Gloria Steinem and Faviana Rodriguez at The Castro Theatre, February 21
Feminist icon Gloria Steinem talked with artist and activist Faviana Rodriguez in a cross-generational, humorous, educational, and warm conversation. Lauren Schiller, host of Inflection Point from KALW, moderated the conversation.
Private Salon with Khalida Brohi in San Francisco, December 14
Women Lit members at the Fearlessness level and higher sat down to a Pakistani feast with international activist and author Khalida Brohi the night after her successful talk at the Women’s Building in San Francisco. This intimate evening included drinks, free-flowing conversation with the warm-hearted author, and a moderated discussion about Brohi’s book, her childhood in tribal Pakistan, and her global quest to speak up for women.
Rebecca Traister at the Berkeley City Club, October 2018
We packed Berkeley City Club in this beyond-sold-out talk by feminist spark plug Rebecca Traister. She spoke with Lauren Schiller, host of the podcast Inflection Point, about how to use women’s anger to make change happen. Audience members got the chance to ask Traister questions following the talk, and she signed books at the end of the evening.
Private Salon with Jasmin Darznik in Sausalito, August 17
Women Lit members at the Fearlessness level and higher got the chance to hear from Jasmine Darznik, author of the gorgeous novel “Song of a Captive Bird.” Darznik’s novel was called “an ode to female creativity under a patriarchy that repeatedly tries to snuff it out” by the New York Times Book Review. Salon participants heard groundbreaking poetry, delighted in Persian delicacies and themed cocktails, and engaged with one another about how to be daring women.
Private Salon at 4th annual Bay Area Book Festival
Saturday’s Festival activities rounded out with a packed private salon at the top of the Hotel Shattuck, where Women Lit members had an animated Q&A with two fantastic women. Norwegian medical student Ellen Stokken Dahl, who co-wrote the book on the female anatomy, “The Wonder Down Under,” answered guests’ questions about aging, sexual health, and pleasure. Novelist and sexual assault survivor Winnie Li, author of “Dark Chapter,” chatted with the audience about trauma, healing, and finding strength in womanhood.
Women Lit Presents Leila Slimani, April 2018
On April 8th, the Festival welcomed Leila Slimani, winner of the Prix Goncourt in France, to discuss her novel The Perfect Nanny (translated by Sam Taylor) at the Berkeley Repertory Theatre.
Women Lit Launch Event at The Pines, Sausalito, January 2018
More than 100 women gathered at The Pines, a restored Victorian mansion in Sausalito, for the kick-off event for Women Lit. Festival founder and director Cherilyn Parsons unveiled the name “Women Lit” and the society itself, and authors Sylvia Brownrigg, Joyce Maynard and Sarah Manyika gave short readings and a conversation followed by questions from the audience.
Women Lit at the Women’s March in San Francisco, January 2018
Our favorite sign among the several we brought: “Only one thing is more frightening than speaking your truth. And that is not speaking.” — Audre Lorde
“Every word a woman writes changes the story of the world, revises the official version.” — Carolyn See
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