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Courage, Honor and Hope: An Evening with Khalida Brohi

Not even thirty years old, Khalida Brohi already has a globe-spanning career as an activist, from empowering and educating Pakistani men and women to speaking on some of the most prestigious world stages. She has been lauded by Nobel Laureate…
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The Beautiful Island: Taiwan in the Literary Imagination

An island nation, Taiwan has famous night markets, adventurous terrain, hot spring resorts, a bamboo skyscraper—and one of the world's most beautiful bookstores. These four authors, of Taiwanese descent or writing about Taiwan, include two…
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Nordic Noir: Crime in Cold Climes

Led by Bay Area-based Cara Black, author of the popular Aimee Leduc mystery series set in Paris, three Scandinavian masters of murder and mayhem discuss their work — from popular series to standalone stories — and our ongoing fascination…
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Meaning in the Music: A Conversational Duet with Fantastic Negrito and Timbuktu

Join us for an amazing conversation that we guarantee will lift you up! Two-time Grammy winner and Oakland native Fantastic Negrito (blues and black roots music) meets multiracial, eight-time Swedish Grammy-winning rapper (and debut author)…
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Here Comes Ocean

Stir-craziness doesn’t stand a chance against a day at the beach–no sunscreen needed! Let award-winning children’s book author Meg Fleming and illustrator Paola Zakimi whisk you away on an adventure of shell-collecting, shoreline-exploring,…
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Strange Hotel: Irish Literary Sensation Eimear McBride

The trajectory of Eimear McBride’s career is an underdog’s dream: she spent six months writing her debut novel, A Girl is a Half-Formed Thing, and nine years trying to sell it, only to take the literary scene by storm when it was finally…
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International Thrills: #1 Scandinavian Bestseller Lars Kepler

The blockbuster Swedish suspense phenomenon Lars Kepler, famed for the #1 internationally bestselling Joona Linna series, is actually two people: husband-and-wife duo Alexandra Coelho Ahndoril and Alexander Ahndoril. Their first book, 2009’s…
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Heroism in the Face of Tragedy

One war, three continents, and a quartet of necessary voices in conversation. Seventh-graders Quinn Boyd-Roberts and Tej Wong interview bestselling authors Lois Lowry and Jan Terlouw in a fascinating look at war, heroism, and humanity that transcends…
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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…
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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…