Reclaiming female voices from the threat of historical silence

Australian-born Geraldine Brooks most recently published Caleb’s Crossing, a novel based on the true story of the first Native American to graduate from Harvard College in 1665 told in the voice of his beautiful young Puritan friend. “Beautifully written from beginning to end, it reconfirms Brooks’ reputation as one of our most supple and insightful novelists,” said The New York Times. Brooks received the Pulitzer Prize for her novel March after years working as a reporter for The Sydney Morning Herald and foreign correspondent for The Wall Street Journal.

Julie Otsuka’s recent novel, The Buddha in the Attic, the journey of a group of young women brought to San Francisco from Japan as picture-brides, is the winner of the 2012 PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction. The San Francisco Chronicle deemed it “an understated masterpiece.” Among her accolades, including her critically acclaimed first novel, When the Emperor Was Divine, Otsuka is a recipient of the Asian American Literary Award, the American Library Association Alex Award, and a Guggenheim fellowship.

Dolen Perkins-Valdez’s debut novel and New York Times bestseller Wench is the fascinating story of the friendship of four 19th-century Southern American women at a resort where white slaveholders bring their enslaved mistresses. Perkins-Valdez’s fiction and essays have appeared in such publications as The Kenyon Review, Robert Olen Butler Prize Stories 2009, and North Carolina Literary Review.

Individual tickets go on sale on August 1, 2012.