Pasadena Festival of Women Authors (ALT COPY)

2020 Festival Will Be
Presented Online

Dear Community Member,

Due to the coronavirus we are not able to hold the 2020 Pasadena Festival of Women Authors that was scheduled for August 29, 2020.

We will be presenting the 2020 author talks online. Donors to the 2020 event will be the first to receive access to the videos in early September. The videos will be made available to the public later in September.

On Saturday April 10, 2021, the 2021 Festival, with a whole new line up of fabulous authors, will be held at the Pasadena Convention Center. Donations to the 2020 event will be credited to the 2021 event and will include the same seating.

We look forward to seeing you in 2021!


Pasadena Festival of Women Authors

Learn about the authors’ personal journeys

Enjoy lunch while talking with other readers

Shop for books and have them signed

Featuring New York Times Best Selling Author Madeline Miller!








Watch the Sessions

Main Ballroom Authors

Yangsze Choo

Set in 1930s colonial Malaysia, The Night Tiger tells of a dancehall girl and an orphan boy whose fates entangle over an old Chinese superstition about men who turn into tigers. Dazzling and propulsive, The Night Tiger pulls us into a world of servants and masters, age-old myths and modern idealism, sibling rivalry and forbidden love. The Night Tiger was a Reese Witherspoon Hello Sunshine Book Club Pick and an instant New York Times bestseller. Choo’s first novel, The Ghost Bride, was a New York Times bestseller and is currently in production as a Netflix Original series.

Choo is a fourth-generation Malaysian of Chinese descent. After graduating from Harvard University, she worked as a management consultant and at a startup before embarking on a career as a writer. She lives in California.

“A work of incredible beauty… Astoundingly captivating and striking… A transcendent story of courage and connection.” — Booklist (starred review).

Myla Goldberg

From the award-winning author of Bee Season, comes Feast Your Eyes, a gripping portrait of a woman who is fiercely devoted to her art and her motherhood and who pays a price for both. Told entirely in catalog notes for a photography show, this novel is both stylistically ingenious and emotionally rich.   A New York Times Book Review Editor’s Choice, Feast Your Eyes was nominated for the 2020 Andrew Carnegie Medal for Excellence .

Goldberg was raised in Maryland and received her BA from Oberlin College. She is the author of three other novels, including The False Friend, Wickett’s Remedy, and Bee Season, which was a New York Times Notable Book, a winner of the Borders New Voices Prize, and a finalist for the Hemingway Foundation/PEN award, the New York Public Library Young Lions award, and the Barnes & Noble Discover award. Goldberg is a recipient of a Sustainable Arts Foundation grant and a 2019 NYSCA/NYFA Artist Fellow. She writes and teaches in Brooklyn, New York.

“A daringly inventive parable of female creativity and motherhood.” — O, the Oprah Magazine. “Goldberg offers a searching consideration of the way that the identities and perceptions of a female artist shift over time.” The New Yorker.

Laila Lalami

The Other Americans tells a tale of the suspicious death of a Moroccan immigrant that is at once a family saga, a murder mystery, and a love story. The novel is built along the fault lines of our national identity, and asks who gets to call themselves an American? The Other Americans is one of five finalists for the 2019 National Book Award for Fiction and was named one of Time Magazine‘s Best Fiction of 2019. Lalami is the author of three other novels, including The Moor’s Account, which won the American Book Award, the Arab American Book Award, and the Hurston/Wright Legacy Award, and was a finalist for the Man Booker Prize and the Pulitzer Prize.

Lalami was born in Rabat, Morocco, and educated there and in Great Britain and the United States. She writes the “Between the Lines” column for The Nation magazine and is a critic-at-large for the Los Angeles Times. The recipient of a British Council Fellowship, a Fulbright Fellowship, and a Guggenheim Fellowship, she teaches at the University of California at Riverside.

“Powerful…Fascinating…Heartbreaking…It matters desperately…” — New York Times Book Review. “Lalami may be our finest contemporary chronicler of immigration and its discontents.” The Washington Post.


