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We are so grateful for your support

We’ve set up many ways to give, including a new Friends of the Festival program, with perks. Or you can simply make a general gift.

Photo Credit: Richard Friedman

Through your donation, you can become a member of the team creating the festival! As a donor, you play an important part of pulling off this major event. Consider: The festival involves putting together 100 distinct, smart events condensed over one weekend, requiring intensive work by dedicated staff as well as volunteers. Your support helps cover that, plus expenses for the free outdoor street fair that fills the park and a few city blocks, all for that same weekend — including lots of kids’ activities. Your donation can help pay for the big new outdoor stage and tent with superb, free literary programming. Your support allows us to bring authors from around the country and world to you. Your donation multiplies in impact because we recruit and coordinate several hundred volunteers for the festival weekend and secure tens of thousands of dollars in in-kind contributions.

Please give, and we promise we’ll make magic from your gift. We notice and appreciate every donation. Contributors at any level become members of the First Edition Club, a who’s who of literary networking. Thank you!

Ways to Make Your Gift

  • Click any of the Friends category links below to make a gift at that level.
  • Other donations of any size can be made online.
  • Make checks payable to “Bay Area Book Festival” and send to Bay Area Book Festival, 1569 Solano Avenue #635, Berkeley, CA 94707. Note your desired Friends level if you’d like.
  • Making a stock gift is easy and has great tax benefits. Contact us at give@baybookfest.org for instructions to give your broker, and let us know what benefits you would like.
  • Give from your IRA and reduce your taxes. If you’re a spring chicken over 70½, you can now make a charitable qualified distribution from your IRA that satisfies your minimum qualified distribution. Contact give@baybookfest.org for more information.
  • Does your company match employees’ charitable donations? Make your donation through any of the means above, and let us know about your company. We’ll follow up.

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

All Friends receive these benefits

  • Sneak Peek! Exclusive access to the Festival Schedule and ticket sales three days before the general public.
  • General Admission Wristband, allowing you to roam the festival. While the outdoor festival and stage are free, all indoor sessions now require either a Priority Admission Ticket for that particular session (guaranteeing admission) or a General Admission Wristband. The wristband provides access to all indoor events, anytime Saturday and Sunday daytime, on a first-come, first-served basis, after Priority Admission Tickets. (Note, this does not include BAMPFA film screenings, which are ticketed separately.) General Admission seating begins 10 minutes before the session start time.
  • Merchandise. 20% off our stylish T-shirts and famous big mugs.

$50: Paperback Writer

  • Basic package: One General Admission Wristband, advance access to the schedule and ticket sales, and merchandise discounts

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$100: Literary Muse

  • Basic package but with two wristbands

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$250: Passionate Reader

  • Basic package (one wristband)
  • Four free tickets (we’ll send you a code to use on our Tickets page)
  • A festival mug

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$350: A Literary Pair

  • Basic package but two wristbands
  • Four free tickets (we’ll send you a code to use on our Tickets page)
  • Two festival mugs

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$500: Cult Classic

  • Basic package but three wristbands
  • Six free tickets (we’ll send you a code to use on our Tickets page)
  • Two festival mugs
  • Invitation for one to the exclusive Authors Reception, Friday, June 2, 6-8pm (before the Festival Gala), and the Gala itself

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$1,000: Breakout Author

  • Basic package but four wristbands
  • Up to eight free tickets (we’ll send you a code to use on our Tickets page)
  • Two festival mugs and T-shirts
  • Invitation for two guests to the exclusive Authors Reception, Friday, June 2, 6-8pm (before the Festival Gala), and the Gala itself

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$2,500: Award Nominee (All-Access!)

  • One Ultimate Pass, which allows entrance to all sessions* without any lines or tickets
  • Two festival mugs and T-shirts
  • Invitation for four guests to the exclusive Authors Reception, Friday, June 2, 6-8pm (before the Festival Gala), and the Gala itself

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$5,000: Hot New Talent (All-Access!): Patron Level

  • Two Ultimate Passes, which allow entrance to all sessions* without any lines or tickets
  • Two festival mugs and T-shirts
  • Invitation for five guests to the exclusive Authors Reception, Friday, June 2, 6-8pm (before the Festival Gala), and the Gala itself

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$10,000: Prize Winner (All-Access!): Sponsorship Level

  • Four Ultimate Passes, which allow entrance to all sessions* without any lines or reservations
  • Up to five festival mugs and T-shirts
  • Invitation for ten guests to the exclusive Authors Reception, Friday, June 2, 6-8pm (before the Festival Gala), and the Gala itself

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*Except for BAMPFA screenings, which are ticketed by BAMPFA.