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.

WL #UNBOUND: Racing Towards Wonder with bestselling novelist Jane Smiley

Wednesday, December 2 at 7:00 PM


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Pulitzer Prize winning novelist Jane Smiley (A Thousand Acres), whose books have sold over a million copies in the U.S. alone, was bound and determined to release her latest novel in 2020. Why? She knew we all could use a pleasurable escape. And Perestroika in Paris is just that: a beguiling fairytale for adults, praised by Publishers Weekly as “the perfect book for those for whom the real world, wracked with pandemic and politics, has become something to avoid.” Imagine a Parisian version of Roman Holiday, starring a runaway racehorse who finds friendship and freedom in getting splendidly off-track in the City of Light. In a live conversation with Brooke Warner of She Writes Press, the incomparable Smiley will welcome us into another world: one in which the glitter of city lights pales in comparison to the bond all creatures share in their yearning to find kinship and be free.

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2020-12-02 19:00:00 2020-12-02 20:00:00 America/Los_Angeles WL #UNBOUND: Racing Towards Wonder with bestselling novelist Jane Smiley This is a LIVE Webinar opportunity for Women Lit members. To attend this event, please join Women Lit!   Pulitzer Prize winning novelist Jane Smiley (A Thousand Acres), whose books have sold over a million copies in the U.S. alone, was bound and determined to release her latest novel in 2020. Why? She knew we all could use a pleasurable escape. And Perestroika in Paris is just that: a beguiling fairytale for adults, praised by Publishers Weekly as "the perfect book for those for whom the real world, wracked with pandemic and politics, has become something to avoid." Imagine a Parisian version of Roman Holiday, starring a runaway racehorse who finds friendship and freedom in getting splendidly off-track in the City of Light. In a live conversation with Brooke Warner of She Writes Press, the incomparable Smiley will welcome us into another world: one in which the glitter of city lights pales in comparison to the bond all creatures share in their yearning to find kinship and be free. Already a Member? Your RSVP form will be emailed to you shortly!  

WL #UNBOUND: Found in Translation: A Shared Language for Loss with Naja Marie Aidt and Valeria Luiselli

Wednesday, December 9 at 12:00 PM


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Two extraordinary writers, separated by oceans but brought together in their brilliant excavation of emotional terrain, explore loss and grief in a cathartic conversation. MacArthur “genius” fellow Valeria Luiselli, with her novel The Lost Children Archive, innovatively blends fiction and archival materials in a profoundly personal exploration of the Central American migration crisis. Danish-language author Naja Marie Aidt’s memoir of grieving her son, When Death Takes Something From You Give it Back, praised by Kirkus as “a stirring, inventive masterpiece of heartbreak,” unforgettably gives shape to an almost indescribable absence. Moderated by board president and founder of the Center for the Art of Translation, Olivia Sears, these literary alchemists transcend boundaries of language, culture, and genre to help us understand one of the most difficult, complex, and universal of human experiences: that of loss.

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Valeria Luiselli was born in Mexico City and grew up in South Korea, South Africa and India. An acclaimed writer of both fiction and nonfiction, she is the author of the essay collection Sidewalks; the novels Faces in the Crowd and The Story of My Teeth; Tell Me How It Ends: An Essay in Forty Questions and Lost Children Archive. She is the recipient of a 2019 MacArthur Fellowship and the winner of two Los Angeles Times Book Prizes, The Carnegie Medal, an American Book Award,  and has been nominated for the National Book Critics Circle Award, the Kirkus Prize, and the Booker Prize. She has been a National Book Foundation “5 Under 35” honoree and the recipient of a Bearing Witness Fellowship from the Art for Justice Fund. Her work has appeared in The New York Times, Granta, and McSweeney’s, among other publications, and has been translated into more than twenty languages. She is a Writer in Residence at Bard College and lives in New York City.

Naja Marie Aidt was born in Greenland and raised in Copenhagen. She is the author of several collections of poetry, a novel, and three short story collections, including “Baboon,” which won the 2008 Nordic Council Literature Prize, Scandinavia’s highest literary honor. Her work has been translated into sixteen languages.

Olivia E. Sears is founder of the Center for the Art of Translation and serves on the editorial board of Two Lines Press. As a translator from Italian, she recently appeared alongside poet Mariangela Gualtieri at PEN’s Women-in-Translation Month event, reading from work that has appeared or is forthcoming in The Arkansas International, Copper Nickel, and The Common. Her translations from Ardengo Soffici’s 1919 poetry volume BÏF§ZF+18: Simultaneities and Lyric Chemisms appear in Hyperallergic, Kenyon Review, Jubilat, and Poetry International. Her complete translation of Soffici’s landmark book is forthcoming from World Poetry Books (May 2021).

This event has been rescheduled from November 17th. We apologize for any inconvenience.

