LITERARY WOMEN

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How I Spent My Life's Vacation, by author Rita Nachtmann
Rita Nachtmann, author of How I Spent My Life's Vacation

Rita Nachtmann

Rita Nachtmann grew up in Illinois, graduated from NYU, acted and wrote in Chicago and New York City, and now lives in California, teaching dramatic writing at UCLA. Her eight plays include, How I Spent My Life’s Vacation (Pen West Award), Mama Drama and A Shiksa in Boca Raton, plus numerous one-acts and screenplays. Nachtmann adroitly pokes fun at the pretentious, and investigates life’s daily drama.

From 2000 Festival ›
Cry of the Peacock, by author Gina B. Nahai
Gina B. Nahai, author of Cry of the Peacock

Gina B. Nahai

GINA B. NAHAI has written three novels including Cry of the Peacock, nominated for the Pulitzer Prize, and Moonlight on the Avenue of Faith, which was number one on the Los Angeles Times bestseller list. Her most recent work, Sunday’s Silence, sets its story in Appalachia and “expands Nahai’s fictional universe in new and curiously fitting directions.” (Publishers Weekly)

Visit Gina B. Nahai’s website › From 2004 Festival ›
Ahab's Wife, by author Sena Jeter Naslund
Sena Jeter Naslund, author of Ahab's Wife

Sena Jeter Naslund

Inspired by a brief passage in Moby Dick, Sena Jeter Naslund created Ahab’s Wife: Or, The Star Gazer, This uplifting story of one women’s spiritual journey was selected as on of the top five novels of 1999 by Time magazine. Naslund is also the author of the novel, Sherlock in Love, and the short story collection, The Disobedience of Water.

Visit Sena Jeter Naslund’s website › From 2001 Festival ›
Women of Brewster Place, by author Gloria Naylor
Gloria Naylor, author of Women of Brewster Place

Gloria Naylor

1983 American Book Award Winner
Gloria Naylor, author of The Women of Brewster Place, an outstanding first novel “in seven stories.”

From 1984 Festival ›
Enrique's Journey, by author Sonia Nazario
Sonia Nazario, author of Enrique's Journey

Sonia Nazario

SONIA NAZARIO won the Pulitzer Prize for her Los Angeles Times story of a boy’s dangerous journey to join his mother in the United States. Expanded with new research, Enrique’s Journey “is a timely and riveting narrative of the dangerous journey undertaken to make a broken family whole.*

Visit Sonia Nazario’s website › From 2007 Festival ›
The Situe Stories, by author Frances Khirallah Noble
Frances Khirallah Noble, author of The Situe Stories

Frances Khirallah Noble

Frances Khirallah Nobles’s short story collection The Situe Stories, appeared for five weeks on the Los Angeles Times bestsellers list. Noble is working on a novel and is completing a nonfiction work tentatively titled, Alley Flowers.

From 2002 Festival ›
Ways to Disappear, by author Idra Novey
Idra Novey, author of Ways to Disappear

Idra Novey

Prose that reads like poetry with the tempo of a fast paced thriller, this debut novel from Idra Novey was a New York Times Editors’ Choice and was called a “tour de force” by Kirkus Review. Ways to Disappear is a meditation on how we choose to appear and disappear to each other. Both an accomplished poet and translator in Spanish and Portuguese, Novey has been published in eight languages.

Visit Idra Novey’s website › From 2017 Festival ›
The Last of Her Kind, by author Sigrid Nunez
Sigrid Nunez, author of The Last of Her Kind

Sigrid Nunez

SIGRID NUNEZ is the author of four novels, including A Feather on the Breath of God and For Rouenna. She has received a Whiting Writers’ Award, the Rome Prize in Literature and a Berlin Prize Fellowship. Her latest novel, The Last of Her Kind, examines the intense and difficult friendship between two college roommates.

Visit Sigrid Nunez’s website › From 2008 Festival ›
Almost There, by author Nuala O'Faolain
Nuala O'Faolain, author of Almost There

Nuala O'Faolain

NUALA O’FAOLAIN, born in County Dublin, reared by an alcoholic mother and a remote father, published as her first book a memoir, Are You Somebody? Next, a novel, My Dream of You, continued her examination of lives that are a constant struggle for emotional growth in the face of pain and midlife disappointment. Almost There, a recent memoir, continues that journey.

