LITERARY WOMEN

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Ahab's Wife, by author Sena Jeter Naslund
Sena Jeter Naslund, author of Ahab's Wife

Sena Jeter Naslund

Inspired by a brief passage in Moby Dick, Sena Jeter Naslund created Ahab’s Wife: Or, The Star Gazer, This uplifting story of one women’s spiritual journey was selected as on of the top five novels of 1999 by Time magazine. Naslund is also the author of the novel, Sherlock in Love, and the short story collection, The Disobedience of Water.

Visit Sena Jeter Naslund’s website › 2001 Festival ›
Enrique's Journey, by author Sonia Nazario
Sonia Nazario, author of Enrique's Journey

Sonia Nazario

SONIA NAZARIO won the Pulitzer Prize for her Los Angeles Times story of a boy’s dangerous journey to join his mother in the United States. Expanded with new research, Enrique’s Journey “is a timely and riveting narrative of the dangerous journey undertaken to make a broken family whole.*

Visit Sonia Nazario’s website › 2007 Festival ›
The Situe Stories, by author Frances Khirallah Noble
Frances Khirallah Noble, author of The Situe Stories

Frances Khirallah Noble

Frances Khirallah Nobles’s short story collection The Situe Stories, appeared for five weeks on the Los Angeles Times bestsellers list. Noble is working on a novel and is completing a nonfiction work tentatively titled, Alley Flowers.

2002 Festival ›
Ways to Disappear, by author Idra Novey
Idra Novey, author of Ways to Disappear

Idra Novey

Prose that reads like poetry with the tempo of a fast paced thriller, this debut novel from Idra Novey was a New York Times Editors’ Choice and was called a “tour de force” by Kirkus Review. Ways to Disappear is a meditation on how we choose to appear and disappear to each other. Both an accomplished poet and translator in Spanish and Portuguese, Novey has been published in eight languages.

Purchase from Mysterious Galaxy › Visit Idra Novey’s website › 2017 Festival ›
The Last of Her Kind, by author Sigrid Nunez
Sigrid Nunez, author of The Last of Her Kind

Sigrid Nunez

SIGRID NUNEZ is the author of four novels, including A Feather on the Breath of God and For Rouenna. She has received a Whiting Writers’ Award, the Rome Prize in Literature and a Berlin Prize Fellowship. Her latest novel, The Last of Her Kind, examines the intense and difficult friendship between two college roommates.

Visit Sigrid Nunez’s website › 2008 Festival ›
Almost There, by author Nuala O'Faolain
Nuala O'Faolain, author of Almost There

Nuala O'Faolain

NUALA O’FAOLAIN, born in County Dublin, reared by an alcoholic mother and a remote father, published as her first book a memoir, Are You Somebody? Next, a novel, My Dream of You, continued her examination of lives that are a constant struggle for emotional growth in the face of pain and midlife disappointment. Almost There, a recent memoir, continues that journey.

2004 Festival ›
Dept. Of Speculation, by author Jenny Offill
Jenny Offill, author of Dept. Of Speculation

Jenny Offill

Jenny Offill is the author of the novels Dept. of Speculation (2014) and Last Things (2000), which was chosen as Notable Book of the Year by The New York Times and was a finalist for The Los Angeles Times First Book Award. She is also the author of children’s books and has contributed to several anthologies. She teaches in the writing programs at Queens University, Brooklyn College and Columbia.

Purchase from Mysterious Galaxy › Visit Jenny Offill’s website › 2015 Festival ›
Orhan's Inheritance, by author Aline Ohanesian
Aline Ohanesian, author of Orhan's Inheritance

Aline Ohanesian

In Orhan’s Inheritance, Aline Ohanesian’s debut novel, a family mystery unravels to expose roots in the Armenian genocide and diaspora. The novel has been recognized as a top book selection by Amazon and Barnes and Noble, and it was a finalist for the PEN/Bellwether Award for Socially Engaged Fiction. Ohanesian, a descendant of genocide survivors, lives in Orange County, California, with her husband and two young sons.

