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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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Create, Connect, and Inspire: Julia Cameron on The Listening Path

Having enriched the creative and artistic journeys of millions—Martin Scorsese and Elizabeth Gilbert among them—with her Artist's Way program and books, Julia Cameron lives up to her New York Times-bestowed moniker, "Queen of Change."…
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The Ties that Bind: Ann Patchett on Family, Fortune, and the Search for Self

Ann Patchett’s sweeping, emotionally piercing novels hit that sweet spot where literary prestige meets blockbuster mainstream success (millions of copies sold).  With The Dutch House, a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize, Patchett is at her…
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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,…