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Women Lit and Sausalito Books By the Bay Present: The Mysteries of Being Human, with Award Winning Author Heather Young

The San Francisco Chronicle called Heather Young’s The Distant Dead, a gripping coming-of-age thriller newly out in paperback, "a breathtaking read, with flawed and authentic characters who hit so close to home that at times it is impossible…
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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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Splitting the World Open: An International Roundtable of Dangerous Women Writers

In 1968, poet Muriel Rukeyser famously wrote, “What would happen if one woman told the truth about her life? The world would split open.” More than half a century later, women themselves feel split into a million pieces. This past year has…
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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…

WL #UNBOUND: Racing Towards Wonder with bestselling novelist Jane Smiley

  This is a public rebroadcast of a live event for Women Lit members. To join Women Lit or to learn more, click here. Pulitzer Prize winning novelist Jane Smiley (A Thousand Acres), whose books have sold over a million copies…
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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…