Celebrating Women Authors Since 1982

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.

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 ›
Forever Barbie: The Unauthorized Biography of a Real Doll, by author M.G. Lord
M.G. Lord, author of Forever Barbie: The Unauthorized Biography of a Real Doll

M.G. Lord

M.G. Lord’s Forever Barbie: The Unauthorized Biography of a Real Doll, is no ordinary biography. She uses her talents as an editorial cartoonist and investigative journalist to explore the social influence of Barbie. It will change forever how readers look at the doll and themselves.

Visit M.G. Lord’s website › From 1996 Festival ›
Plaintext, by author Nancy Mairs
Nancy Mairs, author of Plaintext

Nancy Mairs

Nancy Mairs, author of Plaintext, a collection of essays, was born in Long Beach. She now lives in Tucson with her husband and children. A graduate of Wheaton College, she received her Ph.D. from the University of Arizona. She writes of triumph and despair, not only as a victim of crippling illness, but as a vibrant human being.

From 1987 Festival ›
A Burning, by author Megha Majumdar
Megha Majumdar, author of A Burning

Megha Majumdar

In her incendiary debut novel, A Burning, Megha Majumdar writes a gripping thriller with the force of an epic…“taut, symphonic, propulsive, and riveting.” Presenting its contemporary Indian characters with prismatic portraiture, it demonstrates the consequences of limited choices, hopes and dreams available to people living on the margins. This is a novel of our pandemic times, an exploration of precarity in all its forms, as funny as it is sad.

Visit Megha Majumdar’s website › From 2022 Festival ›
Looking Glass, by author Cynthia Whitcomb Mandelberg
Cynthia Whitcomb Mandelberg, author of Looking Glass

Cynthia Whitcomb Mandelberg

“Grand Slam”: Writing for Television, Film and Stage

Opening Speaker
Cynthia Whitcomb Mandelberg is a Long Beach writer of outstanding television biographies, including Eleanor, First Lady of the World starring Jean Stapleton in May of 1982, and The Grace Kelly Story being produced in association with Cheryl Ladd. Also, Looking Glass a play based on the life of Lewis Carroll.

Visit Cynthia Whitcomb Mandelberg’s website › From 1983 Festival ›
Blue Rodeo, by author Jo-Ann Mapson
Jo-Ann Mapson, author of Blue Rodeo

Jo-Ann Mapson

Jo-Ann Mapson is a novelist, poet, and a college teacher. Her second novel Blue Rodeo, a Literary Guild and Doubleday Book Club selection, was deemed by Publisher’s Weekly “an engrossing, affection story,” and “wise in the ways of the human heart.” Mapson’s other works include Fault Line, a collection of short fiction; a novel Hank & Chloe; and Spooking the Horses, a book of poetry. She is working on Shadow Ranch, her third novel, due for publication in the fall of 1995.

Visit Jo-Ann Mapson’s website › From 1995 Festival ›
Storm Track, by author Margaret Maron
Margaret Maron, author of Storm Track

Margaret Maron

MARGARET MARON writes the Judge Deborah Knott mystery series, situated in her native North Carolina, as well as the Detective Sigrid Harald of NYPD series, short stories and non-mystery novels. Publishers Weekly calls Maron “one of the most seamless Southern writers since Margaret Mitchell.” Long Beach Public Library lists twenty-two of her titles.

Visit Margaret Maron’s website › From 2005 Festival ›
Rage Against The Dying, by author Becky Masterman
Becky Masterman, author of Rage Against The Dying

Becky Masterman

Becky Masterman’s debut thriller, Rage Against the Dying, captured worldwide attention with her smart and compassionate heroine, Brigid Quinn. Aging, but no MissMarple, this woman can still take down a mugger. The story is fast-paced fun throughout; a book you won’t want to put down.

Visit Becky Masterman’s website › From 2014 Festival ›
Love's Raging Tide, by author Patricia Matthews
Patricia Matthews, author of Love's Raging Tide

Patricia Matthews

I’ll take romance!

Afternoon Session
Patricia Matthews, author of Love’s Raging Tide, Midnight Whispers and Tides of Love.

From 1983 Festival ›
My Mother and I Are Growing Strong, by author Inez Maury
Inez Maury, author of My Mother and I Are Growing Strong

Inez Maury

My Mother and I Are Growing Strong

And My Mother the Mail Carrier are the books written by Inez Maury for children…fresh, imaginative, and “rooted in today’s social reality.” She will be joined by Edythe Mc Govern.

