Grace Bonney Leads In the Company of Women Event

Texas Book Festival brings Design*Sponge founder and friends to town

Bestselling author Grace Bonney has a long history of promoting collaboration and support between creative women in business. This Friday, Bonney will host a conversation with the Texas Book Festival to celebrate women in business and the arts.

Grace Bonney (Photo by Christopher Sturman / Source: Texas Book Festival)

“Our event is going to be about learning from each other and coming away not just with inspiration, but concrete ideas and new friends and collaborators to continue these conversations with at home,” said Bonney via email.

Grace Bonney founded the hugely popular interior design blog Design*Sponge in 2004 and published her bestselling book, Design*Sponge at Home, five years later. Her new book, In the Company of Women, profiles 100 influential women who blazed their own trail in business and art.

“I’ve been lucky to meet a wide range of amazing women running their own creative businesses over the past 12 years,” Bonney said, “but I wasn't seeing those women's voices included in books or magazines.”

Bonney will present her new release and host a conversation with a panel of prominent businesswomen representing a range of creative fields and perspectives. Nikisha Brunson founded natural skincare line FolieApothecary. Ashley and Christina Cheng are co-founders of locally born Spun Ice Cream. Kirsten Dickerson is the CEO and founder of ethical lifestyle brand Raven + Lily. The event also welcomes designer Natalie Davis of Canoe Goods and Norma Jeanne Maloney, owner of signage and typography studio Red Rider Studios.

The events takes place in the Central Presbyterian Church (200 E. Eighth) Friday, October 7 at 7pm. You can purchase tickets for $38 at The ticket gets you a pre-signed copy of In the Company of Women and a reserved seat at the event.

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