Entries by Dora

Listen up: the Bay Area Book Festival podcast

As our next Festival draws closer, memories of last year’s start to fade. But don’t worry, we prepared for this. To make sure the discussions started at the Festival never fizzle out, we have made full-length recordings of some of our most popular sessions available as a podcast. Check out our podcast on iTunes, and […]

Noteworthy: 10 lit links worth reading

1. Book-ward facing dog? Yoga poses to make reading more comfortable. 2. A disturbing novel leads investigators to link its author with an unsolved murder. 3. Why authors will always put pen to paper. 4. Your reading slump won’t last forever. 5. Cast your vote: the book or the movie? 6. This inflammatory Trump “tell-all“ made big headlines this month. 7. […]

The Fine Print: Here’s what we read in January

“Affections” by Rodrigo Hasbún From the first page, you can tell you’re in the hands of a master. Set in the 1950s and 60s Bolivian revolution, the novel travels among characters and tells a big story within a short book. Be sure to keep your copy — Hasbún can sign it when he appears at our […]

Speaker spotlight: Robert Reich

Our full list of Festival authors and speakers will go live mid-March, but to make the wait a bit less daunting, here’s one author you won’t want to miss in April. Robert Reich has become a household name as one of today’s political commentators with the distinct power to go viral. The former Secretary of […]

Festival Newsletter: December 2017

Dear Friend of the Festival, In last month’s newsletter, we asked you why you read. And you — you wonderfully curious, insatiable, driven people — answered that you read, above all else, to expand your minds with new ideas. How lucky we all are to be surrounded by others who are forever seeking knowledge and growth. Some of […]

Festival Newsletter: November 2017

Dear Friend of the Festival, We do it “to live twice,” as Anais Nin wrote. Her paramour Henry Miller recommended it “to give our souls a chance to luxuriate.” Gustave Flaubert called it “a perpetual orgy.” Ian McEwan said it allows a person to “be so engrossed that you barely know you exist.” Yes, we […]

Festival Newsletter: October 2017

Are the next festival’s dates on your calendar yet? April 28-29, 2018! We’ve gone through some dark times recently in the Bay Area, the skies literally darkening, and so many people have faced devastation. We want to offer some solace through what we know best, literature, so instead of closing our newsletter as usual with a poem, […]

Festival Newsletter: September 2017

Next Festival: April 28-29, 2018! Hello! We know you’ve been staring longingly at your 2017 Bay Area Book Festival program since June. We appreciate the love, but we’re here to tell you to snap out of it because we’re back with a BIG announcement — our 2018 festival will take place April 28-29. Be sure […]

How Literature Is an Activist Force

By Cherilyn Parsons, Bay Area Book Festival Founder and Director Literature is one of the most powerful tools for social change because it shapes the most potent force that humankind has: hearts and minds. When hearts and minds are mobilized, watch out—as we have seen with books from The Origin of the Species to The […]