• 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.

September 9th, 2020

Sharon Salzberg

September 22nd, 2020

Jennifer Risher

October 6th, 2020

Helen Macdonald

October 8th, 2020

Patti Smith

  • Health, Psychology & Spirituality
  • Women/Gender

Women Lit #UNBOUND: Alexandra Roxo, Carol Queen: Rewrite Your Story: Embracing the Divine Feminine

Wednesday, September 16


This video includes passages that are sexually explicit and may not be appropriate for all viewers.

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*ck 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.” Joining Alexandra is staff sexologist at Good Vibrations and award winning author, activist, and sex educator, Dr. Carol Queen. Awaken to the power to rewrite your story, in conversation with two visionaries whose warmth and charisma is truly infectious.

Alexandra Roxo, F*ck Like a Goddess

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2020-09-16 19:00:00 2020-09-16 20:00:00 America/Los_Angeles Women Lit #UNBOUND: Alexandra Roxo, Carol Queen: Rewrite Your Story: Embracing the Divine Feminine This video includes passages that are sexually explicit and may not be appropriate for all viewers. 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*ck 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.” Joining Alexandra is staff sexologist at Good Vibrations and award winning author, activist, and sex educator, Dr. Carol Queen. Awaken to the power to rewrite your story, in conversation with two visionaries whose warmth and charisma is truly infectious. Recommended Reading Alexandra Roxo, F*ck Like a Goddess Order your copies from one of our independent bookstore partners   [av_one_fifth][/av_one_fifth] [av_three_fifth] [av_textblock size=‘’ font_color=‘custom’ color=‘#000000’ av-medium-font-size=‘’ av-small-font-size=‘’ av-mini-font-size=‘’ av_uid=‘av-kazs6qq3’ custom_class=‘’ admin_preview_bg=‘’] Watch the full episode [embedyt] https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7vII_4F07jM[/embedyt] [/av_textblock][/av_three_fifth] [av_one_fifth][/av_one_fifth]

Women Lit #UNBOUND: The Last Taboo: How Wealth Changes Everything

Tuesday, September 22


This is a closed event for our WL Members.
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As a genre, memoir has never shied away from tough topics, but the subject of Jennifer Risher’s new book candidly grapples with what may be one of the last lingering taboos: money. Risher and her husband started working for Microsoft in the 90s, and found themselves unexpectedly millionaires in the thick of the dot-com boom. We Need to Talk: A Memoir About Wealth sensitively and introspectively examines the impact of personal wealth on everything from relationships to self-image to a sense of place in the world, within a framework of acute awareness of the dramatic income inequality in today’s America. In a frank and fearless conversation with Robin Richards Donohoe, whose venture philanthropy firm, Draper Richards Kaplan Foundation, tackles innovative solutions to social problems, Risher will get refreshingly real about a subject as discomfiting as it is necessary.

Purchase a copy of We Need to Talk: A Memoir About Wealth through our indie bookstore partners

2020-09-22 18:00:00 2020-09-22 19:00:00 America/Los_Angeles Women Lit #UNBOUND: The Last Taboo: How Wealth Changes Everything This is a closed event for our WL Members. Click here to join our Women Lit program and attend the event As a genre, memoir has never shied away from tough topics, but the subject of Jennifer Risher's new book candidly grapples with what may be one of the last lingering taboos: money. Risher and her husband started working for Microsoft in the 90s, and found themselves unexpectedly millionaires in the thick of the dot-com boom. We Need to Talk: A Memoir About Wealth sensitively and introspectively examines the impact of personal wealth on everything from relationships to self-image to a sense of place in the world, within a framework of acute awareness of the dramatic income inequality in today's America. In a frank and fearless conversation with Robin Richards Donohoe, whose venture philanthropy firm, Draper Richards Kaplan Foundation, tackles innovative solutions to social problems, Risher will get refreshingly real about a subject as discomfiting as it is necessary. Purchase a copy of We Need to Talk: A Memoir About Wealth through our indie bookstore partners

Women Lit #UNBOUND: Poised to Soar: Nature-Writing Sensation Helen Macdonald with Vesper Flights

Tuesday, October 6


Helen Macdonald’s bestselling memoir H is For Hawk, a transcendent meditation on grief, relationships, and falconry, established her as one of the world’s foremost nature and culture writers. She’s setting our imaginations soaring again with Vesper Flights, a collection of her best-loved essays, illuminating everything from mushroom-hunting to the poignant particulars of birds’ nests. As Helen wrote, “animals don’t exist in order to teach us things,” but her live conversation with American Book Award-winning poet Camille T. Dungy will show us how much we can learn by letting nature keep its secrets.

