• 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*
  • Federated Indians of Graton Rancheria

Best Seller: $50,000 +

  • Anonymous
  • City of Berkeley*
  • Nion McEvoy and Leslie Berriman*

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

  • 11th Hour Project
  • Abrams-Millikan and the Fourth Street Shops (Berkeley)*
  • Adam and Arlie Hochschild*
  • 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*

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*
  • Guy and Jeanine Saperstein*
  • HarperOne*
  • Suzanne and Italo Calpestri*
  • Otis and Elizabeth Chandler*
  • MFA in Writing at the University of San Francisco
  • Patrick Kennedy, Panoramic Interests*
  • Pyramid Hotel Group*
  • Scribd, Inc.*
  • Three Guineas Fund*
  • Thomas Lockard & Alix Marduel

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

  • Anonymous (5)*
  • Allen Matthews
  • Barbara Holmes (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*
  • 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*(WL)
  • Julie Abrams (WL)
  • Kate Jessup
  • Katherine Beckwith (WL)
  • 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*
  • 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*
  • Suzanne LaFetra Collier
  • Swan’s Fine Books*
  • Terry Gamble
  • Todd David Hodes
  • Trenia Today*
  • VISA*
  • Zuade Kaufman

Literary Muse: $100-$999

  • Anonymous
  • Al & Ann Wasserman*
  • Alejandra Hermosillo*
  • Amanda Weil
  • Amy Draemel and Ben Barry
  • Amy Marcott*
  • Amy Thomas
  • Ann Farmer*
  • Anna Pletcher (WL)
  • Anna Roberts (WL)
  • Anne E. Simon (WL)
  • Antonia Hayes*
  • Arthur Bryant*
  • 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*
  • Cherif Jazra
  • Cherilyn Parsons*
  • Christy Hayes
  • Ceil Tilney in honor of everyone who likes books
  • Celine Shimizu
  • Charles Ashman*
  • Christine Batterman Jordan*
  • Claudia Hess (WL)
  • Claudia Smukler
  • Cosette Ratliff*
  • Cristina Campbell
  • Dale Marie Golden (WL)
  • Daneet Steffens*
  • 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)
  • Diane Filippi (WL)
  • Diane Lee Davenport*
  • Diane Plank
  • Dickson Louie
  • Don Moore
  • Donna Weidner (WL)
  • Doris Kretschmer
  • Dorothy Taylor*
  • Dorty Nowak (WL)
  • Edward Lopez
  • Elaine Katrzenberger
  • Eleanore Lee
  • Elinor Froemsdorf*
  • Elizabeth Ferguson
  • Elizabeth Krivatsy (WL)
  • Elizabeth Pomada and Michael Larsen*
  • Elizabeth Sundstrom*
  • 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*
  • Frances Dinkelspiel*
  • Fred Hetzel
  • Fyodor Urnov
  • G. Cottraux*
  • Gaurav Bhalla*
  • 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 Young (WL)
  • Holly Forman*
  • Inocencia Dacumos*
  • Ivory Madison*
  • Jack Sawyer*
  • Jackie Kudler (WL)
  • James Hanser
  • Jane Hudson*
  • Jane Kaplan
  • Janeann Fontenot
  • Janet Schneider*
  • Jean Parekh
  • 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 McNamara
  • June Curtis
  • Karen Duffin*
  • Karen Glasser (WL)
  • Karen Lowhurst
  • Karen McKie*
  • Karma Christine Salvato*
  • Kasa Cotugno
  • Kathleen Hess
  • Kathleen Hunt*
  • Kay Maruhashi*(WL)
  • Keith Skinner*
  • Kelly Corrigan*
  • Kenyatta Monroe-Sinkler (WL)
  • Kevin Koontz
  • Kim Belgarde
  • Kim and Barbara Marienthal (WL)
  • Kris Otis (WL)
  • Krisanne Combs
  • Larry Martel
  • Laura Basha*
  • Laura Ferrell
  • Lauren Howard
  • Lincoln Smith
  • Linda Perkins
  • Linda Wroth
  • Lisa Baggs (WL)
  • Lisa and Michael Caplan*
  • Louis Freedberg
  • Lucille Poskanzer*
  • Lucinda Lee and Daniel Smith
  • Malcolm Margolin
  • Marcia Pizzo (WL)
  • Margie Yee Webb*
  • Mark Hertsgaard*
  • Marni Rothman
  • Mary Dwyer*
  • Mary Ellen Hannibal
  • 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
  • Mina Witteman (WL)
  • Monica Wesolowska and David Fisher*
  • Morgan Moore
  • Nancy E. King
  • Nancy McCormick
  • Nancy Mueller*
  • 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 Ward*
  • Robin Pille
  • Robin Sloan
  • Robin Slovak (WL)
  • Robyn Barker
  • Rosanna Malatesta
  • Rosemary Graham
  • Samara Dun
  • Sandi Brod and Dennis DeDomenico*
  • Sara Campos*
  • Sara Magnuson
  • Sarah Manyika (WL)
  • Sarah vanOphuijsen (WL)
  • Seena Hawley*
  • Shelia Banning*
  • Sherry Page (WL)
  • Soso Adae*
  • Steve Kaye*
  • Steven Nightingale
  • Steven Piersanti*
  • Susan Evans and Peter Clarke*
  • Tama McCoy (WL)
  • Teresa LeYung-Ryan*
  • Terry Parsons*
  • The Bahat Family*
  • Thomas and Carol Leonard
  • Thomishia Booker (WL)
  • Tina Gabby*
  • Torrie Vail*
  • TPG Global, LLC*
  • Unity Barry*
  • Valerie Sopher
  • Vanessa Hua (WL)
  • Vera and John Pardee*
  • Victoria Shoemaker
  • Vita Wells*(WL)
  • Vivian and Bill Roller* in honor of Dan Ellsberg
  • Julie Billings and Jon Kaplan
  • Wendy Breuer
  • Wendy Cosin (WL)
  • Wendy Gilberd
  • West Side Books
  • William and Linda Schieber*
  • William Newton
  • Zipporah Collins*

