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Epicenter of Girlhood: Carol Edgarian and Vendela Vida on Coming of Age in San Francisco

From the Barbary Coast to the Summer of Love to the tech takeover, San Francisco has always been a city in flux, a writer’s dream, and a favorite setting for literature. Its boom-and-bust drama and breathtaking beauty also make it a perfect…
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Women Lit #UNBOUND Presents: Secrets and the Search for Self: Alka Joshi on The Henna Artist

At 62, debut novelist Alka Joshi shattered literary glass ceilings with The Henna Artist, the "eloquent and moving" (Publishers Weekly) story of a 17-year-old girl who, after fleeing a dark past, finds herself a highly coveted henna artist (and…
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Women Lit #UNBOUND Presents: Following the Joy with LaRayia Gaston

When LaRayia Gaston was a child, her mother told her "I don't care what you do; you just have to do your part." It was a directive LaRayia took to heart, touching thousands of lives in the process. With her debut book, Love Without Reason:…
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French women writers of today: feminism, identity and madness

The Villa Gillet is France’s centre for international writers. It runs two international festivals each year – the Assises internationales du roman (Lyon’s international book festival) in May, and Mode d’Emploi (a festival of ideas and…
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Nigerian literature across generations

Listen to Efe Paul Azino, one of Nigeria’s leading performance poets and the director of the Lagos International Poetry Festival. The poetry session is followed by a cross-generational conversation between authors Ayọbámi Adebayo and Mobolaji…
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From United Arab Emirates: Literary fiction – on the edge

Cutting-edge literary fiction has been set alight this year with some extraordinary debut novels published by exciting young authors. Join two trailblazers whose uncompromising work has entranced readers, reviewers and prize judges. Delve into…
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Sharing the Work: What My Family and Career Taught Me about Breaking Through (and Holding the Door Open for Others)

Labor economist and the founder of the Clayman Institute on Gender Research at Stanford University, Myra Strober became a feminist on the Bay Bridge heading toward San Francisco. It was 1970. She had just been told by the chairman of UC Berkeley’s…
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Rebecca Traister: Good and Mad: The Revolutionary Power of Women’s Anger

Leading feminist journalist and thinker Rebecca Traister will discuss her new book, Good and Mad: The Revolutionary Power of Women’s Anger. This event is part of the book festival’s Women Lit series. The event kicks off our partnership with…
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Rapture, Grief, Beauty: Terry Tempest Williams introducing Erosion

“Terry Tempest Williams is our great activist laureate. Working out of the lineage of Dickinson, O’Keeffe, D. H. Lawrence, and, later, Abbey and Peacock, she is nonetheless singular and extraordinarily original. She is rooted as juniper…
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Candace Bushnell Discussing Is There Still Sex in the City?

Remember Sex and the City? The author of that seminal work, Candace Bushnell, is back two decades later with a new book, Is There Still Sex in the City? — for women 50+. Put on a great pair of shoes and come on out. Join Women Lit at The Commonwealth…