From 2004 Festival ›
Dept. Of Speculation, by author Jenny Offill
Jenny Offill, author of Dept. Of Speculation

Jenny Offill

Jenny Offill is the author of the novels Dept. of Speculation (2014) and Last Things (2000), which was chosen as Notable Book of the Year by The New York Times and was a finalist for The Los Angeles Times First Book Award. She is also the author of children’s books and has contributed to several anthologies. She teaches in the writing programs at Queens University, Brooklyn College and Columbia.

Visit Jenny Offill’s website › From 2015 Festival ›
Orhan's Inheritance, by author Aline Ohanesian
Aline Ohanesian, author of Orhan's Inheritance

Aline Ohanesian

In Orhan’s Inheritance, Aline Ohanesian’s debut novel, a family mystery unravels to expose roots in the Armenian genocide and diaspora. The novel has been recognized as a top book selection by Amazon and Barnes and Noble, and it was a finalist for the PEN/Bellwether Award for Socially Engaged Fiction. Ohanesian, a descendant of genocide survivors, lives in Orange County, California, with her husband and two young sons.

Visit Aline Ohanesian’s website › From 2016 Festival ›
Blood, Tin, Straw, by author Sharon Olds
Sharon Olds, author of Blood, Tin, Straw

Sharon Olds

What an honor to have with us the current New York State Poet Laureate, Sharon Olds! Often compared to both Plath and Sexton, Olds is the author of several acclaimed books of poetry, most recently, Blood, Tin, Straw. This widely anthologized winner of numerous awards and grants teaches graduate writers at NYU, and severely physically challenged writers at a state hospital.

Visit Sharon Olds’s website › From 2000 Festival ›
Tell Me a Riddle, by author Tillie Olsen
Tillie Olsen, author of Tell Me a Riddle

Tillie Olsen

Tillie Olsen, whose profound writing has earned her national literary awards and lectureships at leading universities, is said to have contributed a new form to American fiction with her classic Tell Me a Riddle. Her non-fiction work, Silences, inspired by a life of work and poverty, confronts the crucial relationships between circumstances and creativity. Yonnondio: From the Thirties was begun during the Great Depression, but not published until 1974.

Visit Tillie Olsen’s website › From 1985 Festival ›
Rin Tin Tin, by author Susan Orlean
Susan Orlean, author of Rin Tin Tin

Susan Orlean

After graduating from the University of Michigan, Susan Orlean worked as a newspaper journalist. She became a staff writer for The New Yorker in 1992. Her books range from the bestselling The Orchid Thief, used to great effect in the film “Adaptation,” to a book documenting the astonishing fame and fortune of a canine named Rin Tin Tin.

Visit Susan Orlean’s website › From 2014 Festival ›
When the Emperor Was Divine, by author Julie Otsuka
Julie Otsuka, author of When the Emperor Was Divine

Julie Otsuka

Julie Otsuka’s second novel, The Buddha in the Attic, is about a group of young Japanese “picture brides” who sailed to America in the early 1900s. Winner of the PEN/Faulkner and National Book Awards, it was described by Booklist as “entrancing, appalling, and heartbreakingly beautiful.” A California native, Otsuka lives in New York City, and writes every afternoon in her neighborhood café.

Visit Julie Otsuka’s website › From 2013 Festival ›
How to Make an American Quilt, by author Whitney Otto
Whitney Otto, author of How to Make an American Quilt

Whitney Otto

Whitney Otto wrote her first novel, How to Make An American Quilt, in 1991. This highly original, intelligent and insightful work of fiction intersperses information about the history of quilting with the stories of a group of women living in a mythical town in California’s Central Valley. This patchwork approach affords the reader a rich experience in which the characters share their individuality as well as their complex relationships.

Visit Whitney Otto’s website › From 1993 Festival ›
My Year of Meats, by author Ruth Ozeki
Ruth Ozeki, author of My Year of Meats

Ruth Ozeki

Ruth Ozeki educates as she entertains in her novel, My Year of Meats, deftly and humorously weaving the stories of Jane, a young Japanese-American woman hired to select ideal American families to be filmed creating tasty meat dishes, and Akiko, a Japanese wife who watches on Japanese television the programs that are intended to encourage the Japanese consumption of more meat.

