A Festival of Women

Feb 13, 2012

Author Michelle Huneven

Novel #1: Round Rock, named one of the LA Times Best 100 Books of the year. Novel #2: Jamesland, winner of the Southern California Booksellers Award for Fiction. Novel #3: Blame, nominated for a 2009 National Book Critics Circle Award. Author: Altadena’s own Michelle Huneven.

Huneven is one of the five acclaimed women who will be featured at this year’s Pasadena Festival of Women Authors. All award-winners. All from Southern California.

Heidi Durrow‘s novel The Girl Who Fell from the Sky was considered one of the best novels of 2010 by the Washington Post, and received the Barbara Kingsolver Bellwether Prize for Literature of Social Change.

Fannie Flagg, author of Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Café (which was made into a hit motion picture with Jessica Tandy and Kathy Bates), was nominated for an Academy Award. Her current book is titled I Still Dream About You.

Susan Straight‘s novel A Million Nightingales was a 2006 finalist for the L.A. Times Book Prize, and her short story “The Golden Gopher” won the 2008 Edgar Award for Best Mystery Story.

Elizabeth Forsythe Hailey, whose first novel A Woman of Independent Means (published the year she turned forty) became a surprise bestseller, will be the event moderator.

The Pasadena Festival of Women Authors was inspired by literary enthusiasts Elsie Sadler and Susan Long. Since primarily it is women who buy books and join book clubs, they decided to focus on women authors, especially those in Southern California. The intention is to provide a casual, intimate setting where attendees can ask questions and interact with the authors, who will also be available for book signings.

Launched in 2009 along with Peggy Buchanan (Executive Director of the PSC), proceeds from the event benefit the Pasadena Senior Center. Over the last three years the PFWA has donated more than $60,000 to support the programs and services the center provides.

In three short years, this event has become quite popular and is known to sell out quickly. If you are interested, we recommended that you reserve a place sooner rather than later, and plan to spend a Saturday morning in the company of some of Southern California’s literary powerhouses.

Pasadena Festival of Women Authors
Saturday, March 3rd, 9:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.
Pasadena Senior Center, 85 E. Holly Street
Tickets: $85 per person (includes a light lunch)
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