Purchase from Mysterious Galaxy › Visit Aline Ohanesian’s website › 2016 Festival ›
Blood, Tin, Straw, by author Sharon Olds
Sharon Olds, author of Blood, Tin, Straw

Sharon Olds

What an honor to have with us the current New York State Poet Laureate, Sharon Olds! Often compared to both Plath and Sexton, Olds is the author of several acclaimed books of poetry, most recently, Blood, Tin, Straw. This widely anthologized winner of numerous awards and grants teaches graduate writers at NYU, and severely physically challenged writers at a state hospital.

Visit Sharon Olds’s website › 2000 Festival ›
Rin Tin Tin, by author Susan Orlean
Susan Orlean, author of Rin Tin Tin

Susan Orlean

After graduating from the University of Michigan, Susan Orlean worked as a newspaper journalist. She became a staff writer for The New Yorker in 1992. Her books range from the bestselling The Orchid Thief, used to great effect in the film “Adaptation,” to a book documenting the astonishing fame and fortune of a canine named Rin Tin Tin.

Visit Susan Orlean’s website › 2014 Festival ›
When the Emperor Was Divine, by author Julie Otsuka
Julie Otsuka, author of When the Emperor Was Divine

Julie Otsuka

Julie Otsuka’s second novel, The Buddha in the Attic, is about a group of young Japanese “picture brides” who sailed to America in the early 1900s. Winner of the PEN/Faulkner and National Book Awards, it was described by Booklist as “entrancing, appalling, and heartbreakingly beautiful.” A California native, Otsuka lives in New York City, and writes every afternoon in her neighborhood café.

Visit Julie Otsuka’s website › 2013 Festival ›
My Year of Meats, by author Ruth Ozeki
Ruth Ozeki, author of My Year of Meats

Ruth Ozeki

Ruth Ozeki educates as she entertains in her novel, My Year of Meats, deftly and humorously weaving the stories of Jane, a young Japanese-American woman hired to select ideal American families to be filmed creating tasty meat dishes, and Akiko, a Japanese wife who watches on Japanese television the programs that are intended to encourage the Japanese consumption of more meat.

Visit Ruth Ozeki’s website › 2001 Festival ›
Lark and Termite, by author Jayne Anne Phillips
Jayne Anne Phillips, author of Lark and Termite

Jayne Anne Phillips

JAYNE ANNE PHILLIPS, author of Machine Dreams, Motherkind, Shelter and her award-winning Lark and Termite, is a consummate artist of contemporary American fiction. Her themes are powerful and probing; her prose stunningly beautiful. With wisdom and compassion, she delves into the dreams, thoughts, and memories of ordinary people as they face extraordinary experiences.

Visit Jayne Anne Phillips’s website › 2011 Festival ›
Aching for Beauty: Footbinding in China, by author Wang Ping
Wang Ping, author of Aching for Beauty: Footbinding in China

Wang Ping

The multifaceted WANG PING writes fiction, poetry and nonfiction and is also a translator, editor and teacher. Her works, including the nonfiction book, Aching for Beauty: Footbinding in China, explore American and Chinese cultures. Born in Shanghai, Wang Ping currently teaches at Macalaester College in St. Paul, Minnesota.

Visit Wang Ping’s website › 2007 Festival ›
Rocking the Babies, by author Linda Raymond
Linda Raymond, author of Rocking the Babies

Linda Raymond

Linda Raymond, author of Rocking the Babies, intertwines her own experience as a neonatal respiratory therapist with memories of her mother’s volunteer role in a neonatal intensive care unit. This stunning result was recognized with the 1995 American Book Award, Honor Award in Fiction from the Black Caucus of the American Library Association, and Bay Area Book Reviewers Association Award.

1997 Festival ›
Georgia O'Keeffe: A Life, by author Roxanna Robinson
Roxanna Robinson, author of Georgia O'Keeffe: A Life

Roxanna Robinson

Roxanna Robinson, art historian and fiction writer, offers a brilliant biography of Georgia O’Keeffe. Robinson combines her training in image and detail with emotional intelligence and a superior facility with language. Her fiction includes Summer Light and This Is My Daughter, and short story collections A Glimpse of Scarlet and Asking for Love.

Visit Roxanna Robinson’s website › 2002 Festival ›
The Lifeboat, by author Charlotte Rogan
Charlotte Rogan, author of The Lifeboat

Charlotte Rogan

After graduating from Princeton in 1975, Charlotte Rogan worked mostly in the fields of architecture and engineering. While staying home to bring up triplets, she taught herself to write. The result, her critically praised debut novel, The Lifeboat, is a psychological thriller of behavior when life is at stake.

