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LITERARY WOMEN

Celebrating Women Authors Since 1982



From This Day Forward, by author Louise De Grave
Louise De Grave, author of From This Day Forward

Louise De Grave

Breaking The Silence: Writing Your Autobiography
Louise De Grave, author of From This Day Forward: Staying Married When No One Else Is And Other Reckless Acts, and Karen Kenyon, author of Sunshower, team up to discuss the writing of their own stories, encouraging others to do the same.

From 1984 Festival ›
The Madonnas of Leningrad, by author Debra Dean
Debra Dean, author of The Madonnas of Leningrad

Debra Dean

DEBRA DEAN creates heartbreaking beauty in her bestselling debut novel, The Madonnas of Leningrad. Awards for the novel included The New York Times Editors’ Choice, Borders Original Voices, number one Book Sense Pick, Booklist Top Ten Novels and American Library Association Notable Book of the Year. Her collection of short stories, Confessions of a Falling Woman, came out to critical acclaim in 2008.

Visit Debra Dean’s website › From 2010 Festival ›
The Mistress of Spices, by author Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni
Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni, author of The Mistress of Spices

Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni

Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni’s acclaimed collection of short stories, Arranged Marriage, was followed by an even-more-successful novel, The Mistress of Spices; and last summer by a book of poetry, Leaving Yuba City. All of her works deal with struggles of immigrant Indian women in families and relationships.

Visit Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni’s website › From 1998 Festival ›
Stones for Ibarra, by author Harriet Doerr
Harriet Doerr, author of Stones for Ibarra

Harriet Doerr

Harriet Doerr, whose Stones for Ibarra, on the best seller lists for months this year, was nominated for the Los Angeles Times Fiction Award and the National Book Award for a first novel. With her first book published when she was 73, Mrs. Doerr provides a sparkling example to those faced with the challenge of crossing new borders.

From 1985 Festival ›
The Girl Who Fell from the Sky, by author Heidi Durrow
Heidi Durrow, author of The Girl Who Fell from the Sky

Heidi Durrow

HEIDI DURROW’s debut novel, The Girl Who Fell From the Sky is the winner of the Bellwether Prize for Fiction. Beautifully written in alternating voices, it is a very modern story that skillfully deals with a family tragedy that must be processed through the prism of biracial identity. The protagonist’s resilience makes it an ultimately hopeful story.

Visit Heidi Durrow’s website › From 2011 Festival ›
No Intermissions: The Life of Agnes de Mille, by author Carol Easton
Carol Easton, author of No Intermissions: The Life of Agnes de Mille

Carol Easton

Carol Easton, biographer of Stan Kenton, Samuel Goldwyn, and Jacqueline du Pre, now gives us No Intermissions: The life of Agnes de Mille, praised as “a valuable contribution to American cultural history.” A California native, she majored in Theater Arts at UCLA.

From 1997 Festival ›
Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain, by author Betty Edwards
Betty Edwards, author of Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain

Betty Edwards

Drawing on the Right Side of Writing
Betty Edwards, Ph.D., author of Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain.

Visit Betty Edwards’s website › From 1983 Festival ›
The Invisible Circus, by author Jennifer Egan
Jennifer Egan, author of The Invisible Circus

Jennifer Egan

Novelist Jennifer Egan has received prestigious prizes, literary awards and fellowships. Alice Adams says of Egan: “A highly original and unusually intelligent writer.” Her novel, The Invisible Circus, has been called an unforgettable first novel by a writer of uncommon ability. Robert Stone called it “dramatic, suspenseful and beautifully written.” Pat Conroy said that “Egan has written a splendid novel of depth and elegance.” Egan attended Cambridge University for two years on a Thouron Award and now lives in New York City.

Visit Jennifer Egan’s website › From 1995 Festival ›
Heart Mountain, by author Gretel Ehrlich
Gretel Ehrlich, author of Heart Mountain

Gretel Ehrlich

Born in California and educated at Bennington College and UCLA, Gretel Ehrlich is a much honored author of essays, memoir, fiction and poetry. Writing with grace and awe, she embraces such varied subjects as her love for animals, nature, and the American Mountain West, the clash and the fusion of diverse cultures, and the path of her own spiritual journey.

