With Women’s History Month only two months away — now is the time to get programming in place for March speakers. Check out these authors of books about incredible women — each are also speakers who captivate an audience with their unique passion.
Below you’ll find bestselling authors of historical fiction, nonfiction, stories that illuminate the known world and whisk the reader away to those lesser known.
Together, they have co-authored two novels—The First Ladies and The Personal Librarian, each bringing light and clarity to remarkable stories about important women in American history.
Jasmin Darznik is a NYT bestselling author. Her books have been published in 17 countries. She was born in Tehran, Iran, and came to America when she was 5 years old. She holds an MFA in fiction from Bennington College, a JD from the University of California, and a PhD in English from Princeton University. She is a professor at California College of the Arts and lives in the San Francisco Bay Area with her family.
Lynne Olson is the New York Times bestselling author of Madame Fourcade’s Secret War, Last Hope Island, Those Angry Days, and Citizens of London. She has been a consulting historian for the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, D.C., and the National WWII Museum in New Orleans. She lives in Washington, D.C.
Allison Gilbert is an Emmy award-winning journalist and co-author of Listen, World!, the first biography of American writer Elsie Robinson, a newspaper columnist who came from nothing and became the most-read woman in the country and highest-paid woman writer in the William Randolph Hearst media empire. The New York Times raves “One does not tire of spending time with Elsie Robinson” and the Wall Street Journal proclaims the book “an important contribution to women’s history.”
Alka Joshi is the internationally bestselling author of the Jaipur Trilogy: The Henna Artist, The Secret Keeper of Jaipur and The Perfumist of Paris. Her debut novel, The Henna Artist, immediately became a New York Times bestseller and a Reese Witherspoon Hello Sunshine Book Club Pick. It has been translated into 28 languages and is currently in development at Netflix as an episodic series.
Laurie Lico Albanese is an award-winning novelist and journalist. In Hester, her acclaimed 2022 retelling of The Scarlet Letter from Hester Prynne’s point of view, Albanese brings Hester’s voice to life in a compelling tale that asks who was the real Hester Prynne, and what if she could tell her own story?