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LITERARY WOMEN

Celebrating Women Authors Since 1982



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.

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 ›
Northern Edge, by author Barbara Quick
Barbara Quick, author of Northern Edge

Barbara Quick

Of Barbara Quick’s first novel, Northern Edge, Ursula K. Lequin writes, “Literary Alaska has always been male territory. This vivid and engaging novel locates Alaska – at last –in women’s experience and what an experience!” The novel has been nominated for the National Book Award. Quick is one of 25 authors selected by B. Dalton book stores for their “Discover: Great New Writers” program. She is a poet and has reviewed extensively for the New York Times Book Review.

Visit Barbara Quick’s website › From 1991 Festival ›
Rocking the Babies, by author Linda Raymond
Linda Raymond, author of Rocking the Babies

Linda Raymond

Linda Raymond, author of Rocking the Babies, intertwines her own experience as a neonatal respiratory therapist with memories of her mother’s volunteer role in a neonatal intensive care unit. This stunning result was recognized with the 1995 American Book Award, Honor Award in Fiction from the Black Caucus of the American Library Association, and Bay Area Book Reviewers Association Award.

From 1997 Festival ›
Womankind: Beyond the Stereotypes, by author Nancy Reeves
Nancy Reeves, author of Womankind: Beyond the Stereotypes

Nancy Reeves

Nancy Reeves, attorney, lecturer, former member of the California State Board of Education, and feminist pioneer, is the author of the small classic Womankind: Beyond the Stereotypes.

Visit Nancy Reeves’s website › From 1986 Festival ›
A Vision of Light, by author Judith Merkle Riley
Judith Merkle Riley, author of A Vision of Light

Judith Merkle Riley

Judith Merkle Riley’s long time interest in the fourteenth century led her to write her first novel, A Vision of Light, in which the narrator is a remarkable woman, whose scribe is an impoverished priest. Ms. Riley’s research led to primary sources in the Huntington Library, which accounts for the rich detail she has woven into the exciting adventures of a heroine for all times.

Visit Judith Merkle Riley’s website › From 1990 Festival ›
Georgia O'Keeffe: A Life, by author Roxanna Robinson
Roxanna Robinson, author of Georgia O'Keeffe: A Life

Roxanna Robinson

Roxanna Robinson, art historian and fiction writer, offers a brilliant biography of Georgia O’Keeffe. Robinson combines her training in image and detail with emotional intelligence and a superior facility with language. Her fiction includes Summer Light and This Is My Daughter, and short story collections A Glimpse of Scarlet and Asking for Love.

Visit Roxanna Robinson’s website › From 2002 Festival ›
The Lifeboat, by author Charlotte Rogan
Charlotte Rogan, author of The Lifeboat

Charlotte Rogan

After graduating from Princeton in 1975, Charlotte Rogan worked mostly in the fields of architecture and engineering. While staying home to bring up triplets, she taught herself to write. The result, her critically praised debut novel, The Lifeboat, is a psychological thriller of behavior when life is at stake.

Visit Charlotte Rogan’s website › From 2013 Festival ›
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 ›
The Age of Light, by author Whitney Scharer
Whitney Scharer, author of The Age of Light

Whitney Scharer

The Age of Light tells the story of Vogue model turned renowned photographer Lee Miller, and her search to forge a new identity as an artist after a life spent as a muse. Lee’s journey takes her from the cabarets of bohemian Paris to the battlefields of war-torn Europe during WWII, from inventing radical new photography techniques to documenting the liberation of the concentration camps as one of the first female war correspondents.

Purchase from Creating Conversations › Visit Whitney Scharer’s website ›
From 2020 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 ›


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