2022 Festival Schedule

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Saturday, May 7
  • 2022
  • Culture
  • Outdoor (Free)

J Dilla: The Beatmaker Who Changed The Way Musicians Play

Dan Charnas, interviewed by Adam Mansbach

Saturday, May 7

11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

San Francisco Chronicle Stage in the Park

  • In-Person Only

Discover a hidden genius—a man whom the greatest figures of contemporary pop call a “demigod” of music. J Dilla, who died in 2006 at the age of 32, never had a mainstream pop hit, but he created a new “time-feel” that forever changed the way musicians compose and play, whether they’re contemporary jazz composers, hip-hop artists, or rappers. Find out why this unsung visionary is revered everywhere from conservatories to universities, his ideas present in the music of Kendrick Lamar and Robert Glasper. With the recent New York Times bestseller Dilla Time, Dan Charnas, a pioneer of hip-hop journalism, gives us “one of the few hip-hop sagas to take the music as seriously as its maker” (Publishers Weekly). Joined by #1 New York Times bestselling author and screenwriter Adam Mansbach (Go the F**k to Sleep; I Had a Brother Once), Charnas will show us why recent Oscar-winner QUESTLOVE called Dilla “an unexplainable genius”—one whose gift and legacy is revealed at last in the pages of Dilla Time.

The bookstore partner for this session is Books Inc.! Buy the books online on their website, at Bookshop.org, or purchase them in person at the Festival. More information here.

Book signing information: Books Inc. tent in the park immediately after event

Saturday, May 7
  • 2022
  • Environment/Nature
  • Memoir
  • Native American

Becoming Story, Writing the Land: Obi Kaufmann and Greg Sarris on California Dreaming

Obi Kaufmann, Greg Sarris

Saturday, May 7

11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Freight & Salvage

  • In-Person and Live Streamed

East Bay native Obi Kaufmann (The Coasts of California) spent his early years escaping into the mountains, mapping untamed wilderness. Tribal leader and author Greg Sarris (Becoming Story: A Journey among Seasons, Places, Trees, and Ancestors) spent his in different foster homes, eventually learning American Indian customs and tradition from a legendary Pomo basket weaver. These two celebrated scribes of California lore, magic, and memory bring to life the power of Golden State storytelling: through deeply personal memoir, evocative illustration, the tracking of environmental rhythms, and the sacredness of ancestors. You’ll be moved by what happens when the wandering paths of these two brilliant California dreamers intersect.

Introduced by Jesse Arreguín, Mayor of the City of Berkeley

The bookstore partner for this session is Green Apple Books! Buy the books online at Bookshop.org or purchase them in person at the Festival. More information here.

Book signing information: Green Apple Books in Freight & Salvage lobby immediately after event

With support from the Federated Indians of Graton Rancheria

Saturday, May 7
  • 2022
  • Free
  • History
  • Race/Identity
  • YA (Young Adult)

Black Panthers: Inherit the Revolution

Kekla Magoon, Jetta Martin, Waldo Martin Jr., moderated by Cinnamongirl Olivia and Kimberly Cox Marshall

Saturday, May 7

11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

The Marsh Berkeley - Theater

  • In-Person Only

When Huey P. Newton and Bobby Seale first met at Oakland’s Merritt College in 1966, history was made. They formed the Black Panther Party for Self-Defense, and ended up rocking the world with a revolutionary vision whose legacy still burns bright. Three renowned authors—Kekla Magoon, Jetta Martin and Waldo Martin, Jr.—will show a new generation the roots of this home-grown, human-rights revolution born in their own East Bay community. Kekla Magoon’s Revolution in Our Time was praised by Publishers Weekly as “powerful…an incisive, in-depth study of the Black Panther Party.” Jetta Martin and her father, scholar and UC Berkeley professor Waldo Martin, Jr., collaborated on Freedom! The Story of the Black Panther Party , which Booklist called “a passionate, honest, and intimate look into an important time in civil rights history.” This is a chance to get to know the stories of historically significant freedom fighters, whose legacy looms larger than ever today. Their conversation, which is aimed at both teenagers and adults, will be moderated by Cinnamongirl Olivia and Kimberly Cox Marshall.

The bookstore partner for this session is Marcus Books! Buy the books online at Bookshop.org or purchase them in person at the Festival. More information here.

Book signing information: Marcus Books Tent at the Bookstore Blv (corner of Allston & Milvia in the Outdoor Fair) at in the park, 12:15 PM

Saturday, May 7
  • 2022
  • Literary
  • Race/Identity

Secrets and Revelations, Lies and Love: Family Legacies in Fiction

Gabriela Garcia, Devi Laskar, Monica West, moderated by Monica Wesolowska

Saturday, May 7

11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

The Magnes - Auditorium

  • In-Person Only

Every family harbors its secrets. And eventually, those secrets always come out. What happens afterwards? Legacies are revealed, and the possibility of healing—or at least understanding—glimmers. Monica West’s Revival Season earned comparisons to Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie with its depiction of a traveling Baptist preacher’s daughter discovering her own healing powers. In Of Women and Salt, Gabriela Garcia limns a fascinating Cuban matrilineage through generations. And in Devi Laskar’s Circa, a violent accident upends the life of an American-Bengali woman navigating her family’s expectations. Come be reminded why blood is thicker (and stickier!) than water in this session moderated by memoirist Monica Wesolowska.

The bookstore partner for this session is Sausalito Books By The Bay! Buy the books online at Bookshop.org or purchase them in person at the Festival. More information here.

Book signing information: Sausalito Books by the Bay Tent at the Bookstore Blv (corner of Allston & Milvia in the Outdoor Fair) at 12:15 PM

Saturday, May 7
  • 2022
  • International
  • Literary
  • Memoir

“Tell Me the Story of Your Body”: Emily Rapp Black and Jan Grue on Creativity and Disability

Emily Rapp Black, Jan Grue

Saturday, May 7

11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Residence Inn Berkeley - Ballroom 1

  • In-Person Only

“This is not a story about survival. It is not about how I became a human, but rather how I came to understand that I already was human.” So writes Norwegian author Jan Grue, who was diagnosed with spinal muscular atrophy at age three. In I Live a Life Like Yours (“compelling, unconventional and powerfully told,” says The New York Times Book Review), he gives us an unforgettable vision of living, loving, and making art in a vulnerable body. New York Times bestselling memoirist Emily Rapp Black—who will be joining the session virtually—also grew up different from those around her: an amputee from childhood, she learned early how to hide her disability from the world. In Frida Kahlo and My Left Leg, critically lauded as a “wild masterpiece,” she draws meaning from the art and life of the iconic painter, whose leg was eventually amputated after a brutal bus crash. This is a profound conversation about navigating identity, art-making, and self-expression in a complex body, and inventing a language with which to do justice to it.

The bookstore partner for this session is Pegasus Books! Buy the books online on their website, on Bookshop.org, or purchase them in person at the Festival. More information here.

Book signing information: 12 PM, Pegasus Books, right outside the ballroom

With the support of the Norway House Foundation and NORLA - Norwegian Literature Abroad

Saturday, May 7
  • 2022
  • International
  • Literary
  • Women/Gender

Conversation with Jokha Alharthi, International Booker Prize Winner

Jokha Alharthi interviewed by John Freeman

Saturday, May 7

11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Brower Center - Goldman Theater

  • In-Person Only

The first Arab writer to win the International Booker (in 2019 for her novel Celestial Bodies), Jokha Alharthi explores one of the most compelling topics in our time: how radical and breakneck social change plays out within families, and indeed how past and present elide within us. The context of Alharthi’s stories is Oman, which emerged from rural poverty (where slavery was legal until 1970 and few girls attended school) in a single generation to become an urban, oil-rich Gulf state where women are highly educated. Alharthi herself received her Ph.D. in Classical Arabic Literature from the University of Edinburgh.

She writes especially of women’s lives, and her new novel, Bitter Orange Tree, tells of a young Omani woman, Zuhur, studying at a British university but haunted by the memory of the just-deceased woman who raised her and whom Zuhur calls grandmother—a woman scarred by poverty and sacrifice. When home, elders, and the old ways are gone, who are we now? And what is “now” if not the holding of all that’s past?

Alharthi’s prose offers this very experience to the reader, moving smoothly between times and different characters’ minds even within the space of a paragraph—”the way starlight seems to flicker when we gaze at distant and nearer celestial bodies,” as critic James Wood wrote in The New Yorker. Come meet this global literary star.

The bookstore partner for this session is Eastwind Books of Berkeley! Buy the books online at Bookshop.org or purchase them in person at the Festival. More information here.

Book signing information: East Wind Books Tent at the Bookstore Blv (corner of Allston & Milvia in the Outdoor Fair) at 12:15 PM

With the support of Words Without Borders and Peter Wiley

Saturday, May 7
  • 2022
  • Mystery, Crime & Thrillers

Castles, Canals, and Freeways: Historical Mysteries of the Twentieth Century

Cara Black, Rhys Bowen, Laurie R. King, Gary Phillips, moderated by Brian Cliff

Saturday, May 7

11:30 AM - 12:30 PM

Veterans Memorial Building - Auditorium

  • In-Person Only

If you prefer your mysteries full of good old-fashioned atmospheric intrigue, this session is for you. Three spellbinding storytellers take us back in time, where the period details are as vivid as the suspense is spine-tingling. With the “fascinating” (Publishers Weekly) Castle Shade, queen of mystery Laurie R. King transports us to a drafty castle in the land of Vlad the Impaler. Gary Phillips earns comparison to Walter Mosely with One-Shot Harry , the tale of a Black forensic photographer seeking justice for a fallen friend in 1963 Los Angeles. Rhys Bowen sweeps us away to a land of gondolas and crumbling villas with their Edgar Award-winning The Venice Sketchbook, set in 1938. And famous Francophile Cara Black returns to the City of Light in the aftermath of 9/11 with Murder at the Porte de Versailles, the latest in her bestselling Aimée Leduc Investigations series. Our guide for this journey through the twentieth century is Brian Cliff of Trinity College Dublin.

The bookstore partner for this session is Sausalito Books By The Bay! Buy the books online at Bookshop.org or purchase them in person at the Festival. More information here.

Book signing information: Sausalito Books by the Bay Tent at the Bookstore Blv (corner of Allston & Milvia in the Outdoor Fair) at 12:45 PM

Sponsored by Mystery Writers of America-NorCal

Saturday, May 7
  • 2022
  • Culture
  • Current Affairs

What Has Oakland Taught Us?: A History of Disruptive Development and New Visions for Urban Planning

Majora Carter, John Kamp, James Rojas, Mitchell Schwarzer, moderated by Alexis Madrigal

Saturday, May 7

11:30 AM - 12:30 PM

Berkeley City College - Auditorium

  • In-Person Only

Displacement, gentrification, the soaring cost of living, reckless development: in the past several years, these issues have ravaged cities across America, including right here in the Bay. Frequently, misguided city planning plays a role. We need new visions of urban success, and that’s what this timely conversation will deliver. Weighing in on Oakland’s storied past and next chapter is Mitchell Schwarzer with his “eerily relevant” ( San Francisco Chronicle ) Hella Town. James Rojas and John Kamp will discuss recipes for inclusion and vitality with the visionary Dream Play Build: Hands-On Community Engagement for Enduring Spaces and Places. And MacArthur Fellow and urban revitalization strategist Majora Carter, author of Reclaiming Your Community: You Don’t Have to Move Out of Your Neighborhood to Live in a Better One, will show us how to work with our neighbors and take accountability for our own communities’ health and well-being.

The bookstore partner for this session is Books Inc.! Buy the books online on their website, at Bookshop.org, or purchase them in person at the Festival. More information here.

Book signing information: Books Inc. Tent at the Bookstore Blv (corner of Allston & Milvia in the Outdoor Fair) at 12:45 PM

Saturday, May 7
  • 2022
  • International
  • Literary
  • Women/Gender

Keep Calm and Go Quietly Mad

Molly Giles, Leslie Kirk Campbell, Sarah Moss, moderated by Ethel Rohan

Saturday, May 7

11:30 AM - 12:30 PM

Residence Inn Berkeley - Ballroom 2

  • In-Person Only

With book titles like “Wife with Knife: Stories that Cut” (by Molly Giles), “The Man With Eight Pairs of Legs” (by Leslie Kirk Campbell), and “The Fell” (by Sarah Moss), it’s clear you’re not going to have a typical reading experience. But then, we’re not in normal times. With often hilarious, always startling prose, these three fiction writers explore what happens when we’re pushed to extremes. In Campbell’s award-winning story collection (“writing that increases empathy in the world,” says Anthony Doerr), the body literally is marked by memory. Renowned writing teacher Molly Giles’s quick short stories make you gasp with their sudden twists and turns of phrase (“I love you, old terror,” one character says to another). In Sarah Moss’s riveting short novel, a woman who can’t bear pandemic lockdown (hello!) runs away and falls. The book’s New York Times review, titled “Keep Calm and Go Quietly Mad” (yes, we stole it), opens with one of the character’s musings: “Apocalypse isn’t what it used to be.”

The bookstore partner for this session is Pegasus Books! Buy the books online on their website, on Bookshop.org, or purchase them in person at the Festival. More information here.

