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  • Category

  • 2015
  • Culture
  • Current Affairs

Rebecca Solnit

Rebecca Solnit, Christian Frock

Saturday, June 6


She writes on topics from art to eviction, geography to feminism, environment to politics — all with impeccable, gorgeous prose. Rebecca Solnit is a Bay Area treasure, and here she is joined by Christian Frock, independent curator and author of Unexpected Art, for a free-wheeling hour of inspired conversation.


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  • Current Affairs
  • Health, Psychology & Spirituality
  • Literary

Coming Together When Things Fall Apart: Giving Voice to Emotional Truth in Our Times

Wednesday August 5


When this compelling all-star event aired live as a ticketed fundraiser in May 2020, the response was powerfully moving. “Incredible,” “fascinating,” and “you’re helping me to feel less isolated” were just a few of the comments from attendees. We’re thrilled to make this nourishing event available to everyone, at a time when its lessons and takeaways are more relevant than ever. Best-selling novelist R.O. Kwon’s New York Times essay about grief in times of uncertainty—an all-too-pertinent theme in our current moment—was the inspiration for this conversation. In a raw, emotionally profound exchange not without its moments of levity and transcendence, she was joined by Pulitzer Prize winners Anthony Doerr, whose blockbuster World War II novel All the Light We Cannot See illuminates the ways, against all odds, people try to be good to one another; and Viet Thanh Nguyen, whose witty, exquisite The Sympathizer captures the ambivalence and humanity of “a man of two minds” in the midst of a traumatic war. These literary luminaries share an uncanny gift for describing the indescribable, and that’s exactly what they do in a conversation that has made many of us feel seen and understood in all our complexity. Moderated by award-winning author Danielle Evans, whose beautiful Sewanee Review essay about sheltering-in-place, “How to Be Alone,” was recently adapted and updated for an episode of NPR’s “This American Life.”

Anthony Doerr, All The Light We Cannot See
Danielle Evans, Before You Suffocate Your Own Fool Self
R.O. Kwon, The Incendiaries
Viet Thahn Nguyen, The Sympathizer

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  • 2019
  • Current Affairs
  • Race/Identity

The Unbreakable Human Spirit: Albert Woodfox on Survival in Solitary

Albert Woodfox interviewed by Shane Bauer

Sunday, May 5


One of the “Angola 3,” Albert Woodfox endured four decades of solitary confinement for a crime he did not commit. While his story has been profiled by many publications, today we have an opportunity to hear from him directly. From the epilogue of his just-published memoir, “Solitary,” come these powerful words: “To those of you who are just entering the world of social struggle, welcome. To those of you who have spent years struggling for human rights and social justice, don’t give up. Look at me and see how the strength and determination of the human spirit defies all evil.” In our closing keynote session, Woodfox will be interviewed by Mother Jones reporter Shane Bauer, author of “American Prison” and himself a survivor of solitary confinement when he was arrested in Iran and held for two years in the notorious Evin Prison.

Introduced by Kate Harrison, Berkeley City Council Member (Downtown).


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  • 2019
  • Literary
  • Race/Identity

A Conversation with Tayari Jones

Tayari Jones interviewed by Brooke Warner

Sunday, May 5


Few writers have captured the spirit of the American South—its heart, its small-town intimacy, its scars from centuries of institutional racism—like Tayari Jones. Jones has the power to “touch us soul to soul with her words,” said Oprah, who dubbed Jones’ newest book, “An American Marriage,” a Book Club pick for 2018. In her novels, Jones takes these scars, including traumas around wrongful incarceration, and rubs them raw, creating masterful works of fiction with the power to transform a reader. She is interviewed by Brooke Warner of She Writes Press.

This program will have ASL interpreters.

Sponsored by She Writes Press; also with the support of Women Lit members


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  • 2019
  • ASL Interpreted programming
  • Current Affairs
  • History
  • Race/Identity

The Business of Brutality: Slavery and the Foundations of Capitalism

2019 Pulitzer Prize winner David Blight, Stephanie Jones-Rogers, Caitlin Rosenthal, moderated by Jennifer D. King

Sunday, May 5


Look around. How much of our infrastructure—from roads and bridges to factories and food supplies—was built on the backs of American slaves? Three writer-researchers examine how the brutal history of slavery laid the foundation of American capitalism and shaped today’s racial and economic inequality. In “They Were Her Property,” Stephanie Jones-Rogers reveals the active role that white women played in the American slave economy. In “Accounting for Slavery,” Caitlin Rosenthal examines how elite planters turned their power over enslaved people into a productivity advantage. In “Frederick Douglass: Prophet of Freedom,” which just won the 2019 Pulitzer Prize for history, David Blight investigates the legacy of the escaped slave and abolitionist, who wrote, “The white man’s happiness cannot be purchased by the black man’s misery.”

