LITERARY WOMEN

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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 ›
Dear Digby, by author Carol Muske-Dukes
Carol Muske-Dukes, author of Dear Digby

Carol Muske-Dukes

Carol Muske Dukes is the recipient of numerous awards for her poetry, including the John Simon Guggenheim Foundation Fellowship, a National Education Association award, and an Ingram Merrill Fellowship. Dear Digby, her hilarious yet poignant first novel, is scheduled to be made into a film starring Michelle Pfeiffer, and she recently published a second novel called Saving St. Germ. Muske-Dukes teaches at the University of Southern California.

Visit Carol Muske-Dukes’s website › 1993 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 ›
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 ›


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