• Schedule

Keynotes, Interviews, and Panels

To guarantee access to indoor programs, we recommend that you purchase a Priority Admission Ticket for only $10. Otherwise, you can purchase a General Admission Wristband for $15 for the whole weekend, with first-come, first-served admission after Priority Ticket holders are let in. Outdoor programs — at the San Francisco Chronicle Stage in the Park and the Showtime Stage for families — are free, with first-come, first served seating.

    For a print copy of the schedule, download the full schedule grid (1.4 MB).

    • Category

    10:00 AM
    • International
    • Literary

    Breaking Literary Ground: Ambitious Young Writers from Ireland

    Eimear McBride, David Hayden, Liz Nugent, moderated by Rosemary Graham

    Saturday, April 28

    10:00 AM - 11:15 AM
    2018-04-28 10:00:00 2018-04-28 11:15:00 America/Los_Angeles Breaking Literary Ground: Ambitious Young Writers from Ireland The small country of Ireland has always had an outsize influence on world literature. For the third year in a row, the festival showcases some of today's most powerful writers who come from this land of literary pioneers. Surrealist feminist author Eimear McBride creates a literary mosaic with her disjointed, artful syntax; NPR called her "one of the most exciting young talents in fiction." Of David Hayden's debut short story collection, the Guardian wrote, "Once in a blue moon, a book comes along that really is like nothing you’ve ever read before." Liz Nugent is a rising star who has written a dark thriller that Publisher's Weekly, in a starred review, called "an intense character study" that plays with truth. Berkeley City College Eimear McBride, David Hayden, Liz Nugent, moderated by Rosemary Graham Get Tickets

    The small country of Ireland has always had an outsize influence on world literature. For the third year in a row, the festival showcases some of today’s most powerful writers who come from this land of literary pioneers. Surrealist feminist author Eimear McBride creates a literary mosaic with her disjointed, artful syntax; NPR called her “one of the most exciting young talents in fiction.” Of David Hayden’s debut short story collection, the Guardian wrote, “Once in a blue moon, a book comes along that really is like nothing you’ve ever read before.” Liz Nugent is a rising star who has written a dark thriller that Publisher’s Weekly, in a starred review, called “an intense character study” that plays with truth.

    Berkeley City College - Auditorium

    With the support of Culture Ireland and Irish Culture Bay Area

    10:00 AM
    • Current Affairs

    Resisting Hate with Free Speech

    Nadine Strossen interviewed by Erwin Chemerinsky

    Saturday, April 28

    10:00 AM - 11:15 AM
    2018-04-28 10:00:00 2018-04-28 11:15:00 America/Los_Angeles Resisting Hate with Free Speech The question of limits on free speech has recently occupied our nation's consciousness—as well as the physical streets of Berkeley. The American Civil Liberties Union has worked for nearly 100 years to arbitrate this question in times of intense political division, and now Nadine Strossen, former president of the ACLU, joins us to to present "HATE: Why We Should Resist it With Free Speech, Not Censorship"—appropriately released here in Berkeley, home of the Free Speech Movement. Strossen will be interviewed by UC Berkeley School of Law Dean Erwin Chemerinsky. Freight & Salvage Nadine Strossen interviewed by Erwin Chemerinsky Get Tickets

    The question of limits on free speech has recently occupied our nation’s consciousness—as well as the physical streets of Berkeley. The American Civil Liberties Union has worked for nearly 100 years to arbitrate this question in times of intense political division, and now Nadine Strossen, former president of the ACLU, joins us to to present “HATE: Why We Should Resist it With Free Speech, Not Censorship”—appropriately released here in Berkeley, home of the Free Speech Movement. Strossen will be interviewed by UC Berkeley School of Law Dean Erwin Chemerinsky.

    Freight & Salvage

    Sponsored by UC Berkeley Arts + Design

    10:00 AM
    • Travel

    Are We There Yet? The Best American Road Trips

    Jamie Jensen, Margaret Littman, Stuart Thornton

    Saturday, April 28

    10:00 AM - 11:15 AM
    2018-04-28 10:00:00 2018-04-28 11:15:00 America/Los_Angeles Are We There Yet? The Best American Road Trips The Great American Road Trip is one of our country’s most vibrant traditions—the open road, the beauty of our diverse American landscape, and discovery of the country’s regional culture and cuisines. Avalon Travel’s panel of road trippers can help you learn where to experience the historic, quirky, and unique soul of America. Then get trippin'! Hotel Shattuck Plaza Jamie Jensen, Margaret Littman, Stuart Thornton Get Tickets

    The Great American Road Trip is one of our country’s most vibrant traditions—the open road, the beauty of our diverse American landscape, and discovery of the country’s regional culture and cuisines. Avalon Travel’s panel of road trippers can help you learn where to experience the historic, quirky, and unique soul of America. Then get trippin’!

    Hotel Shattuck Plaza - Boiler Room

    Sponsored by Moon Travel Guides

    10:00 AM
    • Mystery, Crime & Thrillers
    • Women/Gender

    Murder She Writes: Catherine Coulter Talks with Laurie R. King

    Catherine Coulter interviewed by Laurie R. King

    Saturday, April 28

    10:00 AM - 11:15 AM
    2018-04-28 10:00:00 2018-04-28 11:15:00 America/Los_Angeles Murder She Writes: Catherine Coulter Talks with Laurie R. King Catherine Coulter, No.1 New York Times best-selling suspense writer and author of 82 novels (almost all of them New York Times bestsellers!), is interviewed by Mystery Writers of America NorCal president Laurie R. King, herself a bestselling author of 25 novels. These two remarkable writers will talk about Coulter's journey from Regency romances to FBI thrillers, the research she does for her widely varied stories, and her craft, art, and life of writing. Hotel Shattuck Plaza Catherine Coulter interviewed by Laurie R. King Get Tickets

    Catherine Coulter, No.1 New York Times best-selling suspense writer and author of 82 novels (almost all of them New York Times bestsellers!), is interviewed by Mystery Writers of America NorCal president Laurie R. King, herself a bestselling author of 25 novels. These two remarkable writers will talk about Coulter’s journey from Regency romances to FBI thrillers, the research she does for her widely varied stories, and her craft, art, and life of writing.

    Hotel Shattuck Plaza - Crystal Ballroom

    Sponsored by the Mystery Writers of America, Northern California Chapter

    10:00 AM
    • International
    • Literary
    • Women/Gender

    Translating Trauma

    Katherena Vermette, Winnie M. Li, moderated by Natasha Singh

    Saturday, April 28

    10:00 AM - 11:15 AM
    2018-04-28 10:00:00 2018-04-28 11:15:00 America/Los_Angeles Translating Trauma Much great literature focuses on the darkest parts of being human, and writers need exceptional courage to write about trauma. Katherena Vermette, who comes from the Métis nation in Canada, writes about violence and power struggles between women in her harrowing novel "The Break," praised by Margaret Atwood as "universal." Of Winnie Li's debut novel "Dark Chapter," inspired by her own experience as a survivor of assault, Kirkus reviews said: "That Li was able to write this novel, as both personal catharsis and public service, speaks volumes about her inner strength. Li's novel is both a valuable social document and a riveting page-turner." This pair of acclaimed female writers will explore the question of how we process and communicate trauma. The Brower Center Katherena Vermette, Winnie M. Li, moderated by Natasha Singh Get Tickets

    Much great literature focuses on the darkest parts of being human, and writers need exceptional courage to write about trauma. Katherena Vermette, who comes from the Métis nation in Canada, writes about violence and power struggles between women in her harrowing novel “The Break,” praised by Margaret Atwood as “universal.” Of Winnie Li’s debut novel “Dark Chapter,” inspired by her own experience as a survivor of assault, Kirkus reviews said: “That Li was able to write this novel, as both personal catharsis and public service, speaks volumes about her inner strength. Li’s novel is both a valuable social document and a riveting page-turner.” This pair of acclaimed female writers will explore the question of how we process and communicate trauma.

    The Brower Center - Goldman Theater

    With the support of the Consulate General of Canada, San Francisco/Silicon Valley

    10:00 AM
    • Writing & Publishing

    The Book Review: Top Reviewers Share How It’s Done

    Lydia Kiesling, Paul Laity, John McMurtrie, Ismail Muhammad, moderated by Jane Ciabattari

    Saturday, April 28

    10:00 AM - 11:15 AM
    2018-04-28 10:00:00 2018-04-28 11:15:00 America/Los_Angeles The Book Review: Top Reviewers Share How It’s Done What makes for a good book review? How about a good book reviewer, for that matter? How are books chosen for review, and reviewers chosen for a particular book? How should a "bad" book be panned—or is it better to just not review it at all? This panel of esteemed reviewers takes us inside the process: Lydia Kiesling, editor of the literary website The Millions; Paul Laity, non-fiction reviewer at The Guardian; John McMurtrie, books editor at the San Francisco Chronicle; Ismail Muhammad, reviewer for The Millions and contributor to Slate and the Paris Review; and Jane Ciabattari, reviewer for the BBC, and current vice president (and former president) of the National Book Critics Circle. The Brower Center Lydia Kiesling, Paul Laity, John McMurtrie, Ismail Muhammad, moderated by Jane Ciabattari Get Tickets

    What makes for a good book review? How about a good book reviewer, for that matter? How are books chosen for review, and reviewers chosen for a particular book? How should a “bad” book be panned—or is it better to just not review it at all? This panel of esteemed reviewers takes us inside the process: Lydia Kiesling, editor of the literary website The Millions; Paul Laity, non-fiction reviewer at The Guardian; John McMurtrie, books editor at the San Francisco Chronicle; Ismail Muhammad, reviewer for The Millions and contributor to Slate and the Paris Review; and Jane Ciabattari, reviewer for the BBC, and current vice president (and former president) of the National Book Critics Circle.

    The Brower Center - Tamalpais Room

    10:00 AM
    • Literary
    • Native American

    Timeless Wisdom: Greg Sarris on Telling Tales and Native American Literary Tradition

    Greg Sarris

    Saturday, April 28

    10:00 AM - 11:15 AM
    2018-04-28 10:00:00 2018-04-28 11:15:00 America/Los_Angeles Timeless Wisdom: Greg Sarris on Telling Tales and Native American Literary Tradition Greg Sarris wears many hats: award-winnning author, screenwriter, scholar, professor, and tribal chief of the Federated Indians of Graton Rancheria. His latest book, "How a Mountain Was Made," is a collection of stories inspired by traditional Coast Miwok and Southern Pomo creation tales; it celebrates the lore surrounding Sonoma Mountain. Timeless in wisdom and beauty, these fables are highly relevant to our times as they explore leadership, landscape, community, and responsibility to self and other. The Los Angeles Review of Books wrote, "Stunning.... Neither an arid anthropological text nor another pseudo-Indian as-told-to fabrication. Instead, Sarris has breathed new life into these ancient Northern California tales and legends." The Marsh Greg Sarris Get Tickets

    Greg Sarris wears many hats: award-winnning author, screenwriter, scholar, professor, and tribal chief of the Federated Indians of Graton Rancheria. His latest book, “How a Mountain Was Made,” is a collection of stories inspired by traditional Coast Miwok and Southern Pomo creation tales; it celebrates the lore surrounding Sonoma Mountain. Timeless in wisdom and beauty, these fables are highly relevant to our times as they explore leadership, landscape, community, and responsibility to self and other. The Los Angeles Review of Books wrote, “Stunning…. Neither an arid anthropological text nor another pseudo-Indian as-told-to fabrication. Instead, Sarris has breathed new life into these ancient Northern California tales and legends.”

    The Marsh - Cabaret

    Sponsored by the Federated Indians of Graton Rancheria

    10:00 AM
    • Literary
    • Writing & Publishing

    The Modern Writer’s Practice, Presented by California College of the Arts

    Faith Adiele, Tonya Foster, Aimee Phan, Leslie Carol Roberts, moderated by Tom Barbash

    Saturday, April 28

    10:00 AM - 11:15 AM
    2018-04-28 10:00:00 2018-04-28 11:15:00 America/Los_Angeles The Modern Writer’s Practice, Presented by California College of the Arts Writers shoulder a responsibility to serve as voices for their time. They seek ways to narrate, philosophize, and ponder what it means to be human as the world fluctuates dramatically around them. Translating the complex world—inner and outer change—into words is no easy task. This panel of faculty from CCA's M.F.A. in Writing program embraces writers with diverse practices across travel, memoir, fiction, and poetry to interrogate the role of creative practice in the 21st century. The Marsh Faith Adiele, Tonya Foster, Aimee Phan, Leslie Carol Roberts, moderated by Tom Barbash Get Tickets

    Writers shoulder a responsibility to serve as voices for their time. They seek ways to narrate, philosophize, and ponder what it means to be human as the world fluctuates dramatically around them. Translating the complex world—inner and outer change—into words is no easy task. This panel of faculty from CCA’s M.F.A. in Writing program embraces writers with diverse practices across travel, memoir, fiction, and poetry to interrogate the role of creative practice in the 21st century.

    The Marsh - Theater

    Sponsored by the California College of Arts MFA in Writing Program

    10:00 AM
    • Writing & Publishing

    Pep Talk for Writers!

    Grant Faulkner, Brooke Warner

    Saturday, April 28

    10:00 AM - 11:15 AM
    2018-04-28 10:00:00 2018-04-28 11:15:00 America/Los_Angeles Pep Talk for Writers! "The world needs your novel." That's the tagline of National Novel Writing Month, the nonprofit literary phenomenon run by Grant Faulkner. NaNoWriMo now boasts approximately 400,000 participants who pledge to write a full novel in a month (they each write their own book—made up of at least 50,000 words—each November). Some highly successful works have come out of the initiative, including Sara Gruen’s "Water for Elephants" and Rainbow Rowell’s "Fangirl." Faulkner appears in person with Brooke Warner, publisher of She Writes Press, president of Warner Coaching Inc., and author of "Green-Light Your Book," to talk about how to turn inspiration into a tangible product. This session is a must-see for anyone who believes they have a book in them. Veteran's Memorial Building Grant Faulkner, Brooke Warner Get Tickets

    “The world needs your novel.” That’s the tagline of National Novel Writing Month, the nonprofit literary phenomenon run by Grant Faulkner. NaNoWriMo now boasts approximately 400,000 participants who pledge to write a full novel in a month (they each write their own book—made up of at least 50,000 words—each November). Some highly successful works have come out of the initiative, including Sara Gruen’s “Water for Elephants” and Rainbow Rowell’s “Fangirl.” Faulkner appears in person with Brooke Warner, publisher of She Writes Press, president of Warner Coaching Inc., and author of “Green-Light Your Book,” to talk about how to turn inspiration into a tangible product. This session is a must-see for anyone who believes they have a book in them.

    Veteran's Memorial Building - Auditorium

    10:30 AM
    • International
    • Science Fiction & Fantasy
    • Women/Gender

    The Art of Science Fiction: Interview with Sylvie Denis, France’s Queen of Sci-Fi

    Sylvie Denis interviewed by Marie Brennan

    Saturday, April 28

    10:30 AM - 11:45 AM
    2018-04-28 10:30:00 2018-04-28 11:45:00 America/Los_Angeles The Art of Science Fiction: Interview with Sylvie Denis, France’s Queen of Sci-Fi For this special event, one of France’s leading science fiction writers, Sylvie Denis, travels to the Bay Area Book Festival to discuss her work and the genre of science fiction. A novelist, short story writer, critic, editor, and translator, Denis has often focused her writing on new technologies and their impact on societies. She also will explore themes of climate change and migration (her current focus) and will share her experience as a woman writing (French critical theory has had much to say, controversially, about the female literary voice). Finally, how does translation affect the presentation of literary work and science fiction especially? She will be interviewed by fantasy writer Marie Brennan, whose work Denis has translated. SURPRISE: First 75 people will receive a special translation of part of Denis's novel, an excerpt prepared just for this program and not available anywhere else! Magnes Museum Sylvie Denis interviewed by Marie Brennan Get Tickets

    For this special event, one of France’s leading science fiction writers, Sylvie Denis, travels to the Bay Area Book Festival to discuss her work and the genre of science fiction. A novelist, short story writer, critic, editor, and translator, Denis has often focused her writing on new technologies and their impact on societies. She also will explore themes of climate change and migration (her current focus) and will share her experience as a woman writing (French critical theory has had much to say, controversially, about the female literary voice). Finally, how does translation affect the presentation of literary work and science fiction especially? She will be interviewed by fantasy writer Marie Brennan, whose work Denis has translated. SURPRISE: First 75 people will receive a special translation of part of Denis’s novel, an excerpt prepared just for this program and not available anywhere else!

    Magnes Museum

    With the support of Cultural Services of the French Embassy in the United States

    11:00 AM
    • Health, Psychology & Spirituality
    • Outdoor (Free)
    • Women/Gender

    Geneen Roth’s Messy Magnificent Life

    Geneen Roth, Vanessa Hua

    Saturday, April 28

    11:00 AM - 12:15 PM
    2018-04-28 11:00:00 2018-04-28 12:15:00 America/Los_Angeles Geneen Roth’s Messy Magnificent Life Geneen Roth (author of the massively popular memoir "Women Food and God") has simple advice for those trying to improve themselves: Do not try to fix your flaws. In fact, she takes issue with the idea of flaws at all. After years struggling with body issues, Geneen Roth made peace with herself and embarked on the journey to find meaning beyond self-image. Her new book, "This Messy Magnificent Life," does not aim to show readers how to correct their path—it aims to help them see the beauty of the path they are on. Vanessa Hua joins Geneen in conversation. San Francisco Chronicle Stage in the Park Geneen Roth, Vanessa Hua

    Geneen Roth (author of the massively popular memoir “Women Food and God”) has simple advice for those trying to improve themselves: Do not try to fix your flaws. In fact, she takes issue with the idea of flaws at all. After years struggling with body issues, Geneen Roth made peace with herself and embarked on the journey to find meaning beyond self-image. Her new book, “This Messy Magnificent Life,” does not aim to show readers how to correct their path—it aims to help them see the beauty of the path they are on. Vanessa Hua joins Geneen in conversation.

    San Francisco Chronicle Stage in the Park

    11:15 AM
    • History
    • Writing & Publishing

    The Power of History: Turning Groundbreaking Scholarship into Page-Turning Prose

    Edward L. Ayers, Peter Cozzens, Joel Richard Paul, T. J. Stiles, moderated by Steve Wasserman

    Saturday, April 28

    11:15 AM - 12:45 PM
    2018-04-28 11:15:00 2018-04-28 12:45:00 America/Los_Angeles The Power of History: Turning Groundbreaking Scholarship into Page-Turning Prose Is best-selling history bad history? Does good history have to be dull reading? Four award-winning historians and biographers talk about the big questions of American history and reveal how they explore them through captivating narratives that win esteem in the academy yet appeal to wide audiences. Bancroft and Lincoln prize winner Edward Ayers (whose many works focus on the Civil War and Reconstruction), Gilder Lehrman Military History Prize winner Peter Cozzens (most recently "The Earth Is Weeping: The Epic Story of the Indian Wars for the American West"), Pulitzer and National Book Award laureate T.J. Stiles (most recently "Custer's Trials: A Life on a Frontier of New America" and "The First Tycoon: The Epic Life of Cornelius Vanderbilt"), and Hastings Law Professor Joel Richard Paul (most recently "Without Precedent: Chief Justice John Marshall and His Times") talk with Steve Wasserman, executive director of Heyday Books, former editor at Yale University Press, and former book review editor of the Los Angeles Times. BAMPFA Edward L. Ayers, Peter Cozzens, Joel Richard Paul, T. J. Stiles, moderated by Steve Wasserman Get Tickets

    Is best-selling history bad history? Does good history have to be dull reading? Four award-winning historians and biographers talk about the big questions of American history and reveal how they explore them through captivating narratives that win esteem in the academy yet appeal to wide audiences. Bancroft and Lincoln prize winner Edward Ayers (whose many works focus on the Civil War and Reconstruction), Gilder Lehrman Military History Prize winner Peter Cozzens (most recently “The Earth Is Weeping: The Epic Story of the Indian Wars for the American West”), Pulitzer and National Book Award laureate T.J. Stiles (most recently “Custer’s Trials: A Life on a Frontier of New America” and “The First Tycoon: The Epic Life of Cornelius Vanderbilt”), and Hastings Law Professor Joel Richard Paul (most recently “Without Precedent: Chief Justice John Marshall and His Times”) talk with Steve Wasserman, executive director of Heyday Books, former editor at Yale University Press, and former book review editor of the Los Angeles Times.

    BAMPFA - Osher Theater

    Sponsored by Reed Schmidt, with partial support from the Federated Indians of Graton Rancheria

    11:30 AM
    • Children & Families
    • Free

    Mac Barnett Takes the Stage!

    Mac Barnett

    Saturday, April 28

    11:30 AM - 12:00 PM
    2018-04-28 11:30:00 2018-04-28 12:00:00 America/Los_Angeles Mac Barnett Takes the Stage! The prolific phenomenon known as Mac Barnett returns to tell the tales of The Terrible Twos...and who knows what else! Don't miss a very special author on the Showtime Stage. Showtime Stage Mac Barnett

    The prolific phenomenon known as Mac Barnett returns to tell the tales of The Terrible Twos…and who knows what else! Don’t miss a very special author on the Showtime Stage.

    Showtime Stage

    11:45 AM
    • Literary
    • Teen

    Life as We Know It: Realistic Young Adult Fiction

    Jesse Andrews, Alexandra Ballard, Annie Barrows, Maurene Goo, moderated by Regan McMahon

    Saturday, April 28

    11:45 AM - 1:00 PM
    2018-04-28 11:45:00 2018-04-28 13:00:00 America/Los_Angeles Life as We Know It: Realistic Young Adult Fiction Readers of all ages can see themselves in YA characters who face real-life questions about budding love, friendships, powerlessness, and the process of finding one’s place in the world. What do these YA characters have to teach readers about themselves? Join Jesse Andrews, author of "Me, Earl, and the Dying Girl"; Alexandra Ballard, who masterfully depicts one girl's struggle with an eating disorder in her new book "What I Lost"; Annie Barrows, author of the new novel "Nothing," which proves that every life is a story worth telling; and Maurene Goo, who presents a "richly-drawn portrait of multicultural LA" in her new novel "The Way You Make Me Feel." (Remember, anyone under age 18 is let in free—no wristbands necessary!) Berkeley City College Jesse Andrews, Alexandra Ballard, Annie Barrows, Maurene Goo, moderated by Regan McMahon Get Tickets

    Readers of all ages can see themselves in YA characters who face real-life questions about budding love, friendships, powerlessness, and the process of finding one’s place in the world. What do these YA characters have to teach readers about themselves? Join Jesse Andrews, author of “Me, Earl, and the Dying Girl”; Alexandra Ballard, who masterfully depicts one girl’s struggle with an eating disorder in her new book “What I Lost”; Annie Barrows, author of the new novel “Nothing,” which proves that every life is a story worth telling; and Maurene Goo, who presents a “richly-drawn portrait of multicultural LA” in her new novel “The Way You Make Me Feel.” (Remember, anyone under age 18 is let in free—no wristbands necessary!)

