• Schedule

Keynotes, Interviews, and Panels

Welcome to our 2019 schedule of literary conversations! These events take place on 10 indoor stages throughout Downtown Berkeley and on the San Francisco Chronicle Stage in the Outdoor Fair. Indoor events are accessed via a $10 Priority Ticket to guarantee your seat (link beside each event below) or with a $15 General Admission Wristband covering all events, all weekend, on a space-available basis. Since some events fill up, we recommend Priority Tickets for your top choices.

Other helpful tools: Print copy of schedule grid (3 MB); browse the 2019 Bay Area Book Festival POC Spotlight; lists of events by interest area or via Search window (below left)

Book purchase and signing: Books will be available for purchase from our independent bookstore partners directly adjacent to each venue. Authors will sign books for you there immediately after their programs.

There’s more! Click on these links for a wide array of free Young Adult indoor and outdoor events, extensive outdoor children’s programs, and the outdoor Wunderbar Together pavilion.

  • Category

10:00 AM
  • International
  • Literary

Quest: Journeys Through Generations

Michael Levitin, Katja Petrowskaja, Sarah Stone, moderated by Joan Frank

Saturday, May 4

10:00 AM - 11:15 AM
2019-05-04 10:00:00 2019-05-04 11:15:00 America/Los_Angeles Quest: Journeys Through Generations What if. Maybe. It could be. Where does seeking the truth slide into imagination? These three writers conjure compelling stories of Jewish generations past and present. Michael Levitin writes of a perpetually cuckolded man who seeks wholeness by resolving the mystery of a postcard sent from the Siberian gulag. In a creative nonfiction narrative, German writer Katja Petrowskaja searches not only for her ancestors but their meaning to her and each other. Sarah Stone depicts a loving, dysfunctional half-Jewish family of performers, scientists, and activists who long to wake up the world but must first rescue each other, with a little help (and sometimes hindrance) from the occasional ghost or god. Brower Center Michael Levitin, Katja Petrowskaja, Sarah Stone, moderated by Joan Frank Get Tickets

What if. Maybe. It could be. Where does seeking the truth slide into imagination? These three writers conjure compelling stories of Jewish generations past and present. Michael Levitin writes of a perpetually cuckolded man who seeks wholeness by resolving the mystery of a postcard sent from the Siberian gulag. In a creative nonfiction narrative, German writer Katja Petrowskaja searches not only for her ancestors but their meaning to her and each other. Sarah Stone depicts a loving, dysfunctional half-Jewish family of performers, scientists, and activists who long to wake up the world but must first rescue each other, with a little help (and sometimes hindrance) from the occasional ghost or god.

Brower Center - Tamalpais Room

With the support of the initiative "Wunderbar Together,“ initiated by the German Federal Foreign Office and the Goethe Institut, and supported by the Federation of German Industries (BDI); the Goethe-Institut San Francisco; and Goethe-Institut’s translation support program "Books First"

10:00 AM
  • Culture

Sleeping with Strangers: Interview with David Thomson

David Thomson interviewed by Lucy Gray

Saturday, May 4

10:00 AM - 11:15 AM
2019-05-04 10:00:00 2019-05-04 11:15:00 America/Los_Angeles Sleeping with Strangers: Interview with David Thomson Sex and the movies—what more could you want on Saturday morning? The author of nearly 30 books, David Thomson's latest is "Sleeping with Strangers: How the Movies Shaped Desire." Here's praise from fellow film writer Patrick McGilligan: “Move over darling film books and make room for another irresistible beauty from David Thomson. No writer makes better love to his subject.” Magnes Museum David Thomson interviewed by Lucy Gray Get Tickets

Sex and the movies—what more could you want on Saturday morning? The author of nearly 30 books, David Thomson’s latest is “Sleeping with Strangers: How the Movies Shaped Desire.” Here’s praise from fellow film writer Patrick McGilligan: “Move over darling film books and make room for another irresistible beauty from David Thomson. No writer makes better love to his subject.”

Magnes Museum

10:00 AM
  • Health, Psychology & Spirituality

Morning Mindfulness

Gary Gach interviewed by Wes “Scoop” Nisker

Saturday, May 4

10:00 AM - 11:15 AM
2019-05-04 10:00:00 2019-05-04 11:15:00 America/Los_Angeles Morning Mindfulness Lately, it seems everything is calling itself “mindful.” This morning’s session will set us straight. Join two longtime Buddhist teachers who happen to be very funny: Gary Gach, author of “Pause. Breathe. Smile.” and Wes “Scoop” Nisker, author of “Crazy Wisdom” and ”You Are Not Your Fault.” Find out what mindfulness is, and what it is not. And see for yourself, as they lead us in guided mindfulness meditation. Experience greater ease, awareness, and joy in your Festival day. The Marsh Gary Gach interviewed by Wes “Scoop” Nisker Get Tickets

Lately, it seems everything is calling itself “mindful.” This morning’s session will set us straight. Join two longtime Buddhist teachers who happen to be very funny: Gary Gach, author of “Pause. Breathe. Smile.” and Wes “Scoop” Nisker, author of “Crazy Wisdom” and ”You Are Not Your Fault.” Find out what mindfulness is, and what it is not. And see for yourself, as they lead us in guided mindfulness meditation. Experience greater ease, awareness, and joy in your Festival day.

The Marsh - Cabaret

10:00 AM
  • Current Affairs
  • Literary
  • Women/Gender

What My Mother and I Don’t Talk About: Writers Break the Silence

Michele Filgate, Kiese Laymon, Carmen Maria Machado, Nayomi Munaweera, moderated by Natasha Singh

Saturday, May 4

10:00 AM - 11:15 AM
2019-05-04 10:00:00 2019-05-04 11:15:00 America/Los_Angeles What My Mother and I Don’t Talk About: Writers Break the Silence "Our mothers are our first homes and that's why we're always trying to return to them," wrote Michele Filgate in a 2017 "Longreads" essay titled "What My Mother and I Don't Talk About." The essay, which in poignant prose described the abuse Filgate endured at the hands of her stepfather and her mother's quiet complacency, went viral, then sparked an anthology. Join Filgate, along with contributors Kiese Laymon, Carmen Maria Machado, and Nayomi Munaweera as they reveal the secrets, scandals, and silences that stand between themselves and their mothers. The Marsh Michele Filgate, Kiese Laymon, Carmen Maria Machado, Nayomi Munaweera, moderated by Natasha Singh Get Tickets

“Our mothers are our first homes and that’s why we’re always trying to return to them,” wrote Michele Filgate in a 2017 “Longreads” essay titled “What My Mother and I Don’t Talk About.” The essay, which in poignant prose described the abuse Filgate endured at the hands of her stepfather and her mother’s quiet complacency, went viral, then sparked an anthology. Join Filgate, along with contributors Kiese Laymon, Carmen Maria Machado, and Nayomi Munaweera as they reveal the secrets, scandals, and silences that stand between themselves and their mothers.

The Marsh - Theater

With the support of Women Lit members

10:00 AM
  • International
  • Literary

Writer to Writer: Joyce Carol Oates and André Alexis

André Alexis and Joyce Carol Oates, moderated by Lise Quintana

Saturday, May 4

10:00 AM - 11:15 AM
2019-05-04 10:00:00 2019-05-04 11:15:00 America/Los_Angeles Writer to Writer: Joyce Carol Oates and André Alexis In our Writer to Writer series, two authors who are fans of each other's work come together for conversation. Winner of the prestigious Windham-Campbell prize for his body of work, Trinidad-born and Ottawa-raised André Alexis sits down with National Book Award and National Humanities Medal winner, and author of over 40 novels, Joyce Carol Oates. The pair will discuss genre-bending, world-building, and their shared obsession with storytelling. Veterans Memorial Building André Alexis and Joyce Carol Oates, moderated by Lise Quintana Get Tickets

In our Writer to Writer series, two authors who are fans of each other’s work come together for conversation. Winner of the prestigious Windham-Campbell prize for his body of work, Trinidad-born and Ottawa-raised André Alexis sits down with National Book Award and National Humanities Medal winner, and author of over 40 novels, Joyce Carol Oates. The pair will discuss genre-bending, world-building, and their shared obsession with storytelling.

Veterans Memorial Building - Auditorium

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

10:00 AM
  • Current Affairs

Us vs. Them: Refugees, Asylum, and the Politics of the Borderlands

Aaron Bobrow-Strain, Jonathan Freedman, Steven Mayers, J.J. Mulligan Sepúlveda, Eileen Truax, moderated by Sara Campos

Saturday, May 4

10:00 AM - 11:15 AM
2019-05-04 10:00:00 2019-05-04 11:15:00 America/Los_Angeles Us vs. Them: Refugees, Asylum, and the Politics of the Borderlands Who is worthy of our compassion? Every day more Central American refugees arrive at the U.S.-Mexico border desperate for asylum. Our government greets them with armed guards and tear gas. Hearing human stories behind the headlines can change how we talk about immigration. Aaron Bobrow-Strain ("The Death and Life of Aida Hernández"), Steven Mayers and Jonathan Freedman ("Solito, Solita"), J.J. Mulligan Sepúlveda ("No Human Is Illegal"), and Eileen Truax ("We Built The Wall") examine the history behind this human rights crisis and tell the urgent stories of those who have experienced it firsthand.   Berkeley City College Aaron Bobrow-Strain, Jonathan Freedman, Steven Mayers, J.J. Mulligan Sepúlveda, Eileen Truax, moderated by Sara Campos Get Tickets

Who is worthy of our compassion? Every day more Central American refugees arrive at the U.S.-Mexico border desperate for asylum. Our government greets them with armed guards and tear gas. Hearing human stories behind the headlines can change how we talk about immigration. Aaron Bobrow-Strain (“The Death and Life of Aida Hernández”), Steven Mayers and Jonathan Freedman (“Solito, Solita”), J.J. Mulligan Sepúlveda (“No Human Is Illegal”), and Eileen Truax (“We Built The Wall”) examine the history behind this human rights crisis and tell the urgent stories of those who have experienced it firsthand.

Berkeley City College - Auditorium

10:00 AM
  • International
  • Mystery, Crime & Thrillers

Criminally Good Writing

Stefan Ahnhem, Jonas Bonnier, Catherine Ryan Howard, Ragnar Jonasson, moderated by Laurie R. King

Saturday, May 4

10:00 AM - 11:15 AM
2019-05-04 10:00:00 2019-05-04 11:15:00 America/Los_Angeles Criminally Good Writing Meet four internationally acclaimed crime writers flexing serious literary muscle. Author and screenwriter Stefan Ahnhem plunges us to “Eighteen Below,” called “unputdownable… edge of the seat stuff” by the UK’s Sunday Post; it has sold a million copies in Scandinavia. Jonas Bonnier’s “The Helicopter Heist” (being adapted by Netflix) is based on the true story of four young Swedish men who pulled off “one of the most spectacular heists of all time,” said Time Magazine. In Catherine Ryan Howard’s “Liar’s Girl,” the Irish Times’ Best Book of the Year in 2018, murder tangles with romance. King of Icelandic Noir Ragnar Jonasson starts a new series with “The Darkness,” with prose as pure and crisp as Reykjavik snowcrust. Come find out what turned these writers on to terror and how they create bestselling thriller fiction. Brower Center Stefan Ahnhem, Jonas Bonnier, Catherine Ryan Howard, Ragnar Jonasson, moderated by Laurie R. King Get Tickets

Meet four internationally acclaimed crime writers flexing serious literary muscle. Author and screenwriter Stefan Ahnhem plunges us to “Eighteen Below,” called “unputdownable… edge of the seat stuff” by the UK’s Sunday Post; it has sold a million copies in Scandinavia. Jonas Bonnier’s “The Helicopter Heist” (being adapted by Netflix) is based on the true story of four young Swedish men who pulled off “one of the most spectacular heists of all time,” said Time Magazine. In Catherine Ryan Howard’s “Liar’s Girl,” the Irish Times’ Best Book of the Year in 2018, murder tangles with romance. King of Icelandic Noir Ragnar Jonasson starts a new series with “The Darkness,” with prose as pure and crisp as Reykjavik snowcrust. Come find out what turned these writers on to terror and how they create bestselling thriller fiction.

Brower Center - Goldman Theater

With the support of Icelandic Literature Center, Iceland Naturally, Culture Ireland, the Consulate General of Sweden in San Francisco, and the Barbro Osher Pro Suecia Foundation

10:00 AM
  • Poetry
  • Women/Gender

The Legacy of Adrienne Rich and the Shape of our Feminist Future

Jill Bialosky, Aya de Leon, Susan Griffin, Nell Painter, Morgan Parker, moderated by Sandra Gilbert

Saturday, May 4

10:00 AM - 11:15 AM
2019-05-04 10:00:00 2019-05-04 11:15:00 America/Los_Angeles The Legacy of Adrienne Rich and the Shape of our Feminist Future "The connections between and among women are the most feared, the most problematic, and the most potentially transforming force on the planet," wrote the legendary poet, essayist, and feminist Adrienne Rich. An early proponent of intersectionality (before the term was coined), Rich's ideas have profoundly shaped feminism. In celebration of "Essential Essays," a new collection of Rich's work edited by poet-scholar Sandra Gilbert, join a panel of trailblazing writers and thinkers—Rich's friends, colleagues, literary and scholarly descendents, and longtime editor—as they pay homage to Rich's legacy and consider her ideas today. Freight & Salvage Jill Bialosky, Aya de Leon, Susan Griffin, Nell Painter, Morgan Parker, moderated by Sandra Gilbert Get Tickets

“The connections between and among women are the most feared, the most problematic, and the most potentially transforming force on the planet,” wrote the legendary poet, essayist, and feminist Adrienne Rich. An early proponent of intersectionality (before the term was coined), Rich’s ideas have profoundly shaped feminism. In celebration of “Essential Essays,” a new collection of Rich’s work edited by poet-scholar Sandra Gilbert, join a panel of trailblazing writers and thinkers—Rich’s friends, colleagues, literary and scholarly descendents, and longtime editor—as they pay homage to Rich’s legacy and consider her ideas today.

Freight & Salvage

Sponsored by Reed Schmidt

10:00 AM
  • ASL Interpreted programming
  • Health, Psychology & Spirituality
  • Literary
  • Writing & Publishing

Writing The Hard Stuff

Susan Burrowes, Vanya Erickson, Francine Falk-Allen, moderated by Brooke Warner

Saturday, May 4

10:00 AM - 11:15 AM
2019-05-04 10:00:00 2019-05-04 11:15:00 America/Los_Angeles Writing The Hard Stuff Tapping a vein is tough work, especially when writing a book means confronting the demons of one's past. These three recently published She Writes Press authors share the myriad challenges of writing memoirs about pain and share tips on how to practice self-care as they revisit the hardest moments. Covering topics from disability and abuse to religious fanaticism, they open up about transforming their trauma into expertly crafted and compelling stories. This program will have ASL interpreters. Hotel Shattuck Plaza Susan Burrowes, Vanya Erickson, Francine Falk-Allen, moderated by Brooke Warner Get Tickets

Tapping a vein is tough work, especially when writing a book means confronting the demons of one’s past. These three recently published She Writes Press authors share the myriad challenges of writing memoirs about pain and share tips on how to practice self-care as they revisit the hardest moments. Covering topics from disability and abuse to religious fanaticism, they open up about transforming their trauma into expertly crafted and compelling stories.

This program will have ASL interpreters.

Hotel Shattuck Plaza - Boiler Room

10:00 AM
  • Current Affairs

Unfriend: An Insider Reveals How Facebook Uses You and Threatens Democracy

Roger McNamee interviewed by Elizabeth Dwoskin

Saturday, May 4

10:00 AM - 11:15 AM
2019-05-04 10:00:00 2019-05-04 11:15:00 America/Los_Angeles Unfriend: An Insider Reveals How Facebook Uses You and Threatens Democracy In your pocket, palm or purse, pinging with alerts, lurks a threat to the very integrity of your person and the functioning of democracy around the world. In “Zucked,” Roger McNamee, early investor and advisor for Facebook, a platform used by a third of people on the planet, tells a revelatory story of how Facebook and other platforms that were spawned in the libertarian-influenced Silicon Valley of the 1990s pose profound dangers. Privacy is only part of it. “This isn’t a tech story. It’s not a business story. This is an everybody story,” McNamee has said. Interviewed by Elizabeth Dwoskin of The Washington Post. Hotel Shattuck Plaza Roger McNamee interviewed by Elizabeth Dwoskin Get Tickets

In your pocket, palm or purse, pinging with alerts, lurks a threat to the very integrity of your person and the functioning of democracy around the world. In “Zucked,” Roger McNamee, early investor and advisor for Facebook, a platform used by a third of people on the planet, tells a revelatory story of how Facebook and other platforms that were spawned in the libertarian-influenced Silicon Valley of the 1990s pose profound dangers. Privacy is only part of it. “This isn’t a tech story. It’s not a business story. This is an everybody story,” McNamee has said. Interviewed by Elizabeth Dwoskin of The Washington Post.

Hotel Shattuck Plaza - Crystal Ballroom

11:00 AM
  • Food
  • Outdoor (Free)
  • Race/Identity

Notes From A Young Black Chef: Kwame Onwuachi

Kwame Onwuachi interviewed by Bryant Terry

Saturday, May 4

11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
2019-05-04 11:00:00 2019-05-04 12:00:00 America/Los_Angeles Notes From A Young Black Chef: Kwame Onwuachi Meet the all-star chef whose kitchen wizardry and unique flair for fusion were praised by food critic Bill Addison as "ignited and firing at peak level." In Onwuachi's remarkable culinary coming-of-age story, "Notes From a Young Black Chef," he navigates the unwelcoming world of fine dining as a person of color, competes on Top Chef, and quickly bounces back from the failure of his first restaurant to become the Executive Chef of the wildly popular, D.C.-based Kith and Kin at only 28 years old. San Francisco Chronicle Stage in the Park Kwame Onwuachi interviewed by Bryant Terry

Meet the all-star chef whose kitchen wizardry and unique flair for fusion were praised by food critic Bill Addison as “ignited and firing at peak level.” In Onwuachi’s remarkable culinary coming-of-age story, “Notes From a Young Black Chef,” he navigates the unwelcoming world of fine dining as a person of color, competes on Top Chef, and quickly bounces back from the failure of his first restaurant to become the Executive Chef of the wildly popular, D.C.-based Kith and Kin at only 28 years old.

San Francisco Chronicle Stage in the Park

Sponsored by Mother Jones Magazine

11:00 AM
  • Free
  • Literary
  • Science Fiction & Fantasy

Facing the World Through Fantasy: An Interview with Justina Ireland

Justina Ireland interviewed by Alexandria Brown

Saturday, May 4

11:00 AM - 12:15 PM
2019-05-04 11:00:00 2019-05-04 12:15:00 America/Los_Angeles Facing the World Through Fantasy: An Interview with Justina Ireland "Zombies are a writer’s best friend," said Justina Ireland, young adult fantasy fiction writer and author of the New York Times bestselling novel "Dread Nation." The novel explores an alternate Civil War where zombie-slaying biracial teenager Jane McKeene gets caught in a conspiracy and finds herself in a desperate fight for her life. In conversation with author and YA librarian Alexandria Brown, Ireland unpacks how she employs planet-hopping Star Wars characters, half-god assasins, and more to dig into complex questions about capitalism, science, racism, and inequality. Florence Schwimley Little Theater Justina Ireland interviewed by Alexandria Brown

“Zombies are a writer’s best friend,” said Justina Ireland, young adult fantasy fiction writer and author of the New York Times bestselling novel “Dread Nation.” The novel explores an alternate Civil War where zombie-slaying biracial teenager Jane McKeene gets caught in a conspiracy and finds herself in a desperate fight for her life. In conversation with author and YA librarian Alexandria Brown, Ireland unpacks how she employs planet-hopping Star Wars characters, half-god assasins, and more to dig into complex questions about capitalism, science, racism, and inequality.

Florence Schwimley Little Theater

11:45 AM
  • Literary

I’m Losing You: Fiction on Grief, Change, and the Pathos of Fame

Tom Barbash, Erik Tarloff, Adrian Todd Zuniga, moderated by Elizabeth Rosner

Saturday, May 4

11:45 AM - 1:00 PM
2019-05-04 11:45:00 2019-05-04 13:00:00 America/Los_Angeles I’m Losing You: Fiction on Grief, Change, and the Pathos of Fame "Somehow the wires have crossed / Communication's lost / ... I'm losing you," sang John Lennon. Tom Barbash channels Lennon in a story about a son trying to help a washed-up father revive his TV career while living at The Dakota. Erik Tarloff paints a vivid portrait of one of the greatest (fictional) postwar actors and the mystery of his demise—telling the story entirely through fictional oral histories. Adrian Todd Zuniga has written a heartbreaking, hilarious novel about a young wannabe screenwriter haunted by the ghost of the woman he loved. Brower Center Tom Barbash, Erik Tarloff, Adrian Todd Zuniga, moderated by Elizabeth Rosner Get Tickets

“Somehow the wires have crossed / Communication’s lost / … I’m losing you,” sang John Lennon. Tom Barbash channels Lennon in a story about a son trying to help a washed-up father revive his TV career while living at The Dakota. Erik Tarloff paints a vivid portrait of one of the greatest (fictional) postwar actors and the mystery of his demise—telling the story entirely through fictional oral histories. Adrian Todd Zuniga has written a heartbreaking, hilarious novel about a young wannabe screenwriter haunted by the ghost of the woman he loved.

