• 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 +

  • Margaret and Will Hearst*

Best Seller: $50,000 +

  • City of Berkeley*
  • Stephen M. Silberstein Foundation*

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

  • Abrams-Millikan and the Fourth Street Shops (Berkeley)*
  • Adam and Arlie Hochschild*
  • Anne Germanacos*
  • AT&T*
  • Avalon Books*
  • Chronicle Books*
  • Mays Family Charitable Fund/Ramona and John Mays*
  • Barbro Osher Pro Suecia Foundation*
  • Narrative Technologies*
  • Nion McEvoy and Leslie Berriman*
  • Norway House Foundation*
  • Reed Schmidt*
  • Stocker Foundation*
  • UC Berkeley Chancellor’s Community Partnership Fund*
  • Mal Warwick*
  • North Berkeley Investment Partners

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*
  • 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*
  • Guy and Jeanine Saperstein*
  • HarperOne*
  • Kerry Campbell*
  • Mal Warwick*
  • Otis and Elizabeth Chandler*
  • Patrick Kennedy, Panoramic Interests*
  • Pyramid Hotel Group*
  • Scribd, Inc.*
  • Three Guineas Fund*
  • Thomas Lockard & Alix Marduel

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

  • Anonymous (5)*
  • Barbara Yoder*
  • Betsy Strong
  • 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*
  • George Rehm
  • 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*
  • Kate Jessup
  • Mechanics Bank*
  • MFA in Writing at the University of San Francisco
  • Robert and Nancy Bishop*
  • Ruth Shapiro
  • Seven Design Group, Inc.*
  • Sidney Wolinsky and Patricia Kirkpatrick
  • Steve Beck and Candice Eggerss*
  • Suzanne and Italo Calpestri*
  • Suzanne LaFetra Collier
  • Swan’s Fine Books*
  • Todd David Hodes
  • Trenia Today*
  • VISA*
  • Zuade Kaufman

