Smart Women Everywhere: Women Calling the Shots in Global Fiction

Sunday, April 29 | 10:30 AM - 11:45 AM
  • International
  • Literary
  • Women/Gender

Jasmin Darznik, Therese Bohman, Shobha Rao, Gunnhild Oyehaug, moderated by Rachael Myrow

Strong women are nothing new in literature, which has inspired centuries of women to speak up. And no woman is a victim when she’s the one telling the story. From Iran to Sweden, these writers and their female characters show how it’s done. Jasmin Darznik’s debut novel, “Song of a Captive Bird,” is an homage to Forugh Farrokhzad, the poet many say brought feminism to Iran. Therese Bohman tells a familiar story of a brilliant woman surrounded by male fragility in her novel “Eventide.” Shobha Rao creates a transcendent story of female friendship in “Girls Burn Brighter,” which Vogue called “incandescent… a searing portrait of what feminism looks like in much of the world.” Norwegian writer Gunnhild Oyehaug, lauded by the New Yorker as a short story master, comes a sensual and contemplative collection of gorgeous, female-centric short stories.

Magnes Museum

With the support of the Norway House Foundation, NORLA - Norwegian Literature Abroad, the Barbro Osher Pro Suecia Foundation, and the Consulate General of Sweden in San Francisco