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Sparks Like Stars, by author Nadia Hashimi
Nadia Hashimi, author of Sparks Like Stars

Sparks Like Stars

by Nadia Hashimi

Once again Nadia Hashimi beautifully blends the history and culture of Afghanistan with a compelling personal story of tragedy and survival reminiscent of her haunting novel from our 2017 Festival, When the Moon is Low. In this recently released novel, 10-year-old Sitara is the only one in her family to escape assassination in the 1978 communist coup. Adopted by an American diplomate, a startling incident thirty years later sparks her desire for answers and a return to Afghanistan.

2017 Festival of Authors

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How to Fly (In Ten Thousand Easy Lessons), by author Barbara Kingsolver
Barbara Kingsolver, author of How to Fly (In Ten Thousand Easy Lessons)

How to Fly (In Ten Thousand Easy Lessons)

by Barbara Kingsolver

The release of this emotionally rich book of poetry in 2020 marked thirty years since Barbara Kingsolver joined us at our 1990 Festival of Authors. During that span of time her books have garnered many awards. In 2000 she received the National Humanities Medal, our country’s highest honor for service through the arts. This intimate poetry collection offers the reader reflections on the “practical, the spiritual, and the wild. “

1990 Festival of Authors

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Margreete's Harbor, by author Eleanor Morse
Eleanor Morse, author of Margreete's Harbor

Margreete's Harbor

by Eleanor Morse

In her -Just Released- new novel, Eleanor Morse quietly builds the depth of her characters into a narrative that is more the telling of life than the writing of stories. On the coast of Maine in the sixties, a three generational family struggles with their desires, doubts, and confusion. The beauty of this narrative is a reminder of the rich and intimate portrait of Botswana from her previous novel , White Dog Fell from the Sky, that she shared at our 2015 Festival.

2015 Festival of Authors

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These Women, by author Ivy Pochoda
Ivy Pochoda, author of These Women

These Women

by Ivy Pochoda

Following on the heels of her tour de force thriller, Wonder Valley, from our 2019 Festival of Authors, Ivy Pochoda’s new novel, These Women, does not disappoint. Set in the West Adams area of South Los Angeles the story unfolds through the perspectives of five characters, all women, haunted by their own pain and tragedy. In this Los Angeles Times Mystery & Thriller finalist, women are both victims and heroes.

2019 Festival of Authors

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Caste: The Origins of of Our Discontents, by author Isabel Wilkerson
Isabel Wilkerson, author of Caste: The Origins of of Our Discontents

Caste: The Origins of of Our Discontents

by Isabel Wilkerson

It was at our 2012 Festival, through her masterfully written work The Warmth of Other Suns, Isabel Wilkerson introduced us to the epic, decades-long migration of African Americans in the South to our Northern cities in search of a more prosperous life. In her highly praised new book, she explores the power of identity, race or class, that is the “wordless usher…. guiding us to our assigned seats.”

2012 Festival of Authors

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Don't Miss the Summer Fun!

Our next virtual author event promises to bring out the best of our investigative team, author Paula McClain and radio personality Pamela Atherton, as they discuss When the Stars Go Dark. This thriller set in San Francisco entwines its fictional crimes with real cases, leading to a heart-pounding conclusion.

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6:00 PM on Tuesday, July 20th

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In honor of our co-founder, Harriet Williams, Literary Women Committee created the Emerging Writer Program to focus on our mission to support and encourage new writers of talent and promise. We are proud of the outstanding young women who have participated over the years and invite you to view this years selection.

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Harriet Williams