Sponsored by the Stephen M. Silberstein Foundation


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  • 2019
  • Free
  • Native American
  • YA (Young Adult)

Rattlesnake Wins Hummingbird’s Heart: A Word for Word Performance

Greg Sarris and Native youth of Sonoma County

Sunday, May 5


FREE — Experience indigenous legends the way they were passed down—through oral tradition. Word for Word Performing Arts Company is an ensemble whose mission is to tell great stories with elegant theatricality, staging performances of classic and contemporary fiction. Today’s performance features Native youth from Sonoma County presenting an adaptation of the story “Rattlesnake Wins Hummingbird’s Heart” from Greg Sarris’s collection “How a Mountain Was Made,” indigenous stories from Sonoma Mountain. How does a creature as lowly as Rattlesnake win the beautiful Hummingbird? What key does Rattlesnake possess? Come find out. Performance is 45 minutes, followed by discussion.

Sponsored by the Federated Indians of Graton Rancheria


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  • 2019
  • International
  • Literary

Literary Bravery: Sleepwalkers, Ghosts, and Radical Storytelling from Three International Luminaries

Dorothee Elmiger, Laura Lindstedt, Mike McCormack, moderated by Anita Felicelli

Sunday, May 5


Seven women meet in a white void immediately after death…. A man, not realizing he’s dead, narrates his entire life in a single, riveting sentence…. Voices mingle in a shadowy forest, talking of borders, illegal crossings, and the market value of human beings. Take a liminal literary journey with three writers, who will describe how they created such brave, rule-breaking works of the imagination. Winners of the Finlandia Prize, the Goldsmiths Prize, and the Swiss Literature Award respectively, these international voices are taking the literary world by storm.

With the support of FILI – Finnish Literature Exchange; the Barbro Osher Pro Suecia Foundation; Culture Ireland; the initiative “Wunderbar Together,“ initiated by the German Federal Foreign Office, the Goethe Institut, and supported by the Federation of German Industries (BDI); Goethe-Institut’s translation support program “Books First”; the Consulate General of Switzerland in San Francisco; and Pro Helvetia


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  • 2019
  • ASL Interpreted programming
  • Current Affairs
  • Literary
  • Writing & Publishing

Courage in Publishing in an Age of Political Polarization

Kwame Anthony Appiah, Jane Ciabattari, John Freeman, Carlos Lozada, Michael Naumann, Emily Nemens, moderated by Cherilyn Parsons

Sunday, May 5


This roundtable brings together some of the leading lights in publishing to discuss the industry and the state of literature. Kwame Anthony Appiah is the weekly Ethicist columnist for The New York Times and author of “The Lies That Bind: Rethinking Identity.” Jane Ciabattari is former president of the National Book Critics Circle and books columnist for BBC Culture and Literary Hub. John Freeman is a poet, author, former editor of Granta, and editor of Freeman’s literary journal. Carlos Lozada is the nonfiction book critic for The Washington Post and just won the 2019 Pulitzer Prize for criticism. Michael Naumann has been the German secretary of culture, publisher of Die Zeit, and publisher at Rowohlt Verlag; at Henry Holt & Company in the 1990s he was involved in publishing Salman Rushdie’s “The Satanic Verses.” Emily Nemens is a writer and editor of The Paris Review. Moderator Cherilyn Parsons is the founder and director of the Bay Area Book Festival.

This program will have ASL interpreters.


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With support from the initiative "Wunderbar Together,“ initiated by the German Federal Foreign Office and the Goethe Institut, and supported by the Federation of German Industries (BDI)

  • 2019
  • Literary

No Happy Endings, No Easy Answers: Seeking Truth Through Trauma

Lacy Johnson, Devi Laskar, Kiese Laymon, moderated by Sonya Shah

Sunday, May 5


How can we set aside the tidy boxes of revenge and resolution in favor of a greater reckoning with what haunts us most? Kiese Laymon (“Heavy”), Lacy Johnson (“The Reckonings”), and Devi Laskar (“The Atlas of Reds and Blues”) write their way exquisitely through trauma, picking it apart to understand its source, pushing past reductive conclusions and condemnations in pursuit of a richer, fuller truth. Hearing their journeys will change your own. Moderator Sonya Shah is associate professor at the California Institute of Integral Studies (CIIS) and a facilitator of restorative justice processes in families, communities, schools and prisons.

Sponsored by the California Institute of Integral Studies


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  • 2019
  • Culture
  • Current Affairs

The Lies That Bind: Kwame Anthony Appiah on Identity

Kwame Anthony Appiah interviewed by 2019 Pulitzer Prize winner Carlos Lozada

Sunday, May 5


Kwame Anthony Appiah, who writes the weekly Ethicist column for the New York Times, “could variously be described as biracial, Ghanaian British, an Asante, a Londoner, and a gay cis man,” said Booklist. But rather than citing these facts as qualification to write on identity, Appiah opens his fascinating analysis, “The Lies That Bind: Rethinking Identity,” with an anecdote about ambiguity: taxi drivers struggling to figure him out. Taking us on a tour through history and philosophy, Appiah explores the compulsion to define and gather around identity (religious, cultural, racial, national), and the pitfalls that lurk therein. How do groups struggling for justice use, or misuse, identity toward their ends? How can a more nuanced understanding bring us together, not further apart? Appiah is interviewed by The Washington Post’s Carlos Lozada, who just won the 2019 Pulitzer Prize for criticism.


