• 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 22nd, 2020

Jennifer Risher

October 6th, 2020

Helen Macdonald

October 8th, 2020

Patti Smith

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

Tuesday, September 22


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

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 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 on October 8th.

2020-10-08 19:00:00 2020-10-08 20:00:00 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 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 on October 8th.  

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