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Join us for an evening of women artists and thinkers who have individually mined the controversial subject of “female fury.” We’ll pull back the curtain on female archetypes and delve more deeply into the power behind female rage.

Soraya Chemaly

Soraya Chemaly is a prolific writer and cultural critic, nationally recognized as a feminist thinker, speaker, and activist. Dedicated to bringing intersectional feminist thought, theory and activism into the popular mainstream, she is an author (Rage Becomes Her: The Power of Women’s Angers), a freelance writer (TIME, Rolling Stone), a contributor to several anthologies (most recently, Believe Me: How Trusting Women Can Change the World), and an expert commentator (NPR, PBS, BBC). A former Executive Director of The Representation Project, Chemaly currently serves on the national board of the Women's Media Center.

Maya Jupiter

Born in La Paz, Mexico, Maya Jupiter grew up in Sydney, Australia and is now located in Los Angeles. Her love of hip hop led her into the world of radio and television, becoming a music television host and producer. Having worked with youth since the early 2000’s, Jupiter currently mentors young artists through Music Forward Foundation’s program. A recipient of Tiyya’s Owliya Community Leadership Award and East LA Community Corporation’s Mujer Guerrera Award, she is on the advisory board at Peace Over Violence and is one of the co-founders of Activist Entertainment. After her third solo album Never Said Yes, she is working on a new EP with Jessa Calderon.

Nina Menkes

Nina Menkes is a cinematic pioneer and independent filmmaker. Her award-winning feature films have shown widely at major international film festivals including Sundance, the Berlinale, and Cannes. Described as a “cinematic sorceress” in The New York Times, she is a Guggenheim and Fulbright fellow and a directing member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. Her early films have been restored by the Academy with Scorsese's Film Foundation and her radical feature set in Las Vegas, Queen of Diamonds, was selected for the National Film Registry at the Library of Congress in 2023.

Ivy Pochoda

Ivy Pochoda is the author of the critically acclaimed novels Wonder Valley, Visitation Street, These Women, and Sing Her Down. She won the 2018 Strand Critics Award for Best Novel and the Prix Page America in France, and has been a finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book Prize and the Edgar Award, among other awards. For many years, Ivy taught creative writing at Studio 526 in Los Angeles's Skid Row. She is currently a professor of creative writing at the University of California Riverside-Palm Desert low-residency MFA program. She lives in Los Angeles.

Susan Straight

Susan Straight is the best-selling author of several novels, including Mecca, Highwire Moon, A Million Nightingales, and In the Country of Women. A recipient of the Edgar Award for Best Short Story, the O. Henry Prize, and a Guggenheim Fellowship, her stories and essays have been published in The New Yorker, The New York Times, Harper’s, and elsewhere. She was born and continues to live in Riverside, California, with her family, where she serves as Distinguished Professor of Creative Writing at the University of California, Riverside.

Kristina Wong

Kristina Wong is an award-winning performance artist, comedian, and writer who has been presented internationally across North America, UK, Hong Kong and Africa. She's also been a guest on late night TV. Her most notable solo works include "Wong Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest," "The Wong Street Journal," and "Kristina Wong for Public Office." Most recently, Wong presented “Kristina Wong, Sweatshop Overlord” at the Kirk Douglas Theatre in 2023. She is a Doris Duke Award winner and Guggenheim Fellow.


This new series is a salon-style inquiry into a theme, a moment, or an emotion with a wide variety of guests.

This program will take place at the Los Angeles Central Library’s Mark Taper Auditorium, 630 W. Fifth Street, Los Angeles, CA 90071. Click here for a list of public transportation options.

We recommend taking public transportation. Parking for the Central Library is available at the Westlawn Garage at 524 S. Flower Street. If you park at the Westlawn Garage, 524 S. Flower Street lot, there is a $8 charge if you exit after 9:00 PM ($1 with Library card validation before 9:00 PM).

Patrons can obtain validation upon presenting a valid library card at the Central Library’s Information Desk (first floor) BEFORE the program. For more information, visit the Central Library’s website.

As this program is free of charge, it is our policy to overbook. In the case of a FULL program your free reservation may not guarantee admission. We recommend arriving early. Unclaimed reservations will be released to standby patrons at the start of each program.

You are welcome to come as a standby guest. Standby numbers are distributed one hour before the program on a first-come, first served basis. Admission is subject to availability.

All books are non-refundable. Thank you for supporting the Los Angeles Public Library.

Yes, the author will be available to personalize your book.

Book purchases will be only available for in-person pick-up at the event. Please note: We strongly encourage you to purchase your book(s) in advance of the event; we cannot guarantee quantities available for sale at the event.


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