LITERARY WOMEN

Celebrating Women Authors Since 1982



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 ›
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 ›


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