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  • 2019
  • International
  • Literary

Seeking Connection: Literature from Germany and Switzerland

Dorothee Elmiger, Nora Krug, Katja Petrowskaja, Takis Würger, moderated by Sabine Kieselbach

Sunday, May 5


Where is my place in the world? Where do I belong? Four distinct voices from Germany and Switzerland explore these questions in their work, all bestsellers in Europe. In “Maybe Esther,” Katja Petrowskaja creates a kind of literary family tree, in luminous prose delving into legends and history. Takis Würger’s “The Club” is a smoldering story of class, privilege, love, and moral ambiguity, centered around an elite club at Cambridge University. In Dorothee Elmiger’s “Shift Sleepers,” refugees, workers, inspectors, artists, and ghosts meet in a forest and converse about the meaning of homeland, safety, happiness, and more. In “Belonging,” Nora Krug confronts the hidden truths of her family’s wartime past in Nazi Germany to comprehend the forces that have shaped her life, her generation, and history. Come discover these new voices in translation, one of the most exciting areas in literature today.

With the support of the initiative “Wunderbar Together,“ initiated by the German Federal Foreign Office and the Goethe Institut, and supported by the Federation of German Industries (BDI); the Goethe-Institut San Francisco; Goethe-Institut’s translation support program “Books First”; also supported by the Consulate General of Switzerland in San Francisco and Pro Helvetia


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  • 2019
  • Current Affairs
  • Environment/Nature

The Uninhabitable Earth

David Wallace-Wells interviewed by Julian Brave NoiseCat

Sunday, May 5


Journalist David Wallace-Wells warns that climate change could make parts of the earth nearly uninhabitable unless we take action now. “‘The Uninhabitable Earth’ is the most terrifying book I have ever read,” wrote Farhad Manjoo in the New York Times, saying that “its method is scientific, but its mode is Old Testament. The book is a meticulously documented, white-knuckled tour through the cascading catastrophes that will soon engulf our warming planet.” This is a literary account—Andrew Solomon praised the book’s “overflow of insanely lyrical prose”—but an urgent one. There’s still time, but only a generation, to prevent these scenarios from coming true. Wallace-Wells is interviewed by Julian Brave NoiseCat, a young indigenous activist, writer, and policy analyst at 350.org.


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  • 2019
  • Health, Psychology & Spirituality
  • Women/Gender

Goddesses, Grandmothers, and the Everyday Divine

Hallie Iglehart Austen and Vijaya Nagarajan, moderated by Arisika Razak

Sunday, May 5


Start your morning by celebrating the Divine Feminine, as millions of women do around the globe. In “The Heart of the Goddess: Art, Myth and Meditations of the World’s Sacred Feminine,” scholar-practitioner Hallie Iglehart Austen shares female imagery throughout time, challenging dominant narratives about human nature. In “Feeding A Thousand Souls: Women, Ritual, and Ecology in India,” Professor Vijaya Nagarajan explores the ritual of Tamil women who rise each dawn to create kolams, rice-flour designs that honor Hindu goddesses and incorporate concepts of beauty, mathematics, generosity, and even climate chaos. Moderator Arisika Razak, professor at the California Institute of Integral Studies (CIIS), is a healer, ritualist, spiritual dancer, and educator who practices an eclectic mix of Earth-based spiritual traditions.

Sponsored by the California Institute of Integral Studies


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  • 2019
  • Current Affairs
  • Free
  • Outdoor (Free)

Dear America: An Interview with Jose Antonio Vargas

Jose Antonio Vargas interviewed by Kate Campbell

Saturday, May 4


Jose Antonio Vargas was sixteen when, signing up to take a driver’s test at his local DMV, he discovered his green card was fake. Now he’s a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist, Emmy-nominated filmmaker, and the founder of Define American, an organization that fights anti-immigrant hate through the power of storytelling. But his future still hangs in the balance. In “Dear America,” Vargas divulges how he came out first as gay and then as undocumented, reflecting on the high cost of hiding from the government and himself (currently subject to deportation at any time, he has no permanent residence). Illuminating the purgatory of fear people without papers are forced to live in and posing questions about passing and the true meaning of citizenship, Vargas urges us to reconsider the assumptions we make.

Sponsored by North Berkeley Investment Partners


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  • 2019
  • International
  • Literary

Which Side Are You On? Loyalty in Fiction

Christian Kiefer, Lauren Wilkinson, Takis Würger, moderated by Frances Dinkespiel

Saturday, May 4


Fiction can illuminate the lived experience of intense inner conflict. Torn between community and country, struggling with duty and desire, and stuck in the gray area between right and wrong, the characters in these novels are pulled in competing directions. Christian Kiefer (“Phantoms”), Lauren Wilkinson (“American Spy”), and Takis Würger (“The Club”) create dynamic worlds in dazzling prose where dangerous secrets bubble just under the surface and protagonists must ask themselves who to believe and who to blame.