This program will air for the public at 7pm PT on December 16th, sign up here to receive a notification straight to your inbox

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2020-12-09 12:00:00 2020-12-09 13:00:00 America/Los_Angeles WL #UNBOUND: Found in Translation: A Shared Language for Loss with Naja Marie Aidt and Valeria Luiselli This is a LIVE Webinar opportunity for Women Lit members. To attend this event, please join Women Lit! Two extraordinary writers, separated by oceans but brought together in their brilliant excavation of emotional terrain, explore loss and grief in a cathartic conversation. MacArthur “genius” fellow Valeria Luiselli, with her novel The Lost Children Archive, innovatively blends fiction and archival materials in a profoundly personal exploration of the Central American migration crisis. Danish-language author Naja Marie Aidt’s memoir of grieving her son, When Death Takes Something From You Give it Back, praised by Kirkus as “a stirring, inventive masterpiece of heartbreak,” unforgettably gives shape to an almost indescribable absence. Moderated by board president and founder of the Center for the Art of Translation, Olivia Sears, these literary alchemists transcend boundaries of language, culture, and genre to help us understand one of the most difficult, complex, and universal of human experiences: that of loss. Already a Member? Check your inbox for the RSVP form or email ticketing@baybookfest.org.   Valeria Luiselli was born in Mexico City and grew up in South Korea, South Africa and India. An acclaimed writer of both fiction and nonfiction, she is the author of the essay collection Sidewalks; the novels Faces in the Crowd and The Story of My Teeth; Tell Me How It Ends: An Essay in Forty Questions and Lost Children Archive. She is the recipient of a 2019 MacArthur Fellowship and the winner of two Los Angeles Times Book Prizes, The Carnegie Medal, an American Book Award,  and has been nominated for the National Book Critics Circle Award, the Kirkus Prize, and the Booker Prize. She has been a National Book Foundation "5 Under 35" honoree and the recipient of a Bearing Witness Fellowship from the Art for Justice Fund. Her work has appeared in The New York Times, Granta, and McSweeney's, among other publications, and has been translated into more than twenty languages. She is a Writer in Residence at Bard College and lives in New York City.   Naja Marie Aidt was born in Greenland and raised in Copenhagen. She is the author of several collections of poetry, a novel, and three short story collections, including "Baboon," which won the 2008 Nordic Council Literature Prize, Scandinavia’s highest literary honor. Her work has been translated into sixteen languages.   Olivia E. Sears is founder of the Center for the Art of Translation and serves on the editorial board of Two Lines Press. As a translator from Italian, she recently appeared alongside poet Mariangela Gualtieri at PEN’s Women-in-Translation Month event, reading from work that has appeared or is forthcoming in The Arkansas International, Copper Nickel, and The Common. Her translations from Ardengo Soffici’s 1919 poetry volume BÏF§ZF+18: Simultaneities and Lyric Chemisms appear in Hyperallergic, Kenyon Review, Jubilat, and Poetry International. Her complete translation of Soffici’s landmark book is forthcoming from World Poetry Books (May 2021). This event has been rescheduled from November 17th. We apologize for any inconvenience. This program will air for the public at 7pm PT on December 16th, sign up here to receive a notification straight to your inbox [av_button label='notify me' link='page,26267' link_target='_blank' size='small' position='left' label_display='' icon_select='no' icon='ue800' font='entypo-fontello' color='theme-color' custom_bg='#444444' custom_font='#ffffff' av_uid='' custom_class='' admin_preview_bg='']   Produced in cooperation with:

The Ties that Bind: Ann Patchett on Family, Fortune, and the Search for Self

Wednesday, January 13, at 6pm PT


Ann Patchett’s sweeping, emotionally piercing novels hit that sweet spot where literary prestige meets blockbuster mainstream success (millions of copies sold).  With The Dutch House, a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize, Patchett is at her peak. This “engrossing, warmhearted book” (NPR)a family saga spanning five decades, tells the story of a brother and sister whose deep bond and secret-filled past is haunted by the legacy of an ornate mansion, the “Dutch house,” that was the site of childhood, and later, of their exile. Patchett, who also runs Parnassus Books, an iconic indie bookstore in her native Nashville, is known as a literary citizen who speaks her mind with refreshing and down-to-earth brilliance.

Join Ann Patchett and Women Lit in a live event where you’ll have the chance to engage with her in real time. Please submit your questions for Ann when you purchase your ticket, and she will answer as many as she can. As The New York Times Book Review said, “Expect miracles when you read Ann Patchett’s fiction.” We expect no less from our special experience with this author who will make your day with her warmth and wisdom!

Women Lit members may reserve a free ticket and will have the option to order a signed copy of The Dutch House after signing in to their account. If you would like to join Women Lit, please sign up here.
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2021-01-13 18:00:00 2021-01-13 19:00:00 America/Los_Angeles The Ties that Bind: Ann Patchett on Family, Fortune, and the Search for Self Ann Patchett’s sweeping, emotionally piercing novels hit that sweet spot where literary prestige meets blockbuster mainstream success (millions of copies sold).  With The Dutch House, a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize, Patchett is at her peak. This "engrossing, warmhearted book" (NPR), a family saga spanning five decades, tells the story of a brother and sister whose deep bond and secret-filled past is haunted by the legacy of an ornate mansion, the "Dutch house," that was the site of childhood, and later, of their exile. Patchett, who also runs Parnassus Books, an iconic indie bookstore in her native Nashville, is known as a literary citizen who speaks her mind with refreshing and down-to-earth brilliance. Join Ann Patchett and Women Lit in a live event where you’ll have the chance to engage with her in real time. Please submit your questions for Ann when you purchase your ticket, and she will answer as many as she can. As The New York Times Book Review said, “Expect miracles when you read Ann Patchett’s fiction.” We expect no less from our special experience with this author who will make your day with her warmth and wisdom! Women Lit members may reserve a free ticket and will have the option to order a signed copy of The Dutch House after signing in to their account. If you would like to join Women Lit, please sign up here.
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