• 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*
  • Stephen M. Silberstein Foundation*

Best Seller: $50,000 +

  • Anne Germanacos*
  • City of Berkeley*

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

  • Abrams-Millikan and the Fourth Street Shops (Berkeley)*
  • 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*
  • Otis and Elizabeth Chandler*
  • 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
  • Adam and Arlie Hochschild*
  • 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*
  • Nancy Mueller
  • Mal Warwick*
  • Patrick Kennedy, Panoramic Interests*
  • Pyramid Hotel Group*
  • Scribd, Inc.*
  • Three Guineas Fund*
  • Tom Lockard

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

  • Anonymous (5)*
  • Barbara Yoder and Edward Connor*
  • Charles and Barbara Winton
  • Christin Evans and Praveen Madan*
  • Consulate General of Mexico, San Francisco*
  • Damon Horowitz
  • 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*
  • Laura Tyson and Erik Tarloff*
  • Italian Cultural Institute*
  • Italo and Suzanne Calpestri in memory of Anne Grodzins Lipow*
  • John Lineweaver, in memory of Robert San Souci*
  • Jeffrey Bleich and Rebecca Pratt Bleich
  • Jeffrey Bluestone*
  • Jennifer Fearon*
  • 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*
  • Swan’s Fine Books*
  • Todd David Hodes
  • Trenia Today*
  • VISA*
  • Zuade Kaufman

Literary Muse: $100-$999

  • Al & Ann Wasserman*
  • Alejandra Hermosillo*
  • Amanda Weil
  • Amy Draemel and Ben Barry
  • Ann Farmer*
  • Amy Marcott*
  • Amy Thomas
  • 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*
  • Cathryn Ramin*
  • Cherilyn Parsons*
  • Ceil Tilney in honor of everyone who likes books
  • Celine Shimizu
  • Charles Ashman*
  • Christine Batterman Jordan*
  • Cosette Ratliff*
  • Cristina Campbell
  • Daneet Steffens*
  • Darlene Vendegna
  • David Frankel
  • David Hochschild and Cynthia Li
  • David Roderick
  • David Strachan
  • David Zebker
  • Deb Janes
  • Deborah Doyle*
  • Deirdre English*
  • Diane Lee Davenport*
  • Dickson Louie
  • Don Moore
  • Donna Hiraga-Stephens
  • Doris Kretschmer
  • Dorothy Taylor*
  • Eleanore Lee
  • Elinor Froemsdorf*
  • Elizabeth Pomada and Michael Larsen*
  • Elizabeth Sundstrom*
  • Ellen Moyer*
  • Ellen Pechman
  • Elysa Walk*
  • Eric Proegler
  • Ethan Nosowsky*
  • Frances Dinkelspiel*
  • Fyodor Urnov
  • G. Cottraux*
  • Gaurav Bhalla*
  • George Rehm
  • Gina Mackintosh
  • Glen Friedman in honor of Joseph and Ingeborg Friedman and Tirzah Mailkoff
  • Gopi Kallayil
  • Grace Robenstein*
  • Graham Freeman*
  • Heather Gulino*
  • Heather Levien
  • Heather Shane
  • Holly Forman*
  • Icelandic Literature Center*
  • Inocencia Dacumos*
  • Ivory Madison and Abraham Mertens*
  • Jack Sawyer*
  • James Hanser
  • Jane Hudson*
  • Janeann Fontenot
  • Janet Schneider*
  • Jean Parekh
  • Jesse Berrett*
  • John E Z Caner, Jr.
  • John Gage and Linda Schacht*
  • John Maccabee*
  • John Sommers*
  • Jonathan DeYoe
  • Jonathan Miller*
  • Karma Christine Salvato*
  • Joseph Shoji*
  • June Curtis
  • Karen Duffin*
  • Karen McKie*
  • Kasa Cotugno
  • Kathleen Hess
  • Kathleen Hunt*
  • Kay Maruhashi*
  • Keith Skinner*
  • Kelly Corrigan*
  • Kerry Tepperman Campbell
  • Krisanne Combs
  • Larry Martel
  • Laura Basha*
  • Laura Ferrell*
  • Lauren Howard
  • Linda Perkins
  • Linda Wroth
  • Lisa and Michael Caplan*
  • Louis Freedberg
  • Lucille Poskanzer*
  • Malcolm Margolin
  • Margie Yee Webb*
  • Marianne Lonsdale*
  • Mark Hertsgaard*
  • Mary Dwyer*
  • Mary Ellen Hannibal
  • Maureen Dixon*
  • Maureen Sullivan
  • MFA in Creative Writing at St. Mary’s College
  • Mia Gittlen
  • 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*
  • Rare Bird Lit
  • Rhoda Haberman
  • Rich Lyons
  • Rick Clogher and Susan Rutherford*
  • 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 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
  • West Side Books
  • William and Linda Schieber*
  • William Newton
  • Zipporah Collins*

