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 ›
Sue Grafton’s private eye Kinsey Milhone, strong, brave, independent, caring, and funny, stars in her own alphabet: A is for Alibi, B is for Burglar, C is for Corpse, D is for Deadbeat, E is for Evidence, F is for Fugitive and, due next May G is for Gumshoe. When the alphabet has been used up, fans hope Sue will number her books to infinity.Visit Sue Grafton’s website › 1990 Festival ›
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 ›
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 ›
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 ›
Becoming a Writer
Our luncheon speaker is Elizabeth Forsythe Hailey, author of the enormously popular A Woman of Independent Means (the basis for a major motion picture starring Jill Clayburgh) and Life Sentences, discussing her personal writing evolution. Los Angeles Times: “At an age when far too many people are writing far too much about far too little and usually doing it badly, a novel comes along to restore our faith in language and good conscience.”
Shirlee Taylor Haizlip presents an eloquent and sensitive family memoir in The Sweeter the Juice. Daughter of a black minister and a woman of mixed race, Haizlip chronicles the pain of searching for the relatives who abandoned her mother in childhood so they could “pass” for white. A gifted speaker, the author invites us to rethink the meaning of race. Featured on Oprah Winfrey, Haislip and her family attracted one of the five largest audiences in the show’s history.1995 Festival ›
LYN HAMILTON is the author of a successful series of archaeological mysteries featuring antique dealer Lara McClintoch. Each of the well-researched books is set in a different exotic locale and draws upon the past in an unusual way. The seventh, The Thai Amulet, was published in April 2003, and the fourth, The Celtic Riddle, was the basis of the May 2003 Murder, She Wrote TV movie starring Angela Landsbury.Visit Lyn Hamilton’s website › 2004 Festival ›
A native of the Midwest, JANE HAMILTON “writes with affection and insight about the darker side of apparently ordinary Midwestern folks.” In her six novels, including the bestselling A Map of the World, Hamilton writes with empathetic humor about the tragedies that bind families and the human ability to rebound from disastrous choices. Her latest novel is Laura Rider’s Masterpiece, a satire.2010 Festival ›
BETTER THAN RUBIES
…our author talks about her fans.
Luncheon speaker - Helene Hanff - on her maiden voyage to California. Author of 84 Charing Cross Road, a love affair with reading, and now a play, opening in New York in December, starring Ellen Burstyn. Also, Duchess of Bloomsbury Street, numerous TV scripts and the highly personal tourist guide of New York, Apple Of My Eye.
KATHRYN Harrison is the author of the novels Thicker Than Water, Exposure, Poison, The Binding Chair, as well as a memoir, The Kiss. Her essays have appeared in The New Yorker, Harpers and other publications. Her latest novel, The Seal Wife, is a “delectable moody, erotic, provocative cross-cultural love story.”Visit Kathryn Harrison’s website › 2003 Festival ›
Elsa Hart’s beautiful writing seems inspired by the years she has lived abroad. Her first book, Jade Dragon Mountain, an acclaimed mystery novel, is set in Southwest China. Its sequel, The White Mirror, follows the humble librarian, Li Du, as he journeys near the border of Tibet and becomes entangled in yet another mystery. Hart’s writing is smart, full of historical and cultural references.
