• 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

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Lunch Hour with Eimear McBride

Thursday, May 21
12pm PST

Purchase a copy of Strange Hotel from Folio Books

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

“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 a live virtual conversation with Brooke Warner, publisher of She Writes Press and SparkPress, 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
Women Lit #UNBOUND

Lunch Hour with Louise Aronson

Thursday, June 4
12pm PST

Purchase a copy of Elderhood from East Bay Booksellers

Special Member Opportunity

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

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 richly complex phase of life? Louise Aronson, New York Times bestselling author, geriatrician, and Professor of Medicine at UCSF, recently sparked discussion with her necessary, clear-eyed Times essay on the perceived value of elders’ lives in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic. Now she’s joining us, alongside KALW reporter Jeneé Darden, for a virtual hour of hope, connection, and frank discussion on what elderhood really is, and what it has the potential to be.

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 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 and Sharon Salzberg 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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