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LITERARY WOMEN

Celebrating Women Authors Since 1982



Sunshine, by author Karen Kenyon
Karen Kenyon, author of Sunshine

Karen Kenyon

Breaking The Silence: Writing Your Autobiography
Karen Kenyon, author of Sunshower, teams up with Louise De Grave to discuss the writing of their own stories, encouraging others to do the same.

From 1984 Festival ›
The Hemingway Women, by author Bernice Kert
Bernice Kert, author of The Hemingway Women

Bernice Kert

Bernice Kert’s fascinating book, The Hemingway Women, is about Ernest Hemingway’s relationships with his mother, his four wives, and other women important to his life. Ten years in the researching and writing, this is Mrs. Kert’s first published book, and the welcome given it by critics and public alike has enabled her to know the joys of “sweet success at sixty.”

From 1985 Festival ›
The Girls of Atomic City, by author Denise Kiernan
Denise Kiernan, author of The Girls of Atomic City

Denise Kiernan

In her most recent book, The Girls of Atomic City, Denise Kiernan traces the story of the women who worked on the Manhattan Project, who unknowingly helped to create fuel for the world’s first atomic bomb. A journalist, producer, and author, Denise’s work has appeared inThe New York Times as well as many other national publications.

Visit Denise Kiernan’s website › From 2014 Festival ›
A Girl Named Zippy:Growing Up Small in Moorland Indiana, by author Haven Kimmel
Haven Kimmel, author of A Girl Named Zippy:Growing Up Small in Moorland Indiana

Haven Kimmel

With wry humor, HAVEN KIMMEL vividly portrays the quirky world of adults in a best-selling childhood memoir, A Girl Named Zippy: Growing Up Small in Moorland Indiana. Kimmel’s affection for her characters and remarkable wit also mark her celebrated debut novel, The Solace of Leaving Early, a love story sparked with theological and philosophical debate.

Visit Haven Kimmel’s website › From 2003 Festival ›
The Moor, by author Laurie R. King
Laurie R. King, author of The Moor

Laurie R. King

With Laurie R. King, readers get not one ingenious, articulate woman sleuth, but two: Oxford student Mary Russell, who finds herself leagued with a mostly retired Sherlock Holmes, and police detective Kate Martinelli, who solves homicides in present-day San Francisco. Winner of the Edgar, The Nero Wolfe, and Britain’s John Creasey Dagger awards, King challenges and delights in these two intricate, well crafted series.

Visit Laurie R. King’s website › From 1999 Festival ›
Euphoria, by author Lily King
Lily King, author of Euphoria

Lily King

Award-winning author Lily King’s recent bestseller, Euphoria, received both the Kirkus Prize and New England Award for Fiction. Many publications listed it as a Best Book of the Year, including the New York Times Book Review. King’s brilliant novel, inspired by an incident in Margaret Mead’s life, charts the path of three anthropologists isolated in remote New Guinea as their relationship unravels due to their rivaling scientific careers and the drum beat of sexual tension between them. This is King’s fourth award winning novel.

Visit Lily King’s website › From 2017 Festival ›
Holding the Line, by author Barbara Kingsolver
Barbara Kingsolver, author of Holding the Line

Barbara Kingsolver

Add Barbara Kingsolver’s distinctive voice to those who write vividly and authentically about women. Publisher’s Weekly hailed her first novel, The Bean Trees, as “an overwhelming delight, as random and unexpected as real life.” The New York Times Book Review found in the characters of Homeland, her collection of twelve short stories, “a moral toughness…that one sees in real people everywhere but rarely in recent American short stories.” Most recently, in her nonfiction book Holding the Line, she has turned her attention to the roles played by women in the copper mine strike of 1983.

Visit Barbara Kingsolver’s website › From 1990 Festival ›
The Mystery of Breathing, by author Dr. Perri Klass
Dr. Perri Klass, author of The Mystery of Breathing

Dr. Perri Klass

DR. PERRY KLASS is the award-winning author of fiction and nonfiction, The Mystery of Breathing, Love and Modern Medicine and A Not Entirely Benign Procedure. She is also a pediatrician who is medical director of the national literary program Reach Out and Read dedicated to promoting literacy as part of pediatric primary care.