Book signing information: Pegasus Books Tent at the Bookstore Blv (corner of Allston & Milvia in the Outdoor Fair) at in the park, 12:45 PM

With the support of Culture Ireland

Saturday, May 7
  • 2022
  • Writing & Publishing

Building a Literary Community

Janis Cooke Newman, Grant Faulkner, Roberto Lovato, Rebecca Phelps, moderated by Lise Quintana

Saturday, May 7

11:30 AM - 12:30 PM

Brower Center - Tamalpais Room

  • In-Person Only

Inspired by romantic images of lonely geniuses in secluded garrets, writers might feel compelled to toil away in isolation, but here’s a provocative idea: what if, by connecting with other writers, you could not only support their work but also strengthen your own writing practice? That’s the premise behind this session, in which we’ll explore several different options for practicing good literary citizenship. Grant Faulkner is the executive director of NaNoWriMo, which has grown far beyond a single-month writing challenge to encompass nearly a half million writers challenging themselves via a variety of programs and networking opportunities. Janis Cooke Newman has, for the past ten years, convened Lit Camp, a life-changing writers retreat; she’ll speak about the power of connecting there and at her newest undertaking, the Page Street co-working space in San Francisco. Novelist and blogger Rebecca Phelps will relate her experience of connecting with writers and readers on the social storytelling platform Wattpad. And Roberto Lovato, founder and co-director of the Rooted & Written initiative at the Writers Grotto, which provides community support and mentorship for writers of color. Lise Quintana, the publisher of Zoetic Press, will moderate this discussion of literary generosity and how paying it forward can reap writerly dividends.

The bookstore partner for this session is Eastwind Books of Berkeley! Buy the books online at Bookshop.org or purchase them in person at the Festival. More information here.

Book signing information: East Wind Books Tent at the Bookstore Blv (corner of Allston & Milvia in the Outdoor Fair) at in the park, 12:45 PM

Sponsored by Zoetic Press

Saturday, May 7
  • 2022
  • Literary
  • Women/Gender

Writer to Writer: Written on the Body

Alyssa Songsiridej, Shruti Swamy, moderated by Anita Felicelli

Saturday, May 7

11:30 AM - 12:30 PM

The Marsh Berkeley - Cabaret

  • In-Person Only

Bodies in motion and at rest, bodies in ecstasy or in pain, bodies in solitude or in relation to others—how do writers represent the physicality of the human body, in all its frailty and its grace? That’s one of the questions we’ll explore with debut novelists Shruti Swamy and Alyssa Songsiridej, whose coming-of-age novels share a thoughtful consideration of the intersections of the body with creativity and self-expression. Swamy’s The Archer follows a girl who discovers recovery from trauma through immersing herself in the rigorous study of kathak dance; in her writing, Swamy’s “words carry the visceral power of a dancer’s intersection with air,” as an NPR review raves. Electric Literature editor Sonsiridej also explores dance, among other forms of creative expression, in Little Rabbit, as a creative young woman finds herself in thrall to an older man, a choreographer, exploring through their relationship the boundaries between the self and others and between relationships and artistic integrity. Join these two exciting young writers for an electrifying conversation about writing the body.

The bookstore partner for this session is Marcus Books! Buy the books online at Bookshop.org or purchase them in person at the Festival. More information here.

Book signing information: Marcus Books Tent at the Bookstore Blv (corner of Allston & Milvia in the Outdoor Fair) at in the park, 12:45 PM

Saturday, May 7
  • 2022
  • Outdoor (Free)
  • Writing & Publishing
  • YA (Young Adult)

I Am the Dream: Voices of a New Generation

Cinnamongirl authors moderated by R.C. Barnes, Misa Sugiura

Saturday, May 7

12:15 PM - 1:00 PM

Word Power Stage

  • In-Person Only

Now in its second year, Write Your Story is an exciting year-long program that brought creative writing masterclasses and artistic mentorship to young women of color, ages 12 to 18, a fantastic collaboration of the festival with Cinnamongirl, Inc. This year again, a cohort of girls spent the year honing their voices and their visions, with encouragement and instruction from a wonderful faculty of women authors of color, and now they are ready to present their work and read at the Bay Area Book Festival. They will be joined on stage by girls of the inaugural cohort to celebrate the publication of the first anthology, I Am the Dream.

Book signing information: Immediately after the session at the Cinnamongirl booth, booth no. 50

Saturday, May 7
  • 2022
  • Current Affairs
  • Spirituality

World as Lover, World as Self: Joanna Macy on Hope, Healing, and Connection in a Suffering World

Joanna Macy, interviewed by Wendy Johnson

Saturday, May 7

12:30 PM - 1:30 PM

Freight & Salvage

  • In-Person and Live Streamed

Unfortunately, due to unforeseen circumstances, Joanna Macy will not be able to join us this year. All current ticket holders for this session have been refunded.

At 93 years old eco-philosopher Joanna Macy, PhD, is one of the world’s most influential and beloved teachers and activists for the environment, justice, and peace both outside and inside ourselves. She’s also a bestselling author of twelve books, including the classic World as Lover, World as Self, now updated in a thirtieth anniversary edition. Macy draws on deep ecology, systems theory, and resonances between contemporary science and Buddhist thought, particularly the concept of interconnectedness as a way to transform despair and apathy in the face of social and ecological crises. Krista Tippett, host of On Being, describes Macy as “an environmentalist before that term was on every tongue” who embodies “a singular clarity of vision about the totality of what it means to be human.” Join us for a rare opportunity to hear her in person!

Macy will be in conversation with Wendy Johnson, author of Gardening at the Dragon’s Gate and long-running columnist at Tricycle Magazine.

The book store partner for this session is Green Apple Books. Buy the books online on Bookshop.org or purchase them in person at the festival. More information here

Book signing information: Green Apple Books in Freight & Salvage lobby immediately after event

Saturday, May 7
  • 2022
  • Environment/Nature
  • Outdoor (Free)

Total SF Book Club Live: Urban Hiking in San Francisco with Alexandra Kenin

Alexandra Kenin, interviewed by Heather Knight and Peter Hartlaub

Saturday, May 7

12:30 PM - 1:30 PM

San Francisco Chronicle Stage in the Park

  • In-Person Only

Ever wonder where to find the secret wild places—a hiker’s rugged dream—in the big bad city? Alexandra Kenin (Urban Trails: San Francisco) has done the legwork, meticulously tracking all 70 miles of hiking trails and 220 parks (some famous, some hidden in plain sight) in mainland San Francisco, Alcatraz, and the islands. And her latest book, Urban Trails East Bay, does the same for us across-the-bridge denizens. In this special live and in-person edition of the San Francisco Chronicle‘s Total SF Book Club, Heather Knight and Peter Hartlaub get the scoop from Alexandra about the best natural places to play, wander, and discover in the city we all know (but maybe not as well as we think we do!) and love.

The bookstore partner for this session is Books Inc.! Buy the books online on their website, at Bookshop.org, or purchase them in person at the Festival. More information here.

Book signing information: Books Inc. Tent at the Bookstore Blv (corner of Allston & Milvia in the Outdoor Fair) at in the park immediately after event

Saturday, May 7
  • 2022
  • Culture
  • Current Affairs
  • International
  • Literary

Revolution and Resilience: Global Politics in Fiction

Aamina Ahmad, Uzma Aslam Khan, NoViolet Bulawayo, moderated by Lance Knobel

Saturday, May 7

12:30 PM - 1:30 PM

The Marsh Berkeley - Theater

  • In-Person Only

Three supremely talented writers with a global perspective will open our eyes to historical and contemporary cycles of oppression and resistance as only the best fiction writers can. NoViolet Bulawayo was a National Book Foundation “5 under 35” honoree and a Booker Prize finalist for We Need New Names. Now, in Glory, she has constructed a postcolonial fable in which animals stand in for humans. The resulting satirical narrative represents the ouster of Robert Mugabe in Bulawayo’s native Zimbabwe, as well as other oppressive regimes and their countervailing resistance movements globally. In contrast, Uzma Aslam Khan’s The Miraculous History of Nomi Ali is set in a very particular time and place—the Andaman Islands during their WWII occupation by the Japanese. Aslam Khan’s novel excavates layers of colonialism and occupation, and is a testament to the stories and survival of people largely forgotten to history. Finally, debut novelist Aamina Ahmad, in The Return of Faraz Ali, constructs a politically charged murder mystery, in which a police officer returns to his childhood home in Lahore, only to grapple with both its political and his personal history. Expansive and empathetic, these authors’ work will enrich our understanding of our world.

The bookstore partner for this session is Marcus Books! Buy the books online at Bookshop.org or purchase them in person at the Festival. More information here.

Book signing information: Marcus Books Tent at the Bookstore Blv (corner of Allston & Milvia in the Outdoor Fair) at in the park, 1:45 PM

Saturday, May 7
  • 2022
  • International
  • Memoir
  • Women/Gender

The Secrets of Being an Extraordinary Woman: Three Authors on Ambition, Adventure, and Equality

Lara Bazelon, Mia Kankimäki, Eliza Reid, moderated by Cheryl Popp

Saturday, May 7

12:30 PM - 1:30 PM

The Magnes - Auditorium

  • In-Person Only

Who says women can’t have it all? Get inspired by a powerful trio from Finland, Iceland, and the United States whose new books radically redefine pathways to happiness and a better society. In her research-based book, Lara Bazelon liberates working mothers from their fruitless attempts at a “balance” between “work” and “life”: prioritizing your career is good for your kids. Further evidence comes from Iceland, ranked #1 in gender equality by the World Economic Forum, where First Lady Eliza Reid (originally from small-town Canada) discovered “the secrets of the sprakkar”—extraordinary women—and the kind of society that makes them thrive. Finnish memoirist Mia Kankimäki traveled to Kenya, Japan, and Italy to trace the footsteps of unconventional female pioneers—like Karen Blixen, artist Yayoi Kusama, and forgotten Renaissance women painters—to discover her own inner adventurer. Go girls!

The bookstore partner for this session is Sausalito Books By The Bay! Buy the books online at Bookshop.org or purchase them in person at the Festival. More information here.

Book signing information: Sausalito Books by the Bay Tent at the Bookstore Blv (corner of Allston & Milvia in the Outdoor Fair) at 1:45 PM

With the support of FILI - Finnish Literature Exchange, the Finlandia Foundation National, the Barbro Osher Pro Suecia Foundation, Inspired by Iceland: North America, and the Icelandic Literature Center

Saturday, May 7
  • 2022
  • History
  • Literary
  • Native American

Cultures and Complexities: California’s Hidden Stories in History, Fiction, Poetry and Memoir

William J. Bauer, Deborah Miranda, Susan Straight, moderated by Sasha Khokha

Saturday, May 7

12:30 PM - 1:30 PM

Residence Inn Berkeley - Ballroom 1

  • In-Person Only

Tech empires, movie sets, surfers with golden tans: that’s California, right? Not so fast. The California that exists beyond the stereotypes is much more complex and interesting. National Book Award finalist Susan Straight’s Mecca (says Viet Thanh Nguyen, “it both shocks and moves in its powerful and unrelenting portrait of this sunny, fiery state”) traces the intertwined lives of native-born Californians fighting for life and land in the Inland Empire, while William Bauer’s magisterial We Are the Land: A History of Native California, shows how, before there was a place called “California,” there were “the People and the Land.” And acclaimed poet Deborah Miranda, with an expanded tenth anniversary edition of her bestselling classic memoir Bad Indians–-full of oral histories, newspaper clippings, anthropological recordings, personal reflections, and poems–-explores ancestry, survival, and the indelible cultural memory of Native California. Come for a vision of the Golden State that will open your eyes and expand your horizons.

The bookstore partner for this session is Pegasus Books! Buy the books online on their website, on Bookshop.org, or purchase them in person at the Festival. More information here.

Book signing information: Pegasus Books Tent at the Bookstore Blv (corner of Allston & Milvia in the Outdoor Fair) at in the park, 1:45 PM

With support from the Federated Indians of Graton Rancheria

Saturday, May 7
  • 2022
  • Environment/Nature
  • International
  • Literary

The Fierce Voice of Nature: Three Astonishing New Novels from Around the World

Maja Lunde, Masatsugu Ono, Irene Solà, moderated by Marie Mockett

Saturday, May 7

12:30 PM - 1:30 PM

Brower Center - Goldman Theater

  • In-Person and Live Streamed

From Japan, Norway and Spain come authors whose conjurings of flora and fauna, mountain and sea, shimmer on the page so powerfully that nature is the most powerful character of all–for good or ill. Catalan novelist Irene Solà’s debut, When I Sing, Mountains Dance, has received breathless word-of-mouth from booksellers. It’s about the ghosts of seventeenth-century chanterelle-gathering witches in the Pyrenees, includes lightning bolts and deer as narrators, and is as bizarrely beautiful as it sounds. Masatsugu Ono, one of Japan’s most lauded authors, has written a surreal short novel, At the Edge of the Woods, which The Millions raved about as “an eerie allegory of climate apocalypse and unnatural nature…full of dark laughter, figures that appear and disappear, sounds of violence and gnashing teeth”–one of their “most anticipated novels” of 2022. Maja Lunde, the celebrated Norwegian author, playwright, and screenwriter, reveals the third novel in her Climate Quartet: The Last Wild Horses takes us on an untamed ride from 1881 St. Petersburg to 1992 Mongolia to Norway in 2064 to outrun the extinction of a famed species of horse. Be prepared to get swept away.

The bookstore partner for this session is Eastwind Books of Berkeley! Buy the books online at Bookshop.org or purchase them in person at the Festival. More information here.

Book signing information: East Wind Books Tent at the Bookstore Blv (corner of Allston & Milvia in the Outdoor Fair) at in the park, 1:45 PM

With the support of the Norway House Foundation and NORLA - Norwegian Literature Abroad, co-sponsored by the Center for the Art of Translation

Saturday, May 7
  • 2022
  • Poetry

Relationships, Reckonings & Remembrances: A Reading by Three California Poets

Mai Der Vang, Amanda Moore, Christine No, moderated by Maw Shein Win

Saturday, May 7

1:00 PM - 2:00 PM

The Marsh Berkeley - Cabaret

  • In-Person Only

How do we contemplate and document political and familial histories? How can we address struggle and grief, love and survival? Three California poets navigate relationships, reckonings, and memory with unerring eyes through their distinct poetic voices. Join Mai Der Vang (Yellow Rain), Amanda Moore (Requeening), and Christine No (Whatever Love Means) for readings from each of their masterful new poetry collections followed by a Q&A. Hosted by El Cerrito’s inaugural poet laureate, Maw Shein Win (Storage Unit for the Spirit House).

