About women who read, for women who read.


Up-coming GAL Gatherings



New York


Haven's Kitchen


109 West 17th Street
New York, NY 10011


Thursday, June 21



Join GAL for our monthly book club meet-up! This time, we'll be in NYC discussing July's book- Back Talk by Danielle Lazarin. GAL is thrilled to host author Danielle as our guest speaker.


GAL EIC Payton Turner will be hosting the discussion and Q&A with Danielle at Haven's Kitchen. Bring your thoughts, questions, and conversation! We suggest reading the book, but even if you haven't, please join us and feel free to add to the conversation.  

Buy the book here! 


What people are saying about BACK TALK:

"Although Lazarin’s work has the tone and style of traditional mainstream short fiction, it joins a growing canon of quietly realist stories that establish women’s experiences as worthy of literary attention. And not just women’s experiences: These stories also explore the exhausting, slow poison of masculine power, the grind of the patriarchy on even the most privileged of women, the subtle ways in which men have trained women to minimize themselves." - Carmen Maria Machado, The New York Times

"Sensitive, intricate, and quietly powerful, Lazarin’s stories give voice to women learning to live on their own terms." - Kirkus Reviews

"Danielle Lazarin’s Back Talk is deceptively quiet but packs a powerful punch—much like the girls and women in its pages. The stories in this collection batter at the boundaries of female desire—not just for sex, but for intimacy, for visibility, for agency. They talk back to the idea that stories about women are “domestic,” burrowing deep to find wildness and a smoldering fury beneath. The best collection I've read in years, from a phenomenal new talent."- Celete Ng







New York


Book Swap with Catbird NYC
Catbird NYC


Tuesday, June 26th



GAL will be partnering with Catbird to bring you the NYC edition of our Book Swap!


There will be Gift Bags, librations, and more!
So come with a book, leave with a book and some.




Los Angeles


GAL hosts Zinzi Clemmons with The Lev
The Lev


Monday, June 25th



GAL & The Lev bring together authors Zinzi Clemmons & Shauna Barbosa for a conversation to celebrate the release of Zinzi's novel What We Lose in paperback. 



Los Angeles


Deep End Club


Thursday, June 21



Please join GAL in conversation with poet and memoirist Yrsa Daley-Ward about her powerful new memoir THE TERRIBLE

Yrsa’s book will be available for purchase by The Lev at the event, but we suggest you read it beforehand to join the conversation.



The talk begins promptly at 7:15pm with an audience Q&A at the very end, followed by a book signing.


Copies of THE TERRIBLE and bone will be for sale at the event but to guarantee a copy, pre-order here through The Lev.
(*click "pick up in-store" and add a note if you will be attending the event)



This is the first of GAL’s monthly book club series. Join us next month in New York, or (always) via our Facebook group and Instagram stream.



R.S.V.P. here


Los Angeles


Days / Lisa Cole


Wednesday, June 20


Partnering with Days and Lisa Cole, we are back with the next installment of the popular Food to Fiction dinner!



This version is based around the question—What is the LA story? We explore this through an evening of vegan food woven around the women whose stories shaped Los Angeles. From Helen Hunt Jackson to Charlotta Bass, Joan Didion to Janet Finch, Lisa See to Vanessa Place, we wander though the fictions of this place.



One ticket includes a 3 course meal, cocktail by @folosophy, wine, and an interactive evening of fun!




Buy Tickets Here!



Past GAL Gatherings




with: DAYS LA
Food: Lisa Cole & Cocktails: Brandon Schwartzel



with: DAYS LA
Food: Lisa Cole & Cocktails: Brandon Schwartzel