    Berkeley City College - Auditorium

    11:45 AM
    • International
    • Literary

    Wrestling with the Devil: Ngũgĩ wa Thiong’o in Conversation

    Ngũgĩ wa Thiong'o interviewed by Namwali Serpell

    Saturday, April 28

    11:45 AM - 1:00 PM
    2018-04-28 11:45:00 2018-04-28 13:00:00 America/Los_Angeles Wrestling with the Devil: Ngũgĩ wa Thiong’o in Conversation Ngũgĩ wa Thiong’o is one of the world’s most prominent African writers working today, often on the radar for the Nobel Prize. He joins us to discuss the American release of “Wrestling with the Devil: A Prison Memoir.” In 1977, he was imprisoned by the Kenyan government in a maximum security facility because of his artistic defiance of a regime. In prison, he penned a novel—on toilet paper, the only paper to which he had access—that would become his classic, “Devil on the Cross.” He will discuss the prison experience, challenges of writing fiction under twenty-four-hour surveillance, and the spirit of defiance that defines hope. He testifies to the power of imagination to help humans break free of confinement, the story of all art. It is an honor to welcome him to Berkeley. Freight & Salvage Ngũgĩ wa Thiong'o interviewed by Namwali Serpell Get Tickets
    Ngũgĩ wa Thiong’o is one of the world’s most prominent African writers working today, often on the radar for the Nobel Prize. He joins us to discuss the American release of “Wrestling with the Devil: A Prison Memoir.” In 1977, he was imprisoned by the Kenyan government in a maximum security facility because of his artistic defiance of a regime. In prison, he penned a novel—on toilet paper, the only paper to which he had access—that would become his classic, “Devil on the Cross.” He will discuss the prison experience, challenges of writing fiction under twenty-four-hour surveillance, and the spirit of defiance that defines hope. He testifies to the power of imagination to help humans break free of confinement, the story of all art. It is an honor to welcome him to Berkeley.

    Freight & Salvage

    Sponsored by UC Berkeley Arts + Design

    11:45 AM
    • Children & Families

    Full Hearts and Clever Minds: Meet Some Unforgettable Characters

    Tae Keller, Esta Spalding

    Saturday, April 28

    11:45 AM - 1:00 PM
    2018-04-28 11:45:00 2018-04-28 13:00:00 America/Los_Angeles Full Hearts and Clever Minds: Meet Some Unforgettable Characters With heart and creativity, anything is possible! Come meet characters who are role models with a lot of moxie. Esta Spalding's "Look Out for the Fitzgerald Trouts" tells of four plucky kids who live in a car on an island, fending for themselves while they search for a permanent home. Tae Keller brings readers another moving character in "The Science of Breakable Things," which follows a young girl who goes to great lengths to help her mother through her depression. (Remember, anyone under age 18 is let in free—no wristbands necessary!) Hotel Shattuck Plaza Tae Keller, Esta Spalding Get Tickets

    With heart and creativity, anything is possible! Come meet characters who are role models with a lot of moxie. Esta Spalding’s “Look Out for the Fitzgerald Trouts” tells of four plucky kids who live in a car on an island, fending for themselves while they search for a permanent home. Tae Keller brings readers another moving character in “The Science of Breakable Things,” which follows a young girl who goes to great lengths to help her mother through her depression. (Remember, anyone under age 18 is let in free—no wristbands necessary!)

    Hotel Shattuck Plaza - Boiler Room

    11:45 AM
    • Mystery, Crime & Thrillers

    Insider, Outsider: Do PIs or Cops Do It Better?

    Cara Black, Candice Fox, Matt Goldman, Rachel Howzell Hall, moderated by Bill Petrocelli

    Saturday, April 28

    11:45 AM - 1:00 PM
    2018-04-28 11:45:00 2018-04-28 13:00:00 America/Los_Angeles Insider, Outsider: Do PIs or Cops Do It Better? At the center of every good crime novel is a hero sniffing out the truth, whether a veteran police officer hardened and informed by years on the force, or a plucky private eye who takes on the case with little to no resources. Four accomplished crime writers battle it out to determine once and for all who does it better, cops or PIs? Vouching for private investigators, Cara Black (Aimée Leduc, PI) and Matt Goldman (Private detective Nils Shapiro) will go head to head with Candice Fox (Detective Harriet Blue) and Rachel Howzell Hall (Detective Elouise Norton). Mystery author Bill Petrocelli moderates. Hotel Shattuck Plaza Cara Black, Candice Fox, Matt Goldman, Rachel Howzell Hall, moderated by Bill Petrocelli Get Tickets

    At the center of every good crime novel is a hero sniffing out the truth, whether a veteran police officer hardened and informed by years on the force, or a plucky private eye who takes on the case with little to no resources. Four accomplished crime writers battle it out to determine once and for all who does it better, cops or PIs? Vouching for private investigators, Cara Black (Aimée Leduc, PI) and Matt Goldman (Private detective Nils Shapiro) will go head to head with Candice Fox (Detective Harriet Blue) and Rachel Howzell Hall (Detective Elouise Norton). Mystery author Bill Petrocelli moderates.

    Hotel Shattuck Plaza - Crystal Ballroom

    11:45 AM
    • Literary

    Native Voices Changing the Story

    Tommy Orange, Katherena Vermette

    Saturday, April 28

    11:45 AM - 1:00 PM
    2018-04-28 11:45:00 2018-04-28 13:00:00 America/Los_Angeles Native Voices Changing the Story These two powerful rising voices are breaking new ground in Native literature. Pam Houston wrote of Tommy Orange, "Remember his name. His book's going to blow the roof off." His novel "There There" is a remarkable look at urban Indian experience that Margaret Atwood described as "a gripping deep dive into urban indigenous community in California: an astonishing literary début!" Katherena Vermette is a writer from the Métis nation in Canada whose multifaceted novel "The Break" follows a Native woman and her neighbors after an assault. One of many rave reviews described "a stark portrayal of the adversity that plagues First Nations women in this country—and the strength that helps them survive." Bonus: The first 100 attendees attendees to this session will receive an excerpt of Orange's book, set to hit shelves in June. The Brower Center Tommy Orange, Katherena Vermette Get Tickets

    These two powerful rising voices are breaking new ground in Native literature. Pam Houston wrote of Tommy Orange, “Remember his name. His book’s going to blow the roof off.” His novel “There There” is a remarkable look at urban Indian experience that Margaret Atwood described as “a gripping deep dive into urban indigenous community in California: an astonishing literary début!” Katherena Vermette is a writer from the Métis nation in Canada whose multifaceted novel “The Break” follows a Native woman and her neighbors after an assault. One of many rave reviews described “a stark portrayal of the adversity that plagues First Nations women in this country—and the strength that helps them survive.” Bonus: The first 100 attendees attendees to this session will receive an excerpt of Orange’s book, set to hit shelves in June.

    The Brower Center - Goldman Theater

    With support from the Federated Indians of Graton Rancheria and the Consulate General of Canada, San Francisco/Silicon Valley

    11:45 AM
    • Current Affairs
    • History
    • Literary

    The Art of Memoir: A Story That Must Be Heard

    Francisco Cantu, Julie Lythcott-Haims, Elizabeth Rosner, moderated by Marie Mockett

    Saturday, April 28

    11:45 AM - 1:00 PM
    2018-04-28 11:45:00 2018-04-28 13:00:00 America/Los_Angeles The Art of Memoir: A Story That Must Be Heard Memoir writers have the especially challenging task of confronting their own past and creating themselves as a character. The subject must be core to the writer’s own identity and moral agenda to drive this kind of ruthless introspection and risk. In a haunting memoir, Francisco Cantu tells of his difficult stint as a U.S. Border Guard, the reasons he walked away, his attempts to use what he learned to help an apprehended friend, and the controversy over his story. With “Survivor Café: The Legacy of Trauma and the Labyrinth of Memory,” Elizabeth Rosner explores not only her own experience as the daughter of Holocaust survivors—the book is organized around trips with her father to Buchenwald—but questions of trauma, memory, and loss as survivors die but their stories must not. In “Real American: A Memoir,” Julie Lythcott-Haims—Harvard-trained lawyer and the only child of an African-American father and white British mother—is “a courageous, achingly honest meditation on what it means to come to consciousness as a mixed race child and adult in a nation where Black lives weren't meant to matter,” said Michelle Alexander, author of “The New Jim Crow.” The Brower Center Francisco Cantu, Julie Lythcott-Haims, Elizabeth Rosner, moderated by Marie Mockett Get Tickets

    Memoir writers have the especially challenging task of confronting their own past and creating themselves as a character. The subject must be core to the writer’s own identity and moral agenda to drive this kind of ruthless introspection and risk. In a haunting memoir, Francisco Cantu tells of his difficult stint as a U.S. Border Guard, the reasons he walked away, his attempts to use what he learned to help an apprehended friend, and the controversy over his story. With “Survivor Café: The Legacy of Trauma and the Labyrinth of Memory,” Elizabeth Rosner explores not only her own experience as the daughter of Holocaust survivors—the book is organized around trips with her father to Buchenwald—but questions of trauma, memory, and loss as survivors die but their stories must not. In “Real American: A Memoir,” Julie Lythcott-Haims—Harvard-trained lawyer and the only child of an African-American father and white British mother—is “a courageous, achingly honest meditation on what it means to come to consciousness as a mixed race child and adult in a nation where Black lives weren’t meant to matter,” said Michelle Alexander, author of “The New Jim Crow.”

    The Brower Center - Tamalpais Room

    11:45 AM
    • Poetry

    State Lines: New California Poets

    Ari Banias, MK Chavez, Vandana Khanna, Austin Smith, moderated by D.A. Powell

    Saturday, April 28

    11:45 AM - 1:00 PM
    2018-04-28 11:45:00 2018-04-28 13:00:00 America/Los_Angeles State Lines: New California Poets Against a backdrop of immense natural beauty, California's writers can't ignore the dissonance. Protests in the streets, unforgiving wildfires, homeless encampments, immigration raids, racial and sexuality based violence: in our idyllic state, the nation's social issues are an indisputable part of life. Join four emerging Californian poets who explore, in their dynamic verse, these very issues. They form a new generation that, like all things California, helps set terms for the country at large. Introduced by acclaimed poet and University of San Francisco professor D.A. Powell. The Marsh Ari Banias, MK Chavez, Vandana Khanna, Austin Smith, moderated by D.A. Powell Get Tickets

    Against a backdrop of immense natural beauty, California’s writers can’t ignore the dissonance. Protests in the streets, unforgiving wildfires, homeless encampments, immigration raids, racial and sexuality based violence: in our idyllic state, the nation’s social issues are an indisputable part of life. Join four emerging Californian poets who explore, in their dynamic verse, these very issues. They form a new generation that, like all things California, helps set terms for the country at large. Introduced by acclaimed poet and University of San Francisco professor D.A. Powell.

    The Marsh - Cabaret

    11:45 AM
    • Children & Families
    • Literary

    Shakespeare Pops!

    Reed Martin, Austin Tichenor

    Saturday, April 28

    11:45 AM - 1:00 PM
    2018-04-28 11:45:00 2018-04-28 13:00:00 America/Los_Angeles Shakespeare Pops! For a man who said "brevity is the soul of wit," Shakespeare sure had a lot to say. Reed Martin and Austin Tichenor create a bridge from this great playwright to younger readers—they've packaged his stories in bite-sized treats. And these treats pop! Join the duo at the helm of the Reduced Shakespeare Company as they discuss their eye-catching and whimsical book, "Pop Up Shakespeare." (Remember, anyone under age 18 is let in free—no wristbands necessary!) The Marsh Reed Martin, Austin Tichenor Get Tickets

    For a man who said “brevity is the soul of wit,” Shakespeare sure had a lot to say. Reed Martin and Austin Tichenor create a bridge from this great playwright to younger readers—they’ve packaged his stories in bite-sized treats. And these treats pop! Join the duo at the helm of the Reduced Shakespeare Company as they discuss their eye-catching and whimsical book, “Pop Up Shakespeare.” (Remember, anyone under age 18 is let in free—no wristbands necessary!)

    The Marsh - Theater

    11:45 AM
    • Health, Psychology & Spirituality
    • Literary

    What Makes a Life Worth Living? Powerful Memoirs of Love and Loss

    Lucy Kalanithi, Rebecca Soffer, Elizabeth Percer, moderated by Elizabeth Scarboro

    Saturday, April 28

    11:45 AM - 1:00 PM
    2018-04-28 11:45:00 2018-04-28 13:00:00 America/Los_Angeles What Makes a Life Worth Living? Powerful Memoirs of Love and Loss In his final year of life before dying of cancer, neurosurgeon Paul Kalanithi wrote the bestselling "When Breath Becomes Air," probing how the mind makes meaning and why our lives matter. Now his widow, Lucy Kalanithi, is joined by Rebecca Soffer, editor of the new anthology "Modern Loss", and writers Elizabeth Percer and Elizabeth Scarboro, to discuss mortality, survival, and how to navigate grief in the modern age. Veteran's Memorial Building Lucy Kalanithi, Rebecca Soffer, Elizabeth Percer, moderated by Elizabeth Scarboro Get Tickets

    In his final year of life before dying of cancer, neurosurgeon Paul Kalanithi wrote the bestselling “When Breath Becomes Air,” probing how the mind makes meaning and why our lives matter. Now his widow, Lucy Kalanithi, is joined by Rebecca Soffer, editor of the new anthology “Modern Loss”, and writers Elizabeth Percer and Elizabeth Scarboro, to discuss mortality, survival, and how to navigate grief in the modern age.

    Veteran's Memorial Building - Auditorium

    Sponsored by SACHI - Society for Art & Cultural Heritage of India

    12:15 PM
    • Literary
    • Women/Gender

    Beyond Jane and Hermione: New Smart Women in Literature

    Azareen Van der Vliet Oloomi, Jana Casale, Martha Batalha, Adrienne Sharp, Moderated by Barbara Lane

    Saturday, April 28

    12:15 PM - 1:30 PM
    2018-04-28 12:15:00 2018-04-28 13:30:00 America/Los_Angeles Beyond Jane and Hermione: New Smart Women in Literature Now is a time for brilliant women to be heard, seen, and read about. This panel of women has taken up the mantle, adding to the chorus of female voices through their strong characters—from whip-smart anarchist teen rebels to restless and explosive women seeking to defy expectations. Powerhouse authors Azareen Van der Vliet Oloomi, Jana Casale, Martha Batalha, and Adrienne Sharp make up this strong female panel. Magnes Museum Azareen Van der Vliet Oloomi, Jana Casale, Martha Batalha, Adrienne Sharp, Moderated by Barbara Lane Get Tickets

    Now is a time for brilliant women to be heard, seen, and read about. This panel of women has taken up the mantle, adding to the chorus of female voices through their strong characters—from whip-smart anarchist teen rebels to restless and explosive women seeking to defy expectations. Powerhouse authors Azareen Van der Vliet Oloomi, Jana Casale, Martha Batalha, and Adrienne Sharp make up this strong female panel.

    Magnes Museum

    12:45 PM
    • Current Affairs
    • Outdoor (Free)
    • Women/Gender

    Men and Boys 2018: Cultural and Personal Masculinities

    Dacher Keltner, Michael Kimmel, moderated by Otis R. Taylor Jr.

    Saturday, April 28

    12:45 PM - 2:00 PM
    2018-04-28 12:45:00 2018-04-28 14:00:00 America/Los_Angeles Men and Boys 2018: Cultural and Personal Masculinities As women across the world make their painful experiences visible, men have begun to grapple with how the masculine identity shapes the power imbalance. The cultural positioning of manhood starts early ("Boys don't cry!") and continues to influence these boys' identities as they grow ("Man up!"). Masculinity expert Michael Kimmel and psychology professor Dacher Keltner investigate. San Francisco Chronicle Stage in the Park Dacher Keltner, Michael Kimmel, moderated by Otis R. Taylor Jr.

    As women across the world make their painful experiences visible, men have begun to grapple with how the masculine identity shapes the power imbalance. The cultural positioning of manhood starts early (“Boys don’t cry!”) and continues to influence these boys’ identities as they grow (“Man up!”). Masculinity expert Michael Kimmel and psychology professor Dacher Keltner investigate.

    San Francisco Chronicle Stage in the Park

    1:15 PM
    • Literary

    Largesse of the Dark Angel

    Sean San Jose, Kate Moses, Christian Kiefer, Gary Kamiya, John Freeman, moderated by Jane Ciabattari

    Saturday, April 28

    1:15 PM - 2:45 PM
    2018-04-28 13:15:00 2018-04-28 14:45:00 America/Los_Angeles Largesse of the Dark Angel Denis Johnson was a pathfinder, magician of words, speaker for broken souls, "cliff-walking literary genius," grappler with God. Poet, playwright, novelist, short story writer, and Northern Californian, he was known as a quintessential “writer’s writer.” Enjoy this tribute and exploration of what makes for great literary art with leading literary critics, essayists, and novelists who knew Johnson well. BONUS: A screening of the film "Jesus' Son," based on Johnson's classic short story, takes place Saturday, April 28 at 8:15pm as part of the festival's film and literature series with BAMPFA. Separately ticketed; $8 at BAMPFA.org. BAMPFA Sean San Jose, Kate Moses, Christian Kiefer, Gary Kamiya, John Freeman, moderated by Jane Ciabattari Get Tickets

    Denis Johnson was a pathfinder, magician of words, speaker for broken souls, “cliff-walking literary genius,” grappler with God. Poet, playwright, novelist, short story writer, and Northern Californian, he was known as a quintessential “writer’s writer.” Enjoy this tribute and exploration of what makes for great literary art with leading literary critics, essayists, and novelists who knew Johnson well.

    BONUS: A screening of the film “Jesus’ Son,” based on Johnson’s classic short story, takes place Saturday, April 28 at 8:15pm as part of the festival’s film and literature series with BAMPFA. Separately ticketed; $8 at BAMPFA.org.

    BAMPFA - Osher Theater

    1:30 PM
    • International
    • Literary
    • Women/Gender

    Fierce Originality: Eimear McBride interviewed by Sylvia Brownrigg

    Eimear McBride interviewed by Sylvia Brownrigg

    Saturday, April 28

    1:30 PM - 2:45 PM
    2018-04-28 13:30:00 2018-04-28 14:45:00 America/Los_Angeles Fierce Originality: Eimear McBride interviewed by Sylvia Brownrigg With her first published novel, “A Girl Is a Half-Formed Thing,” Eimear McBride was compared to a feminist James Joyce in how she broke language to capture fleeting consciousness itself, in this case in the mind of a young girl struggling to remain intact amidst trauma. The New York Times called it “a future classic.” NPR said, “Shattering…Be prepared to be blown away by this raw, visceral, brutally intense neomodernist first novel.” In her second, even more sophisticated novel, “The Lesser Bohemians,” she also aimed "to write truthfully about female experience,” this time about a consuming love affair with an older man. “Writing is painful,” she told the Guardian, “but it’s the closest you can get to joy.” McBride comes to us from Ireland to talk about writing, life, feminism and more with novelist Sylvia Brownrigg. Berkeley City College Eimear McBride interviewed by Sylvia Brownrigg Get Tickets

    With her first published novel, “A Girl Is a Half-Formed Thing,” Eimear McBride was compared to a feminist James Joyce in how she broke language to capture fleeting consciousness itself, in this case in the mind of a young girl struggling to remain intact amidst trauma. The New York Times called it “a future classic.” NPR said, “Shattering…Be prepared to be blown away by this raw, visceral, brutally intense neomodernist first novel.” In her second, even more sophisticated novel, “The Lesser Bohemians,” she also aimed “to write truthfully about female experience,” this time about a consuming love affair with an older man. “Writing is painful,” she told the Guardian, “but it’s the closest you can get to joy.” McBride comes to us from Ireland to talk about writing, life, feminism and more with novelist Sylvia Brownrigg.

    Berkeley City College - Auditorium

    With the support of Culture Ireland

    1:30 PM
    • Current Affairs
    • Literary

    Viet Thanh Nguyen on Art and Politics

    Viet Thanh Nguyen interviewed by Karen Tei Yamashita

    Saturday, April 28

    1:30 PM - 2:45 PM
    2018-04-28 13:30:00 2018-04-28 14:45:00 America/Los_Angeles Viet Thanh Nguyen on Art and Politics Winner of the Pulitzer Prize in 2016 for his novel “The Sympathizer,” Viet Thanh Nguyen—fiction writer, essayist, activist, and UC Berkeley doctoral alum—has become an outspoken voice for refugee rights and justice for immigrants. In 2017 he received a MacArthur Genius Grant, and while he was commended for “challenging popular depictions of the Vietnam War and exploring the myriad ways that war lives on for those it has displaced,” his latest efforts move outward to the plight of refugees across the world. His lauded story collection “The Refugees” explores immigration, identity, love, and family. His latest project, “The Displaced: Refugee Writers on Refugee Lives,” brings together a host of prominent writers. He joins us to today to talk with Karen Tei Yamashita, novelist and essayist on the immigrant experience, about the role of the writer in society, the importance of art to politics, and the power of the written word. Freight & Salvage Viet Thanh Nguyen interviewed by Karen Tei Yamashita Get Tickets

    Winner of the Pulitzer Prize in 2016 for his novel “The Sympathizer,” Viet Thanh Nguyen—fiction writer, essayist, activist, and UC Berkeley doctoral alum—has become an outspoken voice for refugee rights and justice for immigrants. In 2017 he received a MacArthur Genius Grant, and while he was commended for “challenging popular depictions of the Vietnam War and exploring the myriad ways that war lives on for those it has displaced,” his latest efforts move outward to the plight of refugees across the world. His lauded story collection “The Refugees” explores immigration, identity, love, and family. His latest project, “The Displaced: Refugee Writers on Refugee Lives,” brings together a host of prominent writers. He joins us to today to talk with Karen Tei Yamashita, novelist and essayist on the immigrant experience, about the role of the writer in society, the importance of art to politics, and the power of the written word.

