• First Edition Club

First Edition Club

“There’s no money in poetry,” wrote Robert Graves, “but then there’s no poetry in money either.” We beg to differ. Philanthropic giving is an art, a creative and conscious gesture. The Bay Area Book Festival would not exist if not for the generosity of the following donors, our poets of the pocketbook.

Laureates: $100,000 +

  • Stephen M. Silberstein Foundation*
  • Federated Indians of Graton Rancheria

Best Seller: $50,000 +

  • Anonymous
  • City of Berkeley*
  • Nion McEvoy and Leslie Berriman*
  • Margaret and Will Hearst*

Prize Winner: $10,000-$49,999

  • 11th Hour Project
  • Abrams-Millikan and the Fourth Street Shops (Berkeley)*
  • Anne Germanacos*
  • Anonymous
  • AT&T*
  • Avalon Books*
  • Barbro Osher Pro Suecia Foundation*
  • Betsy Strong (WL)
  • Chronicle Books*
  • Mal Warwick*
  • Mays Family Charitable Fund/Ramona and John Mays*
  • North Berkeley Investment Partners
  • Norway House Foundation*
  • Reed Schmidt*
  • Stocker Foundation*
  • UC Berkeley Chancellor’s Community Partnership Fund*
  • Zoetic Press and Lise Quintana*
  • Guy and Jeanine Saperstein*
  • The Bernard Osher Foundation

Hot New Talent: $5,000-$9,999

  • 2000 Center St. LLC/John Lineweaver
  • Anonymous
  • Burning Man*
  • Carolyn and Richard Beahrs
  • Charles Schwab Foundation*
  • Center for the Art of Translation*
  • Donna and Ken Coit (WL)
  • Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg Memorial Fund
  • Edith Jackson and Thomas W. Richardson, Jr.
  • Farmer’s Insurance/Ruth Stroup*
  • Finlandia Foundation National*
  • GEICO*
  • George Lucas Family Foundation*
  • George Rehm
  • HarperOne*
  • Suzanne and Italo Calpestri*
  • Otis and Elizabeth Chandler*
  • MFA in Writing at the University of San Francisco
  • Patrick Kennedy, Panoramic Interests*
  • Peter Wiley
  • Pyramid Hotel Group*
  • Scribd, Inc.*
  • Three Guineas Fund*
  • Thomas Lockard & Alix Marduel

Breakout Author: $1,000-$4,999

  • Adam and Arlie Hochschild
  • Amy Tran (WL)
  • Anonymous (6)*
  • Alicia J. Donahue
  • Allen Matthews
  • Barbara Holmes (WL)
  • Barbara Morrison (WL)
  • Barbara Yoder*
  • Catherine Pyke (WL)
  • Charles and Barbara Winton
  • Christin Evans and Praveen Madan*
  • Consulate General of Mexico, San Francisco*
  • Damon Horowitz
  • Deepak Chopra
  • Eleni and Markos Kounalakis*
  • Elizabeth Yarborough and Peter Hagist
  • French American Cultural Society*
  • Friends of the Berkeley Public Library*
  • Gary Pomerantz*
  • Google/Benevity Community Impact Fund*
  • Greg Sarris
  • Icelandic Literature Center*
  • Ingram*
  • Italian Cultural Institute*
  • John Lineweaver, in memory of Robert San Souci*
  • Jeffrey Bleich and Rebecca Pratt Bleich
  • Jeffrey Bluestone*
  • Jennifer Fearon*(WL)
  • JP Morgan Charitable Giving Fund
  • Julie Abrams (WL)
  • Kate Jessup
  • Kerry Tepperman Campbell (WL)
  • Laura Lambert (WL)
  • Laura Tyson and Erik Tarloff
  • Lore Harp McGovern
  • Marcy Taylor Pattinson (WL)
  • Mark Kamena
  • Marty and Pamela Krasney
  • Mechanics Bank*
  • Olivia Sears (WL)
  • Robert and Nancy Bishop*
  • Ruth Shapiro
  • Sandra McCandless (WL)
  • Seven Design Group, Inc.*
  • Sharon Lane (WL)
  • Shimi Rahim*
  • Sidney Wolinsky and Patricia Kirkpatrick
  • Steve Beck and Candice Eggerss*
  • Susan Prtizker (WL)
  • Suzanne LaFetra Collier
  • Swan’s Fine Books*
  • Terry Gamble
  • Todd David Hodes
  • Trenia Today*
  •  TW Richardson Jr
  • VISA*
  • Zuade Kaufman

