If you’re looking for a good book for Women’s History Month (or beyond), look no further than the stellar list of authors who’ll be appearing at the Bay Area Book Festival this year. Many have recent releases that are more than relevant to women’s rights and history. Here are just a few of the notable authors you can meet at the Festival this June, and a look at some of their books that shed light on the experiences of women today and in the past.
In addition to being an English professor, editor, and commentator, Roxane Gay is a widely recognized author who is known for her 2014 book, Bad Feminist, and her more recent release, Difficult Women. Roxane’s next book, Hunger, which is due out later this year, examines issues surrounding weight and body image.
In Woman and Nature: The Roaring Inside Her, eco-feminist author Susan Griffin draws connections between the ways in which Western patriarchal societies have asserted power over both women and nature. The book has long been regarded as an important contribution to feminist literature.
UC Berkeley Sociology professor Arlie Hochschild gained national attention with her groundbreaking books The Second Shift: Working Families and the Revolution at Home and Global Woman: Nannies, Maids, and Sex Workers in the New Economy. Her latest release, Strangers in Their Own Land, examines America’s political divisions and why those who benefit from “big government” are so often opposed to the idea.
In her book Broad Strokes: 15 Women Who Made Art and Made History (in That Order), art historian Bridget Quinn profiles brilliant female artists who have often been overlooked. With illustrations by Lisa Congdon, Broad Strokes provides an enjoyable and educational look at the inspiring lives and careers of women who’ve made their mark, from the Renaissance to Abstract Expressionism.
Lindy West is an outspoken writer and feminist whose 2016 best-selling book Shrill: Notes From a Loud Woman garnered critical acclaim and plenty of literary awards. In this book and other writings, West offers her witty and personal take on everything from cyber bullying to fat shaming.