• Schedule

2017 Keynotes, Interviews, and Panels

To guarantee access to indoor sessions, we recommend that you purchase a Priority Admission Ticket for only $8. Otherwise, you can purchase a General Admission Wristband for $15 for the whole weekend, with first-come, first-served admission after Priority Ticket holders are let in. Outdoor sessions — at the San Francisco Chronicle Stage in the Park and the Showtime Stage for families — are free, with first-come, first served seating.

  • Category

10:00 AM
  • Current Affairs
  • History
  • Literary

1. Witness and Testimony: The Past and Present of Native America

William Bauer, Layli Long Soldier, T. J. Stiles, and Louis Warren, moderated by Greg Sarris

Saturday, June 3

10:00 AM - 11:15 AM
2017-06-03 10:00:00 2017-06-03 11:15:00 America/Los_Angeles Witness and Testimony: The Past and Present of Native America Turtle Island's First People, and its First Nations, have inspired writers, journalists, artists, musicians, and workers—Native American, Anglo, and other—in years past and today, up to and beyond Standing Rock activism. What stories and lessons from Native American history illuminate the present day for Native Americans, and why? Our panelists include a Native poet writing about voicelessness, a two-time Pulitzer Prize winner, an award-winning novelist and Native leader who discovered his roots as an adult, and a historian specialized in Native American studies. They discuss legacies, truths, and the potential future of our country's First People's place, stories, and movements. Alta Stage at Freight & Salvage William Bauer, Layli Long Soldier, T. J. Stiles, and Louis Warren, moderated by Greg Sarris Get Tickets

Turtle Island’s First People, and its First Nations, have inspired writers, journalists, artists, musicians, and workers—Native American, Anglo, and other—in years past and today, up to and beyond Standing Rock activism. What stories and lessons from Native American history illuminate the present day for Native Americans, and why? Our panelists include a Native poet writing about voicelessness, a two-time Pulitzer Prize winner, an award-winning novelist and Native leader who discovered his roots as an adult, and a historian specialized in Native American studies. They discuss legacies, truths, and the potential future of our country’s First People’s place, stories, and movements.

Alta Stage at Freight & Salvage

Book signing information: Freight & Salvage Lobby

10:00 AM
  • Current Affairs
  • International
  • Literary

2. Hidden Stories: Three Fiction Writers on Telling the Truth

Vanessa Hua, Shanthi Sekaran, Esme Weijun Wang, moderated by Sandhya Dirks

Saturday, June 3

10:00 AM - 11:15 AM
2017-06-03 10:00:00 2017-06-03 11:15:00 America/Los_Angeles Hidden Stories: Three Fiction Writers on Telling the Truth Behind appearances are stories — and sometimes they’re complex, frightening stories that people hide. People milling through The Cheeseboard on Shattuck Avenue are harboring heart-stopping secrets in Shanthi Sekaran's page-turner, ‘Lucky Boy.’ That normal-looking guy at the Chinatown restaurant is actually fleeing a scandalous Hong Kong celebrity career, in 'Deceit and Other Possibilities' by Vanessa Hua, also a columnist with the San Francisco Chronicle. Characters cope with mental illness in 'The Border of Paradise’ (“stunning,” said the New York Times) by Esme Wang, who also blogs about cultivating resilience amidst disabilities. Start the morning with pathos, truth and wisdom from three dazzling fresh voices. Berkeley City College Vanessa Hua, Shanthi Sekaran, Esme Weijun Wang, moderated by Sandhya Dirks Get Tickets

Behind appearances are stories — and sometimes they’re complex, frightening stories that people hide. People milling through The Cheeseboard on Shattuck Avenue are harboring heart-stopping secrets in Shanthi Sekaran’s page-turner, ‘Lucky Boy.’ That normal-looking guy at the Chinatown restaurant is actually fleeing a scandalous Hong Kong celebrity career, in ‘Deceit and Other Possibilities’ by Vanessa Hua, also a columnist with the San Francisco Chronicle. Characters cope with mental illness in ‘The Border of Paradise’ (“stunning,” said the New York Times) by Esme Wang, who also blogs about cultivating resilience amidst disabilities. Start the morning with pathos, truth and wisdom from three dazzling fresh voices.

Berkeley City College - Auditorium

Book signing information: Atrium

10:00 AM
  • Literary
  • Writing & Publishing

3. My Literary Friend: Dani Shapiro and Hannah Tinti Talk

Dani Shapiro in conversation with Hannah Tinti

Saturday, June 3

10:00 AM - 11:15 AM
2017-06-03 10:00:00 2017-06-03 11:15:00 America/Los_Angeles My Literary Friend: Dani Shapiro and Hannah Tinti Talk As much as we think of the act of writing as solitary, art never occurs in a vacuum. Author and editor Hannah Tinti talks with bestselling author Dani Shapiro about the necessity of mentorship, literary friendships, and the surprising joys and hard truths of living the writer's life. David Brower Center Dani Shapiro in conversation with Hannah Tinti Get Tickets

As much as we think of the act of writing as solitary, art never occurs in a vacuum. Author and editor Hannah Tinti talks with bestselling author Dani Shapiro about the necessity of mentorship, literary friendships, and the surprising joys and hard truths of living the writer’s life.

David Brower Center - Goldman Theater

Book signing information: David Brower Center Gallery

Sponsored by One Story

10:00 AM
  • Culture
  • International
  • Literary

4. Writing from Africa

Lesley Nneka Arimah, Jennifer Nansubuga Makumbi, and Sarah Ladipo Manyika, moderated by Aaron Bady

Saturday, June 3

10:00 AM - 11:15 AM
2017-06-03 10:00:00 2017-06-03 11:15:00 America/Los_Angeles Writing from Africa Where is Africa in world literature? After centuries of being confined to a cramped corner of the literary world—to being described by explorers, tourists, journalists, and activists—African writers discuss what it means to tell their own stories, in their own words and languages, and the journey their work takes to arrive in print, at home and abroad. Lesley Nneka Arimah's 'What It Means When A Man Falls From the Sky' is "completely captivating...whether you're in Nigeria or Chicago" (Ebony); Jennifer Nansubuga Makumbi's 'Kintu' has been called "a masterpiece of cultural memory” (Publishers Weekly), and Sarah Ladipo Manyika's 'Like a Mule Bringing Ice Cream to the Sun' is one of the "brilliant books that you really need to read" (Buzzfeed). David Brower Center Lesley Nneka Arimah, Jennifer Nansubuga Makumbi, and Sarah Ladipo Manyika, moderated by Aaron Bady Get Tickets

Where is Africa in world literature? After centuries of being confined to a cramped corner of the literary world—to being described by explorers, tourists, journalists, and activists—African writers discuss what it means to tell their own stories, in their own words and languages, and the journey their work takes to arrive in print, at home and abroad. Lesley Nneka Arimah’s ‘What It Means When A Man Falls From the Sky’ is “completely captivating…whether you’re in Nigeria or Chicago” (Ebony); Jennifer Nansubuga Makumbi’s ‘Kintu’ has been called “a masterpiece of cultural memory” (Publishers Weekly), and Sarah Ladipo Manyika’s ‘Like a Mule Bringing Ice Cream to the Sun’ is one of the “brilliant books that you really need to read” (Buzzfeed).

David Brower Center - Tamalpais Room

Book signing information: David Brower Center Gallery

Sponsored by Transit Books

10:00 AM
  • International
  • Literary

5. First Books: What It Took to Get There

Colin Barrett, Jonas Luscher, Pajtim Statovci, Aura Xilonen, moderator Joan Frank

Saturday, June 3

10:00 AM - 11:15 AM
2017-06-03 10:00:00 2017-06-03 11:15:00 America/Los_Angeles First Books: What It Took to Get There There’s a book in all of us, but what does it take to get it out into the world? Hear four successful authors give their expert advice on writing their first books and navigating the sometimes bumpy road to publication. They come from Ireland, Switzerland, Finland, and Mexico, and all saw publication in their home countries and recently in the United States. How was the process of writing, revising, publishing and marketing their books different and similar across these regions and writers? Hotel Shattuck Plaza Colin Barrett, Jonas Luscher, Pajtim Statovci, Aura Xilonen, moderator Joan Frank Get Tickets

There’s a book in all of us, but what does it take to get it out into the world? Hear four successful authors give their expert advice on writing their first books and navigating the sometimes bumpy road to publication. They come from Ireland, Switzerland, Finland, and Mexico, and all saw publication in their home countries and recently in the United States. How was the process of writing, revising, publishing and marketing their books different and similar across these regions and writers?

Hotel Shattuck Plaza - Boiler Room

Book signing information: Interior patio

Sponsored by the Barbro Osher Pro Suecia Foundation, the Consulate General of Switzerland in San Francisco, Culture Ireland, FILI - Finnish Literature Exchange, Finlandia Foundation National, Pro Helvetia, the Consulate General of Mexico in San Francisco and the State of Jalisco

10:00 AM
  • Current Affairs
  • Literary

6. Trippin’ with Ayelet Waldman

Ayelet Waldman, Sylvia Brownrigg

Saturday, June 3

10:00 AM - 11:15 AM
2017-06-03 10:00:00 2017-06-03 11:15:00 America/Los_Angeles Trippin’ with Ayelet Waldman “Try LSD!” is unconventional marital advice, but Ayelet Waldman is an unconventional author. Her latest book, ‘A Really Good Day: How Microdosing Made a Mega Difference in My Mood, My Marriage, and My Life,’ tackles marriage and more in her month-long experiment with small doses of illegal LSD to treat her depression and crippling mood swings. Together with award-winning author Sylvia Brownrigg (‘Pages for You’), the two will offer large doses of hilarity and heart while diminishing the stigma of mental illness. Hotel Shattuck Plaza Ayelet Waldman, Sylvia Brownrigg Get Tickets

“Try LSD!” is unconventional marital advice, but Ayelet Waldman is an unconventional author. Her latest book, ‘A Really Good Day: How Microdosing Made a Mega Difference in My Mood, My Marriage, and My Life,’ tackles marriage and more in her month-long experiment with small doses of illegal LSD to treat her depression and crippling mood swings. Together with award-winning author Sylvia Brownrigg (‘Pages for You’), the two will offer large doses of hilarity and heart while diminishing the stigma of mental illness.

Hotel Shattuck Plaza - Crystal Ballroom

Book signing information: Interior patio

10:30 AM
  • Free
  • Teen

7. Emerging Voices: Young Authors Writing Competition 2017 Winners

Saturday, June 3

10:30 AM - 11:30 AM
2017-06-03 10:30:00 2017-06-03 11:30:00 America/Los_Angeles Emerging Voices: Young Authors Writing Competition 2017 Winners Bay Area Youth participated in our third annual Young Authors Writing competition with this year's prompt, "Change: The world, and the people in it, are in a constant state of flux; nothing truly ever remains the same." Young writers took up this topic in unique ways, and this year's stories reflected the vast diversity of experience and perspective of our local youth. Come hear this year's contest winners read their winning pieces and witness the rise of a new generation of writers. Berkeley Public Library

Bay Area Youth participated in our third annual Young Authors Writing competition with this year’s prompt, “Change: The world, and the people in it, are in a constant state of flux; nothing truly ever remains the same.” Young writers took up this topic in unique ways, and this year’s stories reflected the vast diversity of experience and perspective of our local youth. Come hear this year’s contest winners read their winning pieces and witness the rise of a new generation of writers.

Berkeley Public Library - Community Meeting Room

Book signing information: n/a

11:00 AM
  • Children & Families
  • Outdoor (Free)

8. Writers and Artists Whose Books You Love, Part 1: A Picture Book Extravaganza for Kids and Their Adults

Ana Aranda, Jon Agee, Gennifer Choldenko, William Joyce, and Michael Slack, moderated by Alex Green

Saturday, June 3

11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
2017-06-03 11:00:00 2017-06-03 12:00:00 America/Los_Angeles Writers and Artists Whose Books You Love, Part 1: A Picture Book Extravaganza for Kids and Their Adults Calling both children and adults to celebrate the joy of reading on a lovely Saturday afternoon in the big tent on the grass in the park. No one's ever too old to read a great story—even if it's meant for kids. (Aren't we all still kids inside?) These all-star picture-book creators share some of the key moments and inspirations from their journeys as visual storytellers that both kids and adults will love. San Francisco Chronicle Stage in the Park Ana Aranda, Jon Agee, Gennifer Choldenko, William Joyce, and Michael Slack, moderated by Alex Green

Calling both children and adults to celebrate the joy of reading on a lovely Saturday afternoon in the big tent on the grass in the park. No one’s ever too old to read a great story—even if it’s meant for kids. (Aren’t we all still kids inside?) These all-star picture-book creators share some of the key moments and inspirations from their journeys as visual storytellers that both kids and adults will love.

San Francisco Chronicle Stage in the Park

Book signing information: Adjacent to Stage

11:15 AM
  • Culture
  • International
  • Literary

9. The Legacy of Juan Rulfo: A Celebration

Mauro Javier Cardenas, Enrique Chagoya, Cristina Rivera-Garza, Guadalupe Nettel, and Aura Xilonen, moderated by Jane Ciabattari

Saturday, June 3

11:15 AM - 12:30 PM
2017-06-03 11:15:00 2017-06-03 12:30:00 America/Los_Angeles The Legacy of Juan Rulfo: A Celebration Gabriel Garcia Marquez compared him to Sophocles in terms of influence. Susan Sontag wrote that Juan Rulfo's single novel, 'Pedro Páramo,' is "one of the masterpieces of twentieth-century world literature." Jorge Luis Borges called the novel a work of genuis. And yet Juan Rulfo, mantled as the father of magic realism, is much less well known than the many writers who have looked to him for inspiration. What made Rulfo so extraordinary, and how has his influence reverberated throughout world literature? On the 100th anniversary of Rulfo's birth in Jalisco, Mexico, this international panel of writers and artists, moderated by Jane Ciabattari, board member of the National Book Critics Circle, introduces Rulfo to new readers and celebrates his legacy. BAMPFA Mauro Javier Cardenas, Enrique Chagoya, Cristina Rivera-Garza, Guadalupe Nettel, and Aura Xilonen, moderated by Jane Ciabattari Get Tickets

Gabriel Garcia Marquez compared him to Sophocles in terms of influence. Susan Sontag wrote that Juan Rulfo’s single novel, ‘Pedro Páramo,’ is “one of the masterpieces of twentieth-century world literature.” Jorge Luis Borges called the novel a work of genuis. And yet Juan Rulfo, mantled as the father of magic realism, is much less well known than the many writers who have looked to him for inspiration. What made Rulfo so extraordinary, and how has his influence reverberated throughout world literature? On the 100th anniversary of Rulfo’s birth in Jalisco, Mexico, this international panel of writers and artists, moderated by Jane Ciabattari, board member of the National Book Critics Circle, introduces Rulfo to new readers and celebrates his legacy.

BAMPFA - Barbro Osher Theater

Book signing information: BAMPFA

Sponsored by the Consulate General of Mexico in San Francisco and the State of Jalisco

11:45 AM
  • Culture
  • Current Affairs
  • History

10. Activism at a Crossroads

Micah White and Becky Bond, moderated by Monika Bauerlein

Saturday, June 3

11:45 AM - 1:00 PM
2017-06-03 11:45:00 2017-06-03 13:00:00 America/Los_Angeles Activism at a Crossroads Activism is undergoing a re-evaluation. Is protest still effective? What can work today? Micah White (co-creator of Occupy Wall Street and author of 'The End of Protest: A New Playbook for Revolution'), named by Esquire as one of the most influential young thinkers alive today, and Becky Bond (former senior advisor to Bernie Sanders' presidential campaign and co-author of 'Rules for Revolutionaries: How Big Organizing Can Change Everything') will offer guidance and action for a new era of social change and activism. If you’ve ever thought of joining a march or demonstration, White and Bond will make you smarter about it. Mother Jones' Monika Bauerlein moderates. Alta Stage at Freight & Salvage Micah White and Becky Bond, moderated by Monika Bauerlein Get Tickets

Activism is undergoing a re-evaluation. Is protest still effective? What can work today? Micah White (co-creator of Occupy Wall Street and author of ‘The End of Protest: A New Playbook for Revolution’), named by Esquire as one of the most influential young thinkers alive today, and Becky Bond (former senior advisor to Bernie Sanders’ presidential campaign and co-author of ‘Rules for Revolutionaries: How Big Organizing Can Change Everything’) will offer guidance and action for a new era of social change and activism. If you’ve ever thought of joining a march or demonstration, White and Bond will make you smarter about it. Mother Jones’ Monika Bauerlein moderates.