The bookstore partner for this session is Marcus Books! Buy the books online at Bookshop.org or purchase them in person at the Festival. More information here.

Book signing information: Marcus Books Tent at the Bookstore Blv (corner of Allston & Milvia in the Outdoor Fair) at in the park, 2:15 PM

Saturday, May 7
  • 2022
  • Literary
  • Poetry

No Man’s Land: Writing the Story of Displacement

Carol Edgarian in conversation with Paisley Rekdal

Saturday, May 7

1:00 PM - 2:00 PM

Veterans Memorial Building - Auditorium

  • In-Person Only

We’re living in a time when record numbers of people in the world are being displaced—whether by war or climate change or disaster or economic insecurity. Carol Edgarian (Vera) and Paisley Rekdal (Appropriate) are writers whose works span genres (fiction, poetry, nonfiction and hybrid) yet are linked in their themes of displacement. In this session, they’ll talk about what it means to write, record, and imagine the lives of migrants, refugees, and the uprooted in art. How does depicting the past in poetry and fiction allow us to capture the nuances and universal truths that speak to our present moment? What is the difference between responding to the traumatic experiences of others and appropriating them? These two multifaceted authors both live in the intersection of different cultures, and therefore have a good deal to say on the page and in this conversation about the ethical stakes of writing about displacement, identity, and representation in an ever-changing world—and how art can help us heal as we navigate this challenging terrain.

The bookstore partner for this session is Sausalito Books By The Bay! Buy the books online at Bookshop.org or purchase them in person at the Festival. More information here.

Book signing information: Sausalito Books by the Bay Tent at the Bookstore Blv (corner of Allston & Milvia in the Outdoor Fair) at in the park, 2:15 PM

In partnership with Narrative Magazine

Saturday, May 7
  • 2022
  • History
  • Literary

Fear and Loathing in San Francisco: Hunter S. Thompson’s Savage Journey to Gonzo

Peter Richardson, interviewed by Sam Quinones

Saturday, May 7

1:00 PM - 2:00 PM

Berkeley City College - Auditorium

  • In-Person Only

Why is the wild, woolly writing of Hunter S. Thompson, the legendary Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas author, still so urgently relevant today? By inventing a whole new genre—”Gonzo journalism”—he, and the brilliant minds he influenced (Joan Didion, Tom Wolfe, Norman Mailer), forever changed the “fourth estate,” and the way we understand and consume real-life stories. In the ”superhero origin story” (Joel Selvin) Savage Journey , Peter Richardson takes us for a ride through Thompson’s weird journey to Gonzo: one that took its first steps in San Francisco, and that gave birth to some of his most indelible–and, indeed, politically prophetic–writings. This conversation between Richardson and Sam Quinones, the National Book Critics Circle award-winning chronicler of America’s drug wars and epidemics, is a must-see for anyone who cares about the hairpin twists and turns of American history, culture, and storytelling.

The bookstore partner for this session is Books Inc.! Buy the books online on their website, at Bookshop.org, or purchase them in person at the Festival. More information here.

Book signing information: Books Inc. Tent at the Bookstore Blv (corner of Allston & Milvia in the Outdoor Fair) at in the park, 2:15 PM

Sponsored by Reed Schmidt

Saturday, May 7
  • 2022
  • Poetry
  • Race/Identity
  • Women/Gender

Let Her Tell It: Black Women Writing on the Body and Mind

Kira Lynne Allen, Natalie Devora, adrienne danyelle oliver, Kelechi Ubozoh, moderated by Jeneé Darden

Saturday, May 7

1:00 PM - 2:00 PM

Brower Center - Tamalpais Room

  • In-Person Only

Many Black women have a complex relationship with their bodies. Historically their bodies have been racialized, hypersexualized, exoticized, abused, exploited for labor and othered. Stressors in their lives affects physical and mental health. But Black women also nurture their bodies, celebrate their bodies, and give themselves permission to enjoy pleasure. These Black women writers will share poetry and stories about their bodies, while showing how physical health affects mental health and vice versa. Whether it’s fighting fibroids or reclaiming their bodies after harm—these writers are telling their stories to disrupt what they’ve been mistaught about their bodies. This panel is inspired by a retreat the writers attended where they created body maps: life-size canvases of their bodies that artistically express their perceptions of and experiences with their bodies.

The bookstore partner for this session is Eastwind Books of Berkeley! Buy the books online at Bookshop.org or purchase them in person at the Festival. More information here.

Book signing information: East Wind Books Tent at the Bookstore Blv (corner of Allston & Milvia in the Outdoor Fair) at 2:15 PM

Saturday, May 7
  • 2022
  • Native American
  • Outdoor (Free)
  • YA (Young Adult)

Native Voices: Essayists from the 2022 Graton Student Writing Program

Saturday, May 7

1:15 PM - 2:30 PM

Word Power Stage

  • In-Person Only

The Graton Writing Project is a series of writing workshops open to middle- and high-school Native students from Sonoma, California, that culminates in a published youth anthology. This year, students were asked to write on the theme of enacting transformational change in their communities. Come hear the students read powerful, sometimes surprising excerpts from their pieces and share their insights.

With support from the Federated Indians of Graton Rancheria

Saturday, May 7
  • 2022
  • Literary
  • Outdoor (Free)

2-Minute Reads: The Plot Twist

Hosted by Janis Cooke Newman and Keli Dailey

Saturday, May 7

2:00 PM - 3:00 PM

San Francisco Chronicle Stage in the Park

  • In-Person Only

You know what we mean. The girl who fakes her own murder. The crazy wife locked in the attic. The real identity of the guy who took you to fight club. Join us as twenty writers from Lit Camp and Page Street (Lit Camp’s new co-working space) read original, no-more-than-two-minute-long stories on the startling, the unforeseen, and the flat-out surprising. Hosted by Lit Camp founder Janis Cooke Newman and writer and comedian Keli Dailey.

The bookstore partner for this session is Books Inc.! Buy the books online on their website, at Bookshop.org, or purchase them in person at the Festival. More information here.

Book signing information: Books Inc. Tent at the Bookstore Blv (corner of Allston & Milvia in the Outdoor Fair) at in the park immediately after event

In partnership with Lit Camp

Saturday, May 7
  • 2022
  • Environment/Nature
  • History
  • Literary

Rebecca Solnit on Orwell’s Roses

Rebecca Solnit interviewed by Deirdre English

Saturday, May 7

2:00 PM - 3:00 PM

Freight & Salvage

  • In-Person and Live Streamed

Did you know that 1984 author and journalist George Orwell had a passion for cultivating roses? Learn all about it from Rebecca Solnit, one of our most revered journalists and thinkers, whose own creative and activist journey was shaped by Orwell’s path. In Orwell’s Roses, a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award, Solnit uncovers how the iconic author’s activist zeal was intertwined with his love for growing beautiful things in the earth. Says Vogue, “Nobody who reads it will ever think of 1984 in quite the same way.” Joining Solnit is Deirdre English, lecturer at Solnit’s alma mater, the UC Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism and former editor of Mother Jones magazine. Hear these two remarkable minds on how activism and a reverence for beauty are natural bedfellows, and how true justice and equity require nourishment for the body, mind, and soul: in the words of the U.S. labor and women’s suffrage movements, “Give us Bread, but give us Roses.”

The bookstore partner for this session is Green Apple Books! Buy the books online at Bookshop.org or purchase them in person at the Festival. More information here.

Book signing information: Green Apple Books in Freight & Salvage lobby immediately after event

Sponsored by Reed Schmidt and the UC Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism

Saturday, May 7
  • 2022
  • Literary
  • Race/Identity
  • Travel

From the Window Seat: Travel the World with Aminatta Forna

Aminatta Forna, interviewed by Traci Thomas

Saturday, May 7

2:00 PM - 3:00 PM

The Marsh Berkeley - Theater

  • In-Person Only

Be a passenger on one of the most thought-provoking journeys you’ll ever take, with a first-class wandering soul guiding the itinerary. Award-winning novelist Aminatta Forna (The Memory of Love; Happiness) is one of our most important and respected literary voices, holding up a mirror to the nuances, loneliness, and beauty of the human experience. Her new essay collection, The Window Seat, takes us from Sierra Leone to the Shetland Islands, from 1978 Iran to a grocery store in DC, all the while evoking vivid insights about displacement, trauma and memory, love, and how we coexist and encroach on the non-human world. Said The Washington Independent Review of Books, “It may just be the perfect post-pandemic read, and Forna the ideal post-pandemic writer.” Find out why with this far-ranging conversation that’ll leave you feeling anything but lost.

The bookstore partner for this session is Marcus Books! Buy the books online at Bookshop.org or purchase them in person at the Festival. More information here.

Book signing information: Marcus Books Tent at the Bookstore Blv (corner of Allston & Milvia in the Outdoor Fair) at in the park, 3:15 PM

Saturday, May 7
  • 2022
  • International
  • Literary
  • Poetry
  • Women/Gender

“We Read in Order to Come to Life”: Grief, Joy, and the Magic of Literary Form

Claire-Louise Bennett, Victoria Chang, Pik-Shuen Fung, moderated by Sylvia Brownrigg

Saturday, May 7

2:00 PM - 3:00 PM

The Magnes - Auditorium

  • In-Person Only

How do writers assemble words in a way that lifts them beyond their literal meaning to speak what can’t really be said? These three writers are masters. In her novel Checkout 19, Claire-Louise Bennett (whose words are quoted in this program’s title) takes us on a breathless, kaleidoscopic ride around an unnamed female narrator’s life. The torrent of words protects “[t]he prized darkness at the center of the human mind, the place where whatever is really real about us resides,” The New Yorker notes. Best-selling poet and essayist Victoria Chang—the current poetry editor for the New York Times Magazine, and author of Obit—takes the opposite approach in her new, highly original poetry collection, The Trees Witness Everything: she turns to the compact form of Japanese waka to awaken the wordless experiences of longing and letting go. In her acclaimed debut novel Ghost Forest, Canadian author Pik-Shuen Fung explores the narrator’s grief for her “astronaut” father, one of many such fathers who remained in Hong Kong while the rest of the family emigrates. Ann Patchett says the book is “light as a feather” and “almost like reading poetry, but it’s a novel.” Enjoy this rare opportunity to hear three of our best writers discussing literature at its finest.

The bookstore partner for this session is Sausalito Books By The Bay! Buy the books online at Bookshop.org or purchase them in person at the Festival. More information here.

Book signing information: Sausalito Books by the Bay Tent at the Bookstore Blv (corner of Allston & Milvia in the Outdoor Fair) at 3:15 PM

With the support of the Consulate General of Canada San Francisco/Silicon Valley and Culture Ireland

Saturday, May 7
  • 2022
  • Environment/Nature
  • International
  • Memoir

What It Means to Be Human: Memoirs Rooted in Nature

Litt Woon Long, Suzanne Roberts, Marco Wilkinson, moderated by Leslie Carol Roberts

Saturday, May 7

2:00 PM - 3:00 PM

Residence Inn Berkeley - Ballroom 1

  • In-Person Only

Three remarkable writers remind us how close we really are to nature, and how wildness speaks a universal language of love, loss, grief, and change. The essays in Suzanne Roberts’ Animal Bodies interrogate how landscapes, ranging from the Amazon rainforest to the Mekong River, can reveal insights about death, desire, and our own animal natures. In The Way Through the Woods , Litt Woon Long, after being widowed, seeks to heal her grief through mushroom hunting. And horticulturist Marco Wilkinson, with his “thrilling debut” (Alta) Madder, examines his own history of being uprooted–-as a queer man and the child of an immigrant single mother–-while planting roots of meaning grounded in his relationship to nature.

The bookstore partner for this session is Pegasus Books! Buy the books online on their website, on Bookshop.org, or purchase them in person at the Festival. More information here.

Book signing information: Pegasus Books Tent at the Bookstore Blv (corner of Allston & Milvia in the Outdoor Fair) at in the park, 3:15 PM

With the support of California College of the Arts MFA Writing program, the Norway House Foundation, and NORLA - Norwegian Literature Abroad

Saturday, May 7
  • 2022
  • Health, Psychology & Spirituality

Celebrating Cannabis

Melanie Abrams, Monica Lo, Larry Smith, moderated by Dan Karkoska

Saturday, May 7

2:00 PM - 3:00 PM

Brower Center - Goldman Theater

  • In-Person and Live Streamed

Cannabis has transcended its outdated “wacky tobaccy” reputation. These days, it can be consumed in everything from gummies to hot cocoa, with uses for everyone from chronic pain sufferers to marathon runners to even pets. In the “approachable, readable, beautifully designed” (Mollie Katzen) The Joy of Cannabis, Melanie Abrams and Larry Smith use science and research to show us 75 ways recreational weed can enhance productivity, creativity, even memory (forget that old “lazy stoner” stereotype!). Zooming in to participate virtually is Monica Lo with her gorgeously candy-colored The Weed Gummies Cookbook, a delicious guide to creating your own edibles. Welcome to the Golden Age of Cannabis: it’s about aiming high, not getting high.

The bookstore partner for this session is Eastwind Books of Berkeley! Buy the books online at Bookshop.org or purchase them in person at the Festival. More information here.

