Celebrating Women Authors Since 1982

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.

From 2003 Festival ›
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.

Purchase from Creating Conversations › Visit Elaine Weiss’s website › From 2020 Festival ›
The Agitators: Three Friends Who Fought for Abolition and Women's Rights, by author Dorothy Wickenden
Dorothy Wickenden, author of The Agitators: Three Friends Who Fought for Abolition and Women's Rights

Dorothy Wickenden

From the intimate perspective of three friends and neighbors—the “agitators” of the title—acclaimed author Dorothy Wickenden tells the fascinating stories of abolition, the Underground Railroad, the early women’s rights movement, and the Civil War. These crucial American stories are enriched by glimpsing them through the friendship of these exceptional women who spent decades violating the laws and conventions of their time.

Visit Dorothy Wickenden’s website › From 2022 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 › From 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 › From 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 › From 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 › From 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 › From 1998 Festival ›
Maternity, Morality and the Literature of Madness, by author Marilyn Yalom
Marilyn Yalom, author of Maternity, Morality and the Literature of Madness

Marilyn Yalom

Marilyn Yalom of Stanford’s Center for Research on Women, edited Women Writers of the West Coast, public dialogues and candid discussion of ten writers sharing “rare fragments of their life stories as well as insights into their writing techniques.” Dr. Yalom is also the author of Maternity, Morality and the Literature of Madness.

From 1985 Festival ›
Camp Notes and Other Stories, by author Mitsuye Yamada
Mitsuye Yamada, author of Camp Notes and Other Stories

Mitsuye Yamada

Born in Japan, raised in Seattle, survivor of an Idaho internment camp, Mitsuye Yamada reflects a unique cultural heritage in her collections of poetry and prose. Camp Notes and Other Poems and Desert Run: Poems and Stories draw on her experiences as an Asian-American woman and an advocate for human rights. Said one reviewer, “Yamada’s poetry and prose resonate with wit, power and poignancy.”

Visit Mitsuye Yamada’s website › From 1992 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.

From 1998 Festival ›
Through the Arc of the Rainforest, by author Karen Tei Yamashita
Karen Tei Yamashita, author of Through the Arc of the Rainforest

Karen Tei Yamashita

Karen Tei Yamashita’s first novel, Through the Arc of the Rain Forest, received the American Book Award for fiction in 1991. She has also conceived and written performance-art pieces for the Japanese-American Museum and the Taper, Too. Currently she is at work on Burajiru, a novel about Japanese immigration to Brazil scheduled to be published next fall.

From 1992 Festival ›
Baba: A Return to China Upon My Father's Shoulders, by author Belle Yang
Belle Yang, author of Baba: A Return to China Upon My Father's Shoulders

Belle Yang

Belle Yang’s first book, Baba: A Return to China Upon My Father’s Shoulders, is an enchanting and beautiful work. Her vibrant illustrations brighten the stories inspired by her father’s boyhood memories of growing up in Manchuria. At first the characters of these stories became the subjects of her art, but Yang felt she needed to do more than paint to express their voices. So the painter became a storyteller and the paintings and the stories flow together to create this extraordinary book.

Visit Belle Yang’s website › From 1996 Festival ›
The Saint Germain Chronicles, by author Chelsea Quinn Yarbro
Chelsea Quinn Yarbro, author of The Saint Germain Chronicles

Chelsea Quinn Yarbro

Genre-Straddling For Fun And Profit

Chelsea Quinn Yarbro writes science fiction, mystery, historical as well as juvenile fiction, and is the author of The Saint Germain Chronicles and The God Forsaken, and many others.

Visit Chelsea Quinn Yarbro’s website › From 1984 Festival ›
Red Clocks, by author Leni Zumas
Leni Zumas, author of Red Clocks

Leni Zumas

A provocative dystopian novel, Red Clocks details a fictional future that feels eerily predictable in the present day female experience. Weaving together stories of four women whose lives are negatively impacted by repressive laws, the plot brilliantly engages and enrages the reader. Leni Zumas’ imaginative novel has been featured in many of 2018’s “Best of” lists: Amazon’s Best Book of the Month, New York Times Editor’s Choice, and Time Magazine Best Novels of the Year.

Visit Leni Zumas’s website ›
From 2019 Festival ›
Downcanyon, by author Ann Haymond Zwinger
Ann Haymond Zwinger, author of Downcanyon

Ann Haymond Zwinger

Ann Haymond Zwinger published the two latest of her sixteen books, Downcanyon (Western Arts Federation Award) and Wilderness Women (co-edited with her daughter Susan) in 1995. Genesis: the Yosemite Valley will come out later this year. This naturalist, with a B.A. from Wellesley and M.A. in Art History from Indiana University, taught at Smith before marrying and raising three daughters. During her thirties she returned to writing and illustrating nature books.

From 1996 Festival ›

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