Isn’t it amazing how a bunch of words can add up to something life-changing: a book? Well, a bunch of donations—like yours—add up to deliver a world-class Festival. One that takes the most magical part of reading a great book—that feeling of intense connection with something larger than yourself—and turns it into a conversation with the whole community. A conversation that can change your life.

You can make the sure the conversation never ends when you
DONATE TODAY.

“I’m pretty sure that everyone who attended
will agree that they will be forever changed.” 

– Elizabeth Rosner, author and Festival speaker

WE KNOW YOU LIKE WORDS. BUT CHECK OUT THESE NUMBERS.

1

(as in a.m.): What time it was, one morning in 2012, when our founder brainstormed a crazy dream: a world-class, large-scale outdoor book festival for the Bay Area

125,000

Number of festival-goers since our first event in 2015

1,250

Number of speakers we’ve featured at the Festival since inception

395

Number of Pulitzers, National Book Awards, National Book Critics Circle awards, Whiting Awards, Edgar Awards, and other honors won by our authors

1

Number of authors who asked for a guitar to hold onstage (that’d be Moby, in 2019)

26

number of countries from which Festival authors have flown into the Bay Area since 2015

7,424

Longest distance in miles that any of them have traveled (Australia, in 2015)

26

Number of pens that mysteriously disappeared from our authors’ book-signing tables in 2019

LIKED THOSE? THESE MIGHT SURPRISE YOU.

100

Percentage of our outdoor programming—including all our kids’ programming—that’s totally free

100

Percentage of our indoor 2-day Festival programming included in a single $15 pass

70

Percentage of Festival funding that comes from the donations of individual people, like you

44

Actual cost per attendee, in dollars, at 25,000 attendees, to bring you this literary extravaganza each year (only a tiny fraction give anything)

48

The number of passionate, book-loving people we pay (the cost of living in the Bay Area is ridiculous, and we believe in living wages), whether full-time (4), part-time (18), or weekend-only (22), to produce this extravaganza for you each year

200

(and more!) The number of weekend volunteers helping make your experience great

4,992

(24 hours/day x 365 days/year): The number of hours our Executive Director, Managing Director, COO, and Development Manager spend brainstorming and executing fundraising strategies all year long (we’re small, scrappy, and endowment-less, and we raise the Festival’s full budget from scratch each year!)

Infinite

Our gratitude when you support us

What we can’t quantify is the intangible and immeasurable impact the Bay Area Book Festival has on our community.

It was a wonderful, enriching, and reassuring two-day event that filled my head and heart almost to the point of dizziness.

– 2019 Attendee

The feeling described above is invaluable.
But making it happen takes work— and money.

As soon as we wrap up one Festival, we start planning the following year’s: making sure it’ll be better, more diverse, more in sync with the issues you care about.  That means booking top-notch authors far in advance, covering travel and lodging for in-demand writers who aren’t local, securing coveted venues, and coordinating the most thoughtful panels, sessions, and round-tables to showcase all this brilliance.

At a time when it seems like everything—even culture—is a luxury item, we’re committed to keeping our world-class programming free or affordably priced.

We’re also passionate about empowering local kids and teens—a whole new generation of readers and writers—with year-round initiatives, like bringing writers into schools, and collaborating with amazing nonprofits serving our community’s youth.

We Can’t Do All This Without Your Generosity. 

THREE EASY WAYS TO SUPPORT THE BAY AREA BOOK FESTIVAL

OTHER GREAT WAYS TO SHOW YOUR SUPPORT

  • 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.

“It was so reassuring, in these times of excess high tech, to be among a large mix of people who seek knowledge, enjoyment and new experiences in the old fashioned or traditional way: from books, and in rooms with live authors who labor to write them.”

– 2019 Attendee

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.