Book signing information: East Wind Books Tent at the Bookstore Blv (corner of Allston & Milvia in the Outdoor Fair) at 3:15 PM

Saturday, May 7
  • 2022
  • Current Affairs
  • Health, Psychology & Spirituality

America in the Time of Fentanyl and Meth: Sam Quinones’s Chronicle of a Crisis

Sam Quinones, interviewed by Cecilia Lei

Saturday, May 7

2:30 PM - 3:30 PM

Veterans Memorial Building - Auditorium

  • In-Person Only

Fentanyl and meth: they cut a devastating swath through our communities, claiming record numbers of lives and exacerbating our country’s worst humanitarian crises, from homelessness to severe mental illness. Journalist Sam Quinones, who unforgettably covered America’s opioid epidemic with the National Book Critics Circle Award-winning Dreamland, turns his prescient gaze to the followup crisis he saw coming: the mass production of deeply dangerous synthetic drugs. The Least of Us: True Tales of America and Hope in the Time of Fentanyl and Meth is as much about our humblest, most vulnerable communities as it is about the drug trade that ravages them. Hear directly from Quinones as he shares what is ultimately a message of hope: “In a time when drug traffickers act like corporations and corporations like traffickers, our best defense, perhaps our only defense, lies in bolstering community.”

The bookstore partner for this session is Sausalito Books By The Bay! Buy the books online at Bookshop.org or purchase them in person at the Festival. More information here.

Book signing information: Sausalito Books by the Bay Tent at the Bookstore Blv (corner of Allston & Milvia in the Outdoor Fair) at in the park, 3:45 PM

Saturday, May 7
  • 2022
  • Literary

Writer to Writer: Karen Joy Fowler and Lee Kravetz on Art and Life

Karen Joy Fowler in conversation with Lee Kravetz

Saturday, May 7

2:30 PM - 3:30 PM

Berkeley City College - Auditorium

  • In-Person Only

Don’t miss this conversation between two novelists channeling the worlds and minds of two of history’s most mythologized figures. With Booth, Karen Joy Fowler (author of the bestselling Jane Austen Book Club and a Booker Prize finalist for We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves), conjures the fraught family background and origins of a villain who, with one vicious act, single-handedly changed the trajectory of America: John Wilkes Booth. Lee Kravetz’s The Last Confessions of Sylvia P., a feat of imagination and empathy that garnered comparisons to Michael Cunningham’s The Hours, reimagines a chapter in the life of the brilliant and doomed poet Sylvia Plath, filtered through the perspectives of three women whose lives intersect with hers in startling ways. This conversation promises an engrossing examination of how novelists make art from life, and beautifully complex characters from legends.

The bookstore partner for this session is Books Inc.! Buy the books online on their website, at Bookshop.org, or purchase them in person at the Festival. More information here.

Book signing information: Books Inc. Tent at the Bookstore Blv (corner of Allston & Milvia in the Outdoor Fair) at in the park, 3:45 PM

Saturday, May 7
  • 2022
  • Free
  • Science Fiction & Fantasy
  • Women/Gender
  • YA (Young Adult)

Werewolves and Monster Slayers: Transforming Horror in YA

Lily Anderson, Maggie Tokuda-Hall, moderated by Rex Horner

Saturday, May 7

2:30 PM - 3:30 PM

Residence Inn Berkeley - Ballroom 2

  • In-Person Only

If you’re dying to read about a rag-tag team of powerful young women with a side of killer fun, you’re in the right place. In Maggie Tokuda-Hall’s graphic novel debut Squad, Becca longs to be popular at her new school, and winds up finding her place in a group of fashionable girls . . . who also happen to be werewolves. Lily Anderson’s Scout’s Honor is filled with tons of high-octane action and adventure as protagonist Prudence Perry is on a mission to steal an invaluable ingredient while taking on the hardest challenge of all: her legacy as a monster hunter. Be prepared for some chills and thrills in this empowering panel.

The bookstore partner for this session is Pegasus Books! Buy the books online on their website, on Bookshop.org, or purchase them in person at the Festival. More information here.

Book signing information: Pegasus Books Tent at the Bookstore Blv (corner of Allston & Milvia in the Outdoor Fair) at 3:45 PM

Saturday, May 7
  • 2022
  • Literary
  • Race/Identity

Radical Imagination: New Voices, New Visions from San Francisco State University

Matthew Clark Davison, Stacy D. Flood, Shruti Swamy, moderated by Molly Giles

Saturday, May 7

2:30 PM - 3:30 PM

Brower Center - Tamalpais Room

  • In-Person Only

How do we imagine into fictional worlds that, as Anna Deveare Smith says, evoke multiple chords? How do we employ an honest gaze on our fictional people, a gaze that allows in beauty and its opposite, the anarchic details, the true face? And how especially do we do that when working within the context of queered and BIPOC space—when our worlds are too often represented small and false? How do we give the power of the whole and complex and risk what every writer must risk: vulnerability? How do we let the imagination be its organic radical self? Delve into these provocative questions and many others with faculty and alums of SFSU’s Creative Writing Program: Matthew Clark Davison (Doubting Thomas), Stacy D. Flood (The Salt Fields), Shruti Swamy (The Archer), and our host, Molly Giles (Wife with Knife).

The bookstore partner for this session is Eastwind Books of Berkeley! Buy the books online at Bookshop.org or purchase them in person at the Festival. More information here.

Book signing information: East Wind Books Tent at the Bookstore Blv (corner of Allston & Milvia in the Outdoor Fair) at in the park, 3:45 PM

Sponsored by San Francisco State University Department of Creative Writing

Saturday, May 7
  • 2022
  • Native American
  • Outdoor (Free)
  • Writing & Publishing
  • YA (Young Adult)

What’s New in Native American Literature for Kids

Jen Ferguson, David A. Robertson, Cynthia L. Smith, Traci Sorell, moderated by Regan McMahon

Saturday, May 7

2:45 PM - 3:30 PM

Word Power Stage

  • In-Person Only

A wider range of Native American issues, stories, and characters than ever before are being represented in books for young people. In this session, hear from debut YA author Jen Ferguson (The Summer of Bitter and Sweet), picture book author Traci Sorell (Powwow Day) and by David A. Robertson (On the Trapline, The Great Bear) author of both picture books and middle-grade fantasy novels about the breadth of Native American titles for young readers and what’s next for the industry.

The bookstore partner for this session is Flashlight Books! Buy the books online at Bookshop.org or purchase them in person at the Festival. More information here.

Book signing information: Flashlight Books Tent at the Bookstore Blv (corner of Allston & Milvia in the Outdoor Fair) at in the park, 3:30 PM

With support from the Federated Indians of Graton Rancheria and the Consulate General of Canada San Francisco/Silicon Valley

Saturday, May 7
  • 2022
  • Literary
  • Outdoor (Free)

Historical Fiction: China and California

Carol Edgarian, Vanessa Hua, Jenny Tinghui Zhan, moderated by Jasmin Darznik

Saturday, May 7

3:30 PM - 4:30 PM

San Francisco Chronicle Stage in the Park

  • In-Person Only

Chinese immigrants were instrumental in shaping the development, rise, and culture of California, despite facing formidable prejudice and exploitation. The connection between the two places has been fodder for amazing works of art, including the latest novels by this impressive trio of California-based authors. Jenny Tinghui Zhang’s Four Treasures of the Sky (“engulfing, bighearted, and heartbreaking,” said Ann Patchett) illuminates the horrors of the Chinese Exclusion act of the 1880s. Carol Edgarian’s Vera, a riveting historical novel about a madam’s illicit teenage daughter navigating the wreckage of the 1906 earthquake, includes an unforgettable detour into the cultural enclave of San Francisco’s Chinatown—and the plans of opportunistic businessmen to take it over. San Francisco Chronicle columnist Vanessa Hua’s Forbidden City focuses on another indelible teenage girl, this one coming of age as Mao Zedong’s canny protégée and lover. Chole Benjamin called it “an act of resistance and reclamation.” Ambition, trauma, survival and hope: all collide in this trio of unforgettable historical novels.

The bookstore partner for this session is Books Inc.! Buy the books online on their website, at Bookshop.org, or purchase them in person at the Festival. More information here.

Book signing information: Books Inc. Tent at the Bookstore Blv (corner of Allston & Milvia in the Outdoor Fair) at in the park immediately after event

Saturday, May 7
  • 2022
  • Environment/Nature
  • Travel

The High Sierra: A Love Story (A Journey with Kim Stanley Robinson)

Kim Stanley Robinson

Saturday, May 7

3:30 PM - 4:30 PM

Freight & Salvage

  • In-Person and Live Streamed

One of our “greatest living science fiction writers” (The New Yorker ) will show you a view that even his prodigious imagination couldn’t have dreamed up. Kim Stanely Robinson is an environmentalist and bestselling author whose latest masterwork, The Ministry for the Future, was one of Barack Obama’s favorite books of the year. Now he’s bringing us to dizzying heights with his first nonfiction book, the spectacular The High Sierra: A Love Story, a passionately written, visually dazzling hymn to one of the most surreally beautiful natural landscapes in the world. In a multimedia extravaganza with breathtaking firsthand photos and footage, this scribe of worlds unknown, imagined, and witnessed will take you on one of the most incredible hikes of your life.

The bookstore partner for this session is Green Apple Books! Buy the books online at Bookshop.org or purchase them in person at the Festival. More information here.

Book signing information: Green Apple Books in Freight & Salvage lobby immediately after event

Saturday, May 7
  • 2022
  • Culture
  • Literary
  • Poetry

National Book Foundation Presents: Hanif Abdurraqib and Douglas Kearney

Hanif Abdurraqib, Douglas Kearney, moderated by Brandi Wilkins Catanese

Saturday, May 7

3:30 PM - 4:30 PM

The Marsh Berkeley - Theater

  • In-Person Only

Join 2021 National Book Award Finalists Hanif Abdurraqib (A Little Devil in America: Notes in Praise of Black Performance) and Douglas Kearney (Sho) for a conversation on poetics, performance, and the manipulation of genre to uncover meaning.

The bookstore partner for this session is Marcus Books! Buy the books online at Bookshop.org or purchase them in person at the Festival. More information here.

Book signing information: Marcus Books Tent at the Bookstore Blv (corner of Allston & Milvia in the Outdoor Fair) at in the park, 4:45 PM

Presented in partnership with the National Book Foundation.

Saturday, May 7
  • 2022
  • Current Affairs
  • Environment/Nature
  • Native American

Not All Is Lost: New Visions for Conservation

Christina Conklin, Jessica Hernandez, John W. Reid, moderated by Toby McLeod

Saturday, May 7

3:30 PM - 4:30 PM

The Magnes - Auditorium

  • In-Person Only

With a never-ending escalation of climate catastrophes and dire forecasts, is it foolish to believe the world can still be saved? These three authors say there’s still hope to turn things around, and they’re going to tell us why—and how. With Ever Green: Saving Big Forests to Save the Planet, John W. Reid, a senior economist at the indigenous peoples-focused green nonprofit Nia Tero, explores the secret world of megaforests. Only five of these stunningly large forests remain on earth, and protecting and expanding them may hold the key to stabilizing the climate crisis. One method Reid highlights is the indigigenous practice of forest stewardship. Other traditional practices like these can be found in environmental scientist Jessica Hernandez’ Fresh Banana Leaves: Healing Indigenous Landscapes Through Indigenous Science, which has been praised as “a groundbreaking book that busts existing frameworks about how we think about Indigeneity, science, and environmental policy.” Researcher Christina Conklin takes us from the forests to the sea with her exquisitely illustrate and mapped The Atlas of Disappearing Places: Our Coasts and Oceans in the Climate Crisis, hailed by Chicago Review of Books as “the rare coffee table book that’s also a call to arms.” Come ready to learn how to help save the only planet we’ve got.

The bookstore partner for this session is Sausalito Books By The Bay! Buy the books online at Bookshop.org or purchase them in person at the Festival. More information here.

Book signing information: Sausalito Books by the Bay Tent at the Bookstore Blv (corner of Allston & Milvia in the Outdoor Fair) at in the park, 4:45 PM

With support from the Federated Indians of Graton Rancheria

Saturday, May 7
  • 2022
  • Literary
  • Race/Identity
  • Women/Gender

Talking Single Motherhood, Community, and Black Girl Magic with Novelist Jayne Allen

Jayne Allen, interviewed by Justin Phillips

Saturday, May 7

3:30 PM - 4:30 PM

Residence Inn Berkeley - Ballroom 1

  • In-Person Only

Single mothers: they’ve been stigmatized, sidelined, and called superheroes and saints—sometimes in the same breath. Novelist Jayne Allen, with Black Girls Must be Magic, gives us a portrait of single motherhood by choice that upends all preconceptions. The latest installment in Allen’s Black Girls Must Die Exhausted series (she calls it “chocolate chick lit with a conscience”), this is the “timely and enjoyable” ( Kirkus ) tale of a sophisticated (if exhausted) working woman, Tabitha. Tabitha’s journey to prepare for a surprise role her doctors told her wouldn’t be biologically possible—motherhood—will resonate with everyone who’s ever been called upon to channel their inner magic, navigate unforeseen curveballs, and draw strength from the community they love.

The bookstore partner for this session is Pegasus Books! Buy the books online on their website, on Bookshop.org, or purchase them in person at the Festival. More information here.