    Freight & Salvage

    Sponsored by UC Berkeley Arts + Design

    1:30 PM
    • International
    • Mystery, Crime & Thrillers
    • Women/Gender

    Women Plot the Crime

    Sara Blaedel, Anne Holt, and Yrsa Sigurdardóttir, moderated by Cara Black

    Saturday, April 28

    1:30 PM - 2:45 PM
    2018-04-28 13:30:00 2018-04-28 14:45:00 America/Los_Angeles Women Plot the Crime The plot for the perfect crime may very well reside in the minds of these three cunning women. This panel of authors will discuss what it takes—and what it takes out of you—to write a complex, compelling, and believable (but un-guessable) crime story. Come plumb the minds of Sara Blaedel (Denmark's "queen of crime"), Anne Holt (Norway’s best-selling female crime writer), and Icelandic best-selling author Yrsa Sigurdardóttir, as they talk with fellow crime writer Cara Black. Hotel Shattuck Plaza Sara Blaedel, Anne Holt, and Yrsa Sigurdardóttir, moderated by Cara Black Get Tickets

    The plot for the perfect crime may very well reside in the minds of these three cunning women. This panel of authors will discuss what it takes—and what it takes out of you—to write a complex, compelling, and believable (but un-guessable) crime story. Come plumb the minds of Sara Blaedel (Denmark’s “queen of crime”), Anne Holt (Norway’s best-selling female crime writer), and Icelandic best-selling author Yrsa Sigurdardóttir, as they talk with fellow crime writer Cara Black.

    Hotel Shattuck Plaza - Crystal Ballroom

    With the support of the Danish Arts Foundation, the Royal Danish Embassy, Iceland Naturally, the Icelandic Literature Center, the Norway House Foundation, NORLA - Norwegian Literature Abroad, and the Barbro Osher Pro Suecia Foundation

    1:30 PM
    • Children & Families
    • Comics & Graphics

    The Transformative Power of Art: Making The Dam Keeper

    Robert Kondo, Dice Tsutsumi

    Saturday, April 28

    1:30 PM - 2:45 PM
    2018-04-28 13:30:00 2018-04-28 14:45:00 America/Los_Angeles The Transformative Power of Art: Making The Dam Keeper In 2014, audiences had to guard their heart-strings against Pixar's short film "The Dam Keeper," which told the story of Pig, a young boy who lives in a windmill and must keep a menacing fog away from his town. The responsibility weighs even heavier because Pig has no friends. Not until a new kid shows up at school and introduces Pig to artistic expression does his loneliness begin to dissipate. Join the men behind the film to discuss art, friendship, and creative dreams. This graphic novel is masterful on both literary and artistic levels: Be prepared to be swept away! (Remember, anyone under age 18 is let in free—no wristbands necessary!) Hotel Shattuck Plaza Robert Kondo, Dice Tsutsumi Get Tickets

    In 2014, audiences had to guard their heart-strings against Pixar’s short film “The Dam Keeper,” which told the story of Pig, a young boy who lives in a windmill and must keep a menacing fog away from his town. The responsibility weighs even heavier because Pig has no friends. Not until a new kid shows up at school and introduces Pig to artistic expression does his loneliness begin to dissipate. Join the men behind the film to discuss art, friendship, and creative dreams. This graphic novel is masterful on both literary and artistic levels: Be prepared to be swept away! (Remember, anyone under age 18 is let in free—no wristbands necessary!)

    Hotel Shattuck Plaza - White Cotton Room

    1:30 PM
    • Current Affairs
    • History
    • Native American

    Murder and Survival: The Remarkable Story of Indian Rebirth in the Wake of Genocide

    Benjamin Madley, Peter Cozzens, moderated by Greg Sarris

    Saturday, April 28

    1:30 PM - 2:45 PM
    2018-04-28 13:30:00 2018-04-28 14:45:00 America/Los_Angeles Murder and Survival: The Remarkable Story of Indian Rebirth in the Wake of Genocide The attempted extermination of the indigenous peoples of California is a history too little known in its bloody details. But the story today also is one of cultural survival and renewal. How was this genocide uniquely carried out in California, and how have California Indians and their indigenous brethren managed to survive? Two eminent historians discuss the trauma visited upon Native tribes, and Greg Sarris, a tribal chairman and writer, describes the challenges and opportunities of the current moment, including remarkable Native activism. The Brower Center Benjamin Madley, Peter Cozzens, moderated by Greg Sarris Get Tickets

    The attempted extermination of the indigenous peoples of California is a history too little known in its bloody details. But the story today also is one of cultural survival and renewal. How was this genocide uniquely carried out in California, and how have California Indians and their indigenous brethren managed to survive? Two eminent historians discuss the trauma visited upon Native tribes, and Greg Sarris, a tribal chairman and writer, describes the challenges and opportunities of the current moment, including remarkable Native activism.

    The Brower Center - Goldman Theater

    With support from the Federated Indians of Graton Rancheria

    1:30 PM
    • International
    • Literary

    Utter Fascination: The Art of the Exceptionally Complex Character

    Åsa Avdic, Therese Bohman, Carl Frode Tiller, moderated by Laleh Khadivi

    Saturday, April 28

    1:30 PM - 2:45 PM
    2018-04-28 13:30:00 2018-04-28 14:45:00 America/Los_Angeles Utter Fascination: The Art of the Exceptionally Complex Character How do writers create complex characters? These three authors discuss how they dream up, and then capture on the page, entirely new people who are exceptionally complicated. What narrative strategies do they use to create them? How did the characters develop in the authors' minds? Don't miss the complex characters on this panel: Asa Avdic, a journalist and breakout novelist whose debut, "The Dying Game," is a chilling version of an Agatha Christie ensemble (characters trapped and slowly disappearing) in a futuristic Sweden; Therese Bohman, whose scintillating novel "Eventide" about a middle-aged woman's life "explores complex inner worlds with great sensitivity and insight” (Kirkus); and Carl Frode Tiller with the "Encircling" trilogy, which endeavors to reconstruct a man's mind piece by piece after he loses his memory. The Brower Center Åsa Avdic, Therese Bohman, Carl Frode Tiller, moderated by Laleh Khadivi Get Tickets

    How do writers create complex characters? These three authors discuss how they dream up, and then capture on the page, entirely new people who are exceptionally complicated. What narrative strategies do they use to create them? How did the characters develop in the authors’ minds? Don’t miss the complex characters on this panel: Asa Avdic, a journalist and breakout novelist whose debut, “The Dying Game,” is a chilling version of an Agatha Christie ensemble (characters trapped and slowly disappearing) in a futuristic Sweden; Therese Bohman, whose scintillating novel “Eventide” about a middle-aged woman’s life “explores complex inner worlds with great sensitivity and insight” (Kirkus); and Carl Frode Tiller with the “Encircling” trilogy, which endeavors to reconstruct a man’s mind piece by piece after he loses his memory.

    The Brower Center - Tamalpais Room

    With the support of the Norway House Foundation, NORLA - Norwegian Literature Abroad, the Barbro Osher Pro Suecia Foundation, and the Consulate General of Sweden in San Francisco

    1:30 PM
    • Current Affairs
    • Poetry

    Brenda Hillman and Geoffrey G. O’Brien: A Conversation

    Brenda Hillman, Geoffrey G. O'Brien, introduced by Rachel Richardson

    Saturday, April 28

    1:30 PM - 2:45 PM
    2018-04-28 13:30:00 2018-04-28 14:45:00 America/Los_Angeles Brenda Hillman and Geoffrey G. O’Brien: A Conversation What is the role of creative political resistance in a time of ascendant fascism? Historically, books, poems, and art have proven powerful enough to change the course of history. California poets Brenda Hillman and Geoffrey G. O'Brien discuss their new books and the critical function of art as activism. From the elegy to the love poem, from the individual to the collective, these poets will explore how words give us strength. The Marsh Brenda Hillman, Geoffrey G. O'Brien, introduced by Rachel Richardson Get Tickets

    What is the role of creative political resistance in a time of ascendant fascism? Historically, books, poems, and art have proven powerful enough to change the course of history. California poets Brenda Hillman and Geoffrey G. O’Brien discuss their new books and the critical function of art as activism. From the elegy to the love poem, from the individual to the collective, these poets will explore how words give us strength.

    The Marsh - Cabaret

    1:30 PM
    • Literary
    • Teen
    • Women/Gender

    Nina LaCour Up Close and Personal

    Nina LaCour, interviewed by Regan McMahon

    Saturday, April 28

    1:30 PM - 2:45 PM
    2018-04-28 13:30:00 2018-04-28 14:45:00 America/Los_Angeles Nina LaCour Up Close and Personal Nina LaCour’s characters look a lot like her readers. The characters are easy for readers to relate to: living in worlds readers recognize, suffering the same kinds of uncertainties, experiencing the same sorts of tiny life-changing moments. LaCour has devoted her life to young adults: first as a teacher, then as a writer. Her new novel, “We Are Okay,” follows a college-aged girl as she deals with trauma, isolation, coping, and change. It was called “a moving portrait of a girl struggling to rebound after everything she’s known has been thrown into disarray” by Publisher’s Weekly and was named the best book of the year written for teens, winning the Michael L. Printz Award from the American Library Association, a leading award for teen fiction. (Remember, anyone under age 18 is let in free—no wristbands necessary!) The Marsh Nina LaCour, interviewed by Regan McMahon Get Tickets

    Nina LaCour’s characters look a lot like her readers. The characters are easy for readers to relate to: living in worlds readers recognize, suffering the same kinds of uncertainties, experiencing the same sorts of tiny life-changing moments. LaCour has devoted her life to young adults: first as a teacher, then as a writer. Her new novel, “We Are Okay,” follows a college-aged girl as she deals with trauma, isolation, coping, and change. It was called “a moving portrait of a girl struggling to rebound after everything she’s known has been thrown into disarray” by Publisher’s Weekly and was named the best book of the year written for teens, winning the Michael L. Printz Award from the American Library Association, a leading award for teen fiction. (Remember, anyone under age 18 is let in free—no wristbands necessary!)

    The Marsh - Theater

    1:30 PM
    • Current Affairs
    • History

    State of Resistance: What California’s Dizzying Descent and Remarkable Resurgence Means for America’s Future

    Manuel Pastor interviewed by Monika Bauerlein

    Saturday, April 28

    1:30 PM - 2:45 PM
    2018-04-28 13:30:00 2018-04-28 14:45:00 America/Los_Angeles State of Resistance: What California’s Dizzying Descent and Remarkable Resurgence Means for America’s Future The Golden State has not always been the bastion of liberalism it is viewed as today. Not even three decades ago, there were riots in the streets of Los Angeles, while racist policing, anti-immigration sentiment, and unfavorable tax policies cast a shadow on the sunny state. As award-winning USC professor Manuel Pastor states in his new book, things have turned around. Today, the state is at the forefront of environmental, economic, and political progressive movements. Pastor and interviewer Monika Bauerlein, CEO of Mother Jones magazine, examine the path California has traveled since the 1990s and map its trajectory for the future. Veteran's Memorial Building Manuel Pastor interviewed by Monika Bauerlein Get Tickets

    The Golden State has not always been the bastion of liberalism it is viewed as today. Not even three decades ago, there were riots in the streets of Los Angeles, while racist policing, anti-immigration sentiment, and unfavorable tax policies cast a shadow on the sunny state. As award-winning USC professor Manuel Pastor states in his new book, things have turned around. Today, the state is at the forefront of environmental, economic, and political progressive movements. Pastor and interviewer Monika Bauerlein, CEO of Mother Jones magazine, examine the path California has traveled since the 1990s and map its trajectory for the future.

    Veteran's Memorial Building - Auditorium

    Sponsored by Mother Jones

    2:00 PM
    • Current Affairs
    • History
    • Literary

    Race and Racism in America

    Edward L. Ayers, Khaled Beydoun, Julie Lythcott-Haims, moderated by Scott Shafer

    Saturday, April 28

    2:00 PM - 3:15 PM
    2018-04-28 14:00:00 2018-04-28 15:15:00 America/Los_Angeles Race and Racism in America Three authors of different backgrounds come together to explore race and the deep origins and expressions of racism. Edward Ayers, an eminent historian and President Emeritus of the University of Richmond in Virginia, has written for decades on the Civil War and Reconstruction and on controversies such as those over Confederate monuments; in many ways, the Civil War in this country rages on. Khaled Beydoun, an attorney and Critical Race Theory scholar and author of “Islamophobia,” examines one of the most rabid expressions of racism today—against Arabs and Muslims. Julie Lythcott-Haims, a Harvard-trained lawyer and the only child of an African-American father and white British mother, has written “Real American: A Memoir,” about what it’s really like for a mixed-race child to grow up in this country. Magnes Museum Edward L. Ayers, Khaled Beydoun, Julie Lythcott-Haims, moderated by Scott Shafer Get Tickets

    Three authors of different backgrounds come together to explore race and the deep origins and expressions of racism. Edward Ayers, an eminent historian and President Emeritus of the University of Richmond in Virginia, has written for decades on the Civil War and Reconstruction and on controversies such as those over Confederate monuments; in many ways, the Civil War in this country rages on. Khaled Beydoun, an attorney and Critical Race Theory scholar and author of “Islamophobia,” examines one of the most rabid expressions of racism today—against Arabs and Muslims. Julie Lythcott-Haims, a Harvard-trained lawyer and the only child of an African-American father and white British mother, has written “Real American: A Memoir,” about what it’s really like for a mixed-race child to grow up in this country.

    Magnes Museum

    2:30 PM
    • Current Affairs
    • Outdoor (Free)

    Income Inequality: A World Gone Mad, Mean and Immoral

    Steven Clifford, Jeff Clements, Robert Reich, moderated by John Diaz

    Saturday, April 28

    2:30 PM - 3:45 PM
    2018-04-28 14:30:00 2018-04-28 15:45:00 America/Los_Angeles Income Inequality: A World Gone Mad, Mean and Immoral If you feel that income inequality today is insane, well, you’re right. Disparity in wages and opportunity between the rich and the rest of us has been growing more rapidly in the U.S. than in decades. This trend is fueling much of the unrest tearing apart civil life today. Three compelling writers unpack income inequality today. Steven Clifford takes us inside the machinations of corporate boardrooms and CEO suites and details the harm to the economy. Jeff Clements outlines why corporations are not people but nevertheless have more rights than you do, and what you can do about it. One of the most eloquent voices today combatting systemic inequality, Robert Reich has penned many books including the mega-bestseller “Saving Capitalism: For the Many, Not the Few,” recent “Economics in Wonderland: Robert Reich’s Cartoon Guide to a Political World Gone Mad and Mean,” and the new “The Common Good.” San Francisco Chronicle Stage in the Park Steven Clifford, Jeff Clements, Robert Reich, moderated by John Diaz

    If you feel that income inequality today is insane, well, you’re right. Disparity in wages and opportunity between the rich and the rest of us has been growing more rapidly in the U.S. than in decades. This trend is fueling much of the unrest tearing apart civil life today. Three compelling writers unpack income inequality today. Steven Clifford takes us inside the machinations of corporate boardrooms and CEO suites and details the harm to the economy. Jeff Clements outlines why corporations are not people but nevertheless have more rights than you do, and what you can do about it. One of the most eloquent voices today combatting systemic inequality, Robert Reich has penned many books including the mega-bestseller “Saving Capitalism: For the Many, Not the Few,” recent “Economics in Wonderland: Robert Reich’s Cartoon Guide to a Political World Gone Mad and Mean,” and the new “The Common Good.”

    San Francisco Chronicle Stage in the Park

    With support from the Stephen M. Silberstein Foundation

    3:00 PM
    • Children & Families
    • Native American
    • Outdoor (Free)

    The Graton Writing Project

    Various Writers

    Saturday, April 28

    3:00 PM - 4:15 PM
    2018-04-28 15:00:00 2018-04-28 16:15:00 America/Los_Angeles The Graton Writing Project As part of a comprehensive program to celebrate Native heritage and writing, the Federated Indians of Graton Rancheria and the Bay Area Book Festival launched the Graton Writing Project, an essay contest open to middle- and high-school Native students from Sonoma. Students were invited to answer the following prompt: “Every community has a problem to solve. While one may struggle with a culture of domestic violence, another may not have access to healthy foods. Identify a problem that you see in your community, and write an essay about how that problem could be addressed or solved.” Come hear this year’s participants read excerpts from their pieces, and get a first look at the published anthology of their work! Showtime Stage Various Writers

    As part of a comprehensive program to celebrate Native heritage and writing, the Federated Indians of Graton Rancheria and the Bay Area Book Festival launched the Graton Writing Project, an essay contest open to middle- and high-school Native students from Sonoma. Students were invited to answer the following prompt: “Every community has a problem to solve. While one may struggle with a culture of domestic violence, another may not have access to healthy foods. Identify a problem that you see in your community, and write an essay about how that problem could be addressed or solved.” Come hear this year’s participants read excerpts from their pieces, and get a first look at the published anthology of their work!

    Showtime Stage

    With support from the Federated Indians of Graton Rancheria

    3:15 PM
    • Health, Psychology & Spirituality

    What Death Can Teach Us About Living Fully

    Frank Ostaseski interviewed by Kate Campbell

    Saturday, April 28

    3:15 PM - 4:30 PM
    2018-04-28 15:15:00 2018-04-28 16:30:00 America/Los_Angeles What Death Can Teach Us About Living Fully World-renowned Buddhist teacher and spiritualist Frank Ostaseski welcomes the resolution and connections that the end of life can bring. He has spent thousands of hours in hospice service listening to the open-hearted truths of the dying and their families, and learning from their wisdom and stories. Interviewed by Kate Campbell of North Berkeley Investment Partners, Frank will discuss the tenets he believes lead to a life well lived, and share simple suggestions we can all practice. The Brower Center Frank Ostaseski interviewed by Kate Campbell Get Tickets

    World-renowned Buddhist teacher and spiritualist Frank Ostaseski welcomes the resolution and connections that the end of life can bring. He has spent thousands of hours in hospice service listening to the open-hearted truths of the dying and their families, and learning from their wisdom and stories. Interviewed by Kate Campbell of North Berkeley Investment Partners, Frank will discuss the tenets he believes lead to a life well lived, and share simple suggestions we can all practice.

    The Brower Center - Tamalpais Room

    Sponsored by North Berkeley Investment Partners

    3:15 PM
    • Current Affairs
    • History

    Loaded: Guns in America

    Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz interviewed by T. J. Stiles

    Saturday, April 28

    3:15 PM - 4:30 PM
    2018-04-28 15:15:00 2018-04-28 16:30:00 America/Los_Angeles Loaded: Guns in America Earlier this year, following a shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Florida, two cries rang out. From one side, the call for immediate implementation of stricter gun regulations. From the other, the call for more guns on campuses in the name of protection. Famed activist and feminist Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz discusses her new book, "Loaded: A Disarming History of the Second Amendment," in conversation with Pulitzer Prize winning author T.J. Stiles. Berkeley City College Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz interviewed by T. J. Stiles Get Tickets

    Earlier this year, following a shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Florida, two cries rang out. From one side, the call for immediate implementation of stricter gun regulations. From the other, the call for more guns on campuses in the name of protection. Famed activist and feminist Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz discusses her new book, “Loaded: A Disarming History of the Second Amendment,” in conversation with Pulitzer Prize winning author T.J. Stiles.

    Berkeley City College - Auditorium

    3:15 PM
    • Environment
    • History
    • Poetry

    Gary Snyder & Kim Stanley Robinson: Mt. Thoreau, Civil Disobedience, and Naming What Can’t Be Named

    Gary Snyder, Kim Stanley Robinson, Laurie Glover, introduced by Jack Shoemaker

    Saturday, April 28

    3:15 PM - 4:30 PM
    2018-04-28 15:15:00 2018-04-28 16:30:00 America/Los_Angeles Gary Snyder & Kim Stanley Robinson: Mt. Thoreau, Civil Disobedience, and Naming What Can’t Be Named Legendary Zen poet (and Pulitzer Prize winner) Gary Snyder and his friend Kim Stanley Robinson, the renowned science fiction writer and environmentalist, had an adventure up their sleeve. They were going to hike up an unnamed peak in the Sierras near Mt. Emerson and christen it Mt. Thoreau. You aren’t allowed to just name peaks, as Robinson wrote in an account of the adventure, “Is It Civil Disobedience to Name a Mountain for Thoreau?” They did the deed, despite what they felt surely would have been Thoreau’s disapproval. They come to us now to talk about civil disobedience, nature writing, the environmental movement, poetry, and naming what can’t ultimately ever really be named. In conversation with Laurie Glover, the editor of "Naming Mt. Thoreau," and Snyder’s longtime publisher Jack Shoemaker of Counterpoint Press. Freight & Salvage Gary Snyder, Kim Stanley Robinson, Laurie Glover, introduced by Jack Shoemaker Get Tickets

    Legendary Zen poet (and Pulitzer Prize winner) Gary Snyder and his friend Kim Stanley Robinson, the renowned science fiction writer and environmentalist, had an adventure up their sleeve. They were going to hike up an unnamed peak in the Sierras near Mt. Emerson and christen it Mt. Thoreau. You aren’t allowed to just name peaks, as Robinson wrote in an account of the adventure, “Is It Civil Disobedience to Name a Mountain for Thoreau?” They did the deed, despite what they felt surely would have been Thoreau’s disapproval. They come to us now to talk about civil disobedience, nature writing, the environmental movement, poetry, and naming what can’t ultimately ever really be named. In conversation with Laurie Glover, the editor of “Naming Mt. Thoreau,” and Snyder’s longtime publisher Jack Shoemaker of Counterpoint Press.

    Freight & Salvage

    Sponsored by the Journal of Alta California

    3:15 PM
    • Literary
    • Teen
    • Women/Gender

    Melissa de la Cruz Writes It All: History, Fantasy, Modern Life

    Melissa de la Cruz, interviewed by Jessica Lee

    Saturday, April 28

    3:15 PM - 4:30 PM
    2018-04-28 15:15:00 2018-04-28 16:30:00 America/Los_Angeles Melissa de la Cruz Writes It All: History, Fantasy, Modern Life Melissa de la Cruz never met a genre she didn’t like. The versatile author (with a penchant for villains) has written more than 45 chart-topping books—from the historical love story of Alex and Eliza (Hamilton, that is) to the fantastical prequel to the Disney Channel movie "The Descendants." Her books have graced the charts of The New York Times, Publishers Weekly, USA Today, Wall Street Journal, and Los Angeles Times, and now she graces our stage. Come learn from this Jack of all Trades as she talks the challenges of risky writing and how she finds her groove. Hotel Shattuck Plaza Melissa de la Cruz, interviewed by Jessica Lee Get Tickets

    Melissa de la Cruz never met a genre she didn’t like. The versatile author (with a penchant for villains) has written more than 45 chart-topping books—from the historical love story of Alex and Eliza (Hamilton, that is) to the fantastical prequel to the Disney Channel movie “The Descendants.” Her books have graced the charts of The New York Times, Publishers Weekly, USA Today, Wall Street Journal, and Los Angeles Times, and now she graces our stage. Come learn from this Jack of all Trades as she talks the challenges of risky writing and how she finds her groove.

