Enter the sixth annual Bay Area Book Festival! This year’s Fest will inform, empower, and connect us all through the literary work of brilliant, responsible creators and thinkers, catalyzed by thousands of caring, smart people (that’s you) coming together over one special weekend. Books can build bridges across even the most challenging divides: bridges of understanding, bridges to new politics, bridges to new ways to manage problems, bridges beyond a chasm of despair that can seem impossible to cross. This Sneak Peek of the 2020 Fest’s growing line-up—just a few of the topics and the 200+ speakers we’ll present—makes us feel downright optimistic.
Finding Light (and Fungi) in the Dark
One of our Festival director’s obsessions this year is the raw, ragged, but ultimately redemptive cry of grief in Danish author Naja Marie Aidt’s When Death Takes From You Give It Back. Another astonishing book on grief—and mushrooms—comes from Norwegian writer Litt Woon Long, whose The Way Through the Woods is reminiscent of the moving blockbuster H Is for Hawk. Renowned poet Forrest Gander joins us with Be With, a gripping, Pulitzer Prize-winning meditation on loss, mortality, and grief. “Reading this book may hurt,” noted NPR, “but it will help people to keep living through what they thought they could never survive.”
What we’ve shared above
barely scratches the surface of what we’ve got in store for you!
Okay, just one more beacon in the darkness: On Lighthouses by Mexican writer Jazmina Barrera. This delicate book-length essay roams among lighthouses, from the Spanish to the Oregon coasts to those that appear in the works of Virginia Woolf, Edgar Allan Poe, Ingmar Bergman, and more. Equal parts personal memoir and literary history, On Lighthouses takes us on a desperate flight from raging sea to cold stone―from a hopeless isolation to a meaningful one―concluding at last in a place of peace: the home of a selfless, guiding light.