Brower Center - Goldman Theater

11:45 AM
  • Current Affairs
  • Literary
  • Writing & Publishing

Dance & Do Battle: Writers and Translators on Art and Activism

Aaron Coleman, Innosanto Nagara, Katherine Silver, moderated by Michael Holtmann

Saturday, May 4

11:45 AM - 1:00 PM
2019-05-04 11:45:00 2019-05-04 13:00:00 America/Los_Angeles Dance & Do Battle: Writers and Translators on Art and Activism These writers and translators engage with the world in ways that go well beyond the books they’ve published. Acclaimed translator Katherine Silver has aided families detained on the border in the convoluted process of applying for asylum. Aaron Coleman’s new book, “Threat Come Close,” takes on the policing of Blackness and masculinity. Innosanto Nagara's "A is for Activist" books teach kids the art of resistance. In the words of poet D.A. Powell: “Remember the lesson of West Side Story: one can dance and do battle at the same time.” Brower Center Aaron Coleman, Innosanto Nagara, Katherine Silver, moderated by Michael Holtmann Get Tickets

These writers and translators engage with the world in ways that go well beyond the books they’ve published. Acclaimed translator Katherine Silver has aided families detained on the border in the convoluted process of applying for asylum. Aaron Coleman’s new book, “Threat Come Close,” takes on the policing of Blackness and masculinity. Innosanto Nagara’s “A is for Activist” books teach kids the art of resistance. In the words of poet D.A. Powell: “Remember the lesson of West Side Story: one can dance and do battle at the same time.”

Brower Center - Tamalpais Room

Sponsored by the Center for the Art of Translation

11:45 AM
  • Culture
  • Environment/Nature
  • Literary

Horizon: Interview with Barry Lopez

Barry Lopez interviewed by John Freeman

Saturday, May 4

11:45 AM - 1:00 PM
2019-05-04 11:45:00 2019-05-04 13:00:00 America/Los_Angeles Horizon: Interview with Barry Lopez Taking us nearly from pole to pole—from modern megacities to some of the most remote regions on earth—and across decades, "Horizon," the latest by celebrated humanitarian and environmental writer Barry Lopez, glimmers with insights on our place in this world and on writing as a way of living and seeing. Lopez will be in conversation with John Freeman, writer, editor, and prominent literary critic, who said of the book: "Lopez has managed to fashion his own kind of travel literature, one which doesn’t merely report from distant places, but enlarges by refusing to place a center to the world." Freight & Salvage Barry Lopez interviewed by John Freeman Get Tickets

Taking us nearly from pole to pole—from modern megacities to some of the most remote regions on earth—and across decades, “Horizon,” the latest by celebrated humanitarian and environmental writer Barry Lopez, glimmers with insights on our place in this world and on writing as a way of living and seeing. Lopez will be in conversation with John Freeman, writer, editor, and prominent literary critic, who said of the book: “Lopez has managed to fashion his own kind of travel literature, one which doesn’t merely report from distant places, but enlarges by refusing to place a center to the world.”

Freight & Salvage

11:45 AM
  • Current Affairs

What Does It Mean to Be Human? Rethinking Belonging at the Frontier of Genetic Engineering

George Estreich and Jamie Metzl, moderated by Lance Knobel

Saturday, May 4

11:45 AM - 1:00 PM
2019-05-04 11:45:00 2019-05-04 13:00:00 America/Los_Angeles What Does It Mean to Be Human? Rethinking Belonging at the Frontier of Genetic Engineering New biomedical technologies—from prenatal testing to gene-editing techniques—raise questions about who counts as human, what it means to belong, and how far we should go in retooling the human genome. In “Fables and Futures: Biotechnology, Disability, and the Stories We Tell Ourselves,” George Estreich, a poet with a daughter with Down Syndrome, explores new technologies that grant unprecedented power to predict and shape future people. In “Hacking Darwin: Genetic Engineering and the Future of Humanity,” technology futurist Jamie Metzl "brings us to the frontiers of biology and technology, and reveals a world full of promise and peril,” writes Siddhartha Mukherjee, MD. When we can engineer our future children, massively extend our lifespans, and build life from scratch, should we? Which people, which variations, will we welcome? Magnes Museum George Estreich and Jamie Metzl, moderated by Lance Knobel Get Tickets

New biomedical technologies—from prenatal testing to gene-editing techniques—raise questions about who counts as human, what it means to belong, and how far we should go in retooling the human genome. In “Fables and Futures: Biotechnology, Disability, and the Stories We Tell Ourselves,” George Estreich, a poet with a daughter with Down Syndrome, explores new technologies that grant unprecedented power to predict and shape future people. In “Hacking Darwin: Genetic Engineering and the Future of Humanity,” technology futurist Jamie Metzl “brings us to the frontiers of biology and technology, and reveals a world full of promise and peril,” writes Siddhartha Mukherjee, MD. When we can engineer our future children, massively extend our lifespans, and build life from scratch, should we? Which people, which variations, will we welcome?

Magnes Museum

Sponsored by Berkeleyside

11:45 AM
  • Poetry
  • Race/Identity
  • Women/Gender

Queer Poetics

Franny Choi, Tommy Pico, Sam Sax, Brenda Shaughnessy, moderated by Ari Banias

Saturday, May 4

11:45 AM - 1:00 PM
2019-05-04 11:45:00 2019-05-04 13:00:00 America/Los_Angeles Queer Poetics Straddling tenderness and rage, and studying our rapidly changing world with a kaleidoscopic lens, Franny Choi ("Soft Science"), Tommy Pico ("Junk"), Brenda Shaughnessy ("The Octopus Museum"), and Sam Sax ("Bury It") testify to the deep ache and delicious wonder of survival. With genre-bending work that is as playful as it is subversive, bursting with questions and contradictions that resist hegemony at every turn, these four poets are queering the canon one poem at a time. Hotel Shattuck Plaza Franny Choi, Tommy Pico, Sam Sax, Brenda Shaughnessy, moderated by Ari Banias Get Tickets

Straddling tenderness and rage, and studying our rapidly changing world with a kaleidoscopic lens, Franny Choi (“Soft Science”), Tommy Pico (“Junk”), Brenda Shaughnessy (“The Octopus Museum”), and Sam Sax (“Bury It”) testify to the deep ache and delicious wonder of survival. With genre-bending work that is as playful as it is subversive, bursting with questions and contradictions that resist hegemony at every turn, these four poets are queering the canon one poem at a time.

Hotel Shattuck Plaza - Boiler Room

11:45 AM
  • Current Affairs
  • History

The Browns of California

Joseph Kelly, Kathleen Kelly, Miriam Pawel, moderated by Peter Richardson

Saturday, May 4

11:45 AM - 1:00 PM
2019-05-04 11:45:00 2019-05-04 13:00:00 America/Los_Angeles The Browns of California In "The Browns of California: The Family Dynasty that Transformed a State and Shaped a Nation," journalist Miriam Pawel tells the story of this extraordinary family, which saw both Pat Brown and Jerry Brown as influential governors. She is joined by two Brown relatives, powerful political players in their own right: Kathleen Kelly, Brown's niece and a San Francisco Superior Court Judge who has focused much of her career on juvenile justice, and Joseph Kelly, former city commissioner in San Francisco and campaign strategist. They'll discuss the legacy and ongoing contributions of a family that has helped shape California for four generations. Hotel Shattuck Plaza Joseph Kelly, Kathleen Kelly, Miriam Pawel, moderated by Peter Richardson Get Tickets

In “The Browns of California: The Family Dynasty that Transformed a State and Shaped a Nation,” journalist Miriam Pawel tells the story of this extraordinary family, which saw both Pat Brown and Jerry Brown as influential governors. She is joined by two Brown relatives, powerful political players in their own right: Kathleen Kelly, Brown’s niece and a San Francisco Superior Court Judge who has focused much of her career on juvenile justice, and Joseph Kelly, former city commissioner in San Francisco and campaign strategist. They’ll discuss the legacy and ongoing contributions of a family that has helped shape California for four generations.

Hotel Shattuck Plaza - Crystal Ballroom

11:45 AM
  • Native American
  • Race/Identity

Digging Up The Roots: Transracial Adoptees Seek Truth

Susan Devan Harness, Lisa Marie Rollins, Greg Sarris, moderated by Katie Wynen

Saturday, May 4

11:45 AM - 1:00 PM
2019-05-04 11:45:00 2019-05-04 13:00:00 America/Los_Angeles Digging Up The Roots: Transracial Adoptees Seek Truth Separated from their birth families and raised by white parents, these writers were left to unravel their identities on their own, nursing the ache of loss as they put the pieces of their origin stories together. They have handled their experiences in different ways, some by telling their stories, others by forming community with other adoptees. Join writer, professor, and Native leader Greg Sarris, author and American Indian transracial adoption researcher Susan Devan Harness, and poet-playwright Lisa Marie Rollins for a discussion on how they found their histories, integrated a fractured sense of self, and came to understand home and family. The Marsh Susan Devan Harness, Lisa Marie Rollins, Greg Sarris, moderated by Katie Wynen Get Tickets

Separated from their birth families and raised by white parents, these writers were left to unravel their identities on their own, nursing the ache of loss as they put the pieces of their origin stories together. They have handled their experiences in different ways, some by telling their stories, others by forming community with other adoptees. Join writer, professor, and Native leader Greg Sarris, author and American Indian transracial adoption researcher Susan Devan Harness, and poet-playwright Lisa Marie Rollins for a discussion on how they found their histories, integrated a fractured sense of self, and came to understand home and family.

The Marsh - Cabaret

Sponsored by the Federated Indians of Graton Rancheria

11:45 AM
  • Comics & Graphics
  • International
  • Race/Identity

Comic Consciousness: Graphic Novelists Tackle Cultural Identity and Crisis

Nora Krug, Edgardo Miranda-Rodriguez, Juliana "Jewels" Smith, moderated by Ajuan Mance

Saturday, May 4

11:45 AM - 1:00 PM
2019-05-04 11:45:00 2019-05-04 13:00:00 America/Los_Angeles Comic Consciousness: Graphic Novelists Tackle Cultural Identity and Crisis The book world can feel quite snobby at times, but comics don't care where you come from. Unintimidating and inviting, comics can open the door to tough conversations about gentrification, genocide, natural disasters, and other uncomfortable truths. Armed with humor, wit, and vulnerability, writer-graphic novelists Nora Krug ("Belonging"), Edgardo Miranda-Rodriguez ("Ricanstruction"), and Juliana "Jewels" Smith ("(H)afrocentric Comics") dive into the task of turning their most naked fears and haunting questions about survival and belonging into compelling visual storytelling. The Marsh Nora Krug, Edgardo Miranda-Rodriguez, Juliana "Jewels" Smith, moderated by Ajuan Mance Get Tickets

The book world can feel quite snobby at times, but comics don’t care where you come from. Unintimidating and inviting, comics can open the door to tough conversations about gentrification, genocide, natural disasters, and other uncomfortable truths. Armed with humor, wit, and vulnerability, writer-graphic novelists Nora Krug (“Belonging”), Edgardo Miranda-Rodriguez (“Ricanstruction”), and Juliana “Jewels” Smith (“(H)afrocentric Comics”) dive into the task of turning their most naked fears and haunting questions about survival and belonging into compelling visual storytelling.

The Marsh - Theater

With the support of the initiative "Wunderbar Together,“ initiated by the German Federal Foreign Office, the Goethe Institut, and the Federation of German Industries (BDI); the Goethe-Institut San Francisco; and Goethe-Institut’s translation support program "Books First"

11:45 AM
  • International
  • Literary
  • Women/Gender

What Women Want

Aya de Leon, Laura Lindstedt, Lisa Locascio, Tamsen Wolff, moderated by Lisa D. Gray

Saturday, May 4

11:45 AM - 1:00 PM
2019-05-04 11:45:00 2019-05-04 13:00:00 America/Los_Angeles What Women Want Join a lively roundtable of four writers with very different novels that address the question of "what women want" in provocative ways. In Aya de Leon's series of feminist heist novels (latest is "Side Chick Nation"), feisty, sexy women rob the rich and protect the exploited. Finnish author Laura Lindstedt ("Oneiron") depicts seven radically different women from around the world in a bardo after death, interacting by telling their stories. In "Open Me," debut author Lisa Locascio has penned a beautifully written coming-of-age novel about a young woman discovering her sexual power. Tamsen Wolff's "Juno's Swans" tells a shattering story of friendship, love, and heartbreak between two women; it has been compared with the work of Elena Ferrante. Veterans Memorial Building Aya de Leon, Laura Lindstedt, Lisa Locascio, Tamsen Wolff, moderated by Lisa D. Gray Get Tickets

Join a lively roundtable of four writers with very different novels that address the question of “what women want” in provocative ways. In Aya de Leon’s series of feminist heist novels (latest is “Side Chick Nation”), feisty, sexy women rob the rich and protect the exploited. Finnish author Laura Lindstedt (“Oneiron”) depicts seven radically different women from around the world in a bardo after death, interacting by telling their stories. In “Open Me,” debut author Lisa Locascio has penned a beautifully written coming-of-age novel about a young woman discovering her sexual power. Tamsen Wolff’s “Juno’s Swans” tells a shattering story of friendship, love, and heartbreak between two women; it has been compared with the work of Elena Ferrante.

Veterans Memorial Building - Auditorium

With the support of FILI - Finnish Literature Exchange and the Barbro Osher Pro Suecia Foundation; also with the support of Women Lit members

11:45 AM
  • Literary

Critic’s Choice: Three Young 21st Century Writers Rocking the Literary World

Jamel Brinkley, R.O. Kwon, Namwali Serpell, moderated by Jane Ciabattari

Saturday, May 4

11:45 AM - 1:00 PM
2019-05-04 11:45:00 2019-05-04 13:00:00 America/Los_Angeles Critic’s Choice: Three Young 21st Century Writers Rocking the Literary World Get ready for some serious literary talent, all based in the Bay Area. Writer and books columnist Jane Ciabattari, former president of the National Book Critics Circle, has highlighted three authors for your attention. Jamel Brinkley was a finalist for the National Book Award with "A Lucky Man," a collection of stories about men and boys that explores race and class. Like Brinkley, our next author, R.O. Kwon, was a finalist for the NBCC's John Leonard Award for a first book; "The Incendiaries" burns with keen, spare prose that tells the story of a college student caught up in a religious cult. Namwali Serpell, a winner of the Caine Prize for African writing, has penned an electrifying debut, "The Old Drift"—an epic story of a small African nation and a panorama of history, fairytale, romance and science fiction. All three writers will sign your books after the talk! Berkeley City College Jamel Brinkley, R.O. Kwon, Namwali Serpell, moderated by Jane Ciabattari Get Tickets

Get ready for some serious literary talent, all based in the Bay Area. Writer and books columnist Jane Ciabattari, former president of the National Book Critics Circle, has highlighted three authors for your attention. Jamel Brinkley was a finalist for the National Book Award with “A Lucky Man,” a collection of stories about men and boys that explores race and class. Like Brinkley, our next author, R.O. Kwon, was a finalist for the NBCC’s John Leonard Award for a first book; “The Incendiaries” burns with keen, spare prose that tells the story of a college student caught up in a religious cult. Namwali Serpell, a winner of the Caine Prize for African writing, has penned an electrifying debut, “The Old Drift”—an epic story of a small African nation and a panorama of history, fairytale, romance and science fiction. All three writers will sign your books after the talk!

Berkeley City College - Auditorium

12:15 PM
  • Current Affairs
  • Free
  • Outdoor (Free)

American Prison: Interview with Shane Bauer

Shane Bauer interviewed by John Diaz

Saturday, May 4

12:15 PM - 1:15 PM
2019-05-04 12:15:00 2019-05-04 13:15:00 America/Los_Angeles American Prison: Interview with Shane Bauer "Solitary in Iran nearly broke me. Then I went Inside America’s prisons." That was the title of the award-winning 2012 Mother Jones story by reporter Shane Bauer, who, after being detained for two years in a notorious prison in Iran, returned to journalism and took on an astonishing assignment: to go undercover as a guard in a private prison in Louisiana. His book "American Prison: A Reporter's Undercover Journey into the Business of Punishment" is a riveting, blistering indictment of the private prison system—a relic of Southern slavery—and the powerful forces that drive it. One of President Obama's favorite books of 2018, it was named a New York Times Top 10 Best Book of the year. San Francisco Chronicle Stage in the Park Shane Bauer interviewed by John Diaz

“Solitary in Iran nearly broke me. Then I went Inside America’s prisons.” That was the title of the award-winning 2012 Mother Jones story by reporter Shane Bauer, who, after being detained for two years in a notorious prison in Iran, returned to journalism and took on an astonishing assignment: to go undercover as a guard in a private prison in Louisiana. His book “American Prison: A Reporter’s Undercover Journey into the Business of Punishment” is a riveting, blistering indictment of the private prison system—a relic of Southern slavery—and the powerful forces that drive it. One of President Obama’s favorite books of 2018, it was named a New York Times Top 10 Best Book of the year.

San Francisco Chronicle Stage in the Park

Sponsored by Mother Jones Magazine

12:45 PM
  • Free
  • Teen
  • Writing & Publishing

Someone Like Me: Seeing Ourselves in the Books We Read

Cindy Pon and Lee Wind, moderated by Riya Kataria

Saturday, May 4

12:45 PM - 2:00 PM
2019-05-04 12:45:00 2019-05-04 14:00:00 America/Los_Angeles Someone Like Me: Seeing Ourselves in the Books We Read When you open a book, do you see yourself in its pages? Do the characters look or think like you? Cindy Pon fought hard to publish one of the first Young Adult fantasy novels with an Asian protagonist on the U.S. market. Lee Wind's queer history book was canceled by the publisher for being too controversial, but he found a way to publish it anyway. The two dig into why kids (and adults) need diverse characters and how they fight against the bias and blindspots of the publishing world. Florence Schwimley Little Theater Cindy Pon and Lee Wind, moderated by Riya Kataria

When you open a book, do you see yourself in its pages? Do the characters look or think like you? Cindy Pon fought hard to publish one of the first Young Adult fantasy novels with an Asian protagonist on the U.S. market. Lee Wind’s queer history book was canceled by the publisher for being too controversial, but he found a way to publish it anyway. The two dig into why kids (and adults) need diverse characters and how they fight against the bias and blindspots of the publishing world.

Florence Schwimley Little Theater

1:30 PM
  • Environment/Nature
  • Travel

Outdoor Therapy: National Parks with Becky Lomax

Becky Lomax interviewed by Kaylé Barnes

Saturday, May 4

1:30 PM - 2:45 PM
2019-05-04 13:30:00 2019-05-04 14:45:00 America/Los_Angeles Outdoor Therapy: National Parks with Becky Lomax Need a break from the traffic and stress of city life? Ready for a technology detox? Let Becky Lomax, author of "Moon USA National Parks," be your “outdoor therapist" with wise advice on choosing the park that’s just right for unwinding. From the misty mountains of the east and the redwoods of the west, to the glaciers of Alaska and volcanoes of Hawaii, Lomax reveals the top experiences in each of the 59 parks throughout the U.S. With deep knowledge of each park, she explains where to go for maximum solitude or a family’s first camping trip. Lomax will even demonstrate the expert way to pack all of your essentials for a good, long hike. Interviewed by Kaylé Barnes of The Great Outchea. Berkeley City College Becky Lomax interviewed by Kaylé Barnes Get Tickets

Need a break from the traffic and stress of city life? Ready for a technology detox? Let Becky Lomax, author of “Moon USA National Parks,” be your “outdoor therapist” with wise advice on choosing the park that’s just right for unwinding. From the misty mountains of the east and the redwoods of the west, to the glaciers of Alaska and volcanoes of Hawaii, Lomax reveals the top experiences in each of the 59 parks throughout the U.S. With deep knowledge of each park, she explains where to go for maximum solitude or a family’s first camping trip. Lomax will even demonstrate the expert way to pack all of your essentials for a good, long hike. Interviewed by Kaylé Barnes of The Great Outchea.

