LITERARY WOMEN

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Liar, Temptress, Soldier, Spy, by author Karen Abbott
Karen Abbott, author of Liar, Temptress, Soldier, Spy

Karen Abbott

Karen Abbott is the New York Times bestselling author of Sin in the Second City, American Rose, and, most recently, Liar, Temptress, Soldier, Spy, named one of the best books of 2014 by Library Journal and the Christian Science Monitor, Amazon, and Flavorwire, and optioned by Sony for a miniseries. A native of Philadelphia, she now lives in New York City, where she’s at work on her next book.

Purchase from Mysterious Galaxy › Visit Karen Abbott’s website › 2016 Festival ›
In The Country, by author Mia Alvar
Mia Alvar, author of In The Country

Mia Alvar

Mia Alvar has written nine eye-opening and unforgettable short stories in her award winning debut novel, In The Country. The “country” in the title is the Philippines, and the stories focus on Filipinos uprooted from their homeland. Each story explores changes, loss and the desire to stay connected. Alvar’s writing is deeply compassionate and richly felt.

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Money Shot, by author Rae Armantrout
Rae Armantrout, author of Money Shot

Rae Armantrout

Honored poet RAE ARMANTROUT’s eleventh book, Money Shot, was released this January to critical acclaim. Armantrout won the 2010 Pulitzer Prize for her thought-provoking book, Versed. She has been referred to as “the laureate of the everyday or uncanny,” and her work has been widely anthologized. She is a professor of writing and literature at UCSD.

2011 Festival ›
Saint Mazie, by author Jami Attenberg
Jami Attenberg, author of Saint Mazie

Jami Attenberg

Jami Attenberg is the New York Times best selling author of five novels including The Middlesteins and Saint Mazie. She has contributed essays about sex, urban life, technology and food to numerous publications, including The New York Times Magazine, The Wall Street Journal and Elle. She divides her time between New Orleans and Brooklyn.

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Servants of the Map, by author Andrea Barrett
Andrea Barrett, author of Servants of the Map

Andrea Barrett

ANDREA BARRETT is the author of six novels and two collections of short fiction, Ship Fever, which received the National Book Award, and Servants of the Map, a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize. A MacArthur fellow, she’s also received Guggenheim and NEA fellowships. She currently teaches at Williams College in Massachusetts.

Visit Andrea Barrett’s website › 2008 Festival ›
The Guersney Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society, by author Annie Barrows
Annie Barrows, author of The Guersney Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society

Annie Barrows

When first-time author, Mary Ann Shaffer became too ill to finish her novel The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society, she asked her niece ANNIE BARROWS to step in. The epistolary novel tells the story of a reporter in Post-World War II London who corresponds with a group of quirky Guernsey islanders. Ms. Barrows is also the author of the Ivy and Bean series of children’s books.

Visit Annie Barrows’s website › 2009 Festival ›
The Color Master, by author Aimee Bender
Aimee Bender, author of The Color Master

Aimee Bender

Known for her imaginative prose, Aimee Bender has published three short story collections and two novels. Her most recent book, The Color Master, was a New York Times Notable Book for 2013. Bender’s award-winning short fiction has appeared in numerous publications, including Granta, GQ and Harper’s. She lives in Los Angeles and teaches creative writing at USC.

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Birds of a Lesser Paradise, by author Megan Mayew Bergman
Megan Mayew Bergman, author of Birds of a Lesser Paradise

Megan Mayew Bergman

Unforgettable characters pop to life in Megan Mayhew Bergman’s first collection of short stories, Birds of a Lesser Paradise. The book earned a starred review from Publisher’s Weekly and raves from many quarters. No experience seems to have escaped the author’s eagle eye as she twists even the most mundane into something special.

Visit Megan Mayew Bergman’s website › 2013 Festival ›
Breaking Clean, by author Judy Blunt
Judy Blunt, author of Breaking Clean

Judy Blunt

JUDY BLUNT’s memoir Breaking Clean, which received a Whiting Writers Award, is the antithesis of romanticized myths of the American West. Her beautifully crafted work illuminates the hard life on Montana cattle ranches forty years ago. Born into a third generation ranching family, married at eighteen into another, mother of three, Blunt struggled to escape the stifling confines of a patriarchal culture.