Literary Muse: $100-$999

  • Anonymous
  • Al & Ann Wasserman*
  • Alejandra Hermosillo*
  • Allen Matthews
  • Amanda Weil
  • Amy Draemel and Ben Barry
  • Amy Marcott*
  • Amy Thomas
  • Ann Farmer*
  • Antonia Hayes*
  • Arthur Bryant*
  • Barbara O’Hay
  • Belva Moore*
  • Berkeley Baby Book Project*
  • Berkeley Massage and Acupuncture*
  • Bob Bailey
  • Brooke Warner*
  • Cheryll Marsh
  • California Writers Club*
  • Carla Frazier
  • Cathryn Ramin*
  • Cherilyn Parsons*
  • Christy Hayes
  • Ceil Tilney in honor of everyone who likes books
  • Celine Shimizu
  • Charles Ashman*
  • Christine Batterman Jordan*
  • Claudia Smukler
  • Cosette Ratliff*
  • Cristina Campbell
  • Daneet Steffens*
  • Darlene Vendegna
  • David Frankel
  • David Hochschild and Cynthia Li
  • David Strachan
  • David Zebker
  • Deb Janes
  • Deborah Doyle*
  • Deirdre English*
  • Diane Lee Davenport*
  • Diane Plank
  • Dickson Louie
  • Don Moore
  • Donna Hiraga-Stephens
  • Doris Kretschmer
  • Dorothy Taylor*
  • Edward Lopez
  • Elaine Katrzenberger
  • Eleanore Lee
  • Elinor Froemsdorf*
  • Elizabeth Ferguson
  • Elizabeth Pomada and Michael Larsen*
  • Elizabeth Sundstrom*
  • Ellen Moyer*
  • Ellen Pechman
  • Elysa Walk*
  • Eric Proegler
  • Erin MacCool
  • Ethan Nosowsky*
  • Frances Dinkelspiel*
  • Fyodor Urnov
  • G. Cottraux*
  • Gaurav Bhalla*
  • Gina Mackintosh
  • Glen Friedman in honor of Joseph and Ingeborg Friedman and Tirzah Mailkoff
  • Gopi Kallayil
  • Grace Robenstein*
  • Graham Freeman*
  • Heather Gulino*
  • Heather Levien
  • Holly Forman*
  • Icelandic Literature Center*
  • Inocencia Dacumos*
  • Ivory Madison*
  • Jack Sawyer*
  • James Hanser
  • Jane Hudson*
  • Janeann Fontenot
  • Janet Schneider*
  • Jean Parekh
  • 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 Shoji*
  • Julia Callahan
  • Julie McNamara
  • June Curtis
  • Karen Duffin*
  • Karen McKie*
  • Karma Christine Salvato*
  • Kasa Cotugno
  • Kathleen Hess
  • Kathleen Hunt*
  • Kay Maruhashi*
  • Keith Skinner*
  • Kelly Corrigan*
  • Kerry Tepperman Campbell
  • Kevin Koontz
  • Krisanne Combs
  • Larry Martel
  • Laura Basha*
  • Laura Ferrell*
  • Laura Tyson and Erik Tarloff*
  • Lauren Howard
  • Linda Perkins
  • Linda Wroth
  • Lisa and Michael Caplan*
  • Louis Freedberg
  • Lucille Poskanzer*
  • Malcolm Margolin
  • Margie Yee Webb*
  • Mark Hertsgaard*
  • Marty and Pamela Krasney
  • Mary Dwyer*
  • Mary Ellen Hannibal
  • Maureen Dixon*
  • MFA in Creative Writing at St. Mary’s College
  • Mia Gittlen
  • Michael Larsen
  • Michelle Jurika
  • Monica Wesolowska and David Fisher*
  • Morgan Moore
  • Nancy E. King
  • Nancy McCormick
  • Nancy Mueller*
  • Nancy Rubin*
  • Naomi Williams
  • Nhu Chau
  • Pamela Elder*
  • Patricia Barich
  • Patricia Sylvie*
  • Patrick and Lee Hackett
  • Paul Vanderventer*
  • Peter and Cathleen Schwartz*
  • Rachel Kahn-Hut
  • Rachel Kaufman
  • Rachel Mercer*
  • Rachel Richardson*
  • Raoul Cadet
  • Rare Bird Lit
  • Rhoda Haberman
  • Rich Lyons
  • Rick Clogher*
  • Robert Ward*
  • Robin Pille
  • Robin Sloan
  • Robyn Barker
  • Rosanna Malatesta
  • Rosemary Graham
  • Samara Dun
  • Sandi Brod and Dennis DeDomenico*
  • Sara Campos*
  • Sara Magnuson
  • Seena Hawley*
  • Shelia Banning*
  • Shimul Rahim*
  • Soso Adae*
  • Steve Kaye*
  • Steven Nightingale
  • Steven Piersanti*
  • Susan Evans and Peter Clarke*
  • Teresa LeYung-Ryan*
  • Terry Parsons*
  • The Bahat Family*
  • Thomas and Carol Leonard
  • Tina Gabby*
  • Tom & Carol Leonard
  • Torrie Vail*
  • TPG Global, LLC*
  • Ulla Evans
  • Unity Barry*
  • Valerie Sopher
  • Vera and John Pardee*
  • Victoria Shoemaker
  • Vita Wells*
  • Vivian and Bill Roller* in honor of Dan Ellsberg
  • Julie Billings and Jon Kaplan
  • Wendy Breuer
  • Wendy Gilberd
  • West Side Books
  • William and Linda Schieber*
  • William Newton
  • Zipporah Collins*