Visit Charlotte Rogan’s website › 2013 Festival ›
A Thread of Grace, by author Mary Doria Russell
Mary Doria Russell, author of A Thread of Grace

Mary Doria Russell

Before becoming an award-winning novelist, MARY DORIA RUSSELL was a paleoanthropologist with specialties in bone biology and biomechanics. Her first two novels, The Sparrow and its sequel Children of God, explored God’s role in our universe. Her new novel, A Thread of Grace, is a rich, complex account of Jewish refugees in Italy during World War II and the ordinary Italians who risked everything to save them.

Visit Mary Doria Russell’s website › 2006 Festival ›
They May Not Mean To, But They Do, by author Cathleen Schine
Cathleen Schine, author of They May Not Mean To, But They Do

Cathleen Schine

Cathleen Schine has written internationally best-selling literature, with two of her novels, Rameau’s Niece and The Love Letter, made into feature films. Her most recent work, They May Not Mean To, But They Do, combines dark comedy with astute observations of family dynamics, as does much of her writing. Schine resides in Venice, California.

Purchase from Mysterious Galaxy › Visit Cathleen Schine’s website › 2017 Festival ›
Beyond Deserving, by author Sandra Scofield
Sandra Scofield, author of Beyond Deserving

Sandra Scofield

Texas-born Sandra Scofield resides in Oregon. She is the author of seven novels - most recently Plain Seeing and A Chance to See Egyypt - and a National Book Award finalist for Beyond Deserving. Her writing combines humor and pathos with a sense of history and place and an "extraordinary understanding of the power of absence."

2000 Festival ›
On Gold Mountain, by author Lilsa See
Lilsa See, author of On Gold Mountain

Lilsa See

Lisa, See, author of On Gold Mountain, traces the 100-year history of her family from China in 1871 to their sojourn in San Francisco, Sacramento, and Los Angeles. It is at once the story of the See family, the Chinese culture, and the American immigrant experience.

Visit Lilsa See’s website › 1997 Festival ›
Flower Net, by author Lisa See
Lisa See, author of Flower Net

Lisa See

Lisa See’s first book, On Gold Mountain: The One Hundred Year Odyssey of My Chinese-American Family, traces the journey of See’s great-grandfather, Fong See, who became the godfather of Los Angeles’s China Town and patriarch of a sprawling family. It was a New York Times Notable Book for 1995. Flower Net, See’s riveting story of a murder investigation in today’s China, was nominated for an Edgar award for the best first novel.

Visit Lisa See’s website › 1999 Festival ›
Crows Over a Wheatfield, by author Paula Sharp
Paula Sharp, author of Crows Over a Wheatfield

Paula Sharp

Paula Sharp creates unforgettable characters who find themselves tossed about by powerful issues that cannot be ignored. This writer, attorney, translator, and parent has claimed the attention and praise of critics with, The Woman Who Was Not All There, Lost in Jersey City, Crows Over a Wheatfield, and her current I Loved You All.

Visit Paula Sharp’s website › 2001 Festival ›
White Swan, Black Swan, by author Adrienne Sharp
Adrienne Sharp, author of White Swan, Black Swan

Adrienne Sharp

In White Swan, Black Swan, Adrienne Sharp, once a ballerina herself, writes about the ballet world that she once knew intimately. She has created twelve interconnected and elegant short stories about the lives of professional dancers for whom fanatical devotion, emotional stress, and physical pain are the prices paid for success in this most demanding of the arts.

2002 Festival ›
A Jury of Her Peers: American Women Writers from Anne Bradstreet to Annie Prolx, by author Elaine Showalter
Elaine Showalter, author of A Jury of Her Peers: American Women Writers from Anne Bradstreet to Annie Prolx

Elaine Showalter

Critic, feminist, and leading scholar of women’s literature, ELAINE SHOWALTER is the author most recently of A Jury of Her Peers: American Women Writers from Ann Bradstreet to Annie Proulx. The work is the first comprehensive history of American women writers from the 17th to 21st centuries and follows by 30 years her groundbreaking work, A Literature of Their Own: British Women Novelists from Bronte to Lessing. A professor emerita of Princeton University, she is a founding scholar of feminist literary criticism.

2011 Festival ›


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