Book signing information: Pegasus Books Tent at the Bookstore Blv (corner of Allston & Milvia in the Outdoor Fair) at 4:45 PM

Saturday, May 7
  • 2022
  • Comics & Graphics
  • Women/Gender

Picturing a Life: Graphic Memoirs

Maureen Burdock, Rhea Ewing, Laura Gao, L. John Harris, moderated by Tasneem Raja

Saturday, May 7

3:30 PM - 4:45 PM

Brower Center - Goldman Theater

  • In-Person and Live Streamed

Blockbuster works like Fun Home, Maus, and Persepolis have made it clear that graphic memoirs are a game-changer in the world of literature. What makes this literary genre–-blending the disciplines of cinema, writing, and visual art—so gripping? These four memoirists will show us. Berkeley Renaissance man L. John Harris (My Little Plague Journal) and illustrator/author Maureen Burdock (a contributor to COVID Chronicles: A Comics Anthology) chronicle the pandemic with time capsules of words and art; while Rhea Ewing (Fine: a Comic about Gender, praised by Alison Bechdel) and Laura Gao (Messy Roots, about growing up queer in both Wuhan, China and Texas) subversively document self-acceptance, identity, and transformation. Let these multi-talented authors take you on an immersive journey filled with images as stunning and distinctive as their use of language.

The bookstore partner for this session is Eastwind Books of Berkeley! Buy the books online at Bookshop.org or purchase them in person at the Festival. More information here.

Book signing information: East Wind Books Tent at the Bookstore Blv (corner of Allston & Milvia in the Outdoor Fair) at in the park, 5:00 PM

Saturday, May 7
  • 2022
  • Memoir
  • Outdoor (Free)

Natasha Miller: Relentless

Natasha Miller

Saturday, May 7

3:45 PM - 4:30 PM

Word Power Stage

  • In-Person Only

From a homeless shelter for youth to the Inc. 5,000 list of fastest growing companies in America, Natasha Miller’s Relentless is a raw and powerful memoir about one woman’s tenacity in breaking free from an abusive childhood, the irreversible decisions of her parents that left her transient, and the grittiness that has followed her through growing a multimillion-dollar corporation. Miller’s zest for music energized her to rise above a cruel and lonely childhood from which only she could save herself. At the festival, Natasha will share the inner work she did to become more confident and independent. She will also highlight the practical steps she took to become a leader with intention—and a successful entrepreneur. Natasha is also a classical trained violinist and round out her riveting story with an equally riveting performance!
Relentless is a Wall Street Journal, USA Today, Barnes & Noble, & Amazon bestseller.

“A harrowing but ultimately inspiring remembrance with skillful prose.” – Kirkus Reviews

The bookstore partner for this session is Flashlight Books! Buy the books online at Bookshop.org or purchase them in person at the Festival. More information here.

Book signing information: 4:45 PM at Flashlight Books Tent

Saturday, May 7
  • 2022
  • Free
  • Mystery, Crime & Thrillers
  • YA (Young Adult)

YA: Rumors and Lies

Dhonielle Clayton, E. Lockhart, moderated by Jessica Lee

Saturday, May 7

4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Residence Inn Berkeley - Ballroom 2

  • In-Person Only

You may have heard the rumors . . . and they’re all true. YA authors Dhonielle Clayton and E. Lockhart will be spilling the beans about how words can be more deadly than they seem. Set in a lavish preparatory school, Dhonielle Clayton’s The Rumor Game focuses on three girls whose social statuses are put to the test as rumors and gossip spread like wildfire. E. Lockhart’s Family of Liars takes readers back to the world of the New York Times bestseller We Were Liars. Who knows what new secrets from a different generation of the Sinclair family will be revealed in this hard-hitting family drama? All the mysteries and deceptions will be unraveled in this electrifying session.

The bookstore partner for this session is Pegasus Books! Buy the books online at Bookshop.org or purchase them in person at the Festival. More information here.

Book signing information: Pegasus Books Tent at the Bookstore Blv (corner of Allston & Milvia in the Outdoor Fair) at in the park, 5:15 PM

Saturday, May 7
  • 2022
  • International
  • Mystery, Crime & Thrillers

Noir at the Bar

Cara Black, Thomas Enger, Carin Gerhardsen, Tod Goldberg, Gary Phillips, Camilla Sten, moderated by Laurie R. King

Saturday, May 7

5:00 PM - 6:15 PM

Freight & Salvage

  • In-Person and Live Streamed

An in-person festival staple returns at long last! Time to savor the eerie ambience of foggy alleys, enigmatic clues, and hard-boiled detecting—and the drinks they pair with beautifully. Nordic noir superstars Thomas Enger (Unhinged), Carin Gerhardsen (Black Ice), and Camilla Sten (The Resting Place) bring us the satisfying chill of frost-edged suspense; while bestselling authors Cara Black (Murder at the Porte de Versailles) and Tod Goldberg (The Low Desert) show us the sublimely creepy side of Paris and Coachella Valley, respectively. Take the edge off and gather round for some old-fashioned spellbinding storytelling.

The bookstore partner for this session is Green Apple Books! Buy the books online at Bookshop.org or purchase them in person at the Festival. More information here.

Please Note: Due to venue policy and COVID safety, all drinks at the Freight must be consumed in the lobby, and are not allowed in the theater.

Book signing information: Green Apple Books in Freight & Salvage lobby immediately after event

Sponsored by Mystery Writers of America-NorCal and with the support of the Norway House Foundation, NORLA - Norwegian Literature Abroad, the Barbro Osher Pro Suecia Foundation, and the Honorary Consulate of Sweden San Francisco

Saturday, May 7
  • 2022
  • ASL Interpreted programming
  • Health, Psychology & Spirituality

FESTIVAL KEYNOTE! Fatherhood and Transformation: Shaka Senghor on Honesty and Healing

Shaka Senghor interviewed by Zack Norris

Saturday, May 7

7:30 PM - 9:00 PM

Freight & Salvage

  • In-Person and Live Streamed

If you’ve never heard Shaka Senghor speak, prepare to be transformed. A renowned author and activist who has been interviewed by Oprah, Trevor Noah, and others, Senghor is today’s most important voice for men—whether fathers or sons—and for the women who love them. With his bestselling new book, “Letters to the Sons of Society: A Father’s Invitation to Love, Honesty, and Freedom,” Sengkhor invites men everywhere on a journey of honesty and healing through moving letters to his sons—one whom he is raising and the other whose childhood took place during Senghor’s nineteen-year incarceration. (His previous bestselling book was “Writing my Wrongs: Life Death and Redemption in an American Prison.”)

Senghor unpacks the toxic and misguided messages about masculinity, mental health, love, and success that boys learn from an early age. He issues a passionate call to all fathers and sons—fathers who don’t know how to show their sons love, sons who are navigating a fatherless world, boys who have been forced to grow up before their time—to cultivate positive relationships with other men, seek healing, tend to mental health, grow from pain, and rewrite the story that has been told about them.

Author and commentator Van Jones notes how men often “just don’t talk about certain things—especially the pain that we carry when we feel we are falling short as fathers. Senghor courageously sheds light on topics that have almost never been discussed in public.” Venture capitalist, author, and father Ben Horowitz writes simply that this book “will change the way you look at everything.”

The night before Mother’s Day, don’t miss this talk on men and fatherhood.

Introduced by Kate Harrison, Councilperson, City of Berkeley.

The bookstore partner for this session is Pegasus Books! Buy the books online on their website, at Bookshop.org, or purchase them in person at the Festival. More information here.

This program will have ASL interpreters.

Sunday, May 8
  • 2022
  • Environment/Nature

SOLD OUT: Wander the Coast with Obi Kaufmann

Obi Kaufmann

Sunday, May 8

10:00 AM - 10:45 AM

A coastal East Bay hike

  • In-Person Only

Invigorate your Festival weekend and gain a new vantage on familiar landscapes when you hit the trails with beloved naturalist and poet-painter Obi Kaufmann. During this intimate walking tour through the coastal East Bay hike near Berkeley (meeting location will be shared with registered participants), Kaufmann will share his deep knowledge of the ecology and natural history of the East Bay and beyond. Registration includes a copy of Kaufmann’s brand-new book, the stunningly illustrated The Coasts of California, which you will receive at the end of the event—the perfect handbook for all your future ramblings.

Attendance limited to 20 attendees!

Admission: $55 (ticket includes a copy of The Coasts of California)

Location details to be sent to registered participants. 

 

In partnership with Heyday Books

Sunday, May 8
  • 2022
  • Environment/Nature

Birds in Your Backyard

Jack Gedney, Alex Harris, moderated by Marthine Satris

Sunday, May 8

11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Brower Center - Goldman Theater

  • In-Person and Live Streamed

Everyone, from the avian novice to the most avid birder, will learn something new from this delightful conversation about the beauty and magic teeming in our own backyards. In The Private Lives of Public Birds, Jack Gedney, author and co-owner of a wild bird-feeding shop in the Bay, links lyricism with cutting-edge biological science to introduce us to the enchanting singularities of our most “common” feathered friends. And Alex Harris gives us a beautifully illustrated guide to the waterbird denizens of one of our most popular local havens, with Birds of Lake Merritt. This conversation will be a testament to the extraordinariness of our most “ordinary” wildlife, and how backyard birds are assets to both our ecosystems and our sense of wonder.

The bookstore partner for this session is Eastwind Books of Berkeley! Buy the books online at Bookshop.org or purchase them in person at the Festival. More information here.

Book signing information: East Wind Books Tent at the Bookstore Blv (corner of Allston & Milvia in the Outdoor Fair) at in the park, 12:15 PM

Sunday, May 8
  • 2022
  • Mystery, Crime & Thrillers
  • Outdoor (Free)

Crime: True and Imagined

Jessica Garrison, Tod Goldberg, Paul Holes, moderated by Megan Cassidy

Sunday, May 8

11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

San Francisco Chronicle Stage in the Park

  • In-Person Only

Why are we so fascinated by crimes, real or fictional? Maybe it’s what they reveal about human nature, fairness, society–and, not least of all, ourselves. Legendary cold-case investigator Paul Holes (Unmasked: My Life Solving America’s Cold Cases) knows this better than most. You might remember him from one of the most famous recent cases he helped to solve: that of the Golden State Killer. Los Angeles Times journalist Jessica Garrison is another brilliant investigative mind; her nonfiction book The Devil’s Harvest (“urgent, highly readable,” says Kirkus) tells a twisty tale of justice thwarted but ultimately attained. And bestselling fiction writer Tod Goldberg, with his collection of Coachella Valley gangster tales, The Low Desert, more than lives up to critics’ comparing him to Elmore Leonard and Raymond Carver. In a conversation moderated by San Francisco Chronicle crime reporter Megan Cassidy, these authors will show us how scratching the surface of a crime uncovers an engrossing–and often unforgettable and moving–story about humanity.

The bookstore partner for this session is Books Inc.! Buy the books online on their website, at Bookshop.org, or purchase them in person at the Festival. More information here.

Book signing information: Books Inc. Tent at the Bookstore Blv (corner of Allston & Milvia in the Outdoor Fair) at in the park immediately after event

Sunday, May 8
  • 2022
  • Writing & Publishing

125 Years of the New York Times Book Review: A Blockbuster Tour

Tina Jordan

Sunday, May 8

11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Freight & Salvage

  • In-Person and Live Streamed

Unfortunately, due to unforeseen circumstances, Tina Jordan will not be able to join us this year. All current ticket holders for this session will receive a replacement Priority Ticket for any other program of their choice at the festival.

It’s a bibliophile’s dream: access to 125 years’ worth of gems, both obscure and famous, from the archives of the reading public’s most celebrated and influential publication. Tina Jordan, deputy editor of The New York Times Book Review, got all the goods—the groundbreaking, the game-changing, and the engrossingly weird—and curated them for a “delightful” (Vanity Fair) compilation that’s both coffee table book and conversation piece: a gold mine you can get lost in for hours. She’ll give us the fascinating inside track on unearthing these jewels—everything from a bad early review of Anne of Green Gables to an essay by James Baldwin to unexpected op-eds and gossip items—and how they all came together to make, in the words of Kirkus, “an ebullient celebration of literature.”

The bookstore partner for this session is Green Apple Books! Buy the books online at Bookshop.org or purchase them in person at the Festival. More information here.

Book signing information: Green Apple Books in Freight & Salvage lobby immediately after event

Sunday, May 8
  • 2022
  • Literary
  • Technology/Media

Cataclysm or Cure-All?: Fiction Writers Engage with the Promises and Perils of Our Tech Future

Kate Folk, James Kennedy, Claire Stanford, Vauhini Vara, moderated by Lucile Culver

Sunday, May 8

11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

The Marsh Berkeley - Theater

  • In-Person Only

If Chekhov or Borges or Arthur Miller wrote about the digital age, what would it look like? Four fiction writers, each with an exquisite ear for societal mores and the tender absurdities of humanity, bring their artistry to bear on the Wild West frontier of tech. With Out There, Kate Folk looks at intimacy through a futurist lens (Chang-Rae Lee calls her “the literary love child of Kafka and Camus and Bradbury penning episodes of ‘Black Mirror’”—fittingly, her book’s being adapted into a Hulu series). Technological capitalism and climate change run rampant through Vauhini Vara’s The Immortal King Rao (“a masterwork… three great novels in one,” says Karan Mahajan). Claire Stanford’s “fiercely insightful”—Alexandra Kleeman) Happy for You is set in a tech company developing a “happiness app,” and James Kennedy’s Dare to Know, described by Daniel Kraus as “what happens when Willy Loman sees through the Matrix,” takes place at one that has developed the technology to predict anyone’s death down to the second. This is speculative fiction at its most prescient and poignant.

The bookstore partner for this session is Marcus Books! Buy the books online at Bookshop.org or purchase them in person at the Festival. More information here.