With the support of the initiative “Wunderbar Together,“ initiated by the German Federal Foreign Office and the Goethe Institut, and supported by the Federation of German Industries (BDI); the Goethe-Institut San Francisco; and Goethe-Institut’s translation support program “Books First”


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  • 2019
  • Current Affairs
  • Literary

Human Face: Literature That Brings Human Rights To Life

Atia Abawi, Aaron Bobrow-Strain, Eliot Pattison, moderated by Clara Long

Saturday, May 4


Storytelling can bring depth, humanity, and understanding to the headlines. “A Land of Permanent Goodbyes” depicts a young boy who must escape from war-torn Syria, masterfully told by journalist Atia Abawi, who witnessed the crisis firsthand. In “The Death and Life of Aída Hernandez,” Aaron Bobrow-Strain follows an undocumented teen mom and reveals the human consequences of militarizing what was once a more forgiving border. With “Bones of the Earth,” Eliot Pattison concludes his mystery series set in Tibet, which he writes about so readers can “understand what it feels like to witness an armed policeman assault a praying monk.”


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  • 2019
  • Culture
  • Environment/Nature
  • Literary

Horizon: Interview with Barry Lopez

Barry Lopez interviewed by John Freeman

Saturday, May 4


Taking us nearly from pole to pole—from modern megacities to some of the most remote regions on earth—and across decades, “Horizon,” the latest by celebrated humanitarian and environmental writer Barry Lopez, glimmers with insights on our place in this world and on writing as a way of living and seeing. Lopez will be in conversation with John Freeman, writer, editor, and prominent literary critic, who said of the book: “Lopez has managed to fashion his own kind of travel literature, one which doesn’t merely report from distant places, but enlarges by refusing to place a center to the world.”


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  • 2018
  • Current Affairs

Resisting Hate with Free Speech

Nadine Strossen interviewed by Erwin Chemerinsky

Saturday, April 28


The question of limits on free speech has recently occupied our nation’s consciousness—as well as the physical streets of Berkeley. The American Civil Liberties Union has worked for nearly 100 years to arbitrate this question in times of intense political division, and now Nadine Strossen, former president of the ACLU, joins us to to present “HATE: Why We Should Resist it With Free Speech, Not Censorship”—appropriately released here in Berkeley, home of the Free Speech Movement. Strossen will be interviewed by UC Berkeley School of Law Dean Erwin Chemerinsky.

Sponsored by UC Berkeley Arts + Design


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  • 2018
  • International
  • Literary

Wrestling with the Devil: Ngũgĩ wa Thiong’o in Conversation

Ngũgĩ wa Thiong'o interviewed by Namwali Serpell

Saturday, April 28


Ngũgĩ wa Thiong’o is one of the world’s most prominent African writers working today, often on the radar for the Nobel Prize. He joins us to discuss the American release of “Wrestling with the Devil: A Prison Memoir.” In 1977, he was imprisoned by the Kenyan government in a maximum security facility because of his artistic defiance of a regime. In prison, he penned a novel—on toilet paper, the only paper to which he had access—that would become his classic, “Devil on the Cross.” He will discuss the prison experience, challenges of writing fiction under twenty-four-hour surveillance, and the spirit of defiance that defines hope. He testifies to the power of imagination to help humans break free of confinement, the story of all art. It is an honor to welcome him to Berkeley.
Sponsored by UC Berkeley Arts + Design


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  • 2018
  • Literary
  • Native American

Timeless Wisdom: Greg Sarris on Telling Tales and Native American Literary Tradition

Greg Sarris

Saturday, April 28


Greg Sarris wears many hats: award-winnning author, screenwriter, scholar, professor, and tribal chief of the Federated Indians of Graton Rancheria. His latest book, “How a Mountain Was Made,” is a collection of stories inspired by traditional Coast Miwok and Southern Pomo creation tales; it celebrates the lore surrounding Sonoma Mountain. Timeless in wisdom and beauty, these fables are highly relevant to our times as they explore leadership, landscape, community, and responsibility to self and other. The Los Angeles Review of Books wrote, “Stunning…. Neither an arid anthropological text nor another pseudo-Indian as-told-to fabrication. Instead, Sarris has breathed new life into these ancient Northern California tales and legends.”

Sponsored by the Federated Indians of Graton Rancheria


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  • 2018
  • Health, Psychology & Spirituality
  • Literary

What Makes a Life Worth Living? Powerful Memoirs of Love and Loss

Lucy Kalanithi, Rebecca Soffer, Elizabeth Percer, moderated by Elizabeth Scarboro

Saturday, April 28


In his final year of life before dying of cancer, neurosurgeon Paul Kalanithi wrote the bestselling “When Breath Becomes Air,” probing how the mind makes meaning and why our lives matter. Now his widow, Lucy Kalanithi, is joined by Rebecca Soffer, editor of the new anthology “Modern Loss”, and writers Elizabeth Percer and Elizabeth Scarboro, to discuss mortality, survival, and how to navigate grief in the modern age.

