Women's Literary Festival (copy)

Women browse the selection of books at a previous Literary Women Festival of Long Beach.

For the first time in years, fans of female authors have the chance to see some of the good ones in person at the Long Beach Literary Women Festival of Authors.

The daylong event typically sells out shortly after tickets become available. But, according to a spokesperson, some computer glitches have slowed sales for the March 4 event. So registration remains open to hear and meet seven top female writers.

This year’s lineup of authors includes Mia Alvar, a popular short-story author with her debut novel, “In The Country;” Roxane Gay, the award-winning author of “The Untamed State;” Nadia Hashimi, who penned a haunting story titled “When The Moon Is Low;” popular novelist Lily King, who most recently published the bestselling “Euphoria;” Jill Leovy, a journalist who was embedded with the police before she wrote “Ghettoside;” and Idra Novey, who writes prose that reads like poetry in “Ways to Disappear.”

Tickets are $100, and about 800 people are expected to attend the event at the Long Beach Convention Center. In addition to talks, there are books for sale and autograph sessions.

To get a ticket, download the registration form at LiteraryWomen.org and mail it with a check to the address on the form. When the event is sold out, the form will no longer download.

The festival, marking its 35th year, is organized by an all-volunteer team. Proceeds from the event cover festival attendance for young writers from local schools and book donations to the Long Beach Public Library.

—Harry Saltzgaver

Harry has been executive editor of Gazette Newspapers for more than 26 years. He has been in the newspaper business for more than 35 years, with experience on both weekly and metropolitan daily papers in Colorado and California.

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