On Thursday evening, more than 350 people filed into the auditorium of the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts to hear about the building of a movement. The event was the first in Mother Jones and the Bay Area Book Festival’s 2018 conversation series. Black Lives Matter co-founder and author Patrisse Khan-Cullors joined activist […]
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This piece, written by Bay Area Book Festival Founder and Director Cherilyn Parsons, original appeared on Ozy. Every January, I travel to India from California to plunge into a festive literary fray: the Jaipur Literature Festival. JLF is billed as the greatest literary event on earth, but what I love is its fearlessness. The festival […]
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 […]
On February 15 at 7:30 p.m., Black Lives Matter Co-Founder Patrisse Khan-Cullors, asha bandele, and Mother Jones reporter Jamilah King will be in San Francisco to launch our event series with Mother Jones. Cullors and bandele will present their new book, “When They Call You a Terrorist: A Black Lives Matter Memoir,” which follows Cullors’ […]
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. […]
“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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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, […]
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Over the weekend of May 4th and 5th, 2019, the Fifth Anniversary Bay Area Book Festival will fill downtown Berkeley with a literary extravaganza that offers pleasure to anyone who has ever loved a book.