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Authors Naomi Wolf, Raymond E. Feist, Karen Joy Fowler coming for Singapore Writers Festival

Published on Jun 30, 2014 5:16 PM
 
Author Naomi Wolf at her home in Millerton, N.Y , Aug. 24, 2012. Three big-name American authors appearing at the year-end Singapore Writers Festival 2014 will delight feminists and fans of fantasy and science fiction. -- PHOTO: The New York Times

Three big-name American authors appearing at the year-end Singapore Writers Festival 2014 will delight feminists and fans of fantasy and science fiction.

Top of the list is outspoken writer Naomi Wolf, who is best known for condemning mass media's unrealistic images of women in the 1991 book The Beauty Myth. She also outraged some readers with her 2012 memoir of sexual healing, Vagina - critics expecting a treatise on female sexuality found it too lightweight.

The Singapore Writers Festival, which runs from Oct 31 to Nov 9, will also host fantasy writer Raymond E. Feist. His 30 solo or co-authored novels of fantasy are bestsellers in Singapore and around the world, notably those of the Riftwar cycle about warring kingdoms and magicians. It began with Magician (1982) and continues in last year's Magician's End.

Award-winning and genre-bending author Karen Joy Fowler will also attend the festival. Fowler has written three collections of short stories and six novels including literary homage The Jane Austen Book Club (2004). Last year's We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves, a critically acclaimed family drama centred around the use of animals in research, won the influential PEN/Faulkner award in May.

 
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