Sessions

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Jane Hirshfield | The Beauty

Celebrate the stunning new book of poems from one of American poetry’s most distinctive and essential voices. With a pen faithful to the actual yet dipped at times in the ink of the surreal, Hirshfield considers the inner and outer worlds…
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Flaunt That Romance — Don't Hide It!

If you think Bay Area readers are immune to the lure of the romance novel, think again. Bring your own love of this hugely popular genre out in the open — or get a taste of it for the first time — as three very popular practitioners share…
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Opening the Doors to Your Creativity: How to Banish Your Inner Editor and Write with Abandon

National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) is a fun, seat-of-your-pants approach to writing. Valuing enthusiasm, determination and a deadline, NaNoWriMo is for anyone who has ever considered novel-writing. Join NaNoWriMo founder Chris Baty, executive…
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Roadtripping and Hidden Gems Along U.S. Highways

From Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance to On the Road, the road trip is as much a part of the American Dream as apple pie and baseball. Join Moon Guides' authors and seasoned travelers for a conversation about roadtripping, hidden gems…
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Michael McClure and George Brooks: Words and Music

In an historic meeting of poetry and music, the acclaimed poet Michael McClure and saxophonist extraordinaire George Brooks take the stage to create a tapestry of words and music from the influences and experiences of two long and remarkable…
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Book Publishing’s Emerging Middle Ground

Join two publishers, a literary agent, and an author whose hybrid point of view of technology’s impact on the book industry is both eye-opening and enlightening. They’ll discuss how authors are thriving outside of traditional publishing…
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Sustainability & the Soul

In order to address climate change, we need to understand ourselves as part of nature, deeply connected to one another. How do the events in Ferguson relate to the Western-states drought? What does the experience of extreme weather events reveal…
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Longing to be Understood: Language and Story

These three writers use language creatively, sometimes bending it wildly, to express human truths across people and cultures. They also play with myth and metaphor. What happens when their language and stories are translated? How do the different…
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Coming of Age Around the World: The Whole World Comes to California

Listen in to this conversation among acclaimed young authors who came of age overseas. This new generation of first-generation Americans is transforming the American literary landscape. They will look back at global events that shaped their…
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Birth of a Book: Authors & Their Publisher

Counterpoint is a publishing house that calls itself "author-driven." What does that mean — to editors, to marketing and publicity people, and most importantly to writers? What are the components of a perfect fit of writer to publisher, of…