• 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.

June 25th, 2020

Sue Monk Kidd & Lisa See

July 29th, 2020

Alexandra Roxo

September 9th, 2020

Sharon Salzberg

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Female Fearlessness
with Sue Monk Kidd & Lisa See

Thursday, June 25
12pm PDT

Purchase copies of The Island of Sea Women and The Book of Longings through our indie bookstore partners

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Members will automatically receive an email with access information, email womenlit@baybookfest.org with any questions.

Dive into an exploration of female power and brilliance like you’ve never seen before with bestselling authors Sue Monk Kidd (The Secret Life of Bees, The Invention of Wings) and Lisa See (The Tea Girl of Hummingbird Lane) moderated by Aimee Phan (The Reeducation of Cherry Truong). Lisa’s latest novel, the multi-generational saga The Island of Sea Women, unforgettably brings us into the lives and adventures of Mi-ja and Young-sook, two best friends on the Korean island of Jeju, who join their village’s all-female diving collective at a tender age. Sue’s newest novel, The Book of Longings, praised by the New York Journal of Books as “a practically perfect historical novel…from a writer at the top of her game,” puts us in the skin of Ana, a gifted Galilee rebel whose chance encounter with Jesus Christ changes her life forever. Meet these phenomenal authors at the fascinating intersection between tradition and bold self-realization, where the roles of friend, daughter, iconoclast, and artist converge.

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Women Lit #UNBOUND

Happy Hour with Transformational Coach Alexandra Roxo

Wednesday, July 29th at
5:30pm PDT

Purchase a copy of F*ck Like a Goddess through our indie bookstore partners

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Members will automatically receive an email with access information, email womenlit@baybookfest.org with any questions.

Why is it so hard for so many of us to feel comfortable in our own skin and claim our own power? “Because,” writes transformational healer Alexandra Roxo in her magnetic debut, F*ck Like a Goddess, “each of us has been conditioned, programmed, and literally brainwashed into thinking we are not enough.” According to Alexandra, the solution to disempowerment, insecurity and sexual dissatisfaction is to rewrite the story we’ve been told about our own worth and value. And that’s exactly what F**k Like a Goddess shows us how to do. This electrifying, earthy, fearlessly honest guide to personal liberation has been praised by bestselling inspirational author Emma Mildon as “the ultimate read for those ready to step into their whole damn self.” Alexandra’s in-person retreats for women are legendary for their transformational magic, and F*ck Like a Goddess showcases their greatest lessons, insights, and methods. As Harper’s Bazaar raved, “Simply being around Roxo’s exhilarating, vivacious presence is a revitalizing retreat in and of itself.” Awaken to the power to rewrite your story, in conversation with a visionary whose warmth and charisma is truly infectious. Roxo will be joined by Dr. Carol Queen, Staff Sexologist at Good Vibrations, author, and founding director of the Center for Sex & Culture. Awaken to the power to rewrite your story, in conversation with two visionaries whose warmth and charisma is truly infectious.

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Experience Real Change with Mindfulness Teacher Sharon Salzberg

Wednesday, September 9th
5:30pm PDT

Purchase a copy of Real Change through our indie bookstore partners

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Members will automatically receive an email with access information, email womenlit@baybookfest.org with any questions.

“Inspiring, loving, and empowering. The perfect medicine for these difficult times.”

– Jack Kornfield, author of A Path With Heart

“No matter what troubles have befallen you or what difficulties you have caused yourself or others, with love for yourself you can change, grow, make amends, and learn. Real love is not about letting yourself off the hook. Real love does not encourage you to ignore your problems or deny your mistakes and imperfections. You see them clearly and still opt to love.”

– Sharon Salzberg from her monthly column titled, “Self-Love is an Adventure, Not a Destination”

Author of Real Happiness and columnist for the Peabody Award-winning On Being, Sharon Salzberg has built a devoted fanbase and major excitement for her latest book, Real Change. A renowned figure in the world of meditation, Salzberg offers us a guide for harnessing mindfulness in ways that benefit ourselves, our loved ones, and the world around us. She dispenses her invaluable wisdom, expertise, and counsel for vanquishing fear and anxiety at a time when awareness of mental health and emotional well-being is more important and necessary than ever.

Join Women Lit, Sharon Salzberg, and her fellow On Being columnist, Courtney E. Martin, for a dazzling night of transformation that is sure to deepen your understanding of your own inner power in the face of struggle.

Stay tuned for information about upcoming Women Lit events!

Our events with Victoria James on March 30th and 31st, Alexandra Roxo on May 26th, and Jennifer Risher on June 10th  have been cancelled out of concern for the health and safety of our community and authors. If you have any questions regarding the cancellation, please contact womenlit@baybookfest.org.

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