Barbara Lane began her time as a books columnist for the San Francisco Chronicle in 2019 and she can’t remember a time when she didn’t have her nose in the pages of a book. Books have played a large part in her career in print and broadcast media, as a producer and onstage host, as current director of events at Copperfield’s Books, and as a literacy tutor. She’s the unofficial book whisperer to an ever-growing group of fellow book lovers who seek her recommendations for everything from holiday reading to suggestions for convalescing moms and book-averse nephews.
Linda Boström Knausgård is an author and poet, as well as a producer of documentaries for Swedish radio. Her first novel, The Helios Disaster, was awarded the Mare Kandre Prize and shortlisted for the Swedish Radio Novel Award 2014. Welcome to America, her second novel, has been awarded the prestigious Swedish August Prize and nominated for the Svenska Dagbladet Literary Prize.
Chia-Chia Lin is a graduate of Harvard College and the Iowa Writers’ Workshop. Her stories have appeared in The Paris Review and other journals. She lives in the San Francisco Bay Area. The Unpassing is her first novel.
Sophia Shalmiyev emigrated from Leningrad to America in 1990. She is a feminist writer and painter living in Portland with her two children. Mother Winter is her first book