Festival of Women Authors

Festival of Women Authors

Saturday February 2, 2019; 9:00 am - 2:00 pm
25th ANNUAL FESTIVAL OF WOMEN AUTHORS (More information coming soon)
Join us for authors and their stories.
Includes continental breakfast, lunch, four speakers, book sales and autographing sessions.
Other Registration Options:
By Phone: 510-848-6370
In Person: YWCA, 2600 Bancroft Way, Berkeley 94704
By Mail: Complete registration form with a check made out to YWCA.  Further instructions on brochure.

2019 Festival Authors:

Julie Lythcott-Haims

Real American: A Memoir (2017)
How To Raise an Adult

Vanessa Hua

A River of Stars (2018)
Deceit and Other Possibilities

Joyce Maynard

The Best of Us (2017)
At Home in the World  (1998, 2013)
Under the Influence: A Novel (2016)

Anna Rabkin

From Krakov to Berkeley: Coming Out of Hiding (2018)

2018 Festival Authors:

 Dr. Arlie Russell Hochschild
Dr. Russell Hochschild is one of the most influential sociologists of her generation. Her latest book, Strangers in Their Own Land, was a New York Times bestseller and a finalist for the National Book Award. She is the author of several books, including The Second Shift, The Time Bind, The Managed Heart, and The Outsourced Self. Her work appears in sixteen languages. The winner of the Ulysses Medal as well as Guggenheim and Mellon grants, she lives in Berkeley, California. 
Mary Volmer
Mary Volmer is the author of two novels: Crown of Dust (Soho Press, 2010) and Reliance, Illinois (Soho Press, 2016). Her short fiction and essays have appeared in various publications, including Mutha Magazine, Women’s Basketball Magazine, Fiction Writers Review, Historical Novel Society Review, Brevity, and Ploughshares. She has been awarded residencies at the Vermont Studio Center and Hedgebrook and was the spring 2015 Distinguished Visiting Writer in Residence at Saint Mary’s College (CA) where she now teaches. www.maryvolmer.com
Shanthi Sekaran
Shanthi Sekaran is the author of Lucky Boy and The Prayer Room. She teaches creative writing and is a member of the Portuguese Artists’ Colony and the San Francisco Writers’ Grotto. Her work has appeared in the New York Times, Best New American Voices and Canteen, and online at Zyzzyva and Mutha Magazine. A California native, she lives in Berkeley with her husband and two children.

Faith Adiele

Faith is the author of two memoirs, The Nigerian Nordic Girl’s Guide to Lady Problems, an audio and e-book about black women and fibroids, and Meeting Faith, an account of becoming the first Black Buddhist nun of Thailand, which won a PEN Open Book Award. She is writer/narrator/subject of the PBS documentary, My Journey Home, about being raised by a Nordic-American single mother and finding her Nigerian father and siblings as an adult, and co-editor of Coming of Age Around the World: A Multicultural Anthology. Her essays on multiracial identity, family, food, travel, spirituality and the writing craft have appeared in such publications as O: The Oprah Magazine, The Huffington Post, Yes!, Essence Magazine, and numerous anthologies. Named as one of Marie Claire Magazine’s “Five Women to Learn From,” Adiele is Associate Professor in Creative Nonfiction at California College of the Arts, and teaches popular workshops at Esalen, Vortex/Hedgebrook, The San Francisco Writers’ Grotto and VONA/Voices, where she founded the nation’s first travel writing workshop for people of color. She lives in Oakland, where she runs a community African Book Club. www.adiele.com, @meetingfaith.

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