Celebrating Women Authors Since 1982

A Thread of Grace, by author Mary Doria Russell
Mary Doria Russell, author of A Thread of Grace

Mary Doria Russell

Before becoming an award-winning novelist, MARY DORIA RUSSELL was a paleoanthropologist with specialties in bone biology and biomechanics. Her first two novels, The Sparrow and its sequel Children of God, explored God’s role in our universe. Her new novel, A Thread of Grace, is a rich, complex account of Jewish refugees in Italy during World War II and the ordinary Italians who risked everything to save them.

Visit Mary Doria Russell’s website › From 2006 Festival ›
Her Own Place, by author Dori Sanders
Dori Sanders, author of Her Own Place

Dori Sanders

Dori Sanders’s first novel Clover, was compared to the fiction of Alice Walker, Maya Angelou, and Zora Neale Hurston. Her Own Place delighted “with comedy and pathos of everyday life lived by everyday people - black and white.”

Visit Dori Sanders’s website › From 1996 Festival ›
They May Not Mean To, But They Do, by author Cathleen Schine
Cathleen Schine, author of They May Not Mean To, But They Do

Cathleen Schine

Cathleen Schine has written internationally best-selling literature, with two of her novels, Rameau’s Niece and The Love Letter, made into feature films. Her most recent work, They May Not Mean To, But They Do, combines dark comedy with astute observations of family dynamics, as does much of her writing. Schine resides in Venice, California.

Visit Cathleen Schine’s website › From 2017 Festival ›
Midstream, by author Le Anne Schreiber
Le Anne Schreiber, author of Midstream

Le Anne Schreiber

Le Anne Schreiber was the first female editor of the New York Times sports section before becoming deputy editor of the New York Times Book Review. Her memoir Midstream is a moving, beautifully observed journal about a mother’s death from cancer and a daughter’s renewal. It details both her new beginning and her mother’s demise with a sense of wonder, tenderness and occasional outrage.

From 1991 Festival ›
Beyond Deserving, by author Sandra Scofield
Sandra Scofield, author of Beyond Deserving

Sandra Scofield

Texas-born Sandra Scofield resides in Oregon. She is the author of seven novels - most recently Plain Seeing and A Chance to See Egyypt - and a National Book Award finalist for Beyond Deserving. Her writing combines humor and pathos with a sense of history and place and an “extraordinary understanding of the power of absence.”

From 2000 Festival ›
Mothers, Daughters, by author Carolyn See
Carolyn See, author of Mothers, Daughters

Carolyn See

What’s Novel in California?
Carolyn See, Los Angeles Times critic, author of Mothers, Daughters and Rhine Maidens.

Visit Carolyn See’s website › From 1983 Festival ›
Rhine Maidens, by author Carolyn See
Carolyn See, author of Rhine Maidens

Carolyn See

Carolyn See, Los Angeles Times book critic, also teaches English at Loyola Marymount University. She is the author of Rhine Maidens and co-authored Lotus Land with her daughter Lisa and John Espey. Her new novel, Blue Ground will be published in the Spring of 1986. She will keyote the conference on the subject, “Our Turn, Finally.”

Visit Carolyn See’s website › From 1986 Festival ›
On Gold Mountain, by author Lisa See
Lisa See, author of On Gold Mountain

Lisa See

Lisa, See, author of On Gold Mountain, traces the 100-year history of her family from China in 1871 to their sojourn in San Francisco, Sacramento, and Los Angeles. It is at once the story of the See family, the Chinese culture, and the American immigrant experience.

Visit Lisa See’s website › From 1997 Festival ›
Flower Net, by author Lisa See
Lisa See, author of Flower Net

Lisa See

Lisa See’s first book, On Gold Mountain: The One Hundred Year Odyssey of My Chinese-American Family, traces the journey of See’s great-grandfather, Fong See, who became the godfather of Los Angeles’s China Town and patriarch of a sprawling family. It was a New York Times Notable Book for 1995. Flower Net, See’s riveting story of a murder investigation in today’s China, was nominated for an Edgar award for the best first novel.