Paperback Writer: Up to $99

  • Aimee McEnerney*
  • Alex & Elizabeth Deans*
  • Amy Seward*
  • Amy Worth*
  • Andrew Weiner
  • Anita Goldstein*
  • Anke Hemmerling
  • Ann Whalley
  • Anne McCarten-Gibbs
  • Avi Rappoport*
  • Barbara Harrison*
  • Barbara Ryken
  • Barbara Sullivan
  • Barry Benioff
  • Beth Frankland
  • Bonnie Stinson*
  • Bonnie Weston*
  • Bridget Stringer*
  • Buda Kajer-Crain
  • Burnierose Wilson*
  • Candice Rangel*
  • Cara Black*
  • Carla & Peter Dalton
  • Carol Fairweather*
  • Catharine Bramkamp
  • Chelsea Kerrington*
  • Cherie Savy*
  • Chris Brown*
  • Christina Dilko*
  • Christine Hansen
  • Christine Lindell*
  • Christopher Berg*
  • Claire Bobrow
  • Clare Dougan
  • Cristi Delgado*
  • Cynthia Gullikson*
  • David Cone
  • David Roderick
  • Diana Dunn
  • Diane Dehler
  • Diane Fraser*
  • Diane Luu*
  • Donna Hiraga-Stephens
  • Donna Mettier*
  • Donna Mickleson*
  • Dorothy Hearst*
  • Ebonye Gussine Wilkins*
  • Ed Dansker*
  • Edward Lopez
  • Elaine Elinson*
  • Elena Engle
  • Elisabeth Seng
  • Elizabeth Margarita
  • 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*
  • Jane Moore
  • Jane Moore*
  • Jane White*
  • Janet Ellman*
  • Jean Weininger*
  • Jeanne Miller
  • Jennifer McGaffey*
  • Jill Kolongowski*
  • Jim Rosenau
  • Jo Liana King
  • Joan Schwartz
  • Jodi Williamschen
  • Joe Fong*
  • John McCann*
  • Joleen Ruffin*
  • Judith Blanton*
  • Judy Klein*
  • Julia Christy*
  • Julie Gurule*
  • Julie Ries*
  • Julie Steinbach*
  • Karen Witham*
  • Kathy Williams*
  • Katrina Romanowsky*
  • Kerry Campbell*
  • Kevin Smokler*
  • Kim Belgarde*
  • Kim Lowe
  • Kristen Held*
  • Kristine Baguiao*
  • Larissa Mercado-Lopez*
  • Laura Goldbaum*
  • Lauren Schiffman*
  • Lila LaHood*
  • Linda Merrill*
  • Linda Rondinelli*
  • Linnea Wickstrom
  • 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*
  • Melissa Jones*
  • Melissa Pitman*
  • Michael Banister*
  • Michael Taeckens*
  • Milos Nesic*
  • Molly Michelson
  • Monica Espiritu*
  • Morgan Schmidt-Feng*
  • Nancy Beckman
  • Nancy Brenner in memory of Miles Meyer
  • Naomi M. Rosenthal*
  • Nnekay FitzClarke*
  • Patricia Keenan
  • Patricia Linden
  • Patricia Miles*
  • Peter Stern
  • Peter Sussman*
  • Rachel Beth Egenhoefer
  • 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*
  • Sara Nelson*
  • Sara Sterling*
  • Sarah Carlberg*
  • Sarah Gill*
  • Sarah Harmuth-Letke*
  • Sarah Nash
  • Scott Ullman
  • Shannon Monroe
  • Shoshana Arai
  • Stela Jelincic*
  • Stuart Burchard*
  • Susan Beauchamp*
  • Susan Bessler*
  • Susan David
  • Susan Felix in honor of the creators in Berkeley
  • Susanne Pari*
  • Sydney Yocum*
  • Theresa Adams*
  • Thomas Jamison
  • Tom Lent
  • Tom Teasley*
  • Tonia Roby*
  • Ulla Evans
  • Valerie Figone*
  • Victoria deMara
  • Wendy Gilberd
  • Wendy Leyden
  • William Walker*
  • Yang Huang*

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