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Saturday, April 13 • 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Out of Line: Rebellious Characters and Risk-taking Writers

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A 10-year-old girl defies the “experts” at the psychosomatic institution where she’s been placed in a straitjacket. A Chinese father scolds his rebellious son while befriending a young American who keeps a secret from his own father. A Bay Area college dropout goes to Hell, where she confronts Satan…. 
 
In both fiction and non-fiction, nothing grabs readers more than characters who rebel. But it’s not just characters who are driven to cross boundaries. Writers also take risks in airing taboo themes, speaking unpopular truths, and experimenting with new ways to tell stories. 
 
This cross-genre panel features fiction and memoir writers from Word of Mouth—Bay Area, a group of female-identifying traditionally-published authors founded in 2005. They’ll read works featuring rebellious characters and share the risks they’ve faced in their own writing.

Speakers
avatar for Katya Cengel

Katya Cengel

Katya Cengel is the author of four non-fiction books, including most recently STRAITJACKETS AND LUNCH MONEY, which the San Francisco Chronicle called “incredibly affecting” and Kirkus Reviews called “harrowing but engrossing”. Cengel’s earlier titles cover everything from... Read More →
avatar for Ilana DeBare

Ilana DeBare

Ilana DeBare is author of SHAKEN LOOSE, a fantasy novel set in an unjust, unraveling Hell that was published by Hypatia Press in 2023. Her sequel is due out in early 2025. A former San Francisco Chronicle journalist, Ilana is also author of WHERE GIRLS COME FIRST:THE RISE, FALL, AND... Read More →
avatar for Audrey Ferber

Audrey Ferber

Audrey Ferber was born in Brooklyn, New York but has lived in California so long there is no detectable accent. Her essays and stories have appeared in The New York Times, LILITH Magazine, First Person Singular, New World Writing, INTIMA: A Journal of Narrative Medicine, the Cimarron... Read More →
avatar for Joan Gelfand

Joan Gelfand

Joan Gelfand is author of OUTSIDE VOICES: A MEMOIR OF THE BERKELEY REVOLUTION, published in January 2024 by Post Hill Press. Author of three collections of poetry, a chapbook of short fiction and a novel set in a Silicon Valley startup, Joan is a member of the National Book Critics... Read More →
avatar for Yang Huang

Yang Huang

Yang Huang grew up in China and has lived in the United States since 1990. Her novel MY GOOD SON won the University of New Orleans Publishing Lab Prize. Her linked story collection, MY OLD FAITHFUL, won the Juniper Prize, and her debut novel, LIVING TREASURES, won the Nautilus Book... Read More →
avatar for Susanne Pari

Susanne Pari

Susanne Pari's most recent novel, IN THE TIME OF OUR HISTORY, examines the entangled lives of an Iranian American family grappling with generational culture clashes and the rebellion of its women. It was an IndieNext pick, Target Book Club pick, a 2023 Women’s National Book Association... Read More →


Saturday April 13, 2024 2:00pm - 3:00pm PDT
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