    Hotel Shattuck Plaza - Crystal Ballroom

    3:15 PM
    • International
    • Literary

    Knots of Wonder: Stunning Short Fiction

    Gunnhild Oyehaug, David Hayden, Masatsugu Ono, moderated by Michael Holtmann

    Saturday, April 28

    3:15 PM - 4:30 PM
    2018-04-28 15:15:00 2018-04-28 16:30:00 America/Los_Angeles Knots of Wonder: Stunning Short Fiction Short stories and novellas are like knots: compact on the surface, but containing intricately woven ideas that, when unraveled, point to something much larger. How do writers do it? These three authors are world-class exemplars of the form: Norwegian short story writer Gunnhild Oyehaug, who can "produce stabs of emotion, unexpected ghost notes of feeling, from pieces so short and offbeat that they seem at first like aborted arias" (in a profile of her by The New Yorker); Irish writer David Hayden, whose short stories The Guardian calls "brilliantly disturbing and unclassifiable"; and, coming to us from Japan, Masatsugu Ono, whose jewel-like novella mixes the surreal with the profound in a story of a shy, traumatized boy overcoming the shame, anger, and sadness that silence him. Hotel Shattuck Plaza Gunnhild Oyehaug, David Hayden, Masatsugu Ono, moderated by Michael Holtmann Get Tickets

    Short stories and novellas are like knots: compact on the surface, but containing intricately woven ideas that, when unraveled, point to something much larger. How do writers do it? These three authors are world-class exemplars of the form: Norwegian short story writer Gunnhild Oyehaug, who can “produce stabs of emotion, unexpected ghost notes of feeling, from pieces so short and offbeat that they seem at first like aborted arias” (in a profile of her by The New Yorker); Irish writer David Hayden, whose short stories The Guardian calls “brilliantly disturbing and unclassifiable”; and, coming to us from Japan, Masatsugu Ono, whose jewel-like novella mixes the surreal with the profound in a story of a shy, traumatized boy overcoming the shame, anger, and sadness that silence him.

    Hotel Shattuck Plaza - White Cotton Room

    Sponsored by the Center for the Art of Translation, with additional support from the Norway House Foundation, NORLA - Norwegian Literature Abroad, Culture Ireland, and Transit Books

    3:15 PM
    • History
    • International
    • Poetry

    The Poet’s Calling: The Life & Works of Pablo Neruda

    Mark Eisner, Forrest Gander, Jessica Powell, moderated by Austin Smith

    Saturday, April 28

    3:15 PM - 4:15 PM
    2018-04-28 15:15:00 2018-04-28 16:15:00 America/Los_Angeles The Poet’s Calling: The Life & Works of Pablo Neruda Pablo Neruda was many things during his life: a Nobel Laureate, a diplomat, and a fugitive, but always at heart, a poet. This panel of translators has collectively devoted decades to examining and sharing the late poet's work. Mark Eisner's new biography, "Neruda: The Poet's Calling," is a definitive account of the Chilean poet's influence, called by Kirkus a "new standard-bearer among Neruda biographies." Forrest Gander brought Neruda's recently discovered "lost poems"—written on napkins, receipts, and playbills—to life in his translated collection, which The Guardian called "a literary event of universal importance." Jessica Powell is responsible for the first-ever English translation of Neruda's third book of poems, "venture of the infinite man." Hear this unparalleled panel of experts as they raise Neruda's voice and discuss his legacy. BONUS: A screening of "Neruda," Pablo Larrain's 2016 film, takes place Saturday, April 28 at 5:30pm as part of the festival’s film and literature series with BAMPFA. The film is introduced by Mark Eisner. Separately ticketed; $8 at BAMPFA.org. The Brower Center Mark Eisner, Forrest Gander, Jessica Powell, moderated by Austin Smith Get Tickets

    Pablo Neruda was many things during his life: a Nobel Laureate, a diplomat, and a fugitive, but always at heart, a poet. This panel of translators has collectively devoted decades to examining and sharing the late poet’s work. Mark Eisner’s new biography, “Neruda: The Poet’s Calling,” is a definitive account of the Chilean poet’s influence, called by Kirkus a “new standard-bearer among Neruda biographies.” Forrest Gander brought Neruda’s recently discovered “lost poems”—written on napkins, receipts, and playbills—to life in his translated collection, which The Guardian called “a literary event of universal importance.” Jessica Powell is responsible for the first-ever English translation of Neruda’s third book of poems, “venture of the infinite man.” Hear this unparalleled panel of experts as they raise Neruda’s voice and discuss his legacy.

    BONUS: A screening of “Neruda,” Pablo Larrain’s 2016 film, takes place Saturday, April 28 at 5:30pm as part of the festival’s film and literature series with BAMPFA. The film is introduced by Mark Eisner. Separately ticketed; $8 at BAMPFA.org.

    The Brower Center - Goldman Theater

    3:15 PM
    • International
    • Literary

    The Nature of Evil: Stories on Darkness

    Karo Hämäläinen, Steffen Jacobsen, Liz Nugent, Yrsa Sigurdardóttir, moderated by Brian Cliff

    Saturday, April 28

    3:15 PM - 4:30 PM
    2018-04-28 15:15:00 2018-04-28 16:30:00 America/Los_Angeles The Nature of Evil: Stories on Darkness Villains allow readers to explore the darkest depths of the human psyche, from the overtly malicious to the insidiously hateful. Evil is more than a plot device—it's a universal truth. These authors harness this powerful truth in their captivating novels: Karo Hämäläinen's "Cruel is the Night," a dark locked-room mystery comedy; Steffen Jacobsen's thriller "Trophy," in which the dark, murderous pleasures of powerful men are unveiled; Liz Nugent's "Unraveling Oliver," which explores the darkness that drives lovers to violence; and Yrsa Sigurdardóttir's "The Legacy," complete with a taunting murderer and a child who witnesses murder. You won't want to miss the writers on this diverse panel as they discuss how they capture the worst of humanity between the pages of a book. The Marsh Karo Hämäläinen, Steffen Jacobsen, Liz Nugent, Yrsa Sigurdardóttir, moderated by Brian Cliff Get Tickets

    Villains allow readers to explore the darkest depths of the human psyche, from the overtly malicious to the insidiously hateful. Evil is more than a plot device—it’s a universal truth. These authors harness this powerful truth in their captivating novels: Karo Hämäläinen’s “Cruel is the Night,” a dark locked-room mystery comedy; Steffen Jacobsen’s thriller “Trophy,” in which the dark, murderous pleasures of powerful men are unveiled; Liz Nugent’s “Unraveling Oliver,” which explores the darkness that drives lovers to violence; and Yrsa Sigurdardóttir’s “The Legacy,” complete with a taunting murderer and a child who witnesses murder. You won’t want to miss the writers on this diverse panel as they discuss how they capture the worst of humanity between the pages of a book.

    The Marsh - Cabaret

    With the support of the Danish Arts Foundation, the Royal Danish Embassy, FILI - Finnish Literature Exchange, Iceland Naturally, the Icelandic Literature Center, Culture Ireland, and the Barbro Osher Pro Suecia Foundation

    3:15 PM
    • Children & Families
    • Literary

    Tackling Issues: Katherine Applegate and Jen Petro-Roy on Hard-Hitting Middle Grade Fiction

    Katherine Applegate, Jen Petro-Roy, moderated by Mary Ann Scheuer

    Saturday, April 28

    3:15 PM - 4:30 PM
    2018-04-28 15:15:00 2018-04-28 16:30:00 America/Los_Angeles Tackling Issues: Katherine Applegate and Jen Petro-Roy on Hard-Hitting Middle Grade Fiction Great books for young readers don't shy away from tough issues. In her wildly successful books for kids, Katherine Applegate ("Crenshaw," "The One and Only Ivan") has brought to life narrators of many different kinds, including a captive gorilla and a friendly neighborhood tree. Her books are brimming with imagination, whimsy, empathy, and hope—one New York Times reviewer called her newest, "Wishtree," "the most moving commentary I've read on the anti-immigration movement." Jen Petro-Roy is a vital new voice for young readers; her "P.S. I Miss You" has garnered national attention for centering on young same-sex love. Come hear how fiction can empower kids and make them feel less alone, and how reading can start a conversation around difficult subjects that kids engage with every day. (Remember, anyone under age 18 is let in free—no wristbands necessary!) The Marsh Katherine Applegate, Jen Petro-Roy, moderated by Mary Ann Scheuer Get Tickets

    Great books for young readers don’t shy away from tough issues. In her wildly successful books for kids, Katherine Applegate (“Crenshaw,” “The One and Only Ivan”) has brought to life narrators of many different kinds, including a captive gorilla and a friendly neighborhood tree. Her books are brimming with imagination, whimsy, empathy, and hope—one New York Times reviewer called her newest, “Wishtree,” “the most moving commentary I’ve read on the anti-immigration movement.” Jen Petro-Roy is a vital new voice for young readers; her “P.S. I Miss You” has garnered national attention for centering on young same-sex love. Come hear how fiction can empower kids and make them feel less alone, and how reading can start a conversation around difficult subjects that kids engage with every day. (Remember, anyone under age 18 is let in free—no wristbands necessary!)

    The Marsh - Theater

    3:15 PM
    • Current Affairs
    • Literary

    The Imperative for Truth: Academy Award-Winning Documentarian Errol Morris in Conversation with Edward Frenkel

    Errol Morris interviewed by Edward Frenkel

    Saturday, April 28

    3:15 PM - 4:30 PM
    2018-04-28 15:15:00 2018-04-28 16:30:00 America/Los_Angeles The Imperative for Truth: Academy Award-Winning Documentarian Errol Morris in Conversation with Edward Frenkel In 1972, the hugely influential philosopher of science Thomas Kuhn threw an ashtray at Errol Morris, then a graduate student. Kuhn was famous for introducing the idea that truth depends upon a person’s “paradigm.” Morris thought that idea was bunk. He went on to create some of the most celebrated documentary films of our time, such as “The Thin Blue Line” and “The Fog of War” (for which he won the Academy Award), most of which demand that we establish a reality-based presentation of truth. Morris has developed an extensive rebuttal to Kuhn in an extraordinary book that delves into logic, math, literature, and the scientific method. In a time when truth is ever more embattled, come hear one of its greatest creative and intellectual practitioners. In conversation with Edward Frenkel, UC Berkeley professor of mathematics and also an eclectic thinker, author (“Love and Math: The Heart of Hidden Reality”) and filmmaker. Special early release of Morris’s new book for the festival—come get your copy! Veteran's Memorial Building Errol Morris interviewed by Edward Frenkel Get Tickets

    In 1972, the hugely influential philosopher of science Thomas Kuhn threw an ashtray at Errol Morris, then a graduate student. Kuhn was famous for introducing the idea that truth depends upon a person’s “paradigm.” Morris thought that idea was bunk. He went on to create some of the most celebrated documentary films of our time, such as “The Thin Blue Line” and “The Fog of War” (for which he won the Academy Award), most of which demand that we establish a reality-based presentation of truth. Morris has developed an extensive rebuttal to Kuhn in an extraordinary book that delves into logic, math, literature, and the scientific method. In a time when truth is ever more embattled, come hear one of its greatest creative and intellectual practitioners. In conversation with Edward Frenkel, UC Berkeley professor of mathematics and also an eclectic thinker, author (“Love and Math: The Heart of Hidden Reality”) and filmmaker. Special early release of Morris’s new book for the festival—come get your copy!

    Veteran's Memorial Building - Auditorium

    3:45 PM
    • Literary
    • Travel

    Off the Map: Traveling, Self, and Other

    Sylvia Brownrigg, Kerry Campbell, Geoff Dyer, John Freeman, Moderated by Olivia Sears

    Saturday, April 28

    3:45 PM - 5:00 PM
    2018-04-28 15:45:00 2018-04-28 17:00:00 America/Los_Angeles Off the Map: Traveling, Self, and Other Travel writing is about aspiration as much as place, about a state of being—a hoped-for transformation of identity—as much as a physical landscape. The best travel writing is about exploration of “the other” and an embrace of this new terrain into self and one’s understanding of the greater world. These four writers explore the concept of “place” from very different perspectives. Sylvia Brownrigg’s “Invisible Countries,” a gorgeous, artist-illustrated Sylph Edition collection of witty, lyrical short pieces, is inspired by Calvino’s guide to imaginary cities. Kerry Campbell’s “Dreaming of France” is about the imagining of place, about self as defined by a place. Geoff Dyer’s “White Sands” defies categorization as his travels, compelling and often humorous, become profound metaphors. Literary critic John Freeman’s first book of poetry, “Maps,” charts the past and present by way of places from New York City to Beirut to American suburbia. Magnes Museum Sylvia Brownrigg, Kerry Campbell, Geoff Dyer, John Freeman, Moderated by Olivia Sears Get Tickets

    Travel writing is about aspiration as much as place, about a state of being—a hoped-for transformation of identity—as much as a physical landscape. The best travel writing is about exploration of “the other” and an embrace of this new terrain into self and one’s understanding of the greater world. These four writers explore the concept of “place” from very different perspectives. Sylvia Brownrigg’s “Invisible Countries,” a gorgeous, artist-illustrated Sylph Edition collection of witty, lyrical short pieces, is inspired by Calvino’s guide to imaginary cities. Kerry Campbell’s “Dreaming of France” is about the imagining of place, about self as defined by a place. Geoff Dyer’s “White Sands” defies categorization as his travels, compelling and often humorous, become profound metaphors. Literary critic John Freeman’s first book of poetry, “Maps,” charts the past and present by way of places from New York City to Beirut to American suburbia.

    Magnes Museum

    Sponsored by Center for the Art of Translation

    4:00 PM
    • Children & Families
    • Free

    Dude! Making a Book Together

    Dan Santat, Aaron Reynolds

    Saturday, April 28

    4:00 PM - 5:00 PM
    2018-04-28 16:00:00 2018-04-28 17:00:00 America/Los_Angeles Dude! Making a Book Together "Dude! Aren't friendships the best? Whether you and your best friend are setting off on a surfing adventure or writing a children's book together, there are bound to be some twists and turns. Award-winning author Aaron Reynolds and Caldecott Medal winner Dan Santat will discuss the making of their new book, "Dude!" and what it's like to work together to create something really cool. (Special free event—no wristbands or tickets needed!)" Bay Area Children's Theatre, 2055 Center Street Dan Santat, Aaron Reynolds

    “Dude! Aren’t friendships the best? Whether you and your best friend are setting off on a surfing adventure or writing a children’s book together, there are bound to be some twists and turns. Award-winning author Aaron Reynolds and Caldecott Medal winner Dan Santat will discuss the making of their new book, “Dude!” and what it’s like to work together to create something really cool. (Special free event—no wristbands or tickets needed!)”

    Bay Area Children's Theatre, 2055 Center Street

    4:15 PM
    • Children & Families
    • Outdoor (Free)
    • Poetry

    Jabberwalking with Juan Felipe Herrera

    Juan Felipe Herrera

    Saturday, April 28

    4:15 PM - 5:30 PM
    2018-04-28 16:15:00 2018-04-28 17:30:00 America/Los_Angeles Jabberwalking with Juan Felipe Herrera Can you walk and talk at the same time? How about Jabberwalk? Can you write and draw and walk and journal all at the same time? Festival favorite and marvelous speaker Juan Felipe Herrera, former Poet Laureate of the United States, will teach you everything he knows about being a real-life, bonafide, Jabberwalking poet! While his new book is technically for kids, anyone can learn to jabberwalk—parents, older siblings, and grandparents who have some pep in their step! Jabberwalkers write and speak for themselves and others no matter where their feet may take them—to Jabberwalk is to be a poet on the move. And there’s no stopping once you’re a Jabberwalker, writing fast, fast, fast, scribble-poem-burbles-on-the-run. It’s all out there—vámonos! San Francisco Chronicle Stage in the Park Juan Felipe Herrera

    Can you walk and talk at the same time? How about Jabberwalk? Can you write and draw and walk and journal all at the same time? Festival favorite and marvelous speaker Juan Felipe Herrera, former Poet Laureate of the United States, will teach you everything he knows about being a real-life, bonafide, Jabberwalking poet! While his new book is technically for kids, anyone can learn to jabberwalk—parents, older siblings, and grandparents who have some pep in their step! Jabberwalkers write and speak for themselves and others no matter where their feet may take them—to Jabberwalk is to be a poet on the move. And there’s no stopping once you’re a Jabberwalker, writing fast, fast, fast, scribble-poem-burbles-on-the-run. It’s all out there—vámonos!

    San Francisco Chronicle Stage in the Park

    With support from the Federated Indians of Graton Rancheria

    4:45 PM
    • Writing & Publishing

    The Future of Publishing

    Emily Bell, Niels Hooper, Elaine Katzenberger, Avalon Radys, moderated by Brooke Warner

    Saturday, April 28

    4:45 PM - 6:00 PM
    2018-04-28 16:45:00 2018-04-28 18:00:00 America/Los_Angeles The Future of Publishing Back by popular demand: an informed, freewheeling discussion for aspiring and published authors, as well as anyone curious about the state of book publishing in 2018. Panelists Emily Bell (senior editor at Farrar, Straus and Giroux), Elaine Katzenberger (Publisher of City Lights), Niels Hooper (Executive Editor of the University of California Press), and Avalon Radys (Director, Marketing & Publishing Operations of Inkshares), with moderator Brooke Warner (Publisher, She Writes Press) represent the many faces of publishing—from big house to small, university press to hybrid, traditional and non-traditional alike. They'll consider Amazon’s expansion, the state of the traditional book industry, the biggest changes happening in publishing today, and ways the political climate affects what publishers are acquiring—and therefore what we’re reading. The Brower Center Emily Bell, Niels Hooper, Elaine Katzenberger, Avalon Radys, moderated by Brooke Warner Get Tickets

    Back by popular demand: an informed, freewheeling discussion for aspiring and published authors, as well as anyone curious about the state of book publishing in 2018. Panelists Emily Bell (senior editor at Farrar, Straus and Giroux), Elaine Katzenberger (Publisher of City Lights), Niels Hooper (Executive Editor of the University of California Press), and Avalon Radys (Director, Marketing & Publishing Operations of Inkshares), with moderator Brooke Warner (Publisher, She Writes Press) represent the many faces of publishing—from big house to small, university press to hybrid, traditional and non-traditional alike. They’ll consider Amazon’s expansion, the state of the traditional book industry, the biggest changes happening in publishing today, and ways the political climate affects what publishers are acquiring—and therefore what we’re reading.

    The Brower Center - Goldman Theater

    5:00 PM
    • International
    • Literary

    Coming of Age on the Page

    Tommy Wieringa, Colin Winnette, moderated by Adam Z. Levy

    Saturday, April 28

    5:00 PM - 6:00 PM
    2018-04-28 17:00:00 2018-04-28 18:00:00 America/Los_Angeles Coming of Age on the Page Stories of self-discovery transcend time and place. Coming-of-age stories, the bildungsroman, are perennial and beloved throughout all nations' literary traditions. These authors demonstrate the durability of the genre as they introduce their dazzling new novels: acclaimed Dutch author Tommy Wieringa's multilayered story of a group of refugees and their interwoven destinies, and Colin Winnette's "The Job of the Wasp," a gothic story that proves adolescence can be a nightmare. Veteran's Memorial Building Tommy Wieringa, Colin Winnette, moderated by Adam Z. Levy Get Tickets

    Stories of self-discovery transcend time and place. Coming-of-age stories, the bildungsroman, are perennial and beloved throughout all nations’ literary traditions. These authors demonstrate the durability of the genre as they introduce their dazzling new novels: acclaimed Dutch author Tommy Wieringa’s multilayered story of a group of refugees and their interwoven destinies, and Colin Winnette’s “The Job of the Wasp,” a gothic story that proves adolescence can be a nightmare.

    Veteran's Memorial Building - Auditorium

    With the support of Letterenfonds / Dutch Foundation for Literature and the Dutch Culture USA program of the Consulate General of the Netherlands in New York

    5:00 PM
    • Literary
    • Women/Gender

    Joyce Maynard: The Power of Heartfelt Story

    Joyce Maynard, interviewed by Kate Moses

    Saturday, April 28

    5:00 PM - 6:00 PM
    2018-04-28 17:00:00 2018-04-28 18:00:00 America/Los_Angeles Joyce Maynard: The Power of Heartfelt Story Joyce Maynard has been prominent in the literary community since her teen years as a contributor to Seventeen magazine. Over the course of her career, she has written 16 books including the novels "To Die For" and "Labor Day" (both adapted for film) and the bestselling memoir "At Home in the World," translated into 17 languages. Maynard will discuss her newest memoir, "The Best of Us," which Booklist says is a "haunting story, penned by a master wordsmith...a reminder to savor every loved one and every day." Berkeley City College Joyce Maynard, interviewed by Kate Moses Get Tickets

    Joyce Maynard has been prominent in the literary community since her teen years as a contributor to Seventeen magazine. Over the course of her career, she has written 16 books including the novels “To Die For” and “Labor Day” (both adapted for film) and the bestselling memoir “At Home in the World,” translated into 17 languages. Maynard will discuss her newest memoir, “The Best of Us,” which Booklist says is a “haunting story, penned by a master wordsmith…a reminder to savor every loved one and every day.”

    Berkeley City College - Auditorium

    5:00 PM
    • Poetry
    • Writing & Publishing

    Who’s Your Muse?

    Victoria Chang, Tongo Eisen-Martin, Brittany Perham, Maw Shein Win, moderated by David Roderick

    Saturday, April 28

    5:00 PM - 6:00 PM
    2018-04-28 17:00:00 2018-04-28 18:00:00 America/Los_Angeles Who’s Your Muse? Poetry can be difficult for some readers to digest, with its interwoven layers of meaning, lyricism, rhythm, and context. Even more difficult to appreciate is how these poems come to be. Five poets come together to discuss the origins of their poems—energies they tap into and methods they use to get the right words into the right order. They’ll talk about how they handle writers block and how they know when a poem is heading in the most fruitful direction. Perhaps they’ll also share some writing prompts that will help you find your own source of inspiration. The Brower Center Victoria Chang, Tongo Eisen-Martin, Brittany Perham, Maw Shein Win, moderated by David Roderick Get Tickets

    Poetry can be difficult for some readers to digest, with its interwoven layers of meaning, lyricism, rhythm, and context. Even more difficult to appreciate is how these poems come to be. Five poets come together to discuss the origins of their poems—energies they tap into and methods they use to get the right words into the right order. They’ll talk about how they handle writers block and how they know when a poem is heading in the most fruitful direction. Perhaps they’ll also share some writing prompts that will help you find your own source of inspiration.