Berkeley City College - Auditorium

Sponsored by Moon Travel Guides

1:30 PM
  • Current Affairs
  • Environment/Nature

Sand and Seeds: The Surprising Stories Behind Humanity’s Most Vital Elements

Vince Beiser and Mark Schapiro, moderated by Joshua S. Fouts

Saturday, May 4

1:30 PM - 2:45 PM
2019-05-04 13:30:00 2019-05-04 14:45:00 America/Los_Angeles Sand and Seeds: The Surprising Stories Behind Humanity’s Most Vital Elements Without seeds, there is no food; without sand, there are no cities. Both are resources central to life on our planet. One element is animate, one inanimate. But both are at the center of global battles to control them, and both are threatened by corporate consolidation and climate change. Two leading journalists, Mark Schapiro ("Seeds of Resistance") and Vince Beiser ("World in a Grain"), take us deep into the stories and futures of these vital elements—stories that are quirky, dramatic, and urgent. Brower Center Vince Beiser and Mark Schapiro, moderated by Joshua S. Fouts Get Tickets

Without seeds, there is no food; without sand, there are no cities. Both are resources central to life on our planet. One element is animate, one inanimate. But both are at the center of global battles to control them, and both are threatened by corporate consolidation and climate change. Two leading journalists, Mark Schapiro (“Seeds of Resistance”) and Vince Beiser (“World in a Grain”), take us deep into the stories and futures of these vital elements—stories that are quirky, dramatic, and urgent.

Brower Center - Goldman Theater

1:30 PM
  • International
  • Literary

Writing Irish

Catherine Ryan Howard, Mike McCormack, Emilie Pine, moderated by Rosemary Graham

Saturday, May 4

1:30 PM - 2:45 PM
2019-05-04 13:30:00 2019-05-04 14:45:00 America/Los_Angeles Writing Irish Three celebrated Irish writers join the Festival this year. Mike McCormack has won wide acclaim for his moving and innovative third novel, "Solar Bones," which Booklist called “a work of bold risks and luminous creativity.” Catherine Ryan Howard burst onto the Irish literary scene with her propulsive thriller "Distress Signals" and has quickly gained an international reputation for her “slick and stylish” and “psychologically acute” writing. The Irish Times proclaimed Emilie Pine’s searching "Notes to Self" “the kind of book you want to give to everyone,” though Anne Enright cautioned against reading it in public because “it will make you cry.” Brower Center Catherine Ryan Howard, Mike McCormack, Emilie Pine, moderated by Rosemary Graham Get Tickets

Three celebrated Irish writers join the Festival this year. Mike McCormack has won wide acclaim for his moving and innovative third novel, “Solar Bones,” which Booklist called “a work of bold risks and luminous creativity.” Catherine Ryan Howard burst onto the Irish literary scene with her propulsive thriller “Distress Signals” and has quickly gained an international reputation for her “slick and stylish” and “psychologically acute” writing. The Irish Times proclaimed Emilie Pine’s searching “Notes to Self” “the kind of book you want to give to everyone,” though Anne Enright cautioned against reading it in public because “it will make you cry.”

Brower Center - Tamalpais Room

With the support of Culture Ireland

1:30 PM
  • ASL Interpreted programming
  • History
  • Outdoor (Free)
  • Race/Identity

Prophet of Freedom: Frederick Douglass

2019 Pulitzer Prize winner David Blight interviewed by Otis R. Taylor Jr.

Saturday, May 4

1:30 PM - 2:45 PM
2019-05-04 13:30:00 2019-05-04 14:45:00 America/Los_Angeles Prophet of Freedom: Frederick Douglass Frederick Douglass was arguably the most important African American of the nineteenth century, an escaped slave who became the greatest orator of his day and one of the leading abolitionists and writers of the era. Come hear from David Blight, American history scholar and author of the new, definitive biography "Frederick Douglass: Prophet of Freedom," which just won the 2019 Pulitzer Prize for history. The book also was selected as a Top Ten Book of 2018 by the New York Times and numerous other outlets. San Francisco Chronicle columnist Otis R. Taylor, Jr. interviews Blight and helps uncover this towering figure that Blight calls "thoroughly and beautifully human." This program will have ASL interpreters. San Francisco Chronicle Stage in the Park 2019 Pulitzer Prize winner David Blight interviewed by Otis R. Taylor Jr.

Frederick Douglass was arguably the most important African American of the nineteenth century, an escaped slave who became the greatest orator of his day and one of the leading abolitionists and writers of the era. Come hear from David Blight, American history scholar and author of the new, definitive biography “Frederick Douglass: Prophet of Freedom,” which just won the 2019 Pulitzer Prize for history. The book also was selected as a Top Ten Book of 2018 by the New York Times and numerous other outlets. San Francisco Chronicle columnist Otis R. Taylor, Jr. interviews Blight and helps uncover this towering figure that Blight calls “thoroughly and beautifully human.”

This program will have ASL interpreters.

San Francisco Chronicle Stage in the Park

1:30 PM
  • Literary

A Celebration of The Paris Review

Franny Choi, R.O. Kwon, Kiese Laymon, Emily Nemens, moderated by Christian Kiefer

Saturday, May 4

1:30 PM - 2:45 PM
2019-05-04 13:30:00 2019-05-04 14:45:00 America/Los_Angeles A Celebration of The Paris Review The Paris Review is one of the most esteemed and beloved literary magazines in the world. Established in 1953 in Paris, moving to New York in 1973, it became famed for its "Writer at Work" interviews, which have been anthologized, most recently into two "Women at Work" volumes. Known for promoting new talent alongside established voices, The Paris Review publishes fiction, nonfiction, poetry, graphic literature, interviews, and more in its bound quarterly issues and online Paris Review Daily. We're joined by its new editor, Emily Nemens, in a roundtable led by Christian Kiefer (the magazine's West Coast editor) along with contributors Franny Choi, R.O. Kwon, and Kiese Laymon. Freight & Salvage Franny Choi, R.O. Kwon, Kiese Laymon, Emily Nemens, moderated by Christian Kiefer Get Tickets

The Paris Review is one of the most esteemed and beloved literary magazines in the world. Established in 1953 in Paris, moving to New York in 1973, it became famed for its “Writer at Work” interviews, which have been anthologized, most recently into two “Women at Work” volumes. Known for promoting new talent alongside established voices, The Paris Review publishes fiction, nonfiction, poetry, graphic literature, interviews, and more in its bound quarterly issues and online Paris Review Daily. We’re joined by its new editor, Emily Nemens, in a roundtable led by Christian Kiefer (the magazine’s West Coast editor) along with contributors Franny Choi, R.O. Kwon, and Kiese Laymon.

Freight & Salvage

Co-presented with The Paris Review

1:30 PM
  • Current Affairs
  • History

Daring to Dream of a More Just World: Conversation with Adam Hochschild

Adam Hochschild interviewed by Julia Flynn Siler

Saturday, May 4

1:30 PM - 2:45 PM
2019-05-04 13:30:00 2019-05-04 14:45:00 America/Los_Angeles Daring to Dream of a More Just World: Conversation with Adam Hochschild Bestselling author Adam Hochschild's new collection of essays explores, as he writes, “people who took a stand against despotism, who spoke out against unjust wars, or who saw the evils of institutions like slavery or colonialism when, all around them, others took such things for granted.” "Lessons from a Dark Time" profiles the survivor-director of a Congolese center for rape victims, the humane penal system in Finland, Mandela on the campaign trail—and much more. A Festival favorite, Hochschild has the skills of a journalist, the knowledge of a historian, and the heart of an activist. Hotel Shattuck Plaza Adam Hochschild interviewed by Julia Flynn Siler Get Tickets

Bestselling author Adam Hochschild’s new collection of essays explores, as he writes, “people who took a stand against despotism, who spoke out against unjust wars, or who saw the evils of institutions like slavery or colonialism when, all around them, others took such things for granted.” “Lessons from a Dark Time” profiles the survivor-director of a Congolese center for rape victims, the humane penal system in Finland, Mandela on the campaign trail—and much more. A Festival favorite, Hochschild has the skills of a journalist, the knowledge of a historian, and the heart of an activist.

Hotel Shattuck Plaza - Boiler Room

1:30 PM
  • International
  • Mystery, Crime & Thrillers

Nordic Noir

Stefan Ahnhem, Jonas Bonnier, Kjell Ola Dahl, Ragnar Jonasson, Jenny Rogneby, moderated by Randal Brandt

Saturday, May 4

1:30 PM - 2:45 PM
2019-05-04 13:30:00 2019-05-04 14:45:00 America/Los_Angeles Nordic Noir Mystery lovers, buckle up for one of the Festival’s most popular sessions. Hailed for combining the darkness of Nordic Noir with classic mystery writing, Ragnar Jonasson’s books are haunting, atmospheric, and complex. Kjell Ola Dahl’s latest, “The Ice Swimmer,” was called “a masterclass in plotting, atmosphere and character” by the Times Crime Club. Crowned “the new queen of Nordic Noir,” Jenny Rogneby’s Leona Lindberg series are hard-boiled crime novels, filled with unexpected twists and turns and featuring an unusual heroine. In Publishers Weekly, Stefan Ahnhem’s “Eighteen Below” was extolled for how it “unflinchingly unveils the monstrous crimes lurking beneath Scandinavia’s seemingly placid surface.” This session is moderated by Randal Brandt, curator of the Bancroft Library’s California Detective Fiction Collection. Hotel Shattuck Plaza Stefan Ahnhem, Jonas Bonnier, Kjell Ola Dahl, Ragnar Jonasson, Jenny Rogneby, moderated by Randal Brandt Get Tickets

Mystery lovers, buckle up for one of the Festival’s most popular sessions. Hailed for combining the darkness of Nordic Noir with classic mystery writing, Ragnar Jonasson’s books are haunting, atmospheric, and complex. Kjell Ola Dahl’s latest, “The Ice Swimmer,” was called “a masterclass in plotting, atmosphere and character” by the Times Crime Club. Crowned “the new queen of Nordic Noir,” Jenny Rogneby’s Leona Lindberg series are hard-boiled crime novels, filled with unexpected twists and turns and featuring an unusual heroine. In Publishers Weekly, Stefan Ahnhem’s “Eighteen Below” was extolled for how it “unflinchingly unveils the monstrous crimes lurking beneath Scandinavia’s seemingly placid surface.” This session is moderated by Randal Brandt, curator of the Bancroft Library’s California Detective Fiction Collection.

Hotel Shattuck Plaza - Crystal Ballroom

With the support of Iceland Naturally, the Icelandic Literature Center, the Barbro Osher Pro Suecia Foundation, the Consulate General of Sweden in San Francisco, SWEA (Swedish Women's Educational Association) San Francisco, the Norway House Foundation, and NORLA - Norwegian Literature Abroad

1:30 PM
  • Current Affairs
  • Literary

Human Face: Literature That Brings Human Rights To Life

Atia Abawi, Aaron Bobrow-Strain, Eliot Pattison, moderated by Clara Long

Saturday, May 4

1:30 PM - 2:45 PM
2019-05-04 13:30:00 2019-05-04 14:45:00 America/Los_Angeles Human Face: Literature That Brings Human Rights To Life Storytelling can bring depth, humanity, and understanding to the headlines. "A Land of Permanent Goodbyes" depicts a young boy who must escape from war-torn Syria, masterfully told by journalist Atia Abawi, who witnessed the crisis firsthand. In "The Death and Life of Aída Hernandez," Aaron Bobrow-Strain follows an undocumented teen mom and reveals the human consequences of militarizing what was once a more forgiving border. With "Bones of the Earth," Eliot Pattison concludes his mystery series set in Tibet, which he writes about so readers can "understand what it feels like to witness an armed policeman assault a praying monk." Magnes Museum Atia Abawi, Aaron Bobrow-Strain, Eliot Pattison, moderated by Clara Long Get Tickets

Storytelling can bring depth, humanity, and understanding to the headlines. “A Land of Permanent Goodbyes” depicts a young boy who must escape from war-torn Syria, masterfully told by journalist Atia Abawi, who witnessed the crisis firsthand. In “The Death and Life of Aída Hernandez,” Aaron Bobrow-Strain follows an undocumented teen mom and reveals the human consequences of militarizing what was once a more forgiving border. With “Bones of the Earth,” Eliot Pattison concludes his mystery series set in Tibet, which he writes about so readers can “understand what it feels like to witness an armed policeman assault a praying monk.”

Magnes Museum

1:30 PM
  • Environment/Nature
  • Literary
  • Poetry

Political Optimism, Political Despair, and the Wilderness

Pam Houston, Katie Peterson, moderated by Lucille Lang Day

Saturday, May 4

1:30 PM - 2:45 PM
2019-05-04 13:30:00 2019-05-04 14:45:00 America/Los_Angeles Political Optimism, Political Despair, and the Wilderness In this intimate conversation moderated by Lucille Lang Day (editor of the new anthology "Fire and Rain: Ecopoetry of California"), memoirist Pam Houston ("Deep Creek") and poet Katie Peterson ("A Piece of Good News") discuss the case for optimism and joy in our troubled American landscape. Across ranchland, mountains, borderlands, and deserts, these women will explore how our political discussion is shaped by our land, and how care for our wild spaces can change the way we think about our future. The Marsh Pam Houston, Katie Peterson, moderated by Lucille Lang Day Get Tickets

In this intimate conversation moderated by Lucille Lang Day (editor of the new anthology “Fire and Rain: Ecopoetry of California”), memoirist Pam Houston (“Deep Creek”) and poet Katie Peterson (“A Piece of Good News”) discuss the case for optimism and joy in our troubled American landscape. Across ranchland, mountains, borderlands, and deserts, these women will explore how our political discussion is shaped by our land, and how care for our wild spaces can change the way we think about our future.

The Marsh - Cabaret

1:30 PM
  • Culture
  • Literary
  • Poetry

How the Songs Work: The Poetry of Bob Dylan

Timothy Hampton and Greil Marcus, moderated by Ramona Naddaff

Saturday, May 4

1:30 PM - 2:45 PM
2019-05-04 13:30:00 2019-05-04 14:45:00 America/Los_Angeles How the Songs Work: The Poetry of Bob Dylan Delve into the songs of the musical icon who sparked a folk movement in the early 1960s and went on to win the Nobel Prize for Literature in 2016. In "Bob Dylan's Poetics: How the Songs Work," UC Berkeley professor Timothy Hampton illuminates both the poetics and politics of Dylan's compositions. Hampton is in conversation with the renowned cultural critic Greil Marcus, whose own, seminal 2005 book on Dylan—"Like a Rolling Stone: Bob Dylan at the Crossroads"—explored the poetry, musicality, and social moment of that iconic song. The Marsh Timothy Hampton and Greil Marcus, moderated by Ramona Naddaff Get Tickets

Delve into the songs of the musical icon who sparked a folk movement in the early 1960s and went on to win the Nobel Prize for Literature in 2016. In “Bob Dylan’s Poetics: How the Songs Work,” UC Berkeley professor Timothy Hampton illuminates both the poetics and politics of Dylan’s compositions. Hampton is in conversation with the renowned cultural critic Greil Marcus, whose own, seminal 2005 book on Dylan—”Like a Rolling Stone: Bob Dylan at the Crossroads”—explored the poetry, musicality, and social moment of that iconic song.

The Marsh - Theater

Sponsored by Reed Schmidt

1:30 PM
  • Literary
  • Race/Identity

Let The World Move: Speculative Fiction From the Periphery

Lesley Nneka Arimah, Alice Sola Kim, Carmen Maria Machado, moderated by Namwali Serpell

Saturday, May 4

1:30 PM - 2:45 PM
2019-05-04 13:30:00 2019-05-04 14:45:00 America/Los_Angeles Let The World Move: Speculative Fiction From the Periphery "I stood at the border, stood at the edge and claimed it as central,” Toni Morrison said, “Claimed it as central, and let the rest of the world move over to where I was." First and second-generation immigrant writers Lesley Nneka Arimah, Alice Sola Kim, Carmen Maria Machado, and Namwali Serpell tackle the mysterious, the wild, the terrifying, and the magical in their speculative fiction. With rich and enthralling work that defies convention, they are creating a cultural shift in the literary landscape. Veterans Memorial Building Lesley Nneka Arimah, Alice Sola Kim, Carmen Maria Machado, moderated by Namwali Serpell Get Tickets

“I stood at the border, stood at the edge and claimed it as central,” Toni Morrison said, “Claimed it as central, and let the rest of the world move over to where I was.” First and second-generation immigrant writers Lesley Nneka Arimah, Alice Sola Kim, Carmen Maria Machado, and Namwali Serpell tackle the mysterious, the wild, the terrifying, and the magical in their speculative fiction. With rich and enthralling work that defies convention, they are creating a cultural shift in the literary landscape.

Veterans Memorial Building - Auditorium

Presented by the UC Berkeley English Department and the Peripheral Futures Working Group; also with the support of Women Lit members

3:00 PM
  • Current Affairs
  • Free
  • Outdoor (Free)

Dear America: An Interview with Jose Antonio Vargas

Jose Antonio Vargas interviewed by Kate Campbell

Saturday, May 4

3:00 PM - 4:15 PM
2019-05-04 15:00:00 2019-05-04 16:15:00 America/Los_Angeles Dear America: An Interview with Jose Antonio Vargas Jose Antonio Vargas was sixteen when, signing up to take a driver’s test at his local DMV, he discovered his green card was fake. Now he’s a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist, Emmy-nominated filmmaker, and the founder of Define American, an organization that fights anti-immigrant hate through the power of storytelling. But his future still hangs in the balance. In “Dear America,” Vargas divulges how he came out first as gay and then as undocumented, reflecting on the high cost of hiding from the government and himself (currently subject to deportation at any time, he has no permanent residence). Illuminating the purgatory of fear people without papers are forced to live in and posing questions about passing and the true meaning of citizenship, Vargas urges us to reconsider the assumptions we make. San Francisco Chronicle Stage in the Park Jose Antonio Vargas interviewed by Kate Campbell

Jose Antonio Vargas was sixteen when, signing up to take a driver’s test at his local DMV, he discovered his green card was fake. Now he’s a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist, Emmy-nominated filmmaker, and the founder of Define American, an organization that fights anti-immigrant hate through the power of storytelling. But his future still hangs in the balance. In “Dear America,” Vargas divulges how he came out first as gay and then as undocumented, reflecting on the high cost of hiding from the government and himself (currently subject to deportation at any time, he has no permanent residence). Illuminating the purgatory of fear people without papers are forced to live in and posing questions about passing and the true meaning of citizenship, Vargas urges us to reconsider the assumptions we make.

San Francisco Chronicle Stage in the Park

Sponsored by North Berkeley Investment Partners

3:15 PM
  • Current Affairs

Beyond the Bars: Alternatives to Prison and Punishment

Lara Bazelon, Tony Platt, Albert Woodfox, moderated by Rachel Herzing

Saturday, May 4

3:15 PM - 4:30 PM
2019-05-04 15:15:00 2019-05-04 16:30:00 America/Los_Angeles Beyond the Bars: Alternatives to Prison and Punishment What could the world look like without prisons? What kinds of healing—what new definitions of justice—could take their place? Join University of San Francisco law professor Lara Bazelon ("Rectify"), activist Tony Platt ("Beyond These Walls"), and Albert Woodfox ("Solitary"), one of the Angola 3 who spent decades in solitary confinement for a crime he did not commit. They look at the violent history behind mass incarceration and imagine alternatives. Berkeley City College Lara Bazelon, Tony Platt, Albert Woodfox, moderated by Rachel Herzing Get Tickets

What could the world look like without prisons? What kinds of healing—what new definitions of justice—could take their place? Join University of San Francisco law professor Lara Bazelon (“Rectify”), activist Tony Platt (“Beyond These Walls”), and Albert Woodfox (“Solitary”), one of the Angola 3 who spent decades in solitary confinement for a crime he did not commit. They look at the violent history behind mass incarceration and imagine alternatives.

Berkeley City College - Auditorium

3:15 PM
  • Literary
  • Race/Identity

Writer to Writer: Ishmael Reed and Morgan Parker

Morgan Parker and Ishmael Reed, moderated by Ismail Muhammad

Saturday, May 4

3:15 PM - 4:30 PM
2019-05-04 15:15:00 2019-05-04 16:30:00 America/Los_Angeles Writer to Writer: Ishmael Reed and Morgan Parker In our Writer to Writer series, two authors who are fans of each other’s work come together for conversation. Join this cross-generational conversation between two dynamic Black American writers and cultural critics exploring the history and future of the American literary landscape. The legendary Ishmael Reed, Macarthur Genius Fellow, founder of the Before Columbus Foundation, and author of over 30 books including his newest “Conjugating Hindi,” sits down with rising literary star Morgan Parker, a National Endowment for the Arts Fellow, Pushcart Prize winner, and author of the new poetry collection “Magical Negro.” Brower Center Morgan Parker and Ishmael Reed, moderated by Ismail Muhammad Get Tickets

In our Writer to Writer series, two authors who are fans of each other’s work come together for conversation. Join this cross-generational conversation between two dynamic Black American writers and cultural critics exploring the history and future of the American literary landscape. The legendary Ishmael Reed, Macarthur Genius Fellow, founder of the Before Columbus Foundation, and author of over 30 books including his newest “Conjugating Hindi,” sits down with rising literary star Morgan Parker, a National Endowment for the Arts Fellow, Pushcart Prize winner, and author of the new poetry collection “Magical Negro.”

