In recognition of the myriad social and economic barriers to literary participation, we strive to present programming that highlights the voices of marginalized communities and engages with issues of race, class, gender, sexuality, ability, and belief. We are stronger when the full spectrum of our community’s members is welcomed at our events and represented responsibly in our programming.
We believe that all people deserve to access world-class literary programming. We keep much of the Festival free of charge and other parts very low-cost to enable enjoyment by all sectors of the community. In this way we endeavor to provide a true public service.
We welcome critical dialogue, creative expression, and discussion of controversial issues that is respectful and never intended to appropriate, discriminate, or harm. We value literary exchange that inspires, surprises, and challenges us.
- Roots in Community, Embrace of Wider World
We are an international festival rooted in local community. The Bay Area is a region with rich artistic and cultural history as well as global impact. We highlight the work of our community by collaborating with universities, literary organizations, local publishers, youth programs, local businesses, independent booksellers, and other partners. Our region also is an international hub that welcomes people of many cultures and exerts a profound influence around the world; we collaborate with consulates and cultural institutes to bring authors to our events. We work with a range of publishers, from large mainstream houses to small presses, across all genres of literature.
As a nonprofit public literary festival, we rely on the generosity of individual donors, foundations, sponsors, and local governments as well as cooperation with corporate partners for financial support.