Penguin Speakers Bureau

Erica Bauermeister

Author of The School of Essential Ingredients and Joy for Beginners


Erica Bauermeister is the bestselling author of the novels The School of Essential Ingredients and Joy for Beginners. She is also the coauthor of 500 Great Books by Women: A Reader’s Guide and Let’s Hear It for the Girls: 375 Great Books for Readers 2–14. She received a B.A. from Occidental College and a PhD from the University of Washington, and has taught literature and writing at the University of Washington and Antioch University. Her most recent novel is The Lost Art of Mixing.

Speaking Topics

  • The School of Essential Ingredients and the Value of Paying Attention to the “Unimportant” Things in Life
  • On Being a Novelist of a Certain Age: The advantage of not being published until you are 50
  • Why We All Need to Read the Works of Women Writers
  • Writing with Your Senses Workshop
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Featured Book

The Lost Art of Mixing

"Harrowing and graceful at once, this is some of Bauermeister's strongest writing."

Seattle Times

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