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Meet Four Fabulous Women Authors from Our 2015 Festival, March 7, 2015

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NoViolet Bulawayo

NoViolet Bulawayo’s astonishing debut novel, We Need New Names, was selected for the 2013 Man Booker Prize shortlist, making her the first black African woman and the first Zimbabwean to be shortlisted for the prize. We Need New Names went on to win the Etisalat Prize for Literature and the Pen/Hemingway Award. NoViolet Bulawayo has also been named one of the National Book Foundation’s “5 Under 35.” Currently a Wallace Stegner Fellow at Stanford, she was born and raised in Zimbabwe and moved to Michigan as a teenager. The New York Times called We Need New Names, “A deeply felt and fiercely written debut novel. The voice Ms. Bulawayo has fashioned for [Darling] is utterly distinctive.”


Joyce Maynard

Joyce Maynard burst on the national scene when she was a freshman at Yale with her New York Times cover story “An Eighteen-Year-Old Looks Back on Life.” Since then she’s written two best-selling memoirs, Looking Back and At Home in the World, and eight novels. Two of her novels have been made into movies – To Die For, starring Nicole Kidman,and Labor Day, starring Kate Winslet and Josh Brolin. Her essays have appeared in the New York Times, Vogue, More, and O Magazine, and have been widely anthologized.The Washington Post called Maynard’s latest novel, After Her, “convincing and poignant.” Maynard is a Fellow at the MacDowell Artists’ Colony and Yaddo and also runs the Lake Atitlan Writing Workshop in Guatemala.

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Lisa See

Lisa See’s beloved bestsellers include Snow Flower and the Secret Fan, Peony in Love, Shanghai Girls and Dreams of Joy. The Los Angeles Times said of her latest novel, China Dolls, “A sweeping, turbulent tale of passion, friendship, good fortune, bad fortune, perfidy and the hope of reconciliation.” Lisa See is also a journalist, with articles appearing in Vogue, Publishers Weekly, Self and More; a librettist for an opera based on her bestselling book, On Gold Mountain She also served as guest curator for an exhibit on the Chinese-American experience at the Autry Museum of Western Heritage, which then traveled to the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C., in 2001. She was honored as National Woman of the Year by the Organization of Chinese American Women in 2001 and was the recipient of the Chinese American Museum’s History Makers Award in 2003.


Mona Simpson

The celebrated and award-winning Mona Simpson first achieved literary fame with her novel Anywhere But Here, which won the Whiting Prize and was made into a movie starring Susan Sarandon and Natalie Portman. Four acclaimed novels later, she brings us Casebook, named an Amazon Best Book of the Month. NPR called it “a sort of cross between The Catcher in the Rye and Harriet the Spy. But it is very much its own book, singular and haunting.” Mona Simpson is a professor of English at UCLA and the Sadie Samuelson Levy Professor in Languages and Literature at Bard College. Her awards include the Chicago Tribune Heartland Prize, a Lila Wallace Reader’s Digest Award, a Guggenheim grant, a Hodder Fellowship from Princeton University, and most recently, a Literature Award from the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.       

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Kate Gale

And Our Kickoff Speaker, Kate Gale

Dr. Kate Gale is a leading light in the literary world recognized for her creative work, critical insights and leadership ability. She is the cofounder and Managing Editor of Red Hen Press, Editor of the Los Angeles Review, an award-winning poet, a fiction writer and a blogger for the Huffington Post. She also served as President of the American Composers Forum, Los Angeles, from 2006-2014.  Dr. Gale teaches in Low Residency MFA programs around the country and is on the boards of A Room of Her Own Foundation and Poetry Society of America.  Her six librettos include Rio de Sangre, with composer Don Davis, which premiered at the Florentine Opera in Milwaukee. Her latest poetry collections are The Goldilocks Zone and Echo Lights.


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