LITERARY WOMEN

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Minor Characters: A Beat Memoir, by author Joyce Johnson
Joyce Johnson, author of Minor Characters: A Beat Memoir

Joyce Johnson

Joyce Johnson is the author of the acclaimed memoir Minor Characters that chronicles her experiences with the Beat Generation writers, and the forthcoming Door Wide Open, a collection of letters written between Jack Kerouac and Johnson during their love affair in 1957 and 1958. An accomplished memoir and fiction writer Johnson’s work has appeared in New Yorker, Harpers, New York Times Magazine, and many other publications.

Visit Joyce Johnson’s website › 2000 Festival ›
Mudbound, by author Hillary Jordan
Hillary Jordan, author of Mudbound

Hillary Jordan

HILLARY JORDAN is the author of Mudbound, a first novel that won the Bellwether Prize for Fiction, awarded to a debut novel that addresses issues of social justice. She has been featured in the Discover Great New Writers program at Barnes & Noble. Hilary grew up in Texas and Oklahoma and received her M.F.A. from Columbia University.

Visit Hillary Jordan’s website › 2009 Festival ›
This Is Paradise, by author Kristiana Kahakauwila
Kristiana Kahakauwila, author of This Is Paradise

Kristiana Kahakauwila

Kristiana Kahakauwila, a native Hawaiian,earned a BA from Princeton and an MFA from the University of Michigan. She wrote and edited forWine Spectator and Cigar Aficionado, and is now an assistant professor of creative writing at Western Washington University. Kristiana’s debut short story collection, This Is Paradise, captures the grit and glory of modern Hawaii.

Visit Kristiana Kahakauwila’s website › 2014 Festival ›
Comfort Women, by author Nora Okja Keller
Nora Okja Keller, author of Comfort Women

Nora Okja Keller

In her exceptional first novel, Comfort Women, Nora Okja Keller fashions exquisite images to reveal the youthful Beccah’s painful need for a normal home life amidst the tormenting memories of her Korean mother Akiko. Sold at age twelve to service soldiers from the occupying army, Akiko hides her past from the daughter she fiercely loves, retreating into a recurring psychosis and the world of spirits.

1999 Festival ›
The Runaway Bride: Hollywood Romantic Comedy of the 1930's, by author Elizabeth Kendall
Elizabeth Kendall, author of The Runaway Bride: Hollywood Romantic Comedy of the 1930's

Elizabeth Kendall

Elizabeth Kendall, praised as “one of our most astute film and dance historians,” shares her social insights of the arts. Kendall is a teacher, journalist, scriptwriter, consultant, lecturer and author of the wonderfully entertaining Where She Danced, about the origins of modern dance in America, and The Runaway Bride: Hollywood Romantic Comedy of the 1930’s, an intriguing analysis that vividly evokes the way Hollywood reflected and shaped the character of the American woman.

1995 Festival ›
The Girls of Atomic City, by author Denise Kiernan
Denise Kiernan, author of The Girls of Atomic City

Denise Kiernan

In her most recent book, The Girls of Atomic City, Denise Kiernan traces the story of the women who worked on the Manhattan Project, who unknowingly helped to create fuel for the world’s first atomic bomb. A journalist, producer, and author, Denise’s work has appeared inThe New York Times as well as many other national publications.

Visit Denise Kiernan’s website › 2014 Festival ›
A Girl Named Zippy:Growing Up Small in Moorland Indiana, by author Haven Kimmel
Haven Kimmel, author of A Girl Named Zippy:Growing Up Small in Moorland Indiana

Haven Kimmel

With wry humor, HAVEN KIMMEL vividly portrays the quirky world of adults in a best-selling childhood memoir, A Girl Named Zippy: Growing Up Small in Moorland Indiana. Kimmel’s affection for her characters and remarkable wit also mark her celebrated debut novel, The Solace of Leaving Early, a love story sparked with theological and philosophical debate.

Visit Haven Kimmel’s website › 2003 Festival ›
The Moor, by author Laurie R. King
Laurie R. King, author of The Moor

Laurie R. King

With Laurie R. King, readers get not one ingenious, articulate woman sleuth, but two: Oxford student Mary Russell, who finds herself leagued with a mostly retired Sherlock Holmes, and police detective Kate Martinelli, who solves homicides in present-day San Francisco. Winner of the Edgar, The Nero Wolfe, and Britain’s John Creasey Dagger awards, King challenges and delights in these two intricate, well crafted series.

