LITERARY WOMEN

Celebrating Women Authors Since 1982



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 ›
Lotus Eaters, by author Tatjana Soli
Tatjana Soli, author of Lotus Eaters

Tatjana Soli

A finalist for the 2010 Bellwether Prize, TATJANA SOLI’s debut novel, The Lotus Eaters, provides a unique and multilayered perspective of the Vietnam War through the eyes of a woman among men, a female photojournalist. A graduate of Stanford University and the Warren Wilson College, Ms. Soli lives in Orange County.

Visit Tatjana Soli’s website › 2011 Festival ›
Stone Arabia, by author Dana Spiotta
Dana Spiotta, author of Stone Arabia

Dana Spiotta

Dana Spiotta is the author of Stone Arabia, a National Book Critics Circle Award Finalist and a New York Times Notable Book of the Year. Her previous novels are Eat the Document, which was a National Book Award Finalist, and Lightning Field, which was a Los Angeles Times Best Book of the West. Spiotta has received a Guggenheim Fellowship and a New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowship.

Visit Dana Spiotta’s website › 2013 Festival ›
Because a Fire Was in My Head, by author Lynn Stegner
Lynn Stegner, author of Because a Fire Was in My Head

Lynn Stegner

LYNN STEGNER’s most recent novel, Because a Fire Was in My Head, was the recipient of the William Faulkner-William Wisdom Award for Best Novel of 2005. Her soul-felt portrait of a lost woman is “authentically compassionate as it is unsparing, a rare feat in fiction and in life.” Ms. Stegner has written three other award-winning novels and is currently at work on a collection of short stories.

Visit Lynn Stegner’s website › 2009 Festival ›
Olive Kitteridge, by author Elizabeth Strout
Elizabeth Strout, author of Olive Kitteridge

Elizabeth Strout

ELIZABETH STROUT is the author of three novels: Amy and Isabelle, which won the Los Angeles Times Art Seidenbaum Award for First Fiction, Abide With Me, a national bestseller and Book Sense pick, and her latest book, the wonderfully rich and unforgettable, Olive Kitteridge. Her short stories have been published in numerous magazines, including The New Yorker and O, The Oprah Magazine.

Visit Elizabeth Strout’s website › 2009 Festival ›
Cane River, by author Lalita Tademy
Lalita Tademy, author of Cane River

Lalita Tademy

LALITA TADEMY, in her debut novel, Cane River, recounts with compelling detail the lives of her matriarchal ancestors who were born into slavery in pre-Civil War Louisiana. Tademy describes her historical novel, an Oprah’s Book Club selection, as a work of fiction that is “deeply rooted in years of research, historical fact and family lore.” This universal story of strong-willed survivors is illustrated with documents and evocative photographs.

Visit Lalita Tademy’s website › 2005 Festival ›
Vaclav & Lena, by author Haley Tanner
Haley Tanner, author of Vaclav & Lena

Haley Tanner

Haley Tanner’s breakout novel, Vaclav & Lena, is a magical story about the strength and endurance of love. Her poignant tale of two Russian immigrant children who meet in an ESL class in Brooklyn will steal your heart as you follow the story of these unforgettable protagonists, the endearing budding magician, Vaclav, and his “lovely assistant,” Lena.

Visit Haley Tanner’s website › 2012 Festival ›
Irma Voth, by author Miriam Toews
Miriam Toews, author of Irma Voth

Miriam Toews

Miriam Toews’ recently released novel, Irma Voth, explores the inner life of a young woman living in an isolated Mennonite community. It is a similar theme to her award-winning novel A Complicated Kindness. Miriam’s other works are The Flying Troutmans, a novel that affirms the bonds of family; and Swing Low: A Life, a moving memoir about her manic-depressive father.

2012 Festival ›
Dreaming Water, by author Gail Tsukiyama
Gail Tsukiyama, author of Dreaming Water

Gail Tsukiyama

GAIL TSUKIYAMA was born in San Francisco, California, to a Chinese mother and a Japanese father. Initially a poet, she now uses her cross-cultural experiences in all her novels, the latest of which is Dreaming Waters. She teaches at San Francisco State Universality and is book review editor for the on-line magazine Pacific Rim Voices.

2003 Festival ›
Makai, by author Kathleen Tyau
Kathleen Tyau, author of Makai

Kathleen Tyau

Reflecting her own background of mixed race and traditions, Kathleen Tyau’s widely acclaimed novels play out against the lush background of Hawaiian cultures and landscapes. The deeply layered, interwoven strands of both Makai and A Little Too Much Is Enough result in works that are, according to The Asian Reprter, "entertaining, innovative, and emotionally satisfying."

