• Women Lit Events

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). Catherine Coulter demystifies mystery writing.
  • 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 bestselling icon 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.