6:30 PM18:30

Eve Rodsky: Playing Fair at Home


Presented by The Commonwealth Club in San Francisco


There are more women earning college degrees and participating in the workforce than ever before. Even still, women spend far more time on unpaid labor than men. Eve Rodsky, author of the new book Fair Play: A Game-Changing Solution for When You Have Too Much to Do (and More Life to Live), seeks to address this universal imbalance. Rodsky began her journey to address this inequality after reaching a tipping point in her own marriage. After recording all of the unrecognized work she was doing for her busy household, she realized the disparity between her and her partner was striking. 

Fair Play offers four simple and practical steps to redistribute invisible work, reignite your relationship and reclaim your own time. Join Eve Rodsky and INFORUM on the quest for domestic rebalance. 

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7:00 PM19:00

Gail Collins on Women of a Certain Age

Presented by Arts & Ideas at the JCCSF in San Francisco


Women and aging: as subjects go, it’s a combination akin to oil and water – or maybe oil and a lit match. Join celebrated New York Times columnist Gail Collins as she explores how attitudes toward older women have shifted in America over the centuries – from the Plymouth Colony view that women were marriageable if "civil and under fifty years of age," to quiet dismissal of post-reproductive females, to woman’s role as perpetual caretaker (even when she might need caretaking herself), to the first female nominee for president. Hear why women can, and should, expect the best of their golden years.

Since 1995, Gail Collins has contributed political commentary with keen insights and considerable wit to the Op-Ed page of the New York Times. From 2001 to 2007 she was editorial page editor of the paper, the first woman to have held that position. Her books include America's Women: 400 Years of Dolls, Drudges, Helpmates and HeroinesScorpion Tongues: Gossip, Celebrity and American PoliticsWhen Everything Changed: The Amazing Journey of American Women from 1960 to the Present; and As Texas Goes...: How the Lone Star State Hijacked the American Agenda. Her latest book is No Stopping Us Now: A History of Older Women in America.

Made possible through the generous support of The Jenerosity Foundation.

Photo by Nina Subin

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6:30 PM18:30

Candace Bushnell: Is There Still Sex In The City?


Presented by INFORUM at The Commonwealth Club in San Francisco


The landscape of sex, love and romance in New York City has undergone dramatic changes in the 20 years since Candace Bushnell published the iconic Sex and the City, which broke down major barriers in cultural representations of single women and reshaped the landscape of pop culture. Now the trailblazing Bushnell is back to ask the vital question: Is there still sex in the city for women 50+?

Join Bushnell at INFORUM as she, once again, guides us through a new and entangled dating scene. Her newest book, Is There Still Sex in the City?, follows a whole new cohort of female friends: Sassy, Kitty, Queenie, Tilda Tia, Marilyn and Candace, as they face the modern-day sex arena as middle-aged women, including younger partners, dating apps, divorce, children and the pressure to maintain a youthful appearance. Equal parts hilarious and heart wrenching, and filled with Bushnell’s signature short, sharp social commentary, Is There Still Sex in the City? not only provides a colorful look at love after 50 but also asks audiences to take a more nuanced look into the lives of women. 

Produced in partnership with Women Lit, a program of the Bay Area Book Festival.

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F*ck Mom Guilt World Tour with Katherine Goldstein of The Double Shift podcast

F*ck Mom Guilt is the feminist conversation about motherhood you’ve been dying to have.


8/14 in Oakland at Sphere: tix are $15-THIS EVENT IS SOLD OUT! Hosted by Katherine Goldstein, featuring a special panel.


8/15 in SF at Betabrand: tix are $10--click here for tickets. With Katherine Goldstein, Lauren Schiller and Hana Baba.


August 14th at Sphere (a women-owned co-working space in Oakland)

This all-star panel lineup will discuss ways we can all challenge how society sees mothers and how we see ourselves. At this event we’ll hear some little known history of motherhood in America, we’ll unpack the mental load, and dive into how race, class, and social expectations create complex challenges in motherhood. Join The Double Shift podcast for an exhilarating evening! 