Visit Gretel Ehrlich’s website › From 1999 Festival ›
The Painter from Shanghai, by author Jennifer Cody Epstein
Jennifer Cody Epstein, author of The Painter from Shanghai

Jennifer Cody Epstein

The Painter from Shanghai is JENNIFER CODY EPSTEIN’s debut novel about the real life of Pan Yuliang, China’s foremost female post-Impressionist painter. The novel delineates Pan’s love story – for her country, artistic principles and the man who helps her realize herself as an artist. Epstein has written for Self, The Wall Street Journal and the Chicago Tribune and teaches at Columbia University.

Visit Jennifer Cody Epstein’s website › From 2010 Festival ›
Gonzalez & Daughter Trucking Co., by author Maria Amparo Escandon
Maria Amparo Escandon, author of Gonzalez & Daughter Trucking Co.

Maria Amparo Escandon

MARIA AMPARO ESCANDON, best-selling bilingual storyteller, was named Writer to Watch by Newsweek and the Los Angeles Times. In her second novel, Gonzalez & Daughter Trucking Co., the incarcerated narrator “reads” to her fellow inmates at the weekly Library Club. As she pretends to recite from the classics, she tells a humorous and passionate mystery that explores the love and hurt of a father and daughter on the run.

Visit Maria Amparo Escandon’s website › From 2006 Festival ›
City of Veils, by author Zoe Ferraris
Zoe Ferraris, author of City of Veils

Zoe Ferraris

Zoe Ferraris, an award-winning novelist, has an MFA from Columbia University. Her books, Finding Nouf and City of Veils , seamlessly blend the genres of mystery and literary fiction. Her work combines her own personal experience and her literary talent to deliver gripping, fast-paced mysteries with a rare, intimate look into the closed society of women in the Middle East.

Visit Zoe Ferraris’s website › From 2012 Festival ›
White Oleander, by author Janet Fitch
Janet Fitch, author of White Oleander

Janet Fitch

Janet Fitch uses her native Los Angeles as a backdrop for her stunning first novel, White Oleander, a powerful saga about a young woman growing up as one of the thousands of foster children shuttled from home to home in a huge, impersonal city. Fitch has created an inspirational story dealing with the relationships between mothers and daughters and the search for personal identity.

Visit Janet Fitch’s website › From 2001 Festival ›
First Confession, by author Montserrat Fontes
Montserrat Fontes, author of First Confession

Montserrat Fontes

Montserrat Fontes spent her early childhood near the Texas-Mexico border, the setting for her novel, First Confession, which details in surprising and gripping fashion the secret world of two children approaching a momentous occasion in their lives. Fontes teaches advanced literature and journalism classes in Los Angeles while pursuing her studies of Faulkner, O’Connor, and McCullers, and completing work on a “prequel” to her first novel.

From 1992 Festival ›
Dove in the Window, by author Earlene Fowler
Earlene Fowler, author of Dove in the Window

Earlene Fowler

Earlene Fowler writes mysteries about everything she loves: cowboys, the Central Coast, quilts, and crafts. With quilt-name titles - Fool’s Puzzle; Irish Chain; Kansas Troubles; Goose in the Pond; Dove in the Window - her tales feature fearless sleuth Benni Harper.

Visit Earlene Fowler’s website › From 1997 Festival ›
The Jane Austin Book Club, by author Karen Joy Fowler
Karen Joy Fowler, author of The Jane Austin Book Club

Karen Joy Fowler

KAREN JOY FOWLER introduces six notable characters in The Jane Austen Book Club; each with his or her own “private Austen,” each addressing very contemporary social issues. In sublimely comedic prose, Fowler takes readers on a journey of love, laughter, pain and Jane. Along with this most recent novel, which spent over three months on The New York Times bestseller list, Fowler has authored two short story collections and three novels.

Visit Karen Joy Fowler’s website › From 2005 Festival ›
Life Undercover: Coming of Age in the CIA, by author Amaryllis Fox
Amaryllis Fox, author of Life Undercover: Coming of Age in the CIA

Amaryllis Fox

Following her graduation from Oxford and while still finishing a master’s degree at Georgetown University, 21-year-old Amaryllis Fox was recruited into the CIA. In her riveting memoir, Life Undercover, Fox “engagingly and transparently” describes her undercover work in remote areas of the Middle East as an art dealer, infiltrating terrorist networks and hunting down arms dealers. It is a story of courage, passion, and intellect.