Madeline Miller

In Circe, the much-anticipated follow-up to her bestselling novel, The Song of Achilles, Madeline Miller recasts the infamous sorceress of Greek myth as a hero in her own right. Circe was shortlisted for the Women’s Prize for Fiction 2019 and selected as a Book of the Year by Time Magazine, the Washington Post, Buzzfeed, the Guardian, Times Literary Supplement and Refinery29.  Miller’s first novel, The Song of Achilles, won the Orange Prize for Fiction.

Miller grew up in New York City and Philadelphia. She earned her BA and MA at Brown University and studied at the University of Chicago and Yale School of Drama. She has taught and tutored Latin, Greek and Shakespeare to high school students for more than fifteen years. She lives outside Philadelphia.

Circe, [is] a bold and subversive retelling of the goddess’s story that manages to be both epic and intimate in its scope.” — New York Times. “So vivid, so layered, you could get lost in it . . . this is just great storytelling.” — NPR’s Here & Now.

Breakout Session Authors

The following three novelists will speak concurrently.

Lydia Fitzpatrick

In Lights All Night Long, fifteen-year-old Russian exchange student, Ilya, arrives in America consumed by the need to prove his older brother innocent of the three murders he is accused of back home. With the help of an American girl, who has secrets of her own, he fights to clear his brother’s name and find the real killer.  Fitzpatrick’s work has appeared in The O. Henry Prize Stories, The Best American Mystery Stories, One Story, Glimmer Train and elsewhere.

Fitzpatrick received her BA from Princeton University and her MFA from the University of Michigan, where she won a Hopwood Award for short fiction. She was a Wallace Stegner Fellow at Stanford University, a fiction fellow at the Wisconsin Institute for Creative Writing, and a recipient of an Elizabeth George Foundation grant. She lives in Los Angeles.

“A luminous debut. . . Fitzpatrick does so many things right in Lights All Night Long, it’s hard to believe it’s a debut novel.” — Los Angeles Times. “The bonds of family and homeland—new and old—are tested in this sexy and pensive thriller.”— The Observer.

Chia-Chia Lin

In The Unpassing, a Taiwanese immigrant family living in Alaska is overwhelmed by a death in the family and the spectre of total financial ruin. Emotionally raw and subtly suspenseful, The Unpassing is a deeply felt family saga that dismisses the American dream for a harsher, but ultimately more profound, reality. The Unpassing was short listed for the 2019 Center for Fiction Novel and was named a New York Times Book Review Editors’ Choice, and a Most Anticipated Book of 2019 by the Los Angeles Times, Esquire, Southern Living, The Rumpus, The Millions, Literary Hub and Electric Literature.

Lin was born in Taiwan and immigrated to America with her family at a young age. She is a graduate of Harvard College and the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, where she received the Henfield Prize. Her stories have appeared in The Paris Review, Glimmer Train, Zyzzyva, The Missouri Review and other journals. She lives in the San Francisco Bay Area.

“. . . a singularly vast and captivating novel, beautifully written in free-flowing prose that quietly disarms . . .” — New York Times Book Review. “The Unpassing is a powerful debut from an author to watch.” — San Francisco Chronicle.


Etaf Rum

In her debut novel, A Woman Is No Man, Etaf Rum offers an intimate glimpse into the controlling and closed cultural world inhabited by three generations of conservative Arab American women. A Woman is No Man is a story of culture and honor, secrets and betrayals, love and violence. A Woman is No Man has been named a New York Times Book Review Editors’ Choice, an Amazon Best Book of the Year, a Marie Claire Best Women’s Fiction of 2019 and an Electric Lit 20 Best Debuts of the First Half of 2019.

Rum was born in Brooklyn, New York, to Palestinian parents. She has an MA in American and British Literature as well as undergraduate degrees in Philosophy and English Composition from North Carolina State University. Rum runs the Instagram account @booksandbeans and is a Book of the Month Club Ambassador, where she writes about her favorite books each month. She lives and teaches in North Carolina.

“Garnering justified comparisons to Khaled Hosseini’s A Thousand Splendid Suns… Etaf Rum’s debut novel is a must-read about women mustering up the bravery to follow their inner voice.” — Refinery 29.

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