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We love giving you the festival!

Your own gift makes it possible.

We have so much to give you! We’re delighted to bring you a world-class literary festival featuring more than 200 carefully selected top authors — from a dozen countries, no less. We design in-person author interviews, panels, and other experiences to take you inside the process and inspire new ideas. We organize an outdoor cornucopia of 200+ literary exhibitors, a book lover’s shopping heaven. We help children love reading through writing contests and children’s programming with some of the world’s best kids’ authors. We even put together a film series with BAMPFA focused on literature! Have we mentioned that all this is free or extremely inexpensive?

We do it all on a shoestring, so it has to be a really strong string. Your own gift is essential to making it possible. Nearly 90% of our budget comes from donors and sponsors. That’s you! With your gift of any size, you’ll join the First Edition Club, the family of festival supporters and unabashed book love.

Pssst: Perks! At $50 or more, you’ll become an official Friend of the Festival and receive a free General Admission wristband for all indoor sessions. Check out the perks at right for higher levels!

Easy Ways to Make Your Gift

  1. Become a Friend or make a general donation online.
  2. Mail a check, payable to “Bay Area Book Festival,” to 1569 Solano Avenue #635, Berkeley, CA 94707.
  3. Give appreciated securities and save on taxes. Email us for instructions to give your broker.
  4. 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.

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.

Photo Credit: Richard Friedman


$50: Paperback Writer

  • 1 Wristband

$100: Literary Muse

  • 2 Wristbands

$250: Passionate Reader

  • 2 Wristbands + 4 Priority Tickets
  • One of our great festival mugs

$500: Cult Classic

  • 2 Wristbands + 6 Priority Tickets
  • 2 mugs
  • Invitation for one to the exclusive Authors Reception and Gala

$1,000: Breakout Author

  • 2 Wristbands + 8 Priority Tickets
  • 2 mugs
  • Invitation for two to the exclusive Authors Reception and Gala

$5,000: Hot New Talent: Patron Level

  • 2 “Ultimate Passes,” which allow entrance to all sessions* without any lines or tickets
  • 2 mugs
  • Invitation for four to the exclusive Authors Reception and Gala

$10,000: Prize Winner: Sponsor Level

  • 4 Ultimate Passes, which allow entrance to all sessions* without any lines or reservations
  • 4 mugs
  • Invitation for eight to the exclusive Authors Reception and Gala

* Except for BAMPFA film screenings, which are separately ticketed