Women’s Literary Festival

Posted on May 13 by SEASONS Magazine

The annual Women’s Literary Festival, a unique day devoted to all readers who want to learn more about women who write and the stories they tell, takes place on May 14.

Featured Authors this year include:

Ann Louise Bardach, courtesy photo.

Ann Louise Bardach

Critically acclaimed journalist and author, Ann Louise Bardach started her writing career with New York Times Magazinecovering the months-long coal strike led by the United Mineworkers in 1978. After ten years writing for Vanity Fair,her words appear regularly in The New York Times, Washington Post, and The Los Angeles Times. She is the author of Cuba Confidential: Love and Vengeance in Miami and Havana, and she has edited both The Prison Letters of Fidel Castro
and Cuba: A Traveler’s Literary Companion.

Grace DeSoto Ferry, courtesy photo.

Grace DeSoto Ferry

Grace DeSoto Ferry grew up in San Antonio, Texas, across the street from the Butterfly Bar. In 1965, she moved to
Los Angeles where she made a career in filmmaking, co-producing and writing documentaries with her husband, John Ferry. The home she grew up in and the Butterfly Bar across the street from it have long disappeared. In her first collection of short stories, Hey Guy,This is the Butterfly, with humor and nostalgia Grace eloquently expresses the difficulties of growing up Mexican in San Antonio.


Mollie Gregory, courtesy photo.

Mollie Gregory

After beginning her professional life as a documentary filmmaker, Mollie wrote a book about her experiences, and everything changed. She became a non-fiction and fiction writer, initially spotlighting how women have been treated in the film industry, struggling to succeed against visible and invisible challenges. In her newest release, Stuntwomen: The Untold Hollywood Story, Mollie profiles the women who put their lives on the line—breaking windows, jumping off buildings, or hanging from airplanes—and breaking barriers as they go.


Gaye Theresa Johnson, courtesy photo.

Gaye Theresa Johnson

Associate professor of Chicana/o Studies and African-American Studies at UCLA, Gaye Theresa Johnson writes and teaches on race and racism, cultural history, spatial politics, and political economy. Her research and writing explores intersecting cultural worlds through music, politics, and shared histories. Gaye’s book, Spaces of Conflict, Sounds of Solidarity: Music, Race, and Spatial Entitlement in Los Angeles, is a history of civil rights and spatial struggles among black and brown freedom seekers and cultural workers.



Kathryn Otoshi, courtesy photo.

Kathryn Otoshi

Internationally acclaimed as a writer and illustrator of children’s literature, Kathryn Otoshi is known for the messages of empowerment and self-confidence in her books One, Zero, Two, and Beautiful Hands. Her first children’s book, What Emily Saw, won the Best Children’s Book award from the Bay Area Independent Publishers Association and was nominated for a Borders Original New Voice award. Her work also includes graphic design and multimedia art direction for the award-winning companies ImageMovers Digital and Industrial Light & Magic.


Angela Peñaredondo, courtesy photo.

Angela Peñaredondo

Born in the Philippines, Angela is a poet and artist whose forthcoming book, All Things Lose Thousands of Times, is the regional winner of the 2015 Hillary Gravendyk Prize. Among other awards, she has received the Zora Neale Hurston Poetry Award, the Gluck Program of the Arts Fellowship, and the University of California Institute for Research in the Arts Grant. Her work has appeared in Four Way Review, Southern Humanities Review, Tuesday: An Art Project, Cream City Review, and The Margins (Asian American Writers’ Workshop).



Kelli Stanley, courtesy photo.

Kelli Stanley

Critically acclaimed, multiple award-winning author of crime fiction, Kelli Stanley makes her home in Dashiell Hammett’s San Francisco, a city she loves to write about. Kelli loves jazz, old movies, battered fedoras, Art Deco and speakeasies. She is best known for the Miranda Corbie series of historical noir novels and short stories set in 1940s San Francisco. In City of Dragons, City of Secrets and City of Ghosts, Miranda is the unforgettable protagonist that Library Journal calls “one of crime’s most arresting heroines”.

The event takes place on Saturday, May 14 from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the Fess Parker DoubleTree Resort, 633 E. Carrillo Blvd. For more information or to purchase tickets click here.


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