2003 Festival ›
March, by author Geraldine Brooks
Geraldine Brooks, author of March

Geraldine Brooks

GERALDINE BROOKS is the author of the novel March, which received the 2006 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction. Her novel, People of the Book, is scheduled for release January 2008. She is also the author of Year of Wonders, Nine Parts of Desire and Correspondent. Brooks was correspondent for the Wall Street Journal in Bosnia, Somalia and the Middle East.

Visit Geraldine Brooks’s website › 2008 Festival ›
The Weird Sisters, by author Eleanor Brown
Eleanor Brown, author of The Weird Sisters

Eleanor Brown

The sisters in Eleanor Brown’s entertaining and engaging new novel, The Weird Sisters, had an unusual upbringing, listening to their professor father speak primarily in Shakespearean verse. Brown’s novel focuses on what happens when the adult sisters gather to care for their sick mother. Their “weirdness” is explored with humor, compassion, and poignancy. In true Shakespearean fashion, all’s well that ends well.

Visit Eleanor Brown’s website › 2013 Festival ›
Distant Land of My Father, by author Bo Caldwell
Bo Caldwell, author of Distant Land of My Father

Bo Caldwell

BO CALDWELL’s debut novel, The Distant Land of My Father, details a journey to the magical land of the narrator’s childhood, Shanghai prior to the Japanese invasion. Selected as a Los Angeles Times Best Book 2002, the fictional memoir explores the themes of betrayal and forgiveness and the enduring love between a parent and child.

2008 Festival ›
Mothers, Tell Your Daughters, by author Bonnie Jo Campbell
Bonnie Jo Campbell, author of Mothers, Tell Your Daughters

Bonnie Jo Campbell

Novelist and short story writer, Bonnie Jo Campbell, released her latest story collection, Mothers, Tell Your Daughters, this past fall. Her previous collection, American Salvage, was a finalist for both the National Book Award and National Book Critic’s Circle Award. Campbell was a Guggenheim Fellow in 2011 and teaches fiction at Pacific University. She lives with her husband and other animals outside Kalamazoo, Michigan.

Purchase from Mysterious Galaxy › Visit Bonnie Jo Campbell’s website › 2016 Festival ›
All Is Forgotten, Nothing Is Lost, by author Lan Samantha Chang
Lan Samantha Chang, author of All Is Forgotten, Nothing Is Lost

Lan Samantha Chang

Lan Samantha Chang is the author of a story collection, Hunger, and two novels, All Is Forgotten, Nothing Is Lost and Inheritance. She has taught fiction writing at Stanford, Harvard, and the MFA Program for Writing at Warren Wilson College. Chang is the director of the prestigious Iowa Writers’ Workshop.

2012 Festival ›
Blue Plate Special, by author Kate Christensen
Kate Christensen, author of Blue Plate Special

Kate Christensen

Kate Christensen is the author of six novels, including The Epicure’s Lament, the PEN/Faulkner award-winning The Great Man, and The Astral. Her most recent book, Blue Plate Special: An Autobiography of My Appetites, pairs a personal and social history with a passion for the culinary arts. Her essays, reviews and stories have appeared in Bookforum, The New York Times Book Review and The Wall Street Journal.

Purchase from Mysterious Galaxy › Visit Kate Christensen’s website › 2015 Festival ›
Prayers For The Stolen, by author Jennifer Clement
Jennifer Clement, author of Prayers For The Stolen

Jennifer Clement

Jennifer Clement is the author of many books including Widow Basquiat, the acclaimed memoir of Jean Michel Basquiat. Her recent novel, Prayers for the Stolen, is a portrait of how the drug trade in Mexico has affected women. The book won an NEA fellowship and the Sara Curry Humanitarian Award and has been published all over the world to the highest praise.

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Burmese Lessons: A Memoir, by author Karen Connelly
Karen Connelly, author of Burmese Lessons: A Memoir

Karen Connelly

Karen Connelly is an award-winning author of poetry, fiction and non-fiction. Her novel, The Lizard Cage, was shaped by her immersion in the political struggles of Burma, and she explored the lives of Burmese rebels in her nonfiction work, Burmese Lessons. Her poetry collection, Come Cold River, was released last fall.