Alta Stage at Freight & Salvage

Book signing information: Freight & Salvage Lobby

Sponsored by Mother Jones Magazine

11:45 AM
  • Current Affairs
  • Literary
  • Women/Gender

11. From Every Angle: Women Writing About the Body

Roxane Gay, Sonya Renee Taylor, and Sarai Walker, moderated by Aya de Leon

Saturday, June 3

11:45 AM - 1:00 PM
2017-06-03 11:45:00 2017-06-03 13:00:00 America/Los_Angeles From Every Angle: Women Writing About the Body In our culture, as in many around the world, women's bodies are viciously monitored and criticized. We are under pressure to digitally alter our media images and surgically alter our actual bodies. We live with nonstop criticism, hostile "advice," and condescension. But what do fat women have to say about the body, feminism, health, sexuality, food, consumerism, and community? This panel brings together women authors across genres of memoir, fiction, and poetry with a range of experiences and perspectives. In an era where body positivity and fat liberation increasingly push back against body shaming and fatphobia, what do they hope to achieve through the complex and nuanced stories they tell? Berkeley City College Roxane Gay, Sonya Renee Taylor, and Sarai Walker, moderated by Aya de Leon Get Tickets

In our culture, as in many around the world, women’s bodies are viciously monitored and criticized. We are under pressure to digitally alter our media images and surgically alter our actual bodies. We live with nonstop criticism, hostile “advice,” and condescension. But what do fat women have to say about the body, feminism, health, sexuality, food, consumerism, and community? This panel brings together women authors across genres of memoir, fiction, and poetry with a range of experiences and perspectives. In an era where body positivity and fat liberation increasingly push back against body shaming and fatphobia, what do they hope to achieve through the complex and nuanced stories they tell?

Berkeley City College - Auditorium

Book signing information: Atrium

11:45 AM
  • Culture
  • Current Affairs
  • History

12. Understanding the Other: How Emotion Shapes Politics and Can Heal our Divides

Arlie Hochschild in conversation with Clara Jeffery

Saturday, June 3

11:45 AM - 1:00 PM
2017-06-03 11:45:00 2017-06-03 13:00:00 America/Los_Angeles Understanding the Other: How Emotion Shapes Politics and Can Heal our Divides UC Berkeley sociologist Arlie Hochschild's recent 'Strangers in Their Own Land: Anger and Mourning on the American Right,' a National Book Award finalist, was one of the six books recommended by the New York Times to help understand Trump's win. It quickly sold out nationwide and has gone into multiple printings. As with Hochschild's many previous books, her work highlights the role of emotion, in this case in shaping politics. Her research method is empathy. Here she describes "the deep story" she discovered among Louisiana supporters of the Tea Party and shares suggestions on addressing the current political, social, and (always) emotional situations in which we find ourselves. David Brower Center Arlie Hochschild in conversation with Clara Jeffery Get Tickets

UC Berkeley sociologist Arlie Hochschild’s recent ‘Strangers in Their Own Land: Anger and Mourning on the American Right,’ a National Book Award finalist, was one of the six books recommended by the New York Times to help understand Trump’s win. It quickly sold out nationwide and has gone into multiple printings. As with Hochschild’s many previous books, her work highlights the role of emotion, in this case in shaping politics. Her research method is empathy. Here she describes “the deep story” she discovered among Louisiana supporters of the Tea Party and shares suggestions on addressing the current political, social, and (always) emotional situations in which we find ourselves.

David Brower Center - Goldman Theater

Book signing information: David Brower Center Gallery

Sponsored by Mother Jones Magazine

11:45 AM
  • Environment
  • Literary

13. The Great Outdoors, Urban and Otherwise: The Delights and Joys of Taking a Closer Look at the Nature Around Us

Michael Branch, Nathanael Johnson, in conversation with Mary Ellen Hannibal

Saturday, June 3

11:45 AM - 1:00 PM
2017-06-03 11:45:00 2017-06-03 13:00:00 America/Los_Angeles The Great Outdoors, Urban and Otherwise: The Delights and Joys of Taking a Closer Look at the Nature Around Us Go outside. Just for a moment, be still, eyes and ears wide open. Whether it's your front yard, a tiny city park, a vast National Park, an alleyway, the beach, or the desert, there are astonishing sights and sounds to both soothe souls and invigorate minds. A desert rat, an urban environmentalist, and a citizen scientist find common ground in this discussion of the importance—and delights—of being present in nature (wherever we find it). David Brower Center Michael Branch, Nathanael Johnson, in conversation with Mary Ellen Hannibal Get Tickets

Go outside. Just for a moment, be still, eyes and ears wide open. Whether it’s your front yard, a tiny city park, a vast National Park, an alleyway, the beach, or the desert, there are astonishing sights and sounds to both soothe souls and invigorate minds. A desert rat, an urban environmentalist, and a citizen scientist find common ground in this discussion of the importance—and delights—of being present in nature (wherever we find it).

David Brower Center - Tamalpais Room

Book signing information: David Brower Center Gallery

Sponsored by Pt. Reyes Books

11:45 AM
  • International
  • Literary

14. Absurd and Hilarious: Stories About Money

Jonas Luscher, Paul Murray, and Doree Shafrir, moderated by J.K. Dineen

Saturday, June 3

11:45 AM - 1:00 PM
2017-06-03 11:45:00 2017-06-03 13:00:00 America/Los_Angeles Absurd and Hilarious: Stories About Money Money can't buy happiness. Except when these whip-smart, hilarious authors are writing about money, that is. Jonas Luscher (author of the German Book Award nominated 'Barbarian Spring'), Paul Murray ('The Mark and the Void,' which has been described as "probably the funniest novel ever written about a financial crisis"), and Doree Shafrir ('Startup', a novel about a $600 million idea) will talk turkey on making money funny. Take a break from all the seriousness out there. Don't wait to cash in on this opportunity. Hotel Shattuck Plaza Jonas Luscher, Paul Murray, and Doree Shafrir, moderated by J.K. Dineen Get Tickets

Money can’t buy happiness. Except when these whip-smart, hilarious authors are writing about money, that is. Jonas Luscher (author of the German Book Award nominated ‘Barbarian Spring’), Paul Murray (‘The Mark and the Void,’ which has been described as “probably the funniest novel ever written about a financial crisis”), and Doree Shafrir (‘Startup’, a novel about a $600 million idea) will talk turkey on making money funny. Take a break from all the seriousness out there. Don’t wait to cash in on this opportunity.

Hotel Shattuck Plaza - Boiler Room

Book signing information: Interior patio

Sponsored by the Consulate General of Switzerland in San Francisco, Culture Ireland, Pro Helvetia, and The Jewish Community Center of the East Bay

11:45 AM
  • Current Affairs
  • Writing & Publishing

15. Publishing’s Roles and Responsibilities in a Post-Truth Era

Naheed Hasnat Senzai, Marissa Moss, Jessica Powers, Rachael Small and Lise Quintana, moderated by Brooke Warner

Saturday, June 3

11:45 AM - 1:00 PM
2017-06-03 11:45:00 2017-06-03 13:00:00 America/Los_Angeles Publishing’s Roles and Responsibilities in a Post-Truth Era In a publishing climate rife with fake news, and following the aftermath of the public fallout of Simon & Schuster’s acquisition of Milo Yiannopoulos’s 'Dangerous,' questions arise about free speech, our cultural response to truth, and gatekeepers. This panel will be a spirited conversation about the state of the industry and the roles and responsibilities of all the players—from publishers and the media, to authors and readers. Hotel Shattuck Plaza Naheed Hasnat Senzai, Marissa Moss, Jessica Powers, Rachael Small and Lise Quintana, moderated by Brooke Warner Get Tickets

In a publishing climate rife with fake news, and following the aftermath of the public fallout of Simon & Schuster’s acquisition of Milo Yiannopoulos’s ‘Dangerous,’ questions arise about free speech, our cultural response to truth, and gatekeepers. This panel will be a spirited conversation about the state of the industry and the roles and responsibilities of all the players—from publishers and the media, to authors and readers.

Hotel Shattuck Plaza - Crystal Ballroom

Book signing information: Interior patio

Sponsored by Zoetic Press

12:00 PM
  • International
  • Literary

16. Collecting the Pieces: Fiction and Trauma

Oddny Eir, Jonas Hassen Khemiri, Katie Kitamura, and Per Petterson, moderated by Stephen Sparks

Saturday, June 3

12:00 PM - 1:15 PM
2017-06-03 12:00:00 2017-06-03 13:15:00 America/Los_Angeles Collecting the Pieces: Fiction and Trauma How do we process loss? What role does memory play in mourning? The novelists gathered here—from Iceland, Sweden, the United States, and Norway—all use extraordinary restraint and carefully structure their work in order to create great emotional impact. Why do they take this approach; how do they sustain it; and what it is like personally to write these stories? They also discuss the psychology of grief and the ways in which we come to terms with devastation. Magnes Collection Oddny Eir, Jonas Hassen Khemiri, Katie Kitamura, and Per Petterson, moderated by Stephen Sparks Get Tickets

How do we process loss? What role does memory play in mourning? The novelists gathered here—from Iceland, Sweden, the United States, and Norway—all use extraordinary restraint and carefully structure their work in order to create great emotional impact. Why do they take this approach; how do they sustain it; and what it is like personally to write these stories? They also discuss the psychology of grief and the ways in which we come to terms with devastation.

Magnes Collection

Book signing information: David Brower Center Gallery

Sponsored by the Barbro Osher Pro Suecia Foundation, the Icelandic Literature Center, the Norway House Foundation, NORLA - Norwegian Literature Abroad, and the Literary Hub (lithub.com)

12:00 PM
  • Children & Families
  • Free

17. Karl Newsom Edwards Presents I Got a New Friend

Karl Newsom Edwards

Saturday, June 3

12:00 PM - 12:30 PM
2017-06-03 12:00:00 2017-06-03 12:30:00 America/Los_Angeles Karl Newsom Edwards Presents I Got a New Friend Welcome back Karl Edwards, the artist and writer behind 'Fly!' (a story about self-discovery through perseverance that encourages toddlers to get up and move to their own buggy groove), and a brand-new book about a little girl, a new puppy, and the work that goes into friendships. "Totally, infectiously ebullient!" says Kirkus. Showtime Stage Karl Newsom Edwards

Welcome back Karl Edwards, the artist and writer behind ‘Fly!’ (a story about self-discovery through perseverance that encourages toddlers to get up and move to their own buggy groove), and a brand-new book about a little girl, a new puppy, and the work that goes into friendships. “Totally, infectiously ebullient!” says Kirkus.

Showtime Stage

Book signing information: Adjacent to Stage

12:15 PM
  • Children & Families
  • Outdoor (Free)
  • Teen

18. All About Cornelia Funke: Meet and Hear the Beloved Author of Inkheart, The Reckless Series, Lilly and Finn and More!

Cornelia Funke

Saturday, June 3

12:15 PM - 1:15 PM
2017-06-03 12:15:00 2017-06-03 13:15:00 America/Los_Angeles All About Cornelia Funke: Meet and Hear the Beloved Author of Inkheart, The Reckless Series, Lilly and Finn and More! Join beloved children’s author Cornelia Funke, the award-winning German storyteller and illustrator of ‘Inkheart,’ the Reckless series, ‘Lilly and Finn,’ and her latest, ‘The Book No One Ever Read.’ A children’s story that Cornelia calls “her ‘Inkheart’ for kindergarteners,” this new picture book is a magical journey into the experience of a book that longs to be read. Don’t miss your chance to hear one of the great voices of children’s literature and take part in the debut of this picture book (already a favorite of festival staff) that is sure to become a classic. San Francisco Chronicle Stage in the Park Cornelia Funke

Join beloved children’s author Cornelia Funke, the award-winning German storyteller and illustrator of ‘Inkheart,’ the Reckless series, ‘Lilly and Finn,’ and her latest, ‘The Book No One Ever Read.’ A children’s story that Cornelia calls “her ‘Inkheart’ for kindergarteners,” this new picture book is a magical journey into the experience of a book that longs to be read. Don’t miss your chance to hear one of the great voices of children’s literature and take part in the debut of this picture book (already a favorite of festival staff) that is sure to become a classic.

San Francisco Chronicle Stage in the Park

Book signing information: Adjacent to Stage

Sponsored by the Goethe-Institut San Francisco

12:30 PM
  • Children & Families
  • Free

19. Doreen Cronin Presents Click, Clack, Surprise!

Doreen Cronin

Saturday, June 3

12:30 PM - 1:00 PM
2017-06-03 12:30:00 2017-06-03 13:00:00 America/Los_Angeles Doreen Cronin Presents Click, Clack, Surprise! Kids across the world know her books and so do their adults: 'Click, Clack, Moo, Cows That Type.' 'Giggle Giggle Quack.' 'Duck for President.' 'Diary of a Worm.' 'Diary of a Fly.' To name just a few. Now it's time to meet the most talented Doreen Cronin in person! Showtime Stage Doreen Cronin

Kids across the world know her books and so do their adults: ‘Click, Clack, Moo, Cows That Type.’ ‘Giggle Giggle Quack.’ ‘Duck for President.’ ‘Diary of a Worm.’ ‘Diary of a Fly.’ To name just a few. Now it’s time to meet the most talented Doreen Cronin in person!

Showtime Stage

Book signing information: Adjacent to Stage

1:00 PM
  • Free
  • Poetry
  • Teen

20. Speak Your Truth: a Youth Speaks Writing & Performance Workshop

Saturday, June 3

1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
2017-06-03 13:00:00 2017-06-03 15:00:00 America/Los_Angeles Speak Your Truth: a Youth Speaks Writing & Performance Workshop Teens! Come kick it with your peers and tell the stories that sit heavy on your chest and rattle your heart like the inside of a stolen spray can. Youth Speaks poet mentors will be on hand to help you express your truths in this free writing and performance workshop. All levels welcome and encouraged in this safe space. Berkeley Public Library

Teens! Come kick it with your peers and tell the stories that sit heavy on your chest and rattle your heart like the inside of a stolen spray can. Youth Speaks poet mentors will be on hand to help you express your truths in this free writing and performance workshop. All levels welcome and encouraged in this safe space.

Berkeley Public Library - Community Meeting Room

Book signing information: n/a

Sponsored by Youth Speaks

1:15 PM
  • Culture
  • Current Affairs
  • History

21. Our Trump, Our Television, Our Bad Luck

David Thomson

Saturday, June 3

1:15 PM - 2:30 PM
2017-06-03 13:15:00 2017-06-03 14:30:00 America/Los_Angeles Our Trump, Our Television, Our Bad Luck A lecture. A warning. A lamentation. A diatribe. From the renowned film critic, historian, and author of more than 20 books, including the recent 'Television: A Biography.' BAMPFA David Thomson Get Tickets

A lecture. A warning. A lamentation. A diatribe. From the renowned film critic, historian, and author of more than 20 books, including the recent ‘Television: A Biography.’

