How would life in the United States change for women if terminating a pregnancy was outlawed? A recent novel imagines the outcome, and two others delve into the issue.
Dave Eggers, Joyce Carol Oates and others will also take part in the festival, whose theme is the narrowing gap between public and private life.
After many blood-filled novels, Oates has written a book, “Hazards of Time Travel,” in which the victim is America.
A growing canon of female-centered science fiction looks at questions of gender inequality, misogyny and institutionalized sexism.
Whether they’re lovers, parents, professors or kids, the characters in these stories all have something to hide.
Ms. Oates said that closing cultural institutions to oppose President-elect Donald J. Trump “would only hurt artists.” Lively Twitter exchanges followed.