Sponsored by SACHI – Society for Art & Cultural Heritage of India


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  • 2018
  • Current Affairs
  • Outdoor (Free)

Income Inequality: A World Gone Mad, Mean and Immoral

Steven Clifford, Jeff Clements, Robert Reich, moderated by John Diaz

Saturday, April 28


If you feel that income inequality today is insane, well, you’re right. Disparity in wages and opportunity between the rich and the rest of us has been growing more rapidly in the U.S. than in decades. This trend is fueling much of the unrest tearing apart civil life today. Three compelling writers unpack income inequality today. Steven Clifford takes us inside the machinations of corporate boardrooms and CEO suites and details the harm to the economy. Jeff Clements outlines why corporations are not people but nevertheless have more rights than you do, and what you can do about it. One of the most eloquent voices today combatting systemic inequality, Robert Reich has penned many books including the mega-bestseller “Saving Capitalism: For the Many, Not the Few,” recent “Economics in Wonderland: Robert Reich’s Cartoon Guide to a Political World Gone Mad and Mean,” and the new “The Common Good.”

With support from the Stephen M. Silberstein Foundation


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  • 2018
  • Current Affairs
  • Literary

Viet Thanh Nguyen on Art and Politics

Viet Thanh Nguyen interviewed by Karen Tei Yamashita

Saturday, April 28


Winner of the Pulitzer Prize in 2016 for his novel “The Sympathizer,” Viet Thanh Nguyen—fiction writer, essayist, activist, and UC Berkeley doctoral alum—has become an outspoken voice for refugee rights and justice for immigrants. In 2017 he received a MacArthur Genius Grant, and while he was commended for “challenging popular depictions of the Vietnam War and exploring the myriad ways that war lives on for those it has displaced,” his latest efforts move outward to the plight of refugees across the world. His lauded story collection “The Refugees” explores immigration, identity, love, and family. His latest project, “The Displaced: Refugee Writers on Refugee Lives,” brings together a host of prominent writers. He joins us to today to talk with Karen Tei Yamashita, novelist and essayist on the immigrant experience, about the role of the writer in society, the importance of art to politics, and the power of the written word.

Sponsored by UC Berkeley Arts + Design


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  • 2018
  • Environment/Nature
  • History
  • Poetry

Gary Snyder & Kim Stanley Robinson: Mt. Thoreau, Civil Disobedience, and Naming What Can’t Be Named

Gary Snyder, Kim Stanley Robinson, Laurie Glover, introduced by Jack Shoemaker

Saturday, April 28


Legendary Zen poet (and Pulitzer Prize winner) Gary Snyder and his friend Kim Stanley Robinson, the renowned science fiction writer and environmentalist, had an adventure up their sleeve. They were going to hike up an unnamed peak in the Sierras near Mt. Emerson and christen it Mt. Thoreau. You aren’t allowed to just name peaks, as Robinson wrote in an account of the adventure, “Is It Civil Disobedience to Name a Mountain for Thoreau?” They did the deed, despite what they felt surely would have been Thoreau’s disapproval. They come to us now to talk about civil disobedience, nature writing, the environmental movement, poetry, and naming what can’t ultimately ever really be named. In conversation with Laurie Glover, the editor of “Naming Mt. Thoreau,” and Snyder’s longtime publisher Jack Shoemaker of Counterpoint Press.

Sponsored by the Journal of Alta California


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  • 2018
  • Literary
  • Women/Gender

Lidia Yuknavitch in Person: On Fearlessness, Truth, and Misfits

Lidia Yuknavitch, interviewed by Daphne Gottlieb

Saturday, April 28


There is no other literary voice like Lidia Yuknavitch’s. She is a “bold and ecstatic writer” (NPR), a writer’s writer, “a trailblazing literary voice that spans genres and dives deep” (Lenny Letter). The author of the award-winning speculative feminist novel “The Book of Joan” and the hypnotic memoir “The Chronology of Water” has experienced domestic violence, struggles with substance abuse, bouts of homelessness, and the loss of a child. In a raw, fearless voice she interrogates conformity, love, sex, the body, memory, and writing itself and inspires her readers with the courage to live (and write) fully. A protege of Ken Kesey and inspired by Kathy Acker, she is a self-proclaimed “misfit” and has penned a book, enhanced by interviews, called “The Misfit’s Manifesto.” Come hear her calls for authenticity in life and literature.


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  • 2018
  • Children & Families
  • Outdoor (Free)
  • Poetry

Jabberwalking with Juan Felipe Herrera

Juan Felipe Herrera

Saturday, April 28


Can you walk and talk at the same time? How about Jabberwalk? Can you write and draw and walk and journal all at the same time? Festival favorite and marvelous speaker Juan Felipe Herrera, former Poet Laureate of the United States, will teach you everything he knows about being a real-life, bonafide, Jabberwalking poet! While his new book is technically for kids, anyone can learn to jabberwalk—parents, older siblings, and grandparents who have some pep in their step! Jabberwalkers write and speak for themselves and others no matter where their feet may take them—to Jabberwalk is to be a poet on the move. And there’s no stopping once you’re a Jabberwalker, writing fast, fast, fast, scribble-poem-burbles-on-the-run. It’s all out there—vámonos!