BAMPFA - Barbro Osher Theater

Book signing information: BAMPFA

1:15 PM
  • Children & Families
  • Free

22. Ana Aranda Presents The Chupacabra Ate the Candlestick

Ana Aranda

Saturday, June 3

1:15 PM - 1:45 PM
2017-06-03 13:15:00 2017-06-03 13:45:00 America/Los_Angeles Ana Aranda Presents The Chupacabra Ate the Candlestick Ana is a Mexican artist and mural painter, and are we ever glad she created the illustrations for this tale about three goats and the legendary chupacabra, whose favorite food is not what those goats expect! It's a hilarious, laugh-out-loud story with vibrant illustrations to love. Showtime Stage Ana Aranda

Ana is a Mexican artist and mural painter, and are we ever glad she created the illustrations for this tale about three goats and the legendary chupacabra, whose favorite food is not what those goats expect! It’s a hilarious, laugh-out-loud story with vibrant illustrations to love.

Showtime Stage

Book signing information: Adjacent to Stage

1:30 PM
  • Current Affairs
  • Environment

23. Paul Hawken’s Drawdown: Real Solutions for Climate Change

Paul Hawken with Mark Hertsgaard

Saturday, June 3

1:30 PM - 2:45 PM
2017-06-03 13:30:00 2017-06-03 14:45:00 America/Los_Angeles Paul Hawken’s Drawdown: Real Solutions for Climate Change Drawdown: The Most Comprehensive Plan Ever Proposed to Reverse Global Warming' shows a realistic path forward that can roll back global warming within thirty years. Activist and renowned entrepreneur Paul Hawken gathered researchers from around the world to identify, investigate, and model the 100 most substantive existing solutions to climate change. Come learn how humanity has the means at hand to address this potentially devastating threat to our civilization. Alta Stage at Freight & Salvage Paul Hawken with Mark Hertsgaard Get Tickets

Drawdown: The Most Comprehensive Plan Ever Proposed to Reverse Global Warming’ shows a realistic path forward that can roll back global warming within thirty years. Activist and renowned entrepreneur Paul Hawken gathered researchers from around the world to identify, investigate, and model the 100 most substantive existing solutions to climate change. Come learn how humanity has the means at hand to address this potentially devastating threat to our civilization.

Alta Stage at Freight & Salvage

Book signing information: Freight & Salvage Lobby

1:30 PM
  • Culture
  • Literary
  • Poetry

24. A Journey into the Life of Rumi

Brad Gooch and Michael David Lukas

Saturday, June 3

1:30 PM - 2:45 PM
2017-06-03 13:30:00 2017-06-03 14:45:00 America/Los_Angeles A Journey into the Life of Rumi “Everyone is born once. I have been born many times,” wrote Rumi, the beloved Persian poet, whose words often draw comparisons to Shakespeare. But who was the person behind the poems? And why does a fairly obscure 13th-century mystic continue to captivate contemporary audiences? Brad Gooch, formidable biographer and bestselling author of 'Smash Cut,' 'Flannery,' and 'City Poet,' brilliantly brings the legend to life, vividly coloring in his time and place—imagine trying to write erotic poetry under the siege of Genghis Khan—and reminding us that the power of poetry transcends time and place, much like Rumi himself. Berkeley City College Brad Gooch and Michael David Lukas Get Tickets

“Everyone is born once. I have been born many times,” wrote Rumi, the beloved Persian poet, whose words often draw comparisons to Shakespeare. But who was the person behind the poems? And why does a fairly obscure 13th-century mystic continue to captivate contemporary audiences? Brad Gooch, formidable biographer and bestselling author of ‘Smash Cut,’ ‘Flannery,’ and ‘City Poet,’ brilliantly brings the legend to life, vividly coloring in his time and place—imagine trying to write erotic poetry under the siege of Genghis Khan—and reminding us that the power of poetry transcends time and place, much like Rumi himself.

Berkeley City College - Auditorium

Book signing information: Atrium

Sponsored by Society for Art and Cultural Heritage of India (SACHI)

1:30 PM
  • International
  • Literary

25. Fiction at the Edges: Novelists on Trauma, Displacement, and Loss

Krys Lee and Per Petterson, in conversation with Elizabeth Rosner

Saturday, June 3

1:30 PM - 2:45 PM
2017-06-03 13:30:00 2017-06-03 14:45:00 America/Los_Angeles Fiction at the Edges: Novelists on Trauma, Displacement, and Loss Both debut novelist Krys Lee, in "How I Became A North Korean," and internationally acclaimed Per Petterson, in "I Refuse," focus on individuals in desperate circumstances. Lee's characters, forced into exile, must find ways to retain their humanity in the midst of aching upheaval; Petterson's characters inhabit the uncomfortable realms of violent family history and depression. Joined in conversation with Berkeley author Elizabeth Rosner, these novelists will discuss the multitude of ways that literature can address modern life's most urgent and painful challenges. David Brower Center Krys Lee and Per Petterson, in conversation with Elizabeth Rosner Get Tickets

Both debut novelist Krys Lee, in “How I Became A North Korean,” and internationally acclaimed Per Petterson, in “I Refuse,” focus on individuals in desperate circumstances. Lee’s characters, forced into exile, must find ways to retain their humanity in the midst of aching upheaval; Petterson’s characters inhabit the uncomfortable realms of violent family history and depression. Joined in conversation with Berkeley author Elizabeth Rosner, these novelists will discuss the multitude of ways that literature can address modern life’s most urgent and painful challenges.

David Brower Center - Goldman Theater

Book signing information: David Brower Center Gallery

Sponsored by the Barbro Osher Pro Suecia Foundation, Literature Translation Institute of Korea (LTI Korea), the Norway House Foundation, and NORLA - Norwegian Literature Abroad

1:30 PM
  • International
  • Mystery, Crime & Thrillers
  • Writing & Publishing

26. Thrillers: Secrets of the Craft

John Lescroart, Thomas Rydahl, Bradley Spinelli, and Chuck Wendig, moderated by Keith Raffel

Saturday, June 3

1:30 PM - 2:45 PM
2017-06-03 13:30:00 2017-06-03 14:45:00 America/Los_Angeles Thrillers: Secrets of the Craft What are the essential ingredients in a captivating thriller? What kinds of characters do you need, and how do you build suspense, anticipation, and dread? Four bestselling thriller authors will reveal the trade secrets of the craft. Lescroart's newest book, 'Fatal,' is “a psychological thriller in bed with a homicide investigation." Danish writer Rydahl's hero is "one of the most distinctive detectives you will meet this year." Spinelli is not only a writer but film director, and prolific Wendig brings game design to our panel's list of accomplishments. Moderator Keith Raffel, a mystery and thriller writer himself, formerly served as counsel to the Senate Intelligence Committee overseeing the CIA, NSA, and other clandestine three-lettered agencies. David Brower Center John Lescroart, Thomas Rydahl, Bradley Spinelli, and Chuck Wendig, moderated by Keith Raffel Get Tickets

What are the essential ingredients in a captivating thriller? What kinds of characters do you need, and how do you build suspense, anticipation, and dread? Four bestselling thriller authors will reveal the trade secrets of the craft. Lescroart’s newest book, ‘Fatal,’ is “a psychological thriller in bed with a homicide investigation.” Danish writer Rydahl’s hero is “one of the most distinctive detectives you will meet this year.” Spinelli is not only a writer but film director, and prolific Wendig brings game design to our panel’s list of accomplishments. Moderator Keith Raffel, a mystery and thriller writer himself, formerly served as counsel to the Senate Intelligence Committee overseeing the CIA, NSA, and other clandestine three-lettered agencies.

David Brower Center - Tamalpais Room

Book signing information: David Brower Center Gallery

Sponsored by the Barbro Osher Pro Suecia Foundation, the Danish Arts Foundation, the Royal Danish Embassy, and Mystery Writers of America, Northern California Chapter,

1:30 PM
  • Children & Families

27. Post-Picture Books: Fantastic Fiction for Elementary School Readers

Gennifer Choldenko, Doreen Cronin, Mike Jung, Adam Mansbach, and Judd Winick, moderated by Regan McMahon

Saturday, June 3

1:30 PM - 2:45 PM
2017-06-03 13:30:00 2017-06-03 14:45:00 America/Los_Angeles Post-Picture Books: Fantastic Fiction for Elementary School Readers Moving from picture books to more text and fewer pictures is easy for some young readers and not so much for others. These writers successfully bridge the gap, creating stories that keep kids reading. They'll talk about their work, inspirations, characters, and strategies to hold kids' eyes on books. Hotel Shattuck Plaza Gennifer Choldenko, Doreen Cronin, Mike Jung, Adam Mansbach, and Judd Winick, moderated by Regan McMahon Get Tickets

Moving from picture books to more text and fewer pictures is easy for some young readers and not so much for others. These writers successfully bridge the gap, creating stories that keep kids reading. They’ll talk about their work, inspirations, characters, and strategies to hold kids’ eyes on books.

Hotel Shattuck Plaza - Boiler Room

Book signing information: Interior patio

1:30 PM
  • Literary
  • Mystery, Crime & Thrillers

28. Walter Mosley – Walking the Wild Side

Walter Mosley in conversation with Laurie R. King

Saturday, June 3

1:30 PM - 2:45 PM
2017-06-03 13:30:00 2017-06-03 14:45:00 America/Los_Angeles Walter Mosley – Walking the Wild Side Twenty-five years ago, Walter Mosley introduced us to Easy Rawlins, an Army vet turned private eye, to tell the story of black postwar Los Angeles. Today, with 55 critically acclaimed books, Mosley is one of America's best-known and most beloved living writers. (Former president Bill Clinton named Mosley one of his favorite authors.) His writing is both prolific and spans many genres, from young adult to science fiction to politics. How does he do it? Learn how Mosley crafts his trademark accessibility, along his penchant for creating narratives that both entertain and instruct. Hotel Shattuck Plaza Walter Mosley in conversation with Laurie R. King Get Tickets

Twenty-five years ago, Walter Mosley introduced us to Easy Rawlins, an Army vet turned private eye, to tell the story of black postwar Los Angeles. Today, with 55 critically acclaimed books, Mosley is one of America’s best-known and most beloved living writers. (Former president Bill Clinton named Mosley one of his favorite authors.) His writing is both prolific and spans many genres, from young adult to science fiction to politics. How does he do it? Learn how Mosley crafts his trademark accessibility, along his penchant for creating narratives that both entertain and instruct.

Hotel Shattuck Plaza - Crystal Ballroom

Book signing information: Interior patio

Sponsored by Northern California Chapter, Mystery Writers of America

1:45 PM
  • International
  • Literary

29. The Elusive Truth

Jonas Hassen Khemiri and John Toomey, moderated by John Sepulvado

Saturday, June 3

1:45 PM - 3:00 PM
2017-06-03 13:45:00 2017-06-03 15:00:00 America/Los_Angeles The Elusive Truth We know we can’t trust everything we read online, but when it comes to fiction, where does truth fit in? Two engaging and entertaining novelists, whose recent works involve mysterious deaths and the hunt for answers, tackle just such a question. Those who loved the podcast Serial won't want to miss this. Magnes Collection Jonas Hassen Khemiri and John Toomey, moderated by John Sepulvado Get Tickets

We know we can’t trust everything we read online, but when it comes to fiction, where does truth fit in? Two engaging and entertaining novelists, whose recent works involve mysterious deaths and the hunt for answers, tackle just such a question. Those who loved the podcast Serial won’t want to miss this.

Magnes Collection

Book signing information: David Brower Center Gallery

Sponsored by the Barbro Osher Pro Suecia Foundation and Culture Ireland

1:45 PM
  • Food
  • Outdoor (Free)

30. Cooking Like Samin: The Art of Salt, Fat, Acid, and Heat

Samin Nosrat and Wendy MacNaughton, in conversation with Davia Nelson

Saturday, June 3

1:45 PM - 3:00 PM
2017-06-03 13:45:00 2017-06-03 15:00:00 America/Los_Angeles Cooking Like Samin: The Art of Salt, Fat, Acid, and Heat Called "America's next great cooking teacher" by Alice Waters, Samin Nosrat has taught everyone how to cook—professional chefs, children, and even Michael Pollan. Now it's your turn to learn the hows and whys of what good cooking can be. Nosrat and illustrator Wendy MacNaughton will share the four elements of delicious meals: salt, fat, acid, and heat, in this conversation with Davia Nelson, of NPR's Kitchen Sisters. San Francisco Chronicle Stage in the Park Samin Nosrat and Wendy MacNaughton, in conversation with Davia Nelson

Called “America’s next great cooking teacher” by Alice Waters, Samin Nosrat has taught everyone how to cook—professional chefs, children, and even Michael Pollan. Now it’s your turn to learn the hows and whys of what good cooking can be. Nosrat and illustrator Wendy MacNaughton will share the four elements of delicious meals: salt, fat, acid, and heat, in this conversation with Davia Nelson, of NPR’s Kitchen Sisters.

San Francisco Chronicle Stage in the Park

Book signing information: Adjacent to Stage

2:00 PM
  • Children & Families
  • Free

31. William Joyce Presents Dinosaur Bob and His Adventures with the Family Lazardo

William Joyce

Saturday, June 3

2:00 PM - 2:30 PM
2017-06-03 14:00:00 2017-06-03 14:30:00 America/Los_Angeles William Joyce Presents Dinosaur Bob and His Adventures with the Family Lazardo With 'Dinosaur Bob,' William Joyce cemented his place on family bookshelves as a beloved staple of the best in picture books. He's now written and illustrated 50 bestselling and classic children's books and written, produced or designed a number of major feature films for 20th Century Fox, Dreamworks and Disney (including design and story work on Pixar's "Toy Story" and "A Bug’s Life"). We're celebrating all-new editions of the stellar 'Dinosaur Bob and His Adventures with the Family Lazardo,' and 'A Day with Wilbur Robinson,' along with favorites 'Bently & Egg' and so many others. Showtime Stage William Joyce

With ‘Dinosaur Bob,’ William Joyce cemented his place on family bookshelves as a beloved staple of the best in picture books. He’s now written and illustrated 50 bestselling and classic children’s books and written, produced or designed a number of major feature films for 20th Century Fox, Dreamworks and Disney (including design and story work on Pixar’s “Toy Story” and “A Bug’s Life”). We’re celebrating all-new editions of the stellar ‘Dinosaur Bob and His Adventures with the Family Lazardo,’ and ‘A Day with Wilbur Robinson,’ along with favorites ‘Bently & Egg’ and so many others.

Showtime Stage

Book signing information: Adjacent to Stage

2:30 PM
  • Children & Families
  • Free

32. Michael Slack Presents Shorty and Clem

Michael Slack

Saturday, June 3

2:30 PM - 3:00 PM
2017-06-03 14:30:00 2017-06-03 15:00:00 America/Los_Angeles Michael Slack Presents Shorty and Clem Michael introduces a new dynamic duo: Shorty is not a lizard. He's a very short dinosaur. He's a shortysaurus. Clem is not a chicken. He's a quail, which doesn't explain his name at all. When Clem goes out one day, Shorty finds a package. An exciting package. An irresistible package. But it's addressed to Clem Should he open it? You've got to hear the whole story! Showtime Stage Michael Slack

Michael introduces a new dynamic duo: Shorty is not a lizard. He’s a very short dinosaur. He’s a shortysaurus. Clem is not a chicken. He’s a quail, which doesn’t explain his name at all. When Clem goes out one day, Shorty finds a package. An exciting package. An irresistible package. But it’s addressed to Clem Should he open it? You’ve got to hear the whole story!

