The Pasadena Festival of Women Authors is the signature event of the Pasadena Literary Alliance. This year’s event will be held on Saturday, March 11, 2023, at the Pasadena Hilton. The festival will feature Man Booker Prize finalist and New York Times bestselling author Karen Joy Fowler, along with acclaimed writers Lan Samantha Chang, Tess Gunty, Jean Hanff Korelitz, Dolen Perkins-Valdez, Tara Stringfellow, and Belinda Huijuan Tang. The authors will share their personal life stories and the journey that brought them to their work. They will mingle with the attendees, sign books, and answer questions. Luncheon will be served.
The mission of the Pasadena Literary Alliance is to recognize the accomplishments of authors, to advance community dialog about the literary arts, and to raise money for local literary programs. Since its inception in 2009, the PLA has awarded grants for over $447,000 to community non-profit organizations. The 2022 grantees were: Pasadena City College (Writer-in-Residence & Summer Creative Writing Academy); Pasadena Public Library (One City, One Story program); Pasadena Senior Center (Masters in Learning Series); PEN Center Los Angeles (You are a Writer workshops); and WriteGirl (Creative writing workshops and mentoring for high school girls).