Visit Dr. Perri Klass’s website › From 2005 Festival ›
You Should Have Known, by author Jean Hanff Korelitz
Jean Hanff Korelitz, author of You Should Have Known

Jean Hanff Korelitz

Jean Hanff Korelitz is a prolific writer in several genres. Her essays have appeared in Vogue and Newsweek. One of her novels, Admission, was made into a popular movie, and she has authored novels for children as well as a book of poems. Her most recent novel, You Should Have Known, is an absorbing literary mystery. A graduate of Dartmouth College and Clare College, Cambridge, she currently lives in Manhattan with her husband and two children.

Visit Jean Hanff Korelitz’s website › From 2016 Festival ›
Barbara Kroll, author of .

Barbara Kroll

‘Twas A Dark And Stormy Night…
Barbara Kroll, humorist, teacher, essay contest enterer, researcher, and first-runner up in the Bulwer-Lytton contest for writing the “worst” opening sentence.

From 1984 Festival ›
A Blessed Death, by author Carroll Lachnit
Carroll Lachnit, author of A Blessed Death

Carroll Lachnit

Carroll Lachnit informs the mystery with her print journalism experience. Murder in Brief introduces cop-turned-lawyer Hannah Barlow. In A Blessed Death, she probes related mysteries of faith, family, and a woman’s demise. Hannah studies independent adoption in Blood Ties soon.

From 1998 Festival ›
Feng Shui: Arranging Your Hoe to Change Your Life, by author Kirsten Lagatree
Kirsten Lagatree, author of Feng Shui: Arranging Your Hoe to Change Your Life

Kirsten Lagatree

Kirsten Lagatree explains that her book, Feng Shui: Arranging Your Home to Change Your Life, holds ancient Asian wisdom “for the rest of us.” This simple and highly readable work describes the what, why and how of feng shui, also known as the Chinese art of placement. It gives a room-by-room guide to transforming your home and office in ways that can bring about positive changes in your life.

Visit Kirsten Lagatree’s website › From 1996 Festival ›
Second Banana, by author Dottie Lamm
Dottie Lamm, author of Second Banana

Dottie Lamm

Dottie Lamm wrote her delightful book Second Banana as a result of her experiences as the wife of Governor Richard Lamm of Colorado. She is also a television talk show host and a popular columnist for the Denver Post.

From 1986 Festival ›
Sunflower, by author Jill Marie Landis
Jill Marie Landis, author of Sunflower

Jill Marie Landis

Jill Marie Landis was a member of our Literary Women planning committee until she got so busy writing her first novel that we had to give her some time off. We are delighted that her talent and hard work won her the Golden Heart Award for her first historical romance, Sunflower, published by Berkley Books in 1988. Named “best new historical writer in 1987-88” by Romantic Times, Jill will have two books out in 1989 and yet more in 1990!

Visit Jill Marie Landis’s website › From 1989 Festival ›
The Sixteenth of June, by author Maya Lang
Maya Lang, author of The Sixteenth of June

Maya Lang

Written for “readers who never made it through Ulysses (or haven’t wanted to try),” The Sixteenth of June, Maya Lang’s debut novel, is a finely observed, wry social satire set in Philadelphia over the course of a single day, and a nod to James Joyce’s celebrated classic. Maya holds a Ph.D. in Comparative Literature and was awarded the 2012 Bread Loaf-Rona Jaffe Scholarship in Fiction.

Visit Maya Lang’s website › From 2016 Festival ›
God in Concord, by author Jane Langton
Jane Langton, author of God in Concord

Jane Langton

Jane Langton likes “to use something superb by somebody else as a sort of background” in her books: the writing of Emerson (The Transcendental Murder); Emily Dickinson (Emily Dickinson Is Dead); the Divine Comedy (The Dante Game); Handel’s Messiah (The Memorial Hall Murder); art masterpieces (Murder at the Gardner); and Thoreau territory (God in Concord) for her most recent mystery.

Visit Jane Langton’s website › From 1993 Festival ›
What We Carry, by author Dorianne Laux
Dorianne Laux, author of What We Carry

Dorianne Laux

Dorianne Laux pulls us “into the frightening brilliance of the world” in her two poetry collections, Awake and What We Carry. Her poetry transcends the ordinary facts of experience with elegance. It flies to the center of the nitty-gritty to emerge triumphant and sings about where we live.