Showtime Stage

Book signing information: Adjacent to Stage

3:00 PM
  • International
  • Literary
  • Travel

33. Wanderlust: Essaying Forth

Oddny Eir and Geoff Dyer, interviewed by Ethan Nosowsky

Saturday, June 3

3:00 PM - 4:15 PM
2017-06-03 15:00:00 2017-06-03 16:15:00 America/Los_Angeles Wanderlust: Essaying Forth Why do we travel? Adventure, experience, a chance to escape ourselves? Join these genre-defying authors, whose works of fiction and non-fiction explore the connections between imagination and reality, place and identity, story and myth. Cornerstone Oddny Eir and Geoff Dyer, interviewed by Ethan Nosowsky Get Tickets

Why do we travel? Adventure, experience, a chance to escape ourselves? Join these genre-defying authors, whose works of fiction and non-fiction explore the connections between imagination and reality, place and identity, story and myth.

Cornerstone

Book signing information: Cornerstone

Sponsored by the Barbro Osher Pro Suecia Foundation and the Icelandic Literature Center

3:00 PM
  • Children & Families
  • Free

34. Jon Agee Presents Life on Mars

Jon Agee

Saturday, June 3

3:00 PM - 3:30 PM
2017-06-03 15:00:00 2017-06-03 15:30:00 America/Los_Angeles Jon Agee Presents Life on Mars Jon Agee is the author and illustrator of a slew of quirky, witty, and beloved books, including ‘Terrific,’ ‘Milo's Hat Trick,’ and ‘The Incredible Painting of Felix Clousseau,’ along with a series of popular wordplay books, among them, ‘Go Hang a Salami! I'm a Lasagna Hog!’ His newest book is about a daring young astronaut, certain he'll find life on Mars. He has even brought a gift of chocolate cupcakes. Will he find life on Mars, or has he made a mistake? It's time to find out. Showtime Stage Jon Agee

Jon Agee is the author and illustrator of a slew of quirky, witty, and beloved books, including ‘Terrific,’ ‘Milo’s Hat Trick,’ and ‘The Incredible Painting of Felix Clousseau,’ along with a series of popular wordplay books, among them, ‘Go Hang a Salami! I’m a Lasagna Hog!’ His newest book is about a daring young astronaut, certain he’ll find life on Mars. He has even brought a gift of chocolate cupcakes. Will he find life on Mars, or has he made a mistake? It’s time to find out.

Showtime Stage

Book signing information: Adjacent to Stage

3:15 PM
  • Culture
  • Current Affairs
  • Literary

35. Roxane Gay Takes the Stage

Roxane Gay in conversation with Rafia Zakaria

Saturday, June 3

3:15 PM - 4:30 PM
2017-06-03 15:15:00 2017-06-03 16:30:00 America/Los_Angeles Roxane Gay Takes the Stage What makes a person “difficult”? Fiction writer, essayist, and activist Roxane Gay has been called “the brilliant girl-next-door: your best friend and your sharpest critic” by People magazine. She has authored the stunning novel ‘An Untamed State,’ the powerhouse essay collection ‘Bad Feminist,’ and now a new collection of stories, ‘Difficult Women,’ where she casts her incisive gaze at issues of race, class and gender. Famed for both fearlessness and vulnerability on the page, she tackles issues that lie at the heart of body, identity, relationship and society. In conversation with Rafia Zakaria of The New Republic. Alta Stage at Freight & Salvage Roxane Gay in conversation with Rafia Zakaria Get Tickets

What makes a person “difficult”? Fiction writer, essayist, and activist Roxane Gay has been called “the brilliant girl-next-door: your best friend and your sharpest critic” by People magazine. She has authored the stunning novel ‘An Untamed State,’ the powerhouse essay collection ‘Bad Feminist,’ and now a new collection of stories, ‘Difficult Women,’ where she casts her incisive gaze at issues of race, class and gender. Famed for both fearlessness and vulnerability on the page, she tackles issues that lie at the heart of body, identity, relationship and society. In conversation with Rafia Zakaria of The New Republic.

Alta Stage at Freight & Salvage

Book signing information: Freight & Salvage Lobby

Sponsored by The New Republic

3:15 PM
  • Current Affairs
  • History
  • Women/Gender

36. Cleve Jones: Rising Up

Cleve Jones, interviewed by Scott James

Saturday, June 3

3:15 PM - 4:30 PM
2017-06-03 15:15:00 2017-06-03 16:30:00 America/Los_Angeles Cleve Jones: Rising Up Mentored by LGBT rights pioneer Harvey Milk, Cleve Jones is an activist and author whose new memoir, 'When We Rise,' inspired an ABC TV mini-series of the same title. Rebecca Solnit said, "You could read Cleve Jones's book because you should know about the struggle for gay, lesbian, and transgender rights from one of its key participants—but really, you should read it for pleasure and joy." Armistead Maupin wrote of Jones, "Some people witness history; other actually make it happen." Hear Jones' personal telling of nearly four decades at the heart of the gay rights movement, and learn about his latest work in activism. Berkeley City College Cleve Jones, interviewed by Scott James Get Tickets

Mentored by LGBT rights pioneer Harvey Milk, Cleve Jones is an activist and author whose new memoir, ‘When We Rise,’ inspired an ABC TV mini-series of the same title. Rebecca Solnit said, “You could read Cleve Jones’s book because you should know about the struggle for gay, lesbian, and transgender rights from one of its key participants—but really, you should read it for pleasure and joy.” Armistead Maupin wrote of Jones, “Some people witness history; other actually make it happen.” Hear Jones’ personal telling of nearly four decades at the heart of the gay rights movement, and learn about his latest work in activism.

Berkeley City College - Auditorium

Book signing information: Atrium

3:15 PM
  • Culture
  • Current Affairs

37. Makers!

Dale Dougherty

Saturday, June 3

3:15 PM - 4:15 PM
2017-06-03 15:15:00 2017-06-03 16:15:00 America/Los_Angeles Makers! The world we inhabit was built by makers—curious, enthusiastic, amateur inventors whose tinkering habit sparked whole new industries and changed the world. Are you a maker? Who’s not? Get inspired by the original maker, MAKE magazine publisher and Maker Faire Festival creator Dale Dougherty, who’ll teach us how to embrace our inner maker and bring your wildest, most innovative ideas out into the open. David Brower Center Dale Dougherty Get Tickets

The world we inhabit was built by makers—curious, enthusiastic, amateur inventors whose tinkering habit sparked whole new industries and changed the world. Are you a maker? Who’s not? Get inspired by the original maker, MAKE magazine publisher and Maker Faire Festival creator Dale Dougherty, who’ll teach us how to embrace our inner maker and bring your wildest, most innovative ideas out into the open.

David Brower Center - Goldman Theater

Book signing information: David Brower Center Gallery

3:15 PM
  • Culture
  • Poetry

38. State Lines: California’s New Poets

Rebecca Gaydos, C.S. Giscombe, Jacques Rancourt, Mai Der Vang, and Arisa White, with John McMurtrie introducing

Saturday, June 3

3:15 PM - 4:30 PM
2017-06-03 15:15:00 2017-06-03 16:30:00 America/Los_Angeles State Lines: California’s New Poets Acclaimed poet and Cal professor C. S. Giscombe introduces four emerging poets who explore, in their innovative verse, the issues of our day, from immigration to race to gender and sexuality, from questions of empathy to where we find beauty in this divided country. This new generation builds on a rich Californian tradition that, like the state itself, sets the terms for the country at large. David Brower Center Rebecca Gaydos, C.S. Giscombe, Jacques Rancourt, Mai Der Vang, and Arisa White, with John McMurtrie introducing Get Tickets

Acclaimed poet and Cal professor C. S. Giscombe introduces four emerging poets who explore, in their innovative verse, the issues of our day, from immigration to race to gender and sexuality, from questions of empathy to where we find beauty in this divided country. This new generation builds on a rich Californian tradition that, like the state itself, sets the terms for the country at large.

David Brower Center - Tamalpais Room

Book signing information: David Brower Center Gallery

3:15 PM
  • Teen
  • Writing & Publishing

39. Worlds We Create: Young Adult Fantasy Writers on Creating Alternate Realities and Memorable Characters

Traci Chee, Lisa Maxwell, Shannon Messenger, and Amy Tintera; moderated by Alex Green

Saturday, June 3

3:15 PM - 4:30 PM
2017-06-03 15:15:00 2017-06-03 16:30:00 America/Los_Angeles Worlds We Create: Young Adult Fantasy Writers on Creating Alternate Realities and Memorable Characters Rome wasn't built in a day, and neither were the fictional universes of Harry Potter, LOST, or Game of Thrones. Learn the secrets behind creating worlds in the most popular story form there is—fantasy—from four smart, innovative writers in the genre. Here, you'll absorb what keeps them, and their readers, hooked, and master the tools you need to develop and immerse readers in a world of your creation. Hotel Shattuck Plaza Traci Chee, Lisa Maxwell, Shannon Messenger, and Amy Tintera; moderated by Alex Green Get Tickets

Rome wasn’t built in a day, and neither were the fictional universes of Harry Potter, LOST, or Game of Thrones. Learn the secrets behind creating worlds in the most popular story form there is—fantasy—from four smart, innovative writers in the genre. Here, you’ll absorb what keeps them, and their readers, hooked, and master the tools you need to develop and immerse readers in a world of your creation.

Hotel Shattuck Plaza - Boiler Room

Book signing information: Interior patio

3:30 PM
  • Crime & Thrillers
  • International
  • Mystery

40. Nordic Noir: The World’s Best Thrillers?

Hans Olav Lahlum, Thomas Rydahl, Eric Axl Sund, and Vidar Sundstol, moderated by Mal Warwick

Saturday, June 3

3:30 PM - 4:45 PM
2017-06-03 15:30:00 2017-06-03 16:45:00 America/Los_Angeles Nordic Noir: The World’s Best Thrillers? Perhaps it's those long, harsh winters or the literary tradition of violent sagas. Whatever the reason, Northern Europe has become a hot bed for bone-chilling thrillers. How do they do it? Does their own writing give them nightmares? Come hear Nordic masters Thomas Rydahl (Denmark), Hans Olav Lahlum (Norway), Vidar Sundstol (Norway) and Erik Axl Sund (a pseudonym for two writers from Sweden, both of whom join us today) as they illuminate what makes a thriller thrilling, and how these writers survive the experience. Magnes Collection Hans Olav Lahlum, Thomas Rydahl, Eric Axl Sund, and Vidar Sundstol, moderated by Mal Warwick Get Tickets

Perhaps it’s those long, harsh winters or the literary tradition of violent sagas. Whatever the reason, Northern Europe has become a hot bed for bone-chilling thrillers. How do they do it? Does their own writing give them nightmares? Come hear Nordic masters Thomas Rydahl (Denmark), Hans Olav Lahlum (Norway), Vidar Sundstol (Norway) and Erik Axl Sund (a pseudonym for two writers from Sweden, both of whom join us today) as they illuminate what makes a thriller thrilling, and how these writers survive the experience.

Magnes Collection

Book signing information: David Brower Center Gallery

Sponsored by the Barbro Osher Pro Suecia Foundation, the Danish Arts Foundation, the Royal Danish Embassy, the Norway House Foundation, and NORLA - Norwegian Literature Abroad

4:45 PM
  • Culture
  • Outdoor (Free)
  • Women/Gender

41. Lindy West Takes the Stage

Lindy West

Saturday, June 3

4:45 PM - 5:45 PM
2017-06-03 16:45:00 2017-06-03 17:45:00 America/Los_Angeles Lindy West Takes the Stage It's not a pretty place, the Internet. Especially for an outspoken woman. Two years ago, Lindy West's confrontation with a nasty troll showed the world how to fight back via technology. With her debut memoir, 'Shrill,' Lindy tells that tale and more, sharing her truths about #ShoutYourAbortion!, being a large woman, being loud, being a feminist, and being funny. This event is for anyone interested in having their own opinions in the digital age. San Francisco Chronicle Stage in the Park Lindy West

It’s not a pretty place, the Internet. Especially for an outspoken woman. Two years ago, Lindy West’s confrontation with a nasty troll showed the world how to fight back via technology. With her debut memoir, ‘Shrill,’ Lindy tells that tale and more, sharing her truths about #ShoutYourAbortion!, being a large woman, being loud, being a feminist, and being funny. This event is for anyone interested in having their own opinions in the digital age.

San Francisco Chronicle Stage in the Park

Book signing information: Adjacent to Stage

5:00 PM
  • Culture
  • Current Affairs
  • History

42. Masha Gessen on Truth, Lies and Totalitarianism in Russia and the U.S.

Masha Gessen in conversation with Orville Schell

Saturday, June 3

5:00 PM - 6:15 PM
2017-06-03 17:00:00 2017-06-03 18:15:00 America/Los_Angeles Masha Gessen on Truth, Lies and Totalitarianism in Russia and the U.S. The relationship between Russia and the West is, shall we say, complicated. Are we headed toward a new Cold War? Join Russian-American and celebrated journalist Masha Gessen ('The Future Is History: How Totalitarianism Reclaimed Russia') and Orville Schell (former professor and Dean at UC Berkeley’s Graduate School of Journalism and author of 'Wealth and Power') for insight into the state of protest, free speech, and human rights from powers that now pose the greatest challenges to the liberal democracies of the world. Alta Stage at Freight & Salvage Masha Gessen in conversation with Orville Schell Get Tickets

The relationship between Russia and the West is, shall we say, complicated. Are we headed toward a new Cold War? Join Russian-American and celebrated journalist Masha Gessen (‘The Future Is History: How Totalitarianism Reclaimed Russia’) and Orville Schell (former professor and Dean at UC Berkeley’s Graduate School of Journalism and author of ‘Wealth and Power’) for insight into the state of protest, free speech, and human rights from powers that now pose the greatest challenges to the liberal democracies of the world.

Alta Stage at Freight & Salvage

Book signing information: Freight & Salvage Lobby

Sponsored by the Jewish Community Center of the East Bay

5:00 PM
  • Culture

43. Let There Be Laughter: Michael Krasny On Stage

Michael Krasny

Saturday, June 3

5:00 PM - 5:45 PM
2017-06-03 17:00:00 2017-06-03 17:45:00 America/Los_Angeles Let There Be Laughter: Michael Krasny On Stage Is it possible to study culture and laugh at the same time? Michael Krasny proves it is, delving deeply into the themes, topics, and forms of Jewish humor: chauvinism undercut by irony and self-mockery, the fear of losing cultural identity through assimilation, the importance of vocal inflection in joke-telling, and calls to communal memory, including the use of Yiddish. Here is an opportunity to hear and meet the man you listen to on the radio four weekday mornings a week! David Brower Center Michael Krasny Get Tickets

Is it possible to study culture and laugh at the same time? Michael Krasny proves it is, delving deeply into the themes, topics, and forms of Jewish humor: chauvinism undercut by irony and self-mockery, the fear of losing cultural identity through assimilation, the importance of vocal inflection in joke-telling, and calls to communal memory, including the use of Yiddish. Here is an opportunity to hear and meet the man you listen to on the radio four weekday mornings a week!

David Brower Center - Goldman Theater

Book signing information: David Brower Center Gallery

5:00 PM
  • Current Affairs

44. When the Back Breaks: An Investigative Reporter Reveals All on the Back Pain Industry

Cathryn Jakobson Ramin

Saturday, June 3

5:00 PM - 5:45 PM
2017-06-03 17:00:00 2017-06-03 17:45:00 America/Los_Angeles When the Back Breaks: An Investigative Reporter Reveals All on the Back Pain Industry "Write about what hurts" is a common maxim for writers, but for investigative journalist and author Cathryn Jakobson Ramin ('Carved in Sand'), the motivation was literal. She spent years and a small fortune trying to manage her chronic back pain. When nothing worked, she took an investigative look at the reality of spine medicine, and the results were not pretty. Expensive, ineffective, sometimes illegal and often harmful, she found that the $1 billion-dollar back pain industry exemplified the worst aspects of the U.S. health care system. Now she explains what works, what doesn’t, and how to get on the road to recovery. David Brower Center Cathryn Jakobson Ramin Get Tickets

“Write about what hurts” is a common maxim for writers, but for investigative journalist and author Cathryn Jakobson Ramin (‘Carved in Sand’), the motivation was literal. She spent years and a small fortune trying to manage her chronic back pain. When nothing worked, she took an investigative look at the reality of spine medicine, and the results were not pretty. Expensive, ineffective, sometimes illegal and often harmful, she found that the $1 billion-dollar back pain industry exemplified the worst aspects of the U.S. health care system. Now she explains what works, what doesn’t, and how to get on the road to recovery.