Book signing information: Marcus Books Tent at the Bookstore Blv (corner of Allston & Milvia in the Outdoor Fair) at in the park, 12:15 PM

Sunday, May 8
  • 2022
  • International
  • Literary

New Writing from Ireland

Colin Barrett, Claire-Louise Bennett, Sarah Moss, moderated by Rosemary Graham

Sunday, May 8

11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

The Magnes - Auditorium

  • In-Person Only

Ireland has been the source of some of the most exhilarating and subversive new fiction in recent years, and these are three of its shining stars. Claire-Louise Bennett made a splash with her debut collection, Pond, and more than delivers on its promise with Checkout 19, a narratively unconventional novel featuring a nameless narrator who, The New Yorker writes, “for good and for ill, both clings to and disowns her life.” The “brilliant, confounding” (The New Yorker) Sarah Moss presents The Fell, a breathless novel that explores fear and connection as a woman leaves pandemic lockdown to take a walk in the hills (“a page-turner…. I gulped The Fell down in one sitting,” says Emma Donoghue). And County Mayo’s Colin Barrett, who swept international literary awards with his debut, Young Skins, has penned a second collection, Homesickness, that Sally Rooney called “mesmerizingly powerful.” Moderated by novelist and essayist Rosemary Graham, this event is a fascinating dispatch from the small isle whose literary shadow, past and present, looms large.

The bookstore partner for this session is Sausalito Books By The Bay! Buy the books online at Bookshop.org or purchase them in person at the Festival. More information here.

Book signing information: Sausalito Books by the Bay Tent at the Bookstore Blv (corner of Allston & Milvia in the Outdoor Fair) at 12:15 PM

With the support of Culture Ireland

Sunday, May 8
  • 2022
  • International
  • Literary
  • Women/Gender

Motherhood, the Glorious Earthquake

Jokha Alharthi, Jazmina Barrera, Chloe Cooper Jones, moderated by Olivia E. Sears

Sunday, May 8

11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Residence Inn Berkeley - Ballroom 1

  • In-Person Only

Motherhood is such a transformative experience in a woman’s life—in her body, psyche, place within the generations—that it’s the rare writer who can capture its complexities. Today we present three. Mexican essayist Jazmina Barrera’s stunning essay-memoir, Linea Nigra: An Essay on Pregnancy & Earthquakes, recounts her pregnancy, birth, and early life as a mother with startling intimacy. Pulitzer finalist Chloé Cooper Jones recalls, in her memoir Easy Beauty , how the physical and emotional pain of having a disability was utterly transformed when she became a mother. International Booker Prize winner Jokha Alharthi’s novels probe women’s experience as grandmothers, mothers, caretakers, daughters, and sisters; in her latest masterwork, Bitter Orange Tree, a young Omani woman is haunted by the memory of the woman who raised her and thus sacrificed her dream of a husband and children of her own.

The bookstore partner for this session is Pegasus Books! Buy the books online on their website, on Bookshop.org, or purchase them in person at the Festival. More information here.

Book signing information: Pegasus Books Tent at the Bookstore Blv (corner of Allston & Milvia in the Outdoor Fair) at in the park, 12:15 PM

Presented in partnership with Words Without Borders and co-sponsored by the Center for the Art of Translation

Sunday, May 8
  • 2022
  • Environment/Nature
  • International
  • Literary

The Last Wild Horses: Maja Lunde on Her “Climate Quartet”

Maja Lunde interviewed by Lee Kravetz

Sunday, May 8

11:30 AM - 12:30 PM

Brower Center - Tamalpais Room

  • In-Person Only

Horses hold a special mystique: poetry in motion, wildness and discipline in equal measure, an untamed spirit tempered by sculptural beauty and lightning-bolt speed. What if the most beautiful of the world’s horses were to go extinct? Maja Lunde, one of the most celebrated Norwegian authors of her generation, has penned a hugely bestselling series of novels (more than 4 million copies worldwide) called her “Climate Quartet,” each a global story with elements of history, travel, science, and dystopia. Deeply researched and gorgeously written, The Last Wild Horses is the third in the series (after A History of Bees and The End of the Ocean) and moves between places and centuries as three sets of characters strive to save the fabled Przewalski horse, a wild Mongolian breed. Ride off the beaten path with a work of art Booklist calls “another riveting, thrilling, and powerful installment from internationally renowned Lunde.”

The bookstore partner for this session is Eastwind Books of Berkeley! Buy the books online at Bookshop.org or purchase them in person at the Festival. More information here.

Book signing information: East Wind Books Tent at the Bookstore Blv (corner of Allston & Milvia in the Outdoor Fair) at in the park, 12:45 PM

With the support of the Norway House Foundation and NORLA - Norwegian Literature Abroad

Sunday, May 8
  • 2022
  • Literary
  • Writing & Publishing

The Art of Translation

Forrest Gander, Christina MacSweeney, Megan McDowell, Achy Obejas, moderated by Nathan Scott McNamara

Sunday, May 8

11:30 AM - 12:30 PM

The Marsh Berkeley - Cabaret

  • In-Person Only

To translate an author’s work—staying faithful to their vision, style, and message, in a language not their own—is to assume an awesome responsibility: one that hasn’t always gotten its just due as an art form. Four of today’s most noteworthy and acclaimed translators of Latin American contemporary literature will shed light on the origins, rewards, pitfalls, and complexities of their discipline. Christina MacSweeney, a recipient of the Valle Inclan prize, has translated the works of leading Spanish-language authors including Valeria Luiselli, Jazmina Barrera, and Elvira Navarro. Megan McDowell, who received the English PEN award and whose works in translation have been nominated four times for the International Booker Prize, has translated many of the most important Latin American authors working today, including Samanta Schweblin, Alejandro Zambra, and Mariana Enriquez. Havana-born translator Achy Obejas, who has worked with Wendy Guerra, Rita Indiana, Junot Díaz, and Megan Maxwell, is also the author of a recent collection of poetry written in a mostly gender-free Spanish and English. And Pulitzer Prize–winning poet Forrest Gander, also a renowned translator, will share insights from his distinguished career. Find out why translation is a journey of never-ending discovery, creativity, and lessons in cross-cultural sensitivity and communication.

The bookstore partner for this session is Marcus Books! Buy the books online at Bookshop.org or purchase them in person at the Festival. More information here.

Book signing information: Marcus Books Tent at the Bookstore Blv (corner of Allston & Milvia in the Outdoor Fair) at in the park, 12:45 PM

Sponsored by the Center for the Art of Translation

Sunday, May 8
  • 2022
  • Culture
  • History

Revolution Then and Now: Four Authors Talk about Radical Change from the 1960s to Today

Judy Gumbo, David Talbot, Margaret Talbot, moderated by Dante King

Sunday, May 8

11:30 AM - 12:30 PM

Veterans Memorial Building - Auditorium

  • In-Person Only

A quartet of maverick minds will take us on a wild ride of activism, defiance, and hard-won change. Bestselling journalist and historian David Talbot and New Yorker writer Margaret Talbot are known for pulling back the veil on social and political history. Their co-authored book, By the Light of Burning Dreams, brings to life “the second American revolution” of the 1960s and 70s (“necessary reading in our own tumultuous moment: an urgent reminder that change can happen and a vivid illustration of how it does”- Patrick Radden Keefe). The trailblazing activist Judy Gumbo could’ve stepped out of its pages: one of three female members of the satirical protest group the Yippies, she was deemed “the most anti-establishment and the most dangerous” by the FBI. Her memoir, Yippie Girl: Exploits in Protest and Defeating the FBI, is a riveting piece of living history. Moderated by activist Dante King (The 400 Year Holocaust: White America’s Legal, Psychopathic, and Sociopathic Black Genocide – and the Revolt Against Critical Race Theory), this conversation will take us into the past to stoke our present fight for equity.

The bookstore partner for this session is Sausalito Books By The Bay! Buy the books online at Bookshop.org or purchase them in person at the Festival. More information here.

Book signing information: Sausalito Books by the Bay Tent at the Bookstore Blv (corner of Allston & Milvia in the Outdoor Fair) at in the park, 12:45 PM

Sunday, May 8
  • 2022
  • Comics & Graphics
  • Free
  • Women/Gender
  • YA (Young Adult)

YA: Growing Up Queer Then and Now

Jen Ferguson, Laura Gao, moderated by Cinnamongirl Kailynn

Sunday, May 8

11:30 AM - 12:30 PM

Residence Inn Berkeley - Ballroom 2

  • In-Person Only

Discovering and embracing your identity as a queer young person can be joyful, confusing, or downright dangerous, depending on when and where you’re growing up. These three authors offer historical and more contemporary narratives of growing up queer. Jen Ferguson’s stunning debut novel The Summer of Bitter and Sweet focuses on a Métis teen who contends with myriad issues and questions—including racism, generational trauma, sexual identity, and first love—over the course of a life-changing summer. Laura Gao’s graphic memoir Messy Roots finds the author striving to define (in sometimes cringingly hilarious ways) both their queerness and their identity as a Chinese immigrant to America. You won’t want to miss this candid exploration of the messy, joyous process of growing up, hosted by Cinnamongirl Kailynn.

The bookstore partner for this session is Pegasus Books! Buy the books online on their website, on Bookshop.org, or purchase them in person at the Festival. More information here.

Book signing information: Pegasus Books Tent at the Bookstore Blv (corner of Allston & Milvia in the Outdoor Fair) at in the park, 12:45 PM

With support from the Federated Indians of Graton Rancheria

Sunday, May 8
  • 2022
  • Environment/Nature
  • Travel
  • Women/Gender

Women in the Wild

Lauren DeLaunay Miller, Diana Helmuth, Silvia Vasquez-Lavado, moderated by Rue Mapp

Sunday, May 8

12:30 PM - 1:30 PM

Brower Center - Goldman Theater

  • In-Person and Live Streamed

Three intrepid adventurers who have scaled mountains—and, for that matter, moved them—will show us why women belong in the wild. A survivor of severe trauma in childhood, mountaineer Silvia Vasquez-Lavado (The Shadow of the Mountain) grew up to become the first openly gay woman to complete the Seven Summits (the tallest peaks on each continent). Her story is being adapted for a film starring Selena Gomez. Avid climber Lauren DeLaunay Miller (Valley of Giants: Stories from Women at the Heart of Yosemite Climbing), noticing a lack of female representation in climbing literature, reached into the past to tell the stories of her foremothers. With the hilarious How to Suffer Outside, Diana Helmuth, a champion of inclusive hiking, removes barriers for beginners. Our fearless guide for this expedition into the wild is Rue Mapp, CEO of Outdoor Afro and author of the forthcoming Nature Swagger. This far-reaching group of gutsy women will lift us up with their grit, courage, and vision of wild spaces that are open to all.

The bookstore partner for this session is Eastwind Books of Berkeley! Buy the books online at Bookshop.org or purchase them in person at the Festival. More information here.

Book signing information: East Wind Books Tent at the Bookstore Blv (corner of Allston & Milvia in the Outdoor Fair) at in the park, 1:45 PM

Sunday, May 8
  • 2022
  • Outdoor (Free)
  • Race/Identity
  • Women/Gender

Shine Bright: Black Women in Pop Music

Danyel Smith, interviewed by Mariecar Mendoza

Sunday, May 8

12:30 PM - 1:30 PM

San Francisco Chronicle Stage in the Park

  • In-Person Only

From formerly enslaved poet Phyllis Wheatley to Mahalia Jackson to Tina Turner, brilliant Black women have been instrumental—indeed, foundational—in creating one of America’s most significant cultural contributions: its pop music. One of Oprah Daily’s most anticipated books of 2022, former Billboard editor Danyel Smith’s Shine Bright: A Very Personal History of Black Women in Pop is a long-overdue, passionate paeon to the songbird geniuses that have too often been hidden in plain sight. Said Publishers Weekly, “this lyrical and whip-smart work is cause for celebration.” In this conversation between Smith and Mariecar Mendoza, Senior Arts & Entertainment Editor for the San Francisco Chronicle, we’ll celebrate a musical lineage as life-affirming as it is awe-inspiring. Don’t be surprised if you feel like breaking into song.

The bookstore partner for this session is Books Inc.! Buy the books online on their website, at Bookshop.org, or purchase them in person at the Festival. More information here.

Book signing information: Books Inc. Tent at the Bookstore Blv (corner of Allston & Milvia in the Outdoor Fair) at in the park immediately after event

Sunday, May 8
  • 2022
  • International
  • Literary

Writer to Writer: Nadifa Mohamed and Douglas Stuart

Nadifa Mohamed in conversation with Douglas Stuart

Sunday, May 8

12:30 PM - 1:30 PM

Freight & Salvage

  • In-Person and Live Streamed

Join two of the most exciting contemporary novelists to be recognized by the world’s most prestigious literary award, the Booker Prize. Douglas Stuart won in 2020 for his heart-stopping Shuggie Bain. The following year, Nadifa Mohamed became the first British-Somali novelist to be shortlisted, with her “richly satisfying” (The Post and Courier) The Fortune Men. Both authors effortlessly put their readers in the shoes of characters struggling to live, love, and preserve dignity in the midst of entrenched inequity. Stuart’s boys and young men—in Shuggie Bain as well as the new, widely acclaimed Young Mungo—come of age amid poverty and addiction in Glasgow’s council estates; while Mohamed based The Fortune Men on the real-life case of a wrongly accused Somali man executed for murder by a racist justice system in 1950s Cardiff. Hear these lauded storytellers talk craft, the perils and rewards of drawing from lived experience, and the cathartic challenge of doing artistic justice to those whose lives often go unseen and unrecorded. The host for this session is Gaby Wood, Literary Director of the Booker Prize Foundation, joining us from the UK via the magic of technology.

The bookstore partner for this session is Green Apple Books! Buy the books online at Bookshop.org or purchase them in person at the Festival. More information here.