Born in Rome, where her father was a foreign correspondent, Hart moved to Moscow when she was two. Since then, she has lived in the Czech Republic, the U.S., and China. Her third novel to be published in 2018, continues to explore the power of narrative to shape story and empires.Purchase from Creating Conversations › Visit Elsa Hart’s website › 2018 Festival ›
Set in Afghanistan, When The Moon Is Low follows Fereiba as she finally discovers love and fulfillment, only to have it threatened when the Talilban assume power. Fereiba and her family are forced to escape the country, throwing them into the nightmarish world of illegal immigration. Nadia Hashimi’s haunting novel is worthy of the praise and starred reviews it has received.Visit Nadia Hashimi’s website › 2017 Festival ›
Ursula Hegi lived the first eighteen years of her life in Germany. She is the award-winning author of three novels, Intrusions, Floating in My Mother’s Palm, and Stones from the River, a major novel of Germany during the first half of the twentieth century. Her next novel, Salt Dancers, is scheduled for publication in 1995.1995 Festival ›
The central character of Judith Ryan Hendricks’ first novel, Bread Alone, turns emotional trauma into personal triumph by rediscovering her passion for baking. Booklist calls it "charmingly romantic…fun to read…meaningful to remember." Hendricks, a Long Beach writer, is currently at work on her second novel.Visit Judith Ryan Hendricks’s website › 2002 Festival ›
A love story, as well as a tribute to the modern-day immigrant experience, The Book of Unknown Americans, Cristina Henriquez’s third book, is a novel that the San Francisco Chronicle says “can both make you think and break your heart.” Cristina’s fiction has appeared in the New Yorker, the Atlantic, and other publications. She lives in Illinois.Visit Cristina Henriquez’s website › 2015 Festival ›
HAYDEN HERRERA wrote Frida: A Biography of Frida Kahlo, on which the film Frida was based. She has lectured extensively on 20h century art, written essays for numerous art magazines and, as curator of special exhibits, for museum catalogs. Her other books include Frida Kahlo: The Paintings; Matisse: A Portrait; and, more recently, Arshile Gorky: His Life and Work.2004 Festival ›
Mary Higgins Clark has kept her readers avidly turning the pages through six best-selling suspense novels: Where Are the Children? (the film starred Jill Clayburgh), A Stranger Is Watching, The Cradle Will Fall, A Cry in the Night, Stillwatch, and last year, Weep No More, My Lady. A grandmother, she seems to know what most frightens women, taps into this anxiety and entertains them by letting them live their fears safely, through an escape into her books.Visit Mary Higgins Clark’s website › 1988 Festival ›
LAURA HILLMAN’s I Will Plant You A Lilac Tree: A Memoir of a Schindler’s List Survivor is an account of her harrowing odyssey through eight concentration camps during World War II. Told in plain, clear prose, it is a story of astonishing power and of “keeping courage and hope and love alive in the harshest of times.”Visit Laura Hillman’s website › 2006 Festival ›
SUSAN TYLER HITCHOCK, author of the recently published Frankenstein: A Cultural History is a prolific non-fiction writer and editor. She has written professionally for more than 30 years, contributing to newspapers, magazines and essay anthologies as well as writing her own books, including Mad Mary Lamb: Lunacy and Murder in Literary London and Gather Ye Wild Things: A Forager’s Year.2008 Festival ›
Linda Hogan’s The Book of Medicines, a work of poetry, “feels like a gift from the earth’s past to the present moment,” wrote Barbara Kingsolver, who described the Chicasaw poet’s first novel, Mean Spirit, a finalist for 1991 Pulitzer Prize, as “North American magic realism …a vast tragedy… carved to fit the human heart.” Guggenheim Fellow and recipient of a NEA grant, among numerous awards, Linda Hogan teaches at the University of Colorado.Visit Linda Hogan’s website › 1995 Festival ›
Author Nathalia Holt’s recent book, Rise of the Rocket Girls: The Women Who Propelled Us, from Missiles to the Moon to Mars, relates the illuminating story of the young women who, with only pencil, paper, and mathematical prowess, transformed rocket design, and launched America into space. This work follows her previous book, Cured: The People Who Defeated HIV.
Both author and science journalist, her writing has appeared in the Los Angeles Times, The New York Times, The Atlantic, Slate, Time, and Popular Science. She is a former fellow at the Ragon Institute of Massachusetts General Hospital, MIT, and Harvard University. She lives with her husband and two daughters in Boston, MA.Purchase from Creating Conversations › Visit Nathalia Holt’s website › 2018 Festival ›
NANCY HORAN’s bestselling debut novel, Loving Frank, delves into the life of legendary architect Frank Lloyd Wright and his relationship with Mamah Borthwick Cheney during the years 1907 to 1914. The novel is based on seven years of meticulous research. Horan beautifully blends fact and fiction garnering widespread praise from critics and readers.Visit Nancy Horan’s website › 2009 Festival ›
Wendy Hornsby’s novel, No Harm, just published by Dodd, Mead & Co., Inc., was called a “tightly controlled first mystery” in August by Publisher’s Weekly. It deals with the chicanery and death over a piece of California waterfront property. Publishing has brought confidence to this writer and she has a second mystery ready. She lives in Long Beach with her husband and children.Visit Wendy Hornsby’s website › 1988 Festival ›
Pam Houston, in her newest book Waltzing the Cat, explores the life of Lucy, an award-winning landscape photographer. Author of the widely acclaimed short story collection, Cowboys Are My Weakness, Houston once again inspires and challenges her readers with an engaging, unconventional heroine, who takes physical and emotional risks.Visit Pam Houston’s website › 1999 Festival ›