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April 8, 2017 - Pasadena Hilton Hotel


Spend The Day With Seven Acclaimed Women Novelists!

Learn about the authors’ personal journeys | Enjoy lunch and talking with other readers | Shop for books and have them signed

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Featuring NYT Bestselling Authors Yaa Gyasi and Cynthia D'Aprix Sweeney
and Five Other Outstanding Novelists
 

Elizabeth McKenzie Kristen Hannah Rufi Thorpe Munawerrra Jung Yun
Elizabeth
McKenzie
Amy
Stewart
Rufi
Thorpe
Vendela
Vida
Jung
Yun
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Main Ballroom Authors

Cynthia D'Aprix Sweeney

Cynthia D'Aprix Sweeney

Cynthia D'Aprix Sweeney burst on the literary scene with her sensational debut novel, The Nest. An instant New York Times bestseller, The Nest is scheduled to be made into a movie. Cynthia received her MFA from The Bennington Writing Seminars. Previously, she lived and worked in New York City for more than two decades, writing copy for a variety of clients, including American Express, McDonald’s and more defunct internet start-ups than she cares to count. Her non-fiction essays have been published in The New York Times Magazine and Martha Stewart Living. She lives in Los Angeles with her husband and two sons.

The Nest is an addictive, poignant read with an enticing premise.” - Los Angeles Times. “By turns winsome, biting, and addictive.” - New York Magazine.

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Yaa Gyasi

Yaa Gyasi

Yaa Gyasi is the author of Homegoing, one of the most talked-about books of 2016. Not only did Homegoing spark a bidding war that led to a seven-figure deal, it landed at the top of nearly every “best of” reading list for 2016. Homegoing has been shortlisted for The 2016 Center for Fiction First Novel Prize. Yaa was born in Mampong, Ghana, raised in Huntsville, Alabama and is one of the National Book Foundation’s “5 under 35” honorees for 2016. She received her MFA from the Iowa Writers' Workshop. Her short stories have appeared in African American Review, Guernica and Callaloo. Yaa recently relocated to New York City from Northern California.

“"Homegoing [is a] hypnotic debut novel by Yaa Gyasi, a stirringly gifted young writer.” – The New York Times. “Homegoing is in a league of its own, contemporary and complex and astoundingly assured.”- Toronto Star

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Amy Stewart

Amy Stewart

Amy Stewart’s new novel, Lady Cop Makes Trouble, is the second in the hit series based on the true story of three sisters in the 1910’s. She has also published six non-fiction books about the natural world, including The Drunken Botanist. She’s written for The New York Times and The Washington Post, and appeared on NPR’s Morning Edition and Fresh Air, CBS Sunday Morning, and Good Morning America. She is the recipient of a National Endowment for the Arts fellowship, the American Horticulture Society’s Book Award, and an International Association of Culinary Professionals Food Writing Award. In 2012, she was invited to be the first Tin House Writer-in-Residence. Amy lives in Eureka, California, where she and her husband own an independent bookstore, Eureka Books. She has an MS from the University of Texas at Austin.

Publishers Weekly called Lady Cop Makes Trouble,". . .a clever, suspenseful, and funny tale of a formidable woman facing crime, politics, social stigma, all while nailing evildoers.”

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Vendela Vida

Vendela Vida

Vendela Vida is the author of The Diver’s Clothes Lie Empty, And Now You Can Go and Let the Northern Lights Erase Your Name, the last two novels named as The New York Times Notable Books of the Year. She received the 2007 Kate Chopin Writing Award and is a founding coeditor of The Believer magazine and the editor of The Believer Book of Writers Talking to Writers. Vendela is a long-term board member and teacher at 826 Valencia, a non-profit organization that teaches creative writing to children. She was nominated in 2009, along with Dave Eggers, for Best Original Screenplay by the Chicago Film Critics Association for Away We Go. Vendela has an MFA from Columbia University. She lives in the San Francisco Bay Area with her husband and children.

The New York Times said of The Diver’s Clothes Lie Empty, “With its echoes of Hitchcock and Highsmith, this novel is full of darting pleasures.” “Unequivocally a thriller, but more movingly, a meditation on identity.” - Vanity Fair

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Breakout Session Authors

The following three authors will speak concurrently

Elizabeth McKenzie

Elizabeth McKenzie

Elizabeth McKenzie is the author of The Portable Veblen, shortlisted for the Baileys Women's Prize for Fiction 2016. She also wrote Stop That Girl, shortlisted for The Story Prize, and MacGregor Tells the World, a Chicago Tribune, San Francisco Chronicle and Library Journal “Best Book of the Year.” Her work has appeared in The New Yorker, The Atlantic Monthly, Best American Non-required Reading, The Pushcart Prize Anthology, and was recorded for NPR’s Selected Shorts. She has an MFA from Stanford. She is the senior editor of the Chicago Quarterly Review and the managing editor of Catamaran Literary Reader. Elizabeth lives in Santa Cruz, California.

The New York Times called The Portable Veblen, “A novel of such festive originality that it would be a shame to miss.” The Los Angeles Times agreed, saying, “The Portable Veblen has the feel of an instant, unlikely classic.”

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Rufi Thorpe

Rufi Thorpe

Rufi Thorpe is the author of two novels, Dear Fang, With Love, and The Girls from Corona del Mar, which was long listed for the Dylan Thomas Prize and the Flaherty-Dunnan First Novel Prize. Her essays have appeared in The New York Times, MORE, and The Huffington Post. She also writes a bi-monthly humor column, Listicles For People Exactly Like You, for McSweeney’s Internet Tendency. She received her MFA from the University of Virginia in 2009, and currently lives in Southern California with her husband and two sons.

Publishers Weekly called Dear Fang, With Love, “Tremendous...an absolute winner.” “A major talent . . . reading her work will bring to mind other writers who deftly control their universes with such clarity and acuity, like Donna Tartt or Ann Patchett,” said The Seattle Review of Books.

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Jung Yun

Jung Yun

Jung Yun’s debut novel, Shelter, was named BuzzFeed's “#1 Most Buzzed About Book of 2016 So Far.” She was born in Seoul, South Korea, and grew up in Fargo, North Dakota. She received her MFA from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. Jung’s work has appeared in Tin House, The Best of Tin House: Stories, edited by Dorothy Allison, and The Massachusetts Review. She has received two Artist’s Fellowships in fiction from the Massachusetts Cultural Council and an honorable mention for The Pushcart Prize. She lives in Baltimore and is an assistant professor of English at George Washington University.

“Like the writer's version of a no-hitter, Shelter is a marvel of skill and execution, tautly constructed and played without mercy." - Los Angeles Times

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