Book signing information: Green Apple Books in Freight & Salvage lobby immediately after event

Sunday, May 8
  • 2022
  • Comics & Graphics
  • Mystery, Crime & Thrillers
  • Writing & Publishing

How to Write a Mystery

Dale Berry, Steve Hockensmith, Catriona McPherson, Gary Phillips, moderated by Laurie R. King

Sunday, May 8

12:30 PM - 1:30 PM

The Marsh Berkeley - Theater

  • In-Person Only

What elevates a mystery beyond the predictable and into the realm of edge-of-your-seat, stay-up-until-3 a.m. enthrallment? Four experts in suspense unravel the secrets to making pages turn and spines tingle. Your mentors in mystery are Dale Berry, author/illustrator of the acclaimed paranormal graphic novel series Tales of the Moonlight Cutter, set in medieval China; Catriona McPherson, Scottish author of the Lexy Campbell and Dandy Gilver series as well as her latest, the historical crime novel In Place of Fear; Steve Hockensmith, author of numerous mysteries for adults and children; and Gary Phillips (One Shot Harry), critically acclaimed author of mystery, noir, and graphic novels. Moderated by none other than the newly minted Mystery Writers of America Grand Master, the legendary Laurie R. King, this is a conversation for aspiring novelists, fans of the genre, and anyone interested in how to imbue fiction with that “unputdownable” factor.

The bookstore partner for this session is Marcus Books! Buy the books online at Bookshop.org or purchase them in person at the Festival. More information here.

Book signing information: Marcus Books Tent at the Bookstore Blv (corner of Allston & Milvia in the Outdoor Fair) at in the park, 1:45 PM

Sponsored by Mystery Writers of America–NorCal

Sunday, May 8
  • 2022
  • Culture
  • Literary

The End of Everything: Geoff Dyer and David Thomson on Aging and Other Disasters

Geoff Dyer, David Thomson

Sunday, May 8

12:30 PM - 1:30 PM

The Magnes - Auditorium

  • In-Person Only

Few writers make us laugh–and think–as much as “effortlessly erudite” (The Boston Globe) polymath and self-described “malcontent” Geoff Dyer, whose dizzying scope of knowledge and passion ranges from jazz to photography to cinema to yoga to visual art…we could go on. His new book, The Last Days of Roger Federer: And Other Endings, examines the waning years of minds (and lives) as brilliantly restless and singular as his own: from tennis legend Federer to Bob Dylan to Nietzsche, and more. World-renowned film critic, historian, and novelist David Thomson is another multi-genre maestro whose latest, Disaster, Mon Amour, is also an insightful, witty meditation on dissolution: our collective cultural fascination with catastrophe (as long as it happens to someone else) and, more seriously, the way prettified disaster, aided by virtual media, helps us ignore reality (“we want our fears of physical ruin rendered as something so beautiful we feel no pain”). Come for a confab about endings that we suspect will feel like it ends too soon.

The bookstore partner for this session is Sausalito Books By The Bay! Buy the books online at Bookshop.org or purchase them in person at the Festival. More information here.

Book signing information: Sausalito Books by the Bay Tent at the Bookstore Blv (corner of Allston & Milvia in the Outdoor Fair) at in the park, 1:45 PM

Sunday, May 8
  • 2022
  • Writing & Publishing

Publishing: Who Calls the Shots?

Jayne Allen, Angela Engel, John Freeman, Traci Thomas, moderated by Brooke Warner

Sunday, May 8

12:30 PM - 1:30 PM

Residence Inn Berkeley - Ballroom 1

  • In-Person Only

Publishing might be notoriously resistant to change, but innovative business models, fresh ways of thinking, and new leadership might (finally?) be shifting the course of this crusty old behemoth. How have self-publishing and hybrid publishing offered authors both autonomy and responsibility? What happens when the decision-makers at traditional publishers are no longer exclusively white and male? And what about readers—have podcasts, social reading and writing networks, and new platforms (hello, #BookTok!) put additional power into their hands? Talk about star power: our panel of experts from across the industry will weigh in on these questions and many more: Angela Engel, publisher and founder of Collective Book Studio; John Freeman, executive editor at Knopf; Jaunique Sealey (pen name Jayne Allen), VP of strategy and community at Zibby Books, Traci Thomas, host of The Stacks podcast; and our moderator, Brooke Warner, publisher of She Writes Press and SparkPress.

The bookstore partner for this session is Pegasus Books! Buy the books online on their website, on Bookshop.org, or purchase them in person at the Festival. More information here.

Book signing information: Pegasus Books Tent at the Bookstore Blv (corner of Allston & Milvia in the Outdoor Fair) at in the park, 1:45 PM

Sunday, May 8
  • 2022
  • Outdoor (Free)
  • Writing & Publishing
  • YA (Young Adult)

Write the Future with 826 Valencia

826 Valencia

Sunday, May 8

12:45 PM - 1:30 PM

Word Power Stage

  • In-Person Only

In this session, you will hear writing from 826 Valencia’s Black Literary Achievement Club (BLAC) about who they are, where they come from, and the issues they care about. BLAC strives to cultivate an intentional space for Black students to tell their own stories in their most truthful forms. With the support of a Black professional mentors, students embrace a positive outlook on their Black identity through writing, the exploration of Black literary icons and leaders, Black history, community and leadership building.

Sunday, May 8
  • 2022
  • Poetry

The Poetry of Exile

Victoria Chang, Shangyang Fang, Achy Obejas, Brian Tierney, moderated by Forrest Gander

Sunday, May 8

1:00 PM - 2:00 PM

Brower Center - Tamalpais Room

  • In-Person Only

From Dante to Liu Tsung-yuan to Pablo Neruda, the subject of exile has been fertile ground for poetry. Four contemporary luminaries put their own singular spins on this timeless theme. New York Times Magazine poetry editor Victoria Chang draws from the mysteries in her own lineage: the granddaughter of Chinese refugees to Taiwan, and the daughter of Tawinese immigrants to Michigan, she asks, in her collection Dear Memory, “What form can express the loss of something you never knew but knew existed?” For Shangyang Fang (Burying the Mountain), the music of ancient Chinese poetry is a conduit for exploring exile and erasure. Achy Obejas, in Boomerang/Bumerán, discovers inventive ways to release her poems from the binary confines of linguistic gender in a bilingual collection that contends with immigration and displacement, love and loss. And Brian Tierney’s Rise and Float, which Pultizer winner Tracy K. Smith calls “resonant with the desire for rapture and the never-easing reality of loss,” is a tender and allusive testament to grief and the lifeforce, in equal measure. Get gloriously lost with these wandering works of uprooting and transcendence.

The bookstore partner for this session is Eastwind Books of Berkeley! Buy the books online at Bookshop.org or purchase them in person at the Festival. More information here.

Book signing information: East Wind Books Tent at the Bookstore Blv (corner of Allston & Milvia in the Outdoor Fair) at in the park, 2:15 PM

Sunday, May 8
  • 2022
  • Literary
  • Race/Identity
  • Women/Gender

The Ruptures of Leaving: Women Writers on Migration

Gabriela Garcia, Masha Rumer, Shugri Said Salh, moderated by Susie Meserve

Sunday, May 8

1:00 PM - 2:00 PM

The Marsh Berkeley - Cabaret

  • In-Person Only

How do immigrant mothers navigate the world, and what do they leave their daughters when they go? Join City of Berkeley Civic Arts Program grantee Susie Meserve in conversation with three Northern California writers whose work focuses on matrilineal lineages across countries and time periods: Gabriela Garcia, author of the New York Times bestselling novel Of Women and Salt; award-winning journalist Masha Rumer, author of Parenting with an Accent: How Immigrants Honor Their Heritage, Navigate Setbacks, and Chart New Paths for their Children; and Shugri Said Salh, author of the memoir The Last Nomad: Coming of Age in the Somali Desert. We’ll discuss the ruptures caused by migration, the cultural threads that remain, and the power of storytelling to connect grandmothers to mothers to daughters even when they no longer share a nationality.

The bookstore partner for this session is Marcus Books! Buy the books online at Bookshop.org or purchase them in person at the Festival. More information here.

Book signing information: Marcus Books Tent at the Bookstore Blv (corner of Allston & Milvia in the Outdoor Fair) at in the park, 2:15 PM

Sunday, May 8
  • 2022
  • Literary

Jasmine Guillory: By the Book

Jasmine Guillory, interviewed by Taj McCoy

Sunday, May 8

1:00 PM - 2:00 PM

Veterans Memorial Building - Auditorium

  • In-Person Only

Could you use a little romance right about now? New York Times bestselling author Jasmine Guillory’s protagonists are the kind of whip-smart, complicated, hilarious women you’d want to be friends with in real life. Her latest “swoon-worthy” (says Julie Murphy) novel to burn up the bestseller lists, By the Book, brings a demoralized publishing professional face-to-face with a high-maintenance author from hell…or is he? In Guillory’s world, the perfect pairing is deliciously worth the wait…just like this conversation between Jasmine and author Taj McCoy, whose witty romcom debut, Savvy Sheldon’s Feeling Good as Hell, features a plus-size heroine looking for love. Come for an event that’ll light your fire and warm your heart.

The bookstore partner for this session is Sausalito Books By The Bay! Buy the books online at Bookshop.org or purchase them in person at the Festival. More information here.

Book signing information: Sausalito Books by the Bay Tent at the Bookstore Blv (corner of Allston & Milvia in the Outdoor Fair) at in the park, 2:15 PM

Sunday, May 8
  • 2022
  • International
  • Literary
  • Memoir

Writing a Path Out of Darkness: Writers on Mourning

Pik-Shuen Fung, Kristin Keane, Litt Woon Long, moderated by Deirdre English

Sunday, May 8

1:00 PM - 2:00 PM

Residence Inn Berkeley - Ballroom 2

  • In-Person Only

Grief: one of the most complicated, isolating, yet potentially healing states a person can experience, it often defies description. These authors’ stories, whether drawn from lived experience or imagination, give voice to the unspeakable parts of mourning, making us all feel less alone in loss. The protagonist of Pik-Shuen Fung’s Ghost Forest navigates the death of her father, a Hong Kong astronaut, in a family that doesn’t talk about feelings. In her memoir The Encyclopedia of Bending Time, Kristin Keane ingeniously uses an encyclopedic format to remember her mother and map her own grief. And Litt Woon Long’s The Way Through the Woods wends a tender and life-affirming path through mushroom-foraging as a way to process the loss of a beloved partner.

The bookstore partner for this session is Pegasus Books! Buy the books online on their website, on Bookshop.org, or purchase them in person at the Festival. More information here.

Book signing information: Pegasus Books Tent at the Bookstore Blv (corner of Allston & Milvia in the Outdoor Fair) at in the park, 2:15 PM

With the support of the Consulate General of Canada San Francisco/Silicon Valley, the Norway House Foundation, and NORLA - Norwegian Literature Abroad

Sunday, May 8
  • 2022
  • International
  • Literary

Short Stories: In Search of Belonging

Colin Barrett, Ethel Rohan, moderated by Jane Ciabattari

Sunday, May 8

2:00 PM - 3:00 PM

Brower Center - Goldman Theater

  • In-Person and Live Streamed

What makes short stories so special (and so hard to write)? They deliver a gut-punch emotional payoff in the fewest possible words. What is this literary magic? A virtuoso of the genre will shed light on this, and so much more. Short-story maestro Colin Barrett has become a New Yorker staple with his razor-sharp, emotionally exacting tales. With Homesickness, the followup to his internationally award-sweeping debut Young Skins, Barrett, a Torontonian by way of Ireland, tells stories of County Mayo seekers who are lost and losing in equal measure, but groping for meaning and solid ground. With In the Event of Contact, celebrated author Ethel Rohan, a San Franciscan also by way of Ireland, tells short stories largely set in Dublin, her home city, that continue her fixation on fracture, displacement, and hauntology, and center characters infected in various ways who are intent on recovery. They’ll be interviewed by short story writer and critic Jane Ciabattari, author of the collection Stealing the Fire.

The bookstore partner for this session is Eastwind Books of Berkeley! Buy the books online at Bookshop.org or purchase them in person at the Festival. More information here.

Book signing information: East Wind Books Tent at the Bookstore Blv (corner of Allston & Milvia in the Outdoor Fair) at in the park, 3:15 PM

With the support of Culture Ireland

Sunday, May 8
  • 2022
  • Culture
  • History

Red Carpet: China, Hollywood, and the Global Battle for Cultural Supremacy

Erich Schwartzel, interviewed by Orville Schell

Sunday, May 8

2:00 PM - 3:00 PM

The Magnes - Auditorium

  • In-Person Only

Who decides what films appear at your local theater or on your TV screen? Would you guess Xi Jinping, autocratic President of the People’s Republic of China? Wall Street Journal film industry reporter Erich Schwartzel and veteran China watcher and journalist Orville Schell will take you behind the screen where films are the weapons in a battle for cultural power between China and the United States. Schwartzel’s deeply reported page-turner, Red Carpet, “is the story of the nexus that formed when Hollywood realized it needed China’s cash, and China realized it could first manipulate—and then appropriate—Hollywood’s special gifts,” said The New York Times. Come learn about a Cold War for this century, a clash that determines whether democratic or authoritarian values will be broadcast most powerfully around the world. “Like a great movie,” said Ben Rhodes, “this book is hugely entertaining and changes the way you look at the world.”

The bookstore partner for this session is Sausalito Books By The Bay! Buy the books online at Bookshop.org or purchase them in person at the Festival. More information here.