Visit Ruth Ozeki’s website › From 2001 Festival ›
Child of Silence, by author Abigail Padgett
Abigail Padgett, author of Child of Silence

Abigail Padgett

Abigail Padgett’s Child of Silence, is the first of her Bo Bradley mysteries. It’s sequel, Strawgirl, won her an appreciative audience and glowing critical acclaim: The New York Times recommended it to President Clinton. Turtle Baby, the third in the series, was released in March 1995, and the fourth, Moonbird Boy, will be in bookstores April 1996.

From 1996 Festival ›
My Life with Bob, by author Pamela Paul
Pamela Paul, author of My Life with Bob

Pamela Paul

Journalist and author Pamela Paul is the editor of The New York Times Book Review and oversees all books coverage at The Times. Her work has appeared in numerous publications including The Washington Post, Slate and Vogue. She is a former columnist for The Economist, The New York Times Styles section and Worth magazine.

In her most recent book, My Life with Bob: Flawed Heroine Keeps Book of Books, Plot Ensues, Paul reveals intimacies about her chronicle of every book she has read since the summer of 1988. Her previous books are The Starter Marriage and The Future of Matrimony, Pornified, Parenting Inc. and By the Book: Writers on Literature and the Literary Life.

Visit Pamela Paul’s website › From 2018 Festival ›
The Sunne In Splendour, by author Sharon Kay Penman
Sharon Kay Penman, author of The Sunne In Splendour

Sharon Kay Penman

Sharon Kay Penman is an historian, attorney and author of two highly acclaimed historical novels, The Sunne In Splendour and Here Be Dragons. She currently is at work on a third novel.

Visit Sharon Kay Penman’s website › From 1986 Festival ›
Vistorian Masters of Mystery, by author Audrey Peterson
Audrey Peterson, author of Vistorian Masters of Mystery

Audrey Peterson

Audrey Peterson teaches courses in mystery fiction at California State University, Long Beach, and is the author of the informative and entertaining Victorian Masters of Mystery.

From 1986 Festival ›
Lark and Termite, by author Jayne Anne Phillips
Jayne Anne Phillips, author of Lark and Termite

Jayne Anne Phillips

JAYNE ANNE PHILLIPS, author of Machine Dreams, Motherkind, Shelter and her award-winning Lark and Termite, is a consummate artist of contemporary American fiction. Her themes are powerful and probing; her prose stunningly beautiful. With wisdom and compassion, she delves into the dreams, thoughts, and memories of ordinary people as they face extraordinary experiences.

Visit Jayne Anne Phillips’s website › From 2011 Festival ›
Aching for Beauty: Footbinding in China, by author Wang Ping
Wang Ping, author of Aching for Beauty: Footbinding in China

Wang Ping

The multifaceted WANG PING writes fiction, poetry and nonfiction and is also a translator, editor and teacher. Her works, including the nonfiction book, Aching for Beauty: Footbinding in China, explore American and Chinese cultures. Born in Shanghai, Wang Ping currently teaches at Macalaester College in St. Paul, Minnesota.

Visit Wang Ping’s website › From 2007 Festival ›
Wonder Valley, by author Ivy Pochoda
Ivy Pochoda, author of Wonder Valley

Ivy Pochoda

“Destined to be a classic L.A. novel,” Wonder Valley is a tour de force thriller that compels with vivid story and challenging characters. While going in unexpected directions, this visionary work never looks away from the dark side of Southern California. It was an NPR and LA Times Book of the Year selection; and a finalist for the LA Times and Strand Magazine book prize. Visitation Street, Ivy Pochoda’s second novel, was an Amazon Best Book of 2013.

Purchase from Creating Conversations › Visit Ivy Pochoda’s website ›
From 2019 Festival ›
The Grass Dancer, by author Susan Power
Susan Power, author of The Grass Dancer

Susan Power

Susan Power’s first novel, The Grass Dancer, is the winner of the 1995 PEN/Hemingway award. Ther short fiction has appeared in such journals and anthologies as the Atlantic Monthly, The Paris Review, Ploughshares, Story, and The Best American Short Stories of 1993. Alice Hoffman says of Power’s novel: “So stunning, so extraordinary in its depth and passion you will swear there’s a miracle on every page.” Her new work, War Bundles, centers on Chicago’s 25,000 member Native American community,

From 1996 Festival ›


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