August 15th at Betabrand Podcast Theatre in San Francisco

Hosts Katherine Goldstein of The Double Shift and Lauren Schiller of Inflection Point are teaming up for a live show taping that’s full of real talk about everything from breaking stereotypes, anti-mom bias, to the mental load. Join us for a lively and fun moms night out that’s NOT about parenting. Featuring special guest Hana Baba of Crosscurrents and The Stoop.

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7:30 PM19:30

Girls’ Saturday Night Out: An Evening with Jennifer Weiner Discussing Mrs. Everything

“Jennifer Weiner has created a novel for the ages in Mrs. Everything, which is as impressive as it is ambitious… a skillfully rendered and emotionally rich family saga… an unapologetic feminist novel, fully fleshing out the pernicious effects of patriarchy… Weiner shows that big, expansive social novels are not only still possible in our fragmented society but perhaps necessary. Mrs. Everything is a great American novel, full of heart and hope.” — SHELF AWARENESS

From Jennifer Weiner, the #1 New York Times bestselling author of Who Do You Love and In Her Shoes comes a smart, thoughtful, and timely exploration of two sisters’ lives from the 1950s to the present as they struggle to find their places—and be true to themselves—in a rapidly evolving world. Mrs. Everything is an ambitious, richly textured journey through history—and herstory—as these two sisters navigate a changing America over the course of their lives.

Presented by Women Lit, a program of the Bay Area Book Festival. Jennifer Weiner will be interviewed by Lauren Schiller, host of Inflection Point.

Followed by book signing

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Saturday, June 22, 7:30 p.m.
David Brower Center
2150 Allston Way, Berkeley, CA 94704

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About Mrs. Everything

Jo and Bethie Kaufman were born into a world full of promise. Growing up in 1950s Detroit, they live in a perfect “Dick and Jane” house, where their roles in the family are clearly defined. Jo is the tomboy, the bookish rebel with a passion to make the world more fair; Bethie is the pretty, feminine good girl, a would-be star who enjoys the power her beauty confers and dreams of a traditional life. (If you’ve noted that these are sisters’ names in Little Women too, you’re right on.)

As their lives unfold against the background of free love and Vietnam, Woodstock and women’s lib, Bethie dives headlong into the counterculture and is up for anything (except settling down). Meanwhile, Jo becomes a proper young mother in Connecticut, a witness to the changing world instead of a participant. Neither woman inhabits the world she dreams of, nor has a life that feels authentic or brings her joy. Is it too late for the women to finally stake a claim on happily ever after?

In her most ambitious novel yet, Jennifer Weiner tells a story of two sisters who, with their different dreams and different paths, offer answers to the question: How should a woman be in the world?

Still debating? Check out Jen on this one-minute video telling you about the book. (If you only have 5 seconds, try this.)

About the Author

Jennifer Weiner is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of sixteen books, including Good in Bed, In Her Shoes, and her memoir, Hungry Heart: Adventures in Life, Love, and Writing. A graduate of Princeton University and contributor to the New York Times Opinion section, Jennifer lives with her family in Philadelphia. Visit her online at JenniferWeiner.com.

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5:30 PM17:30

Eve Ensler: Rethinking Domestic Violence, at The Commonwealth Club

Join Lauren at the Commonwealth Club for an evening with Eve Ensler.


How do you come to terms with the need for an apology that will never come? How can the trauma of a childhood in an abusive household be put into words? And how can recounting the pain of those histories become a process of healing and personal reconciliation? These are the questions that Eve Ensler grapples with in her newest book, The Apology. It is a raw reckoning with a traumatic and unresolved past which has played an important role in Ensler’s artistic and political activist careers, and it shows other survivors of abuse how they may finally envision their own freedom from the past.

Ensler’s theatrical career took off when she wrote “The Vagina Monologues,” a work of such originality and power that it ran for over 10 years and has been translated into 140 languages. The performances inspired the creation of V-Day, a global platform to share the stories of survivors and for groups to raise money for the cause through their own yearly performances of “The Vagina Monologues.” Ensler has received numerous awards, including the Isabelle Stevenson Tony Award, a Guggenheim Fellowship in playwriting, an Obie and Glamour’s Woman of the Year. 