Visit Karen Connelly’s website › 2014 Festival ›
The Orchardist, by author Amanda Coplin
Amanda Coplin, author of The Orchardist

Amanda Coplin

Writing with breathtaking precision and empathy, Amanda Coplin has crafted an astonishing debut novel, The Orchardist, about a man who disrupts the lonely harmony of an ordered life when he opens his heart and lets the world in. Recipient of the 2012 Barnes & Noble Discover Great New Writers Award,Coplin lives in Portland, Oregon.

Visit Amanda Coplin’s website › 2014 Festival ›
Swimming to Antarctica: Tales of a Long-Distance Swimmer, by author Lynne Cox
Lynne Cox, author of Swimming to Antarctica: Tales of a Long-Distance Swimmer

Lynne Cox

LYNNE COX is a local celebrity – a long distance swimmer who lives in Los Alamitos, California. Her memoir, Swimming to Antarctica: Tales of a Long-Distance Swimmer is about her many incredible swims and her relentless drive “to establish bridges between borders.” Her understated style makes for gripping reading. Her memoir is about exploring the impossible and doing it!

Visit Lynne Cox’s website › 2005 Festival ›
How Did You Get This Number?, by author Sloane Crosley
Sloane Crosley, author of How Did You Get This Number?

Sloane Crosley

Sloane Crosley is a witty, urbane and madcap new voice in American letters. Sloane’s first book, I Was Told There’d Be Cake, was nominated for the Thurber Prize for best humor in America. Her follow-up, How Did You Get This Number, is a collection of fun and zany essays.

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The Madonnas of Leningrad, by author Debra Dean
Debra Dean, author of The Madonnas of Leningrad

Debra Dean

DEBRA DEAN creates heartbreaking beauty in her bestselling debut novel, The Madonnas of Leningrad. Awards for the novel included The New York Times Editors’ Choice, Borders Original Voices, number one Book Sense Pick, Booklist Top Ten Novels and American Library Association Notable Book of the Year. Her collection of short stories, Confessions of a Falling Woman, came out to critical acclaim in 2008.

Visit Debra Dean’s website › 2010 Festival ›
The Girl Who Fell from the Sky, by author Heidi Durrow
Heidi Durrow, author of The Girl Who Fell from the Sky

Heidi Durrow

HEIDI DURROW’s debut novel, The Girl Who Fell From the Sky is the winner of the Bellwether Prize for Fiction. Beautifully written in alternating voices, it is a very modern story that skillfully deals with a family tragedy that must be processed through the prism of biracial identity. The protagonist’s resilience makes it an ultimately hopeful story.

Visit Heidi Durrow’s website › 2011 Festival ›
The Painter from Shanghai, by author Jennifer Cody Epstein
Jennifer Cody Epstein, author of The Painter from Shanghai

Jennifer Cody Epstein

The Painter from Shanghai is JENNIFER CODY EPSTEIN’s debut novel about the real life of Pan Yuliang, China’s foremost female post-Impressionist painter. The novel delineates Pan’s love story – for her country, artistic principles and the man who helps her realize herself as an artist. Epstein has written for Self, The Wall Street Journal and the Chicago Tribune and teaches at Columbia University.

Visit Jennifer Cody Epstein’s website › 2010 Festival ›
Gonzalez & Daughter Trucking Co., by author Maria Amparo Escandon
Maria Amparo Escandon, author of Gonzalez & Daughter Trucking Co.

Maria Amparo Escandon

MARIA AMPARO ESCANDON, best-selling bilingual storyteller, was named Writer to Watch by Newsweek and the Los Angeles Times. In her second novel, Gonzalez & Daughter Trucking Co., the incarcerated narrator “reads” to her fellow inmates at the weekly Library Club. As she pretends to recite from the classics, she tells a humorous and passionate mystery that explores the love and hurt of a father and daughter on the run.

Visit Maria Amparo Escandon’s website › 2006 Festival ›
City of Veils, by author Zoe Ferraris
Zoe Ferraris, author of City of Veils

Zoe Ferraris

Zoe Ferraris, an award-winning novelist, has an MFA from Columbia University. Her books, Finding Nouf and City of Veils , seamlessly blend the genres of mystery and literary fiction. Her work combines her own personal experience and her literary talent to deliver gripping, fast-paced mysteries with a rare, intimate look into the closed society of women in the Middle East.

Visit Zoe Ferraris’s website › 2012 Festival ›


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