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Monday, April 12 • 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Disrupting Stereotypes: Older Women in Contemporary Literature

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Older women are an important segment of the audience for contemporary literature. Just as older women are pushing back against the invisibility that often accompanies aging in society, they want to see themselves accurately represented in literature. This international panel of women who published their first book in 2020 will discuss stereotypes and tropes about older women in literature and how these authors addressed and disrupted them in their first novels. The discussion will cover presenting older women as engaging characters with agency and complexity; overcoming barriers to fiction featuring older women; and finding an audience for books featuring older women (in a pandemic).

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Lois Melina

Lois Melina is the author of The Grammar of Untold Stories (Shanti Arts LLC, 2020), a collection of sixteen essays. She has been a journalist and an educator and an advocate for survivors of domestic violence. After working as a newspaper reporter, Melina founded Adopted Child, a... Read More →
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Nguyễn Phan Quế Mai

Born into the Vietnam War in 1973, Nguyễn Phan Quế Mai grew up witnessing the war’s devastation and its aftermath. She worked as a street seller and rice farmer before winning a scholarship to attend university in Australia. She is the author of eight books of poetry, fiction... Read More →
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Barbara Conrey

Nowhere Near Goodbye, published on August 4th, 2020, by Red Adept Publishing, is USA Today Bestselling author Barbara Conrey’s debut novel.Previously, Barbara worked in the health care industry before opting for an early retirement, which lasted all of three months. She then accepted... Read More →
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Pamela Skjolsvik

Pamela Skjolsvik has been published in Creative Nonfiction, Witness, TenSpurs, The Moment, The Dallas Morning News' Death Penalty Blog, Writer'sDigest, CNN and in the anthology Silence Kills: Speaking Out and SavingLives. Her first novel, Forever 51, debuted in November of 2020.
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Linda Rosen

Linda Rosen’s books are set in the “not-too-distant past” and examine how women reinvent themselves despite obstacles thrown their way. A central theme is that blood is not all that makes a family– and they always feature a piece of jewelry! Her debut novel, The Disharmony... Read More →

Monday April 12, 2021 2:00pm - 3:00pm PDT