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Women Lit Sneak Peek and Events

With the help of Women Lit, we are putting together some truly noteworthy women-centered programming for this year’s Festival. Here’s a small sampling of our program, which we will announce in full March 15!

  • Geneen Roth (Women Food and God) appears with a new memoir about midlife. Magdalena Yesil, first investor in Salesforce and a tech entrepreneur, advises us with Power Up: How Smart Women Win in the New Economy. Belva Davis and others show us how All the Women in My Family Sing. Post-punk musician Viv Albertine comes to us from the UK to talk about her new memoir (in conversation with legendary rock critic Greil Marcus).
  • From Norway: medical student Ellen Støkken Dahl and Dr. Nina Brochmann take readers on a fascinating journey of female sexual organs and sexual health.
  • Elaborating on how we can create a better society are CNN commentator Sally Kohn with The Opposite of HateNadine Strossen (former president of the ACLU) launching 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? See Alice Waters with her new memoir, plus, Laura Lively with The Berkeley Bowl Cookbook!
  • From the UK comes 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.
  • Women have been highly significant philanthropists, especially in creating great universities. Check out a panel include 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.
  • Catch novelist and absolutely fearless memoirist Lidia Yuknavitch 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.” And don’t miss bestsellers Catherine Coulter and Joyce Maynard.
  • An absolute must-see: 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.
  • Get truly behind the scenes of book reviewing with a star-studded reviewing panel with Jane Ciabattari (board of National Book Critics Circle, reviewer for NPR and BBC), Lydia Kiesling (editor of The Millions), and more.
  • Finally, one of the most exciting areas of publishing: Young adult literature. Just drop these names to your teenagers: Melissa De La Cruz. Nina LaCour. Sabaa Tahir… and more to come.


“Women Lit” (Bay Area Book Festival) Presents Leila Slimani

On Sunday, April 8 at 7 p.m., Women Lit welcomes Prix Goncourt winner and French-Moroccan author Leila Slimani at the Berkeley Rep. Slimani will discuss her new book, The Perfect Nanny, which has already taken Europe by storm and is now sweeping the U.S. NPR called it possibly “one of the most important books of the year.” Amy Chua dubbed it a “masterpiece: a brilliant exploration of the collision of race, gender, and class wrapped up in a gripping psychological thriller.” In a long profile of Slimani, the New Yorker said, “If you are a mother, whatever kind of mother you aspire to be, you’ll know what kind of mother you are after reading Slimani.” Slimani is a passionate, eloquent speaker. This event will sell out; get your tickets now!

Leila Slimani (Photo credit: Catherine Hélie © Editions Gallimard)