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Randal Brandt

Randal Brandt is a librarian at The Bancroft Library, University of California, Berkeley, where he serves as Head of Cataloging and as Curator of the California Detective Fiction Collection, firmly placing him at the intersection of rare books…
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Sylvia Brownrigg

Sylvia Brownrigg is the author of seven works of fiction, several of which have been named "notable" books by The New York Times "Books of the Year" by the Los Angeles Times. Her reviews have appeared in The New York Times, The Guardian, and…
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Jane Ciabattari

Jane Ciabattari is VP/Online and former President of the National Book Critics Circle, serves on the advisory board of The Story Prize and is a member of the San Francisco Writers Grotto. She is a columnist for BBC.com and Lit Hub, and contributes…
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Grant Faulkner

Grant Faulkner is the Executive Director of National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) and the co-founder of 100 Word Story. He's published "Pep Talks for Writers: 52 Insights and Actions to Boost Your Creative Mojo," "Brave the Page," "Fissures,"…
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Dacher Keltner

A professor of psychology at UC Berkeley and faculty director of the Greater Good Science Center, Dacher Keltner focuses his research on the biological and evolutionary origins of emotion. He has consulted for the Center for Constitutional Rights…
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Brooke Warner

Brooke Warner is publisher of She Writes Press and SparkPress, president of Warner Coaching Inc., and author of "Write On, Sisters!," "Green-light Your Book," "What's Your Book?," and three books on memoir. Brooke is a TEDx speaker, weekly podcaster…
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John McMurtrie

John McMurtrie is the book editor of the San Francisco Chronicle. His writing has appeared in The Boston Globe, The Washington Post, Toronto's The Globe and Mail, and the International Herald Tribune, where he got his start in journalism 26…
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Mitali Perkins

Mitali Perkins has written novels for young readers, including "You Bring the Distant Near" (a National Book Award nominee, a Walter Honor Book, A South Asia Book Award winner, a Publishers Weekly Best Book of the Year, and a Shelf Awareness…
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Peter Richardson

Peter Richardson teaches humanities and American studies at San Francisco State University and serves as senior literary advisor to the Bay Area Book Festival. He has written critically acclaimed books about the Grateful Dead, Ramparts magazine,…
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Elizabeth Rosner

Elizabeth Rosner is a bestselling novelist, poet, and essayist living in Berkeley. Her first book of non-fiction, SURVIVOR CAFÉ: The Legacy of Trauma and the Labyrinth of Memory, was featured in The New York Times, and named one of the best…