Book signing information: Sausalito Books by the Bay tent in the park, 3:45 PM

Sunday, May 8
  • 2022
  • Outdoor (Free)
  • Science Fiction & Fantasy

Science Fiction: In Search of Hope

Charlie Jane Anders, Mike Chen, John Scalzi, moderated by Danielle Venton

Sunday, May 8

2:00 PM - 3:00 PM

San Francisco Chronicle Stage in the Park

  • In-Person Only

As Stephen Hawking once remarked, “to confine our attention to terrestrial matters would be to limit the human spirit.” There’s no limit to the spirit or imagination of the three brilliant science fiction writers gathered on our stage today. They’ll discuss their latest works, each of which finds hope and optimism (of a sort) among the stars even if terrestrial matters are imperfect at best and bleak at worst. In John Scalzi’s “wonderfully witty” (PW) new novel, The Kaiju Preservation Society, a burned-out delivery driver is offered a chance to escape a COVID-decimated New York City—by caring for giant endangered animals on an alternate Earth. The second volume of Charlie Jane Anders’s Unstoppable series, Dreams Bigger Than Heartbreak, finds alien clone Tina and her crew on a hopeful quest to find love and fulfillment, even in the midst of intergalactic war. And Mike Chen’s Light Years from Home, as the title suggests, combines an earthbound family drama with an alien abduction incident, propelling a quest that Kirkus calls a “warmhearted space-travel story.” Buckle in and let these three science fiction masters transport you to new worlds without limits.

The bookstore partner for this session is Books Inc.! Buy the books online on their website, at Bookshop.org, or purchase them in person at the Festival. More information here.

Book signing information: Books Inc. Tent at the Bookstore Blv (corner of Allston & Milvia in the Outdoor Fair) at 3:00 PM

Sunday, May 8
  • 2022
  • Environment/Nature
  • Health, Psychology & Spirituality
  • Women/Gender

Mother, Daughter, Collaborators (Plus the Book That Changed the World of Food): The Lappés

Anna Lappé, Frances Moore Lappé, moderated by Davia Nelson

Sunday, May 8

2:00 PM - 3:00 PM

Freight & Salvage

  • In-Person and Live Streamed

Extraordinary mothers, extraordinary daughters: together, they can change the world. Frances and Anna Lappé prove that, when it comes to visionary thought and action, the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree. Frances “changed how we eat” ( The New York Times) with her first book, Diet for a Small Planet, which has sold over three million copies and, in 2021, celebrated its 50th anniversary with a special edition. She went on to publish 20 more books, and is a leading advocate for “living democracy”—which she describes as not only a government accountable to its citizens, but a way of living aligned with the deep human need for connection, meaning, and autonomy. Frances’ daughter, Anna Lappé, is also a bestselling author ( Diet for a Hot Planet: The Climate Crisis at the End of Your Fork and What You Can Do About It), as well as an educator and expert on food systems. The New York Times proclaimed her a “Food Fighter,” and she has received a James Beard Leadership Award. Mother and daughter co-founded the Small Planet Institute and the Small Planet Fund, which spread an empowering understanding of living democracy via writing, social media, public speaking, and grantmaking; and in 2012 Anna founded Real Food Media, which furthers the food-justice movement through storytelling and critical analysis. This is an exciting chance to see one of today’s most successful and influential mom-daughter duos discuss how parents and children can be there for each other, boost each other’s dreams, and work together for a better world.

The bookstore partner for this session is Green Apple Books! Buy the books online at Bookshop.org or purchase them in person at the Festival. More information here.

Book signing information: Green Apple Books in Freight & Salvage lobby immediately after event

In partnership with Bioneers

Sunday, May 8
  • 2022

Lightfast: An Immersive Sensory Journey with Live Cello, Words, and Images

Sylvia Brownrigg

Sunday, May 8

2:00 PM - 3:00 PM

The Marsh Berkeley - Theater

  • In-Person Only

Step out of the busyness of daily life into a dreamy realm of music, image, light, and words that weave throughout like mist. Lightfast is a multimedia collaboration that explores the micro and macroverse of the natural world, and our human relation to it. The piece was created by four Bay Area artists, who after two years of meetings and conversation created a collaborative piece incorporating layers of sounds and music, narrative, and striking images in still and filmic projections. Lightfast’s creators are: visual artist Christel Dillbohner, associate of the Institute of Cultural Inquiry and co-creator with Danae Mattes of the installation CircumNavigators; cellist Monica Scott, member of piano/cello duo martha & monica and composer/improvisor collective sfSound; writer Sylvia Brownrigg, author most recently of Pages for Her and Invisible Countries; and visual artist Danae Mattes, whose other collaborations include work with Hope Mohr Dance and jazz musician Henry Threadgill.

Sunday, May 8
  • 2022
  • International
  • Literary
  • Memoir

Claiming Space for the Self: Limitation and Liberation

Chloé Cooper Jones, Jan Grue, moderated by Natasha Singh

Sunday, May 8

2:00 PM - 3:00 PM

Residence Inn Berkeley - Ballroom 1

  • In-Person Only

What does it mean to unapologetically take up space when your body is different from everyone else’s? Born with the rare congenital condition sacral agenesis, Chloé Cooper Jones (Easy Beauty) learned to cope with her physical pain—and the attention her gait and stature attracted—by retreating into her inner world. When she unexpectedly became a mother, she set off on a globe-spanning journey to reclaim the spaces she’d been denied, and denied herself. For Jan Grue (I Live a Life Like Yours), living with spinal muscular atrophy has reaped astonishing insights on what it means to be human, explored in a “quietly brilliant book” (The New York Times) about “everything I wanted and how I came to be in possession of it.” This is a powerful conversation about finding and inhabiting your place in the world, and letting no one else define it.

The bookstore partner for this session is Pegasus Books! Buy the books online on their website, on Bookshop.org, or purchase them in person at the Festival. More information here.

Book signing information: 3 PM, Pegasus Books, right outside the Ballroom

With the support of the Norway House Foundation and NORLA - Norwegian Literature Abroad

Sunday, May 8
  • 2022
  • International
  • Literary

Writer to Translator: Chilean Poet

Megan McDowell in conversation with Alejandro Zambra

Sunday, May 8

2:30 PM - 3:30 PM

Brower Center - Tamalpais Room

  • In-Person Only

Next to the writer/editor relationship, the writer/translator relationship is the most intimate and significant creative pairing there is. Transcending oceans and cultures, it can’t exist without trust, understanding, and a bond that is both intuitive and intellectual. Megan McDowell has translated into English many of the most important Latin American writers working today, and her translated works have four times been nominated for the International Booker Prize. She began translating the work of Chilean author Alejandro Zambra (“a writer of startling talent,” says The New York Times Book Review) when she was still a student. The most recent project in translation they worked on together is Zambra’s fifth novel Chilean Poet, which Sheila Heti called “a very funny, warm, and beautiful novel.“ McDowell’s translation was praised for its fealty to Zambra’s sensibility and singular prose style: “a remarkable achievement,” says PopMatters. Come see how these two literary alchemists achieve a unique creative symbiosis.

The bookstore partner for this session is Eastwind Books of Berkeley! Buy the books online at Bookshop.org or purchase them in person at the Festival. More information here.

Book signing information: East Wind Books Tent at the Bookstore Blv (corner of Allston & Milvia in the Outdoor Fair) at in the park, 3:45 PM

Sponsored by the Center for the Art of Translation

Sunday, May 8
  • 2022
  • International
  • Mystery, Crime & Thrillers

Nordic Noir

Thomas Enger, Carin Gerhardsen, Camilla Sten, moderated by Randal Brandt

Sunday, May 8

2:30 PM - 3:30 PM

Veterans Memorial Building - Auditorium

  • In-Person Only

Get a pleasant chill in your bones with these jewels of the noir crown, rife with suspense as sharp as the ice in a fjord. The rights to Camilla Sten’s terrifying and internationally acclaimed The Lost Village have been sold to nineteen territories around the world; and her latest, The Resting Place, is described as “ ‘Crimson Peak’ meets ‘The Sanatorium.’” Thomas Enger’s Unhinged, the latest installment in the bestselling Blix & Ramm series co-authored with Jørn Lier Horst, was described by The Sunday Times as “an exercise in literary tag-teaming from two of Norway’s biggest crime writers with a bold new take.” And Carin Gerhardsen’s Black Ice, one of Publishers Weekly’s best books of 2021, is a twisty puzzle box of intrigue set in the snow-blanketed Swedish midwinter. Moderated by Randal Brandt, this conversation will make you shiver delightfully, even in the California springtime sun.

The bookstore partner for this session is Sausalito Books By The Bay! Buy the books online at Bookshop.org or purchase them in person at the Festival. More information here.

Book signing information: Sausalito Books by the Bay Tent at the Bookstore Blv (corner of Allston & Milvia in the Outdoor Fair) at in the park, 3:15 PM

With the support of the Norway House Foundation, NORLA - Norwegian Literature Abroad, the Barbro Osher Pro Suecia Foundation, and the Honorary Consulate of Sweden San Francisco

Sunday, May 8
  • 2022
  • Women/Gender

Collective Book Studio Presents: Mother’s Day

Raquel Kelley, Meredith Rose Essalat, Kaitlin Soulé, Josephine Wai Lin, moderated by Cindy DiTiberio

Sunday, May 8

2:30 PM - 3:30 PM

Residence Inn Berkeley - Ballroom 2

  • In-Person Only

Call up your mom, your grandma, your daughters, and your friends, and make plans to meet up for this heartfelt and funny session about the joys and absurdities of modern motherhood. In Where’d I Go?, Raquel Kelley has created a lift-the-flap book—not for babies but for their tired moms.Moms continue needing advice even after their children are babies; in A Little Less of a Hot Mess, family therapist Kaitlin Soulé urges moms to embrace their imperfections at every stage. And Meredith Essalet distills the tips she’s gathered from years as an educator and school administrator in The Overly Honest Teacher. All three authors are moms, too; join them for some honest, open, and sometimes hilarious real talk about what it’s like to be a mom today, moderated by Cindy DiTiberio, publisher of Literary Mama.

The bookstore partner for this session is Pegasus Books! Buy the books online on their website, on Bookshop.org, or purchase them in person at the Festival. More information here.

Book signing information: Pegasus Books Tent at the Bookstore Blv (corner of Allston & Milvia in the Outdoor Fair) at in the park, 3:45 PM

Sponsored by Collective Book Studio

Sunday, May 8
  • 2022
  • Environment/Nature
  • Outdoor (Free)
  • YA (Young Adult)

Engaging with Evolution

Pamela Turner, Elizabeth Shreeve, moderated by Lisa White

Sunday, May 8

3:15 PM - 4:00 PM

Word Power Stage

  • In-Person Only

From the emergence of COVID variants to the origins of Homo sapiens, the process of evolution underlies all biology. Yet only about half of American adults agree that humans developed from earlier species. In this session, Dr. Lisa White, Director of Education and Outreach at the UC Museum of Paleontology joins Elizabeth Shreeve (Out of the Blue) and Pamela S. Turner (How to Build a Human), authors of books about evolution for young readers, to celebrate evolutionary science. We’ll hear about science denialism and why evolutionary concepts are so often misunderstood, and we’ll gain new tools to combat misinformation about evolution and the nature of science. Ages 8+.

The bookstore partner for this session is Flashlight Books! Buy the books online at Bookshop.org or purchase them in person at the Festival. More information here.

Book signing information: Flashlight Books Tent at the Bookstore Blv (corner of Allston & Milvia in the Outdoor Fair) at in the park, 4 PM

Sunday, May 8
  • 2022
  • Outdoor (Free)
  • YA (Young Adult)

Young (Adult) Love

Kate Marchant, Casey McQuiston, Suzanne Park, moderated by Cinnamongirl Mariah

Sunday, May 8

3:30 PM - 4:30 PM

Young Readers Stage

  • In-Person Only

Love is in the air… literally. In this panel, YA authors will share their recent novels that offer plenty of romance, regardless of the state of your own love life. New York Times–bestselling author Casey McQuiston makes their YA debut with I Kissed Shara Wheeler. Chloe Green takes you on a journey to find Shara Wheeler, after unexpectedly going missing from their Alabama Christian school just days before prom. In Kate Marchant’s Float, Waverly Lyons travels from chilly Alaska to sunny Florida for summer vacation, in hopes of finding herself (and possibly a new hot boyfriend) after her parent’s divorce. And in Suzanne Park’s Sunny Song Will Never Be Famous, a social media influencer stranded at a digital detox camp can handle airplane mode—but can she live through an entire month unplugged? Get ready for this roller-coaster session, hosted by Cinnamongirl Mariah McCoy, that will give you all the laughs and feels, capturing what young (adult) love truly is.

Book signing information: Flashlight Books Tent at the Bookstore Blv (corner of Allston & Milvia in the Outdoor Fair) at in the park, 4:30 PM

Sponsored by Wattpad

Sunday, May 8
  • 2022
  • Culture
  • History

Buster Keaton and the Dawn of Cinema

Dana Stevens, interviewed by David Thomson

Sunday, May 8

3:30 PM - 4:30 PM

Freight & Salvage

  • In-Person and Live Streamed

“All my life, I’ve been happiest when folks watching me said to each other, ‘Look at the poor dope, will ya?’” Humility aside, Buster Keaton, aka “The Great Stone Face,” shares equal stature with Charlie Chaplin as a comic genius and groundbreaker of the silent film era. Slate movie critic Dana Stevens, in conversation with prolific film authority, critic and historian David Thomson, introduces us to the many sides of an icon the New Yorker called “a hero of the comedy of resistance.” Stevens’ joyous cultural history, Camera Man, will be brought to you in larger-than-life glory, enhanced by film clips, in a rollicking experience that’ll touch the part of your soul that never forgot how to play—or resist.

The bookstore partner for this session is Green Apple Books! Buy the books online at Bookshop.org or purchase them in person at the Festival. More information here.

Book signing information: Green Apple Books in Freight & Salvage lobby immediately after event