Brower Center - Goldman Theater

Sponsored by Zoetic Press

3:15 PM
  • International
  • Literary

The Heart of a Child

Rene Denfeld, Hanne Ørstavik, Duanwad Pimwana, Mui Poopoksakul, moderated by Elizabeth Rosner

Saturday, May 4

3:15 PM - 4:30 PM
2019-05-04 15:15:00 2019-05-04 16:30:00 America/Los_Angeles The Heart of a Child Come hear three writers who, like children themselves, will break your heart then put it back together again. Rene Denfeld is a former chief investigator at a public defender's office and foster adoptive parent; her novel "The Child Finder" depicts an investigator using child-savvy skills to find a missing girl. Duanwad Pimwana, the first female Thai novelist translated into English, has written a poignant novel in stories, "Bright," about a boy abandoned in a village. Hanne Ørstavik won international acclaim for "Love," which tells of a mother and young son who each are locked in their loneliness; the tragedy is all the more keen when rendered in such gorgeous prose. Brower Center Rene Denfeld, Hanne Ørstavik, Duanwad Pimwana, Mui Poopoksakul, moderated by Elizabeth Rosner Get Tickets

Come hear three writers who, like children themselves, will break your heart then put it back together again. Rene Denfeld is a former chief investigator at a public defender’s office and foster adoptive parent; her novel “The Child Finder” depicts an investigator using child-savvy skills to find a missing girl. Duanwad Pimwana, the first female Thai novelist translated into English, has written a poignant novel in stories, “Bright,” about a boy abandoned in a village. Hanne Ørstavik won international acclaim for “Love,” which tells of a mother and young son who each are locked in their loneliness; the tragedy is all the more keen when rendered in such gorgeous prose.

Brower Center - Tamalpais Room

With the support of the Center for the Art of Translation, Norway House Foundation, and NORLA - Norwegian Literature Abroad; also with the support of Women Lit members

3:15 PM
  • Culture
  • Free
  • Poetry

On a Symphonic Note: Berkeley Symphony & the Bay Area Book Festival Present Original Music Celebrating Bay Area Poets

Genny Lim, Innosanto Nagara, Rachel Richardson

Saturday, May 4

3:15 PM - 4:45 PM
2019-05-04 15:15:00 2019-05-04 16:45:00 America/Los_Angeles On a Symphonic Note: Berkeley Symphony & the Bay Area Book Festival Present Original Music Celebrating Bay Area Poets Take a respite from the crowds of the festival! The Berkeley Symphony and Bay Area Book Festival present the world premiere of four original musical compositions, by Ursula Kwong-Brown, Aiyana Braun, Peter Shin, and Tristan Koster, interpreting musically the work of four poets, most local to the Bay Area. Genny Lim, Innosanto Nagara, and Rachel Richardson (on behalf of Brenda Hillman) will read their poems, with each reading followed by the musical composition. Enjoy. Florence Schwimley Little Theater Genny Lim, Innosanto Nagara, Rachel Richardson

Take a respite from the crowds of the festival! The Berkeley Symphony and Bay Area Book Festival present the world premiere of four original musical compositions, by Ursula Kwong-Brown, Aiyana Braun, Peter Shin, and Tristan Koster, interpreting musically the work of four poets, most local to the Bay Area. Genny Lim, Innosanto Nagara, and Rachel Richardson (on behalf of Brenda Hillman) will read their poems, with each reading followed by the musical composition. Enjoy.

Florence Schwimley Little Theater

Co-presented with the Berkeley Symphony, and made possible by a partnership with the San Francisco Conservatory and the Hamburg Conservatory

3:15 PM
  • Culture
  • Race/Identity

Old in Art School, Young at Heart: Interview with Nell Painter

Nell Painter interviewed by Lance Knobel

Saturday, May 4

3:15 PM - 4:30 PM
2019-05-04 15:15:00 2019-05-04 16:30:00 America/Los_Angeles Old in Art School, Young at Heart: Interview with Nell Painter Who gets to be called an artist? In this frank, funny, and often surprising tale of her move from academia to art, historian Nell Painter chronicles her retirement from Princeton University and enrollment in art school at the age of 64. Surrounded by classmates a third of her age, Painter confesses how art school changed her view of what she thought she already knew and examines how women and artists are seen and judged by their age, looks, and race. Meet the multi-talented woman behind "Old in Art School" and learn more about the story that Tayari Jones calls "a cup of courage for everyone who wants to change their lives." Freight & Salvage Nell Painter interviewed by Lance Knobel Get Tickets

Who gets to be called an artist? In this frank, funny, and often surprising tale of her move from academia to art, historian Nell Painter chronicles her retirement from Princeton University and enrollment in art school at the age of 64. Surrounded by classmates a third of her age, Painter confesses how art school changed her view of what she thought she already knew and examines how women and artists are seen and judged by their age, looks, and race. Meet the multi-talented woman behind “Old in Art School” and learn more about the story that Tayari Jones calls “a cup of courage for everyone who wants to change their lives.”

Freight & Salvage

Sponsored by Berkeleyside; also with the support of Women Lit members

3:15 PM
  • Writing & Publishing

University of San Francisco MFA in Writing Presents: Impossible Choices and Unspeakable Acts

Kirstin Chen, Ingrid Rojas Contreras, Nayomi Munaweera, moderated by Beth Nguyen

Saturday, May 4

3:15 PM - 4:30 PM
2019-05-04 15:15:00 2019-05-04 16:30:00 America/Los_Angeles University of San Francisco MFA in Writing Presents: Impossible Choices and Unspeakable Acts No matter the borders crossed or the time gone by, these novels' protagonists are driven by demons they can't seem to outrun. Kirstin Chen, Ingrid Rojas Contreras, and Nayomi Munaweera—all novelist-teachers from the University of San Francisco MFA. in Writing program—dig into the challenges of writing characters who are haunted by their pasts. Here they share the narrative tools they use to push their characters to the very edge and keep the reader turning the page. Hotel Shattuck Plaza Kirstin Chen, Ingrid Rojas Contreras, Nayomi Munaweera, moderated by Beth Nguyen Get Tickets

No matter the borders crossed or the time gone by, these novels’ protagonists are driven by demons they can’t seem to outrun. Kirstin Chen, Ingrid Rojas Contreras, and Nayomi Munaweera—all novelist-teachers from the University of San Francisco MFA. in Writing program—dig into the challenges of writing characters who are haunted by their pasts. Here they share the narrative tools they use to push their characters to the very edge and keep the reader turning the page.

Hotel Shattuck Plaza - Boiler Room

Sponsored by the University of San Francisco MFA in Writing program

3:15 PM
  • International
  • Literary

Which Side Are You On? Loyalty in Fiction

Christian Kiefer, Lauren Wilkinson, Takis Würger, moderated by Frances Dinkespiel

Saturday, May 4

3:15 PM - 4:30 PM
2019-05-04 15:15:00 2019-05-04 16:30:00 America/Los_Angeles Which Side Are You On? Loyalty in Fiction Fiction can illuminate the lived experience of intense inner conflict. Torn between community and country, struggling with duty and desire, and stuck in the gray area between right and wrong, the characters in these novels are pulled in competing directions. Christian Kiefer ("Phantoms"), Lauren Wilkinson ("American Spy"), and Takis Würger ("The Club") create dynamic worlds in dazzling prose where dangerous secrets bubble just under the surface and protagonists must ask themselves who to believe and who to blame. Hotel Shattuck Plaza Christian Kiefer, Lauren Wilkinson, Takis Würger, moderated by Frances Dinkespiel Get Tickets

Fiction can illuminate the lived experience of intense inner conflict. Torn between community and country, struggling with duty and desire, and stuck in the gray area between right and wrong, the characters in these novels are pulled in competing directions. Christian Kiefer (“Phantoms”), Lauren Wilkinson (“American Spy”), and Takis Würger (“The Club”) create dynamic worlds in dazzling prose where dangerous secrets bubble just under the surface and protagonists must ask themselves who to believe and who to blame.

Hotel Shattuck Plaza - Crystal Ballroom

With the support of the initiative "Wunderbar Together,“ initiated by the German Federal Foreign Office and the Goethe Institut, and supported by the Federation of German Industries (BDI); the Goethe-Institut San Francisco; and Goethe-Institut’s translation support program "Books First"

3:15 PM
  • International
  • Literary
  • Writing & Publishing

Writer to Writer: Geir Gulliksen with John Freeman

Geir Gulliksen and John Freeman

Saturday, May 4

3:15 PM - 4:30 PM
2019-05-04 15:15:00 2019-05-04 16:30:00 America/Los_Angeles Writer to Writer: Geir Gulliksen with John Freeman This Writer to Writer conversation is a literary treasure trove: Two bestselling authors who are also top editors and critics come together to discuss their writing, the editing process, the state of the publishing industry in the U.S. and Europe, and translation. Geir Gulliksen is among Norway's leading novelists; his latest is "The Story of a Marriage," a searing novel about a man who attempts to empathetically understand his wife's infidelity. Gulliksen also is a top editor at Norway's major publishing house, Forlaget Oktober, where he has edited Karl One Knausgaard, Linn Ullmann, and others. John Freeman is one of today's preeminent literary critics who also publishes literary nonfiction, much of it focused passionately on social justice issues (such as "Tales of Two Americas: Stories of Inequality in a Divided Nation"), as well as poetry ("Maps"). Editor of the international literary journal Granta for many years, and former president of the National Book Critics Circle, he founded the biannual journal Freeman's in 2017 to publish short fiction, non-fiction and poetry from literary luminaries as well as emerging voices worldwide. Magnes Museum Geir Gulliksen and John Freeman Get Tickets

This Writer to Writer conversation is a literary treasure trove: Two bestselling authors who are also top editors and critics come together to discuss their writing, the editing process, the state of the publishing industry in the U.S. and Europe, and translation. Geir Gulliksen is among Norway’s leading novelists; his latest is “The Story of a Marriage,” a searing novel about a man who attempts to empathetically understand his wife’s infidelity. Gulliksen also is a top editor at Norway’s major publishing house, Forlaget Oktober, where he has edited Karl One Knausgaard, Linn Ullmann, and others. John Freeman is one of today’s preeminent literary critics who also publishes literary nonfiction, much of it focused passionately on social justice issues (such as “Tales of Two Americas: Stories of Inequality in a Divided Nation”), as well as poetry (“Maps”). Editor of the international literary journal Granta for many years, and former president of the National Book Critics Circle, he founded the biannual journal Freeman’s in 2017 to publish short fiction, non-fiction and poetry from literary luminaries as well as emerging voices worldwide.

Magnes Museum

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

3:15 PM
  • Environment/Nature
  • Literary

Writing Climate: Literature of the Anthropocene

Charlie Jane Anders, Cai Emmons, Brenda Shaughnessy, moderated by David Wallace-Wells

Saturday, May 4

3:15 PM - 4:30 PM
2019-05-04 15:15:00 2019-05-04 16:30:00 America/Los_Angeles Writing Climate: Literature of the Anthropocene The 20th century brought us “1984” and “Brave New World" as harbingers of terrifying social and technological change. In the 21st century, we have climate literature. Brenda Shaughnessy gives us "The Octopus Museum," bold poems that imagine what comes after our current age of environmental destruction. Charlie Jane Anders (called "this generation's Le Guin") presents "The City in the Middle of the Night," where humanity lives in a barely habitable dusk on the planet January. In Cai Emmons' “Weather Woman,” a young TV meteorologist discovers that she can tap the energies of the earth to alter the weather. Moderated by David Wallace-Wells, author of "The Uninhabitable Earth" and former deputy editor of The Paris Review. Veterans Memorial Building Charlie Jane Anders, Cai Emmons, Brenda Shaughnessy, moderated by David Wallace-Wells Get Tickets

The 20th century brought us “1984” and “Brave New World” as harbingers of terrifying social and technological change. In the 21st century, we have climate literature. Brenda Shaughnessy gives us “The Octopus Museum,” bold poems that imagine what comes after our current age of environmental destruction. Charlie Jane Anders (called “this generation’s Le Guin”) presents “The City in the Middle of the Night,” where humanity lives in a barely habitable dusk on the planet January. In Cai Emmons’ “Weather Woman,” a young TV meteorologist discovers that she can tap the energies of the earth to alter the weather. Moderated by David Wallace-Wells, author of “The Uninhabitable Earth” and former deputy editor of The Paris Review.

Veterans Memorial Building - Auditorium

4:30 PM
  • Culture
  • Free
  • Outdoor (Free)

Then It Fell Apart: An Interview with Moby

Moby interviewed by Peter Hartlaub

Saturday, May 4

4:30 PM - 5:45 PM
2019-05-04 16:30:00 2019-05-04 17:45:00 America/Los_Angeles Then It Fell Apart: An Interview with Moby What happens when you have everything you've ever wanted but still feel completely empty? In the summer of 1999, Moby released PLAY, an album that helped define the millennium and catapulted him to superstardom. Suddenly he was hanging out with David Bowie and Lou Reed, Christina Ricci and Madonna, taking ecstasy for breakfast (most days), and drinking bottles of vodka (every day)… a diet that couldn’t last. In his shocking, riotously entertaining second memoir, "Then It Fell Apart," Moby takes us through the dark heart of fame to rock bottom and into recovery. Bonus: though this session isn’t a concert, we may persuade Moby to perform a couple of acoustic songs. Interviewed by Peter Hartlaub, the San Francisco Chronicle's pop culture critic. San Francisco Chronicle Stage in the Park Moby interviewed by Peter Hartlaub

What happens when you have everything you’ve ever wanted but still feel completely empty? In the summer of 1999, Moby released PLAY, an album that helped define the millennium and catapulted him to superstardom. Suddenly he was hanging out with David Bowie and Lou Reed, Christina Ricci and Madonna, taking ecstasy for breakfast (most days), and drinking bottles of vodka (every day)… a diet that couldn’t last. In his shocking, riotously entertaining second memoir, “Then It Fell Apart,” Moby takes us through the dark heart of fame to rock bottom and into recovery. Bonus: though this session isn’t a concert, we may persuade Moby to perform a couple of acoustic songs. Interviewed by Peter Hartlaub, the San Francisco Chronicle’s pop culture critic.

San Francisco Chronicle Stage in the Park

5:00 PM
  • Writing & Publishing

A New Dimension: The Radical Power of Virtual Reality Storytelling

Nathalie Mathé, Lakshmi Sarah, Kevin Tsukii, moderated by Siciliana Trevino

Saturday, May 4

5:00 PM - 6:15 PM
2019-05-04 17:00:00 2019-05-04 18:15:00 America/Los_Angeles A New Dimension: The Radical Power of Virtual Reality Storytelling We are witnessing a revolution in storytelling. Publications all over the world are increasingly using immersive storytelling tools—virtual reality, augmented reality, and mixed reality—to tell urgent and impactful stories. Examining ground-breaking work across industries, journalist and educator Lakshmi Sarah ("Crafting Stories For Virtual Reality") illuminates how storytellers can create their own powerful immersive experiences that build worlds and shift consciousness. Join this group of VR creatives, writers, and changemakers for a conversation on the future of storytelling. Brower Center Nathalie Mathé, Lakshmi Sarah, Kevin Tsukii, moderated by Siciliana Trevino Get Tickets

We are witnessing a revolution in storytelling. Publications all over the world are increasingly using immersive storytelling tools—virtual reality, augmented reality, and mixed reality—to tell urgent and impactful stories. Examining ground-breaking work across industries, journalist and educator Lakshmi Sarah (“Crafting Stories For Virtual Reality”) illuminates how storytellers can create their own powerful immersive experiences that build worlds and shift consciousness. Join this group of VR creatives, writers, and changemakers for a conversation on the future of storytelling.

Brower Center - Goldman Theater

5:00 PM
  • Health, Psychology & Spirituality

The Astrological Grimoire

Helen Shewolfe Tseng in conversation with Dorothy R. Santos

Saturday, May 4

5:00 PM - 6:15 PM
2019-05-04 17:00:00 2019-05-04 18:15:00 America/Los_Angeles The Astrological Grimoire Get witchy and deepen your creative practice with the holistic and customizable tools for astrological self-discovery inside "The Astrological Grimoire" by author, designer, and co-host of BFF.fm's Astral Projection Radio Hour, Helen Shewolfe Tseng. Divided into 12 chapters, one for each sign, the book offers horoscopes based on moon phase and "mood phase"—emotions and life events—so you can always find a horoscope that speaks to your current life moment. Brower Center Helen Shewolfe Tseng in conversation with Dorothy R. Santos Get Tickets

Get witchy and deepen your creative practice with the holistic and customizable tools for astrological self-discovery inside “The Astrological Grimoire” by author, designer, and co-host of BFF.fm’s Astral Projection Radio Hour, Helen Shewolfe Tseng. Divided into 12 chapters, one for each sign, the book offers horoscopes based on moon phase and “mood phase”—emotions and life events—so you can always find a horoscope that speaks to your current life moment.

Brower Center - Tamalpais Room

5:00 PM
  • International
  • Mystery, Crime & Thrillers

Noir at the Bar

Stefan Ahnhem, Cara Black, Jonas Bonnier, Kjell Ola Dahl, Heather Haven, Catherine Ryan Howard, Ragnar Jonasson, Jenny Rogneby, moderated by Laurie R. King

Saturday, May 4

5:00 PM - 6:15 PM
2019-05-04 17:00:00 2019-05-04 18:15:00 America/Los_Angeles Noir at the Bar A Festival favorite is back! Grab a drink and settle in for an hour of gasp-inducing, nail-biting, scintillating stories from these virtuosos of crime fiction hailing from across Scandinavia, Ireland, and the United States. Freight & Salvage Stefan Ahnhem, Cara Black, Jonas Bonnier, Kjell Ola Dahl, Heather Haven, Catherine Ryan Howard, Ragnar Jonasson, Jenny Rogneby, moderated by Laurie R. King Get Tickets

A Festival favorite is back! Grab a drink and settle in for an hour of gasp-inducing, nail-biting, scintillating stories from these virtuosos of crime fiction hailing from across Scandinavia, Ireland, and the United States.

Freight & Salvage

With the support of Iceland Naturally, the Icelandic Literature Center, the Barbro Osher Pro Suecia Foundation, the Consulate General of Sweden in San Francisco, SWEA (Swedish Women's Educational Association) San Francisco, the Norway House Foundation, and NORLA - Norwegian Literature Abroad

5:00 PM
  • Writing & Publishing

100% Indie

April Eberhardt, J.K. Fowler, Joel Friedlander, Mg Roberts, moderated by Brooke Warner

Saturday, May 4

5:00 PM - 6:15 PM
2019-05-04 17:00:00 2019-05-04 18:15:00 America/Los_Angeles 100% Indie If your dream is to see yourself in print, there is more than one way to get there. Learn why many authors are choosing the indie route. Experts from all arenas of the industry—agenting, book design, editing, and authorship—speak to the entire process of independent publishing from cover to cover. Hotel Shattuck Plaza April Eberhardt, J.K. Fowler, Joel Friedlander, Mg Roberts, moderated by Brooke Warner Get Tickets

If your dream is to see yourself in print, there is more than one way to get there. Learn why many authors are choosing the indie route. Experts from all arenas of the industry—agenting, book design, editing, and authorship—speak to the entire process of independent publishing from cover to cover.

Hotel Shattuck Plaza - Crystal Ballroom

5:00 PM
  • ASL Interpreted programming
  • Race/Identity
  • Writing & Publishing

A Stranger’s Journey: Race, Identity, and Craft

Camille Acker, Dickson Lam, Ismail Muhammad, David Mura, moderated by David Roderick

Saturday, May 4

5:00 PM - 6:15 PM
2019-05-04 17:00:00 2019-05-04 18:15:00 America/Los_Angeles A Stranger’s Journey: Race, Identity, and Craft To write race and ethnicity well, we need the right tools and the right reading list. Building multidimensional worlds that don't rely on assumptions or defaults takes practice (and guts). Fortunately, master memoirist and creative writing instructor David Mura is here to help. In "A Stranger's Journey: Race, Identity, and Narrative Craft in Writing," Mura delves into how race structures our reality, shaping the way we write and how we expect to be read. He offers techniques and introduces new ways of seeing. Join three writer-teachers of color—Dickson Lam, Ismail Muhammad, and David Mura—as they unpack the questions of identity that drive their writing, mark the pitfalls of self-exotification, and weigh the rewards of penning richer, riskier work. This program will have ASL interpreters. Veterans Memorial Building Camille Acker, Dickson Lam, Ismail Muhammad, David Mura, moderated by David Roderick Get Tickets

To write race and ethnicity well, we need the right tools and the right reading list. Building multidimensional worlds that don’t rely on assumptions or defaults takes practice (and guts). Fortunately, master memoirist and creative writing instructor David Mura is here to help. In “A Stranger’s Journey: Race, Identity, and Narrative Craft in Writing,” Mura delves into how race structures our reality, shaping the way we write and how we expect to be read. He offers techniques and introduces new ways of seeing. Join three writer-teachers of color—Dickson Lam, Ismail Muhammad, and David Mura—as they unpack the questions of identity that drive their writing, mark the pitfalls of self-exotification, and weigh the rewards of penning richer, riskier work.