David Brower Center - Tamalpais Room

Book signing information: David Brower Center Gallery

5:00 PM
  • Children & Families
  • Current Affairs
  • History

45. How to Speak Up: A Story of Courage

Laura Atkins and Stan Yogi

Saturday, June 3

5:00 PM - 5:45 PM
2017-06-03 17:00:00 2017-06-03 17:45:00 America/Los_Angeles How to Speak Up: A Story of Courage Fred Korematsu was a typical American guy—he liked to listen to music and hang out with his friends. But everything changed when the United States went to war with Japan in 1941 and the government forced all people of Japanese ancestry to move to prison camps. This included Fred, whose parents had emigrated to the United States from Japan many years before. But Fred refused to go. He knew that what the government was doing was unfair. And when he got put in jail for resisting, he knew he couldn’t give up. Laura Atkins and Stan Yogi share Fred's courageous story, how he made the United States a fairer place for all Americans, and how you too can speak up for what matters. Hotel Shattuck Plaza Laura Atkins and Stan Yogi Get Tickets

Fred Korematsu was a typical American guy—he liked to listen to music and hang out with his friends. But everything changed when the United States went to war with Japan in 1941 and the government forced all people of Japanese ancestry to move to prison camps. This included Fred, whose parents had emigrated to the United States from Japan many years before. But Fred refused to go. He knew that what the government was doing was unfair. And when he got put in jail for resisting, he knew he couldn’t give up. Laura Atkins and Stan Yogi share Fred’s courageous story, how he made the United States a fairer place for all Americans, and how you too can speak up for what matters.

Hotel Shattuck Plaza - Boiler Room

Book signing information: Interior patio

5:15 PM
  • International
  • Mystery, Crime & Thrillers

46. Noir at the Bar

Tony Broadbent, Emcee, with Walter Mosley, Hans Olav Lahlum, Bill Moody, Heather Haven, Nick Mamatas, Mysti Berry, Ann Parker, and Randal Brandt

Saturday, June 3

5:15 PM - 7:30 PM
2017-06-03 17:15:00 2017-06-03 19:30:00 America/Los_Angeles Noir at the Bar We present the best way to celebrate the Bay Area's love of noir: Join us to toast local and international mystery writers who have mastered the form. Make Dashiell Hammett proud by ordering a dirty martini (or some other hard-boiled cocktail) and listening to riveting short readings—no more than 8 minutes! This will no doubt prove an increasingly rowdy audience of fans and readers. Cornerstone Tony Broadbent, Emcee, with Walter Mosley, Hans Olav Lahlum, Bill Moody, Heather Haven, Nick Mamatas, Mysti Berry, Ann Parker, and Randal Brandt Get Tickets

We present the best way to celebrate the Bay Area’s love of noir: Join us to toast local and international mystery writers who have mastered the form. Make Dashiell Hammett proud by ordering a dirty martini (or some other hard-boiled cocktail) and listening to riveting short readings—no more than 8 minutes! This will no doubt prove an increasingly rowdy audience of fans and readers.

Cornerstone

Book signing information: Cornerstone

Sponsored by the Barbro Osher Pro Suecia Foundation, NORLA - Norwegian Literature Abroad, and Norway House Foundation

7:00 PM
  • Culture
  • Current Affairs
  • Literary

47. Radical Hope: Staying Sane, Awake, and Engaged in Dangerous Times

Jeff Chang, Aya de Leon, Parnaz Foroutan, Karen Joy Fowler, Francisco Goldman, Katie Kitamura, Cherrie Moraga, Achy Obejas, and Meredith Russo, moderated by Carolina De Robertis

Saturday, June 3

7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
2017-06-03 19:00:00 2017-06-03 20:30:00 America/Los_Angeles Radical Hope: Staying Sane, Awake, and Engaged in Dangerous Times This special Saturday night event brings together ten acclaimed authors to explore the concept of "radical hope," a guiding principle of the Bay Area Book Festival this year and the title of a new anthology conceived by Oakland writer Carolina de Robertis shortly after the latest Presidential election. She asked award-winning novelists, poets, political thinkers, and activists to create letters—love letters—in response to our times and in the tradition of James Baldwin's famous missive to his nephew published in 'The Fire Next Time.' They are written to ancestors, to children five generations from now, to strangers in grocery lines, to any and all who feel weary and discouraged. Provocative and inspiring, 'Radical Hope: Letters of Love and Dissent in Dangerous Times' will help you find courage, love, and hope, regardless of your political persuasion, in this time of uncertainty, fear, and polarization. Don't miss this festival highlight! (Note, Priority Admission tickets are priced at $10. Though holders of General Admission Wristbands can access the event if seats are available at show time, we expect this event to sell out. So get your tickets now!) Alta Stage at Freight & Salvage Jeff Chang, Aya de Leon, Parnaz Foroutan, Karen Joy Fowler, Francisco Goldman, Katie Kitamura, Cherrie Moraga, Achy Obejas, and Meredith Russo, moderated by Carolina De Robertis Get Tickets

This special Saturday night event brings together ten acclaimed authors to explore the concept of “radical hope,” a guiding principle of the Bay Area Book Festival this year and the title of a new anthology conceived by Oakland writer Carolina de Robertis shortly after the latest Presidential election. She asked award-winning novelists, poets, political thinkers, and activists to create letters—love letters—in response to our times and in the tradition of James Baldwin’s famous missive to his nephew published in ‘The Fire Next Time.’ They are written to ancestors, to children five generations from now, to strangers in grocery lines, to any and all who feel weary and discouraged. Provocative and inspiring, ‘Radical Hope: Letters of Love and Dissent in Dangerous Times’ will help you find courage, love, and hope, regardless of your political persuasion, in this time of uncertainty, fear, and polarization. Don’t miss this festival highlight! (Note, Priority Admission tickets are priced at $10. Though holders of General Admission Wristbands can access the event if seats are available at show time, we expect this event to sell out. So get your tickets now!)

Alta Stage at Freight & Salvage

Book signing information: Freight & Salvage Lobby

10:00 AM
  • Current Affairs
  • Literary
  • Science Fiction & Fantasy

48. When Reality Meets Science Fiction

Cory Doctorow, Meg Elison, Zachary Mason, moderated by Annalee Newitz

Sunday, June 4

10:00 AM - 11:15 AM
2017-06-04 10:00:00 2017-06-04 11:15:00 America/Los_Angeles When Reality Meets Science Fiction Large-scale, far-in-the-future stories tend to get most the glory in the sci-fi canon. But what happens when reality already feels like science fiction? Like George Orwell's '1984,' near-future narratives exploit current technology, politics, and fears to explore what life could be like in 10 years, one year, or even a hour. Our panelists consider how to predict the tantalizing possibility of what might be. David Brower Center Cory Doctorow, Meg Elison, Zachary Mason, moderated by Annalee Newitz Get Tickets

Large-scale, far-in-the-future stories tend to get most the glory in the sci-fi canon. But what happens when reality already feels like science fiction? Like George Orwell’s ‘1984,’ near-future narratives exploit current technology, politics, and fears to explore what life could be like in 10 years, one year, or even a hour. Our panelists consider how to predict the tantalizing possibility of what might be.

David Brower Center - Goldman Theater

Book signing information: David Brower Center Gallery

10:00 AM
  • Current Affairs
  • Literary
  • Poetry

49. The Facts of Life: Love, Loss, What Comes Next

Martha Cooley, John W. Evans, and Marissa Moss, moderated by Elizabeth Farnsworth

Sunday, June 4

10:00 AM - 11:15 AM
2017-06-04 10:00:00 2017-06-04 11:15:00 America/Los_Angeles The Facts of Life: Love, Loss, What Comes Next The brutal realities of life—illness, death, and quotidian travails alike—affect us all. Memoirists write about those realities: what befell them, how they felt and thought, the miseries, the joys, and, most especially, what happened next. Working via one of the most popular forms of literature today, our panelists discuss moving through the storm after heartbreaks. David Brower Center Martha Cooley, John W. Evans, and Marissa Moss, moderated by Elizabeth Farnsworth Get Tickets

The brutal realities of life—illness, death, and quotidian travails alike—affect us all. Memoirists write about those realities: what befell them, how they felt and thought, the miseries, the joys, and, most especially, what happened next. Working via one of the most popular forms of literature today, our panelists discuss moving through the storm after heartbreaks.

David Brower Center - Tamalpais Room

Book signing information: David Brower Center Gallery

10:00 AM
  • Children & Families
  • Culture
  • Literary

50. Spinning Stories and Telling Tales: Exploring Cultural Appropriation via South Asian Children’s Literature

Arjun Gupta, Sunaina Maira, Mitali Perkins, and Ginee Seo, moderated by Sadaf Siddique

Sunday, June 4

10:00 AM - 11:15 AM
2017-06-04 10:00:00 2017-06-04 11:15:00 America/Los_Angeles Spinning Stories and Telling Tales: Exploring Cultural Appropriation via South Asian Children’s Literature Stories are the lifeblood of a culture's survival, but who has the right to tell someone else's story? After experiencing decades of cultural appropriation in South Asian children’s literature, the “our own voices” movement reminds us that not all diverse stories are created equal. Writers and editors break down the far-reaching, harmful effects of appropriation, and reasons why we need truthful, authentic cultural representation more than ever. Hotel Shattuck Plaza Arjun Gupta, Sunaina Maira, Mitali Perkins, and Ginee Seo, moderated by Sadaf Siddique Get Tickets

Stories are the lifeblood of a culture’s survival, but who has the right to tell someone else’s story? After experiencing decades of cultural appropriation in South Asian children’s literature, the “our own voices” movement reminds us that not all diverse stories are created equal. Writers and editors break down the far-reaching, harmful effects of appropriation, and reasons why we need truthful, authentic cultural representation more than ever.

Hotel Shattuck Plaza - Boiler Room

Book signing information: Interior patio

Sponsored by Kitaabworld

10:00 AM
  • International
  • Literary
  • Writing & Publishing

51. New Irish Fiction

Colin Barrett, Paul Murray, John Toomey, moderated by Rosemary Graham

Sunday, June 4

10:00 AM - 11:15 AM
2017-06-04 10:00:00 2017-06-04 11:15:00 America/Los_Angeles New Irish Fiction Why does this small, rocky island have such outsize influence on world literature? Who is coming along in the footsteps of James Joyce, Frank O'Connor, and Edna O'Brien, and what news do they have of Ireland? Meet three members of an exciting new generation of Irish fiction writers: the author of a short story collection about small-town Irish life, a novelist whose latest work is a satirical take on the Irish banking crisis, and a novelist who explores the mysteries of narrative itself in an unconventional mystery novel. This session also serves as a tribute to the Irish students who died or were injured in the Berkeley balcony collapse in June two years ago. Hotel Shattuck Plaza Colin Barrett, Paul Murray, John Toomey, moderated by Rosemary Graham Get Tickets

Why does this small, rocky island have such outsize influence on world literature? Who is coming along in the footsteps of James Joyce, Frank O’Connor, and Edna O’Brien, and what news do they have of Ireland? Meet three members of an exciting new generation of Irish fiction writers: the author of a short story collection about small-town Irish life, a novelist whose latest work is a satirical take on the Irish banking crisis, and a novelist who explores the mysteries of narrative itself in an unconventional mystery novel. This session also serves as a tribute to the Irish students who died or were injured in the Berkeley balcony collapse in June two years ago.

Hotel Shattuck Plaza - Crystal Ballroom

Book signing information: Interior patio

Sponsored by Culture Ireland

11:00 AM
  • Children & Families
  • Outdoor (Free)

52. Writers and Artists Whose Books You Love, Part II: A Picture Book Extravaganza for Kids and Their Adults

Candace Fleming, Gianna Marino, Innosanto Nagara, Dashka Slater, Eric Rohmann, moderated by TBA

Sunday, June 4

11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
2017-06-04 11:00:00 2017-06-04 12:00:00 America/Los_Angeles Writers and Artists Whose Books You Love, Part II: A Picture Book Extravaganza for Kids and Their Adults "Read it again!" So goes the litany of kids wanting their favorite book again. Adults too have favorites among authors they read to their children or enjoyed in their youth. Some of today's favorites appear here, on a perfect Sunday late morning in the park. Isn't it fun, whatever one's age, to have a story read to you? Grab a cup of coffee or a sippy cup and sit back to enjoy. San Francisco Chronicle Stage in the Park Candace Fleming, Gianna Marino, Innosanto Nagara, Dashka Slater, Eric Rohmann, moderated by TBA

“Read it again!” So goes the litany of kids wanting their favorite book again. Adults too have favorites among authors they read to their children or enjoyed in their youth. Some of today’s favorites appear here, on a perfect Sunday late morning in the park. Isn’t it fun, whatever one’s age, to have a story read to you? Grab a cup of coffee or a sippy cup and sit back to enjoy.

San Francisco Chronicle Stage in the Park

Book signing information: Adjacent to Stage

11:00 AM
  • Children & Families
  • Free

53. Dev Petty Presents I Don’t Want to Be Big

Dev Petty

Sunday, June 4

11:00 AM - 11:30 AM
2017-06-04 11:00:00 2017-06-04 11:30:00 America/Los_Angeles Dev Petty Presents I Don’t Want to Be Big Picture book writer Dev Petty's new book tells us about Frog. Frog does NOT want to grow up. He’s just FINE being small. Besides, if you grow up, you don’t get to do fun things like jump in mud puddles with your best friend, Pig. Do you? Fans of her hit picture book 'I Don't Want to Be a Frog' will love this silly, stubborn-as-ever companion book. Showtime Stage Dev Petty

Picture book writer Dev Petty’s new book tells us about Frog. Frog does NOT want to grow up. He’s just FINE being small. Besides, if you grow up, you don’t get to do fun things like jump in mud puddles with your best friend, Pig. Do you? Fans of her hit picture book ‘I Don’t Want to Be a Frog’ will love this silly, stubborn-as-ever companion book.

Showtime Stage

Book signing information: Adjacent to Stage

11:15 AM
  • Current Affairs
  • History
  • Literary

54. Cuba!

Cristina Garcia, Rachel Kushner, and Achy Obejas, moderated by Joshua Jelly-Schapiro

Sunday, June 4

11:15 AM - 12:30 PM
2017-06-04 11:15:00 2017-06-04 12:30:00 America/Los_Angeles Cuba! For decades Cuba has been an American obsession, a political flashpoint, and a forbidden paradise of run-down charm, aromatic rum, cigars, and long hot nights filled with music. After Fidel Castro’s Revolution in 1959, the U.S. and Cuba became estranged. Tens of thousands fled, and Americans were shut out. The Cuban economy crumbled. Then came change: in 2014, Obama declared détente with Havana; in 2016, Fidel Castro died; and now a hundred flights a day from the U.S. are toting both yanqui tourists and Cuban exiles back to Havana, even as Raul Castro’s government seeks, through halting but major reforms, to maintain control. Four writers—two from Cuba and two other experts for whom Cuba is passionate muse—gather to explore Cuba today and tomorrow. BAMPFA Cristina Garcia, Rachel Kushner, and Achy Obejas, moderated by Joshua Jelly-Schapiro Get Tickets

For decades Cuba has been an American obsession, a political flashpoint, and a forbidden paradise of run-down charm, aromatic rum, cigars, and long hot nights filled with music. After Fidel Castro’s Revolution in 1959, the U.S. and Cuba became estranged. Tens of thousands fled, and Americans were shut out. The Cuban economy crumbled. Then came change: in 2014, Obama declared détente with Havana; in 2016, Fidel Castro died; and now a hundred flights a day from the U.S. are toting both yanqui tourists and Cuban exiles back to Havana, even as Raul Castro’s government seeks, through halting but major reforms, to maintain control. Four writers—two from Cuba and two other experts for whom Cuba is passionate muse—gather to explore Cuba today and tomorrow.

