LITERARY WOMEN

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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 ›
How to Make an American Quilt, by author Whitney Otto
Whitney Otto, author of How to Make an American Quilt

Whitney Otto

Whitney Otto wrote her first novel, How to Make An American Quilt, in 1991. This highly original, intelligent and insightful work of fiction intersperses information about the history of quilting with the stories of a group of women living in a mythical town in California’s Central Valley. This patchwork approach affords the reader a rich experience in which the characters share their individuality as well as their complex relationships.

Visit Whitney Otto’s website › 1993 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 ›
Child of Silence, by author Abigail Padgett
Abigail Padgett, author of Child of Silence

Abigail Padgett

Abigail Padgett’s Child of Silence, is the first of her Bo Bradley mysteries. It’s sequel, Strawgirl, won her an appreciative audience and glowing critical acclaim: The New York Times recommended it to President Clinton. Turtle Baby, the third in the series, was released in March 1995, and the fourth, Moonbird Boy, will be in bookstores April 1996.

1996 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 ›
The Grass Dancer, by author Susan Power
Susan Power, author of The Grass Dancer

Susan Power

Susan Power’s first novel, The Grass Dancer, is the winner of the 1995 PEN/Hemingway award. Ther short fiction has appeared in such journals and anthologies as the Atlantic Monthly, The Paris Review, Ploughshares, Story, and The Best American Short Stories of 1993. Alice Hoffman says of Power’s novel: “So stunning, so extraordinary in its depth and passion you will swear there’s a miracle on every page.” Her new work, War Bundles, centers on Chicago’s 25,000 member Native American community,

1996 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 ›
Her Own Place, by author Dori Sanders
Dori Sanders, author of Her Own Place

Dori Sanders

Dori Sanders’s first novel Clover, was compared to the fiction of Alice Walker, Maya Angelou, and Zora Neale Hurston. Her Own Place delighted “with comedy and pathos of everyday life lived by everyday people - black and white.”

Visit Dori Sanders’s website › 1996 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 ›
Searching for Mercy Street, by author Linda Gray Sexton
Linda Gray Sexton, author of Searching for Mercy Street

Linda Gray Sexton

Linda Gray Sexton spares nothing and no one in her courageous memoir, Searching for Mercy Street. Her mother, Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Anne Sexton, committed suicide when Sexton was a twenty-one year old Harvard student. Her book reveals the pain, explores the gifts, and accepts the love in their tumultuous mother-daughter relationship. Sexton has written several novels, one of which, Points of Light, was adapted for the 1994 television movie Reunion,

Visit Linda Gray Sexton’s website › 1996 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 ›
The Size of the World, by author Joan Silber
Joan Silber, author of The Size of the World

Joan Silber

Novelist and short story writer JOAN SILBER received the Hemingway Foundation/PEN Award for her first book, Household Words, and was a National Book Awards finalist. Her stories have been published in The New Yorker, Ploughshares, Paris Review and other magazines. Her most recent books are Ideas of Heaven and The Size of the World. She teaches at Sarah Lawrence College.

Visit Joan Silber’s website › 2010 Festival ›
Babe in Paradise, by author Marisa Silver
Marisa Silver, author of Babe in Paradise

Marisa Silver

MARISA SILVER is the author of Baby in Paradise, a short story collection that was a New York Times Notable Book of the Year and Los Angeles Times Best Book 2001, and No Direction Home, a first novel which establishes her as on the the new literary voices of contemporary Los Angeles.

Visit Marisa Silver’s website › 2007 Festival ›
Fair and Tender Ladies, by author Lee Smith
Lee Smith, author of Fair and Tender Ladies

Lee Smith

Lee Smith’s writing "…sparkles like diamonds with all the diamond’s cutting edge," revealing keen insights into small-town Southern life. Readers delight in Smith’s deft interweaving of lyric prose and richly comic scenes in her highly praised novels, which include, Family Linen, Fair and Tender Ladies, and Saving Grace, and in her three collections of stories, the latest of which is News of the Spirit.

Visit Lee Smith’s website › 2000 Festival ›


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