Visit Lisa See’s website › From 1999 Festival ›
Searching for Mercy Street, by author Linda Gray Sexton
Linda Gray Sexton, author of Searching for Mercy Street

Linda Gray Sexton

Linda Gray Sexton spares nothing and no one in her courageous memoir, Searching for Mercy Street. Her mother, Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Anne Sexton, committed suicide when Sexton was a twenty-one year old Harvard student. Her book reveals the pain, explores the gifts, and accepts the love in their tumultuous mother-daughter relationship. Sexton has written several novels, one of which, Points of Light, was adapted for the 1994 television movie Reunion,

Visit Linda Gray Sexton’s website › From 1996 Festival ›
Playwriting, by author Laura Shamas
Laura Shamas, author of Playwriting

Laura Shamas

Prize-winning playwright Laura Shamas has given Los Angeles three productions in recent months: Delicacies; Telling Time; and Lady-Like which will open in Philadelphia and New York soon. Another twelve of her plays have been produced and eight are in publication, together with her new book Playwriting.

Visit Laura Shamas’s website › From 1992 Festival ›
Evelyn Sharenov, author of Dreams in the Cathedral of Moonlight

Evelyn Sharenov

Evelyn Sharenov, who lives in Long Beach, writes poetry ranging from her relationships with her daughter to her European origins via Ellis Island. We are hearing from her as her first “chapbook” of poetry is being published.

From 1987 Festival ›
Crows Over a Wheatfield, by author Paula Sharp
Paula Sharp, author of Crows Over a Wheatfield

Paula Sharp

Paula Sharp creates unforgettable characters who find themselves tossed about by powerful issues that cannot be ignored. This writer, attorney, translator, and parent has claimed the attention and praise of critics with, The Woman Who Was Not All There, Lost in Jersey City, Crows Over a Wheatfield, and her current I Loved You All.

Visit Paula Sharp’s website › From 2001 Festival ›
White Swan, Black Swan, by author Adrienne Sharp
Adrienne Sharp, author of White Swan, Black Swan

Adrienne Sharp

In White Swan, Black Swan, Adrienne Sharp, once a ballerina herself, writes about the ballet world that she once knew intimately. She has created twelve interconnected and elegant short stories about the lives of professional dancers for whom fanatical devotion, emotional stress, and physical pain are the prices paid for success in this most demanding of the arts.

From 2002 Festival ›
A Jury of Her Peers: American Women Writers from Anne Bradstreet to Annie Prolx, by author Elaine Showalter
Elaine Showalter, author of A Jury of Her Peers: American Women Writers from Anne Bradstreet to Annie Prolx

Elaine Showalter

Critic, feminist, and leading scholar of women’s literature, ELAINE SHOWALTER is the author most recently of A Jury of Her Peers: American Women Writers from Ann Bradstreet to Annie Proulx. The work is the first comprehensive history of American women writers from the 17th to 21st centuries and follows by 30 years her groundbreaking work, A Literature of Their Own: British Women Novelists from Bronte to Lessing. A professor emerita of Princeton University, she is a founding scholar of feminist literary criticism.

From 2011 Festival ›
Flowers in Salt, by author Sharon Sievers
Sharon Sievers, author of Flowers in Salt

Sharon Sievers

Flowers in Salt is Sharon Sievers engrossing study of the birth of feminist consciousness in modern Japan. Sievers chronicles the early struggles of Japanese women - often against formidable odds - to improve their status and create a fragile legacy for future generations. Flowers in Salt has been called a classic example of the best uses of women’s history. It is important reading for those interested in understanding modern Japan as well as women’s struggle for equality.

