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First Person Singular: Barry Gifford's Writers

A world premiere staged reading of Writers, the new play by Barry Gifford, author of numerous books and screenwriter of David Lynch's Lost Highway and Wild at Heart. Ten legendary (if rumored) meetings between writers (Beckett, Borges, Bowles,…
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Word For Word: Alice Munro’s “The Office”

Munro, winner of the 2013 Nobel Prize in Literature, is a master of the short story. Here is an excerpt from Word For Word’s production of “The Office” from Munro’s first collection. A young housewife is convinced that an office of one’s…
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Who We Be: An Un-Panel About Our Colorized Futures

Who's afraid of 2043? No, really? At this un-panel, author Jeff Chang, award-winning visual artist Favianna Rodriguez, and comedian/philosopher W. Kamau Bell riff and rant on art, culture, race, and demographobia. Sure to be provocative and…
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Writing Food, Making Books: The Perils, Joys & Practicalities of Great Food and Cookbook Writing

There’s nothing more delightful than a tempting, well-put-together cookbook, whether to browse or actually use to prepare meals. Whet your appetite for all things foodie and literary with this panel of Chez Panisse’s head chef (Peternell),…
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Round the World Taste of Fiction

Travel the world without leaving your seat; leap throughout time. These fiction writers take us from the mid-1950s Texas-Mexico border to the Himalayan foothills, from Indian palaces to aboriginal Australia to contemporary family homes in F…
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Madam Ambassador: Three Years of Diplomacy, Dinner Parties, and Democracy in Budapest

California businesswoman and mother Eleni Kounalakis’s memoir of her posting as Ambassador to Hungary is a serious yet often humorous insider’s view of diplomacy and the challenges of helming an embassy in a former Soviet satellite nation.…
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Radio Ambulante: A Showcase of Latin American Stories with Daniel Alarcón

Novelist and journalist Daniel Alarcón will share some of the work that has made his Spanish-language podcast, Radio Ambulante, such a success. Alarcón’s At Night We Walk in Circles was a finalist for the 2014 PEN-Hemingway Award. A graphic…
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For Kids, By a Kid: How to Write Your Own Book

Do you have a budding author in your family? Or, because you’re a kid, you don’t think you could write your own book? Come find out how an ordinary eight-year-old girl wrote and published her first bilingual book and became an Amazon bestselling…
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UC Berkeley Story Time: An Adventure through Cal’s First Children’s Book!

In partnership with the Bay Area Book Festival, students and staff from UC Berkeley’s BUILD literacy program have written and illustrated a children’s book all about the exciting life of a Cal student as told by... a Cal campus squirrel!…
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Trans Voices In Literature

Trans authors illuminate the profoundly liberating experience of living an authentic life, challenging readers to question traditional notions of gender and vocalizing the impact of all-too-pervasive discrimination. Join this diverse panel of…