Paperback Writer: Up to $99

  • Anonymous (3)
  • Aimee McEnerney*
  • Alex & Elizabeth Deans*
  • Alice Truscott
  • Amy Seward*
  • Amy Worth*
  • Andrea Meghrouni-Brown
  • Andrew Weiner
  • Anita Goldstein*
  • Anke Hemmerling
  • Ann R Tissue
  • Ann Whalley
  • Anne McCarten-Gibbs
  • Avi Rappoport*
  • Barbara Harrison*
  • Barbara McEnerney
  • Barbara Ryken
  • 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
  • Catharine Bramkamp
  • Ceinwen Carney
  • Chelsea Kerrington*
  • Cherie Savy*
  • Chris Brown*
  • Christina Dilko*
  • Christine Hansen
  • Christine Lindell*
  • Christopher Berg*
  • Claire Bobrow
  • Claire Greene
  • Cristi Delgado*
  • Cynthia Gullikson*
  • Cynthia Towle
  • David Cone
  • David Roderick
  • Deborah Begley
  • 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
  • Emily Somberg
  • Erin Byrne*
  • Essie McGowin*
  • Frances Balfour
  • Gail Cooper
  • Gail Levin*
  • Gail Wallace
  • Geneva Toddy*
  • George Mathews*
  • Gill South
  • Gina Salomon
  • Gina Salomon
  • Heidi Rand*
  • Helaine Lasky Schweitzer*
  • Illanaq Weisman
  • Ira Serkes
  • Jane Ashland
  • Jane Kaplan
  • Jane Moore
  • Jane Moore*
  • Jane White*
  • Janet Ellman*
  • Jean Weininger*
  • Jeanne Miller
  • Jeffrey Brick
  • Jennifer Burroughs
  • Jennifer McGaffey*
  • Jennifer Nutt
  • Jill Kolongowski*
  • Jim Rosenau
  • Jimmy Owens
  • Jo Liana King
  • Joan Schwartz
  • Jodi Williamschen
  • Joe Fong*
  • John Hetzel
  • John McCann*
  • Joleen Ruffin*
  • Judith Blanton*
  • Judith Muller
  • Judy Klein*
  • Julia Christy*
  • Julie Gurule*
  • Julie Ries*
  • Julie Steinbach*
  • Karen Witham*
  • Kathleen Oneill
  • Kathy Williams*
  • Katrina Romanowsky*
  • Kevin Smokler*
  • Kim Belgarde*
  • Kim Lowe
  • Kristen Held*
  • Kristine Baguiao*
  • Larissa Mercado-Lopez*
  • Laura Goldbaum*
  • Laura Murra
  • Lauren Schiffman*
  • Leo Gasteiger
  • 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*
  • Mani Feniger*
  • Margaret Leventer
  • Margarita Altamirano
  • Maria Hunt*
  • Marianne Lonsdale
  • Mariko Conner
  • Mark Levin*
  • Mark Nelson*
  • Mark Schapiro* in honor of Erik Schapiro
  • Martha Benioff*
  • Marti Christoffer
  • Maureen Sullivan
  • Max Barker*
  • Megan McDonald
  • Melanie Lawrence
  • Melissa Jones*
  • Melissa Pitman*
  • Michael Banister*
  • Michael Taeckens*
  • 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
  • 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*
  • Rohini Gupta*
  • Ruth Hynds
  • Ryan Christo*
  • Samaire Provost*
  • Sandra Friedman
  • Sandra Shair
  • Sara Nelson*
  • Sara Sterling*
  • Sarah Carlberg*
  • Sarah Gill*
  • Sarah Harmuth-Letke*
  • Sarah Nash
  • Sayre Van Young
  • Scott Ullman
  • Shannon Monroe
  • Sheri Cardo
  • Shoshana Arai
  • Stela Jelincic*
  • Stephanie DiSerio
  • Stuart Burchard*
  • Susan Beauchamp*
  • Susan Bessler*
  • Susan Evans
  • Susan Felix in honor of the creators in Berkeley
  • Susanne Pari*
  • Sydney Yocum*
  • Tammy Deis
  • Theresa Adams*
  • Thomas Jamison
  • Tom Lent
  • Tom Teasley*
  • Tonia Roby*
  • Ulla Evans
  • Valerie Figone*
  • Vallery Feldman
  • Victoria deMara
  • Wendy Leyden
  • William Walker*
  • Yang Huang*

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