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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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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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Greg Sarris

Greg Sarris is an award-winning author and tribal leader serving his fifteenth consecutive term as Chairman of the Federated Indians of Graton Rancheria. He received his Ph.D. in Modern Thought and Literature from Stanford University and has…
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Mac Barnett

Mac Barnett is a New York Times-bestselling author of stories for children. His work has been translated into more than thirty languages and sold more than 2 million copies worldwide. Barnett’s books have won many prizes, including two Caldecott…

Jasmin Darznik

Jasmin Darznik is the New York Times bestselling author of two historical novels, The Bohemians and Song of a Captive Bird, and the memoir The Good Daughter. She teaches in the MFA in Writing Program at California College of the Arts.

Victoria Chang

Victoria Chang’s most recent poetry book is The Trees Witness Everything, published by Copper Canyon Press. Her prior book of poems is OBIT (Copper Canyon Press, 2020). Her book of hybrid essays, Dear Memory, was published by Milkweed Editions…
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John Freeman

John Freeman is a writer and literary critic. A graduate of Swarthmore College, Freeman is the editor of Freeman’s, a literary biannual, and author of three books of nonfiction, "Dictionary of the Undoing," "The Tyranny of E-mail," and "How…
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Forrest Gander

Forrest Gander, a Pulitzer Prize–winning writer and translator with degrees in geology and literature, was born in the Mojave Desert and lives in northern California. His most recent book is Twice Alive: an Ecology of Intimacies. Among his…

Nina LaCour

Nina LaCour is the author of the award-winning "Hold Still" and widely acclaimed "The Disenchantments." Her most recent novel "We Are Okay" was awarded the 2018 Printz Award for excellence in young adult literature. Formerly a bookseller and…