Literary Muse: $100-$999

  • Anonymous (4)
  • Al & Ann Wasserman*
  • Alejandra Hermosillo*
  • Amanda Weil
  • Amy Draemel and Ben Barry
  • Amy Marcott*
  • Amy Thomas
  • Ann Farmer*
  • Anna Pletcher (WL)
  • Anne McCarten-Gibbs
  • Anna Roberts (WL)
  • Anne E. Simon (WL)
  • Anniqua Rana (WL)
  • Antonia Hayes*
  • Arthur Bryant*
  • Asiya Jefari (WL)
  • Barbara Friday (WL)
  • Barbara O’Hay
  • Barbara Ridley (WL)
  • Belva Moore*
  • Berkeley Baby Book Project*
  • Berkeley Massage and Acupuncture*
  • Bob Bailey
  • Brian Bock and Susan Rosin
  • Bridget Quinn (WL)
  • Brooke Warner*
  • Cherene Unrau (WL)
  • Cheryll Marsh
  • California Writers Club*
  • Cara Black (WL)
  • Carla Frazier
  • Carol Edlund (WL)
  • Cathryn Ramin*
  • Charla Gabert (WL)
  • Cherilyn Parsons*
  • Christy Hayes
  • Cindy Hegger, Linda Carlson (WL)
  • Ceil Tilney in honor of everyone who likes books
  • Celine Shimizu
  • Charles Ashman*
  • Claudia Hess (WL)
  • Claudia Smukler
  • Colleen Morton Busch
  • Cosette Ratliff*
  • Cristi Delgado (WL)
  • Cristina Campbell
  • Dale Marie Golden (WL)
  • Daneet Steffens*
  • Daphne White (WL)
  • Darlene Vendegna
  • David Frankel
  • David Hochschild and Cynthia Li
  • David Strachan
  • David Zebker
  • Deb Janes
  • Deborah Doyle*
  • Dede Dewey
  • Deirdre English*(WL)
  • Deirdre Greene (WL)
  • Destiny Kinal (WL)
  • Diana Parker (WL)
  • Diana Passadori (WL)
  • Diane Filippi (WL)
  • Diane Lee Davenport*
  • Diane Plank
  • Dickson Louie
  • Don Moore
  • Donna Weidner (WL)
  • Doris Kretschmer
  • Dorothy Taylor*
  • Dorty Nowak (WL)
  • Dr. Monique Andrews, Dr. Tamara MacIntyre (WL)
  • Edward Lopez
  • Elaine Katrzenberger
  • Eleanore Lee
  • Elinor Froemsdorf*
  • Elizabeth Ferguson
  • Elizabeth Farnsworth
  • Elizabeth Krivatsy (WL)
  • Elizabeth Pomada and Michael Larsen*
  • Elizabeth Sundstrom*
  • Elizabeth Suzuki (WL)
  • Ellen Moyer*
  • Ellen Pechman
  • Ellen Singer in honor of Suzanne Calpestri (WL)
  • Elysa Walk*
  • Emily and Ian Foley (WL)
  • Eric Proegler
  • Erin MacCool
  • Esther Hirsh (WL)
  • Ethan Nosowsky*
  • Fran Quittel (WL)
  • Frances Dinkelspiel*
  • Fred Hetzel
  • Fyodor Urnov
  • Fyza Parviz & Cherif Jazra
  • G. Cottraux*
  • Gaurav Bhalla*
  • Gemma Datuin
  • Geoffrey Rothman
  • Gina Mackintosh
  • Gina Rieger (WL)
  • Glen Friedman in honor of Joseph and Ingeborg Friedman and Tirzah Mailkoff
  • Gopi Kallayil
  • Grace Robenstein*
  • Graham Freeman*
  • Heather Gulino*
  • Heather Levien
  • Heather Shane
  • Heather Young (WL)
  • Holly Forman*
  • Inocencia Dacumos*
  • Ivory Madison*
  • Jack Sawyer*
  • Jackie Kudler (WL)
  • Jaime Mulligan
  • James Hanser
  • Jane Kaplan
  • Janeann Fontenot
  • Janet Schneider*
  • Jean Parekh
  • Jennie Hutchinson (WL)
  • Jerre Merchant (WL)
  • Jesse Berrett*
  • JoDee Brandon
  • John E Z Caner, Jr.
  • John Gage and Linda Schacht*
  • John Maccabee*
  • John Sommers*
  • Jonathan DeYoe
  • Jonathan Miller*
  • Joanne Landers
  • John Caner
  • Joseph Di Prisco
  • Joseph Shoji*
  • Judie Guerriero (WL)
  • Judith Myers (WL)
  • Julia Callahan
  • Julie Montanari
  • Julie McNamara (WL)
  • June Curtis
  • Karen Duffin*
  • Karen Glasser (WL)
  • Karen Kerner in honor of Peggy Kerner (WL)
