LITERARY WOMEN

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Browse the selection of authors for the 2020 Festival

Furious Hours, by author Casey Cep
Casey Cep, author of Furious Hours

Casey Cep

Offering a deeply moving portrait of Harper Lee, one of the country’s most beloved writers, Furious Hours also tells the story of Reverend Willie Maxwell, a rural preacher accused of murdering five of his family members to collect the insurance money. Lee attempted to capture the shocking murders, courtroom drama, and racial politics of the Deep South yet ultimately abandoned the project. Casey Cep brings these two stories to life.

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The Tenth Muse, by author Catherine Chung
Catherine Chung, author of The Tenth Muse

Catherine Chung

The Tenth Muse is a sweeping tale about legacy, identity, and the beautiful ways the mind can make us free. This impressive second novel from Catherine Chung interweaves myths and legends, both intellectual and familial, that grip the reader from start to finish. It captures a moment in time when the world was different but eerily echoes present-day struggles of race, gender, and how we belong in the world.

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Trinity, by author Louisa Hall
Louisa Hall, author of Trinity

Louisa Hall

In a stunning novel based on the life of Robert Oppenheimer, father of the atomic bomb, Louisa Hall crafts a series of narratives that explore the ability of the human mind to believe what it wants, measuring public and private tragedy and weighing power and guilt. Trinity asks searing questions that challenge our notion of what it means to truly know someone and reveals the secrets we keep from the world and from ourselves.

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Where The Crawdads Sing, by author Delia Owens
Delia Owens, author of Where The Crawdads Sing

Delia Owens

Where The Crawdads Sing is at once an ode to the natural world, a heartbreaking coming-of-age story, and a surprising courtroom drama. Through the eyes of a young girl abandoned by her family and left to virtually raise herself in the isolation of the North Carolina marshland, this debut novel by Delia Owens explores the stubborn wildness that resides in all of us and examines the deeply human instincts that bind us to other people.

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The Far Field, by author Madhuri Vijay
Madhuri Vijay, author of The Far Field

Madhuri Vijay

In her debut novel, The Far Field, Madhuri Vijay follows a young Indian woman on an odyssey for a lost figure from her childhood to seek resolution of uncertainties about her deceased mother. It is a journey that takes her from her privileged life in Southern India to a remote Himalayan village in the troubled region of Kashmir; and unwittingly, to the brink of a devastating political and personal reckoning.

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The Dreamers, by author Karen Thompson Walker
Karen Thompson Walker, author of The Dreamers

Karen Thompson Walker

An ordinary town is transformed by a mysterious illness that triggers perpetual sleep in this mesmerizing novel from bestselling author Karen Thomas Walker. Written in luminous prose, The Dreamers is a breathtaking and beautiful novel, startling and provocative, about the possibilities contained within a human life—in our waking days and, perhaps even more, in our dreams.

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The Woman's Hour, by author Elaine Weiss
Elaine Weiss, author of The Woman's Hour

Elaine Weiss

Nashville, August 1920. It is the last stand for the Nineteenth Amendment granting women the right to vote; Tennessee, the best hope for the final vote needed to ratify the amendment, becomes the battleground. In her book, The Woman’s Hour, Elaine Weiss tells the dramatic story of the vicious political battle waged that hot summer between the suffragists and their fierce opponents. Intrigue, bribery, betrayals and bigotry abound.

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HARRIET WILLIAMS EMERGING WRITER PROGRAM

In memory of our co-founder, Harriet Williams, an Emerging Writer Program was established in 2016 and named in her honor. This program is a fitting legacy for Harriet who, over 35 years ago formed The Literary Women Committee to ensure that the works of established women authors would be introduced to a greater reading public. It was to continue her vision that the Harriet Williams Emerging Writer Program was created.

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Harriet Williams