With support from the Federated Indians of Graton Rancheria


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  • 2018
  • History
  • Literary
  • Women/Gender

JCC East Bay Presents: Thriving Past Trauma—Holocaust Survivor Dr. Edith Eger with The Choice

Dr. Edith Eger interviewed by Elizabeth Rosner

Sunday, April 29


An absolute must-see: Dr. Edith Eger, 92-year-old Auschwitz survivor and trauma psychologist, comes to us to discuss one of the most compelling books we’ve read this year, “The Choice: Embrace the Possible,” which Desmond Tutu called “a gift to humanity.” She will be interviewed by Elizabeth Rosner, author of the award-winning “Survivor Cafe: The Legacy of Trauma and the Labyrinth of Memory.”

Sponsored by the Jewish Community Center of the East Bay with the generous support of Eve Gordon-Ramek; in memory of Mayer Goldberg and Henry Ramek


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  • 2018
  • Current Affairs
  • Literary
  • Outdoor (Free)

Alice Waters and Jonathan Kauffman: A Revolution in Food

Alice Waters, Jonathan Kauffman, interviewed by Tom Philpott

Sunday, April 29


Eating is a political act. The purchase, preparation, and experience of food are choices that profoundly shape not only our individual lives but social justice and our entire ecosystem. Described as “the most important figure in the culinary history of North America,” chef and restaurateur Alice Waters has led the charge toward greater sustainability and pleasure—they go together—across the entire food system. Her new memoir, “Coming to my Senses” (her fifteenth book), recounts her life up to the opening of Chez Panisse. Come hear her latest calls to action. She’s joined by San Francisco Chronicle food writer Jonathan Kauffman, author of the new “Hippie Food: How Back-to-the-Landers, Longhairs and Revolutionaries Changed the Way We Eat,” which tells the fascinating story of how the counterculture transformed what’s on your dinner plate tonight. They’re interviewed by Tom Philpott, food editor of Mother Jones magazine.

Sponsored by Mother Jones


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  • 2018
  • Current Affairs

The Common Good with Robert Reich (Saturday Night Keynote)

Robert Reich

Saturday, April 28


Don’t miss the Festival keynote! No one could serve better to inspire us than Berkeley’s own Robert Reich—a stellar writer of conscience and conviction, a firebrand, and one of America’s most influential and popular political commentators. A former U.S. Secretary of Labor, Reich comments regularly on CNN, NBC, and The Daily Show, and his syndicated articles have appeared in The New Yorker, New York Times, Washington Post, Wall Street Journal, and San Francisco Chronicle. His new book, “The Common Good,” charges us all to address the urgent question: What has happened to civility and civic responsibility? What makes a good citizen in today’s America? Don’t miss Reich’s heartfelt call to a nation on the brink as he shows us how to do our part in saving America’s soul. Note: Priority tickets are $15. We expect this session to sell out so get your tickets now.


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  • 2018
  • Current Affairs
  • Outdoor (Free)
  • Women/Gender

Smart Activism: History and Hope, with L.A. Kauffman and Rebecca Solnit

L.A. Kauffman, Rebecca Solnit

Sunday, April 29


How can activism be most effective today? Let’s look to history. Come hear one of the Bay Area’s most famous activists and writers—Rebecca Solnit—in conversation with longtime friend and movement insider L.A. Kauffman on the history and future of activism. Solnit, whose writing spans numerous books, articles, and social media, is perhaps most well-known for “Hope in the Dark,” a veritable holy book for activists, as well as her more recent books on feminism and three highly creative atlases, plus many works on community, the environment, and the arts. In “Direct Action: Protest and the Reinvention of American Radicalism”—a masterwork 25 years in the making—L.A. Kauffman expertly deconstructs the origins of today’s protest movements as a means of making activism more powerful today. How have past movements used disruptive tactics to catalyze change? Is there, indeed, still hope in the dark, and how do we act on it?

Sponsored by UC Berkeley Arts + Design


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  • 2018
  • Current Affairs
  • Outdoor (Free)
  • Women/Gender

Power Up: How Smart Women Win in the New Economy

Magdalena Yesil, interviewed by Laura D. Tyson

Sunday, April 29


Magdalena Yesil knows what it takes to get ahead. She arrived in this country as a near-penniless immigrant student. Not only did she become one of the founding board members of Salesforce, but she was among the first to note the commercial potential of the internet, founding the first Internet payment company, CyberCash. Now she’s a memoirist too, having penned “Power Up: How Smart Women Win in the New Economy,” weaving her own story with trenchant advice on persisting amidst setbacks, combatting gender discrimination, and generally being fearless in approaching challenges. Hear this smart, compassionate woman as she gives other smart women the tools they need to win.