Due to evacuation orders in West Marin, book shipments for this event have been delayed. We will get your books to you as quickly and safely as we can. Thank you for your patience.

In association with the Environmental Action Committee of West Marin (EAC) the Golden Gate Audubon Society, and Bay Nature.

2020-10-06 14:00:00 2020-10-06 15:00:00 America/Los_Angeles Women Lit #UNBOUND: Poised to Soar: Nature-Writing Sensation Helen Macdonald with Vesper Flights Helen Macdonald’s bestselling memoir H is For Hawk, a transcendent meditation on grief, relationships, and falconry, established her as one of the world’s foremost nature and culture writers. She’s setting our imaginations soaring again with Vesper Flights, a collection of her best-loved essays, illuminating everything from mushroom-hunting to the poignant particulars of birds’ nests. As Helen wrote, “animals don’t exist in order to teach us things,” but her live conversation with American Book Award-winning poet Camille T. Dungy will show us how much we can learn by letting nature keep its secrets. [av_three_fifth] [av_button label='Get your Tickets Here' link='manually,https://babf_vesperflights.eventbrite.com' link_target='' size='x-large' position='center' label_display='' icon_select='yes' icon='ue80d' font='entypo-fontello' color='theme-color' custom_bg='#444444' custom_font='#ffffff' av_uid='av-kds9ntyj' custom_class='' admin_preview_bg=''][/av_three_fifth] Due to evacuation orders in West Marin, book shipments for this event have been delayed. We will get your books to you as quickly and safely as we can. Thank you for your patience. In association with the Environmental Action Committee of West Marin (EAC) the Golden Gate Audubon Society, and Bay Nature.

Women Lit #UNBOUND: Extraordinary Dreamer: Musical and Literary Icon Patti Smith’s Year of The Monkey

Thursday, October 8


She redefined rock and roll for a generation, defied conventional expectations at every turn, and created enough zeitgeist-shaping art for more than one lifetime. Now Patti Smith has something new and beautiful to share: a “beautiful, elegant, and poetic” (NPR) memoir chronicling a transformational year of personal loss, cross-country travel, and political upheaval. Year of the Monkey reprises the spellbinding storytelling we all fell in love with in her National Book Award-winning Just Kids and bestselling M Train, conjuring the complexity and magic of an extraordinary dreamer’s inner life. In this unique live experience, Patti will play a few songs with longtime band mate Tony Shanahan and share passages from Year of the Monkey.


Event Admission: $35
Includes a paperback copy of Year of the Monkey from our partner, City Lights Booksellers.

Due to the ongoing public health situation, book orders may be delayed. Please contact City Lights if you have a specific question about your book. Book orders will begin shipping after September 1st.

2020-10-08 14:00:00 2020-10-08 15:00:00 America/Los_Angeles Women Lit #UNBOUND: Extraordinary Dreamer: Musical and Literary Icon Patti Smith’s Year of The Monkey She redefined rock and roll for a generation, defied conventional expectations at every turn, and created enough zeitgeist-shaping art for more than one lifetime. Now Patti Smith has something new and beautiful to share: a “beautiful, elegant, and poetic” (NPR) memoir chronicling a transformational year of personal loss, cross-country travel, and political upheaval. Year of the Monkey reprises the spellbinding storytelling we all fell in love with in her National Book Award-winning Just Kids and bestselling M Train, conjuring the complexity and magic of an extraordinary dreamer’s inner life. In this unique live experience, Patti will play a few songs with longtime band mate Tony Shanahan and share passages from Year of the Monkey. [av_three_fifth] [av_button label='Get your Tickets Here' link='manually,https://babf_pattismith.eventbrite.com' link_target='' size='x-large' position='left label_display='' icon_select='yes' icon='ue80d' font='entypo-fontello' color='theme-color' custom_bg='#444444' custom_font='#ffffff' av_uid='av-kds9ntyj' custom_class='' admin_preview_bg=''] [/av_three_fifth] Event Admission: $35 Includes a paperback copy of Year of the Monkey from our partner, City Lights Booksellers. Due to the ongoing public health situation, book orders may be delayed. Please contact City Lights if you have a specific question about your book. Book orders will begin shipping after September 1st.    

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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