• Upcoming Women Lit Events

Women Lit is a year-round event series dedicated to elevating women’s voices and igniting conversation. Working with a variety of partners, we bring the most exciting, in-demand writers and thinkers to venues across the Bay Area.

March 31st, 2020

Victoria James

May 21st, 2020

Eimear McBride

May 26th, 2020

Alexandra Roxo

June 4th, 2020

Louise Aronson

Women Lit Presents
Victoria James

Tuesday March 31
5:30 p.m.

Price: $80 – tickets include wine, gourmet appetizers, and first edition hardcover of Wine Girl

The Spinnaker
100 Spinnaker Dr, Sausalito, CA 94965

“Sommelier Victoria James’s deeply personal book is by turns harrowing and inspiring, incomprehensible and educational. From Wine Girl, I learned as much about the resilience of the human spirit as I had about the wonders of wine. And turned the last page with a profound feeling of gratitude to Victoria for sharing her story and becoming a model for women everywhere.”

Dana Cowin, former editor-in-chief of Food and Wine

When Victoria James became, at 21, the youngest sommelier at a Michelin-starred restaurant, she was advised to “act like a man.” Instead, she stayed true to who she was—and rode her formidable instincts, integrity, and expertise straight to the top of a notoriously cutthroat industry. Victoria’s affecting memoir, Wine Girl, the followup to her debut Drink Pink: A Celebration of Rosé, chronicles how this prodigy broke free from a difficult childhood and transcended entrenched industry sexism to reach dizzying heights in a career she was born for.

Raise a glass with us at—what else?—a wine reception and talk, with selections curated, of course, by Victoria, who’s now Beverage Director at the Michelin-starred NYC hotspot Cote. Victoria will be in conversation with Shelley Lindgren, co-owner and wine director of the iconic San Francisco restaurant, A16. You are sure to walk away inspired by this phenomenal woman and her story.

Co-Presented with Sausalito Books By The Bay

Special Member Opportunity to see Victoria James – Monday, March 30th 7:00pm @ The Battery

Women Lit has teamed up with The Battery to produce a more intimate appearance for Victoria James. Open to Women Lit Members at the Fearlessness level and above. Members will receive an email with more information. Upgrade your membership and receive access!

Women Lit Presents:
Eimear McBride
Thursday, May 21
7:00 p.m.

$20 – Event Ticket
$43 – Event Ticket and copy of Strange Hotel

Noe Valley Ministry
1021 Sanchez St. San Francisco, CA 941144

A book signing will follow the event.
Student discounts available with valid student ID, please email for code

Book sales provided by Folio Books

“Eimear McBride is that old-fashioned thing, a genius.”
-Anne Enright, The Guardian
“Her prose is a visceral throb…thrilling, and also thrillingly efficient. The language plunges us into the center of experiences that are often raw, unpleasant, frightening, but also vital.”
-James Wood, The New Yorker
The trajectory of Eimear McBride’s career is an underdog’s dream: she spent six months writing her debut novel, A Girl is a Half-Formed Thing, and nine years trying to sell it, only to take the literary scene by storm when it was finally published in 2013 to an avalanche of acclaim, awards (including the Bailey’s Women’s Prize for Fiction), and rapturous comparisons to James Joyce and Samuel Beckett. Now, McBride is joining Women Lit in celebration of her much-anticipated new novel, Strange Hotel, which further cements her singular place in the contemporary canon. As unforgettable as her debut, McBride’s latest book depicts a rootless woman’s exile as she hotel-hops across the globe, seeking to quash her ghosts and escape the dangers that haunt her.

Special member Opportunity
Alexandra Roxo
Tuesday, May 26th
7:30 p.m.
The Battery 717 Battery St, San Francisco, CA 94111

Open to Women Lit Members at the Fearlessness level and above.
We will email our members with more information closer to the event. 

Alexandra Roxo is a transformational coach, healer, writer, and artist, whose debut book, F*ck Like a Goddess, is aimed at modern women looking to get back in touch with themselves and their sexuality. This book is much more than a kama sutra, it’s a road map that women can use to unleash their power in every aspect of their lives.

As Alexandra says, “We are in need of an uprising of messy, wild women, who have reclaimed their bodies, standing in their sacred sexuality for them. We need women living from their own hearts. We need the balance between the fierce and the mindful; the Warrior Woman and the gentle, compassionate lover.”

We are thrilled to present Alexandra in partnership with The Battery for our Women Lit members at the Fearlessness level and above. Watch you email for more information! This will be an intimate and transformative experience as Alexandra discusses her journey to empowerment and shares her tips for women to live life to the fullest and yes, f*ck like a goddess.

Women Lit Presents:
Louise Aronson
Thursday, June 4
7:00 p.m.

$20 – Event Ticket
$36 – Event Ticket and copy of Elderhood

The David Brower Center
2150 Allston Way, Berkeley, CA 94704

A book signing will follow the event.
Student discounts available with valid student ID, please email for code

Book sales provided by East Bay Booksellers

Monumental . . . Elderhood, like the life station it studies, is dynamic, multifaceted and full of wonder. Aronson‘s writing, too, flexes with vibrant energy as she discusses in lucid, candid detail the ways she has seen the healthcare system neglect the overall well-being of her patients, her colleagues and herself . . . Intimidating as it may seem, elderhood becomes welcoming and generous in Aronson‘s deft care.”

Shelf Awareness, starred review

“Old age” has been defined as beginning between ages 60 and 70, meaning most people spend more of their lives in elderhood than they do in childhood. Despite the fact that we’re beginning to live longer, more fulfilling lives, many of us dread entering our golden years. But what if we had another way of approaching this rich and rewarding phase of life? Join Women Lit and Professor of Medicine at UCSF, Louise Aronson, for an evening of hope, laughter, and frank discussion on what elderhood really is, and what it has the potential to be.

In a book reminiscent of Oliver Sacks, and as revelatory as Atul Gawande’s Being Mortal, Louise Aronson’s Elderhood uses stories from her own life and experience with patients, as well as history, science, and pop culture, to illustrate a new, realistic and joyful approach to aging. After all, if we spend as much as 40 years in elderhood, shouldn’t that time be treasured?

Stay tuned for information about upcoming Women Lit events!

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