  • Karen Lowhurst
  • Karen McKie*
  • Karma Christine Salvato*
  • Katherine Beckwith (WL)
  • Kathleen Brown (WL)
  • Kathleen A. Hess
  • Kathleen Hunt*
  • Kay Maruhashi*(WL)
  • Keith Skinner*
  • Kelly Corrigan*
  • Kenyatta Monroe-Sinkler (WL)
  • Kevin Koontz
  • Kia Wang Nevarez
  • Kim Belgarde
  • Kim and Barbara Marienthal (WL)
  • Kris Otis (WL)
  • Kristin Griffith (WL)
  • Krisanne Combs
  • Kusum Pandey on behalf of Sonia and Shalin Dwivedi (WL)
  • Laskar Family
  • Larry Martel
  • Laura Basha*
  • Laura Ferrell
  • Laura Lambert
  • Lauren Howard
  • Leslie Walker
  • Lincoln Smith
  • Linda Perkins
  • Linda Wroth
  • Lisa Baggs (WL)
  • Lisa and Michael Caplan*
  • Louis Freedberg
  • Lori Patel (WL)
  • Lori Lewis in memory of my mother who instilled my love of books (WL)
  • Lucille Poskanzer*
  • Lucy Hilmer
  • Lucinda Lee and Daniel Smith
  • Malcolm Margolin
  • Marcia Pizzo (WL)
  • Margie Yee Webb*
  • Mark Hertsgaard*
  • Marni Rothman
  • Mary Dwyer*
  • Mary Ellen Hannibal
  • Maw Shein Win (WL)
  • Maureen Dixon*
  • Maxine Epstein (WL)
  • Mayor Joan Cox (WL)
  • Meg Kellogg (WL)
  • MFA in Creative Writing at St. Mary’s College
  • Mia Gittlen
  • Michael Holmes
  • Michael Larsen
  • Michelle Jurika
  • Milena Flore in memory of Ruth Falsetto, mother (WL)
  • Mina Witteman (WL)
  • Mme Marie-Jose Sat (WL)
  • Molly Fraker (WL)
  • Monica Wesolowska and David Fisher*
  • Morgan Moore
  • Nancy E. King
  • Nancy McCormick
  • Nancy Mueller*
  • Nancy Joann Taylor (WL)
  • Nancy Rubin*
  • Naomi Williams
  • Nhu Chau
  • Pamela Elder*
  • Pamela Livingston (WL)
  • Pamela Reitman (WL)
  • Patricia Barich
  • Patricia Sylvie*
  • Patrick and Lee Hackett
  • Paul Vanderventer*
  • Peter and Cathleen Schwartz*
  • Phyllis Josi (WL)
  • Phyra McCandless (WL)
  • Rachel Kahn-Hut
  • Rachel Kaufman
  • Rachel Mercer*
  • Rachel Richardson* (WL)
  • Rachel Sarah (WL)
  • Raoul Cadet
  • Rare Bird Lit
  • Rhoda Haberman
  • Rich Lyons
  • Rick Clogher*
  • Robert Benson
  • Robert Ward*
  • Robin Pille
  • Robin Sloan
  • Robin Slovak (WL)
  • Robyn Barker
  • Rosanna Malatesta
  • Rosemary Graham
  • Samara Dun
  • Sandi Brod and Dennis DeDomenico*
  • Sally Lieber in memory of Frannie Pierce (WL)
  • Sara Campos*
  • Sarah Manyika (WL)
  • Sarah vanOphuijsen (WL)
  • Shelia Banning*
  • Sherry Page (WL)
  • Soso Adae*
  • Steve Kaye*
  • Steven Nightingale
  • Steven Piersanti*
  • Susan Christopher (WL)
  • Susan Evans and Peter Clarke*
  • Susan Jacobs (WL)
  • Tama McCoy (WL)
  • Teresa LeYung-Ryan*
  • Terrie Eusterbrock (WL)
  • Terry Parsons*
  • The Bahat Family*
  • The Berkeley Baby Book Project in memory of Miriam Hawley
  • Thomas and Carol Leonard
  • Thomishia Booker (WL)
  • Tina Gabby*
  • Toni Miles (WL)
  • Torrie Vail*
  • TPG Global, LLC*
  • Tracy DeLuca (WL)
  • Unity Barry*
  • Valerie Sopher
  • Vanessa Hua (WL)
  • Vera and John Pardee*
  • Victoria Costello (WL)
  • Victoria Shoemaker
  • Vijaya Nagarajan (WL)
  • Vita Wells*(WL)
  • Vivian and Bill Roller* in honor of Dan Ellsberg
  • Julie Billings and Jon Kaplan
  • Wendy Breuer
  • Wendy Cosin (WL)
  • West Side Books
  • William and Linda Schieber*
  • William Newton
  • Zelda Pusey (WL)
  • Zipporah Collins*

