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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…
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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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On Acting

Does acting matter? David Thomson, one of our most respected and insightful writers on movies and theater, answers this question with intelligence and wit. Thomson tackles this most elusive of subjects, examining the allure of the performing…
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Uncharted at the Bay Area Book Festival

Get a taste of Berkeleyside’s stimulating, annual Uncharted Festival of Ideas (every October). See your surroundings afresh, understand the neurobiological benefits of being around water, and learn how to captivate your own audiences—all…
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Welcome to the Jungle: A Brief History of the Music Business

Working with and writing about some of the key and most influential artists in American music history, these writers will be sharing the story of American rock from the inside out, including how it intersects with the vagaries of politics, publicity…
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An Hour With Peter Coyote

The guiding metaphor in Peter Coyote’s new spiritual biography is drawn from a line in a famous Bob Dylan song. For Coyote, the twin forces Dylan identifies as Texas Medicine and Railroad Gin represent the competing forces of the transcendental,…
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Meaning in the Music: A Conversational Duet with Fantastic Negrito and Timbuktu

Music is one of our greatest universal languages. Few have demonstrated this more boldly than gate-crashing rappers Fantastic Negrito and Timbuktu, whose respective journeys from Oakland’s mural-filled streets and Sweden’s inlets now bring…
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Rebecca Solnit

She writes on topics from art to eviction, geography to feminism, environment to politics — all with impeccable, gorgeous prose. Rebecca Solnit is a Bay Area treasure, and here she is joined by Christian Frock, independent curator and author…
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Music Makes a Family

Author Michael Genhart and illustrator Priscilla Burris team up with ACCORDIONLY: Abuelo and Opa Make Music, a charming and inspiring tale of two grandfathers in a blended family that must overcome language and cultural barriers in order to…
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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…