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A Very Special Evening with the Remarkable Judy Blume

Judy Blume is one of America’s most beloved authors. Her twenty-eight titles include Are You There God? It’s Me, Margaret; Forever; and Summer Sisters. It's a huge pleasure to welcome her to Berkeley, for a wide-ranging and spirited conversation,…
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Google’s Laszlo Bock: Work Rules!

The head of People Operations at Google — which handles over 2 million resumes a year — Laszlo Bock pioneered a new way of analysing, attracting, developing and retaining talent. He offers a counterintuitive look behind the metrics of 21st-century…
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Futurism, Fatalism and Climate Change

Call it “cli-fi,” “eco-fiction” or even “eco-fabulism,” there’s a movement afoot to address climate change through storytelling. What can literature reveal about how we will cope with dramatic alterations to the environment? A…
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So Many Roads: 50 Years of the Grateful Dead

It wouldn’t be a Bay Area Book Festival without a panel on the quintessential Bay Area band. Four of the leading experts and insiders on all things Dead gather today to share their experiences, their knowledge and their appreciation for the…

How We Die: Making Sense of Modern Death

Many of us are living longer than ever but are we living any better? Are we dying any better? In this panel, doctors, writers and caregivers will challenge our society’s current approach to death and dying and discuss how telling our stories…
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Wendy Lesser: Why I Read

The New York Times writes, “Wendy Lesser is a serious reader — a quality reader — and this book is a serious pleasure,” referring to her recent Why I Read. Don’t miss this conversation in which Lesser, editor of the arts journal The…
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Exquisite Insanity: Moms Who Write

We live in an era where women are pitted against each other based on parenting decisions. We hear narratives of “childless by choice” vs. mothers, and those who do parent are conscripted into mommy wars: working mothers vs. stay-at-home…
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New Views of Narrative: How Technology Interfaces with Story

Narrative Technologies founder and CEO Lise Quintana, digital author Eli Horowitz, digital polymath Russell Quinn and media inventor and novelist Robin Sloan share a free-flowing discussion illuminating the platforms, purposes, joys and pitfalls…
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Ocean Planet

We, inhabitants of the islands of Earth, are surrounded by oceans. This panel of scientists, environmental activists, explorers and photographers examines the centrality of the oceans to our ecosystem, our psyche and our economy and considers…
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Behind the Headlines in Palestine

Buried far within headline news and political controversies are human stories. A veteran journalist and a younger journalist help tell the unforgettable, real stories of the people caught inside the conflict over Palestine.