I have found that among its other benefits, giving liberates the soul of the giver.

— Maya Angelou

The team at the Bay Area Book Festival knows exactly what Ms. Angelou means. We’re happy to give you and thousands of other people (of all ages and backgrounds) a huge, world-class, joyful literary experience for FREE!

What makes you happy? If you already enjoy the festival, soon will, or just like what we’re doing, become a giver yourself and find even more joy. Indeed, our gift of “FREE” depends on your gift. We need dollars to bring your favorite authors, pay for the venues, build the stages, design programs for both adults and kids, and generally create this celebration of books and community. For all nine years we’ve been bringing you the Festival, the largest category of our support by far has come from individuals like you. We really do need you!

As the great environmentalist and writer Barry Lopez put it, “For so many centuries, the exchange of gifts has held us together.” Please make your generous gift below. We’ll send you a receipt and will recognize your gift on our website, too!