Paperback Writer: Up to $99

  • Andree Abecassis
  • Anonymous (3)
  • 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
  • Ann Whalley
  • Anne McCarten-Gibbs
  • Anne Whitacre
  • April Hopkins
  • 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
  • Carrie Avery
  • Catharine Bramkamp
  • Ceinwen Carney
  • Charles Catlett
  • Chelsea Kerrington*
  • Cherie Savy*
  • Chris Brown*
  • Christina Dilko*
  • Christine Hansen
  • Christine Lindell*
  • Christopher Berg*
  • Claire Bobrow
  • Colleen Busch (WL)
  • 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
  • Harold Feiger
  • Heidi Rand*
  • Helaine Lasky Schweitzer*
  • Illanaq Weisman
  • Ira Serkes
  • Irene Fertik
  • J. Ruth Gendler
  • Jacob Mallott
  • Jane Ashland
  • Jane Moore*
  • Jane White*
  • Janet Ellman*
  • Jean Weininger*
  • Jeanie Conneran
  • 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 Gourhan
  • John Hetzel
  • John McCann*
  • Joleen Ruffin*
  • Judith Blanton*
  • Judith Muller
  • Judy Klein*
  • Julia Christy*
  • Juliana Quinn
  • Julie Gurule*
  • Julie Ries*
  • Julie Steinbach*
  • June Hunt
  • Karen Witham*
  • 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*
  • Lori Patel
  • Maddie Greene*
  • Mani Feniger*
  • Margaret Leventer
  • Margarita Altamirano
  • Maria Hunt*
  • Marian Hopping
  • Marianne Lonsdale
  • Mariko Conner
  • Mark Levin*
  • Mark Nelson*
  • Mark Schapiro* in honor of Erik Schapiro
  • Martha Benioff*
  • Martha Carlson
  • 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
  • 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 Howlett
  • Rohini Gupta*
  • 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*
  • Stephanie DiSerio
  • Stuart Burchard*
  • Susan Beauchamp*
  • Susan Bessler*
  • Susan Felix in honor of the creators in Berkeley
  • Susan Marchant
  • Susanne Pari*
  • Susanne Tilney (WL)
  • Sydney Yocum*
  • Tamara White
  • Tammy Deis
  • Theresa Adams*
  • Thomas Jamison
  • Thomas Landry
  • 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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