This program will have ASL interpreters.

Veterans Memorial Building - Auditorium

7:00 PM
  • Literary
  • Women/Gender

Worlds of Ursula K. Le Guin: Film and Conversation

Arwen Curry, Annalee Newitz, Kim Stanley Robinson, David Streitfeld, moderated by Charlie Jane Anders

Saturday, May 4

7:00 PM - 9:30 PM
2019-05-04 19:00:00 2019-05-04 21:30:00 America/Los_Angeles Worlds of Ursula K. Le Guin: Film and Conversation “Resistance and change often begin in art. Very often in our art, the art of words," said Ursula K. Le Guin in her courageous speech upon receiving the 2014 American National Book Foundation Medal. (She called for literary freedom and condemned unbridled capitalism.) Le Guin's impact on literature can hardly be overstated. Our tribute to Le Guin, who died last year at 88, will start by screening the recent documentary about her life, "Worlds of Ursula K. Le Guin." A conversation will follow with Arwen Curry, the filmmaker; Annalee Newitz, journalist and author most recently of the novel "Autonomous"; Kim Stanley Robinson, Le Guin's friend and sci-fi legend; and David Streitfeld, reporter and author of the new compilation "Ursula K. Le Guin: The Last Interview and Other Conversations." Freight & Salvage Arwen Curry, Annalee Newitz, Kim Stanley Robinson, David Streitfeld, moderated by Charlie Jane Anders Get Tickets

“Resistance and change often begin in art. Very often in our art, the art of words,” said Ursula K. Le Guin in her courageous speech upon receiving the 2014 American National Book Foundation Medal. (She called for literary freedom and condemned unbridled capitalism.) Le Guin’s impact on literature can hardly be overstated. Our tribute to Le Guin, who died last year at 88, will start by screening the recent documentary about her life, “Worlds of Ursula K. Le Guin.” A conversation will follow with Arwen Curry, the filmmaker; Annalee Newitz, journalist and author most recently of the novel “Autonomous”; Kim Stanley Robinson, Le Guin’s friend and sci-fi legend; and David Streitfeld, reporter and author of the new compilation “Ursula K. Le Guin: The Last Interview and Other Conversations.”

Freight & Salvage

With the support of Women Lit members

7:30 PM
  • ASL Interpreted programming
  • Current Affairs

FESTIVAL KEYNOTE
Enough Is Enough: Fighting Economic Injustice

Anand Giridharadas, Robert Reich, and Kat Taylor

Saturday, May 4

7:30 PM - 9:00 PM
2019-05-04 19:30:00 2019-05-04 21:00:00 America/Los_Angeles FESTIVAL KEYNOTE
Enough Is Enough: Fighting Economic Injustice
Each year, the Festival Keynote presents a fearless writer you simply must hear, someone who brings insight on a topic that concerns us all. This year, that topic is economic injustice, and the writer is Anand Giridharadas, author of "Winners Take All: The Elite Charade of Changing the World." We present him in conversation with two change makers: former Secretary of Labor and author Robert Reich (“The Common Good”), and impact investor and financial justice advocate Kat Taylor, who will lead the evening's discussion. In "Winners Take All," Giridharadas explores how elites rig the game and try to pull gilded wool over our eyes, and how these practices impoverish you, yours, and democratic government itself. The conversation will reveal the hypocrisies of the 1% and explain how the wealth gap grew. You'll also hear about efforts underway to create the kind of deep systems change necessary to bring true prosperity to all. Admission as with other Festival indoor events: $10 Priority Ticket to guarantee your seat, or General Admission Wristband access on first-come, first-served basis. Presented by Beneficial State Bank, which provides economically and environmentally sustainable banking and promotes change in the financial industry This program will have ASL interpreters. Berkeley Community Theater Anand Giridharadas, Robert Reich, and Kat Taylor
Get Tickets

Each year, the Festival Keynote presents a fearless writer you simply must hear, someone who brings insight on a topic that concerns us all. This year, that topic is economic injustice, and the writer is Anand Giridharadas, author of “Winners Take All: The Elite Charade of Changing the World.” We present him in conversation with two change makers: former Secretary of Labor and author Robert Reich (“The Common Good”), and impact investor and financial justice advocate Kat Taylor, who will lead the evening’s discussion. In “Winners Take All,” Giridharadas explores how elites rig the game and try to pull gilded wool over our eyes, and how these practices impoverish you, yours, and democratic government itself. The conversation will reveal the hypocrisies of the 1% and explain how the wealth gap grew. You’ll also hear about efforts underway to create the kind of deep systems change necessary to bring true prosperity to all.

Admission as with other Festival indoor events: $10 Priority Ticket to guarantee your seat, or General Admission Wristband access on first-come, first-served basis.

Presented by Beneficial State Bank, which provides economically and environmentally sustainable banking and promotes change in the financial industry

This program will have ASL interpreters.

Berkeley Community Theater

10:00 AM
  • Native American
  • Race/Identity
  • Writing & Publishing

Straddling Worlds: Native Writers Reinvent Identity

Kali Fajardo-Anstine, Susan Devan Harness, Tommy Pico, and Rebecca Roanhorse, moderated by Greg Sarris

Sunday, May 5

10:00 AM - 11:15 AM
2019-05-05 10:00:00 2019-05-05 11:15:00 America/Los_Angeles Straddling Worlds: Native Writers Reinvent Identity What does it mean to be a modern indigenous person, particularly when indigenous identity has been so riddled with stereotypes and when the category is so wide-reaching? Join Kali Fajardo-Anstine, Susan Devan Harness, Tommy Pico, and Rebecca Roanhorse as they plunge into the paradox of Native identity politics and discuss how it manifests in their writing. Brower Center Kali Fajardo-Anstine, Susan Devan Harness, Tommy Pico, and Rebecca Roanhorse, moderated by Greg Sarris Get Tickets

What does it mean to be a modern indigenous person, particularly when indigenous identity has been so riddled with stereotypes and when the category is so wide-reaching? Join Kali Fajardo-Anstine, Susan Devan Harness, Tommy Pico, and Rebecca Roanhorse as they plunge into the paradox of Native identity politics and discuss how it manifests in their writing.

Brower Center - Goldman Theater

Sponsored by the Federated Indians of Graton Rancheria

10:00 AM
  • Current Affairs

The Heart of Hate

Bradley Hart, Bill Ong Hing, Arjun Sethi, moderated by Dennis J. Bernstein

Sunday, May 5

10:00 AM - 11:15 AM
2019-05-05 10:00:00 2019-05-05 11:15:00 America/Los_Angeles The Heart of Hate "No one is born hating another person," Nelson Mandela famously said. "People must learn to hate, and if they can learn to hate they can be taught to love." With the threat of fascism looming around the world, human rights activist Arjun Singh Sethi ("American Hate"), historian Bradley Hart ("Hitler's American Friends"), and immigration attorney Bill Ong Hing ("American Presidents, Deportations, and Human Rights Violations") reveal the roots of hateful political ideologies in the United States and bear witness to survivors of hate crimes, police violence, mass detention, and deportation. They chart a course for unlearning hatred and bigotry. Moderated by Dennis J. Bernstein, host of KPFA’s program Flashpoint. Brower Center Bradley Hart, Bill Ong Hing, Arjun Sethi, moderated by Dennis J. Bernstein Get Tickets

“No one is born hating another person,” Nelson Mandela famously said. “People must learn to hate, and if they can learn to hate they can be taught to love.” With the threat of fascism looming around the world, human rights activist Arjun Singh Sethi (“American Hate”), historian Bradley Hart (“Hitler’s American Friends”), and immigration attorney Bill Ong Hing (“American Presidents, Deportations, and Human Rights Violations”) reveal the roots of hateful political ideologies in the United States and bear witness to survivors of hate crimes, police violence, mass detention, and deportation. They chart a course for unlearning hatred and bigotry. Moderated by Dennis J. Bernstein, host of KPFA’s program Flashpoint.

Brower Center - Tamalpais Room

10:00 AM
  • Current Affairs
  • Environment/Nature

The Uninhabitable Earth

David Wallace-Wells interviewed by Julian Brave NoiseCat

Sunday, May 5

10:00 AM - 11:15 AM
2019-05-05 10:00:00 2019-05-05 11:15:00 America/Los_Angeles The Uninhabitable Earth Journalist David Wallace-Wells warns that climate change could make parts of the earth nearly uninhabitable unless we take action now. "'The Uninhabitable Earth' is the most terrifying book I have ever read," wrote Farhad Manjoo in the New York Times, saying that "its method is scientific, but its mode is Old Testament. The book is a meticulously documented, white-knuckled tour through the cascading catastrophes that will soon engulf our warming planet." This is a literary account—Andrew Solomon praised the book's "overflow of insanely lyrical prose"—but an urgent one. There's still time, but only a generation, to prevent these scenarios from coming true. Wallace-Wells is interviewed by Julian Brave NoiseCat, a young indigenous activist, writer, and policy analyst at 350.org. Freight & Salvage David Wallace-Wells interviewed by Julian Brave NoiseCat Get Tickets

Journalist David Wallace-Wells warns that climate change could make parts of the earth nearly uninhabitable unless we take action now. “‘The Uninhabitable Earth’ is the most terrifying book I have ever read,” wrote Farhad Manjoo in the New York Times, saying that “its method is scientific, but its mode is Old Testament. The book is a meticulously documented, white-knuckled tour through the cascading catastrophes that will soon engulf our warming planet.” This is a literary account—Andrew Solomon praised the book’s “overflow of insanely lyrical prose”—but an urgent one. There’s still time, but only a generation, to prevent these scenarios from coming true. Wallace-Wells is interviewed by Julian Brave NoiseCat, a young indigenous activist, writer, and policy analyst at 350.org.

Freight & Salvage

10:00 AM
  • Health, Psychology & Spirituality
  • Women/Gender

Goddesses, Grandmothers, and the Everyday Divine

Hallie Iglehart Austen and Vijaya Nagarajan, moderated by Arisika Razak

Sunday, May 5

10:00 AM - 11:15 AM
2019-05-05 10:00:00 2019-05-05 11:15:00 America/Los_Angeles Goddesses, Grandmothers, and the Everyday Divine Start your morning by celebrating the Divine Feminine, as millions of women do around the globe. In "The Heart of the Goddess: Art, Myth and Meditations of the World’s Sacred Feminine,” scholar-practitioner Hallie Iglehart Austen shares female imagery throughout time, challenging dominant narratives about human nature. In "Feeding A Thousand Souls: Women, Ritual, and Ecology in India,” Professor Vijaya Nagarajan explores the ritual of Tamil women who rise each dawn to create kolams, rice-flour designs that honor Hindu goddesses and incorporate concepts of beauty, mathematics, generosity, and even climate chaos. Moderator Arisika Razak, professor at the California Institute of Integral Studies (CIIS), is a healer, ritualist, spiritual dancer, and educator who practices an eclectic mix of Earth-based spiritual traditions. Magnes Museum Hallie Iglehart Austen and Vijaya Nagarajan, moderated by Arisika Razak Get Tickets

Start your morning by celebrating the Divine Feminine, as millions of women do around the globe. In “The Heart of the Goddess: Art, Myth and Meditations of the World’s Sacred Feminine,” scholar-practitioner Hallie Iglehart Austen shares female imagery throughout time, challenging dominant narratives about human nature. In “Feeding A Thousand Souls: Women, Ritual, and Ecology in India,” Professor Vijaya Nagarajan explores the ritual of Tamil women who rise each dawn to create kolams, rice-flour designs that honor Hindu goddesses and incorporate concepts of beauty, mathematics, generosity, and even climate chaos. Moderator Arisika Razak, professor at the California Institute of Integral Studies (CIIS), is a healer, ritualist, spiritual dancer, and educator who practices an eclectic mix of Earth-based spiritual traditions.

Magnes Museum

Sponsored by the California Institute of Integral Studies

10:00 AM
  • Literary
  • Women/Gender

Resurrection: Reclaiming the Stories That Make Us Whole

Alexandria Brown, Mallory O’Meara, Cherríe Moraga, moderated by Shizue Seigel

Sunday, May 5

10:00 AM - 11:15 AM
2019-05-05 10:00:00 2019-05-05 11:15:00 America/Los_Angeles Resurrection: Reclaiming the Stories That Make Us Whole "If we forget ourselves, who will be left to remember us?" asks Cherríe Moraga in the prologue of "Native Country of the Heart." Start your Sunday by journeying with three remarkable writers who delve into the politics of remembering. Learn about a visionary designer who disappeared from the Hollywood horror scene, thanks to a jealous male colleague; a Mexican-American mother whose eroding memory endangers a daughter's connection to her roots; and—because "place" carries memory too—a region, the Napa Valley, whose reputation for lush vineyards and luxury homes eclipses its history of struggle. Hotel Shattuck Plaza Alexandria Brown, Mallory O’Meara, Cherríe Moraga, moderated by Shizue Seigel Get Tickets

“If we forget ourselves, who will be left to remember us?” asks Cherríe Moraga in the prologue of “Native Country of the Heart.” Start your Sunday by journeying with three remarkable writers who delve into the politics of remembering. Learn about a visionary designer who disappeared from the Hollywood horror scene, thanks to a jealous male colleague; a Mexican-American mother whose eroding memory endangers a daughter’s connection to her roots; and—because “place” carries memory too—a region, the Napa Valley, whose reputation for lush vineyards and luxury homes eclipses its history of struggle.

Hotel Shattuck Plaza - Boiler Room

10:00 AM
  • ASL Interpreted programming
  • Current Affairs
  • Literary
  • Writing & Publishing

Courage in Publishing in an Age of Political Polarization

Kwame Anthony Appiah, Jane Ciabattari, John Freeman, Carlos Lozada, Michael Naumann, Emily Nemens, moderated by Cherilyn Parsons

Sunday, May 5

10:00 AM - 11:15 AM
2019-05-05 10:00:00 2019-05-05 11:15:00 America/Los_Angeles Courage in Publishing in an Age of Political Polarization This roundtable brings together some of the leading lights in publishing to discuss the industry and the state of literature. Kwame Anthony Appiah is the weekly Ethicist columnist for The New York Times and author of "The Lies That Bind: Rethinking Identity." Jane Ciabattari is former president of the National Book Critics Circle and books columnist for BBC Culture and Literary Hub. John Freeman is a poet, author, former editor of Granta, and editor of Freeman's literary journal. Carlos Lozada is the nonfiction book critic for The Washington Post and just won the 2019 Pulitzer Prize for criticism. Michael Naumann has been the German secretary of culture, publisher of Die Zeit, and publisher at Rowohlt Verlag; at Henry Holt & Company in the 1990s he was involved in publishing Salman Rushdie's "The Satanic Verses." Emily Nemens is a writer and editor of The Paris Review. Moderator Cherilyn Parsons is the founder and director of the Bay Area Book Festival. This program will have ASL interpreters. Hotel Shattuck Plaza Kwame Anthony Appiah, Jane Ciabattari, John Freeman, Carlos Lozada, Michael Naumann, Emily Nemens, moderated by Cherilyn Parsons Get Tickets

This roundtable brings together some of the leading lights in publishing to discuss the industry and the state of literature. Kwame Anthony Appiah is the weekly Ethicist columnist for The New York Times and author of “The Lies That Bind: Rethinking Identity.” Jane Ciabattari is former president of the National Book Critics Circle and books columnist for BBC Culture and Literary Hub. John Freeman is a poet, author, former editor of Granta, and editor of Freeman’s literary journal. Carlos Lozada is the nonfiction book critic for The Washington Post and just won the 2019 Pulitzer Prize for criticism. Michael Naumann has been the German secretary of culture, publisher of Die Zeit, and publisher at Rowohlt Verlag; at Henry Holt & Company in the 1990s he was involved in publishing Salman Rushdie’s “The Satanic Verses.” Emily Nemens is a writer and editor of The Paris Review. Moderator Cherilyn Parsons is the founder and director of the Bay Area Book Festival.

This program will have ASL interpreters.

Hotel Shattuck Plaza - Crystal Ballroom

With support from the initiative "Wunderbar Together,“ initiated by the German Federal Foreign Office and the Goethe Institut, and supported by the Federation of German Industries (BDI)

10:00 AM
  • Poetry

State Lines: New and Emerging California Poets

Jason Bayani, James Cagney, Heather June Gibbons, Leticia Hernández-Linares, moderated by devorah major

Sunday, May 5

10:00 AM - 11:15 AM
2019-05-05 10:00:00 2019-05-05 11:15:00 America/Los_Angeles State Lines: New and Emerging California Poets California has birthed some of the most vibrant cultural movements in the world and continues to attract artists, asylum seekers, and all manner of folks from around the world. But it's also a hub of rampant displacement and rapidly changing technology. How do we reclaim ourselves from the wreckage? Join this fiercely talented group of emerging California poets for an exploration of intimacy, memory, and loneliness in a digital age. Moderated by San Francisco's third Poet Laureate, devorah major. The Marsh Jason Bayani, James Cagney, Heather June Gibbons, Leticia Hernández-Linares, moderated by devorah major Get Tickets

California has birthed some of the most vibrant cultural movements in the world and continues to attract artists, asylum seekers, and all manner of folks from around the world. But it’s also a hub of rampant displacement and rapidly changing technology. How do we reclaim ourselves from the wreckage? Join this fiercely talented group of emerging California poets for an exploration of intimacy, memory, and loneliness in a digital age. Moderated by San Francisco’s third Poet Laureate, devorah major.

The Marsh - Cabaret

10:00 AM
  • Literary

No Happy Endings, No Easy Answers: Seeking Truth Through Trauma

Lacy Johnson, Devi Laskar, Kiese Laymon, moderated by Sonya Shah

Sunday, May 5

10:00 AM - 11:15 AM
2019-05-05 10:00:00 2019-05-05 11:15:00 America/Los_Angeles No Happy Endings, No Easy Answers: Seeking Truth Through Trauma How can we set aside the tidy boxes of revenge and resolution in favor of a greater reckoning with what haunts us most? Kiese Laymon ("Heavy"), Lacy Johnson ("The Reckonings"), and Devi Laskar ("The Atlas of Reds and Blues") write their way exquisitely through trauma, picking it apart to understand its source, pushing past reductive conclusions and condemnations in pursuit of a richer, fuller truth. Hearing their journeys will change your own. Moderator Sonya Shah is associate professor at the California Institute of Integral Studies (CIIS) and a facilitator of restorative justice processes in families, communities, schools and prisons. The Marsh Lacy Johnson, Devi Laskar, Kiese Laymon, moderated by Sonya Shah Get Tickets

How can we set aside the tidy boxes of revenge and resolution in favor of a greater reckoning with what haunts us most? Kiese Laymon (“Heavy”), Lacy Johnson (“The Reckonings”), and Devi Laskar (“The Atlas of Reds and Blues”) write their way exquisitely through trauma, picking it apart to understand its source, pushing past reductive conclusions and condemnations in pursuit of a richer, fuller truth. Hearing their journeys will change your own. Moderator Sonya Shah is associate professor at the California Institute of Integral Studies (CIIS) and a facilitator of restorative justice processes in families, communities, schools and prisons.

The Marsh - Theater

Sponsored by the California Institute of Integral Studies

10:00 AM
  • Mystery, Crime & Thrillers

Bloodlines and Bestsellers: The Kellerman Family of Crime Writers

Faye Kellerman, Jesse Kellerman, Jonathan Kellerman, moderated by Mal Warwick

Sunday, May 5

10:00 AM - 11:15 AM
2019-05-05 10:00:00 2019-05-05 11:15:00 America/Los_Angeles Bloodlines and Bestsellers: The Kellerman Family of Crime Writers Just what do mega-bestselling crime writers Faye, Jonathan, and Jesse Kellerman talk about around the family dinner table? Perhaps they plot their next juicy thrillers, brainstorming the murders of their latest Jane or John Doe. After all, they do some great work together: Jonathan and Jesse have a new book that Stephen King calls "brilliant, page-turning fiction," and Faye and Jonathan co-wrote the New York Times besteller "Double Homicide." Meet an extraordinarily talented family of mystery masters. Veterans Memorial Building Faye Kellerman, Jesse Kellerman, Jonathan Kellerman, moderated by Mal Warwick Get Tickets

Just what do mega-bestselling crime writers Faye, Jonathan, and Jesse Kellerman talk about around the family dinner table? Perhaps they plot their next juicy thrillers, brainstorming the murders of their latest Jane or John Doe. After all, they do some great work together: Jonathan and Jesse have a new book that Stephen King calls “brilliant, page-turning fiction,” and Faye and Jonathan co-wrote the New York Times besteller “Double Homicide.” Meet an extraordinarily talented family of mystery masters.