Come join us for a discussion with a woman renowned for her artistic work and political impact on a topic for which words do not come easily but need to be heard.

This program is part of the Commonwealth Club Good Lit series, underwritten by the Bernard Osher Foundation.

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5:30 p.m. check-in
6:30 p.m. program
7:30 p.m. book signing

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1:30 PM13:30

From Captivity to Power: A Remarkable Story of Women Rising Up - Julia Flynn Siler

In her third book, journalist Julia Flynn Siler shows that women have always fought for each other, even a century before #MeToo. In “The White Devil’s Daughters: The Women Who Fought Slavery in San Francisco’s Chinatown” Siler profiles the women who surmounted racial and class barriers to free sex-trafficked Chinese immigrants at the end of the nineteenth century. Grounded in historical research, the book is an exhilarating tale of raids, bomb threats, and the 1906 San Francisco fire.

This conversation is part of Women Lit, a program of the Bay Area Book Festival.

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7:00 PM19:00

An Evening with Gloria Steinem: More Outrageous Acts and Everyday Rebellions

What is Gloria Steinem thinking about today in our era of #MeToo and intersectionality? How can today’s feminists learn from our foremothers, and vice versa? We’ll celebrate an updated, third edition of Outrageous Acts and Everyday Rebellions, originally published in 1983 — a book that has sold over half a million copies, and counting. As author Susan Faludi (Backlash) put it, Outrageous Acts“ will always be… a required feminist reader.” From satires to moving tributes, confessions (yes, the Playboy bunny essay is in here) and analyses, the book includes classics along with new material.

Lauren Schiller, host of Inflection Point from KALW will lead the conversation with Gloria Steinem and artist and activist Favianna Rodriguez of CultureStrike. Don’t miss this opportunity to hear from an ever-relevant icon in a smart, sassy conversation that will provoke and inspire you. This event is produced by Women Lit/Bay Area Book Festival in collaboration with Inflection Point.

This event is SOLD OUT.

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7:00 PM19:00

Courage, Honor, and Hope: An Evening with Khalida Brohi

Join us for the next event in our Women Lit series!

Courage, Honor, and Hope: An Evening with Khalida Brohi in conversation with Inflection Point’s Lauren Schiller.


Thursday, December 13 at The Women’s Building in San Francisco.
7:00 p.m. program followed by book signing.

General Admission: $15 advance, $20 at the door
Student Price: $10 advance/at the door; show student ID at the door

You are invited to hear from one of the most powerful young voices in international activism. At age 16, Brohi became an activist after her cousin was murdered by her uncle in an honor killing. From a tiny cement-roofed single room home in Karachi where she was allowed ten minutes of computer use per day, she created a Facebook campaign that went viral. She has embarked on a global quest to speak up for women and speak out against cultural practices that keep women down. Already one of Newsweek magazine’s “25 under 25 Women of Impact” and Forbes’ “30 Under 30 Social Entrepreneurs,” her book is “I Should Have Honor. A Memoir of Hope and Pride in Pakistan.” And she’s just getting started.

This is the second event in Women Lit, a new literary event series presenting female authors on lightning-hot topics for women and men today. It’s presented by the Bay Area Book Festival’s Women Lit society and KALW’s Inflection Point, the podcast and broadcast about how women rise up. Go to womenlit.org for a full schedule. KALW is a proud media sponsor of Women Lit.

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7:00 PM19:00

Good and Mad: The Revolutionary Power of Women’s Anger

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Good and Mad: The Revolutionary Power of Women’s Anger

Rebecca Traister in conversation with Inflection Point’s Lauren Schiller

Anger is power. Come join Lauren, Women Lit/Bay Area Book Festival, and your fellow agitators and thinkers for an evening with one of the most compelling voices for women today. With her latest book, Good and Mad: The Revolutionary Power of Women’s Anger, Rebecca Traister tracks the history of female anger as political and personal dynamite. Inform your rage! This evening could not be more timely.

Wednesday, October 10th, 7pm at the Berkeley City Club

Sponsored by KALW, Hello!Lucky and EO Products.

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