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Writer to Translator: Chilean Poet

Next to the writer/editor relationship, the writer/translator relationship is the most intimate and significant creative pairing there is. Transcending oceans and cultures, it can’t exist without trust, understanding, and a bond that is both…
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Historical Fiction: China and California

Chinese immigrants were instrumental in shaping the development, rise, and culture of California, despite facing formidable prejudice and exploitation. The connection between the two places has been fodder for amazing works of art, including…
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2-Minute Reads: The Plot Twist

You know what we mean. The girl who fakes her own murder. The crazy wife locked in the attic. The real identity of the guy who took you to fight club. Join us as twenty writers from Lit Camp and Page Street (Lit Camp’s new co-working space)…
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No Man’s Land: Writing the Story of Displacement

We’re living in a time when record numbers of people in the world are being displaced—whether by war or climate change or disaster or economic insecurity. Carol Edgarian (Vera) and Paisley Rekdal (Appropriate) are writers whose works span…
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Keep Calm and Go Quietly Mad

With book titles like “Wife with Knife: Stories that Cut” (by Molly Giles), “The Man With Eight Pairs of Legs” (by Leslie Kirk Campbell), and “The Fell” (by Sarah Moss), it’s clear you’re not going to have a typical reading experience.…
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Conversation with Jokha Alharthi, International Booker Prize Winner

The first Arab writer to win the International Booker (in 2019 for her novel Celestial Bodies), Jokha Alharthi explores one of the most compelling topics in our time: how radical and breakneck social change plays out within families, and indeed…
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The Ruptures of Leaving: Women Writers on Migration

How do immigrant mothers navigate the world, and what do they leave their daughters when they go? Join City of Berkeley Civic Arts Program grantee Susie Meserve in conversation with three Northern California writers whose work focuses on matrilineal…
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Meet the Medalists

We're rolling out the red carpet for some luminaries of children's literature at this year's Festival. Join us in welcoming the two most recent winners of the Newbery Medal, children's literature's most prestigious award, which celebrates its…
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Best of the Best 90-Second Newbery Film Fest

Our celebration of the Newbery Medal's hundredth anniversary continues! The 90-Second Newbery Film Festival is an annual video contest, culminating in live events, in which young filmmakers make movies that tell the entire stories of Newbery-winning…
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Revolution and Resilience: Global Politics in Fiction

Three supremely talented writers with a global perspective will open our eyes to historical and contemporary cycles of oppression and resistance as only the best fiction writers can. NoViolet Bulawayo was a National Book Foundation “5 under…