Veterans Memorial Building - Auditorium

11:00 AM
  • Literary
  • Outdoor (Free)
  • Race/Identity

Writer to Writer: Esi Edugyan and Tayari Jones

Esi Edugyan and Tayari Jones, moderated by Caille Millner

Sunday, May 5

11:00 AM - 12:15 PM
2019-05-05 11:00:00 2019-05-05 12:15:00 America/Los_Angeles Writer to Writer: Esi Edugyan and Tayari Jones In our Writer to Writer series, two authors who are fans of each other's work come together for conversation about writing and society today. Novelists Esi Edugyan and Tayari Jones both probe racial injustice in their work, and both women have received considerable praise. Edugyan’s sweeping, imaginative novel “Washington Black” was named a Top Ten Book of 2018 by the New York Times, and Tayari Jones’ "An American Marriage" was an Oprah's Book Club pick for that same year. Edugyan uses magic realism to explore slavery and freedom in a stupendous tale that moves from Barbados to Nova Scotia to England. Jones weaves a devastating tapestry of a modern marriage wrenched apart by a discriminatory American justice system. San Francisco Chronicle Stage in the Park Esi Edugyan and Tayari Jones, moderated by Caille Millner

In our Writer to Writer series, two authors who are fans of each other’s work come together for conversation about writing and society today. Novelists Esi Edugyan and Tayari Jones both probe racial injustice in their work, and both women have received considerable praise. Edugyan’s sweeping, imaginative novel “Washington Black” was named a Top Ten Book of 2018 by the New York Times, and Tayari Jones’ “An American Marriage” was an Oprah’s Book Club pick for that same year. Edugyan uses magic realism to explore slavery and freedom in a stupendous tale that moves from Barbados to Nova Scotia to England. Jones weaves a devastating tapestry of a modern marriage wrenched apart by a discriminatory American justice system.

San Francisco Chronicle Stage in the Park

With the support of the Consulate General of Canada, San Francisco/Silicon Valley; She Writes Press; and Zoetic Press

11:00 AM
  • Free
  • Women/Gender
  • Youth

Fierce Femmes

Zoraida Córdova, Anna-Marie McLemore, Cindy Pon, moderated by Yodassa Williams

Sunday, May 5

11:00 AM - 12:15 PM
2019-05-05 11:00:00 2019-05-05 12:15:00 America/Los_Angeles Fierce Femmes No damsels in distress here! These powerful young women protagonists are almost as incredible as the writers who crafted them. Join Zoraida Córdova ("Bruja Born"), Anna-Marie McLemore ("Blanca Y Roja"), and Cindy Pon ("Ruse") for a discussion on how their characters use their brains and brujería to devise a way out of serious danger. Florence Schwimley Little Theater Zoraida Córdova, Anna-Marie McLemore, Cindy Pon, moderated by Yodassa Williams

No damsels in distress here! These powerful young women protagonists are almost as incredible as the writers who crafted them. Join Zoraida Córdova (“Bruja Born”), Anna-Marie McLemore (“Blanca Y Roja”), and Cindy Pon (“Ruse”) for a discussion on how their characters use their brains and brujería to devise a way out of serious danger.

Florence Schwimley Little Theater

With the support of Women Lit members

11:45 AM
  • Literary

Unlikely Alliances and Other Surprises in Historical Fiction

Yangsze Choo, Terry Gamble, Christopher Tilghman, moderated by Janis Cooke Newman

Sunday, May 5

11:45 AM - 1:00 PM
2019-05-05 11:45:00 2019-05-05 13:00:00 America/Los_Angeles Unlikely Alliances and Other Surprises in Historical Fiction Lushly written, utterly engrossing, and often funny, these historical novels transport us to worlds full of surprising connections that cross divisions of class, race, and more. Yangsze Choo ("The Night Tiger"), Terry Gamble ("The Eulogist"), and Christopher Tilghman ("Thomas and Beal in the Midi") explore power dynamics and tricky relationships from 1930's colonial Malaysia, to pre-Civil War Ohio, to the streets of Paris and the vineyards of Midi at the close of the Victorian era. Moderated by Janis Cooke Newman, author of the historical novels "A Master Plan for Rescue" and "Mary: Mrs. A. Lincoln" (USA Today’s Historical Novel of the Year). Magnes Museum Yangsze Choo, Terry Gamble, Christopher Tilghman, moderated by Janis Cooke Newman Get Tickets

Lushly written, utterly engrossing, and often funny, these historical novels transport us to worlds full of surprising connections that cross divisions of class, race, and more. Yangsze Choo (“The Night Tiger”), Terry Gamble (“The Eulogist”), and Christopher Tilghman (“Thomas and Beal in the Midi”) explore power dynamics and tricky relationships from 1930’s colonial Malaysia, to pre-Civil War Ohio, to the streets of Paris and the vineyards of Midi at the close of the Victorian era. Moderated by Janis Cooke Newman, author of the historical novels “A Master Plan for Rescue” and “Mary: Mrs. A. Lincoln” (USA Today’s Historical Novel of the Year).

Magnes Museum

11:45 AM
  • Environment/Nature
  • Native American

The Once and Future Forest: The Mighty Redwood

David Harris, Greg Sarris, David Rains Wallace, moderated by Sam Hodder

Sunday, May 5

11:45 AM - 1:00 PM
2019-05-05 11:45:00 2019-05-05 13:00:00 America/Los_Angeles The Once and Future Forest: The Mighty Redwood Ancient and mysterious as they are beautiful, the redwoods are an essential part of the California landscape. What are the inner workings of these giants, and what does the future hold? Save the Redwoods League and Heyday Books have produced a majestic, oversized, boxed book, "The Once and Future Forest," that showcases the grandeur of the redwood ecosystems, explores their history and significance, and looks toward a more ecologically informed future. Sam Hodder, President & CEO of the Save the Redwoods League, will moderate a conversation featuring contributors David Harris, writer; Greg Sarris, activist, author, and chairman of the Federated Indians of Graton Rancheria; and David Rains Wallace, natural history writer and conservationist. Brower Center David Harris, Greg Sarris, David Rains Wallace, moderated by Sam Hodder Get Tickets

Ancient and mysterious as they are beautiful, the redwoods are an essential part of the California landscape. What are the inner workings of these giants, and what does the future hold? Save the Redwoods League and Heyday Books have produced a majestic, oversized, boxed book, “The Once and Future Forest,” that showcases the grandeur of the redwood ecosystems, explores their history and significance, and looks toward a more ecologically informed future. Sam Hodder, President & CEO of the Save the Redwoods League, will moderate a conversation featuring contributors David Harris, writer; Greg Sarris, activist, author, and chairman of the Federated Indians of Graton Rancheria; and David Rains Wallace, natural history writer and conservationist.

Brower Center - Goldman Theater

Sponsored by Guy and Jeanine Saperstein

11:45 AM
  • Culture
  • Current Affairs

The Lies That Bind: Kwame Anthony Appiah on Identity

Kwame Anthony Appiah interviewed by 2019 Pulitzer Prize winner Carlos Lozada

Sunday, May 5

11:45 AM - 1:00 PM
2019-05-05 11:45:00 2019-05-05 13:00:00 America/Los_Angeles The Lies That Bind: Kwame Anthony Appiah on Identity Kwame Anthony Appiah, who writes the weekly Ethicist column for the New York Times, "could variously be described as biracial, Ghanaian British, an Asante, a Londoner, and a gay cis man," said Booklist. But rather than citing these facts as qualification to write on identity, Appiah opens his fascinating analysis, "The Lies That Bind: Rethinking Identity," with an anecdote about ambiguity: taxi drivers struggling to figure him out. Taking us on a tour through history and philosophy, Appiah explores the compulsion to define and gather around identity (religious, cultural, racial, national), and the pitfalls that lurk therein. How do groups struggling for justice use, or misuse, identity toward their ends? How can a more nuanced understanding bring us together, not further apart? Appiah is interviewed by The Washington Post's Carlos Lozada, who just won the 2019 Pulitzer Prize for criticism. Freight & Salvage Kwame Anthony Appiah interviewed by 2019 Pulitzer Prize winner Carlos Lozada Get Tickets

Kwame Anthony Appiah, who writes the weekly Ethicist column for the New York Times, “could variously be described as biracial, Ghanaian British, an Asante, a Londoner, and a gay cis man,” said Booklist. But rather than citing these facts as qualification to write on identity, Appiah opens his fascinating analysis, “The Lies That Bind: Rethinking Identity,” with an anecdote about ambiguity: taxi drivers struggling to figure him out. Taking us on a tour through history and philosophy, Appiah explores the compulsion to define and gather around identity (religious, cultural, racial, national), and the pitfalls that lurk therein. How do groups struggling for justice use, or misuse, identity toward their ends? How can a more nuanced understanding bring us together, not further apart? Appiah is interviewed by The Washington Post’s Carlos Lozada, who just won the 2019 Pulitzer Prize for criticism.

Freight & Salvage

11:45 AM
  • International
  • Literary

Seeking Connection: Literature from Germany and Switzerland

Dorothee Elmiger, Nora Krug, Katja Petrowskaja, Takis Würger, moderated by Sabine Kieselbach

Sunday, May 5

11:45 AM - 1:00 PM
2019-05-05 11:45:00 2019-05-05 13:00:00 America/Los_Angeles Seeking Connection: Literature from Germany and Switzerland Where is my place in the world? Where do I belong? Four distinct voices from Germany and Switzerland explore these questions in their work, all bestsellers in Europe. In "Maybe Esther," Katja Petrowskaja creates a kind of literary family tree, in luminous prose delving into legends and history. Takis Würger's "The Club" is a smoldering story of class, privilege, love, and moral ambiguity, centered around an elite club at Cambridge University. In Dorothee Elmiger's "Shift Sleepers," refugees, workers, inspectors, artists, and ghosts meet in a forest and converse about the meaning of homeland, safety, happiness, and more. In "Belonging," Nora Krug confronts the hidden truths of her family’s wartime past in Nazi Germany to comprehend the forces that have shaped her life, her generation, and history. Come discover these new voices in translation, one of the most exciting areas in literature today. Hotel Shattuck Plaza Dorothee Elmiger, Nora Krug, Katja Petrowskaja, Takis Würger, moderated by Sabine Kieselbach Get Tickets

Where is my place in the world? Where do I belong? Four distinct voices from Germany and Switzerland explore these questions in their work, all bestsellers in Europe. In “Maybe Esther,” Katja Petrowskaja creates a kind of literary family tree, in luminous prose delving into legends and history. Takis Würger’s “The Club” is a smoldering story of class, privilege, love, and moral ambiguity, centered around an elite club at Cambridge University. In Dorothee Elmiger’s “Shift Sleepers,” refugees, workers, inspectors, artists, and ghosts meet in a forest and converse about the meaning of homeland, safety, happiness, and more. In “Belonging,” Nora Krug confronts the hidden truths of her family’s wartime past in Nazi Germany to comprehend the forces that have shaped her life, her generation, and history. Come discover these new voices in translation, one of the most exciting areas in literature today.

Hotel Shattuck Plaza - Boiler Room

With the support of the initiative "Wunderbar Together,“ initiated by the German Federal Foreign Office and the Goethe Institut, and supported by the Federation of German Industries (BDI); the Goethe-Institut San Francisco; Goethe-Institut’s translation support program "Books First"; also supported by the Consulate General of Switzerland in San Francisco and Pro Helvetia

11:45 AM
  • International
  • Literary
  • Women/Gender

On Not Mothering

Sheila Heti, Emilie Pine, Grace Talusan, moderated by Nayomi Munaweera

Sunday, May 5

11:45 AM - 1:00 PM
2019-05-05 11:45:00 2019-05-05 13:00:00 America/Los_Angeles On Not Mothering Whether it's by choice or chance, not mothering is still considered taboo. Talked about in hushed tones and regarded with pity or disdain, women who don't mother are made to feel like failures. But what are the windows of possibility opened up by a child-free life? What other kinds of nurturing can happen in its place? Brazen in their vulnerability, Sheila Heti ("Motherhood"), Grace Talusan ("The Body Papers"), and Emilie Pine ("Notes to Self") break the silence on not mothering, addressing the assumptions, stigmas, and surprising rewards head-on. Hotel Shattuck Plaza Sheila Heti, Emilie Pine, Grace Talusan, moderated by Nayomi Munaweera Get Tickets

Whether it’s by choice or chance, not mothering is still considered taboo. Talked about in hushed tones and regarded with pity or disdain, women who don’t mother are made to feel like failures. But what are the windows of possibility opened up by a child-free life? What other kinds of nurturing can happen in its place? Brazen in their vulnerability, Sheila Heti (“Motherhood”), Grace Talusan (“The Body Papers”), and Emilie Pine (“Notes to Self”) break the silence on not mothering, addressing the assumptions, stigmas, and surprising rewards head-on.

Hotel Shattuck Plaza - Crystal Ballroom

With the support of the Consulate General of Canada, San Francisco/Silicon Valley; Culture Ireland; and the members of Women Lit

11:45 AM
  • International
  • Literary

Love and Family: The Primal Longing

Lydia Fitzpatrick, Rachel Howard, Hanne Ørstavik, moderated by Aída Salazar

Sunday, May 5

11:45 AM - 1:00 PM
2019-05-05 11:45:00 2019-05-05 13:00:00 America/Los_Angeles Love and Family: The Primal Longing The longing for family—for a core sense of love and belonging—drives the novels written by these highly empathetic writers. Lydia Fitzpatrick tells a spellbinding story of the fierce bond between two young brothers determined to find a way back to each other across continents. Rachel Howard tackles not only kinship but what can destroy it; a forty-something couple become foster parents to a girl so difficult that they have to decide whether to give her up. In beautiful prose that conveys unfulfilled longing, Hanne Ørstavik portrays a mother and son unable to connect on a snowy night in Norway. Come hear how these writers create such deep emotional experiences on the page. Brower Center Lydia Fitzpatrick, Rachel Howard, Hanne Ørstavik, moderated by Aída Salazar Get Tickets

The longing for family—for a core sense of love and belonging—drives the novels written by these highly empathetic writers. Lydia Fitzpatrick tells a spellbinding story of the fierce bond between two young brothers determined to find a way back to each other across continents. Rachel Howard tackles not only kinship but what can destroy it; a forty-something couple become foster parents to a girl so difficult that they have to decide whether to give her up. In beautiful prose that conveys unfulfilled longing, Hanne Ørstavik portrays a mother and son unable to connect on a snowy night in Norway. Come hear how these writers create such deep emotional experiences on the page.

Brower Center - Tamalpais Room

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

11:45 AM
  • History
  • Literary

A Tale of True Love

Victoria Riskin interviewed by Joseph McBride

Sunday, May 5

11:45 AM - 1:00 PM
2019-05-05 11:45:00 2019-05-05 13:00:00 America/Los_Angeles A Tale of True Love She was the blonde in the diaphanous gown who was set by King Kong atop the Empire State Building. He was the longtime collaborator with Frank Capra and the Academy Award-winning screenwriter who wrote ornery, resilient women. It happened one night, we could say: They fell in love and embarked upon a marriage that was truly fairytale until it ended tragically. In "Fay Wray and Robert Riskin: A Hollywood Memoir," their daughter, an acclaimed writer and producer, tells the story from Hollywood's golden age. The Marsh Victoria Riskin interviewed by Joseph McBride Get Tickets

She was the blonde in the diaphanous gown who was set by King Kong atop the Empire State Building. He was the longtime collaborator with Frank Capra and the Academy Award-winning screenwriter who wrote ornery, resilient women. It happened one night, we could say: They fell in love and embarked upon a marriage that was truly fairytale until it ended tragically. In “Fay Wray and Robert Riskin: A Hollywood Memoir,” their daughter, an acclaimed writer and producer, tells the story from Hollywood’s golden age.

The Marsh - Cabaret

11:45 AM
  • Literary
  • Science Fiction & Fantasy

A People’s Future of the United States

Omar El Akkad, Charlie Jane Anders, Lesley Nneka Arimah, Justina Ireland, moderated by Vernon Keeve

Sunday, May 5

11:45 AM - 1:00 PM
2019-05-05 11:45:00 2019-05-05 13:00:00 America/Los_Angeles A People’s Future of the United States The imagination is our escape hatch, our resistance weapon, and a window to warn us where our choices can lead. In this spectacular collection of speculative fiction, writers set their sights on the road ahead, with stories that challenge American mythology, release us from chokeholds of history, and give us new futures to believe in. Blending the dystopian and the utopian, the commonplace and the strange, these tales are badass: pulsing with energy and imagination, vivid with struggle and resilience. The Marsh Omar El Akkad, Charlie Jane Anders, Lesley Nneka Arimah, Justina Ireland, moderated by Vernon Keeve Get Tickets

The imagination is our escape hatch, our resistance weapon, and a window to warn us where our choices can lead. In this spectacular collection of speculative fiction, writers set their sights on the road ahead, with stories that challenge American mythology, release us from chokeholds of history, and give us new futures to believe in. Blending the dystopian and the utopian, the commonplace and the strange, these tales are badass: pulsing with energy and imagination, vivid with struggle and resilience.

The Marsh - Theater

11:45 AM
  • Literary
  • Poetry

Lawrence Ferlinghetti at 100: A Tribute

Garrett Caples, Julien Poirier, Barbara Jane Reyes, Maw Shein Win, moderated by Emily Nemens

Sunday, May 5

11:45 AM - 1:00 PM
2019-05-05 11:45:00 2019-05-05 13:00:00 America/Los_Angeles Lawrence Ferlinghetti at 100: A Tribute “I am awaiting / perpetually and forever / a renaissance of wonder.” The legendary poet, playwright, publisher, and activist Lawrence Ferlinghetti just turned 100! Author of over thirty books, co-founder of City Lights Books and City Lights Publishers, he shaped 20th century literature and continues to influence countless poets and writers. Join a celebration of Ferlinghetti’s centennial with Garrett Caples, poet and former arts journalist who interviewed Ferlinghetti for the current issue of The Paris Review; three City Lights-published poets, Julien Poirier, Barbara Jane Reyes and Maw Shein Win, who will read Ferlinghetti’s work; and moderator Emily Nemens, editor of The Paris Review. Veterans Memorial Building Garrett Caples, Julien Poirier, Barbara Jane Reyes, Maw Shein Win, moderated by Emily Nemens Get Tickets

“I am awaiting / perpetually and forever / a renaissance of wonder.” The legendary poet, playwright, publisher, and activist Lawrence Ferlinghetti just turned 100! Author of over thirty books, co-founder of City Lights Books and City Lights Publishers, he shaped 20th century literature and continues to influence countless poets and writers. Join a celebration of Ferlinghetti’s centennial with Garrett Caples, poet and former arts journalist who interviewed Ferlinghetti for the current issue of The Paris Review; three City Lights-published poets, Julien Poirier, Barbara Jane Reyes and Maw Shein Win, who will read Ferlinghetti’s work; and moderator Emily Nemens, editor of The Paris Review.

Veterans Memorial Building - Auditorium

Co-presented with City Lights and The Paris Review

12:45 PM
  • Food
  • International
  • Outdoor (Free)

Season: An Interview with Nik Sharma

Nik Sharma interviewed by Sandhya Dirks

Sunday, May 5

12:45 PM - 1:45 PM
2019-05-05 12:45:00 2019-05-05 13:45:00 America/Los_Angeles Season: An Interview with Nik Sharma Nik Sharma is the beloved curator of the award-winning food blog "A Brown Table." In "Season," his stunning new book, he shares a treasury of ingredients, techniques, and flavors that combine in a way that's both familiar and completely unexpected. These are recipes that take a journey from India by way of the American South to California. Though the dishes will take home cooks and their guests by surprise, there's nothing intimidating here. "Season," like Nik, welcomes everyone to the table. San Francisco Chronicle Stage in the Park Nik Sharma interviewed by Sandhya Dirks

Nik Sharma is the beloved curator of the award-winning food blog “A Brown Table.” In “Season,” his stunning new book, he shares a treasury of ingredients, techniques, and flavors that combine in a way that’s both familiar and completely unexpected. These are recipes that take a journey from India by way of the American South to California. Though the dishes will take home cooks and their guests by surprise, there’s nothing intimidating here. “Season,” like Nik, welcomes everyone to the table.