2002 Festival ›
The Toss of a Lemon, by author Padma Viswanathan
Padma Viswanathan, author of The Toss of a Lemon

Padma Viswanathan

PADMA VISWANATHAN’s bestselling debut novel The Toss of a Lemon, was inspired by family history. It takes the reader into the private world of a Brahmin clan in early twentieth century India, a turbulent time of social and political change. At the novel’s heart is Sivakami, a young widow bound by rigorous rules, which she observes – with the exception of a single defiant act.

Visit Padma Viswanathan’s website › 2010 Festival ›
The Passion of Artemisia, by author Susan Vreeland
Susan Vreeland, author of The Passion of Artemisia

Susan Vreeland

Susan Vreeland has enjoyed a thirty-year career teaching English and ceramics while publishing newspaper pieces and short fiction. Her books about women include What Love Sees, the best seller Girl in Hyacinth Blue, and her recently released The Passion of Artemisia that explores a woman’s struggle to paint in seventeenth-century Italy.

Visit Susan Vreeland’s website › 2002 Festival ›
The Submission, by author Amy Waldman
Amy Waldman, author of The Submission

Amy Waldman

In The Submission, a finalist in the Hemingway Foundation/PEN First Fiction Award, Amy Waldman creates a fascinating look at the jury’s selection in an anonymous competition for the 911 memorial. A Muslim-American wins and the jury goes into a tailspin. Waldman eloquently considers the multiple issues that spring from this event.

Visit Amy Waldman’s website › 2013 Festival ›
Heart of the Beast, by author Joyce Weatherford
Joyce Weatherford, author of Heart of the Beast

Joyce Weatherford

A finalist for the Willa Cather Award, JOYCE WEATHERFORD’s debut novel, Heart of the Beast, has been lauded as “not a book, but a spell, an act of magic.” This saga of the American West told from a female perspective comes alive with fiercely rich details grounded in Weatherford’s own experiences growing up on a ranch in eastern Oregon.

2003 Festival ›
The Warmth Of Other Suns, by author Isabel Wilkerson
Isabel Wilkerson, author of The Warmth Of Other Suns

Isabel Wilkerson

The Warmth of Other Suns, written by Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Isabel Wilkerson, is an epic narrative focusing on the lives of three African Americans who represent the stories of millions who migrated from the South from 1915 to 1970. A major part of American history, this great migration has been called the most underrated story of the 20th century.

Visit Isabel Wilkerson’s website › 2012 Festival ›
The Writing Class, by author Jincy Willet
Jincy Willet, author of The Writing Class

Jincy Willet

JINCY WILLETT is a Southern California author living in Escondido. Her novel, The Writing Class is a clever mystery set in a writing class comprised of adult students with varying degrees of writing ability. The reader learns a lot about the craft of writing while laughing at the hilarious situations and wry, witty writing. Willett’s other books include Winner of the National Book Award and Jenny and the Jaws of Life.

Visit Jincy Willet’s website › 2010 Festival ›
Messenger of Truth, by author Jacqueline Winspear
Jacqueline Winspear, author of Messenger of Truth

Jacqueline Winspear

JACQUELINE WINSPEAR is the author of the award-winning Maisie Dobbs series. Maisie is a one-of-a-kind psychological investigator who has captured the attention of mystery lovers and history buffs alike. In the fourth installment, Messenger of Truth, Winspear explores both the sinister aspects of the London art world and the bitter legacy of World War I.

Visit Jacqueline Winspear’s website › 2007 Festival ›
The Ten-Year Nap, by author Meg Wolitzer
Meg Wolitzer, author of The Ten-Year Nap

Meg Wolitzer

MEG WOLITZER has published seven novels, including The Position, which was long-listed for the UK’s Orange Prize, The Wife and Surrender; Dorothy. She has taught creative writing at the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, Skidmore College, Columbia University and 92nd Street Y of New York City. Her new novel, The Ten-Year Nap, will be published in March.

Visit Meg Wolitzer’s website › 2008 Festival ›
Red China Blues, by author Jan Wong
Jan Wong, author of Red China Blues

Jan Wong

Jan Wong, Canadian of Chinese descent, entered China in 1972 as a starry-eyed Maoist to join the Cultural Revolution. Red China Blues entertains and enlightens us with Wong’s two journeys: as a Beijing University student expressing solidarity with the masses; later as a journalist viewing socio-political change.

Visit Jan Wong’s website › 1998 Festival ›
Blu's Hanging, by author Lois-Ann Yamanaka
Lois-Ann Yamanaka, author of Blu's Hanging

Lois-Ann Yamanaka

Lois-Ann Yamanaka’s Wild Meat and the Bully Burgers and Blu’s Hanging, feature girl heroines speaking in pidgin, the dialect of impoverished 18th-century Hawaiian plantation workers that filtered down through multi-ethnic generations. Poetic and salty, her work reveals a darker side of the Hawaiian paradise.

1998 Festival ›


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