Visit Laurie R. King’s website › 1999 Festival ›
Euphoria, by author Lily King
Lily King, author of Euphoria

Lily King

Award-winning author Lily King’s recent bestseller, Euphoria, received both the Kirkus Prize and New England Award for Fiction. Many publications listed it as a Best Book of the Year, including the New York Times Book Review. King’s brilliant novel, inspired by an incident in Margaret Mead’s life, charts the path of three anthropologists isolated in remote New Guinea as their relationship unravels due to their rivaling scientific careers and the drum beat of sexual tension between them. This is King’s fourth award winning novel.

Purchase from Mysterious Galaxy › Visit Lily King’s website › 2017 Festival ›
The Mystery of Breathing, by author Dr. Perri Klass
Dr. Perri Klass, author of The Mystery of Breathing

Dr. Perri Klass

DR. PERRY KLASS is the award-winning author of fiction and nonfiction, The Mystery of Breathing, Love and Modern Medicine and A Not Entirely Benign Procedure. She is also a pediatrician who is medical director of the national literary program Reach Out and Read dedicated to promoting literacy as part of pediatric primary care.

Visit Dr. Perri Klass’s website › 2005 Festival ›
You Should Have Known, by author Jean Hanff Korelitz
Jean Hanff Korelitz, author of You Should Have Known

Jean Hanff Korelitz

Jean Hanff Korelitz is a prolific writer in several genres. Her essays have appeared in Vogue and Newsweek. One of her novels, Admission, was made into a popular movie, and she has authored novels for children as well as a book of poems. Her most recent novel, You Should Have Known, is an absorbing literary mystery. A graduate of Dartmouth College and Clare College, Cambridge, she currently lives in Manhattan with her husband and two children.

Purchase from Mysterious Galaxy › Visit Jean Hanff Korelitz’s website › 2016 Festival ›
A Blessed Death, by author Carroll Lachnit
Carroll Lachnit, author of A Blessed Death

Carroll Lachnit

Carroll Lachnit informs the mystery with her print journalism experience. Murder in Brief introduces cop-turned-lawyer Hannah Barlow. In A Blessed Death, she probes related mysteries of faith, family, and a woman’s demise. Hannah studies independent adoption in Blood Ties soon.

1998 Festival ›
Feng Shui: Arranging Your Hoe to Change Your Life, by author Kirsten Lagatree
Kirsten Lagatree, author of Feng Shui: Arranging Your Hoe to Change Your Life

Kirsten Lagatree

Kirsten Lagatree explains that her book, Feng Shui: Arranging Your Home to Change Your Life, holds ancient Asian wisdom “for the rest of us.” This simple and highly readable work describes the what, why and how of feng shui, also known as the Chinese art of placement. It gives a room-by-room guide to transforming your home and office in ways that can bring about positive changes in your life.

Visit Kirsten Lagatree’s website › 1996 Festival ›
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 ›
God in Concord, by author Jane Langton
Jane Langton, author of God in Concord

Jane Langton

Jane Langton likes “to use something superb by somebody else as a sort of background” in her books: the writing of Emerson (The Transcendental Murder); Emily Dickinson (Emily Dickinson Is Dead); the Divine Comedy (The Dante Game); Handel’s Messiah (The Memorial Hall Murder); art masterpieces (Murder at the Gardner); and Thoreau territory (God in Concord) for her most recent mystery.

Visit Jane Langton’s website › 1993 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 ›
Forever Barbie: The Unauthorized Biography of a Real Doll, by author M.G. Lord
M.G. Lord, author of Forever Barbie: The Unauthorized Biography of a Real Doll

M.G. Lord

M.G. Lord’s Forever Barbie: The Unauthorized Biography of a Real Doll, is no ordinary biography. She uses her talents as an editorial cartoonist and investigative journalist to explore the social influence of Barbie. It will change forever how readers look at the doll and themselves.

Visit M.G. Lord’s website › 1996 Festival ›
Blue Rodeo, by author Jo-Ann Mapson
Jo-Ann Mapson, author of Blue Rodeo

Jo-Ann Mapson

Jo-Ann Mapson is a novelist, poet, and a college teacher. Her second novel Blue Rodeo, a Literary Guild and Doubleday Book Club selection, was deemed by Publisher’s Weekly “an engrossing, affection story,” and “wise in the ways of the human heart.” Mapson’s other works include Fault Line, a collection of short fiction; a novel Hank & Chloe; and Spooking the Horses, a book of poetry. She is working on Shadow Ranch, her third novel, due for publication in the fall of 1995.

Visit Jo-Ann Mapson’s website › 1995 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 ›


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