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Jessica Lee

Jessica Lee is the Library Services Coordinator for the Berkeley Unified School District. She has worked in school libraries for twenty years as well as a brief stint at the Berkeley Public Library. In her free time she advocates for all students…
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Anita Felicelli

Anita Felicelli is the author of Chimerica: A Novel and the short story collection Love Songs for a Lost Continent, which won the 2016 Mary Roberts Rinehart Award. Felicelli’s essays, reviews, and criticism have appeared in the Washington…
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Peter Hartlaub

Peter Hartlaub is The San Francisco Chronicle’s pop culture critic and host of the podcast The Big Event recorded in The Chronicle’s basement archive. A Bay Area native, he has worked at The Chronicle since 2000, and was a Chronicle paperboy…
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Lara Bazelon

Lara Bazelon is a writer, teacher, and advocate for racial and social justice. She is law professor at the University of San Francisco School of Law, where she directs the Criminal & Juvenile Justice and Racial Justice Clinics and holds…
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Ying Chang Compestine

Ying Chang Compestine is an award-winning author, sought-after speaker, and cooking show host. She has authored twenty-three books for adults and children, including the acclaimed novel Revolution Is Not a Dinner Party, which chronicles her…
Lucy Jenks
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Carol Edgarian

Carol Edgarian's novels include the newly released Vera, the New York Times bestseller Three Stages of Amazement and the international bestseller Rise The Euphrates, winner of the ANC Freedom Prize. Her work has been described by The Washington…
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Devi Laskar

Devi S. Laskar is the author of The Atlas of Reds and Blues, winner of the 7th annual Crook’s Corner Book Prize (2020) for best debut novel set in the South and winner of the 2020 Asian/Pacific American Award for Literature. Her second novel,…
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Cherilyn Parsons

Cherilyn Parsons is the founder and executive director of the Bay Area Book Festival (launched in 2015 in Berkeley, California), which is one of the most prominent literary festivals in the USA. Parsons also created Women Lit, which elevates…
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Lance Knobel

Lance Knobel is a co-founder and CEO of Cityside, a nonprofit committed to building community through local journalism. Cityside publishes both Berkeleyside and The Oaklandside, two news platforms with a reputation for innovation and strong…
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Regan McMahon

Regan McMahon is Deputy Editor, Books, at Common Sense Media, a nonprofit website that helps kids, parents, and educators navigate the world of media and technology. She’s a member of the National Book Critics Circle and the copy editor for…