Paperback Writer: Up to $99

  • Aaron Baggs
  • Andree Abecassis
  • Anonymous (5)
  • Anonymous on behalf of Lisa Matlock
  • Aimee McEnerney*
  • Alex & Elizabeth Deans*
  • Alice Truscott
  • Amy Seward*
  • Amy Worth*
  • Andrea Meghrouni-Brown
  • Andree Abecassis
  • Andrew Weiner
  • Angelica Carpenter (WL)
  • Anita Goldstein*
  • Anke Hemmerling
  • Ann R Tissue
  • AEW
  • Ann Whalley
  • Anne Whitacre
  • April Hopkins
  • Avi Rappoport*
  • Barbara Gemmil-Herran
  • Barbara Harrison*
  • Barbara McEnerney
  • Barbara Ryken
  • Barbara Solomon
  • Barbara Sullivan
  • Barbara Tittle
  • Barry Benioff
  • Becky and Dean Draemel
  • Beth Frankland
  • Bonnie Stinson*
  • Bonnie Weston*
  • Bridget Stringer*
  • Buda Kajer-Crain
  • Burnierose Wilson*
  • C J Singh
  • Candice Rangel*
  • Cara Black*
  • Carla & Peter Dalton
  • Carol Fairweather*
  • Carolyn Roundey
  • Carrie Avery
  • Carrie N. Evans
  • Catharine Bramkamp
  • Ceinwen Carney
  • Charles Catlett
  • Chelsea Kerrington*
  • Cherie Savy*
  • Chris Brown*
  • Chris Naff
  • Christina Dilko*
  • Christine Batterman Jordan in memory of June Batterman
  • Christine Hansen
  • Christine Lindell*
  • Christopher Berg*
  • Claire Bobrow
  • Claire Greene
  • Cynthia Gullikson*
  • Cynthia Towle
  • David Cone
  • David Roderick
  • Dennis Mar
  • Diana Dunn
  • Diane Dehler
  • Diane Fraser*
  • Diane Luu*
  • Donna Hiraga-Stephens
  • Donna Mettier*
  • Donna Mickleson*
  • Dorothy Berndt
  • Dorothy Hearst*
  • Ebonye Gussine Wilkins*
  • Ed Dansker*
  • Elaine Elinson*
  • Elena Engle
  • Elisabeth Seng
  • Elizabeth Margarita
  • Elizabeth Rynecki
  • Elyse Walters
  • Elyse Eidman-Aadahl
  • Emily Somberg
  • Erin Byrne*
  • Essie McGowin*
  • Florette Yen
  • Frances Balfour
  • Gail Cooper
  • Gail F. Johnson
  • Gail Levin*
  • Gail Wallace
  • Geneva Toddy*
  • George Mathews*
  • Gill South
  • Gina Salomon
  • Harold Feiger
  • Heidi Rand*
  • Helaine Lasky Schweitzer*
  • Helen Marcus
  • Illanaq Weisman
  • Ira Serkes
  • Irene Fertik
  • Isabel Auerbach
  • J. Ruth Gendler
  • Jacob Mallott
  • Jane Ashland
  • Jane Hudson*
  • Jane Moore*
  • Jane White*
  • Janet Ellman*
  • Jean Weininger*
  • Jeanie Conneran
  • Jenny Kern
  • Jeanne Miller
  • Jeffrey Brick
  • Jennifer Burroughs
  • Jennifer McGaffey*
  • Jennifer Nutt
  • Jessica Abbe
  • Jill Kolongowski*
  • Jim Rosenau
  • Jimmy Owens
  • Jo Liana King
  • Joan Schwartz
  • Joanne M. Landers
  • Jodi Williamschen
  • Joe Fong*
  • John Gourhan
  • John E Z Caner
  • John Hetzel
  • John McCann*
  • John Vias
  • Joleen Ruffin*
  • Judith Blanton*
  • Judith Muller
  • Judy Klein*
  • Julia Christy*
  • Juliana Quinn
  • Julie Gurule*
  • Julie Ries*
  • Julie Steinbach*
  • June Hunt
  • Karen Witham*
  • Karin Evans
  • Kasa Cotugnoto
  • Kathleen Oneill
  • Kathy Williams*
  • Katrina Romanowsky*
  • Kevin Smokler*
