PFWA Celebrates 10 Years of Reading

Photos courtesy Pasadena Festival of Women
AuthorsLa Cañada Book Club friends Mari Yerian, Connie Alexander, Susan Rivett and Janice DaVolio

The Pasadena Festival of Women Authors had reason to celebrate on Saturday, April 14, as they opened the Pasadena Hilton main ballroom doors to a gathering of more than 500 attendees to celebrate their 10th anniversary.
Seven acclaimed authors gave presentations, four on the main stage and three in breakout sessions. On the main stage were Jessica Shattuck, author of “The Women in the Castle;” Min Jin Lee, author of “Pachinko,” a finalist for the 2017 National Book Award; Hannah Tinti, author of “The Twelve Lives of Samuel Hawley;” and Christina Baker Kline, author of “A Piece of the World.” Breakout authors were Jade Chang, author of “The Wangs vs. the World;” Charmaine Craig, author of “Miss Burma;” and Natashia Deon, author of “Grace.”
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Festival of Women Authors Announce Event Lineup

Peggy Adams (front row, from left), Peggy Gregerson, Norah Morley, Katie Poole, Betty Sargent, Shelley Thompson and Teresa Payton. Back: Prudence Levine, Betty Madden, Amy Ulmer, Brooke Larsen Garlock, Melanie Clark, Rosa White, Liz White, Cynthia Bennett, Terry Shelton, Emily Vitan, Judy Wilson, Leslie Zasa, Linda Turczan and Ellen Carroll.
Peggy Adams (front row, from left), Peggy Gregerson, Norah Morley, Katie Poole, Betty Sargent, Shelley Thompson and Teresa Payton. Back: Prudence Levine, Betty Madden, Amy Ulmer, Brooke Larsen Garlock, Melanie Clark, Rosa White, Liz White, Cynthia Bennett, Terry Shelton, Emily Vitan, Judy Wilson, Leslie Zasa, Linda Turczan and Ellen Carroll.

The 30-plus women on the committee for the Pasadena Festival of Women Authors met at La Casita del Arroyo recently, eager to hear the announcement of authors who will speak at the upcoming April 14 event. It’s the festival’s 10th anniversary, so extra excitement was in the air. The announced authors are: featured author Christina Baker Kline, of Orphan Train and A Piece of the World; Jade Chang, The Wangs Vs The World; Charmaine Craig, Miss Burma; Natashia Deon, Grace; Min Jin Lee, Pachinko; Jessica Shattuck, The Women in the Castle; and Hannah Tinti, The Twelve Lives of Samuel Hawley. Now that the big reveal has been made, reservations for patron tickets and tables are available. Open seating tickets will be on sale Jan. 2. Visit the festival website for more information at pasadenafestivalofwomenauthors.org.

Festival of Women Authors April 8

The Pasadena Festival of Women Authors announced the schedule of participating authors for its event on Saturday, April 8, to be held at the Pasadena Hilton Hotel from 9 a.m.-2:30 p.m. The festival will feature Yaa Gyasi, whose novel “Homegoing” was one of the most talked-about books of 2016; Cynthia D’Aprix Sweeney, author of her debut “The Nest”; and Amy Stewart, author of “Lady Cop Makes Trouble,” the second in her historical series, as well as four other outstanding authors. Continue reading “Festival of Women Authors April 8”