Location, San Francisco, CA, USA


Best-selling author Amy Tan was the featured speaker at the Women’s National Book Association’s 2008 WNBA Award ceremony honoring Kathi Kamen Goldmark, held on November 8 at San Francisco’s Century Club. The biennial WnBA Award recognizes an American woman who has made extraordinary contributions to pro-moting literacy, freedom of expression, a love of reading, or women’s careers in the world of books. Goldmark was honored for founding the Rock Bottom Remainders, a band of literary superstars who belt out “Wild Thing” and other rock staples to raise money for book-related causes. The Remain- ders have raised more than $2 million, and Tan and Goldmark have shared a microphone as “Remainderettes” since the band’s founding. Tan is better known as the author of such much-loved novels as The Joy luck Club and The Bone-setter’s daughter. Other band members include Stephen King, Dave Barry, and Matt Groening.

Nearly 50 alumnae and friends sat at rapt attention in the Bender Room on Saturday afternoon of Reunion weekend, as six Mills authors read excerpts from their books. From the tale of a young Egyptian queen who declared herself pharaoh of her land (His Majesty, Queen Hatshepsut, by Dorothy Carter, DFA ’42) to the contemporary poetry of Associate Professor of English Julianna Spahr, this year’s Literary Salon showcased a variety of fiction and non-fiction works. Now in its third year, the salon is organized by Daphne Muse, director of the Women’s Leadership Institute.