San Francisco Chronicle Stage in the Park

Sponsored by SACHI

12:45 PM
  • Free
  • Poetry

Poetry For The People

Aya de Leon, Yvonne Onakeme Etaghene

Sunday, May 5

12:45 PM - 1:45 PM
2019-05-05 12:45:00 2019-05-05 13:45:00 America/Los_Angeles Poetry For The People Get fired up and inspired at this special performance featuring current and former students of June Jordan’s Poetry For The People program at UC Berkeley. Founded by the late June Jordan in 1991, Poetry For The People (P4P) is an arts and activism program that bridges the gap between the university and the larger community. Featuring P4P director, spoken word poet and professor of African American studies, Aya de Leon and poet-in-residence Yvonne Fly Onakeme Etaghene. Florence Schwimley Little Theater Aya de Leon, Yvonne Onakeme Etaghene

Get fired up and inspired at this special performance featuring current and former students of June Jordan’s Poetry For The People program at UC Berkeley. Founded by the late June Jordan in 1991, Poetry For The People (P4P) is an arts and activism program that bridges the gap between the university and the larger community. Featuring P4P director, spoken word poet and professor of African American studies, Aya de Leon and poet-in-residence Yvonne Fly Onakeme Etaghene.

Florence Schwimley Little Theater

1:30 PM
  • Comics & Graphics
  • Environment/Nature
  • Literary

A Bird’s Eye View: Attention, Observation, Birdwatching, and the Fine Art of Doing Nothing

Tim Dee, Jenny Odell, Jérémie Royer, moderated by Dan Brekke

Sunday, May 5

1:30 PM - 2:45 PM
2019-05-05 13:30:00 2019-05-05 14:45:00 America/Los_Angeles A Bird’s Eye View: Attention, Observation, Birdwatching, and the Fine Art of Doing Nothing Beyond clicks and checklists is an entire universe of deep listening and thoughtful observation. If we let them, natural spaces and creatures can show us how to slow down, to notice, and to reflect on modern life. Tim Dee ("Landfill: Notes on Gull Watching and Trash Picking in the Anthropocene") comes to us from England; Jenny Odell ("How to Do Nothing"), from Oakland; and Jérémie Royer ("Audubon, On the Wings of the World," a graphic novel), from France. These writer-artists and bird lovers explore the wonders that acts of attention can bring. Brower Center Tim Dee, Jenny Odell, Jérémie Royer, moderated by Dan Brekke Get Tickets

Beyond clicks and checklists is an entire universe of deep listening and thoughtful observation. If we let them, natural spaces and creatures can show us how to slow down, to notice, and to reflect on modern life. Tim Dee (“Landfill: Notes on Gull Watching and Trash Picking in the Anthropocene”) comes to us from England; Jenny Odell (“How to Do Nothing”), from Oakland; and Jérémie Royer (“Audubon, On the Wings of the World,” a graphic novel), from France. These writer-artists and bird lovers explore the wonders that acts of attention can bring.

Brower Center - Goldman Theater

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

1:30 PM
  • History
  • Race/Identity
  • Women/Gender

From Captivity to Power: A Remarkable Story of Women Rising Up

Julia Flynn Siler interviewed by Lauren Schiller

Sunday, May 5

1:30 PM - 2:45 PM
2019-05-05 13:30:00 2019-05-05 14:45:00 America/Los_Angeles From Captivity to Power: A Remarkable Story of Women Rising Up In her third book, journalist Julia Flynn Siler shows that women have always fought for each other, even a century before #MeToo. In “The White Devil’s Daughters: The Women Who Fought Slavery in San Francisco’s Chinatown” Siler profiles the women who surmounted racial and class barriers to free sex-trafficked Chinese immigrants at the end of the nineteenth century. Grounded in historical research, the book is an exhilarating tale of raids, bomb threats, and the 1906 San Francisco fire. Siler will be interviewed by Lauren Schiller, host of Inflection Point, the weekly radio program and podcast from KALW and PRX about women rising up. Brower Center Julia Flynn Siler interviewed by Lauren Schiller Get Tickets

In her third book, journalist Julia Flynn Siler shows that women have always fought for each other, even a century before #MeToo. In “The White Devil’s Daughters: The Women Who Fought Slavery in San Francisco’s Chinatown” Siler profiles the women who surmounted racial and class barriers to free sex-trafficked Chinese immigrants at the end of the nineteenth century. Grounded in historical research, the book is an exhilarating tale of raids, bomb threats, and the 1906 San Francisco fire. Siler will be interviewed by Lauren Schiller, host of Inflection Point, the weekly radio program and podcast from KALW and PRX about women rising up.

Brower Center - Tamalpais Room

Co-presented with Inflection Point

1:30 PM
  • Literary
  • Race/Identity

A Conversation with Tayari Jones

Tayari Jones interviewed by Brooke Warner

Sunday, May 5

1:30 PM - 2:45 PM
2019-05-05 13:30:00 2019-05-05 14:45:00 America/Los_Angeles A Conversation with Tayari Jones Few writers have captured the spirit of the American South—its heart, its small-town intimacy, its scars from centuries of institutional racism—like Tayari Jones. Jones has the power to "touch us soul to soul with her words," said Oprah, who dubbed Jones' newest book, "An American Marriage," a Book Club pick for 2018. In her novels, Jones takes these scars, including traumas around wrongful incarceration, and rubs them raw, creating masterful works of fiction with the power to transform a reader. She is interviewed by Brooke Warner of She Writes Press. This program will have ASL interpreters. Freight & Salvage Tayari Jones interviewed by Brooke Warner Get Tickets

Few writers have captured the spirit of the American South—its heart, its small-town intimacy, its scars from centuries of institutional racism—like Tayari Jones. Jones has the power to “touch us soul to soul with her words,” said Oprah, who dubbed Jones’ newest book, “An American Marriage,” a Book Club pick for 2018. In her novels, Jones takes these scars, including traumas around wrongful incarceration, and rubs them raw, creating masterful works of fiction with the power to transform a reader. She is interviewed by Brooke Warner of She Writes Press.

This program will have ASL interpreters.

Freight & Salvage

Sponsored by She Writes Press; also with the support of Women Lit members

1:30 PM
  • International
  • Literary

Unquiet: An Encounter with Linn Ullmann – CANCELLED

Linn Ullmann interviewed by Vendela Vida

Sunday, May 5

1:30 PM - 2:45 PM
2019-05-05 13:30:00 2019-05-05 14:45:00 America/Los_Angeles Unquiet: An Encounter with Linn Ullmann – CANCELLED THIS EVENT HAS BEEN CANCELLED due to an airline strike. Ticket purchasers will be refunded. Hailed by Kirkus Reviews as "a brilliant meditation on time, mortality, and the limits of memory," the latest novel by internationally acclaimed writer Linn Ullmann is assembled from conversations that an unnamed woman has with her father, a famous filmmaker, at the end of his life. In poignant and searing prose, “The Unquiet” explores grief, creativity, and love in a mesmerizing, elliptical journey through time and space. Ullmann is interviewed by writer and editor Vendela Vida. Magnes Museum Linn Ullmann interviewed by Vendela Vida Get Tickets

THIS EVENT HAS BEEN CANCELLED due to an airline strike. Ticket purchasers will be refunded.

Hailed by Kirkus Reviews as “a brilliant meditation on time, mortality, and the limits of memory,” the latest novel by internationally acclaimed writer Linn Ullmann is assembled from conversations that an unnamed woman has with her father, a famous filmmaker, at the end of his life. In poignant and searing prose, “The Unquiet” explores grief, creativity, and love in a mesmerizing, elliptical journey through time and space. Ullmann is interviewed by writer and editor Vendela Vida.

Magnes Museum

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

1:30 PM
  • ASL Interpreted programming
  • Current Affairs
  • History
  • Race/Identity

The Business of Brutality: Slavery and the Foundations of Capitalism

2019 Pulitzer Prize winner David Blight, Stephanie Jones-Rogers, Caitlin Rosenthal, moderated by Jennifer D. King

Sunday, May 5

1:30 PM - 2:45 PM
2019-05-05 13:30:00 2019-05-05 14:45:00 America/Los_Angeles The Business of Brutality: Slavery and the Foundations of Capitalism Look around. How much of our infrastructure—from roads and bridges to factories and food supplies—was built on the backs of American slaves? Three writer-researchers examine how the brutal history of slavery laid the foundation of American capitalism and shaped today's racial and economic inequality. In "They Were Her Property," Stephanie Jones-Rogers reveals the active role that white women played in the American slave economy. In "Accounting for Slavery," Caitlin Rosenthal examines how elite planters turned their power over enslaved people into a productivity advantage. In "Frederick Douglass: Prophet of Freedom," which just won the 2019 Pulitzer Prize for history, David Blight investigates the legacy of the escaped slave and abolitionist, who wrote, "The white man's happiness cannot be purchased by the black man's misery." Hotel Shattuck Plaza 2019 Pulitzer Prize winner David Blight, Stephanie Jones-Rogers, Caitlin Rosenthal, moderated by Jennifer D. King Get Tickets

Look around. How much of our infrastructure—from roads and bridges to factories and food supplies—was built on the backs of American slaves? Three writer-researchers examine how the brutal history of slavery laid the foundation of American capitalism and shaped today’s racial and economic inequality. In “They Were Her Property,” Stephanie Jones-Rogers reveals the active role that white women played in the American slave economy. In “Accounting for Slavery,” Caitlin Rosenthal examines how elite planters turned their power over enslaved people into a productivity advantage. In “Frederick Douglass: Prophet of Freedom,” which just won the 2019 Pulitzer Prize for history, David Blight investigates the legacy of the escaped slave and abolitionist, who wrote, “The white man’s happiness cannot be purchased by the black man’s misery.”

Hotel Shattuck Plaza - Crystal Ballroom

Sponsored by the Stephen M. Silberstein Foundation

1:30 PM
  • Literary
  • Poetry

Literature Will Save Your Life

Jill Bialosky, Niloufar Talebi, moderated by Rebecca Foust

Sunday, May 5

1:30 PM - 2:45 PM
2019-05-05 13:30:00 2019-05-05 14:45:00 America/Los_Angeles Literature Will Save Your Life Three writers celebrate the life-saving power of words. In her memoir “Poetry Will Save Your Life,” Jill Bialosky presents 51 favorite poems paired with personal accounts of the roles they’ve played in her life and society. Bialosky also is an Executive Editor at W.W. Norton and has edited some of the leading writers of our time. Niloufar Talebi’s memoir, “Self-Portrait in Bloom,” has been called a “brutally honest memoir of a life built by words, destroyed by words, rebuilt by words”; both this book and her forthcoming opera, "Abraham in Flames," explore the power of the iconic Iranian poet Ahmed Shamlou. Moderator Rebecca Foust, Marin County Poet Laureate 2017-2019, has published six books of poetry and works as Poetry Editor for "Women's Voices for Change." The Marsh Jill Bialosky, Niloufar Talebi, moderated by Rebecca Foust Get Tickets

Three writers celebrate the life-saving power of words. In her memoir “Poetry Will Save Your Life,” Jill Bialosky presents 51 favorite poems paired with personal accounts of the roles they’ve played in her life and society. Bialosky also is an Executive Editor at W.W. Norton and has edited some of the leading writers of our time. Niloufar Talebi’s memoir, “Self-Portrait in Bloom,” has been called a “brutally honest memoir of a life built by words, destroyed by words, rebuilt by words”; both this book and her forthcoming opera, “Abraham in Flames,” explore the power of the iconic Iranian poet Ahmed Shamlou. Moderator Rebecca Foust, Marin County Poet Laureate 2017-2019, has published six books of poetry and works as Poetry Editor for “Women’s Voices for Change.”

The Marsh - Cabaret

With the support of Women Lit members

1:30 PM
  • Free
  • Native American
  • Youth

Rattlesnake Wins Hummingbird’s Heart: A Word for Word Performance

Greg Sarris and Native youth of Sonoma County

Sunday, May 5

1:30 PM - 2:45 PM
2019-05-05 13:30:00 2019-05-05 14:45:00 America/Los_Angeles Rattlesnake Wins Hummingbird’s Heart: A Word for Word Performance FREE — Experience indigenous legends the way they were passed down—through oral tradition. Word for Word Performing Arts Company is an ensemble whose mission is to tell great stories with elegant theatricality, staging performances of classic and contemporary fiction. Today's performance features Native youth from Sonoma County presenting an adaptation of the story "Rattlesnake Wins Hummingbird's Heart" from Greg Sarris's collection "How a Mountain Was Made," indigenous stories from Sonoma Mountain. How does a creature as lowly as Rattlesnake win the beautiful Hummingbird? What key does Rattlesnake possess? Come find out. Performance is 45 minutes, followed by discussion. The Marsh Greg Sarris and Native youth of Sonoma County

FREE — Experience indigenous legends the way they were passed down—through oral tradition. Word for Word Performing Arts Company is an ensemble whose mission is to tell great stories with elegant theatricality, staging performances of classic and contemporary fiction. Today’s performance features Native youth from Sonoma County presenting an adaptation of the story “Rattlesnake Wins Hummingbird’s Heart” from Greg Sarris’s collection “How a Mountain Was Made,” indigenous stories from Sonoma Mountain. How does a creature as lowly as Rattlesnake win the beautiful Hummingbird? What key does Rattlesnake possess? Come find out. Performance is 45 minutes, followed by discussion.

The Marsh - Theater

Sponsored by the Federated Indians of Graton Rancheria

1:30 PM
  • Current Affairs
  • Mystery, Crime & Thrillers

Mystery and Tragedy in Tibet: Interview with Bestselling Author Eliot Pattison

Eliot Pattison interviewed by Cherilyn Parsons

Sunday, May 5

1:30 PM - 2:45 PM
2019-05-05 13:30:00 2019-05-05 14:45:00 America/Los_Angeles Mystery and Tragedy in Tibet: Interview with Bestselling Author Eliot Pattison Few successful mystery authors are also prominent human rights advocates, notes a recent profile of Eliot Pattison in Publishers Weekly. Honored with Mystery Writers of America's Edgar Award for "The Skull Mantra," the first novel in his bestselling series set in Tibet, Pattison received Tibet House’s U.S. Art of Freedom Award a few years (and books) later. Pattison joins us upon the publication of “Bones of the Earth," the 10th and final book in the bestselling Inspector Shan Tao Yun series, which uses the lens of mystery fiction to tell the world about the harsh treatment of Tibetans under Chinese rule. Come meet this highly unusual mystery master. Veterans Memorial Building Eliot Pattison interviewed by Cherilyn Parsons Get Tickets

Few successful mystery authors are also prominent human rights advocates, notes a recent profile of Eliot Pattison in Publishers Weekly. Honored with Mystery Writers of America’s Edgar Award for “The Skull Mantra,” the first novel in his bestselling series set in Tibet, Pattison received Tibet House’s U.S. Art of Freedom Award a few years (and books) later. Pattison joins us upon the publication of “Bones of the Earth,” the 10th and final book in the bestselling Inspector Shan Tao Yun series, which uses the lens of mystery fiction to tell the world about the harsh treatment of Tibetans under Chinese rule. Come meet this highly unusual mystery master.

Veterans Memorial Building - Auditorium

1:30 PM
  • Literary

Fallout: Debut Fiction On Families in Crisis

Angie Kim, Chia-Chia Lin, Lauren Wilkinson, moderated by C Pam Zhang

Sunday, May 5

1:30 PM - 2:45 PM
2019-05-05 13:30:00 2019-05-05 14:45:00 America/Los_Angeles Fallout: Debut Fiction On Families in Crisis From a disastrous explosion in rural Virginia, to the unexplained disappearance of a sister in Alaska, to an assassination attempt on a special agent turned mother, these stories depict fractured families who are finding their way through crisis. Stunning debut novels by Angie Kim (“Miracle Creek”), Chia-Chia Lin (“The Unpassing”) and Lauren Wilkinson ("American Spy") explore with reverence, suspense, and humor the secrets, resentments, and alliances of complicated families. Hotel Shattuck Plaza Angie Kim, Chia-Chia Lin, Lauren Wilkinson, moderated by C Pam Zhang Get Tickets

From a disastrous explosion in rural Virginia, to the unexplained disappearance of a sister in Alaska, to an assassination attempt on a special agent turned mother, these stories depict fractured families who are finding their way through crisis. Stunning debut novels by Angie Kim (“Miracle Creek”), Chia-Chia Lin (“The Unpassing”) and Lauren Wilkinson (“American Spy”) explore with reverence, suspense, and humor the secrets, resentments, and alliances of complicated families.

Hotel Shattuck Plaza - Boiler Room

2:00 PM
  • Comics & Graphics
  • Outdoor (Free)
  • Women/Gender

Cathy! The Celebrated Comic Strip Creator

Cathy Guisewite interviewed by Leah Garchik

Sunday, May 5

2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
2019-05-05 14:00:00 2019-05-05 15:00:00 America/Los_Angeles Cathy! The Celebrated Comic Strip Creator She's baaa-ACK! More than forty years after the debut of her widely syndicated and nationally adored daily comic strip "Cathy," Cathy Guisewite returns with her signature wit and warmth in the new book "Fifty Things That Aren't My Fault," a funny, wise, poignant, and incredibly honest collection of essays about being a woman in what she lovingly calls "the panini generation." Join Guisewite in conversation with Leah Garchik, beloved Features columnist at the San Francisco Chronicle, for a discussion on navigating times of transition with humor and heart. San Francisco Chronicle Stage in the Park Cathy Guisewite interviewed by Leah Garchik

She’s baaa-ACK! More than forty years after the debut of her widely syndicated and nationally adored daily comic strip “Cathy,” Cathy Guisewite returns with her signature wit and warmth in the new book “Fifty Things That Aren’t My Fault,” a funny, wise, poignant, and incredibly honest collection of essays about being a woman in what she lovingly calls “the panini generation.” Join Guisewite in conversation with Leah Garchik, beloved Features columnist at the San Francisco Chronicle, for a discussion on navigating times of transition with humor and heart.

San Francisco Chronicle Stage in the Park

2:15 PM
  • Free
  • Youth

War Zone: Coming of Age in Times of Conflict

Atia Abawi, e.E. Charlton-Trujillo, moderated by Lee Wind

Sunday, May 5

2:15 PM - 3:30 PM
2019-05-05 14:15:00 2019-05-05 15:30:00 America/Los_Angeles War Zone: Coming of Age in Times of Conflict What do you do when your world is suddenly turned upside down? Growing up is hard enough, but these teen protagonists must cope with loss and navigate violence completely out of their control. Atia Abawi's "A Land of Permanent Goodbyes" follows Tareq, a kid forced to flee his home in war torn Syria. e.E. Charlton-Trujillo's "Fat Angie: Rebel Girl Revolution" features Angie, a high school sophomore mourning the death of her sister in Iraq. The three writers will discuss how they write about teenage trauma and resilience, and why these tough-to-write stories are so valuable to readers who need to find hope within their pages. Florence Schwimley Little Theater Atia Abawi, e.E. Charlton-Trujillo, moderated by Lee Wind

What do you do when your world is suddenly turned upside down? Growing up is hard enough, but these teen protagonists must cope with loss and navigate violence completely out of their control. Atia Abawi’s “A Land of Permanent Goodbyes” follows Tareq, a kid forced to flee his home in war torn Syria. e.E. Charlton-Trujillo’s “Fat Angie: Rebel Girl Revolution” features Angie, a high school sophomore mourning the death of her sister in Iraq. The three writers will discuss how they write about teenage trauma and resilience, and why these tough-to-write stories are so valuable to readers who need to find hope within their pages.

Florence Schwimley Little Theater

3:15 PM
  • International
  • Literary

The Cost Is Everything: Marriage, Sex, and Love in Fiction

Geir Gulliksen, Christopher Tilghman, moderated by Sylvia Brownrigg

Sunday, May 5

3:15 PM - 4:45 PM
2019-05-05 15:15:00 2019-05-05 16:45:00 America/Los_Angeles The Cost Is Everything: Marriage, Sex, and Love in Fiction For the sake of love, people stretch far beyond their usual boundaries—and sometimes snap. In Geir Gulliksen's "A Story of a Marriage," a man exerts extreme empathy to understand his wife's infidelity. In "Thomas and Beal in the Midi," third in the acclaimed Mason saga, Christopher Tilghman depicts an interracial marriage in the mid-1850s where each partner gives up nearly everything (one, an estate; the other, family) to be together. Hotel Shattuck Plaza Geir Gulliksen, Christopher Tilghman, moderated by Sylvia Brownrigg Get Tickets

For the sake of love, people stretch far beyond their usual boundaries—and sometimes snap. In Geir Gulliksen’s “A Story of a Marriage,” a man exerts extreme empathy to understand his wife’s infidelity. In “Thomas and Beal in the Midi,” third in the acclaimed Mason saga, Christopher Tilghman depicts an interracial marriage in the mid-1850s where each partner gives up nearly everything (one, an estate; the other, family) to be together.