Sponsored by Strong Legacy Planning


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  • 2018
  • Current Affairs
  • International
  • Literary

The Power of Literature to Create a Better World: Closing Keynote with Pico Iyer

Pico Iyer, John Freeman

Sunday, April 29


Literature is how we forge a common good globally—by awakening a sense of empathy and openness and by stressing the things that connect us instead of what divides us. Never has this been more essential than today as politicians speak of walls and bans and as we feel distances growing wider between neighbors. Drawing upon his 32 years as a full-time writer (including 12 books spanning travel literature, biography, memoir and novels) and his 44 years as a full-time traveler, Pico Iyer will close the festival with a keynote illuminating the power of literature to create a world beyond walls. After the keynote, Iyer will be interviewed by renowned literary critic John Freeman—editor of Freeman’s literary journal, former editor of the international journal Granta, and author of many books, including the new poetry collection “Maps.” Both authors will sign books after the conversation. Note: Priority Tickets are $12. We expect this session to sell out, so get your tickets now for this very special talk!


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  • 2017
  • Current Affairs
  • Outdoor (Free)

GIANTS! Chris Haft talks with John Shea about Stories from the San Francisco Giants Dugout, Locker Room, and Press Box

Chris Haft, John Shea

Sunday, June 4


Hear two of baseball’s most seasoned writers on the Bay Area’s beloved Giants! The San Francisco Giants are one of baseball’s most storied franchises, including World Series wins in 2010, 2012, and 2014. Chris Haft is the S.F. Giants beat reporter for MLB.com and joins us to recount stories from more than 25 years reporting on Major League baseball and especially from his new book, ‘If These Walls Could Talk: Stories from the San Francisco Giants Dugout, Locker Room, and Press Box.’ Haft is interviewed by John Shea, the San Francisco Chronicle’s national baseball writer and columnist, and author of three baseball books, including Rickey Henderson’s biography (‘Confessions of a Thief’) and ‘Magic by the Bay.’ (Open seating; no tickets needed!)


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  • 2017
  • Current Affairs
  • Outdoor (Free)

Showdown: Trump vs. the Deep State

Peter Dale Scott and Robert Scheer in conversation with David Talbot

Saturday, June 3


Some of the deepest thinkers about power in the U.S. engage in a provocative discussion about one of the greatest showdowns in recent history: President Trump vs. his vast national security complex. Who will win? Should progressives actually be rooting for secret government? Will democracy be the loser, no matter who triumphs in this mighty power struggle? Peter Dale Scott is the godfather of scholarly research into the dark, labyrinthine workings of American power, most recently author of ‘The American Deep State: Wall Street, Big Oil, and the Attack on U.S. Democracy.’ Robert Scheer is one of our country’s leading progressive journalists and the author of numerous books, recently ‘They Know Everything About You: How Data-Collecting Corporations and Snooping Government Agencies Are Destroying Democracy.’ David Talbot, a columnist for the San Francisco Chronicle, is the founder of Salon and author many books, most recently ‘The Devil’s Chessboard: Allen Dulles, the CIA and the Rise of America’s Secret Government.’ (Open seating; no tickets needed!)

Sponsored by the Stephen M. Silberstein Foundation


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  • 2017
  • Current Affairs
  • History
  • Literary

Witness and Testimony: The Past and Present of Native America

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

Saturday, June 3


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

With support from the Stephen M. Silberstein Foundation


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Book signing information: Freight & Salvage Lobby

  • 2017
  • Culture
  • International
  • Literary

Writing from Africa

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

Saturday, June 3


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

Sponsored by Transit Books


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Book signing information: David Brower Center Gallery

  • 2017
  • Culture
  • International
  • Literary

The Legacy of Juan Rulfo: A Celebration

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

Saturday, June 3


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

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


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Book signing information: Barbara and Gerson Bakar Atrium, right outside the theater

  • 2017
  • Culture
  • Current Affairs
  • History

Activism at a Crossroads

Micah White and Becky Bond, moderated by Monika Bauerlein

Saturday, June 3


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

With support from Mother Jones Magazine


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Book signing information: Freight & Salvage Lobby

  • 2017
  • Current Affairs
  • Environment/Nature

Paul Hawken’s Drawdown: Real Solutions for Climate Change

Paul Hawken with Mark Hertsgaard

Saturday, June 3


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


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  • 2017
  • Culture
  • Current Affairs
  • Literary

Roxane Gay Takes the Stage

Roxane Gay in conversation with Rafia Zakaria

Saturday, June 3


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

With support from The New Republic


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  • 2017
  • International
  • Mystery, Crime & Thrillers

Nordic Noir: The World’s Best Thrillers?

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

Saturday, June 3


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

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


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Book signing information: David Brower Center Gallery

  • 2017
  • Culture
  • Outdoor (Free)
  • Women/Gender

Lindy West Takes the Stage

Lindy West

Saturday, June 3


It’s not a pretty place, the Internet. Especially for an outspoken woman. Two years ago, Lindy West’s confrontation with a nasty troll showed the world how to fight back via technology. With her debut memoir, ‘Shrill,’ Lindy tells that tale and more, sharing her truths about #ShoutYourAbortion!, being a large woman, being loud, being a feminist, and being funny. This event is for anyone interested in having their own opinions in the digital age. (Open seating; no tickets needed!)