    The Brower Center - Tamalpais Room

    5:00 PM
    • Mystery, Crime & Thrillers

    Noir at the Bar: A Flight of Mystery! Sampling Bay Area Writers of Murder and Mayhem, with Drinks

    Lillian Bell, Cara Black, Ellison Cooper, Reece Hirsch, Beth McMullen, Kelli Stanley, Domenic Stansberry, emceed by Sheldon Siegel

    Saturday, April 28

    5:00 PM - 6:15 PM
    2018-04-28 17:00:00 2018-04-28 18:15:00 America/Los_Angeles Noir at the Bar: A Flight of Mystery! Sampling Bay Area Writers of Murder and Mayhem, with Drinks A Festival favorite returns! There's no better way to celebrate the Bay Area's love of noir than to toast mystery writers who have mastered the form. Feel like a bonafide gumshoe listening in on riveting short readings by these modern masters of noir. And while you're at it, order your cocktail (or whiskey) of choice. The Marsh Lillian Bell, Cara Black, Ellison Cooper, Reece Hirsch, Beth McMullen, Kelli Stanley, Domenic Stansberry, emceed by Sheldon Siegel Get Tickets

    A Festival favorite returns! There’s no better way to celebrate the Bay Area’s love of noir than to toast mystery writers who have mastered the form. Feel like a bonafide gumshoe listening in on riveting short readings by these modern masters of noir. And while you’re at it, order your cocktail (or whiskey) of choice.

    The Marsh - Cabaret

    5:00 PM
    • Literary
    • Women/Gender

    Lidia Yuknavitch in Person: On Fearlessness, Truth, and Misfits

    Lidia Yuknavitch, interviewed by Daphne Gottlieb

    Saturday, April 28

    5:00 PM - 6:00 PM
    2018-04-28 17:00:00 2018-04-28 18:00:00 America/Los_Angeles Lidia Yuknavitch in Person: On Fearlessness, Truth, and Misfits There is no other literary voice like Lidia Yuknavitch's. She is a "bold and ecstatic writer" (NPR), a writer's writer, "a trailblazing literary voice that spans genres and dives deep" (Lenny Letter). The author of the award-winning speculative feminist novel "The Book of Joan" and the hypnotic memoir "The Chronology of Water" has experienced domestic violence, struggles with substance abuse, bouts of homelessness, and the loss of a child. In a raw, fearless voice she interrogates conformity, love, sex, the body, memory, and writing itself and inspires her readers with the courage to live (and write) fully. A protege of Ken Kesey and inspired by Kathy Acker, she is a self-proclaimed "misfit" and has penned a book, enhanced by interviews, called "The Misfit's Manifesto." Come hear her calls for authenticity in life and literature. Freight & Salvage Lidia Yuknavitch, interviewed by Daphne Gottlieb Get Tickets

    There is no other literary voice like Lidia Yuknavitch’s. She is a “bold and ecstatic writer” (NPR), a writer’s writer, “a trailblazing literary voice that spans genres and dives deep” (Lenny Letter). The author of the award-winning speculative feminist novel “The Book of Joan” and the hypnotic memoir “The Chronology of Water” has experienced domestic violence, struggles with substance abuse, bouts of homelessness, and the loss of a child. In a raw, fearless voice she interrogates conformity, love, sex, the body, memory, and writing itself and inspires her readers with the courage to live (and write) fully. A protege of Ken Kesey and inspired by Kathy Acker, she is a self-proclaimed “misfit” and has penned a book, enhanced by interviews, called “The Misfit’s Manifesto.” Come hear her calls for authenticity in life and literature.

    Freight & Salvage

    5:00 PM
    • Current Affairs
    • History

    Extremism Investigated

    Khaled Beydoun and Michael Kimmel, moderated by Susan Griffin

    Saturday, April 28

    5:00 PM - 6:15 PM
    2018-04-28 17:00:00 2018-04-28 18:15:00 America/Los_Angeles Extremism Investigated As political fringe ideologies move into the mainstream—and the far left and the far right clash in the streets—extremist views of all kinds are becoming part of the zeitgeist. More people are facing the question: What compels peaceful people to commit violence? As women come forward to report violence and young white boys are perpetrating mass murders, America is dealing with its own home-grown radicalism. Two experts on extremism—Islamophobia and discrimination scholar Khaled Baydoun, and national thought leader on masculinity and radicalization Michael Kimmel—will probe the questions: What drives people to the extreme? And can a nation be de-radicalized? Hotel Shattuck Plaza Khaled Beydoun and Michael Kimmel, moderated by Susan Griffin Get Tickets

    As political fringe ideologies move into the mainstream—and the far left and the far right clash in the streets—extremist views of all kinds are becoming part of the zeitgeist. More people are facing the question: What compels peaceful people to commit violence? As women come forward to report violence and young white boys are perpetrating mass murders, America is dealing with its own home-grown radicalism. Two experts on extremism—Islamophobia and discrimination scholar Khaled Baydoun, and national thought leader on masculinity and radicalization Michael Kimmel—will probe the questions: What drives people to the extreme? And can a nation be de-radicalized?

    Hotel Shattuck Plaza - Crystal Ballroom

    5:00 PM
    • International
    • Literary

    Know Thyself: The Ultimate Mystery

    Azareen Van der Vliet Oloomi, Mark Sarvas, Carl Frode Tiller, moderated by Nayomi Munaweera

    Saturday, April 28

    5:00 PM - 6:15 PM
    2018-04-28 17:00:00 2018-04-28 18:15:00 America/Los_Angeles Know Thyself: The Ultimate Mystery It’s high literary tide mark on Saturday afternoon. Three of the smartest novelists working today discuss how fiction explodes the question of how we know ourselves. In “Call Me Zebra,” partly set in Spain, Azareen Van der Vliet Oloomi depicts a heroine on a Quixotic quest; the Wall Street Journal said, “Hearken ye fellow misfits, migrants, outcasts, squint-eyed bibliophiles, library-haunters and book stall-stalkers: Here is a novel for you.” Mark Sarvas’ “Memento Park,” partly set in Hungary, was praised by Salman Rushdie as “a gripping mystery novel about art that is also a powerful meditation on fathers and sons.” Norwegian writer Carl Frode Tiller has written a trilogy whodunit about a man who’s lost his memory and reconstitutes himself via letters from friends telling him who he is; you can imagine how that turns out. Said Kirkus, “A wholly satisfying story about how unreliable narrators tell tales not just about events, but about our core emotions.” Who are you? Come explore how we know ourselves. The Marsh Azareen Van der Vliet Oloomi, Mark Sarvas, Carl Frode Tiller, moderated by Nayomi Munaweera Get Tickets

    It’s high literary tide mark on Saturday afternoon. Three of the smartest novelists working today discuss how fiction explodes the question of how we know ourselves. In “Call Me Zebra,” partly set in Spain, Azareen Van der Vliet Oloomi depicts a heroine on a Quixotic quest; the Wall Street Journal said, “Hearken ye fellow misfits, migrants, outcasts, squint-eyed bibliophiles, library-haunters and book stall-stalkers: Here is a novel for you.” Mark Sarvas’ “Memento Park,” partly set in Hungary, was praised by Salman Rushdie as “a gripping mystery novel about art that is also a powerful meditation on fathers and sons.” Norwegian writer Carl Frode Tiller has written a trilogy whodunit about a man who’s lost his memory and reconstitutes himself via letters from friends telling him who he is; you can imagine how that turns out. Said Kirkus, “A wholly satisfying story about how unreliable narrators tell tales not just about events, but about our core emotions.” Who are you? Come explore how we know ourselves.

    The Marsh - Theater

    With the support of the Norway House Foundation and NORLA - Norwegian Literature Abroad

    5:30 PM
    • Current Affairs
    • Free
    • History

    Betty Reid Soskin: Sign My Name to Freedom

    Betty Reid Soskin

    Saturday, April 28

    5:30 PM - 7:00 PM
    2018-04-28 17:30:00 2018-04-28 19:00:00 America/Los_Angeles Betty Reid Soskin: Sign My Name to Freedom The Bay Area Book Festival salutes Independent Bookstore Day with this special event at Pegasus Books Downtown. Activist and author Betty Reid Soskin, the oldest park ranger in America (still working for the parks), will give a highly personal talk about her new memoir "Sign My Name to Freedom," which tells the 96-year story of Soskin's life as a Black woman. A national treasure, Soskin has lived through decades of social tumult in the Bay Area—working on the home front during WWII and assisting the Black Panthers during the Civil Rights Movement. She will explore the decades-long history of racial upheaval in the United States, leading up to the current resurgence of anti-Black violence. Note: No tickets needed for this event, which is at Pegasus Books Downtown at 2349 Shattuck Ave. Pegasus Books, 2349 Shattuck Avenue at Durant Betty Reid Soskin

    The Bay Area Book Festival salutes Independent Bookstore Day with this special event at Pegasus Books Downtown. Activist and author Betty Reid Soskin, the oldest park ranger in America (still working for the parks), will give a highly personal talk about her new memoir “Sign My Name to Freedom,” which tells the 96-year story of Soskin’s life as a Black woman. A national treasure, Soskin has lived through decades of social tumult in the Bay Area—working on the home front during WWII and assisting the Black Panthers during the Civil Rights Movement. She will explore the decades-long history of racial upheaval in the United States, leading up to the current resurgence of anti-Black violence. Note: No tickets needed for this event, which is at Pegasus Books Downtown at 2349 Shattuck Ave.

    Pegasus Books, 2349 Shattuck Avenue at Durant

    7:30 PM
    • Current Affairs

    The Common Good with Robert Reich (Saturday Night Keynote)

    Robert Reich

    Saturday, April 28

    7:30 PM - 9:00 PM
    2018-04-28 19:30:00 2018-04-28 21:00:00 America/Los_Angeles The Common Good with Robert Reich (Saturday Night Keynote) Don't miss the Festival keynote! No one could serve better to inspire us than Berkeley's own Robert Reich—a stellar writer of conscience and conviction, a firebrand, and one of America's most influential and popular political commentators. A former U.S. Secretary of Labor, Reich comments regularly on CNN, NBC, and The Daily Show, and his syndicated articles have appeared in The New Yorker, New York Times, Washington Post, Wall Street Journal, and San Francisco Chronicle. His new book, "The Common Good," charges us all to address the urgent question: What has happened to civility and civic responsibility? What makes a good citizen in today's America? Don't miss Reich's heartfelt call to a nation on the brink as he shows us how to do our part in saving America's soul. Note: Priority tickets are $15. We expect this session to sell out so get your tickets now. Freight & Salvage Robert Reich Get Tickets

    Don’t miss the Festival keynote! No one could serve better to inspire us than Berkeley’s own Robert Reich—a stellar writer of conscience and conviction, a firebrand, and one of America’s most influential and popular political commentators. A former U.S. Secretary of Labor, Reich comments regularly on CNN, NBC, and The Daily Show, and his syndicated articles have appeared in The New Yorker, New York Times, Washington Post, Wall Street Journal, and San Francisco Chronicle. His new book, “The Common Good,” charges us all to address the urgent question: What has happened to civility and civic responsibility? What makes a good citizen in today’s America? Don’t miss Reich’s heartfelt call to a nation on the brink as he shows us how to do our part in saving America’s soul. Note: Priority tickets are $15. We expect this session to sell out so get your tickets now.

    Freight & Salvage

    10:00 AM
    • Children & Families
    • Women/Gender

    YES to Girls & Science!

    Emily Calandrelli

    Sunday, April 29

    10:00 AM - 11:15 AM
    2018-04-29 10:00:00 2018-04-29 11:15:00 America/Los_Angeles YES to Girls & Science! The "SpaceGal" delivers a most welcome new series about Ada Lace, a third-grade girl who has a knack for science and technology, and a nose for trouble. Emily says, "When you were a kid, what did you picture when you thought of a scientist or engineer?" You can bet the answer was "a socially awkward white dude with glasses." Not anymore! Ada inspires young readers to ask questions and lean into their curiosity, showing them that scientists and engineers can look just like them! (Remember, anyone under age 18 is let in free—no wristbands necessary!) Hotel Shattuck Plaza Emily Calandrelli Get Tickets

    The “SpaceGal” delivers a most welcome new series about Ada Lace, a third-grade girl who has a knack for science and technology, and a nose for trouble. Emily says, “When you were a kid, what did you picture when you thought of a scientist or engineer?” You can bet the answer was “a socially awkward white dude with glasses.” Not anymore! Ada inspires young readers to ask questions and lean into their curiosity, showing them that scientists and engineers can look just like them! (Remember, anyone under age 18 is let in free—no wristbands necessary!)

    Hotel Shattuck Plaza - Boiler Room

    10:00 AM
    • International
    • Literary
    • Women/Gender

    Timeless: Reinvigorating the Past Through Historical Fiction

    Heather O'Neill, Linda Spalding, Adrienne Sharp, moderated by Terry Gamble

    Sunday, April 29

    10:00 AM - 11:15 AM
    2018-04-29 10:00:00 2018-04-29 11:15:00 America/Los_Angeles Timeless: Reinvigorating the Past Through Historical Fiction Writing great historical fiction is an enormously challenging task for writers—so much research, woven seamlessly into a story—and rewards readers with entertainment and education at the same time. No wonder historical fiction is one of the most popular literary genres. Discover how it's done through this panel. Two orphans navigate desperation in Heather O'Neill's "virtually cinematic" Depression-era Montreal. With portraits of slave owners and abolitionists, Linda Spalding captures the instability of mid-19th-century America. Through the eyes of a vulnerable young woman, Adrienne Sharp takes us inside the glamour and darkness of Hollywood and Las Vegas in the mid-20th century. Hotel Shattuck Plaza Heather O'Neill, Linda Spalding, Adrienne Sharp, moderated by Terry Gamble Get Tickets

    Writing great historical fiction is an enormously challenging task for writers—so much research, woven seamlessly into a story—and rewards readers with entertainment and education at the same time. No wonder historical fiction is one of the most popular literary genres. Discover how it’s done through this panel. Two orphans navigate desperation in Heather O’Neill’s “virtually cinematic” Depression-era Montreal. With portraits of slave owners and abolitionists, Linda Spalding captures the instability of mid-19th-century America. Through the eyes of a vulnerable young woman, Adrienne Sharp takes us inside the glamour and darkness of Hollywood and Las Vegas in the mid-20th century.

    Hotel Shattuck Plaza - Crystal Ballroom

    With the support of the Consulate General of Canada, San Francisco/Silicon Valley

    10:00 AM
    • Current Affairs
    • Women/Gender

    Women Write the World: On Equality, Justice, and Freedom

    Samina Ali, Belva Davis, Camille Hayes, Michelle Mush Lee, Sara Marchant, moderated by Deborah Santana

    Sunday, April 29

    10:00 AM - 11:45 AM
    2018-04-29 10:00:00 2018-04-29 11:45:00 America/Los_Angeles Women Write the World: On Equality, Justice, and Freedom In our turbulent world where human rights and justice are being challenged, it's important to understand and have compassion for those whose paths we have not walked. "All the Women in My Family Sing," a collection of prose and poetry by 69 women of color, explores the realities, joys, and challenges of being a woman of color in the 21st century. Editor Deborah Santana is joined by authors Camille Hayes, Sara Marchant, Michelle "Mush" Lee, Samina Ali, and Belva Davis, all of whom share stories and insights that can help create bridges between worlds we know very well and those we may not. The Brower Center Samina Ali, Belva Davis, Camille Hayes, Michelle Mush Lee, Sara Marchant, moderated by Deborah Santana Get Tickets

    In our turbulent world where human rights and justice are being challenged, it’s important to understand and have compassion for those whose paths we have not walked. “All the Women in My Family Sing,” a collection of prose and poetry by 69 women of color, explores the realities, joys, and challenges of being a woman of color in the 21st century. Editor Deborah Santana is joined by authors Camille Hayes, Sara Marchant, Michelle “Mush” Lee, Samina Ali, and Belva Davis, all of whom share stories and insights that can help create bridges between worlds we know very well and those we may not.

    The Brower Center - Tamalpais Room

    10:00 AM
    • Children & Families

    Let Me Tell You a Really Good Story!

    Katherine Applegate, Arree Chung, Jonathan London, Michael Slack, Todd Parr, emceed by Ben Schwartz

    Sunday, April 29

    10:00 AM - 11:15 AM
    2018-04-29 10:00:00 2018-04-29 11:15:00 America/Los_Angeles Let Me Tell You a Really Good Story! There’s nothing better than being told a really good story, right? These authors have some news for you: It’s even more fun to tell the story yourself! They've told quite a few tales—Arree Chung with his energetic "Ninja!" series, Jonathan London’s long-running "Froggy" escapades, Michael Slack’s alien field trippers and monkey trucks, Todd Parr’s books about family, and Katherine Applegate’s new picture book for kids, "Sometimes You Fly." They’re here to tell you a few more stories (and maybe help you discover the one you’ve been itching to tell). A don't-miss marathon story time! (Remember, anyone under age 18 is let in free—no wristbands necessary!) The Marsh Katherine Applegate, Arree Chung, Jonathan London, Michael Slack, Todd Parr, emceed by Ben Schwartz Get Tickets

    There’s nothing better than being told a really good story, right? These authors have some news for you: It’s even more fun to tell the story yourself! They’ve told quite a few tales—Arree Chung with his energetic “Ninja!” series, Jonathan London’s long-running “Froggy” escapades, Michael Slack’s alien field trippers and monkey trucks, Todd Parr’s books about family, and Katherine Applegate’s new picture book for kids, “Sometimes You Fly.” They’re here to tell you a few more stories (and maybe help you discover the one you’ve been itching to tell). A don’t-miss marathon story time! (Remember, anyone under age 18 is let in free—no wristbands necessary!)

    The Marsh - Theater

    10:00 AM
    • Literary

    How Stories Make the World

    Joyce Carol Oates, Scott Saul, Ismail Muhammad, Anthony Marra, moderated by Joe Di Prisco

    Sunday, April 29

    10:00 AM - 11:15 AM
    2018-04-29 10:00:00 2018-04-29 11:15:00 America/Los_Angeles How Stories Make the World Everything we understand about the world comes from stories: those we hear in school, those we read in books, and those we believe about each other. These panelists—all titans of storytelling—will discuss the power stories have to galvanize the world, create cultures, and bind us all together. Don't miss your chance to hear Joyce Carol Oates, who boasts a lifetime of achievements as a great American author and Pulitzer Prize nominee (her new story collection, "Beautiful Days" came out in February); Scott Saul, biographer of late comedian Richard Pryor and also a UC Berkeley English professor with Oates; writer and critic Ismail Muhammad; Chair of the Simpson Family Literary Project Joe Di Prisco; and Anthony Marra, recipient of the 2018 Simpson Family Literary Prize. These brilliant writers will interrogate how we shape stories—and how stories shape us. Veteran's Memorial Building Joyce Carol Oates, Scott Saul, Ismail Muhammad, Anthony Marra, moderated by Joe Di Prisco Get Tickets

    Everything we understand about the world comes from stories: those we hear in school, those we read in books, and those we believe about each other. These panelists—all titans of storytelling—will discuss the power stories have to galvanize the world, create cultures, and bind us all together. Don’t miss your chance to hear Joyce Carol Oates, who boasts a lifetime of achievements as a great American author and Pulitzer Prize nominee (her new story collection, “Beautiful Days” came out in February); Scott Saul, biographer of late comedian Richard Pryor and also a UC Berkeley English professor with Oates; writer and critic Ismail Muhammad; Chair of the Simpson Family Literary Project Joe Di Prisco; and Anthony Marra, recipient of the 2018 Simpson Family Literary Prize. These brilliant writers will interrogate how we shape stories—and how stories shape us.

    Veteran's Memorial Building - Auditorium

    Sponsored by UC Berkeley Arts + Design and the Simpson Family Literary Project

    10:00 AM
    • History
    • Literary
    • Women/Gender

    JCC East Bay Presents: Thriving Past Trauma—Holocaust Survivor Dr. Edith Eger with The Choice

    Dr. Edith Eger interviewed by Elizabeth Rosner

    Sunday, April 29

    10:00 AM - 11:15 AM
    2018-04-29 10:00:00 2018-04-29 11:15:00 America/Los_Angeles JCC East Bay Presents: Thriving Past Trauma—Holocaust Survivor Dr. Edith Eger with The Choice An absolute must-see: Dr. Edith Eger, 92-year-old Auschwitz survivor and trauma psychologist, comes to us to discuss one of the most compelling books we’ve read this year, "The Choice: Embrace the Possible," which Desmond Tutu called "a gift to humanity." She will be interviewed by Elizabeth Rosner, author of the award-winning "Survivor Cafe: The Legacy of Trauma and the Labyrinth of Memory." Freight & Salvage Dr. Edith Eger interviewed by Elizabeth Rosner Get Tickets

    An absolute must-see: Dr. Edith Eger, 92-year-old Auschwitz survivor and trauma psychologist, comes to us to discuss one of the most compelling books we’ve read this year, “The Choice: Embrace the Possible,” which Desmond Tutu called “a gift to humanity.” She will be interviewed by Elizabeth Rosner, author of the award-winning “Survivor Cafe: The Legacy of Trauma and the Labyrinth of Memory.”

    Freight & Salvage

    Sponsored by the Jewish Community Center of the East Bay with the generous support of Eve Gordon-Ramek; in memory of Mayer Goldberg and Henry Ramek

    10:30 AM
    • International
    • Literary
    • Women/Gender

    Smart Women Everywhere: Women Calling the Shots in Global Fiction

    Jasmin Darznik, Therese Bohman, Shobha Rao, Gunnhild Oyehaug, moderated by Rachael Myrow

    Sunday, April 29

    10:30 AM - 11:45 AM
    2018-04-29 10:30:00 2018-04-29 11:45:00 America/Los_Angeles Smart Women Everywhere: Women Calling the Shots in Global Fiction Strong women are nothing new in literature, which has inspired centuries of women to speak up. And no woman is a victim when she's the one telling the story. From Iran to Sweden, these writers and their female characters show how it's done. Jasmin Darznik's debut novel, "Song of a Captive Bird," is an homage to Forugh Farrokhzad, the poet many say brought feminism to Iran. Therese Bohman tells a familiar story of a brilliant woman surrounded by male fragility in her novel "Eventide." Shobha Rao creates a transcendent story of female friendship in "Girls Burn Brighter," which Vogue called “incandescent... a searing portrait of what feminism looks like in much of the world.” Norwegian writer Gunnhild Oyehaug, lauded by the New Yorker as a short story master, comes a sensual and contemplative collection of gorgeous, female-centric short stories. Magnes Museum Jasmin Darznik, Therese Bohman, Shobha Rao, Gunnhild Oyehaug, moderated by Rachael Myrow Get Tickets

    Strong women are nothing new in literature, which has inspired centuries of women to speak up. And no woman is a victim when she’s the one telling the story. From Iran to Sweden, these writers and their female characters show how it’s done. Jasmin Darznik’s debut novel, “Song of a Captive Bird,” is an homage to Forugh Farrokhzad, the poet many say brought feminism to Iran. Therese Bohman tells a familiar story of a brilliant woman surrounded by male fragility in her novel “Eventide.” Shobha Rao creates a transcendent story of female friendship in “Girls Burn Brighter,” which Vogue called “incandescent… a searing portrait of what feminism looks like in much of the world.” Norwegian writer Gunnhild Oyehaug, lauded by the New Yorker as a short story master, comes a sensual and contemplative collection of gorgeous, female-centric short stories.

