Festival of Women Authors

Festival of Women Authors

Saturday February 1, 2020; 9:00 am - 2:00 pm
Join us for authors and their stories.
Includes continental breakfast, luncheon, four speakers, book purchases and book signing sessions.
2020 Registration Options: TBD

2019 Festival Authors:

Julie Lythcott-Haims
Julie Lythcott-Haims roots for humans. Humans need agency in order to make their way forward; Julie is deeply interested in what impedes us. She is the New York Times bestselling author of How to Raise an Adult, an anti-helicopter parenting manifesto which gave rise to one of the top TED Talks of 2016, and now has over 3 million views. Her second book is the critically-acclaimed prose poetry memoir Real American, which illustrates her experience with racism and her journey toward self-acceptance. A third book on how to be an adult, for young adults, is forthcoming. She is a former corporate lawyer and Stanford dean, and she holds a BA from Stanford, a JD from Harvard, and an MFA in Writing from California College of the Arts. She lives in the San Francisco Bay Area with her partner of thirty years, their teenagers, and her mother.
Vanessa Hua
Vanessa Hua is an award-winning author and columnist for the San Francisco Chronicle. Her short story collection, Deceit and Other Possibilities (2016), received an Asian/Pacific American Award in Literature, was a finalist for a California Book Award, and O, The Oprah Magazine called it a “searing debut.” Her most recent book, A River of Stars (2018), is a powerful novel about motherhood, immigration, and identity. For two decades, Hua has been writing about Asia and the diaspora, filing stories from China, Burma, Panama, South Korea, and Ecuador. She began her career at the Los Angeles Times before heading east to the Hartford Courant. Her stories have appeared in the New York Times, San Francisco Magazine, Washington Post, The Atlantic, and Newsweek, among other publications. A Bay Area native, she received a Rona Jaffe Writers’ Award, the San Francisco Foundation’s James D. Phelan literary award, and a Steinbeck Fellowship in Creative Writing.  She is a graduate of Stanford University and UC Riverside’s MFA program.
Joyce Maynard
Joyce Maynard is the author of sixteen books including the novels To Die For and Labor Day (both adapted for film) and the bestselling memoir At Home in the World, translated into seventeen languages. Her most recent memoir, The Best of Us (2017), is a reflection on understanding true love through great loss. Her essays have appeared in dozens of publications and numerous collections. She has been a frequent performer with The Moth, a fellow of the MacDowell Colony and Yaddo, and founder of the Lake Atitlan Writers’ Workshop. She spends her time between Lafayette, California and New Hampshire. After a 46 year hiatus in her education, she is currently a Yale sophomore.
Anna Rabkin
Anna Rabkin was born in Krakow, Poland, but the outbreak of World War II forced her family to flee the invading German army. Her family was hunted by Communists and persecuted by the Nazis, only Anna and her brother survived. After the war, a kindertransport brought Anna to England. Adopted by relatives, she immigrated first to New York and then, with her husband, to the political hotbed of Berkeley. While a student at UC Berkeley, she raised two children, worked in local politics, and in 1979 was elected to city office. When she retired Anna chaired the Berkeley Public Library Foundation’s capital campaign for the Downtown Library. The author of From Krakow to Berkeley: Coming Out of Hiding and co-author of Public Libraries: Travel Treasures of the American West, she holds master’s degrees in City Planning from UC Berkeley and History from California State University, East Bay.





Authors in Past Years:

Bebe Moore Campbell
Anne Lamott
Joanne Meschery
Belle Yang
Octavia Butler
Ursula Hegi
Adair Lara
Marcia Muller
Marybeth Bond
Dorothy Bryant
Terris Grimes
Gail Tsukiyama
Chitra Divakaruni
Regina Marler
Frances Mayes
Sister Carol Anne O’Marie
Margaret Cuthbert
Ruthanne Lum McCunn
Caroline Paul
Judith Merkle Riley
Ella Leffland
Emmy Werner
Terry McMillan
Laurie King
Dorothy Allison
Liza Dalby
Elizabeth Kim
April Sinclair
Marion Cunningham
Terry Ryan
Rebecca Walker
Ayelet Waldman
Wendy Lesser
Ruth Ozeki
Susanne Pari
Lalita Tademy
Iris Chang
Elizabeth Fishel
Jane Juska
Joyce Carol Thomas 
J. California Cooper
Debra Ginsberg
Tess Uriza Holthe
Regina Louise
Carol Field
Jeanne Wakatsuki Houston
Linda Peterson
Karen Joy Fowler

Grace Caroll
Elizabeth Rosner
Lisa See
Joanne Weir

Opal Palmer Adisa
Firoozeh Dumas
Cara Black
Emily Rapp
Helen Zia
Marta Acosta
Clair Hope Cummings
Marie Simmons
Dorothy Clemens
Bonnie Tsui
Michelle Richmond
Vivienne Sosnowski
Dana Whitaker
Carolina De Robertis
Sara Houghteling
Vicki Ward
Jacqueline Winspear
Bo Caldwell
Belva Davis
Nafisa Haji
Peggy Orenstein
Patricia Powell
Susan Snyder
Sonia Taitz
Penny Warner
Patricia Bracewell
Kelly Corrigan
Anjuelle Ford
Liz Jasper
Katie Hafner
Yang Huang
Yiyun Li
Ann Parker
Julia Flynn Siler
Adrienne McDonnell
Renee Swindle
Gail Tsukiyama
Frances Dinkelspiel
Caille Millner
Terry Gooch Ross
Canyon Sam
Faith Adiele
Dr. Arlie Russell Hochschild
Shanthi Sekaran
Mary Volmer
Julie Lythcott-Haims
Vanessa Hua
Joyce Maynard
Anna Rabkin