Jane Ganahl has been a journalist, author, arts producer, consultant, editor, community organizer and more in San Francisco for almost 30 years. She is the author of the memoir, “Naked on the Page: the Misadventures of My Unmarried Midlife” (Viking), which was developed (unsuccessfully) for a TV series. Of her book, Elle magazine wrote: "[Ganahl's] dating escapades are daring and delicious, but also emotionally profound."
She is also the editor of the acclaimed 2005 anthology, “Single Woman of a Certain Age: 28 Women Writers on the Unmarried Midlife,” which was re-released by New World Library in 2009. Of the collection, the Hartford Courant wrote: “This collection of essays show the writers know plenty about love – how it works, when it works, when it doesn't and why it's not always the be-all and end-all of a woman's emotional life. Growing older solo is fraught with challenges – but also with opportunities.”
Jane has been a journalist for almost three decades, most of that time with San Francisco newspapers, covering everything from City Hall to pop culture. During her final five years at the Chronicle she penned the “Single Minded” Sunday column about the unmarried life; it served as the backdrop for her memoir. For her outspokenness, MSN.com named her to its Singles Hall of Fame, noting: “Jane Ganahl is not only a keen observer of single life - she's also a champion of it.”
As an expert in the field of single life, Jane has chaired panels at San Francisco’s Commonwealth Club, at writers’ conferences, and at marketing seminars. She has also appeared on numerous TV programs, including “The Today Show,” and innumerable radio shows, from Sirius network to NPR.
As a prolific freelance writer, her work is regularly found in Spirituality & Health, on Match.com, SecondAct.com and Huffington Post; she has also contributed to VanityFair.com, Harper’s Bazaar, Ladies’ Home Journal, Harp, Parenting, Book, Salon.com and Rolling Stone.com. She has also contributed essays to four anthologies, which can be found on the books page (link). She has been awarded by the Society of Professional Journalists for her work.
She is proud to be the co-founder and artistic director of Litquake, now the largest literary festival on the West Coast, which annually draws more than 800 authors and thousands of book fans who descend on San Francisco for 10 days in October for an orgy of readings, panels, storytellings, kids’ lit, and general mayhem, as well as events throughout the year.
Jane was also the founder and organizer of the Last Supper Salon in San Francisco – an auspicious gathering of creative people that ran for ten years in San Francisco. She dotes on her grown daughter – a deputy state attorney general – and on both her domestic cats as well as the wild ones she has rescued and found homes for (15 at last count). She enjoys only occasional precious moments of spare time, which she generally spends either walking on the ocean bluffs near her coastal home, or watching movies, her certifiable addiction.
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