    Magnes Museum

    With the support of the Norway House Foundation, NORLA - Norwegian Literature Abroad, the Barbro Osher Pro Suecia Foundation, and the Consulate General of Sweden in San Francisco

    11:00 AM
    • Current Affairs
    • Literary
    • Outdoor (Free)

    Alice Waters and Jonathan Kauffman: A Revolution in Food

    Alice Waters, Jonathan Kauffman, interviewed by Tom Philpott

    Sunday, April 29

    11:00 AM - 12:15 PM
    2018-04-29 11:00:00 2018-04-29 12:15:00 America/Los_Angeles Alice Waters and Jonathan Kauffman: A Revolution in Food Eating is a political act. The purchase, preparation, and experience of food are choices that profoundly shape not only our individual lives but social justice and our entire ecosystem. Described as “the most important figure in the culinary history of North America,” chef and restaurateur Alice Waters has led the charge toward greater sustainability and pleasure—they go together—across the entire food system. Her new memoir, “Coming to my Senses” (her fifteenth book), recounts her life up to the opening of Chez Panisse. Come hear her latest calls to action. She's joined by San Francisco Chronicle food writer Jonathan Kauffman, author of the new “Hippie Food: How Back-to-the-Landers, Longhairs and Revolutionaries Changed the Way We Eat,” which tells the fascinating story of how the counterculture transformed what's on your dinner plate tonight. They’re interviewed by Tom Philpott, food editor of Mother Jones magazine. San Francisco Chronicle Stage in the Park Alice Waters, Jonathan Kauffman, interviewed by Tom Philpott

    Eating is a political act. The purchase, preparation, and experience of food are choices that profoundly shape not only our individual lives but social justice and our entire ecosystem. Described as “the most important figure in the culinary history of North America,” chef and restaurateur Alice Waters has led the charge toward greater sustainability and pleasure—they go together—across the entire food system. Her new memoir, “Coming to my Senses” (her fifteenth book), recounts her life up to the opening of Chez Panisse. Come hear her latest calls to action. She’s joined by San Francisco Chronicle food writer Jonathan Kauffman, author of the new “Hippie Food: How Back-to-the-Landers, Longhairs and Revolutionaries Changed the Way We Eat,” which tells the fascinating story of how the counterculture transformed what’s on your dinner plate tonight. They’re interviewed by Tom Philpott, food editor of Mother Jones magazine.

    San Francisco Chronicle Stage in the Park

    Sponsored by Mother Jones

    11:15 AM
    • History
    • Women/Gender

    Women Changing the World: How Phoebe Hearst, Jane Stanford, and Other Women Funded Feminism, Founded Universities, and Inspire Philanthropy Today

    Joan Marie Johnson, Catherine Pyke, Alexandra Nickliss, Moderated by Julie Castro Abrams

    Sunday, April 29

    11:15 AM - 12:30 PM
    2018-04-29 11:15:00 2018-04-29 12:30:00 America/Los_Angeles Women Changing the World: How Phoebe Hearst, Jane Stanford, and Other Women Funded Feminism, Founded Universities, and Inspire Philanthropy Today For centuries, women have been powerful philanthropists, albeit less recognized than men. Women's strategic largesse has been essential to progressive advances including feminism. Women have been especially influential in founding the two leading universities in the Bay Area. Phoebe Hearst was the ecletic mother of the University of California at Berkeley, just as Jane Stanford co-founded her namesake university through hands-on activism. What lessons do the stories of these brilliant, empowered women hold today for any woman (or man) who wants to use financial resources to shape society? Do women give differently than men do? Where do the challenges and opportunities lie? Historian Joan Johnson writes on "Funding Feminism," former Hearst Foundation director Catherine Pyke delves into Jane Stanford's legacy, and Alexandra Nickliss reveals the fascinating persona of Phoebe Hearst, whose influence shapes this very book festival. BAMPFA Joan Marie Johnson, Catherine Pyke, Alexandra Nickliss, Moderated by Julie Castro Abrams Get Tickets

    For centuries, women have been powerful philanthropists, albeit less recognized than men. Women’s strategic largesse has been essential to progressive advances including feminism. Women have been especially influential in founding the two leading universities in the Bay Area. Phoebe Hearst was the ecletic mother of the University of California at Berkeley, just as Jane Stanford co-founded her namesake university through hands-on activism. What lessons do the stories of these brilliant, empowered women hold today for any woman (or man) who wants to use financial resources to shape society? Do women give differently than men do? Where do the challenges and opportunities lie? Historian Joan Johnson writes on “Funding Feminism,” former Hearst Foundation director Catherine Pyke delves into Jane Stanford’s legacy, and Alexandra Nickliss reveals the fascinating persona of Phoebe Hearst, whose influence shapes this very book festival.

    BAMPFA - Osher Theater

    Sponsored by the Journal of Alta California

    11:30 AM
    • Children & Families
    • Outdoor (Free)

    Emerging Voices: Young Authors Writing Contest 2018 Winners

    Various Writers

    Sunday, April 29

    11:30 AM - 12:30 PM
    2018-04-29 11:30:00 2018-04-29 12:30:00 America/Los_Angeles Emerging Voices: Young Authors Writing Contest 2018 Winners Bay Area Youth participated in our fourth annual Young Authors Writing Contest with this year’s prompt, “Everyone sees the world through different eyes—both literally and figuratively. How is it possible that two people can look at the same thing, but see different things?” Come hear this year’s contest winners read their winning pieces and witness the rise of a new generation of writers. Writopia Lab has generously offered a space in a week-long, half-day summer workshop to the 1st place winner of the 11th/12th grade division. (Open seating; no tickets needed!) Showtime Stage Various Writers

    Bay Area Youth participated in our fourth annual Young Authors Writing Contest with this year’s prompt, “Everyone sees the world through different eyes—both literally and figuratively. How is it possible that two people can look at the same thing, but see different things?” Come hear this year’s contest winners read their winning pieces and witness the rise of a new generation of writers. Writopia Lab has generously offered a space in a week-long, half-day summer workshop to the 1st place winner of the 11th/12th grade division. (Open seating; no tickets needed!)

    Showtime Stage

    In partnership with Writopia Lab

    11:45 AM
    • Health, Psychology & Spirituality

    Standing at the Edge: Finding Freedom Where Fear and Courage Meet

    Joan Halifax interviewed by Dacher Keltner

    Sunday, April 29

    11:45 AM - 1:00 PM
    2018-04-29 11:45:00 2018-04-29 13:00:00 America/Los_Angeles Standing at the Edge: Finding Freedom Where Fear and Courage Meet Zen roshi (teacher) and anthropologist Joan Halifax has spent much of her life exploring questions of life and death. Teaching at hospices and on death row, and traveling throughout radically different cultures, she has devoted herself to the study of what makes a meaningful life. Her new book, "Standing at the Edge: Finding Freedom Where Fear and Courage Meet," which Arianna Huffington called "essential reading for our time," is the culmination of her lifelong study of mindfulness, compassion, and generosity. She ventures to answer the enduring question: How do we live well for ourselves and others at the same time? Emotion expert and director of UC Berkeley's Greater Good Science Center Dacher Keltner will interview. Freight & Salvage Joan Halifax interviewed by Dacher Keltner Get Tickets

    Zen roshi (teacher) and anthropologist Joan Halifax has spent much of her life exploring questions of life and death. Teaching at hospices and on death row, and traveling throughout radically different cultures, she has devoted herself to the study of what makes a meaningful life. Her new book, “Standing at the Edge: Finding Freedom Where Fear and Courage Meet,” which Arianna Huffington called “essential reading for our time,” is the culmination of her lifelong study of mindfulness, compassion, and generosity. She ventures to answer the enduring question: How do we live well for ourselves and others at the same time? Emotion expert and director of UC Berkeley’s Greater Good Science Center Dacher Keltner will interview.

    Freight & Salvage

    Sponsored by UC Berkeley Arts + Design

    11:45 AM
    • Children & Families
    • Literary
    • Teen

    What Makes a Family?

    Nidhi Chanani, Chris Crutcher, Abdi Nazemian, Mitali Perkins, moderated by Lesley Mandros Bell

    Sunday, April 29

    11:45 AM - 1:00 PM
    2018-04-29 11:45:00 2018-04-29 13:00:00 America/Los_Angeles What Makes a Family? There are those with whom we share blood and childhoods, and those we choose as adults: These are the beautiful, sometimes ill-fitting puzzle pieces that make up a family. These panelists discuss what makes a family (and what makes a family difficult to write): Nidhi Chanani, graphic novelist who delves into the immigrant experience; Chris Crutcher, novelist and family therapist; Abdi Nazemian, whose newest novel raises the question of personal identity and unknown heritage; and Mitali Perkins, who tells multigenerational stories of family and the Indian-American identity. (Remember, anyone under age 18 is let in free—no wristbands necessary!) Hotel Shattuck Plaza Nidhi Chanani, Chris Crutcher, Abdi Nazemian, Mitali Perkins, moderated by Lesley Mandros Bell Get Tickets

    There are those with whom we share blood and childhoods, and those we choose as adults: These are the beautiful, sometimes ill-fitting puzzle pieces that make up a family. These panelists discuss what makes a family (and what makes a family difficult to write): Nidhi Chanani, graphic novelist who delves into the immigrant experience; Chris Crutcher, novelist and family therapist; Abdi Nazemian, whose newest novel raises the question of personal identity and unknown heritage; and Mitali Perkins, who tells multigenerational stories of family and the Indian-American identity. (Remember, anyone under age 18 is let in free—no wristbands necessary!)

    Hotel Shattuck Plaza - Boiler Room

    11:45 AM
    • International
    • Literary

    Resist: Unlocking the Political Power of a Novel

    Margaret Wilkerson Sexton, Rodrigo Hasbún, Madeleine Thien, moderated by Mal Warwick

    Sunday, April 29

    11:45 AM - 1:00 PM
    2018-04-29 11:45:00 2018-04-29 13:00:00 America/Los_Angeles Resist: Unlocking the Political Power of a Novel Books have the power to transform national consciousnesses, to reshape the world. The most powerful political novels narrow the scope of politics and current events, bringing the personal experience to the forefront of the discourse via empathetic characters. Come see three talented political novelists—Margaret Wilkerson Sexton (writing on the legacy of Jim Crow on contemporary families), Rodrigo Hasbún (whose mesmerizing, multi-voiced novel takes us into political revolutions in Latin America), and Madeleine Thien (who sweeps us into cultural revolutions in Asia)—as they explain how the novel can illuminate political change in ways that no non-fiction account can do. Hotel Shattuck Plaza Margaret Wilkerson Sexton, Rodrigo Hasbún, Madeleine Thien, moderated by Mal Warwick Get Tickets

    Books have the power to transform national consciousnesses, to reshape the world. The most powerful political novels narrow the scope of politics and current events, bringing the personal experience to the forefront of the discourse via empathetic characters. Come see three talented political novelists—Margaret Wilkerson Sexton (writing on the legacy of Jim Crow on contemporary families), Rodrigo Hasbún (whose mesmerizing, multi-voiced novel takes us into political revolutions in Latin America), and Madeleine Thien (who sweeps us into cultural revolutions in Asia)—as they explain how the novel can illuminate political change in ways that no non-fiction account can do.

    Hotel Shattuck Plaza - Crystal Ballroom

    With the support of the Consulate General of Canada, San Francisco/Silicon Valley

    11:45 AM
    • Literary

    Geoff Dyer on Street Photography and Beyond, Interviewed by Errol Morris

    Geoff Dyer interviewed by Errol Morris

    Sunday, April 29

    11:45 AM - 1:00 PM
    2018-04-29 11:45:00 2018-04-29 13:00:00 America/Los_Angeles Geoff Dyer on Street Photography and Beyond, Interviewed by Errol Morris The English writer Geoff Dyer's eclectic, critically acclaimed body of work includes novels, memoirs, literary criticism, and essays on travel, jazz, film, and more, each marked with his inimitable wit. He's known for defying genres, and his latest, "The Street Philosophy of Garry Winogrand," includes 100 essays about 100 photographs by the famed street photographer. Dyer's responses to the photographs are predictably unorthodox, often hilarious, and always insightful. Billy Collins (former U.S. poet laureate) said the book "amounts to an extensive tour of Winogrand’s photographs conducted by a savvy, observant, and highly entertaining guide." Academy Award-winning documentarian Errol Morris, who also has authored a book on photography, will interview. Don't miss this discussion with two powerful, funny, whip-smart speakers. The Brower Center Geoff Dyer interviewed by Errol Morris Get Tickets

    The English writer Geoff Dyer’s eclectic, critically acclaimed body of work includes novels, memoirs, literary criticism, and essays on travel, jazz, film, and more, each marked with his inimitable wit. He’s known for defying genres, and his latest, “The Street Philosophy of Garry Winogrand,” includes 100 essays about 100 photographs by the famed street photographer. Dyer’s responses to the photographs are predictably unorthodox, often hilarious, and always insightful. Billy Collins (former U.S. poet laureate) said the book “amounts to an extensive tour of Winogrand’s photographs conducted by a savvy, observant, and highly entertaining guide.” Academy Award-winning documentarian Errol Morris, who also has authored a book on photography, will interview. Don’t miss this discussion with two powerful, funny, whip-smart speakers.

    The Brower Center - Goldman Theater

    11:45 AM
    • Literary
    • Writing & Publishing

    Some of the Best Writers Working Today: A Celebration of Freeman’s Literary Journal

    Elaine Castillo, John Freeman, Pola Oloixarac, Heather O'Neill

    Sunday, April 29

    11:45 AM - 1:00 PM
    2018-04-29 11:45:00 2018-04-29 13:00:00 America/Los_Angeles Some of the Best Writers Working Today: A Celebration of Freeman’s Literary Journal The brainchild of renowned literary critic John Freeman (former editor of Granta), Freeman's is a twice-yearly literary journal that curates new or previously unpublished writing from literary legends as well as work from rising talent. Vogue reported, "Freeman doesn’t just include the work of unknown writers, he ‘smuggles’ them in among A-list talent," and the BBC called the journal “fresh, provocative, engrossing.” Freeman appears in person to describe how he selects writers for this new journal and what he thinks of the state of literature today. With him to introduce the latest issue are contributors Elaine Castillo, Pola Oloixarac, and Heather O'Neill. The Brower Center Elaine Castillo, John Freeman, Pola Oloixarac, Heather O'Neill Get Tickets

    The brainchild of renowned literary critic John Freeman (former editor of Granta), Freeman’s is a twice-yearly literary journal that curates new or previously unpublished writing from literary legends as well as work from rising talent. Vogue reported, “Freeman doesn’t just include the work of unknown writers, he ‘smuggles’ them in among A-list talent,” and the BBC called the journal “fresh, provocative, engrossing.” Freeman appears in person to describe how he selects writers for this new journal and what he thinks of the state of literature today. With him to introduce the latest issue are contributors Elaine Castillo, Pola Oloixarac, and Heather O’Neill.

    The Brower Center - Tamalpais Room

    With the support of the Consulate General of Canada, San Francisco/Silicon Valley

    11:45 AM
    • Children & Families

    Putting the FUN in Reading!

    LeUyen Pham, Megan McDonald, Travis Nichols, Judd Winick, moderated by Mary Ann Scheuer

    Sunday, April 29

    11:45 AM - 12:45 PM
    2018-04-29 11:45:00 2018-04-29 12:45:00 America/Los_Angeles Putting the FUN in Reading! Have you ever been asked, “Why do you love reading so much?” We certainly have, and our answer is always the same: “Because it’s fun!” Join these four authors and artists as they discuss how they make reading fun for their younger audiences, from spicing a story up with pictures to having your characters (literally) fall from the sky. (Remember, anyone under age 18 is let in free—no wristbands necessary!) The Marsh LeUyen Pham, Megan McDonald, Travis Nichols, Judd Winick, moderated by Mary Ann Scheuer Get Tickets

    Have you ever been asked, “Why do you love reading so much?” We certainly have, and our answer is always the same: “Because it’s fun!” Join these four authors and artists as they discuss how they make reading fun for their younger audiences, from spicing a story up with pictures to having your characters (literally) fall from the sky. (Remember, anyone under age 18 is let in free—no wristbands necessary!)

    The Marsh - Theater

    11:45 AM
    • Comics & Graphics
    • Women/Gender

    Aline Kominsky-Crumb: A Life in Comics

    Aline Kominsky-Crumb interviewed by Peggy Orenstein

    Sunday, April 29

    11:45 AM - 1:00 PM
    2018-04-29 11:45:00 2018-04-29 13:00:00 America/Los_Angeles Aline Kominsky-Crumb: A Life in Comics Aline Kominsky-Crumb is an icon of cartooning and a pioneer in feminist expression through this medium. Her subversive depictions of femininity, along with her collaborations with husband Robert Crumb, have been widely featured in the underground scene. Growing up enraptured by the counter-culture movement, Kominsky-Crumb has always sought new ways to defy and inspire, and she actively seeks to "deconstruct the myth or romanticism around being a woman." Journalist Peggy Orenstein interviews the award-winning artist and storyteller, who comes to us from her home in France. Veteran's Memorial Building Aline Kominsky-Crumb interviewed by Peggy Orenstein Get Tickets

    Aline Kominsky-Crumb is an icon of cartooning and a pioneer in feminist expression through this medium. Her subversive depictions of femininity, along with her collaborations with husband Robert Crumb, have been widely featured in the underground scene. Growing up enraptured by the counter-culture movement, Kominsky-Crumb has always sought new ways to defy and inspire, and she actively seeks to “deconstruct the myth or romanticism around being a woman.” Journalist Peggy Orenstein interviews the award-winning artist and storyteller, who comes to us from her home in France.

    Veteran's Memorial Building - Auditorium

    11:45 AM
    • Current Affairs

    The Impact of Angels in America on LGBTQ Literature

    Baruch Porras-Hernandez, K.M. Soehnlein, Brian Thorstenson, Sarah Rose Leonard

    Sunday, April 29

    11:45 AM - 1:00 PM
    2018-04-29 11:45:00 2018-04-29 13:00:00 America/Los_Angeles The Impact of Angels in America on LGBTQ Literature Tony Kushner’s groundbreaking epic play Angels in America unabashedly showed gay men as heroes. Prior Walter, sick with AIDS, wrestles with an angel. The ex-drag queen Belize works as a nurse in a hospital where he spars with the dying, cruel Roy Cohn as he also administers care. The play’s structure alone is an argument for queerness: all of the straight men in power are played by women. Angels broke open how gayness could be portrayed onstage, and influenced entire generations of queer writers. The Bay Area Book Festival partners with Berkeley Repertory Theatre, where Angels is currently playing, to host a panel discussion with local writers on how Angels in America impacted LGBTQ literature. Berkeley Repertory Theatre, School of Theatre (2071 Addison Street) Baruch Porras-Hernandez, K.M. Soehnlein, Brian Thorstenson, Sarah Rose Leonard Get Tickets

    Tony Kushner’s groundbreaking epic play Angels in America unabashedly showed gay men as heroes. Prior Walter, sick with AIDS, wrestles with an angel. The ex-drag queen Belize works as a nurse in a hospital where he spars with the dying, cruel Roy Cohn as he also administers care. The play’s structure alone is an argument for queerness: all of the straight men in power are played by women. Angels broke open how gayness could be portrayed onstage, and influenced entire generations of queer writers. The Bay Area Book Festival partners with Berkeley Repertory Theatre, where Angels is currently playing, to host a panel discussion with local writers on how Angels in America impacted LGBTQ literature.

    Berkeley Repertory Theatre, School of Theatre (2071 Addison Street) - The Bakery

    12:15 PM
    • Science Fiction & Fantasy
    • Women/Gender

    Women & Speculative Fiction: In the Footsteps of Atwood, Butler, and Le Guin

    Åsa Avdic, Maggie Shen King, Lidia Yuknavitch, Meg Elison, moderated by Charlie Jane Anders

    Sunday, April 29

    12:15 PM - 1:30 PM
    2018-04-29 12:15:00 2018-04-29 13:30:00 America/Los_Angeles Women & Speculative Fiction: In the Footsteps of Atwood, Butler, and Le Guin Margaret Atwood, Octavia Butler, and Ursula Le Guin are three titans of speculative fiction, having paved the way for a new generation of women who hold in their hands the future of the genre. Among this new generation are Asa Avdic, whose "The Dying Game" was called "an Orwellian debut novel that never lets up"; breakout novelist Maggie Shen King, author of "An Excess Male" (dubbed "'The Handmaid's Tale' of a new generation"); literary powerhouse and award-winning author of "The Book of Joan" Lidia Yuknavitch; and influential feminist writer Meg Elison, who won the Philip K. Dick Award for "The Book of the Unnamed Midwife", all in discussion with writer and journalist Charlie Jane Anders ("All the Birds in the Sky", " Six Months, Three Days, Five Others"). Magnes Museum Åsa Avdic, Maggie Shen King, Lidia Yuknavitch, Meg Elison, moderated by Charlie Jane Anders Get Tickets

    Margaret Atwood, Octavia Butler, and Ursula Le Guin are three titans of speculative fiction, having paved the way for a new generation of women who hold in their hands the future of the genre. Among this new generation are Asa Avdic, whose “The Dying Game” was called “an Orwellian debut novel that never lets up”; breakout novelist Maggie Shen King, author of “An Excess Male” (dubbed “‘The Handmaid’s Tale’ of a new generation”); literary powerhouse and award-winning author of “The Book of Joan” Lidia Yuknavitch; and influential feminist writer Meg Elison, who won the Philip K. Dick Award for “The Book of the Unnamed Midwife”, all in discussion with writer and journalist Charlie Jane Anders (“All the Birds in the Sky”, ” Six Months, Three Days, Five Others”).

