Muriel Rukeyser wrote a poem about artist Kathe Kollwitz: “What would happen if one woman told the truth about her life? The world would split open.” It seems each day, as more women raise their voices on long overlooked issues, the world we live in is poised for change.
At this #metoo moment, we want to use our Festival to amplify women’s voices—and to allow you to engage with important female authors in person so you can strengthen your own voice.
Great literature has historically been a force for change, authorizing voices to be heard. Which is why so many women — especially women of color — were kept from publishing for so long. From its inception, the Bay Area Book Festival has sought to fill this gap, selecting authors and programming to elevate women’s voices and issues.
The momentum of the current cultural moment was created collectively by women joining with other women. Similarly, Women Lit brings women together around a shared project— creating a powerful women’s presence at the Bay Area Book Festival. Women’s stories are valuable. Let’s make sure they’re heard.