Literary Luncheon:

Shilpi Somaya Gowda

in conversation with Katherine Maxfield

Wednesday, January 31, 2018, 11:30AM


VENUE: Historic Villa

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Shilpi Somaya Gowda
Stacy Bostrom Photography

About our moderator, Katherine Maxfield:

“Thank you, Katherine, for your expert conversational style!” -Armistead Maupin

“Katherine Maxfield was impressively well prepared and is a splendid, gifted conversationalist” - Michael Krasny

Maxfield’s conversations with writers have been favorably compared to Terry Gross’ Fresh Air, City Arts & Lectures, and Celebrity Forum. Her friendly yet probing style encourages writers to reveal their writing and thought processes, delves into the world of agents and publishers, and examines interesting angles of their most recent publication.

Maxfield has a BA (economics), an MBA (marketing) and an MFA (writing). She worked for Silicon Valley’s ComQuest, ROLM Corporation, Polycom, Apple, and 3Com. Her non-fiction book, Starting Up Silicon Valley, was named a Kirkus Best Book of 2014 and was a 2015 Eric Hoffer winner in the business category. Her award-winning short fiction and personal perspectives have appeared in the San Francisco Chronicle, Ontario Review, and numerous other literary journals.

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“Prose so achingly touching, it draws the reader in with every description and emotion of the characters” --Associated Press

Join us as Shilpi Somaya Gowda discusses her recent book The Golden Son and her 2010 bestseller Secret Daughter. A delicious lunch paired with wine is included in your ticket purchase. Books will be available for sale.


The Golden Son is the story of childhood friends attempting to balance the expectations of their culture and families with their own desires, inspired by the tradition of resolving disputes among families in some rural Indian communities.


Shilpi Somaya Gowda was born and raised in Toronto, Canada. She holds an MBA from Stanford University, and a Bachelor’s Degree in Economics from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where she was a Morehead-Cain scholar. She has served on the Advisory Board of the Children's Defense Fund, and is a Patron of Childhaven International, the organization for which she volunteered in India. She lives in California with her husband and children.

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