Visit Sharon Sievers’s website › From 1990 Festival ›
The Size of the World, by author Joan Silber
Joan Silber, author of The Size of the World

Joan Silber

Novelist and short story writer JOAN SILBER received the Hemingway Foundation/PEN Award for her first book, Household Words, and was a National Book Awards finalist. Her stories have been published in The New Yorker, Ploughshares, Paris Review and other magazines. Her most recent books are Ideas of Heaven and The Size of the World. She teaches at Sarah Lawrence College.

Visit Joan Silber’s website › From 2010 Festival ›
Babe in Paradise, by author Marisa Silver
Marisa Silver, author of Babe in Paradise

Marisa Silver

MARISA SILVER is the author of Baby in Paradise, a short story collection that was a New York Times Notable Book of the Year and Los Angeles Times Best Book 2001, and No Direction Home, a first novel which establishes her as on the the new literary voices of contemporary Los Angeles.

Visit Marisa Silver’s website › From 2007 Festival ›
Fair and Tender Ladies, by author Lee Smith
Lee Smith, author of Fair and Tender Ladies

Lee Smith

Lee Smith’s writing “…sparkles like diamonds with all the diamond’s cutting edge,” revealing keen insights into small-town Southern life. Readers delight in Smith’s deft interweaving of lyric prose and richly comic scenes in her highly praised novels, which include, Family Linen, Fair and Tender Ladies, and Saving Grace, and in her three collections of stories, the latest of which is News of the Spirit.

Visit Lee Smith’s website › From 2000 Festival ›
Presto, by author Roberta Smoodin
Roberta Smoodin, author of Presto

Roberta Smoodin

Meditations on the Meaning of Magic
Roberta Smoodin, author of Presto!

From 1983 Festival ›
Ursus Major, by author Roberta Smoodin
Roberta Smoodin, author of Ursus Major

Roberta Smoodin

Go Anywhere, Do Anything, Be Anyone - The Magic of Writing
Roberta Smoodin, author of Presto and Ursus Major, talks about the liberation inherent in the act of writing. Ms. Smoodin is currently working on a novel concerned with the problems of biography and love triangle; and illusion and reality.

From 1984 Festival ›
Lotus Eaters, by author Tatjana Soli
Tatjana Soli, author of Lotus Eaters

Tatjana Soli

A finalist for the 2010 Bellwether Prize, TATJANA SOLI’s debut novel, The Lotus Eaters, provides a unique and multilayered perspective of the Vietnam War through the eyes of a woman among men, a female photojournalist. A graduate of Stanford University and the Warren Wilson College, Ms. Soli lives in Orange County.

Visit Tatjana Soli’s website › From 2011 Festival ›
Stone Arabia, by author Dana Spiotta
Dana Spiotta, author of Stone Arabia

Dana Spiotta

Dana Spiotta is the author of Stone Arabia, a National Book Critics Circle Award Finalist and a New York Times Notable Book of the Year. Her previous novels are Eat the Document, which was a National Book Award Finalist, and Lightning Field, which was a Los Angeles Times Best Book of the West. Spiotta has received a Guggenheim Fellowship and a New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowship.

Visit Dana Spiotta’s website › From 2013 Festival ›
The Women Poets in English, by author Ann Stanford
Ann Stanford, author of The Women Poets in English

Ann Stanford

Trampling Out The Vintage
Robin Johnson PhD., poet-in-residence at Pepperdine. Ann Stanford, PhD., poet, and editor of The Women Poets in English.

From 1983 Festival ›
Because a Fire Was in My Head, by author Lynn Stegner
Lynn Stegner, author of Because a Fire Was in My Head

Lynn Stegner

LYNN STEGNER’s most recent novel, Because a Fire Was in My Head, was the recipient of the William Faulkner-William Wisdom Award for Best Novel of 2005. Her soul-felt portrait of a lost woman is “authentically compassionate as it is unsparing, a rare feat in fiction and in life.” Ms. Stegner has written three other award-winning novels and is currently at work on a collection of short stories.

Visit Lynn Stegner’s website › From 2009 Festival ›

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