BAMPFA - Barbro Osher Theater

Book signing information: BAMPFA

11:45 AM
  • Current Affairs
  • International
  • Literary

55. Reveal Live: Reporting, Writing and Being Between the Lines

Vanessa Hua, Krys Lee, and Guadalupe Nettel, moderated by Al Letson

Sunday, June 4

11:45 AM - 1:00 PM
2017-06-04 11:45:00 2017-06-04 13:00:00 America/Los_Angeles Reveal Live: Reporting, Writing and Being Between the Lines Borders have become central to today's political and cultural landscape. In this special edition of Reveal Live, host Al Letson will take the audience through a journey that crosses many borders—physical and figurative, national and cultural, fictive and factual. Joining us are three writers: Krys Lee from Korea, Guadalupe Nettel from Mexico, and Vanessa Hua from the Chinese immigrant community in San Francisco. Where nationalism and nativism takes root, how can writers and journalists help people find common ground? How do they immerse audiences in perspectives that can change the status quo? Alta Stage at Freight & Salvage Vanessa Hua, Krys Lee, and Guadalupe Nettel, moderated by Al Letson Get Tickets

Borders have become central to today’s political and cultural landscape. In this special edition of Reveal Live, host Al Letson will take the audience through a journey that crosses many borders—physical and figurative, national and cultural, fictive and factual. Joining us are three writers: Krys Lee from Korea, Guadalupe Nettel from Mexico, and Vanessa Hua from the Chinese immigrant community in San Francisco. Where nationalism and nativism takes root, how can writers and journalists help people find common ground? How do they immerse audiences in perspectives that can change the status quo?

Alta Stage at Freight & Salvage

Book signing information: Freight & Salvage Lobby

Sponsored by the Center for Investigative Reporting, Margaret and Will Hearst, Literature Translation Institute of Korea (LTI Korea), the Consulate General of Mexico in San Francisco, and the State of Jalisco

11:45 AM
  • History
  • Literary
  • Science Fiction & Fantasy

56. The Lessons of History, Alternate or Otherwise

Ellen Klages, John Scalzi, Nisi Shawl, Gregory Benford, moderated by Charlie Jane Anders

Sunday, June 4

11:45 AM - 1:00 PM
2017-06-04 11:45:00 2017-06-04 13:00:00 America/Los_Angeles The Lessons of History, Alternate or Otherwise When we think of science fiction and fantasy, we think of alternate realities and futuristic cities—avatars and AI and Coruscant. But these genres look to what happened in the past as much as what might lie ahead. Go back to the future with three leading sci-fi and fantasy authors and explore what writers and readers can glean by going backward in time to move forward. David Brower Center Ellen Klages, John Scalzi, Nisi Shawl, Gregory Benford, moderated by Charlie Jane Anders Get Tickets

When we think of science fiction and fantasy, we think of alternate realities and futuristic cities—avatars and AI and Coruscant. But these genres look to what happened in the past as much as what might lie ahead. Go back to the future with three leading sci-fi and fantasy authors and explore what writers and readers can glean by going backward in time to move forward.

David Brower Center - Goldman Theater

Book signing information: David Brower Center Gallery

11:45 AM
  • Literary
  • Mystery, Crime & Thrillers
  • Writing & Publishing

57. The Mastery of Mystery: Making a Great Whodunit

Wendy Hornsby, Ellen Kirschman, and Vidar Sundstol, moderated by Steve Hockensmith

Sunday, June 4

11:45 AM - 1:00 PM
2017-06-04 11:45:00 2017-06-04 13:00:00 America/Los_Angeles The Mastery of Mystery: Making a Great Whodunit Four established authors take the mystery out of writing mysteries, as they compare notes in a lively conversation spanning the globe. Whether inspired by real life (as Dr. Ellen Kirschman does with her amateur sleuth, a police psychologist who should be counseling cops, not solving crimes—Kirschman has been a police psychologist for 30 years!), folklore (as Vidar Sundstol does with his epic tales involving Nordic superstition), deeply-hidden family secrets, as Wendy Hornsby's filmmaker sleuth uncovers, or humor, mixups, and disasters (as Steve Hockensmith is), these hard-boiled mystery writers will clue you in on what makes a suspenseful "whodunit?" David Brower Center Wendy Hornsby, Ellen Kirschman, and Vidar Sundstol, moderated by Steve Hockensmith Get Tickets

Four established authors take the mystery out of writing mysteries, as they compare notes in a lively conversation spanning the globe. Whether inspired by real life (as Dr. Ellen Kirschman does with her amateur sleuth, a police psychologist who should be counseling cops, not solving crimes—Kirschman has been a police psychologist for 30 years!), folklore (as Vidar Sundstol does with his epic tales involving Nordic superstition), deeply-hidden family secrets, as Wendy Hornsby’s filmmaker sleuth uncovers, or humor, mixups, and disasters (as Steve Hockensmith is), these hard-boiled mystery writers will clue you in on what makes a suspenseful “whodunit?”

David Brower Center - Tamalpais Room

Book signing information: David Brower Center Gallery

Sponsored by the Barbro Osher Pro Suecia Foundation, Mystery Writers of America, Northern California Chapter, the Norway House Foundation, and NORLA - Norwegian Literature Abroad

11:45 AM
  • Literary
  • Teen

58. Reality Bites: Fiction About Teens’ Real Lives

Kristin Clark, Kim Culbertson, Sandhya Menon, and Alexandra Sirowy, moderated by Alex Green

Sunday, June 4

11:45 AM - 1:00 PM
2017-06-04 11:45:00 2017-06-04 13:00:00 America/Los_Angeles Reality Bites: Fiction About Teens’ Real Lives Being a teenager isn't easy. Everything is changing both physically and emotionally, and you're thrust into the most intense situations of your lives, facing heartbreak, anxiety, low self-esteem, peer pressure, and so much more. Reading stories about other teens in real-life situations can help you feel validated—and can often illuminate paths forward. Four authors who write for young adults, Kristin Clark ('Freakboy'), Kim Culbertson ('Catch a Falling Star'), Sandhya Menon ('When Dimple Met Rishi') and Alexandra Sirowy ('The Creeping') share how they capture the unique interior worlds—the joys, the pitfalls, the intimate struggles—of young adults. Hotel Shattuck Plaza Kristin Clark, Kim Culbertson, Sandhya Menon, and Alexandra Sirowy, moderated by Alex Green Get Tickets

Being a teenager isn’t easy. Everything is changing both physically and emotionally, and you’re thrust into the most intense situations of your lives, facing heartbreak, anxiety, low self-esteem, peer pressure, and so much more. Reading stories about other teens in real-life situations can help you feel validated—and can often illuminate paths forward. Four authors who write for young adults, Kristin Clark (‘Freakboy’), Kim Culbertson (‘Catch a Falling Star’), Sandhya Menon (‘When Dimple Met Rishi’) and Alexandra Sirowy (‘The Creeping’) share how they capture the unique interior worlds—the joys, the pitfalls, the intimate struggles—of young adults.

Hotel Shattuck Plaza - Boiler Room

Book signing information: Interior patio

11:45 AM
  • Literary
  • Writing & Publishing

59. One Story Magazine Talks Short Stories!

Dani Shapiro, Jim Shepard, Karen Shepard, and Naomi Williams, with Hannah Tinti

Sunday, June 4

11:45 AM - 1:00 PM
2017-06-04 11:45:00 2017-06-04 13:00:00 America/Los_Angeles One Story Magazine Talks Short Stories! Short stories are, in the words of the great Lorrie Moore, "second to none in power and efficiency." There's a reason we love short stories as much as we do, and why many of the best movies are based on short fiction rather than novels. Hannah Tinti, co-founder of the literary short story magazine One Story, explores the power and timelessness of the American short story with four One Story authors. Hotel Shattuck Plaza Dani Shapiro, Jim Shepard, Karen Shepard, and Naomi Williams, with Hannah Tinti Get Tickets

Short stories are, in the words of the great Lorrie Moore, “second to none in power and efficiency.” There’s a reason we love short stories as much as we do, and why many of the best movies are based on short fiction rather than novels. Hannah Tinti, co-founder of the literary short story magazine One Story, explores the power and timelessness of the American short story with four One Story authors.

Hotel Shattuck Plaza - Crystal Ballroom

Book signing information: Interior patio

Sponsored by One Story

12:00 PM
  • Crime & Thrillers
  • International
  • Mystery

60. Jussi Adler-Olsen: Denmark’s #1 Crime Writer

Jussi Adler-Olsen interviewed by Cara Black

Sunday, June 4

12:00 PM - 1:15 PM
2017-06-04 12:00:00 2017-06-04 13:15:00 America/Los_Angeles Jussi Adler-Olsen: Denmark’s #1 Crime Writer What does it take to be a bestselling crime writer? With more than 15 million copies of his books sold worldwide, Danish writer Jussi Adler-Olsen (creator of the Department Q novels, the latest of which is 'The Hanging Girl') will share insights on his career and the process of crafting international sensations. He'll be in conversation with New York Times bestselling San Francisco detective novelist Cara Black, author of the Aimée Leduc series, including the forthcoming 'Murder in Saint-Germain.' Magnes Collection Jussi Adler-Olsen interviewed by Cara Black Get Tickets

What does it take to be a bestselling crime writer? With more than 15 million copies of his books sold worldwide, Danish writer Jussi Adler-Olsen (creator of the Department Q novels, the latest of which is ‘The Hanging Girl’) will share insights on his career and the process of crafting international sensations. He’ll be in conversation with New York Times bestselling San Francisco detective novelist Cara Black, author of the Aimée Leduc series, including the forthcoming ‘Murder in Saint-Germain.’

Magnes Collection

Book signing information: David Brower Center Gallery

Sponsored by the Barbro Osher Pro Suecia Foundation, the Danish Arts Foundation, and the Royal Danish Embassy

12:00 PM
  • Culture
  • Literary
  • Women/Gender

61. Feminist Activism through Popular Fiction

Aya de Leon, Meg Elison, Kate Raphael, and Sarai Walker, moderated by Claire Light

Sunday, June 4

12:00 PM - 1:15 PM
2017-06-04 12:00:00 2017-06-04 13:15:00 America/Los_Angeles Feminist Activism through Popular Fiction In today's popular culture, "strong female lead" characters and "difficult women" are more common than ever before. But does that make a story feminist? How are these women writers using popular fiction genres (mystery, sci-fi/fantasy, street lit, women's fiction) to go beyond the "strong female lead" and even "strong but unlikable" protagonists to share visions of feminist activism and social change? What role do race, class, nationality, sexual orientation, gender identity and ability play in the intersectional feminist landscapes of their stories? And what have been some of the advantages and compromises of writing popular fiction as opposed to literary fiction? Cornerstone Aya de Leon, Meg Elison, Kate Raphael, and Sarai Walker, moderated by Claire Light Get Tickets

In today’s popular culture, “strong female lead” characters and “difficult women” are more common than ever before. But does that make a story feminist? How are these women writers using popular fiction genres (mystery, sci-fi/fantasy, street lit, women’s fiction) to go beyond the “strong female lead” and even “strong but unlikable” protagonists to share visions of feminist activism and social change? What role do race, class, nationality, sexual orientation, gender identity and ability play in the intersectional feminist landscapes of their stories? And what have been some of the advantages and compromises of writing popular fiction as opposed to literary fiction?

Cornerstone

Book signing information: Cornerstone

12:15 PM
  • Children & Families
  • Teen
  • Writing & Publishing

62. Cornelia Funke’s Breathing Books

Cornelia Funke, interviewer TBA

Sunday, June 4

12:15 PM - 1:00 PM
2017-06-04 12:15:00 2017-06-04 13:00:00 America/Los_Angeles Cornelia Funke’s Breathing Books "Behind the mirror, the darkest fairy tales come alive." The beloved author of Inkheart, the Reckless series, and many other books—all of them re-read repeatedly by her avid fans—is also a publisher. Cornelia Funke's Breathing Books is a multidimensional production and publishing company committed to the love of storytelling. Cornelia will talk with fans and readers both young and old(er), sharing with them her passion for storytelling and experience as a publisher. San Francisco Chronicle Stage in the Park Cornelia Funke, interviewer TBA Get Tickets

“Behind the mirror, the darkest fairy tales come alive.” The beloved author of Inkheart, the Reckless series, and many other books—all of them re-read repeatedly by her avid fans—is also a publisher. Cornelia Funke’s Breathing Books is a multidimensional production and publishing company committed to the love of storytelling. Cornelia will talk with fans and readers both young and old(er), sharing with them her passion for storytelling and experience as a publisher.

San Francisco Chronicle Stage in the Park

Book signing information: Adjacent to Stage

Sponsored by the Goethe-Institut San Francisco

1:00 PM
  • Culture
  • Current Affairs
  • History

63. The Long 60s: The Counterculture’s Influence in Contemporary America

Mat Callahan, Gretchen Lemke-Santangelo, David Talbot, and Fred Turner, moderated by Peter Richardson

Sunday, June 4

1:00 PM - 2:15 PM
2017-06-04 13:00:00 2017-06-04 14:15:00 America/Los_Angeles The Long 60s: The Counterculture’s Influence in Contemporary America The Summer of Love brought us sex, drugs, and rock ’n’ roll, but it was also a decade of extremes and radical cultural change that, in many ways, mirrors what’s going on today. A renewed interest in psychedelic drugs? Check. Women organizing for vast social change? Check. The back-to-the-land movement? You bet. Join historians, and journalists, for an explosive look at how counterculture meets cyberculture. A fresh review of fifty years! Cornerstone Mat Callahan, Gretchen Lemke-Santangelo, David Talbot, and Fred Turner, moderated by Peter Richardson Get Tickets

The Summer of Love brought us sex, drugs, and rock ’n’ roll, but it was also a decade of extremes and radical cultural change that, in many ways, mirrors what’s going on today. A renewed interest in psychedelic drugs? Check. Women organizing for vast social change? Check. The back-to-the-land movement? You bet. Join historians, and journalists, for an explosive look at how counterculture meets cyberculture. A fresh review of fifty years!

Cornerstone

Book signing information: Cornerstone

Sponsored by Reed Schmidt

1:00 PM
  • Children & Families
  • Free

64. Candace Fleming and Eric Rohmann Present Bulldozer Helps Out

Candace Fleming and Eric Rohmann

Sunday, June 4

1:00 PM - 1:30 PM
2017-06-04 13:00:00 2017-06-04 13:30:00 America/Los_Angeles Candace Fleming and Eric Rohmann Present Bulldozer Helps Out A very little bulldozer learns that taking care of kittens is a very big job in this darling follow-up to 'Bulldozer’s Big Day' from award-winning author Candace Fleming ('Go to Sleep in Your Own Bed', 'Muncha Muncha Muncha') and Caldecott Medalist Eric Rohmann ('My Friend Rabbit', 'Time Flies'). Little Bulldozer wants to help, but all the bigger trucks say he is too small. When Crane Truck steps up to help, they find a family of newborn kittens living in the pile of debris! Can he take care of babies? Now that’s a tough job. A job that happens to be just the right size for Little Bulldozer. Showtime Stage Candace Fleming and Eric Rohmann

A very little bulldozer learns that taking care of kittens is a very big job in this darling follow-up to ‘Bulldozer’s Big Day’ from award-winning author Candace Fleming (‘Go to Sleep in Your Own Bed’, ‘Muncha Muncha Muncha’) and Caldecott Medalist Eric Rohmann (‘My Friend Rabbit’, ‘Time Flies’). Little Bulldozer wants to help, but all the bigger trucks say he is too small. When Crane Truck steps up to help, they find a family of newborn kittens living in the pile of debris! Can he take care of babies? Now that’s a tough job. A job that happens to be just the right size for Little Bulldozer.

