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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…
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Girls’ Saturday Night Out: An Evening with Jennifer Weiner

Women Lit has a fun treat in store for you at the high point of summer! On Saturday night, June 22 in Berkeley, we’re bringing you Girls’ Saturday Night Out: An Evening with Jennifer Weiner, who will discuss her new novel, Mrs. Everything.…
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A Conversation with Eve Ensler Discussing The Apology

Like millions of women, Eve Ensler—author of The Vagina Monologues, one of the most influential works of the twentieth century—has been waiting much of her life for an apology. Sexually and physically abused by her father as a girl, Eve…
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Rachel Cusk in Conversation with Brooke Warner

This Sunday, one of today’s most dazzling fiction writers is coming to Women Lit. Rachel Cusk is a “stark, modern, adamantine new skyscraper on the literary horizon,” writes The New York Times, which also states that Cusk “has that ability,…