From 1984 Festival ›
Under the Tuscan Sun, by author Frances Mayes
Frances Mayes, author of Under the Tuscan Sun

Frances Mayes

Frances Mayes, widely published poet, gourmet cook, and travel writer, takes the reader into the heart of Italy through her sensuous memoir, Under the Tuscan Sun. Her poetic descriptions bring alive the adventures of purchasing, restoring, and living in an abandoned villa in this spectacular countryside.

Visit Frances Mayes’s website › From 1998 Festival ›
Irena's Children, by author Tilar J. Mazzeo
Tilar J. Mazzeo, author of Irena's Children

Tilar J. Mazzeo

In her compelling World War II story, Irena’s Children, Tilar J. Mazzeo captures the extraordinary courage of Irena Sendler; a Polish social worker who was granted full access to the Warsaw ghetto. Her compassion for the plight of trapped Jewish families led Irena to create a network of individuals who took enormous personal risks to smuggle over 2500 Jewish children past the Nazis.

Mazzeo is the Clara C. Piper Associate Professor of English at Colby College and the New York Times, San Francisco Chronicle, and Los Angeles Times bestselling author of numerous works of narrative nonfiction. She divides her time among coastal Maine, New York City, and Saanichton, British Columbia, where she lives with her husband at Parsell Vineyard.

Visit Tilar J. Mazzeo’s website › From 2018 Festival ›
They're Never Too Young For Books, by author Edythe Mc Govern
Edythe Mc Govern, author of They're Never Too Young For Books

Edythe Mc Govern

They’re Never Too Young for Books

Edythe Mc Govern, Chairman Valley College English Department, and author of They’re Never Too Young for Books, joins Inez Maury to discuss writing books for children and the need for them to be “read to.”

From 1984 Festival ›
Ferris Beach, by author Jill McCorkle
Jill McCorkle, author of Ferris Beach

Jill McCorkle

Jill McCorkle, critically acclaimed young novelist from North Carolina, creates with sharp wit and keen eye for detail the lively characters in her four novels of the contemporary South, The Cheer Leader, July 7, Tending To Virginia, and Ferris Beach. McCorkle is a natural Southern storyteller with a wise understanding of the human heart.

Visit Jill McCorkle’s website › From 1991 Festival ›
The Giant's House, by author Elizabeth McCracken
Elizabeth McCracken, author of The Giant's House

Elizabeth McCracken

Elizabeth McCracken is the author of the ALA Notable Story Collection Here’s Your Hat, What’s Your Hurry? Her eccentric debut novel, The Giant’s House, a tender story of a friendship between a lonely librarian and an eleven-year-old boy, was a finalist for the National Book Award in Fiction. In 1996 Granto magazine named McCracken one of the Twenty Best Young American Novelists.

Visit Elizabeth McCracken’s website › From 2001 Festival ›
The Songcatcher, by author Sharyn McCrumb
Sharyn McCrumb, author of The Songcatcher

Sharyn McCrumb

SHARYN McCRUMB’s eighteen novels and two short-story collections celebrate Appalachian history and folklore with such skill that they are studied in universities worldwide. Winner of six Notable Book Awards from The New York Times, she weaves a tale! The Songcatcher follows her own family history, beginning with a young boy kidnapped off the coast of Scotland in 1751.

Visit Sharyn McCrumb’s website › From 2003 Festival ›
That Night, by author Alice McDermott
Alice McDermott, author of That Night

Alice McDermott

Alice McDermott is a two-published-novels young writer, whose latest, That Night, was nominated for the Los Angeles Times 1987 Fiction Prize. Her vision of a pair of1960’s teenage lovers seems to say we can only defeat death with love. Only 28 when her first novel, A Bigamist’s Daughter, was published, Alice credits the writing program at the University of New Hampshire as important to her development.

Visit Alice McDermott’s website › From 1988 Festival ›
Rain or Shine, by author Cyra McFadden
Cyra McFadden, author of Rain or Shine

Cyra McFadden

Cyra McFadden wrote her rolicking best-selling biography, Rain or Shine, about her father and mother; he, the Cy Taillon of rodeo announcing (who made up her name from his) and she, the Patricia Montgomery of vaudeville and the St. Louis Municipal Opera. Her previous book, The Serial, a social satire of life in Marin County, was published in 1977. She also writes a bi-weekly column for the San Francisco Examiner.

From 1988 Festival ›

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