Women Lit: 2018 Festival Programming

We put together some truly noteworthy women-centered programming for the 2018 Festival. Here’s a small sampling of our 2018 program.

  • Geneen Roth (Women Food and God) appeared with a new memoir about midlife. Magdalena Yesil, first investor in Salesforce and a tech entrepreneur, advised us with Power Up: How Smart Women Win in the New Economy. Belva Davis and others showed us how All the Women in My Family Sing. Post-punk musician Viv Albertine came to us from the UK to talk about her new memoir (in conversation with legendary rock critic Greil Marcus). Catherine Coulter demystified mystery writing.
  • From Norway: medical student Ellen Støkken Dahl and Dr. Nina Brochmann took readers on a fascinating journey of female sexual organs and sexual health.
  • Elaborating on how we can create a better society were CNN commentator Sally Kohn with The Opposite of HateNadine Strossen (former president of the ACLU) with a new book on free speech… Michael Kimmel (Angry White Men), a leading writer on masculinity, on Healing from Hate about young men and extremism… Rebecca Solnit on women’s voices… Lauren Markham on immigration (The Far Away Brothers: Two Young Migrants and the Making of an American Life).
  • Who says food isn’t political? Alice Waters appeared with her new memoir, plus, Laura McLively with The Berkeley Bowl Cookbook!
  • From the UK came Winnie Li, author of the “Not the Booker Prize” winning novel Dark Chapter on sexual assault… Also on the topic: Renowned Irish novelist Eimear McBride, whose Girl Is a Half-Formed Thing broke literary ground in telling a story of sexual assault… T. Christian  Miller, whose reporting behind A False Report: A True Story of Rape in America won the Pulitzer Prize… Peggy Orenstein of Girls and Sex, with a book about boys underway.
  • A panel included Joan M. Johnson with Funding Feminism, Alexandra Nicklaus with Phoebe Apperson Hearst: A Life of Power and Politics, and Catherine Pyke with Jane Lathrop Stanford: Mother of a University.
  • Novelist and absolutely fearless memoirist Lidia Yuknavitch appeared in a headliner solo interview with The Misfit’s Manifesto, then again with The Book of Joan in “Women & Speculative Fiction: Following the Footsteps of Atwood, Butler, and Le Guin.” 
  • Dr. Edith Eger, 92-year-old Auschwitz survivor and trauma psychologist with one of the most compelling books we’ve read this year, The Choice: Embrace the Possible.

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