• Women Lit

Women Lit

A New Literary Society for Women

Who we are

Women Lit is a new, membership-based literary society, created by the Bay Area Book Festival, with a mission to raise women’s voices, educate and inspire the world with woman-authored writing, and expand women’s connections with each other. It does this by helping financially to bring compelling female authors to Festival stages and by fostering literary community among Bay Area women.

By supporting Women Lit, you can:

  • Meet important female authors, learn from them, and help amplify their voices
  • Meet and engage with other Lit-up women through salons and other events, growing your personal and professional network
  • Invest in a fresh way in culture and the arts by supporting the Bay Area Book Festival, one of the world’s leading literary events that takes place right where you live
  • Bring about social change through the proven power of literature to transform minds and hearts

Other benefits? Deepen your literary life with our exclusive Women Lit newsletter and receive book recommendations, inspirations and more. Enjoy special privileges at the Festival, including passes and the invitation-only Authors Gala. Read more in our brochure.

Why a women’s circle, specifically?

“When a woman tells the truth she is creating the possibility for more truth around her.”

Adrienne Rich

Muriel Rukeyser wrote a poem about artist Kathe Kollwitz: “What would happen if one woman told the truth about her life? The world would split open.” It seems each day, as more women raise their voices on long overlooked issues, the world we live in is poised for change.

At this #metoo moment, we want to use our Festival to amplify women’s voices—and to allow you to engage with important female authors in person so you can strengthen your own voice.

Great literature has historically been a force for change, authorizing voices to be heard. Which is why so many women — especially women of color — were kept from publishing for so long. From its inception, the Bay Area Book Festival has sought to fill this gap, selecting authors and programming to elevate women’s voices and issues.

The momentum of the current cultural moment was created collectively by women joining with other women. Similarly, Women Lit brings women together around a shared project— creating a powerful women’s presence at the Bay Area Book Festival. Women’s stories are valuable. Let’s make sure they’re heard.

Membership levels and benefits

Become a Charter Member by April 15, 2018 and be listed on our website and Program Guide in the San Francisco Chronicle!

All Members

The biggest benefit: You’ve helped raise women’s voices, promoted the arts in our region, and enabled all people to access to the Festival

$100: Esteem

Exclusive Women Lit newsletter with book recommendations, interviews, inspirations

+ 2 Festival general passes

$500: Integrity

Newsletter + invitation to Women Lit exclusive salon at the Festival, including drinks and socializing with visiting authors + Signed book by an author whom Women Lit has helped bring + Priority tickets to 8 Festival literary sessions

$1,000: Fearlessness   (Best individual level engagement)

I urge you to be as impudent as you dare. BE BOLD, BE BOLD, BE BOLD.”  – Susan Sontag

3 more Women Lit salons, held throughout year in private homes + Women Lit salon at Festival + Invitation for 2 to the Authors Gala at Festival + Unlimited priority tickets to Festival sessions + Newsletter + Signed book

$2,500: Empowerment

Invitation for 3 to the Authors Gala at Festival + All 4 Women Lit salons + Unlimited priority tickets to Festival sessions + Newsletter + Signed book

$5,000: Generosity

2 Ultimate Passes at Festival for VIP access to everything + Other Festival events throughout year + All 4 Women Lit salons (private homes and Festival) + Invitation for 4 to the Authors Gala at Festival + Newsletter + signed books

$10,000: Leadership  *** Suggested for arts patrons and business/foundation sponsors***

A solitary fantasy can totally transform one million realities.” – Maya Angelou

2 Ultimate Passes + Patronage or Sponsorship of a Festival literary session with opportunities for engagement, recognition, and promotion (for businesses or your designated nonprofit), including priority tickets + Recognition at all Women Lit salons and in newsletters + Invitation for 6 (clients welcome!) to the Authors Gala, with Patron or Sponsor recognition + Newsletter, books, other Festival events

$25,000: Wisdom

Women Lit Host Board membership (offers deeper involvement in shaping Festival) + 4 Ultimate Passes + Half-page message in Chronicle Program Guide + Green Room access at Festival + All benefits above

$50,000+: Kindness

Naming of Festival stage or entire body of programming + Your full-page message in Chronicle Program Guide + All benefits above

How to Give

  • Mail a check, payable to “Bay Area Book Festival,” to 1569 Solano Avenue #635, Berkeley, CA 94707.
  • Give appreciated securities and save on taxes. Email us for instructions to give your broker.
  • If you’re over 70 ½, make a charitable qualified distribution from your IRA and satisfy your minimum qualified distribution. Email us for details.
  • Does your company match employees’ charitable donations? Presto, your gift doubled or more! Let us know and we’ll follow up.

Questions? Email us.

About the Bay Area Book Festival

The Bay Area Book Festival is the main project of the Foundation for the Future of Literature and Literacy, a 501(c)(3) designated, California-based nonprofit corporation with Tax ID #47-3955286. Your donation is tax-deductible to the full extent of the law.