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  • 2017
  • Culture
  • Current Affairs
  • History

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

Masha Gessen in conversation with Orville Schell

Saturday, June 3


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

With support from The Jewish Community Center of the East Bay


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Book signing information: Freight & Salvage Lobby

  • 2017
  • Current Affairs
  • International
  • Literary

Reveal Live: Reporting, Writing and Being Between the Lines

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

Sunday, June 4


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

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


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Book signing information: Freight & Salvage Lobby

  • 2017
  • Culture
  • Current Affairs
  • Literary

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

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

Saturday, June 3


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


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Book signing information: Freight & Salvage Lobby

  • 2017
  • Current Affairs
  • Literary
  • Science Fiction & Fantasy

When Reality Meets Science Fiction

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

Sunday, June 4


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


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Book signing information: David Brower Center Gallery

  • 2017
  • International
  • Mystery, Crime & Thrillers

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

Jussi Adler-Olsen interviewed by Cara Black

Sunday, June 4


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

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


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Book signing information: David Brower Center Gallery

  • 2017
  • International
  • Literary
  • Writing & Publishing

The Art of Investigation: Journalists Meet Crime Writers

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

Sunday, June 4


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

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


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  • 2017
  • Current Affairs
  • History
  • International

Kingdom of Olives and Ash

Michael Chabon, Fida Jiryis, Rachel Kushner, Yehuda Shaul, and Ayelet Waldman, moderated by Daniel Sokatch

Sunday, June 4


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

With support from the New Israel Fund and Anne Germanacos


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Book signing information: Freight & Salvage Lobby

  • 2017
  • Culture
  • Current Affairs
  • Outdoor (Free)

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

Alicia Garza, Walter Mosley, Joan Walsh, Steve Phillips, moderated by Mark Hertsgaard

Sunday, June 4


The Nation has been fighting for racial justice since abolitionists founded the magazine in 1865; its writers have included W.E.B. DuBois, Martin Luther King, Jr., James Baldwin, Toni Morrison and Alice Walker. Now join some of The Nation’s finest current contributors for a fierce, free-ranging discussion of how to advance racial justice in today’s America. Panelists include Alicia Garza, co-founder of Black Lives Matter; Walter Mosley, the essayist and novelist; Steve Phillips, author of ‘Brown Is the New White’; Joan Walsh, The Nation’s national political correspondent; and moderator Mark Hertsgaard, author and investigative editor for The Nation. (Open seating; no tickets needed!)

Sponsored by The Nation Magazine


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  • 2017
  • Literary
  • Outdoor (Free)
  • Travel

Beyond Travel Writing: Journey and Meaning

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

Sunday, June 4


Places are ideas as much as they are geographic realities. Places carry stories and significance beyond the physical, and that’s often why we travel there. How are places marked by what happened there? What is the lure of the “elsewhere”? How is it all changed upon being discovered, photographed, written about? Finally: Was it really a bad trip if you live to tell a great tale? Join these three stellar travel writers, who have covered the world with pen and heel, on an intellectually rollicking journey navigated by San Francisco Chronicle weekday columnist Leah Garchik. (Open seating; no tickets needed!)

Sponsored by the Los Angeles Review of Books


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  • 2017
  • Current Affairs
  • Literary
  • Mystery, Crime & Thrillers

Master of the Legal Thriller: A Conversation with Scott Turow

Scott Turow, interviewed by T.J. Stiles

Sunday, June 4


The Bay Area Book Festival is delighted to present this capstone session featuring Scott Turow, interviewed by two-time Pulitzer Prize winning historian T.J. Stiles. The author of ‘Presumed Innocent’ and ten other widely praised works, Turow has sold more than 30 million copies of his books worldwide. He will discuss his new novel, ‘Testimony,’ set at the International Criminal Court in The Hague, and his long career as a prosecutor and advocate. That includes working on behalf of authors themselves. He will describe his many years as president of the Authors Guild, the nation’s oldest and largest professional organization for writers, which advocates on issues of copyright, contracts, free speech and more. He and Stiles will share with audiences some of the pressing issues facing writers and the literary industry today.

With support from the Authors Guild


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Book signing information: Freight & Salvage Lobby

  • 2017
  • Culture
  • Current Affairs
  • Outdoor (Free)

On Power

Dacher Keltner interviewed by Deirdre English

Sunday, June 4


Power: We all want it, but how do we get it? Many have assumed that acquiring power involves force and manipulation. But psychologist Dacher Keltner turns those notions on their heads in ‘The Power Paradox,’ arguing that empathy and humility are far more influential. Power is not something we create; it is something we earn. Keltner will lay out how to gain and retain power, when we may abuse it, and what the consequences are of letting those around us languish in powerlessness. Open seating; no tickets needed.


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  • 2017
  • Literary
  • Science Fiction & Fantasy

Tor Books presents Science Fiction and the Resistance!

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

Sunday, June 4


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


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Book signing information: Freight & Salvage Lobby

  • 2017
  • Current Affairs
  • Environment/Nature
  • Spirituality

Putting Your Money Where Your Heart Is

Andrew Behar, Clair Brown, moderated by Kate Campbell

Sunday, June 4


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


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