  • Kim Lowe
  • Kristen Held*
  • Kristine Baguiao*
  • Larissa Mercado-Lopez*
  • Laura Goldbaum*
  • Laura Murra
  • Lauren Schiffman*
  • Leo Gasteiger
  • Libor Pospisil
  • Lila LaHood*
  • Linda Merrill*
  • Linda Rondinelli*
  • Linnea Wickstrom
  • Lisa Kleinbub
  • Lisa Rosenthal
  • Lisa S. Bach*
  • Lisa Scheffer*
  • Lisa Wichael-Loomis*
  • Lonell Chow
  • Lora Osterloh*
  • Maddie Greene*
  • Mal Singer
  • Mani Feniger*
  • Margaret Leventer
  • Margaret Tavare
  • Margarita Altamirano
  • Maria Hunt*
  • Marian Hopping
  • Marianne Lonsdale
  • Mariko Conner
  • Mark Levin*
  • Mark Nelson*
  • Mark Schapiro* in honor of Erik Schapiro
  • Martha Brigham
  • Martha Benioff*
  • Martha Carlson
  • Matha Conway
  • Martha Hemmila
  • Marti Christoffer
  • Mary Jo Potter
  • Maureen Sullivan
  • Max Barker*
  • Megan McDonald
  • Melanie Lawrence
  • Melissa Jones*
  • Melissa Pitman*
  • Michael Banister*
  • Michael Taeckens*
  • Michelle Tellez
  • Milos Nesic*
  • Molly Michelson
  • Monica Espiritu*
  • Morgan Schmidt-Feng*
  • Nan Hohenstein
  • Nancy Allen
  • Nancy Beckman
  • Nancy Brenner in memory of Miles Meyer
  • Naomi M. Rosenthal*
  • Natasha Huey
  • Natsuko Toyofuku
  • Nnekay FitzClarke*
  • Norma Armon
  • Pam Gleason
  • Pamela Bosteimann
  • Patricia Keenan
  • Patricia Linden
  • Patricia Miles*
  • Patricia St. John
  • Peggy Simmons
  • Peter Clarke
  • Peter Stern
  • Peter Sussman*
  • Rachel Beth Egenhoefer
  • Rachel Silvers
  • Rafael Sdh*
  • Rebecca Klatch* in honor of Maurice and Marion Klatch
  • Rebecca Massie*
  • Risa Nye*
  • Robert and Winnie Sayre
  • Robert Hofmann*
  • Robin and Joe Harper
  • Robin Howlett
  • Rohini Gupta*
  • Rosalind Sarah
  • Rosemary Howley
  • Ruth Hynds
  • Ruth Rosen (WL)
  • Ryan Christo*
  • Samaire Provost*
  • Sandra Friedman
  • Sara Frankel
  • Sara Nelson*
  • Sara Sterling*
  • Sarah Carlberg*
  • Sarah Fuller
  • Sarah Gill*
  • Sarah Harmuth-Letke*
  • Sarah Nash
  • Sayre Van Young
  • Scott Ullman
  • Shannon Monroe
  • Sheri Cardo
  • Shoshana Arai
  • Sondra Shair
  • Stela Jelincic*
  • Stephen Coffin
  • Stephanie DiSerio
  • Stuart Burchard*
  • Sue Estey
  • Susan Beauchamp*
  • Susan Bessler*
  • Susan Cohen
  • Susan David
  • Susan Evans
  • Susan Felix in honor of the creators in Berkeley
  • Susan Marchant
  • Susanne Pari*
  • Susanne Tilney (WL)
  • Sydney Yocum*
  • Sylvia Paull
  • Tamara White
  • Tammy Deis
  • Theresa Adams*
  • Thomas Jamison
  • Thomas Landry
  • Tim DeWolf
  • Toby McLeod
  • Tom Lent
  • Tom Teasley*
  • Tonia Roby*
  • Ulla Evans
  • Valerie Figone*
  • Vallery Feldman
  • Victoria deMara
  • Virginia Rich
  • Virginia Thomson
  • Wendy Leyden
  • William Walker*
  • Yang Huang*

* Founding member of the First Edition Club by supporting the inaugural festival.

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