    Magnes Museum

    With the support of Zoetic Press, the Barbro Osher Pro Suecia Foundation, and the Consulate General of Sweden in San Francisco

    12:45 PM
    • Current Affairs
    • Outdoor (Free)
    • Women/Gender

    Sally Kohn on Repairing Our Humanity

    Sally Kohn interviewed by Lauren Schiller, Inflection Point

    Sunday, April 29

    12:45 PM - 2:00 PM
    2018-04-29 12:45:00 2018-04-29 14:00:00 America/Los_Angeles Sally Kohn on Repairing Our Humanity Popular political commentator Sally Kohn, who has contributed regularly to both CNN and Fox News, has built a career on bridging political differences and has mastered the remarkable skill of civil conversation with people with whom she disagrees passionately. Learning how to do that is reason enough to attend this session, but Kohn goes a step further. For her new book “The Opposite of Hate: A Field Guide to Repairing Our Humanity,” Kohn talked with leading researchers and traveled the world meeting with terrorists, white supremacists, and trolls (including those who malign her), all to untangle the roots of hate. How can we stop hate? Why does civility matter, and what else can help? Find out how you too can join this process of leaving hate behind. Session taped for later podcast by Inflection Point, https://www.inflectionpointradio.org. San Francisco Chronicle Stage in the Park Sally Kohn interviewed by Lauren Schiller, Inflection Point

    Popular political commentator Sally Kohn, who has contributed regularly to both CNN and Fox News, has built a career on bridging political differences and has mastered the remarkable skill of civil conversation with people with whom she disagrees passionately. Learning how to do that is reason enough to attend this session, but Kohn goes a step further. For her new book “The Opposite of Hate: A Field Guide to Repairing Our Humanity,” Kohn talked with leading researchers and traveled the world meeting with terrorists, white supremacists, and trolls (including those who malign her), all to untangle the roots of hate. How can we stop hate? Why does civility matter, and what else can help? Find out how you too can join this process of leaving hate behind. Session taped for later podcast by Inflection Point, https://www.inflectionpointradio.org.

    San Francisco Chronicle Stage in the Park

    1:00 PM
    • Health, Psychology & Spirituality
    • Women/Gender

    “Wonder Down Under”: A Celebration (and Medical Explication) of the Female Anatomy

    Ellen Støkken Dahl, interviewed by Michelle Marzullo

    Sunday, April 29

    1:00 PM - 2:15 PM
    2018-04-29 13:00:00 2018-04-29 14:15:00 America/Los_Angeles “Wonder Down Under”: A Celebration (and Medical Explication) of the Female Anatomy The female body has been a political battleground for centuries, the source of life itself and thus the focus of control, indeed obsession. Meanwhile, the actual bodies themselves—the way they work, their own intrinsic beauty and physical essence—remain largely undiscussed. To demystify female sexual health for women and those who love them, medical student Ellen Støkken Dahl and Dr. Nina Brochmann from Norway began a blog that was so popular that it quickly became a book. "The Wonder Down Under: A User's Guide to the Vagina" sold out in Norway in only three days and has now been translated into more than 30 languages. In a special presentation, Dahl will answer all of the questions you didn't know you had about the female anatomy. BAMPFA Ellen Støkken Dahl, interviewed by Michelle Marzullo Get Tickets

    The female body has been a political battleground for centuries, the source of life itself and thus the focus of control, indeed obsession. Meanwhile, the actual bodies themselves—the way they work, their own intrinsic beauty and physical essence—remain largely undiscussed. To demystify female sexual health for women and those who love them, medical student Ellen Støkken Dahl and Dr. Nina Brochmann from Norway began a blog that was so popular that it quickly became a book. “The Wonder Down Under: A User’s Guide to the Vagina” sold out in Norway in only three days and has now been translated into more than 30 languages. In a special presentation, Dahl will answer all of the questions you didn’t know you had about the female anatomy.

    BAMPFA - Osher Theater

    Sponsored by the California Institute of Integral Studies (CIIS) with additional support from the Norway House Foundation and NORLA - Norwegian Literature Abroad

    1:30 PM
    • Children & Families

    Judy Moody & Stink: Megan McDonald at Bay Area Children’s Theatre

    Megan McDonald

    Sunday, April 29

    1:30 PM - 3:30 PM
    2018-04-29 13:30:00 2018-04-29 15:30:00 America/Los_Angeles Judy Moody & Stink: Megan McDonald at Bay Area Children’s Theatre The Bay Area Children's Theatre has two final performances of its "Judy Moody and Stink: The Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad Treasure Hunt," a play adapted from Megan McDonald's widely-read books—and we're all so lucky they're on the festival weekend! Megan McDonald will appear in person for the final show on Sunday afternoon, talk with the audience, and sign books after the show. Festival passes (wristbands, priority tickets, or special passes) are not accepted at this program. Get tickets Bay Area Children's Theatre, 2055 Center Street Megan McDonald Get Tickets

    The Bay Area Children’s Theatre has two final performances of its “Judy Moody and Stink: The Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad Treasure Hunt,” a play adapted from Megan McDonald’s widely-read books—and we’re all so lucky they’re on the festival weekend! Megan McDonald will appear in person for the final show on Sunday afternoon, talk with the audience, and sign books after the show. Festival passes (wristbands, priority tickets, or special passes) are not accepted at this program. Get tickets

    Bay Area Children's Theatre, 2055 Center Street

    1:30 PM
    • Current Affairs
    • Women/Gender

    #MeToo & Beyond: Continuing to Tell the Truth

    Saru Jayaraman, Winnie M. Li, T. Christian Miller, Bernice Yeung, moderated by Sandhya Dirks

    Sunday, April 29

    1:30 PM - 2:45 PM
    2018-04-29 13:30:00 2018-04-29 14:45:00 America/Los_Angeles #MeToo & Beyond: Continuing to Tell the Truth Has #MeToo gone too far? (That very question will provoke strong reactions.) Not far enough? (That one too.) Who decides? What happens next? Together these writers, who have plumbed this topic deeply, will deconstruct the movement and explore its future. Winnie Li's thought-provoking novel "Dark Chapter" was inspired by her own experience of assault; she also founded and runs the consent-centered Clear Lines festival in the UK. Investigative journalist Bernice Yeung has reported on sexual assault in agricultural and janitorial work. T. Christian Miller's reporting on the story of a mishandled rape case won the Pulitzer Prize and has been developed into a book, just published. Lawyer and prominent activist Saru Jayaraman has investigated harassment of women working in the hospitality industry. Freight & Salvage Saru Jayaraman, Winnie M. Li, T. Christian Miller, Bernice Yeung, moderated by Sandhya Dirks Get Tickets

    Has #MeToo gone too far? (That very question will provoke strong reactions.) Not far enough? (That one too.) Who decides? What happens next? Together these writers, who have plumbed this topic deeply, will deconstruct the movement and explore its future. Winnie Li’s thought-provoking novel “Dark Chapter” was inspired by her own experience of assault; she also founded and runs the consent-centered Clear Lines festival in the UK. Investigative journalist Bernice Yeung has reported on sexual assault in agricultural and janitorial work. T. Christian Miller’s reporting on the story of a mishandled rape case won the Pulitzer Prize and has been developed into a book, just published. Lawyer and prominent activist Saru Jayaraman has investigated harassment of women working in the hospitality industry.

    Freight & Salvage

    Sponsored by Zoetic Press

    1:30 PM
    • Children & Families
    • Teen
    • Women/Gender

    Writing the Truth: Fiction and Non-Fiction

    Dashka Slater, Anne Nesbet, Sara Saedi, moderated by Dan Brekke

    Sunday, April 29

    1:30 PM - 2:45 PM
    2018-04-29 13:30:00 2018-04-29 14:45:00 America/Los_Angeles Writing the Truth: Fiction and Non-Fiction Young readers have an intense curiosity about the world, and sophisticated books based on real-life events can help them navigate the complexities they find. The authors on this panel will discuss how they incorporate difficult real events into their books while keeping them enjoyable for young readers. Slater, who has written several children’s books, has a new nonfiction book geared toward young adults that deals with the burning of a cross-dressed teenager on an Oakland bus. Nesbet’s historical fiction follows an 11-year-old orphan in 1941 America. Saedi presents her true story of her family's undocumented history (Remember, anyone under age 18 is let in free—no wristbands necessary!) Hotel Shattuck Plaza Dashka Slater, Anne Nesbet, Sara Saedi, moderated by Dan Brekke Get Tickets

    Young readers have an intense curiosity about the world, and sophisticated books based on real-life events can help them navigate the complexities they find. The authors on this panel will discuss how they incorporate difficult real events into their books while keeping them enjoyable for young readers. Slater, who has written several children’s books, has a new nonfiction book geared toward young adults that deals with the burning of a cross-dressed teenager on an Oakland bus. Nesbet’s historical fiction follows an 11-year-old orphan in 1941 America. Saedi presents her true story of her family’s undocumented history (Remember, anyone under age 18 is let in free—no wristbands necessary!)

    Hotel Shattuck Plaza - Boiler Room

    1:30 PM
    • Science Fiction & Fantasy
    • Teen

    A Free Trip to Another World: Fantasy in Young Adult Literature

    Shea Ernshaw, Lexa Hillyer, Laura Sebastian, Wendy Spinale, Leslye Walton, moderated by Ben Schwartz

    Sunday, April 29

    1:30 PM - 3:00 PM
    2018-04-29 13:30:00 2018-04-29 15:00:00 America/Los_Angeles A Free Trip to Another World: Fantasy in Young Adult Literature It’s a popular sentiment, wanting to escape the drudgery of everyday life in favor of new worlds—worlds where fairy tales take on new life, where gardens and witches have the power to enchant people, where young princesses and budding witches seek to find their place. You won't want to miss these authors as they discuss the intricate worlds they’ve built and where they find the inspiration for the fantastical in this world. Hear from bewitching novelist Shea Ernshaw, Founder and President of Publishing at Glasstown Entertainment Lexa Hillyer, debut fantasy writer Laura Sebastian, creator of the Everland series Wendy Spinale, and best-selling author Leslye Walton. (Remember, anyone under age 18 is let in free—no wristbands necessary!) Hotel Shattuck Plaza Shea Ernshaw, Lexa Hillyer, Laura Sebastian, Wendy Spinale, Leslye Walton, moderated by Ben Schwartz Get Tickets

    It’s a popular sentiment, wanting to escape the drudgery of everyday life in favor of new worlds—worlds where fairy tales take on new life, where gardens and witches have the power to enchant people, where young princesses and budding witches seek to find their place. You won’t want to miss these authors as they discuss the intricate worlds they’ve built and where they find the inspiration for the fantastical in this world. Hear from bewitching novelist Shea Ernshaw, Founder and President of Publishing at Glasstown Entertainment Lexa Hillyer, debut fantasy writer Laura Sebastian, creator of the Everland series Wendy Spinale, and best-selling author Leslye Walton. (Remember, anyone under age 18 is let in free—no wristbands necessary!)

    Hotel Shattuck Plaza - Crystal Ballroom

    1:30 PM
    • Current Affairs
    • History
    • Women/Gender

    We Can Do It: Opinionated Women

    Michelle Dean

    Sunday, April 29

    1:30 PM - 2:45 PM
    2018-04-29 13:30:00 2018-04-29 14:45:00 America/Los_Angeles We Can Do It: Opinionated Women What makes for a powerful woman? Is there a special trait, a spark that allows her to overcome institutional biases and barriers? Michelle Dean's new book, "Sharp: the Women Who Made an Art of Having an Opinion," is in equal part a polyphonic biography, a cultural criticism, and a historical analysis. Following the lives of ten women—Dorothy Parker, Rebecca West, Hannah Arendt, Mary McCarthy, Susan Sontag, Pauline Kael, Joan Didion, Nora Ephron, Renata Adler, and Janet Malcolm—Dean explores how they positioned themselves as powerful voices in a male-dominated world. Hear Dean expertly discuss how these women took power when it was not offered to them (and how each of us is capable of doing the same). The Brower Center Michelle Dean Get Tickets

    What makes for a powerful woman? Is there a special trait, a spark that allows her to overcome institutional biases and barriers? Michelle Dean’s new book, “Sharp: the Women Who Made an Art of Having an Opinion,” is in equal part a polyphonic biography, a cultural criticism, and a historical analysis. Following the lives of ten women—Dorothy Parker, Rebecca West, Hannah Arendt, Mary McCarthy, Susan Sontag, Pauline Kael, Joan Didion, Nora Ephron, Renata Adler, and Janet Malcolm—Dean explores how they positioned themselves as powerful voices in a male-dominated world. Hear Dean expertly discuss how these women took power when it was not offered to them (and how each of us is capable of doing the same).

    The Brower Center - Goldman Theater

    Sponsored by the Journal of Alta California

    1:30 PM
    • International
    • Literary

    From the Great North to the World: New Writing from Canada

    Heather O'Neill, Madeleine Thien, Katherena Vermette, moderated by Linda Spalding

    Sunday, April 29

    1:30 PM - 2:45 PM
    2018-04-29 13:30:00 2018-04-29 14:45:00 America/Los_Angeles From the Great North to the World: New Writing from Canada Canadian writers have long graced lists of the most beloved and critically acclaimed authors anywhere (just think Margaret Atwood, Rohinton Mistry, Michael Ondaatje). Come discover three exceptional Canadian rising stars (who also happen to be women) who have flown to us to discuss their work, including the influence of national and personal histories on it. Heather O'Neill's "The Lonely Hearts Hotel" is a portrait of two love-struck orphans against a backdrop of circus life in the Depression era. Madeleine Thien tackles two critical moments in China's history in her novel "Do Not Say We Have Nothing" (shortlisted for the Booker Prize): the Cultural Revolution and the protest at Tiananmen Square. Katherena Vermette tells a complex intergenerational story that traces seemingly disparate lives as they all converge on a single tragic incident. Don't miss these brilliant new voices from up north. The Brower Center Heather O'Neill, Madeleine Thien, Katherena Vermette, moderated by Linda Spalding Get Tickets

    Canadian writers have long graced lists of the most beloved and critically acclaimed authors anywhere (just think Margaret Atwood, Rohinton Mistry, Michael Ondaatje). Come discover three exceptional Canadian rising stars (who also happen to be women) who have flown to us to discuss their work, including the influence of national and personal histories on it. Heather O’Neill’s “The Lonely Hearts Hotel” is a portrait of two love-struck orphans against a backdrop of circus life in the Depression era. Madeleine Thien tackles two critical moments in China’s history in her novel “Do Not Say We Have Nothing” (shortlisted for the Booker Prize): the Cultural Revolution and the protest at Tiananmen Square. Katherena Vermette tells a complex intergenerational story that traces seemingly disparate lives as they all converge on a single tragic incident. Don’t miss these brilliant new voices from up north.

    The Brower Center - Tamalpais Room

    With the support of the Consulate General of Canada, San Francisco / Silicon Valley

    1:30 PM
    • Travel

    Europe: City-Hopping on a Budget

    Andy Steves

    Sunday, April 29

    1:30 PM - 2:45 PM
    2018-04-29 13:30:00 2018-04-29 14:45:00 America/Los_Angeles Europe: City-Hopping on a Budget We often read in order to travel to different places—Amsterdam via Camus, Florence via Forster—but with a few tips and tricks, you can see these literary settings for yourself. Come hear Andy Steves (son of travel guru Rick Steves) share travel hacks from a life on the road. Choose your own adventure, maximize your time and money, and connect with locals as you city-hop around Europe. Whether you’re a student going abroad for the first time or a seasoned world-traveler, learn how to experience the culture, energy, and soul of Europe’s greatest cities. The Marsh Andy Steves Get Tickets

    We often read in order to travel to different places—Amsterdam via Camus, Florence via Forster—but with a few tips and tricks, you can see these literary settings for yourself. Come hear Andy Steves (son of travel guru Rick Steves) share travel hacks from a life on the road. Choose your own adventure, maximize your time and money, and connect with locals as you city-hop around Europe. Whether you’re a student going abroad for the first time or a seasoned world-traveler, learn how to experience the culture, energy, and soul of Europe’s greatest cities.

    The Marsh - Theater

    Sponsored by Avalon Travel/Rick Steves

    1:30 PM
    • Current Affairs
    • Health, Psychology & Spirituality
    • Women/Gender

    Barbara Ehrenreich on Wellness, the Certainty of Dying, and Killing Ourselves to Live Longer

    Barbara Ehrenreich interviewed by Clara Jeffery

    Sunday, April 29

    1:30 PM - 2:45 PM
    2018-04-29 13:30:00 2018-04-29 14:45:00 America/Los_Angeles Barbara Ehrenreich on Wellness, the Certainty of Dying, and Killing Ourselves to Live Longer As an author and activist, Barbara Ehrenreich has taken on the minimum wage, abortion rights, women's lives, marijuana laws, and now, in her new book, death itself. In "Natural Causes: An Epidemic of Wellness, the Certainty of Dying, and Killing Ourselves to Live Longer," Ehrenreich deconstructs the mindset of living to keep living. She examines diet culture, disease screenings, and all of the other practices humans engage in to ensure a long life—but at what expense, and with what quality and meaning? She will be interviewed by Mother Jones Editor-in-Chief Clara Jeffery. Veteran's Memorial Building Barbara Ehrenreich interviewed by Clara Jeffery Get Tickets

    As an author and activist, Barbara Ehrenreich has taken on the minimum wage, abortion rights, women’s lives, marijuana laws, and now, in her new book, death itself. In “Natural Causes: An Epidemic of Wellness, the Certainty of Dying, and Killing Ourselves to Live Longer,” Ehrenreich deconstructs the mindset of living to keep living. She examines diet culture, disease screenings, and all of the other practices humans engage in to ensure a long life—but at what expense, and with what quality and meaning? She will be interviewed by Mother Jones Editor-in-Chief Clara Jeffery.

    Veteran's Memorial Building - Auditorium

    Sponsored by Mother Jones

    2:00 PM
    • International
    • Mystery, Crime & Thrillers

    Nordic Noir: The Enduring Genre of Cold Climate Thrillers

    Sara Blaedel, Anne Holt, Karo Hämäläinen, Steffen Jacobsen, Yrsa Sigurdardóttir, moderated by Randal Brandt

    Sunday, April 29

    2:00 PM - 3:15 PM
    2018-04-29 14:00:00 2018-04-29 15:15:00 America/Los_Angeles Nordic Noir: The Enduring Genre of Cold Climate Thrillers One of the most popular sessions at the Festival returns for its fourth year. Traveling all the way from Scandinavia and Iceland to join us today, these authors will illuminate why their books—which situate grisly stories of murder and chaos in frigid regions—have the enduring power to captivate audiences worldwide. From Denmark, Sara Blaedel will discuss her internationally best-selling and female-led Louise Rick and Ilka Jensen series. Norway's best-selling female crime writer Anne Holt will consider how her years working for police departments and as a lawyer have influenced her work. Finnish crime savant Karo Hämäläinen will let us in on how he became "a wicked and controlled writer who rarely allows his readers a moment of peace" (Toronto Sun). Hear from Icelandic best-selling author Yrsa Sigurdardóttir, who The Times UK said "is ensconced at or near the summit of Nordic crime writing.” And learn how Danish physician and thrill-master Steffen Jacobsen uses his talent for the macabre to create gripping reads. Magnes Museum Sara Blaedel, Anne Holt, Karo Hämäläinen, Steffen Jacobsen, Yrsa Sigurdardóttir, moderated by Randal Brandt Get Tickets

    One of the most popular sessions at the Festival returns for its fourth year. Traveling all the way from Scandinavia and Iceland to join us today, these authors will illuminate why their books—which situate grisly stories of murder and chaos in frigid regions—have the enduring power to captivate audiences worldwide. From Denmark, Sara Blaedel will discuss her internationally best-selling and female-led Louise Rick and Ilka Jensen series. Norway’s best-selling female crime writer Anne Holt will consider how her years working for police departments and as a lawyer have influenced her work. Finnish crime savant Karo Hämäläinen will let us in on how he became “a wicked and controlled writer who rarely allows his readers a moment of peace” (Toronto Sun). Hear from Icelandic best-selling author Yrsa Sigurdardóttir, who The Times UK said “is ensconced at or near the summit of Nordic crime writing.” And learn how Danish physician and thrill-master Steffen Jacobsen uses his talent for the macabre to create gripping reads.

    Magnes Museum

    With the support of the Danish Arts Foundation, the Royal Danish Embassy, FILI - Finnish Literature Exchange, Iceland Naturally, the Icelandic Literature Center, the Norway House Foundation, NORLA - Norwegian Literature Abroad, and the Barbro Osher Pro Suecia Foundation

    2:30 PM
    • Current Affairs
    • Outdoor (Free)
    • Women/Gender

    Smart Activism: History and Hope, with L.A. Kauffman and Rebecca Solnit

    L.A. Kauffman, Rebecca Solnit

    Sunday, April 29

    2:30 PM - 3:45 PM
    2018-04-29 14:30:00 2018-04-29 15:45:00 America/Los_Angeles Smart Activism: History and Hope, with L.A. Kauffman and Rebecca Solnit How can activism be most effective today? Let's look to history. Come hear one of the Bay Area’s most famous activists and writers—Rebecca Solnit—in conversation with longtime friend and movement insider L.A. Kauffman on the history and future of activism. Solnit, whose writing spans numerous books, articles, and social media, is perhaps most well-known for “Hope in the Dark,” a veritable holy book for activists, as well as her more recent books on feminism and three highly creative atlases, plus many works on community, the environment, and the arts. In "Direct Action: Protest and the Reinvention of American Radicalism”—a masterwork 25 years in the making—L.A. Kauffman expertly deconstructs the origins of today’s protest movements as a means of making activism more powerful today. How have past movements used disruptive tactics to catalyze change? Is there, indeed, still hope in the dark, and how do we act on it? San Francisco Chronicle Stage in the Park L.A. Kauffman, Rebecca Solnit

    How can activism be most effective today? Let’s look to history. Come hear one of the Bay Area’s most famous activists and writers—Rebecca Solnit—in conversation with longtime friend and movement insider L.A. Kauffman on the history and future of activism. Solnit, whose writing spans numerous books, articles, and social media, is perhaps most well-known for “Hope in the Dark,” a veritable holy book for activists, as well as her more recent books on feminism and three highly creative atlases, plus many works on community, the environment, and the arts. In “Direct Action: Protest and the Reinvention of American Radicalism”—a masterwork 25 years in the making—L.A. Kauffman expertly deconstructs the origins of today’s protest movements as a means of making activism more powerful today. How have past movements used disruptive tactics to catalyze change? Is there, indeed, still hope in the dark, and how do we act on it?

