• 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.

May 21st, 2020

Eimear McBride

June 4th, 2020

Louise Aronson

September 9th, 2020

Sharon Salzberg

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 94114

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.

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?

Women Lit Presents:
Sharon Salzberg

Wednesday, September 9th
7:00 p.m.

$20 – Event Ticket
$46 – Event Ticket + copy of Real Change

First Congregational Church of Berkeley
2345 Channing 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 Pegasus Books

“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 On Being, Sharon Salzberg delights us with the announcement of her new book titled, Real Change. A renowned figure in the world of meditation, Salzberg presents her new book that serves as a guide for harnessing mindfulness to benefit ourselves and the world around us. She dispenses her invaluable wisdom and advice to us for challenging fear and anxiety in a time where mental illness awareness is more prominent than ever.

Join Women Lit and Sharon Salzberg for a dazzling night of transformation that is sure to deepen your understanding of your own inner power in 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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