Women Talking is an astonishment, a volcano of a novel with slowly and furiously mounting pressures of anguish and love and rage. No other book I’ve read in the past year has spoken so lucidly about our current moment, and yet none has felt as timeless; the always-wondrous Miriam Toews has written a book as close to a Greek tragedy as a contemporary Western novelist can come.” —Lauren Groff, author of Fates and Furies and Florida

Women Talking: Miriam Toews and Meg Wolitzer

Tuesday April 9, 2019
07:00 pm

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Women Talking is what women are said to do, but when eight women (from three generations) clandestinely meet to debate their options, it constitutes a radical act. The obscure specificity of the books setting makes this novel uncannily relevant to the present moment. Toews book is about women’s voices being heard and the dialogue it will generate will have more women talking.


Based on real events and told through the “minutes” of the women’s all-female symposium, Miriam Toews’s masterful novel uses wry, politically engaged humor to relate this tale of women claiming their own power to decide. Acerbic, funny, tender, sorrowful and wise, Women Talking is composed of equal parts humane love and deep anger. It is award-winning writer Miriam Toews’ most astonishing novel to date, containing within its two short days and hayloft setting an expansive, timeless universe of thinking and feeling about women–and men–in our contemporary world.


Inspired by horrifying true events that took place in a Bolivian Mennonite colony, Miriam Toews will speak to Meg Wolitzer on how she gave voice to these long-suffering women in an intimate conversation on the disturbing consequences of patriarchy and religosity. 

Miriam ToewsMiriam Toews is the author of six previous bestselling novels: All My Puny Sorrows,Summer of My Amazing Luck, A Boy of Good Breeding, A Complicated Kindness, The Flying Troutmans, and Irma Voth, and one work of nonfiction, Swing Low: A Life. She is winner of the Governor General’s Award for Fiction, the Libris Award for Fiction Book of the Year, the Rogers Writers’ Trust Fiction Prize, and the Writers’ Trust Engel/Findley Award. She lives in Toronto.



Meg WolitzerMeg Wolitzer is the author of many novels, including The Female PersuasionThe Interestings, and The Wife, which was recently adapted as a film starring Glenn Close. Wolitzer was the guest editor of The Best American Short Stories 2017, and her short fiction has appeared in McSweeney’s, Ploughshares, The Best American Short Stories, and The Pushcart Prize. She has taught writing widely, and is a member of the MFA faculty of Stony Brook Southampton. Along with singer-songwriter Suzzy Roche (formerly of the Roches), Wolitzer has been a guest artist at the Princeton Atelier at Princeton University. She lives in New York City.