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Jessica Lee

Jessica Lee is a teacher librarian in the Berkeley Unified School District. She has worked in school libraries for 17 years as well as a brief stint at the Berkeley Public Library. In her free time she advocates for all students to have access…
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Christian Robinson

Christian Robinson is the winner of the 2014 Ezra Jack Keats New Illustrator award. His books include “The Smallest Girl in the Smallest Grade” and “Last Stop on Market Street.” His college and career path started at California Institute…
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Domenic Stansberry

Domenic Stansberry is an award-winning novelist known for his dark, innovative crime novels. His "North Beach Mystery Series" has won praise in The New York Times and other publications for its rich portrayal of the ethnic and political subcultures…
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Carolina De Robertis

Carolina De Robertis is the author of the novels "The Gods of Tango," "Perla," "The Invisible Mountain," and "Cantoras" (forthcoming September 2019). Her books have been translated into 17 languages and garnered a Stonewall Book Award, Italy’s…
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Adam Hochschild

Journalist and author Adam Hochschild has written extensively on issues of human rights and social justice. His books include the best-selling "King Leopold's Ghost" and his newest work, "Lessons from a Dark Time and Other Essays." He has twice…
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Nayomi Munaweera

Nayomi Munaweera’s debut novel, "Island of a Thousand Mirrors," was long-listed for the Man Asia Literary Prize, short-listed for the DSC Prize for South Asian Literature and the Northern California Book Prize. It won the Commonwealth Book…

Lesley Mandros Bell

Lesley Mandros Bell is a long-time Oakland resident who originally moved to the area to pursue a graduate degree in English at UC Berkeley. With a long-standing interest in books and literacy, she is currently working as part-time Technical…
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Elizabeth Percer

Elizabeth Percer is the author of the novels "All Stories Are Love Stories" and "An Uncommon Education." She is a three-time nominee for the Pushcart Prize and has twice been honored by the Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg Foundation. She received…
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Michael Holtmann

Michael Holtmann is the Center for the Art of Translation's executive director and publisher. He has worked in the arts for more than 15 years. Prior to joining the Center, he held positions at the National Endowment for the Arts and the Folger…

Rebecca Soffer

Rebecca Soffer is cofounder and CEO of Modern Loss, which offers original essays, resources and community and which the New York Times hailed as "redefining mourning." She is also coauthor of "Modern Loss: Candid Conversation About Grief. Beginners…