest novel, a powerful tale of passion, betrayal, and survival. Other books by Min include the memoir Red Azalea and the novel The Lost Daughters of China.

Visit Anchee Min’s website › 2001 Festival ›
Evening, by author Susan Minot
Susan Minot, author of Evening

Susan Minot

Susan Minot is the author of the novels Monkeys, Follys, and her latest, the highly acclaimed, Evening, an exquisite story of memory and desire. Minot’s other works include the short story collection, Lust and Other Stories, and the screenplay for Bernardo Bertolucci’s, Stealing Beauty. She has been included in the O. Henry Awards Pushcart Prizes, and the Best American Stories.

2001 Festival ›
The Deep End of the Ocean, by author Jacquelyn Mitchard
Jacquelyn Mitchard, author of The Deep End of the Ocean

Jacquelyn Mitchard

Jacquelyn Mitchard, magazine and newspaper journalist, has written a moving first novel, The Deep End of the Ocean. Braided into her suspenseful plot about a missing child are psychological truths about motherhood, family relationships, and the sustaining importance of friendship. This book was chosen as the first to be featured in Oprah Winfrey’s national reading group.

Visit Jacquelyn Mitchard’s website › 1997 Festival ›
The Bishop
Honor Moore, author of The Bishop

Honor Moore

HONOR MOORE has received many awards for her poetry and her playwriting. Her memoir, The Bishop’s Daughter, is a beautiful portrait of her illustrious father, an Episcopal priest, who became an activist bishop in Washington, D.C. and New York. It engages the reader in the great issues of American life: war, race, family sexuality and faith.

Visit Honor Moore’s website › 2009 Festival ›
The Lost Mother, by author Mary McCarry Morris
Mary McCarry Morris, author of The Lost Mother

Mary McCarry Morris

MARY MCCARRY MORRIS has been recognized as one of the most superb storytellers of our time and has been compared to John Steinbeck and Carson McCullers. Her first novel, Vanished, was nominated for both PEN/Faulkner Award and the National Book Award. Songs in Ordinary Time was an Oprah Book Club pick and critics cited her latest, The Lost Mother, as Morris’ strongest novel to date.

Visit Mary McCarry Morris’s website › 2006 Festival ›
White Dog Fell From The Sky, by author Eleanor Morse
Eleanor Morse, author of White Dog Fell From The Sky

Eleanor Morse

Eleanor Morse’s novel, White Dog Fell from the Sky, drawn from her time in Botswana in the 1970’s, is a compelling story of friendship between two displaced characters: Isaac, a South African fleeing apartheid, and Alice, an American expatriate. Morse lives in Maine and won several regional book awards for her earlier novel, An Unexpected Forest.

Purchase from Mysterious Galaxy › Visit Eleanor Morse’s website › 2015 Festival ›
Locas, by author Yxta Maya Murray
Yxta Maya Murray, author of Locas

Yxta Maya Murray

A graduate of L.B. Millikan High School, and now a professor at Loyola Law School, Yxta Maya Murray is the author of two novels set in today’s East Los Angeles: Locas, and What It Takes To Get To Vegas. According to the Chicago Tribune, Murray is a writer "with an insiders’s eye, eloquently capturing the struggles of being poor and Mexican-American in LA."

2000 Festival ›
How I Spent My Life's Vacation, by author Rita Nachtmann
Rita Nachtmann, author of How I Spent My Life's Vacation

Rita Nachtmann

Rita Nachtmann grew up in Illinois, graduated from NYU, acted and wrote in Chicago and New York City, and now lives in California, teaching dramatic writing at UCLA. Her eight plays include, How I Spent My Life’s Vacation (Pen West Award), Mama Drama and A Shiksa in Boca Raton, plus numerous one-acts and screenplays. Nachtmann adroitly pokes fun at the pretentious, and investigates life’s daily drama.

2000 Festival ›
Cry of the Peacock, by author Gina B. Nahai
Gina B. Nahai, author of Cry of the Peacock

Gina B. Nahai

GINA B. NAHAI has written three novels including Cry of the Peacock, nominated for the Pulitzer Prize, and Moonlight on the Avenue of Faith, which was number one on the Los Angeles Times bestseller list. Her most recent work, Sunday’s Silence, sets its story in Appalachia and “expands Nahai’s fictional universe in new and curiously fitting directions.” (Publishers Weekly)

Visit Gina B. Nahai’s website › 2004 Festival ›


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