Visit Dorianne Laux’s website › From 1997 Festival ›
Ghettoside, by author Jill Leovy
Jill Leovy, author of Ghettoside

Jill Leovy

After ten years embedded with the homicide detectives of the LAPD, Los Angeles Times reporter Jill Leovy shines a new light on an old situation; the epidemic of black on black violence in South Central Los Angeles. Ghettoside is a thought provoking book that challenges assumptions about ‘gang-related’ violence. Winner of numerous awards, including the 2016 Ridenhour Book Prize which recognizes “acts of truth-telling that protect the public interest, promote social justice or illuminate a more just vision of society.”

From 2017 Festival ›
Fleur de Leigh's Life of Crime, by author Diane Leslie
Diane Leslie, author of Fleur de Leigh's Life of Crime

Diane Leslie

Diane Leslie is the author of Fleur De Leigh’s Life of Crime which, according to the New York Times, “offers a delicious and disturbing glimpse behind the high stucco walls of Hollywood, circa 1957.” She has a genuine gift for creating characters that live and breathe in the posh environs of her childhood. Great wit and insight in both her writing and conversation!

Visit Diane Leslie’s website › From 2000 Festival ›
Then She Found Me, by author Elinor Lipman
Elinor Lipman, author of Then She Found Me

Elinor Lipman

ELINOR LIPMAN writes romantic comedy for readers who want to be “amused, moved, befriended, included.” She can make us laugh out loud as she converts serious subject matters into humor with the skill of an alchemist. All six of her books are in print, and her seventh, The Pursuit of Alice Thrift,, is due in June.

Visit Elinor Lipman’s website › From 2003 Festival ›
Nobody Makes Me Cry, by author Shelley List
Shelley List, author of Nobody Makes Me Cry

Shelley List

Shelley List is the many-talented, multi-award-winning, socially-conscious television Head Writer/Producer of television series: Cagney and Lacey, And Baby Makes Six, Something So Right, and Between Friends. She is the author of three novels: Did You Love Daddy When I was Born, Nobody Makes Me Cry, and Forgiving. She has been a feature editor, theater reviewer and author of journalistic articles for leading magazines, as well as the New York and Los Angeles Times.

From 1989 Festival ›
The House on Fortune Street, by author Margot Livesey
Margot Livesey, author of The House on Fortune Street

Margot Livesey

MARGOT LIVESEY grew up on the edge of the Scottish Highlands, and is the author of a collection of stories and six novels, including Eva Moves the Furniture and most recently The House On Fortune Street. She has received fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation and the NEA. She is currently a writer in residence at Emerson College in Boston.

Visit Margot Livesey’s website › From 2009 Festival ›
Earth Songs, by author Myra Cohn Livingston
Myra Cohn Livingston, author of Earth Songs

Myra Cohn Livingston

Myra Cohn Livingston, award-winning poet, anthologist, teacher and educator, is the author of over 45 books, including Worlds I Know and Other Poems, Celebrations, A Lollygag of Limericks and her most recent, Earth Songs, and Higgledy-Piggledy: Verses and Pictures.

Visit Myra Cohn Livingston’s website › From 1987 Festival ›
Bluebird, Bluebird, by author Attica Locke
Attica Locke, author of Bluebird, Bluebird

Attica Locke

Written with power and grace, Bluebird, Bluebird is a heartbreaking thriller about racial tensions in a small East Texas town where conflicting emotions of love and justice intersect. Winner of the Edgar Award for best novel, it was a finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book Prize. Attica Locke has authored several prize winners: Pleasantville, Harper Lee Prize; The Cutting Season, Ernest Gaines Award; and Black Water Rising, Los Angeles Times Book Prize.

Purchase from Creating Conversations › Visit Attica Locke’s website › From 2019 Festival ›
If You Lived Here You'd Be Home By Now, by author Sandra Tsing Loh
Sandra Tsing Loh, author of If You Lived Here You'd Be Home By Now

Sandra Tsing Loh

Writer/performer Sandra Tsing Loh has been called a “master of the excruciating moment.” Her witty and trenchant observations of the So Cal scene can be found in her critically acclaimed one-person show, Aliens in America; the best-selling essay collection, Depth Takes a Holiday, and the hilarious novel of L.A., If You Lived Here, You’d Be Home By Now. “The Loh Life,” her lively radio commentary, is heard weekly on KCRW.

From 2000 Festival ›


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