“It takes a great talent to make something beautiful out of a trailer park,” writes Susannah Meadows of the New York Times about Tupelo Hassman‘s debut novel Girlchild in 2012. Her novel has also been described as “lacerating,” her words “are as elegant as they are fierce,” and Hallman is such “a poised storyteller that her prose practically struts.”
Hassman is one of four award-winning authors who will be at this year’s Festival of Women Authors, which was founded by Jan Sanders, director of the Pasadena Public Library system.
The festival provides an intimate setting where authors and guests interact and authors answer questions and sign their books.
New to the 2014 Pasadena Festival of Women Authors is an afternoon seminar titled Be a Better Reader: Creative Exercises for the Art of Reading. Participants will explore journaling techniques, practice free reading strategies and engage in discussions with fellow readers. The seminar, to be held immediately after the festival at 2 p.m. in the Cliff Benedict Room at Pasadena Senior Center, will be facilitated by Dr. Kristin Ogden, a popular English professor and workshop leader at Pasadena City College.
Proceeds from the Pasadena Festival of Women Authors will benefit the Pasadena Senior Center and Pasadena City College’s Writer-in-Residence program. In the last five years the festival has generated $120,000. Last year $5,000 was presented to the Writer-in-Residence program and festival organizers hope to continue making that gift.
Hassman’s Girlchild was the winner of the 2013 Alex Award, an NPR 2012 Favorite Book, and the winner of Episode 28 in August 2012 of London’s Literary Death Match.
Christina Schwarz wrote Drowning Ruth, which was a #1 New York Times bestseller and an Oprah’s Book Club pick. Her 2013 novel The Edge of the Earth was nominated for the Southern California Independent Booksellers Association annual fiction prize.
Publishers Weekly calls Janice Steinberg‘s The Tin Horse, “a vibrant portrait of community” and Library Journal says it’s “a novel rich in faith, betrayal and secrecy that explores the numerous ways people are shaped and haunted by their past.”
San Francisco Magazine said Helene Wecker’s The Golem and the Jinni was “a dazzling debut.” Susann Cokal of the New York Times Book Review wrote, “There is plenty of madness is this clever story.” Wecker’s first novel was named One of the Best Books So Far of 2013 by Amazon Books and was selected as one of The Books We’re Talking About by the Huffington Post.
Pasadena Festival of Women Authors
Saturday, March 8th, 9 a.m.-1:30 p.m.
Pasadena Senior Center, 85 E. Holly St.
Tickets: $95, individual; $1,500, tables of 10
Cost includes lunch
Seminar tickets, $45