Showtime Stage

Book signing information: Adjacent to Stage

1:15 PM
  • International
  • Literary
  • Writing & Publishing

65. The Art of Investigation: Journalists Meet Crime Writers

Eric Axl Sund (Jerker Eriksson and Håkan Axlander Sundquist), in discussion with Michael Montgomery

Sunday, June 4

1:15 PM - 2:30 PM
2017-06-04 13:15:00 2017-06-04 14:30:00 America/Los_Angeles The Art of Investigation: Journalists Meet Crime Writers There is a curious connection between crime novels and investigative reporting. Both are called "stories" by their practitioners. Both present victims and an evildoer, whether that be a person or a system, and both work with suspicion, suspense, and a constant assessment of the reliability of sources of information. Michael Montgomery is a journalist who has reported on some of the most heinous real-life mysteries around the world. Erik Axl Sund is the pseudonym of two Swedish writers whose blockbuster 'The Crow Girl' is "a jolting examination of a cycle of abuse and revenge" that "builds a powerful indictment of society’s willingness to turn a blind eye toward powerful, privileged abusers preying on the weak" (Booklist, starred review). BAMPFA Eric Axl Sund (Jerker Eriksson and Håkan Axlander Sundquist), in discussion with Michael Montgomery Get Tickets

There is a curious connection between crime novels and investigative reporting. Both are called “stories” by their practitioners. Both present victims and an evildoer, whether that be a person or a system, and both work with suspicion, suspense, and a constant assessment of the reliability of sources of information. Michael Montgomery is a journalist who has reported on some of the most heinous real-life mysteries around the world. Erik Axl Sund is the pseudonym of two Swedish writers whose blockbuster ‘The Crow Girl’ is “a jolting examination of a cycle of abuse and revenge” that “builds a powerful indictment of society’s willingness to turn a blind eye toward powerful, privileged abusers preying on the weak” (Booklist, starred review).

BAMPFA - Barbro Osher Theater

Book signing information: BAMPFA

Sponsored by the Barbro Osher Pro Suecia Foundation, the Center for Investigative Reporting, and Margaret and Will Hearst

1:30 PM
  • Culture
  • Current Affairs
  • History

66. Kingdom of Olives and Ash

Michael Chabon, Avner Gavaryahu, Fida Jiryis, Rachel Kushner, and Ayelet Waldman, moderated by Daniel Sokatch

Sunday, June 4

1:30 PM - 2:45 PM
2017-06-04 13:30:00 2017-06-04 14:45:00 America/Los_Angeles Kingdom of Olives and Ash With the 50th anniversary of the Israeli occupation of the West Bank upon us, award-winning authors Ayelet Waldman and Michael Chabon invited an international roster of top-shelf writers to visit the Israeli-occupied territories on individual journeys of their own design. What followed were moving, heartbreaking, and infuriating stories from the people on the ground in the contested territories, stories that unearth the human cost of the conflict. Hear some of those writers in person. The book is a benefit for Breaking the Silence, an organization made of former Israeli soldiers. Alta Stage at Freight & Salvage Michael Chabon, Avner Gavaryahu, Fida Jiryis, Rachel Kushner, and Ayelet Waldman, moderated by Daniel Sokatch Get Tickets

With the 50th anniversary of the Israeli occupation of the West Bank upon us, award-winning authors Ayelet Waldman and Michael Chabon invited an international roster of top-shelf writers to visit the Israeli-occupied territories on individual journeys of their own design. What followed were moving, heartbreaking, and infuriating stories from the people on the ground in the contested territories, stories that unearth the human cost of the conflict. Hear some of those writers in person. The book is a benefit for Breaking the Silence, an organization made of former Israeli soldiers.

Alta Stage at Freight & Salvage

Book signing information: Freight & Salvage Lobby

Sponsored by the New Israel Fund and Anne Germanacos

1:30 PM
  • Culture
  • History
  • Women/Gender

67. A Paintbrush of Her Own: The Lesser-Known History of Woman Artists

Bridget Quinn

Sunday, June 4

1:30 PM - 2:45 PM
2017-06-04 13:30:00 2017-06-04 14:45:00 America/Los_Angeles A Paintbrush of Her Own: The Lesser-Known History of Woman Artists Have you ever read an art book or sat in an art history class and wondered: Where are the women artists? Art historian Bridget Quinn tackles the mainstream art world's tendency to ignore women artists with her book, 'Broad Strokes,' an entertaining, smart, and accessible look at the lives and careers of 15 important women artists. Replete with beautiful reproductions of the artists' works and contemporary portraits of each artist by renowned illustrator Lisa Congdon, this is art history like you've never seen it before. David Brower Center Bridget Quinn Get Tickets

Have you ever read an art book or sat in an art history class and wondered: Where are the women artists? Art historian Bridget Quinn tackles the mainstream art world’s tendency to ignore women artists with her book, ‘Broad Strokes,’ an entertaining, smart, and accessible look at the lives and careers of 15 important women artists. Replete with beautiful reproductions of the artists’ works and contemporary portraits of each artist by renowned illustrator Lisa Congdon, this is art history like you’ve never seen it before.

David Brower Center - Tamalpais Room

Book signing information: David Brower Center Gallery

1:30 PM
  • Current Affairs
  • Spirituality

68. No Time Like the Present: Jack Kornfield in Conversation with Wes Nisker

Jack Kornfield, Wes Nisker

Sunday, June 4

1:30 PM - 2:45 PM
2017-06-04 13:30:00 2017-06-04 14:45:00 America/Los_Angeles No Time Like the Present: Jack Kornfield in Conversation with Wes Nisker They’re longtime friends (so we’ll call them Jack and Scoop) and two of America’s most respected Buddhist teachers. For more than forty years they’ve studied mindfulness and other strategies to live in the moment. In a new book (his first major one in several years), Jack tells us we all can be happy and free right now, no matter the circumstances. Scoop, also a comedian and radio host, will interrogate. Come listen on their conversation. There will be time for questions. David Brower Center Jack Kornfield, Wes Nisker Get Tickets

They’re longtime friends (so we’ll call them Jack and Scoop) and two of America’s most respected Buddhist teachers. For more than forty years they’ve studied mindfulness and other strategies to live in the moment. In a new book (his first major one in several years), Jack tells us we all can be happy and free right now, no matter the circumstances. Scoop, also a comedian and radio host, will interrogate. Come listen on their conversation. There will be time for questions.

David Brower Center - Goldman Theater

Book signing information: David Brower Center Gallery

1:30 PM
  • Culture
  • Literary
  • Women/Gender

69. The Ferocity of Love

Sylvia Brownrigg, Edan Lepucki, Shanthi Sekaran, moderated by Barbara Lane

Sunday, June 4

1:30 PM - 2:45 PM
2017-06-04 13:30:00 2017-06-04 14:45:00 America/Los_Angeles The Ferocity of Love How far would you go for someone you love? These three gripping novelists contemplate the unexpected barbs, the questions, and disappointments of love's promise. With provocative looks at relationships between parents, children, lovers, and friends, this event reminds us that love, as Stephen King put it, "has teeth." Hotel Shattuck Plaza Sylvia Brownrigg, Edan Lepucki, Shanthi Sekaran, moderated by Barbara Lane Get Tickets

How far would you go for someone you love? These three gripping novelists contemplate the unexpected barbs, the questions, and disappointments of love’s promise. With provocative looks at relationships between parents, children, lovers, and friends, this event reminds us that love, as Stephen King put it, “has teeth.”

Hotel Shattuck Plaza - Boiler Room

Book signing information: Interior patio

1:30 PM
  • Culture
  • Science Fiction & Fantasy

70. Imagining the Other: Using Fantasy to Build Empathy

Randy Henderson, Erika Lewis, Chuck Wendig, moderated by Ellen Klages

Sunday, June 4

1:30 PM - 2:45 PM
2017-06-04 13:30:00 2017-06-04 14:45:00 America/Los_Angeles Imagining the Other: Using Fantasy to Build Empathy You've no doubt heard the adage, "Write what you know," but what if you want to write about aliens, dragons, wizards, or people from an entirely different culture? Four writers debunk the myth that "knowing" trumps all, and how it's far more important to write what you imagine, what inspires you, and what story you want to tell. Hotel Shattuck Plaza Randy Henderson, Erika Lewis, Chuck Wendig, moderated by Ellen Klages Get Tickets

You’ve no doubt heard the adage, “Write what you know,” but what if you want to write about aliens, dragons, wizards, or people from an entirely different culture? Four writers debunk the myth that “knowing” trumps all, and how it’s far more important to write what you imagine, what inspires you, and what story you want to tell.

Hotel Shattuck Plaza - Crystal Ballroom

Book signing information: Interior patio

1:30 PM
  • Culture
  • Current Affairs
  • Outdoor (Free)

71. Race and Resistance in the Trump Era: Fighting Words and Wisdom from The Nation and Black Lives Matter

Rev. Dr. William Barber II, Alicia Garza, Walter Mosley, Joan Walsh, moderated by Mark Hertsgaard

Sunday, June 4

1:30 PM - 2:45 PM
2017-06-04 13:30:00 2017-06-04 14:45:00 America/Los_Angeles Race and Resistance in the Trump Era: Fighting Words and Wisdom from The Nation and Black Lives Matter The Nation has been fighting for racial justice since abolitionists founded the magazine in 1865; its writers have included W.E.B. DuBois, Martin Luther King, Jr., James Baldwin, Toni Morrison and Alice Walker. Now join some of The Nation’s finest current contributors for a fierce, free-ranging discussion of how to advance racial justice in today’s America. Panelists include Rev. Dr. William Barber II, the founder of the “Moral Mondays” movement; Walter Mosley, the essayist and novelist; Joan Walsh, The Nation’s national political correspondent; and moderator Mark Hertsgaard, author and investigative editor for The Nation. San Francisco Chronicle Stage in the Park Rev. Dr. William Barber II, Alicia Garza, Walter Mosley, Joan Walsh, moderated by Mark Hertsgaard

The Nation has been fighting for racial justice since abolitionists founded the magazine in 1865; its writers have included W.E.B. DuBois, Martin Luther King, Jr., James Baldwin, Toni Morrison and Alice Walker. Now join some of The Nation’s finest current contributors for a fierce, free-ranging discussion of how to advance racial justice in today’s America. Panelists include Rev. Dr. William Barber II, the founder of the “Moral Mondays” movement; Walter Mosley, the essayist and novelist; Joan Walsh, The Nation’s national political correspondent; and moderator Mark Hertsgaard, author and investigative editor for The Nation.

San Francisco Chronicle Stage in the Park

Book signing information: Adjacent to Stage

Sponsored by The Nation Magazine

1:30 PM
  • Children & Families
  • Free

72. Dashka Slater Presents Escargot

Dashka Slater

Sunday, June 4

1:30 PM - 2:00 PM
2017-06-04 13:30:00 2017-06-04 14:00:00 America/Los_Angeles Dashka Slater Presents Escargot Are you a picky eater? Do you like animals? Bonjour! Escargot is a beautiful French snail who wants only two things: 1. to be your favorite animal. 2. to get to the delicious salad at the end of the book. But when he gets to the salad, he discovers that there's a carrot in it. And Escargot hates carrots. But when he finally tries one--with a little help from you!--he discovers that it's not so bad after all. Showtime Stage Dashka Slater

Are you a picky eater? Do you like animals? Bonjour! Escargot is a beautiful French snail who wants only two things: 1. to be your favorite animal. 2. to get to the delicious salad at the end of the book. But when he gets to the salad, he discovers that there’s a carrot in it. And Escargot hates carrots. But when he finally tries one–with a little help from you!–he discovers that it’s not so bad after all.

Showtime Stage

Book signing information: Adjacent to Stage

1:45 PM
  • Current Affairs
  • Environment

73. The State of Cannabis

Emily Brady and Beau Kilmer, in conversation with David Downs

Sunday, June 4

1:45 PM - 3:00 PM
2017-06-04 13:45:00 2017-06-04 15:00:00 America/Los_Angeles The State of Cannabis Marijuana is now legal in California, but that doesn’t mean the issues surrounding it have gone up in smoke. Marijuana experts and authors Beau Kilmer, co-director of the RAND Drug Policy Research Center, and Emily Brady, author of 'Humboldt,' will divulge the latest in international, national, and state pot policy and explore whether California’s hopes for a smooth transition should remain, well, high. Moderated by David Downs, Cannabis editor of the San Francisco Chronicle. Cornerstone Emily Brady and Beau Kilmer, in conversation with David Downs Get Tickets

Marijuana is now legal in California, but that doesn’t mean the issues surrounding it have gone up in smoke. Marijuana experts and authors Beau Kilmer, co-director of the RAND Drug Policy Research Center, and Emily Brady, author of ‘Humboldt,’ will divulge the latest in international, national, and state pot policy and explore whether California’s hopes for a smooth transition should remain, well, high. Moderated by David Downs, Cannabis editor of the San Francisco Chronicle.

Cornerstone

Book signing information: Cornerstone

2:00 PM
  • Culture
  • International
  • Literary

74. Living in Two Worlds: Crossing Borders and Identities to Create Home

Lesley Nneka Arimah, Francisco Goldman, Laleh Khadivi, Pajtim Statovci, moderated by Michael Holtmann

Sunday, June 4

2:00 PM - 3:15 PM
2017-06-04 14:00:00 2017-06-04 15:15:00 America/Los_Angeles Living in Two Worlds: Crossing Borders and Identities to Create Home We all cross borders, whether geographical, emotional, or even digital. In our current age, humans are more mobile, and displaced, than they have ever been. These celebrated border-crossers and novelists have spent a great deal of time contemplating a life between the lines. How do we stay grounded in a world that's contstantly in flux? With Lesley Nneka Arimah ('What It Means When a Man Falls from the Sky'), Francisco Goldman ('Say Her Name'), Laleh Khadivi ('A Good Country'), and Pajtim Statovci ('My Cat Yugoslavia'). Moderated by the Center for the Art of Translation's Michael Holtmann. Magnes Collection Lesley Nneka Arimah, Francisco Goldman, Laleh Khadivi, Pajtim Statovci, moderated by Michael Holtmann Get Tickets

We all cross borders, whether geographical, emotional, or even digital. In our current age, humans are more mobile, and displaced, than they have ever been. These celebrated border-crossers and novelists have spent a great deal of time contemplating a life between the lines. How do we stay grounded in a world that’s contstantly in flux? With Lesley Nneka Arimah (‘What It Means When a Man Falls from the Sky’), Francisco Goldman (‘Say Her Name’), Laleh Khadivi (‘A Good Country’), and Pajtim Statovci (‘My Cat Yugoslavia’). Moderated by the Center for the Art of Translation’s Michael Holtmann.