Hotel Shattuck Plaza - Boiler Room

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

3:15 PM
  • International
  • Literary

Literary Bravery: Sleepwalkers, Ghosts, and Radical Storytelling from Three International Luminaries

Dorothee Elmiger, Laura Lindstedt, Mike McCormack, moderated by Anita Felicelli

Sunday, May 5

3:15 PM - 4:30 PM
2019-05-05 15:15:00 2019-05-05 16:30:00 America/Los_Angeles Literary Bravery: Sleepwalkers, Ghosts, and Radical Storytelling from Three International Luminaries Seven women meet in a white void immediately after death.... A man, not realizing he's dead, narrates his entire life in a single, riveting sentence.... Voices mingle in a shadowy forest, talking of borders, illegal crossings, and the market value of human beings. Take a liminal literary journey with three writers, who will describe how they created such brave, rule-breaking works of the imagination. Winners of the Finlandia Prize, the Goldsmiths Prize, and the Swiss Literature Award respectively, these international voices are taking the literary world by storm. Brower Center Dorothee Elmiger, Laura Lindstedt, Mike McCormack, moderated by Anita Felicelli Get Tickets

Seven women meet in a white void immediately after death…. A man, not realizing he’s dead, narrates his entire life in a single, riveting sentence…. Voices mingle in a shadowy forest, talking of borders, illegal crossings, and the market value of human beings. Take a liminal literary journey with three writers, who will describe how they created such brave, rule-breaking works of the imagination. Winners of the Finlandia Prize, the Goldsmiths Prize, and the Swiss Literature Award respectively, these international voices are taking the literary world by storm.

Brower Center - Goldman Theater

With the support of FILI - Finnish Literature Exchange; the Barbro Osher Pro Suecia Foundation; Culture Ireland; the initiative "Wunderbar Together,“ initiated by the German Federal Foreign Office, the Goethe Institut, and supported by the Federation of German Industries (BDI); Goethe-Institut’s translation support program "Books First"; the Consulate General of Switzerland in San Francisco; and Pro Helvetia

3:15 PM
  • ASL Interpreted programming
  • Literary
  • Writing & Publishing

San Francisco State University MFA Program Presents: Who’s Got The Power?

Nona Caspers, May-lee Chai, Michael David Lukas, moderated by Carolina De Robertis

Sunday, May 5

3:15 PM - 4:30 PM
2019-05-05 15:15:00 2019-05-05 16:30:00 America/Los_Angeles San Francisco State University MFA Program Presents: Who’s Got The Power? Let's talk about power: who has it, how it flows, and how it shapes the stories we write in overt and hidden ways. What kind of universes do we build for our characters to live in? What decides the agency, authority, and control they claim or lack? Novelists Nona Caspers, May-Lee Chai, and Michael David Lukas of the San Francisco State University MFA program investigate how power shows up in their work and in their own writing practices. This program will have ASL interpreters. Brower Center Nona Caspers, May-lee Chai, Michael David Lukas, moderated by Carolina De Robertis Get Tickets

Let’s talk about power: who has it, how it flows, and how it shapes the stories we write in overt and hidden ways. What kind of universes do we build for our characters to live in? What decides the agency, authority, and control they claim or lack? Novelists Nona Caspers, May-Lee Chai, and Michael David Lukas of the San Francisco State University MFA program investigate how power shows up in their work and in their own writing practices.

This program will have ASL interpreters.

Brower Center - Tamalpais Room

Sponsored by the San Francisco State University MFA Program

3:15 PM
  • Literary
  • Outdoor (Free)
  • Women/Gender

On 21st Century Mothering

Vanessa Hua, Lydia Kiesling, Dani McClain, moderated by Devi Laskar

Sunday, May 5

3:15 PM - 4:30 PM
2019-05-05 15:15:00 2019-05-05 16:30:00 America/Los_Angeles On 21st Century Mothering How far will a mother go for her child? In Vanessa Hua's "River of Stars," a mother's love carries her across the ocean and then some, all in the name of protecting her baby. In Lydia Kiesling's "The Golden State," a mother takes her young child on a road trip that defies the conventions of the genre. In "We Live for the We," Dani McClain explores the power and responsibility of her own love as a new mother to a Black child in America. These three authors explore the voracious worry, stubborn hope, and deep love of 21st century motherhood. San Francisco Chronicle Stage in the Park Vanessa Hua, Lydia Kiesling, Dani McClain, moderated by Devi Laskar

How far will a mother go for her child? In Vanessa Hua’s “River of Stars,” a mother’s love carries her across the ocean and then some, all in the name of protecting her baby. In Lydia Kiesling’s “The Golden State,” a mother takes her young child on a road trip that defies the conventions of the genre. In “We Live for the We,” Dani McClain explores the power and responsibility of her own love as a new mother to a Black child in America. These three authors explore the voracious worry, stubborn hope, and deep love of 21st century motherhood.

San Francisco Chronicle Stage in the Park

3:15 PM
  • Literary

A Conversation with Literary Legend Ann Beattie

Ann Beattie interviewed by Carol Edgarian

Sunday, May 5

3:15 PM - 4:30 PM
2019-05-05 15:15:00 2019-05-05 16:30:00 America/Los_Angeles A Conversation with Literary Legend Ann Beattie Known for casting a gimlet eye on her generation's ambivalence and ambition, celebrated American novelist and short story writer Ann Beattie returns with her twenty-first book. "A Wonderful Stroke of Luck" explores the complicated relationship between a charismatic teacher and his students, and the secrets people keep from those they love. Join Beattie in conversation with her friend Carol Edgarian, author, publisher, and co-founder of Narrative, which publishes more than three hundred writers and artists annually and advances literature in the digital age. Freight & Salvage Ann Beattie interviewed by Carol Edgarian Get Tickets

Known for casting a gimlet eye on her generation’s ambivalence and ambition, celebrated American novelist and short story writer Ann Beattie returns with her twenty-first book. “A Wonderful Stroke of Luck” explores the complicated relationship between a charismatic teacher and his students, and the secrets people keep from those they love. Join Beattie in conversation with her friend Carol Edgarian, author, publisher, and co-founder of Narrative, which publishes more than three hundred writers and artists annually and advances literature in the digital age.

Freight & Salvage

With the support of Women Lit members

3:15 PM
  • Literary
  • Women/Gender

Writer to Writer: Lacy Johnson and Carmen Maria Machado

Lacy Johnson and Carmen Maria Machado, moderated by Lise Quintana

Sunday, May 5

3:15 PM - 4:30 PM
2019-05-05 15:15:00 2019-05-05 16:30:00 America/Los_Angeles Writer to Writer: Lacy Johnson and Carmen Maria Machado In our Writer to Writer series, two writers who are fans of each other's work come together for a conversation. Carmen Maria Machado, National Book Award finalist and author of "Her Body and Other Parties" and the forthcoming memoir "In the Dream House," sits down with Lacy Johnson, author of "The Other Side" and "The Reckonings," which was hailed by The Millions as "a collection that converses with itself and the reader, asking us to question our beliefs and our roles in a system that perpetuates violence." The two discuss how they navigate their way through the thorny narrative terrain of abuse, discovering agency and power in the process. Magnes Museum Lacy Johnson and Carmen Maria Machado, moderated by Lise Quintana Get Tickets

In our Writer to Writer series, two writers who are fans of each other’s work come together for a conversation. Carmen Maria Machado, National Book Award finalist and author of “Her Body and Other Parties” and the forthcoming memoir “In the Dream House,” sits down with Lacy Johnson, author of “The Other Side” and “The Reckonings,” which was hailed by The Millions as “a collection that converses with itself and the reader, asking us to question our beliefs and our roles in a system that perpetuates violence.” The two discuss how they navigate their way through the thorny narrative terrain of abuse, discovering agency and power in the process.

Magnes Museum

Sponsored by Zoetic Press; also with the support of Women Lit members

3:15 PM
  • International
  • Literary

Not So Polite After All: Canadian Writers Challenge the Status Quo

André Alexis, Esi Edugyan, Sheila Heti, moderated by Omar El Akkad

Sunday, May 5

3:15 PM - 4:30 PM
2019-05-05 15:15:00 2019-05-05 16:30:00 America/Los_Angeles Not So Polite After All: Canadian Writers Challenge the Status Quo Three award-winning Canadian writers converge on one stage to recount their adventures in literary risk-taking and rule-breaking. Esi Edugyan's richly spun historical epic "Washington Black" celebrates the genius of an escaped slave (not the white man who freed him). Sheila Heti's "Motherhood" is a searingly honest rumination on whether or not to have children. André Alexis's surreal and hallucinatory "Days By Moonlight" defies all conventions. Join these authors for a look at the leaps they took and the rewards they reaped. Hotel Shattuck Plaza André Alexis, Esi Edugyan, Sheila Heti, moderated by Omar El Akkad Get Tickets

Three award-winning Canadian writers converge on one stage to recount their adventures in literary risk-taking and rule-breaking. Esi Edugyan’s richly spun historical epic “Washington Black” celebrates the genius of an escaped slave (not the white man who freed him). Sheila Heti’s “Motherhood” is a searingly honest rumination on whether or not to have children. André Alexis’s surreal and hallucinatory “Days By Moonlight” defies all conventions. Join these authors for a look at the leaps they took and the rewards they reaped.

Hotel Shattuck Plaza - Crystal Ballroom

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

3:15 PM
  • Comics & Graphics
  • Current Affairs
  • Literary

Ricanstruction: Popular Fiction and Power in Post-Maria Puerto Rico

Aya de Leon, Edgardo Miranda-Rodriguez, moderated by Tianna Paschel

Sunday, May 5

3:15 PM - 4:30 PM
2019-05-05 15:15:00 2019-05-05 16:30:00 America/Los_Angeles Ricanstruction: Popular Fiction and Power in Post-Maria Puerto Rico Hurricane Maria has permanently altered the Caribbean. While journalists did initial reporting on the disaster, the first books to be published about the hurricane are popular fiction. NYC's Edgardo Miranda-Rodriguez, the creator of the superhero La Borinqueña, assembled "Ricanstruction: Reminiscing and Rebuilding Puerto Rico," a comic anthology fundraiser to benefit survivors on the island. Berkeley author Aya de Leon's next feminist heist book "Side Chick Nation" will be the first print novel about the hurricane. Join these two Puerto Rican writers to discuss the challenges of writing about disaster and why popular fiction has the power to bring the pueblo together around urgent issues. The Marsh Aya de Leon, Edgardo Miranda-Rodriguez, moderated by Tianna Paschel Get Tickets

Hurricane Maria has permanently altered the Caribbean. While journalists did initial reporting on the disaster, the first books to be published about the hurricane are popular fiction. NYC’s Edgardo Miranda-Rodriguez, the creator of the superhero La Borinqueña, assembled “Ricanstruction: Reminiscing and Rebuilding Puerto Rico,” a comic anthology fundraiser to benefit survivors on the island. Berkeley author Aya de Leon’s next feminist heist book “Side Chick Nation” will be the first print novel about the hurricane. Join these two Puerto Rican writers to discuss the challenges of writing about disaster and why popular fiction has the power to bring the pueblo together around urgent issues.

The Marsh - Cabaret

3:15 PM
  • Literary
  • Race/Identity
  • Women/Gender

Ache, Rage, Rise: Portraits of Race and Gender in Short Fiction

Camille Acker, Jamel Brinkley, Kali Fajardo-Anstine, moderated by Farida Jhabvala Romero

Sunday, May 5

3:15 PM - 4:30 PM
2019-05-05 15:15:00 2019-05-05 16:30:00 America/Los_Angeles Ache, Rage, Rise: Portraits of Race and Gender in Short Fiction Come hear three rising literary stars! From a house party in Brooklyn, to the mountains of southern Colorado, to the rapidly changing streets of the nation's capital, these story collections travel the full trajectory and vibrate with vivid prose. Jamel Brinkley ("A Lucky Man," finalist for the National Book Award), Camille Acker ("Training School for Negro Girls"), and Kali Fajardo-Anstine ("Sabrina and Corina") have written coming-of-age stories anchored by young characters who are discovering power and loss, learning the rules and how to break them. The Marsh Camille Acker, Jamel Brinkley, Kali Fajardo-Anstine, moderated by Farida Jhabvala Romero Get Tickets

Come hear three rising literary stars! From a house party in Brooklyn, to the mountains of southern Colorado, to the rapidly changing streets of the nation’s capital, these story collections travel the full trajectory and vibrate with vivid prose. Jamel Brinkley (“A Lucky Man,” finalist for the National Book Award), Camille Acker (“Training School for Negro Girls”), and Kali Fajardo-Anstine (“Sabrina and Corina”) have written coming-of-age stories anchored by young characters who are discovering power and loss, learning the rules and how to break them.

The Marsh - Theater

Sponsored partly by the Federated Indians of Graton Rancheria

3:15 PM
  • International
  • Mystery, Crime & Thrillers
  • Women/Gender

A Unique Feminine Mystique: The Female Detective

Cara Black, Kjell Ola Dahl, S.A. Lelchuk, Jenny Rogneby, moderated by Eileen Rendahl

Sunday, May 5

3:15 PM - 4:45 PM
2019-05-05 15:15:00 2019-05-05 16:45:00 America/Los_Angeles A Unique Feminine Mystique: The Female Detective Come meet four writers who’ve placed dynamic women crime solvers at the center of their stories. Everyone’s favorite Paris détective très chic, Aimée Leduc from Cara Black’s “Murder on the Left Bank” confronts a cabal of corrupt Parisian cops, including one who masterminded her father’s murder. Detective Lena Stigersand from Kjell Ola Dahl’s “The Ice Swimmer” must solve the case of a dead man lifted from the Oslo Harbour while juggling a cancer scare, stalker, and untrustworthy boyfriend. With one foot on each side of the law, Detective Leona Lindberg in Jenny Rogneby's "Any Means Necessary" investigates a terrorist attack in the heart of Stockholm. Bookstore owner and PI Nikki Griffin from S. A. Lelchuk’s “Save Me From Dangerous Men” tracks down men who hurt women to teach them a lesson, but when something goes wrong, she is no longer just solving a case—she’s trying to stay alive. Veterans Memorial Building Cara Black, Kjell Ola Dahl, S.A. Lelchuk, Jenny Rogneby, moderated by Eileen Rendahl Get Tickets

Come meet four writers who’ve placed dynamic women crime solvers at the center of their stories. Everyone’s favorite Paris détective très chic, Aimée Leduc from Cara Black’s “Murder on the Left Bank” confronts a cabal of corrupt Parisian cops, including one who masterminded her father’s murder. Detective Lena Stigersand from Kjell Ola Dahl’s “The Ice Swimmer” must solve the case of a dead man lifted from the Oslo Harbour while juggling a cancer scare, stalker, and untrustworthy boyfriend. With one foot on each side of the law, Detective Leona Lindberg in Jenny Rogneby’s “Any Means Necessary” investigates a terrorist attack in the heart of Stockholm. Bookstore owner and PI Nikki Griffin from S. A. Lelchuk’s “Save Me From Dangerous Men” tracks down men who hurt women to teach them a lesson, but when something goes wrong, she is no longer just solving a case—she’s trying to stay alive.

Veterans Memorial Building - Auditorium

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

4:00 PM
  • Current Affairs
  • Free

Youth Power! with the International Congress of Youth Voices

Jose Antonio Vargas, moderated by Sandra Bass

Sunday, May 5

4:00 PM - 5:00 PM
2019-05-05 16:00:00 2019-05-05 17:00:00 America/Los_Angeles Youth Power! with the International Congress of Youth Voices Global politics affect young people as much as anyone else, but they have little to no voice as major decisions are made. Join us for a discussion featuring noted journalist, filmmaker, author, and immigration rights activist Jose Antonio Vargas with youth delegates from the International Congress of Youth Voices. They'll discuss mass incarceration, immigration, and the importance of youth voices in activism. Youth in the audience are encouraged to jump in! Florence Schwimley Little Theater Jose Antonio Vargas, moderated by Sandra Bass

Global politics affect young people as much as anyone else, but they have little to no voice as major decisions are made. Join us for a discussion featuring noted journalist, filmmaker, author, and immigration rights activist Jose Antonio Vargas with youth delegates from the International Congress of Youth Voices. They’ll discuss mass incarceration, immigration, and the importance of youth voices in activism. Youth in the audience are encouraged to jump in!

Florence Schwimley Little Theater

5:00 PM
  • Current Affairs
  • Race/Identity

The Unbreakable Human Spirit: Albert Woodfox on Survival in Solitary

Albert Woodfox interviewed by Shane Bauer

Sunday, May 5

5:00 PM - 6:15 PM
2019-05-05 17:00:00 2019-05-05 18:15:00 America/Los_Angeles The Unbreakable Human Spirit: Albert Woodfox on Survival in Solitary One of the "Angola 3," Albert Woodfox endured four decades of solitary confinement for a crime he did not commit. While his story has been profiled by many publications, today we have an opportunity to hear from him directly. From the epilogue of his just-published memoir, "Solitary," come these powerful words: "To those of you who are just entering the world of social struggle, welcome. To those of you who have spent years struggling for human rights and social justice, don't give up. Look at me and see how the strength and determination of the human spirit defies all evil." In our closing keynote session, Woodfox will be interviewed by Mother Jones reporter Shane Bauer, author of "American Prison" and himself a survivor of solitary confinement when he was arrested in Iran and held for two years in the notorious Evin Prison. Introduced by Kate Harrison, Berkeley City Council Member (Downtown). Freight & Salvage Albert Woodfox interviewed by Shane Bauer Get Tickets

One of the “Angola 3,” Albert Woodfox endured four decades of solitary confinement for a crime he did not commit. While his story has been profiled by many publications, today we have an opportunity to hear from him directly. From the epilogue of his just-published memoir, “Solitary,” come these powerful words: “To those of you who are just entering the world of social struggle, welcome. To those of you who have spent years struggling for human rights and social justice, don’t give up. Look at me and see how the strength and determination of the human spirit defies all evil.” In our closing keynote session, Woodfox will be interviewed by Mother Jones reporter Shane Bauer, author of “American Prison” and himself a survivor of solitary confinement when he was arrested in Iran and held for two years in the notorious Evin Prison.

Introduced by Kate Harrison, Berkeley City Council Member (Downtown).

Freight & Salvage

7:00 PM

Special Event! Robert Scheer Documentary: “Above the Fold”

Robert Scheer, Susan Griffin, and Steve Wasserman, moderated by Peter Richardson; introduced by Festival Director Cherilyn Parsons and filmmakers Julie Thompson and Brogan de Paor

Sunday, May 5

7:00 PM - 9:15 PM
2019-05-05 19:00:00 2019-05-05 21:15:00 America/Los_Angeles Special Event! Robert Scheer Documentary: “Above the Fold” "Robert Scheer: Above the Fold" profiles the renowned journalist whose six-decade career spans Ramparts magazine, the legendary San Francisco muckraker; the Los Angeles Times, where he wrote a nationally syndicated column; and Truthdig, the award-winning news site. The film also recounts Scheer's involvement in Berkeley politics, including a campaign for Congress in the 1960s. His extraordinary body of work reminds us that journalism, at its best, is about pursuing the truth at all costs. Filmmakers Brogan de Paor and Julie Thompson will introduce the film. A conversation after the screening will feature Robert Scheer; Susan Griffin, author; Steve Wasserman, publisher of Heyday Books; and Peter Richardson ("A Bomb in Every Issue: How the Short, Unruly Life of Ramparts Magazine Changed America"). Freight & Salvage Robert Scheer, Susan Griffin, and Steve Wasserman, moderated by Peter Richardson; introduced by Festival Director Cherilyn Parsons and filmmakers Julie Thompson and Brogan de Paor Get Tickets

“Robert Scheer: Above the Fold” profiles the renowned journalist whose six-decade career spans Ramparts magazine, the legendary San Francisco muckraker; the Los Angeles Times, where he wrote a nationally syndicated column; and Truthdig, the award-winning news site. The film also recounts Scheer’s involvement in Berkeley politics, including a campaign for Congress in the 1960s. His extraordinary body of work reminds us that journalism, at its best, is about pursuing the truth at all costs. Filmmakers Brogan de Paor and Julie Thompson will introduce the film. A conversation after the screening will feature Robert Scheer; Susan Griffin, author; Steve Wasserman, publisher of Heyday Books; and Peter Richardson (“A Bomb in Every Issue: How the Short, Unruly Life of Ramparts Magazine Changed America”).

Freight & Salvage