    San Francisco Chronicle Stage in the Park

    Sponsored by UC Berkeley Arts + Design

    2:45 PM
    • Current Affairs

    Beyond Borders: Powerful Writers on Immigration

    Francisco Cantu, Hernan Diaz, Lauren Markham, moderated by Ian Gordon

    Sunday, April 29

    2:45 PM - 4:00 PM
    2018-04-29 14:45:00 2018-04-29 16:00:00 America/Los_Angeles Beyond Borders: Powerful Writers on Immigration Travel bans, border walls, and pointed fingers create tragedy all around us. This diverse panel—a former U.S. Border Patrol agent haunted by the job he quit, a novelist-historian, and a journalist—provides a sweeping perspective on this vital issue. Don't miss Francisco Cantú, whose new book based on his time patrolling the border, "The Line Becomes a River," is "fresh, urgent...a devastating narrative of the very real human effects of depersonalized policy" (Kirkus); Hernan Diaz, associate director of the Hispanic Institute at Columbia University and author of the novel "In the Distance"; and Lauren Markham, author of "The Far Away Brothers: Two Young Migrants and the Making of an American Life," who has worked in refugee resettlement and immigrant education for the past decade. Moderated by Mother Jones Managing Editor Ian Gordon, who has reported from Cuba, the Dominican Republic, and Mexico. BAMPFA Francisco Cantu, Hernan Diaz, Lauren Markham, moderated by Ian Gordon Get Tickets

    Travel bans, border walls, and pointed fingers create tragedy all around us. This diverse panel—a former U.S. Border Patrol agent haunted by the job he quit, a novelist-historian, and a journalist—provides a sweeping perspective on this vital issue. Don’t miss Francisco Cantú, whose new book based on his time patrolling the border, “The Line Becomes a River,” is “fresh, urgent…a devastating narrative of the very real human effects of depersonalized policy” (Kirkus); Hernan Diaz, associate director of the Hispanic Institute at Columbia University and author of the novel “In the Distance”; and Lauren Markham, author of “The Far Away Brothers: Two Young Migrants and the Making of an American Life,” who has worked in refugee resettlement and immigrant education for the past decade. Moderated by Mother Jones Managing Editor Ian Gordon, who has reported from Cuba, the Dominican Republic, and Mexico.

    BAMPFA - Osher Theater

    Sponsored by Mother Jones

    3:15 PM
    • Current Affairs
    • History
    • Literary

    Muckraker: The Life and Times of Warren Hinckle

    Pia Hinckle, Robert Scheer, Ron Turner, Steve Wasserman, moderated by Peter Richardson

    Sunday, April 29

    3:15 PM - 4:30 PM
    2018-04-29 15:15:00 2018-04-29 16:30:00 America/Los_Angeles Muckraker: The Life and Times of Warren Hinckle As an editor, Warren Hinckle (1938-2016) reinvigorated investigative journalism at Ramparts magazine, the legendary San Francisco muckraker, and at Scanlan's Monthly, where he helped create gonzo journalism. As a writer, he lampooned San Francisco's political class, immortalized the city's most colorful characters, and enshrined its most venerable saloons. Moderated by Peter Richardson, author of "A Bomb in Every Issue," this panel features three of Hinckle's longtime colleagues and friends—veteran muckraker Robert Scheer, publisher and critic Steve Wasserman, and publisher Ron Turner—long with Hinckle's journalist daughter, Pia. Drawing on a new Hinckle anthology, "Ransoming Pagan Babies," as well as his final book, "Who Killed Hunter S. Thompson?," the panelists will reflect on the life and work of a Bay Area original. Veteran's Memorial Building Pia Hinckle, Robert Scheer, Ron Turner, Steve Wasserman, moderated by Peter Richardson Get Tickets

    As an editor, Warren Hinckle (1938-2016) reinvigorated investigative journalism at Ramparts magazine, the legendary San Francisco muckraker, and at Scanlan’s Monthly, where he helped create gonzo journalism. As a writer, he lampooned San Francisco’s political class, immortalized the city’s most colorful characters, and enshrined its most venerable saloons. Moderated by Peter Richardson, author of “A Bomb in Every Issue,” this panel features three of Hinckle’s longtime colleagues and friends—veteran muckraker Robert Scheer, publisher and critic Steve Wasserman, and publisher Ron Turner—long with Hinckle’s journalist daughter, Pia. Drawing on a new Hinckle anthology, “Ransoming Pagan Babies,” as well as his final book, “Who Killed Hunter S. Thompson?,” the panelists will reflect on the life and work of a Bay Area original.

    Veteran's Memorial Building - Auditorium

    Sponsored by the Journal of Alta California

    3:15 PM
    • Children & Families
    • Literary
    • Teen

    Dave Eggers Conjures a Fantastical Story for Young Readers

    Dave Eggers interviewed by Aniya Butler

    Sunday, April 29

    3:15 PM - 4:30 PM
    2018-04-29 15:15:00 2018-04-29 16:30:00 America/Los_Angeles Dave Eggers Conjures a Fantastical Story for Young Readers There's nothing as sure as the ground beneath your feet. That is, unless there’s a whole world down there you don’t know about. In critically acclaimed author Dave Eggers’ new book for middle graders, “The Lifters,” our heroes discover a complex underground system that gives way to something nefarious. What if it were up to just two kids to stop these dark forces? What would it feel like to have the fate of an entire town on your shoulders? Readers of any age will enjoy hearing literary magician Eggers conjure another timeless tale. Interviewing Dave is Aniya Butler, a sixth-grade poet activist from Downtown Charter Academy. Freight & Salvage Dave Eggers interviewed by Aniya Butler Get Tickets

    There’s nothing as sure as the ground beneath your feet. That is, unless there’s a whole world down there you don’t know about. In critically acclaimed author Dave Eggers’ new book for middle graders, “The Lifters,” our heroes discover a complex underground system that gives way to something nefarious. What if it were up to just two kids to stop these dark forces? What would it feel like to have the fate of an entire town on your shoulders? Readers of any age will enjoy hearing literary magician Eggers conjure another timeless tale. Interviewing Dave is Aniya Butler, a sixth-grade poet activist from Downtown Charter Academy.

    Freight & Salvage

    3:15 PM
    • Literary
    • Writing & Publishing

    Writing and Risk: A Conversation with Laleh Khadivi and Michael David Lukas, University of San Francisco MFA in Writing

    Laleh Khadivi, Michael David Lukas, moderated by Bich Minh Nguyen

    Sunday, April 29

    3:15 PM - 4:30 PM
    2018-04-29 15:15:00 2018-04-29 16:30:00 America/Los_Angeles Writing and Risk: A Conversation with Laleh Khadivi and Michael David Lukas, University of San Francisco MFA in Writing To write is to take risks: with words, with voice, with subject matter. The process of writing something daring doesn't end with publication—authors have to live with the consequences of taking these risks, personally and socially. Laleh Khadivi, author of "A Good Country," and Michael David Lukas, author of "The Last Watchman of Old Cairo," both faculty in USF's MFA in Writing program, talk with writer and program director Beth Nguyen about risky writing and the questions writers never seem to get (or don’t get enough). They invite audience members to ask their own risky questions. Hotel Shattuck Plaza Laleh Khadivi, Michael David Lukas, moderated by Bich Minh Nguyen Get Tickets

    To write is to take risks: with words, with voice, with subject matter. The process of writing something daring doesn’t end with publication—authors have to live with the consequences of taking these risks, personally and socially. Laleh Khadivi, author of “A Good Country,” and Michael David Lukas, author of “The Last Watchman of Old Cairo,” both faculty in USF’s MFA in Writing program, talk with writer and program director Beth Nguyen about risky writing and the questions writers never seem to get (or don’t get enough). They invite audience members to ask their own risky questions.

    Hotel Shattuck Plaza - Boiler Room

    Sponsored by the University of San Francisco, MFA in Writing Program

    3:15 PM
    • Children & Families
    • Outdoor (Free)
    • Writing & Publishing

    Books y Libros: A Talk with Spanish and Bilingual Children’s Books Writers, Illustrators and Publishers

    Maya Christina Gonzalez, Robert Liu-Trujillo, Heather Robertson-Devine, Aida Salazar, Jennifer Torres, moderated by Maceo Cabrera Estévez

    Sunday, April 29

    3:15 PM - 4:30 PM
    2018-04-29 15:15:00 2018-04-29 16:30:00 America/Los_Angeles Books y Libros: A Talk with Spanish and Bilingual Children’s Books Writers, Illustrators and Publishers As borders tighten and DREAMers await their future, there are children who need to find themselves in the books they read. Is having brown and black skinned characters in books enough? In the age of Trump and Time’s Up, how can bilingual and Spanish children’s books in the US make an impact in our society? Can they help create a world where borders cannot be closed off? Children’s book writers, illustrators, and publishers discuss why they create books that are geared towards a Latinx audience. Showtime Stage Maya Christina Gonzalez, Robert Liu-Trujillo, Heather Robertson-Devine, Aida Salazar, Jennifer Torres, moderated by Maceo Cabrera Estévez

    As borders tighten and DREAMers await their future, there are children who need to find themselves in the books they read. Is having brown and black skinned characters in books enough? In the age of Trump and Time’s Up, how can bilingual and Spanish children’s books in the US make an impact in our society? Can they help create a world where borders cannot be closed off? Children’s book writers, illustrators, and publishers discuss why they create books that are geared towards a Latinx audience.

    Showtime Stage

    3:15 PM
    • International
    • Literary
    • Women/Gender

    Viv Albertine (Formerly of The Slits) Sits Down with Greil Marcus

    Viv Albertine interviewed by Greil Marcus

    Sunday, April 29

    3:15 PM - 4:30 PM
    2018-04-29 15:15:00 2018-04-29 16:30:00 America/Los_Angeles Viv Albertine (Formerly of The Slits) Sits Down with Greil Marcus Post punk rocker Viv Albertine (formerly of the feminist cult band The Slits) played at the heart of the British counterculture before pursuing TV and film directing and a solo music career. Her newly released second memoir, "To Throw Away Unopened," begins where her last left off. She confronts questions of feminism, family, and inevitable death with the raw, intimate, vulnerable style that's her trademark. Once a reader connects with this powerful voice it's impossible to stop reading or stay untouched. Albertine comes to us from the U.K. for this conversation with legendary rock critic Greil Marcus. The Brower Center Viv Albertine interviewed by Greil Marcus Get Tickets

    Post punk rocker Viv Albertine (formerly of the feminist cult band The Slits) played at the heart of the British counterculture before pursuing TV and film directing and a solo music career. Her newly released second memoir, “To Throw Away Unopened,” begins where her last left off. She confronts questions of feminism, family, and inevitable death with the raw, intimate, vulnerable style that’s her trademark. Once a reader connects with this powerful voice it’s impossible to stop reading or stay untouched. Albertine comes to us from the U.K. for this conversation with legendary rock critic Greil Marcus.

    The Brower Center - Goldman Theater

    3:15 PM
    • Comics & Graphics

    Comics, Live!

    Thi Bui, Nidhi Chanani, Trinidad Escobar, Amber Padilla, Meggie Ramm, Matt Silady

    Sunday, April 29

    3:15 PM - 4:30 PM
    2018-04-29 15:15:00 2018-04-29 16:30:00 America/Los_Angeles Comics, Live! See great comics artists create their art on the spot! The Bay Area has a rich history of cartooning from the earliest alternative comix to the modern graphic novel. Join this special live performance to see and hear these visual stories come to life. This year’s "reading" features some of the most talented storytellers in comics tackling issues of immigration, cultural tolerance, and self-discovery. This is a great opportunity for fans to see their favorite characters brought to life and for comics writers to watch some pros do the magic. The Marsh Thi Bui, Nidhi Chanani, Trinidad Escobar, Amber Padilla, Meggie Ramm, Matt Silady Get Tickets

    See great comics artists create their art on the spot! The Bay Area has a rich history of cartooning from the earliest alternative comix to the modern graphic novel. Join this special live performance to see and hear these visual stories come to life. This year’s “reading” features some of the most talented storytellers in comics tackling issues of immigration, cultural tolerance, and self-discovery. This is a great opportunity for fans to see their favorite characters brought to life and for comics writers to watch some pros do the magic.

    The Marsh - Theater

    Sponsored by the California College of the Arts MFA in Comics Program

    3:30 PM
    • Science Fiction & Fantasy
    • Teen
    • Women/Gender

    The Empire and the Resistance of Sabaa Tahir

    Sabaa Tahir interviewed by Ben Schwartz

    Sunday, April 29

    3:30 PM - 4:45 PM
    2018-04-29 15:30:00 2018-04-29 16:45:00 America/Los_Angeles The Empire and the Resistance of Sabaa Tahir Here's one reason why young adults today are so outspoken: They’ve been exposed to powerful political heroes since a young age—via their fiction. Pakistani-American young adult fiction writer Sabaa Tahir’s characters, no older than their teen readers, face despotism, oppression, and daily threats to their lives. In the face of the ruthless Martial Empire, our heroes risk everything to resist. These young heroes show us what’s right, what’s possible, and what sorts of governance need not be tolerated. (Remember, anyone under age 18 is let in free—no wristbands necessary!) Hotel Shattuck Plaza Sabaa Tahir interviewed by Ben Schwartz Get Tickets

    Here’s one reason why young adults today are so outspoken: They’ve been exposed to powerful political heroes since a young age—via their fiction. Pakistani-American young adult fiction writer Sabaa Tahir’s characters, no older than their teen readers, face despotism, oppression, and daily threats to their lives. In the face of the ruthless Martial Empire, our heroes risk everything to resist. These young heroes show us what’s right, what’s possible, and what sorts of governance need not be tolerated. (Remember, anyone under age 18 is let in free—no wristbands necessary!)

    Hotel Shattuck Plaza - Crystal Ballroom

    3:45 PM
    • Current Affairs
    • Food
    • History

    Creating a Better Way to Eat: Hippies, Hawkers and Starfruits

    Jonathan Kauffman, Laura McLively, James Syhabout, moderated by John Birdsall

    Sunday, April 29

    3:45 PM - 5:00 PM
    2018-04-29 15:45:00 2018-04-29 17:00:00 America/Los_Angeles Creating a Better Way to Eat: Hippies, Hawkers and Starfruits Your dinner tonight is about so much more than just what's on the plate—though this panel is about to make that more interesting too. Jonathan Kauffman's "Hippie Food: How Back-to-the-Landers, Longhairs, and Revolutionaries Changed the Way We Eat" shows how we moved (thank goodness) from 1950s TV dinners to eating seasonally, locally, and organically. Chef James Syhabout, proprietor and chef of Hawker Fare, Commis (the only Michelin-starred restaurant in Oakland), and other restaurants, helps home chefs learn from his life story and his classic training in "Hawker Fare: Stories & Recipes from a Refugee Chef's Isan Thai & Lao Roots," written with moderater John Birdsall. Laura McLively has turned her popular food blog into "The Berkeley Bowl Cookbook," working magic with some of the market's most intriguing and exotic ingredients, such as Pepino Melon Poke and Starfruit Almond Torte. (Just what do you do with a particular mushroom, a foreign root, a spiky fruit? You'll find out.) Don't miss this mouth-watering session. Magnes Museum Jonathan Kauffman, Laura McLively, James Syhabout, moderated by John Birdsall Get Tickets

    Your dinner tonight is about so much more than just what’s on the plate—though this panel is about to make that more interesting too. Jonathan Kauffman’s “Hippie Food: How Back-to-the-Landers, Longhairs, and Revolutionaries Changed the Way We Eat” shows how we moved (thank goodness) from 1950s TV dinners to eating seasonally, locally, and organically. Chef James Syhabout, proprietor and chef of Hawker Fare, Commis (the only Michelin-starred restaurant in Oakland), and other restaurants, helps home chefs learn from his life story and his classic training in “Hawker Fare: Stories & Recipes from a Refugee Chef’s Isan Thai & Lao Roots,” written with moderater John Birdsall. Laura McLively has turned her popular food blog into “The Berkeley Bowl Cookbook,” working magic with some of the market’s most intriguing and exotic ingredients, such as Pepino Melon Poke and Starfruit Almond Torte. (Just what do you do with a particular mushroom, a foreign root, a spiky fruit? You’ll find out.) Don’t miss this mouth-watering session.

    Magnes Museum

    Sponsored by California Magazine

    4:00 PM
    • Children & Families
    • Free

    Falling from the Sky: Judd Winick, Creator of Hilo’s World

    Judd Winick

    Sunday, April 29

    4:00 PM - 5:00 PM
    2018-04-29 16:00:00 2018-04-29 17:00:00 America/Los_Angeles Falling from the Sky: Judd Winick, Creator of Hilo’s World When Judd Winick's son asked to see his father's stories—featured in DC Comics like "The Green Lantern" and "Batman"—Winick realized he wanted to be able to share his art with all ages. This led him to create a New York Times bestselling treasure: his "Hilo" series, which follows D.J., an average boy whose life is turned upside-down when a new friend falls from the sky. Judd will discuss his series, the craft of storytelling, and the fact that picture books aren't just for kids! Free indoor event at BACT. Bay Area Children's Theatre, 2055 Center Street Judd Winick

    When Judd Winick’s son asked to see his father’s stories—featured in DC Comics like “The Green Lantern” and “Batman”—Winick realized he wanted to be able to share his art with all ages. This led him to create a New York Times bestselling treasure: his “Hilo” series, which follows D.J., an average boy whose life is turned upside-down when a new friend falls from the sky. Judd will discuss his series, the craft of storytelling, and the fact that picture books aren’t just for kids! Free indoor event at BACT.

    Bay Area Children's Theatre, 2055 Center Street

    4:15 PM
    • Current Affairs
    • Outdoor (Free)
    • Women/Gender

    Power Up: How Smart Women Win in the New Economy

    Magdalena Yesil, interviewed by Laura D. Tyson

    Sunday, April 29

    4:15 PM - 5:15 PM
    2018-04-29 16:15:00 2018-04-29 17:15:00 America/Los_Angeles Power Up: How Smart Women Win in the New Economy Magdalena Yesil knows what it takes to get ahead. She arrived in this country as a near-penniless immigrant student. Not only did she become one of the founding board members of Salesforce, but she was among the first to note the commercial potential of the internet, founding the first Internet payment company, CyberCash. Now she's a memoirist too, having penned "Power Up: How Smart Women Win in the New Economy," weaving her own story with trenchant advice on persisting amidst setbacks, combatting gender discrimination, and generally being fearless in approaching challenges. Hear this smart, compassionate woman as she gives other smart women the tools they need to win. San Francisco Chronicle Stage in the Park Magdalena Yesil, interviewed by Laura D. Tyson

    Magdalena Yesil knows what it takes to get ahead. She arrived in this country as a near-penniless immigrant student. Not only did she become one of the founding board members of Salesforce, but she was among the first to note the commercial potential of the internet, founding the first Internet payment company, CyberCash. Now she’s a memoirist too, having penned “Power Up: How Smart Women Win in the New Economy,” weaving her own story with trenchant advice on persisting amidst setbacks, combatting gender discrimination, and generally being fearless in approaching challenges. Hear this smart, compassionate woman as she gives other smart women the tools they need to win.

    San Francisco Chronicle Stage in the Park

    Sponsored by Strong Legacy Planning

    4:30 PM
    • International
    • Literary

    Creating Home: On Finding Yourself in Another Culture

    Hernan Diaz, Rodrigo Hasbún, Tommy Wieringa, moderated by Oscar Villalon

    Sunday, April 29

    4:30 PM - 5:45 PM
    2018-04-29 16:30:00 2018-04-29 17:45:00 America/Los_Angeles Creating Home: On Finding Yourself in Another Culture "Home"—losing it, finding it, creating it—is one of the most fundamental themes in literature. These three authors explore the concept of home and foreignness, creating utterly captivating stories that subvert readers' expectations. Hernan Diaz, associate director of the Hispanic Institute at Columbia University, sends a youthful Swedish immigrant on a cross-country American trek in his new novel, "In the Distance," called "a potent depiction of loneliness, a memorable immigration narrative, and a canny reinvention of the old-school western.” In Rodrigo Hasbún's, "Affections," a former member of the Nazi propaganda machine flees to Bolivia to find a fresh start, only to discover revolution. Tommy Wieringa's "These Are the Names" is “part fable, part murder mystery," telling the interwoven stories of a group of refugees and a good-hearted policeman—"this touching novel insistently affirms the values of civilization above tribalism and fear” (Wall Street Journal). The Brower Center Hernan Diaz, Rodrigo Hasbún, Tommy Wieringa, moderated by Oscar Villalon Get Tickets

    “Home”—losing it, finding it, creating it—is one of the most fundamental themes in literature. These three authors explore the concept of home and foreignness, creating utterly captivating stories that subvert readers’ expectations. Hernan Diaz, associate director of the Hispanic Institute at Columbia University, sends a youthful Swedish immigrant on a cross-country American trek in his new novel, “In the Distance,” called “a potent depiction of loneliness, a memorable immigration narrative, and a canny reinvention of the old-school western.” In Rodrigo Hasbún’s, “Affections,” a former member of the Nazi propaganda machine flees to Bolivia to find a fresh start, only to discover revolution. Tommy Wieringa’s “These Are the Names” is “part fable, part murder mystery,” telling the interwoven stories of a group of refugees and a good-hearted policeman—”this touching novel insistently affirms the values of civilization above tribalism and fear” (Wall Street Journal).

    The Brower Center - Tamalpais Room

    With the support of Letterenfonds/Dutch Foundation for Literature and the Dutch Culture USA program of the Consulate General of the Netherlands in New York

    5:00 PM
    • Current Affairs
    • International
    • Literary

    The Power of Literature to Create a Better World: Closing Keynote with Pico Iyer

    Pico Iyer, John Freeman

    Sunday, April 29

    5:00 PM - 6:30 PM
    2018-04-29 17:00:00 2018-04-29 18:30:00 America/Los_Angeles The Power of Literature to Create a Better World: Closing Keynote with Pico Iyer Literature is how we forge a common good globally—by awakening a sense of empathy and openness and by stressing the things that connect us instead of what divides us. Never has this been more essential than today as politicians speak of walls and bans and as we feel distances growing wider between neighbors. Drawing upon his 32 years as a full-time writer (including 12 books spanning travel literature, biography, memoir and novels) and his 44 years as a full-time traveler, Pico Iyer will close the festival with a keynote illuminating the power of literature to create a world beyond walls. After the keynote, Iyer will be interviewed by renowned literary critic John Freeman—editor of Freeman’s literary journal, former editor of the international journal Granta, and author of many books, including the new poetry collection "Maps." Both authors will sign books after the conversation. Note: Priority Tickets are $12. We expect this session to sell out, so get your tickets now for this very special talk! Freight & Salvage Pico Iyer, John Freeman Get Tickets

    Literature is how we forge a common good globally—by awakening a sense of empathy and openness and by stressing the things that connect us instead of what divides us. Never has this been more essential than today as politicians speak of walls and bans and as we feel distances growing wider between neighbors. Drawing upon his 32 years as a full-time writer (including 12 books spanning travel literature, biography, memoir and novels) and his 44 years as a full-time traveler, Pico Iyer will close the festival with a keynote illuminating the power of literature to create a world beyond walls. After the keynote, Iyer will be interviewed by renowned literary critic John Freeman—editor of Freeman’s literary journal, former editor of the international journal Granta, and author of many books, including the new poetry collection “Maps.” Both authors will sign books after the conversation. Note: Priority Tickets are $12. We expect this session to sell out, so get your tickets now for this very special talk!

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