Magnes Collection

Book signing information: David Brower Center Gallery

Sponsored by the Center for the Art of Translation, the Barbro Osher Pro Suecia Foundation, FILI - Finnish Literature Exchange, and Finlandia Foundation National

2:00 PM
  • Children & Families
  • Free

75. Innosanto Nagara Presents My Night at the Planetarium

Innosanto Nagara

Sunday, June 4

2:00 PM - 2:30 PM
2017-06-04 14:00:00 2017-06-04 14:30:00 America/Los_Angeles Innosanto Nagara Presents My Night at the Planetarium Author and illustrator Inno, the force behind 'A is for Activist' and 'Counting on Community,' now board book staples at home and in schools, brings us a true story from his childhood in Indonesia. It is a child's view of a particular place and time—but it is also an introduction to Indonesia, a story about colonialism, and a message about the power of creativity. Art and resistance! Showtime Stage Innosanto Nagara

Author and illustrator Inno, the force behind ‘A is for Activist’ and ‘Counting on Community,’ now board book staples at home and in schools, brings us a true story from his childhood in Indonesia. It is a child’s view of a particular place and time—but it is also an introduction to Indonesia, a story about colonialism, and a message about the power of creativity. Art and resistance!

Showtime Stage

Book signing information: Adjacent to Stage

2:30 PM
  • Children & Families
  • Free

76. Gianna Marino Presents Splotch

Gianna Marino

Sunday, June 4

2:30 PM - 3:00 PM
2017-06-04 14:30:00 2017-06-04 15:00:00 America/Los_Angeles Gianna Marino Presents Splotch Splotch, a pet fish, was meant to be in his bowl when his boy got home from school—Splotch, a pet fish, was meant to be in his bowl when his boy got home from school—but he isn't there! There's only one conclusion: he must have run away. But when he mysteriously returns, Splotch's distinctive spot has moved and the only explanation is that he has been CHANGED BY ALIENS! When the spot moves yet again, it's clear something fishy is going on. This hilarious story poses the question that, when it comes to this family, who is protecting whom? Showtime Stage Gianna Marino

Splotch, a pet fish, was meant to be in his bowl when his boy got home from school—Splotch, a pet fish, was meant to be in his bowl when his boy got home from school—but he isn’t there! There’s only one conclusion: he must have run away. But when he mysteriously returns, Splotch’s distinctive spot has moved and the only explanation is that he has been CHANGED BY ALIENS! When the spot moves yet again, it’s clear something fishy is going on. This hilarious story poses the question that, when it comes to this family, who is protecting whom?

Showtime Stage

Book signing information: Adjacent to Stage

3:15 PM
  • Literary
  • Science Fiction & Fantasy

77. Tor Books presents Science Fiction and the Resistance!

Cory Doctorow, John Scalzi, Annalee Newitz, and Charlie Jane Anders

Sunday, June 4

3:15 PM - 4:30 PM
2017-06-04 15:15:00 2017-06-04 16:30:00 America/Los_Angeles Tor Books presents Science Fiction and the Resistance! Join Charlie Jane Anders, Cory Doctorow, Annalee Newitz and John Scalzi as they kick ass, take names and decide who goes down first, and hardest, in an epic discussion about new directions in science fiction and fantasy. Alta Stage at Freight & Salvage Cory Doctorow, John Scalzi, Annalee Newitz, and Charlie Jane Anders Get Tickets

Join Charlie Jane Anders, Cory Doctorow, Annalee Newitz and John Scalzi as they kick ass, take names and decide who goes down first, and hardest, in an epic discussion about new directions in science fiction and fantasy.

Alta Stage at Freight & Salvage

Book signing information: Freight & Salvage Lobby

3:15 PM
  • Current Affairs
  • Environment
  • Spirituality

78. Putting Your Money Where Your Heart Is

Andrew Behar, Clair Brown, moderated by Kate Campbell

Sunday, June 4

3:15 PM - 4:30 PM
2017-06-04 15:15:00 2017-06-04 16:30:00 America/Los_Angeles Putting Your Money Where Your Heart Is Most of us have some type of savings or retirement plan, but generally that’s where our knowledge ends. We don’t know how that money is invested, or whether it is helping or hindering big social and environmental problems such as income disparity, poor labor conditions, corruption, or climate change. How can we ensure that our hard-earned bucks are going toward causes we care about? How can we think through our relationship with money in terms of our values? Andrew Behar (head of the nonprofit As You Sow and author of 'The Shareholders Action Guide') and UC Berkeley professor and Buddhist Clair Brown ('Buddhist Economics') will shed light on these complex issues in a conversation moderated by socially responsible investment advisor Kate Campbell, North Berkeley Investment Partners. David Brower Center Andrew Behar, Clair Brown, moderated by Kate Campbell Get Tickets

Most of us have some type of savings or retirement plan, but generally that’s where our knowledge ends. We don’t know how that money is invested, or whether it is helping or hindering big social and environmental problems such as income disparity, poor labor conditions, corruption, or climate change. How can we ensure that our hard-earned bucks are going toward causes we care about? How can we think through our relationship with money in terms of our values? Andrew Behar (head of the nonprofit As You Sow and author of ‘The Shareholders Action Guide’) and UC Berkeley professor and Buddhist Clair Brown (‘Buddhist Economics’) will shed light on these complex issues in a conversation moderated by socially responsible investment advisor Kate Campbell, North Berkeley Investment Partners.

David Brower Center - Goldman Theater

Book signing information: David Brower Center Gallery

Sponsored by North Berkeley Investment Partners

3:15 PM
  • Current Affairs
  • History

79. Gentrification, Evictions, and the State of Our Cities

Paul Madonna, Peter Moskowitz, moderated by Narda Zacchino

Sunday, June 4

3:15 PM - 4:30 PM
2017-06-04 15:15:00 2017-06-04 16:30:00 America/Los_Angeles Gentrification, Evictions, and the State of Our Cities Gentrification has become a buzzword, but this profound social and economic shift involves far more than trendy boutiques, hipsters, and fancy lattes. Journalists Peter Moskowitz ('How to Kill a City') and Paul Madonna ('All Over Coffee') uncover the massive, systemic forces behind gentrification evictions, how this phenomenon changes our cities for the worse, and how we can fight back. David Brower Center Paul Madonna, Peter Moskowitz, moderated by Narda Zacchino Get Tickets

Gentrification has become a buzzword, but this profound social and economic shift involves far more than trendy boutiques, hipsters, and fancy lattes. Journalists Peter Moskowitz (‘How to Kill a City’) and Paul Madonna (‘All Over Coffee’) uncover the massive, systemic forces behind gentrification evictions, how this phenomenon changes our cities for the worse, and how we can fight back.

David Brower Center - Tamalpais Room

Book signing information: David Brower Center Gallery

3:15 PM
  • Current Affairs
  • Literary
  • Poetry

80. Who Is American Poetry? Four Poets on Citizenship and Engagement in Turbulent Times

Charif Shanahan, Layli Long Soldier, Michael Shewmaker, moderated by Matthew Zapruder

Sunday, June 4

3:15 PM - 4:30 PM
2017-06-04 15:15:00 2017-06-04 16:30:00 America/Los_Angeles Who Is American Poetry? Four Poets on Citizenship and Engagement in Turbulent Times The landscape of contemporary poetry has never been so multitudinous, and the question of who gets to be called American has become suddenly urgent. Four poets discuss their work and what it means to be writing in America—as immigrants, as citizens, as humans—today. Hotel Shattuck Plaza Charif Shanahan, Layli Long Soldier, Michael Shewmaker, moderated by Matthew Zapruder Get Tickets

The landscape of contemporary poetry has never been so multitudinous, and the question of who gets to be called American has become suddenly urgent. Four poets discuss their work and what it means to be writing in America—as immigrants, as citizens, as humans—today.

Hotel Shattuck Plaza - Boiler Room

Book signing information: Interior patio

3:15 PM
  • Literary
  • Outdoor (Free)
  • Travel

81. Beyond Travel Writing: Journey and Meaning

Geoff Dyer, Josh Jelly-Schapiro, Tom Lutz, moderated by Leah Garchik

Sunday, June 4

3:15 PM - 4:30 PM
2017-06-04 15:15:00 2017-06-04 16:30:00 America/Los_Angeles Beyond Travel Writing: Journey and Meaning Places are ideas as much as they are geographic realities. Places carry stories and significance beyond the physical, and that’s often why we travel there. How are places marked by what happened there? What is the lure of the “elsewhere”? How is it all changed upon being discovered, photographed, written about? Finally: Was it really a bad trip if you live to tell a great tale? Join these three stellar travel writers, who have covered the world with pen and heel, on an intellectually rollicking journey navigated by San Francisco Chronicle weekday columnist Leah Garchik. San Francisco Chronicle Stage in the Park Geoff Dyer, Josh Jelly-Schapiro, Tom Lutz, moderated by Leah Garchik

Places are ideas as much as they are geographic realities. Places carry stories and significance beyond the physical, and that’s often why we travel there. How are places marked by what happened there? What is the lure of the “elsewhere”? How is it all changed upon being discovered, photographed, written about? Finally: Was it really a bad trip if you live to tell a great tale? Join these three stellar travel writers, who have covered the world with pen and heel, on an intellectually rollicking journey navigated by San Francisco Chronicle weekday columnist Leah Garchik.

San Francisco Chronicle Stage in the Park

Book signing information: Adjacent to Stage

Sponsored by the Los Angeles Review of Books

3:30 PM
  • Current Affairs
  • Poetry
  • Teen

82. Under 21 Open Mic @ The Bay Area Poetry Festival, Presented by Youth Speaks

Sunday, June 4

3:30 PM - 5:00 PM
2017-06-04 15:30:00 2017-06-04 17:00:00 America/Los_Angeles Under 21 Open Mic @ The Bay Area Poetry Festival, Presented by Youth Speaks Emerging emcees! Flex your skills at this open mic night—a performance “open-house” for young writers and performers. Come to inspire and be inspired by amazing young artists across the Bay Area performing spoken word, music, dance, and more. No censorship, all love! Participants must be under 21 years old to get on the mic but everyone is welcome to attend! Sign-ups will take place at the show. #MicDrop Cornerstone Get Tickets

Emerging emcees! Flex your skills at this open mic night—a performance “open-house” for young writers and performers. Come to inspire and be inspired by amazing young artists across the Bay Area performing spoken word, music, dance, and more. No censorship, all love! Participants must be under 21 years old to get on the mic but everyone is welcome to attend! Sign-ups will take place at the show. #MicDrop

Cornerstone

Book signing information: n/a

Sponsored by Youth Speaks

4:00 PM
  • Environment
  • History
  • Women/Gender

83. Forces of Nature: Susan Griffin and Joanna Macy

Susan Griffin, Joanna Macy

Sunday, June 4

4:00 PM - 5:15 PM
2017-06-04 16:00:00 2017-06-04 17:15:00 America/Los_Angeles Forces of Nature: Susan Griffin and Joanna Macy Poet Adrienne Rich called Susan Griffin's proto-feminist classic 'Woman and Nature' "perhaps the most extraordinary nonfiction work to have merged from the matrix of contemporary female consciousness." Four decades after its initial publication (and with the release of a 40th anniversary paperback edition) Griffin celebrates her seminal, feminist text in conversation with acclaimed author and Buddhist scholar Joanna Macy ('World as Lover, World as Self'). Together they'll share deep insights on ecology, gender, war, and environmental destruction, as well as ways to move forward. Magnes Collection Susan Griffin, Joanna Macy Get Tickets

Poet Adrienne Rich called Susan Griffin’s proto-feminist classic ‘Woman and Nature’ “perhaps the most extraordinary nonfiction work to have merged from the matrix of contemporary female consciousness.” Four decades after its initial publication (and with the release of a 40th anniversary paperback edition) Griffin celebrates her seminal, feminist text in conversation with acclaimed author and Buddhist scholar Joanna Macy (‘World as Lover, World as Self’). Together they’ll share deep insights on ecology, gender, war, and environmental destruction, as well as ways to move forward.

Magnes Collection

Book signing information: David Brower Center Gallery

5:00 PM
  • Crime & Thrillers
  • Current Affairs
  • Literary
  • Mystery

84. Master of the Legal Thriller: A Conversation with Scott Turow

Scott Turow

Sunday, June 4

5:00 PM - 6:15 PM
2017-06-04 17:00:00 2017-06-04 18:15:00 America/Los_Angeles Master of the Legal Thriller: A Conversation with Scott Turow Join bestselling author Scott Turow for a wide-ranging discussion of Turow’s legal thrillers and his long career in the law. This will be Turow’s only Bay Area appearance for his new book, 'Testimony.' The author of 'Presumed Innocent' and ten other widely praised novels, Turow has sold more than 30 million copies worldwide. He was prominent in the Authors United protest by more than 1,000 authors against Amazon.com. Alta Stage at Freight & Salvage Scott Turow Get Tickets

Join bestselling author Scott Turow for a wide-ranging discussion of Turow’s legal thrillers and his long career in the law. This will be Turow’s only Bay Area appearance for his new book, ‘Testimony.’ The author of ‘Presumed Innocent’ and ten other widely praised novels, Turow has sold more than 30 million copies worldwide. He was prominent in the Authors United protest by more than 1,000 authors against Amazon.com.

Alta Stage at Freight & Salvage

Book signing information: Freight & Salvage Lobby

5:00 PM
  • Culture
  • Current Affairs
  • Outdoor (Free)

85. On Power

Dacher Keltner

Sunday, June 4

5:00 PM - 5:45 PM
2017-06-04 17:00:00 2017-06-04 17:45:00 America/Los_Angeles On Power Power: We all want it, but how do we get it? Many have assumed that acquiring power involves force and manipulation. But psychologist Dacher Keltner turns those notions on their heads in 'The Power Paradox,' arguing that empathy and humility are far more influential. Power is not something we create; it is something we earn. Keltner will lay out how to gain and retain power, when we may abuse it, and what the consequences are of letting those around us languish in powerlessness. San Francisco Chronicle Stage in the Park Dacher Keltner

Power: We all want it, but how do we get it? Many have assumed that acquiring power involves force and manipulation. But psychologist Dacher Keltner turns those notions on their heads in ‘The Power Paradox,’ arguing that empathy and humility are far more influential. Power is not something we create; it is something we earn. Keltner will lay out how to gain and retain power, when we may abuse it, and what the consequences are of letting those around us languish in powerlessness.

San Francisco Chronicle Stage in the Park

Book signing information: Adjacent to Stage

5:30 PM
  • Culture
  • Literary

86. Radically Brief: Super-Short Writing from Terrific Bay Area Writers

Frances Dinkelspiel, Grant Faulkner, Cristina Garcia, Molly Giles, Scott James, Lee Kravetz, Michael David Lukas, Elizabeth McKenzie, Nayomi Munaweera, Elizabeth Rosner, Shanthi Sekaran, T.J. Stiles, Matthew Zapruder, and host/emcee Janis Cooke Newman

Sunday, June 4

5:30 PM - 7:30 PM
2017-06-04 17:30:00 2017-06-04 19:30:00 America/Los_Angeles Radically Brief: Super-Short Writing from Terrific Bay Area Writers LitCamp has challenged some of the Bay Area’s most talented authors to write (no more than) two minutes' worth on any radically controversial/hilarious/sexy/dramatic topic just for the festival—which they’ll read in this fast-paced (and very entertaining) evening. If they go over two minutes, we’ll turn the firehose (actually, a water pistol) on them. You, however, will be able to drink! The perfect way to close out the festival! Cornerstone Frances Dinkelspiel, Grant Faulkner, Cristina Garcia, Molly Giles, Scott James, Lee Kravetz, Michael David Lukas, Elizabeth McKenzie, Nayomi Munaweera, Elizabeth Rosner, Shanthi Sekaran, T.J. Stiles, Matthew Zapruder, and host/emcee Janis Cooke Newman Get Tickets

LitCamp has challenged some of the Bay Area’s most talented authors to write (no more than) two minutes’ worth on any radically controversial/hilarious/sexy/dramatic topic just for the festival—which they’ll read in this fast-paced (and very entertaining) evening. If they go over two minutes, we’ll turn the firehose (actually, a water pistol) on them. You, however, will be able to drink! The perfect way to close out the festival!

Cornerstone

Book signing information: Cornerstone

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