Purchase from Creating Conversations › Visit Amaryllis Fox’s website › From 2022 Festival ›
Chinchilla Farm, by author Judith Freeman
Judith Freeman, author of Chinchilla Farm

Judith Freeman

Following the success of her short story collection, Family Attractions, Judith Freeman’s 1989 novel Chinchilla Farm was published to critical acclaim. In it, Freeman explores the western landscape, from Utah to Los Angeles to Baja, through the perceptive eyes and pungent voice of her gentle heroine Vera, who is force to reconstruct her own life. Her second novel, Set for Life, will be out next year.

Visit Judith Freeman’s website › From 1991 Festival ›
History of Wolves, by author Emily Fridlund
Emily Fridlund, author of History of Wolves

Emily Fridlund

With a thriller’s sense of foreboding and the poetic language of literary fiction, Emily Fridlund’s daring debut novel, History of Wolves, tells an eerily quiet coming of age story. She is a master at describing the natural world and then weaving the elements of place and relationships into an unforgettable tale. A finalist for the 2017 Man Booker Prize, TC Boyle raves it is “as exquisite a first novel as I have ever encountered.”

Fridlund received her MFA in Fiction from Washington University in St. Louis and completed her PhD in Literature and Creative Writing at University of Southern California. She lives in Ithaca, New York.

Visit Emily Fridlund’s website › From 2018 Festival ›
Skinner's Drift, by author Lisa Fugard
Lisa Fugard, author of Skinner's Drift

Lisa Fugard

LISA FUGARD’s first novel, Skinner’s Drift, illuminates the complicated relationships and loyalties between blacks and whites in South Africa at the end of the apartheid era. The novel vividly captures the African landscape and the troubled and conflicted personalities who inhabit it. Fugard is the daughter of acclaimed playwright Athol Fugard.

Visit Lisa Fugard’s website › From 2007 Festival ›
Let's Not Go to the Dogs Tonight: An African Childhood, by author Alexander Fuller
Alexander Fuller, author of Let's Not Go to the Dogs Tonight: An African Childhood

Alexander Fuller

ALEXANDRA FULLER’s Don’t Let’s Go to the Dogs Tonight is a tender, intensely moving and even delightful journey through a white African girl’s childhood. In wry and sometime hilarious prose, Alexandra Fuller describes an unruly life in an often inhospitable place. Winner of several awards, this tale of terrible beauty soars.

From 2004 Festival ›
Metropolis, by author Elizabeth Gaffney
Elizabeth Gaffney, author of Metropolis

Elizabeth Gaffney

In her first novel, Metropolis, ELIZABETH GAFFNEY, advisory editor of The Paris Review, has placed vividly imagined characters in the brawling, rapidly changing New York City of the post-Civil War era. The Dickensian novel captures the violence and splendor of the emerging modern city, as well as the “luck and misfortune” of its immigrant hero. Gaffney’s short stories have appeared in publications such as North American Review, Mississippi Review and The Reading Room.

Visit Elizabeth Gaffney’s website › From 2006 Festival ›
Dreaming in Cuban, by author Cristina Garcia
Cristina Garcia, author of Dreaming in Cuban

Cristina Garcia

Cristina Garcia lends her rich voice to the chorus of Latina writers whose work brings vitality to modern literature. Critical acclaim accompanied publication of both her novels, Nation Book Award nominee Dreaming in Cuban and her more recent work The Aguero Sisters. Garcia weaves mesmerizing stories of individuals under the powerful influence of Cuban American family life.

Visit Cristina Garcia’s website › From 1999 Festival ›
An Untamed State, by author Roxane Gay
Roxane Gay, author of An Untamed State

Roxane Gay

Roxane Gay is the author of the novel The Untamed State, which was a finalist for the Dayton Literary Peace Prize for Fiction; the essay collection Bad Feminist; and Ayiti, a multi-genre collection. She is working on a memoir, Hunger, and a comic book in Marvel’s Black Panther series. Her writing has appeared in Best American Short Stories 2012, The New York Times, the Guardian, and many others. She is a recipient of the PEN Center USA Freedom to Write Award, among other honors.

Visit Roxane Gay’s website › From 2017 Festival ›
Payment in Blood, by author Elizabeth George
Elizabeth George, author of Payment in Blood

Elizabeth George

Elizabeth George lives in Huntington Beach, and is a former high school English teacher. A Great Deliverance, published by Bantam Books, is her debut novel. She has completed her forthcoming, Payment in Blood, and is currently working on the third book in the series, Well Schooled in Murder. Her love affair with England and her precise crafting of psychological suspense combine to make her “whodunits” riveting reading.

Visit Elizabeth George’s website › From 1989 Festival ›


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