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First Books: What It Took to Get There

There’s a book in all of us, but what does it take to get it out into the world? Hear four successful authors give their expert advice on writing their first books and navigating the sometimes bumpy road to publication. They come from Ireland,…
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Trippin' with Ayelet Waldman

“Try LSD!” is unconventional marital advice, but Ayelet Waldman is an unconventional author. Her latest book, ‘A Really Good Day: How Microdosing Made a Mega Difference in My Mood, My Marriage, and My Life,’ tackles marriage and more…
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Emerging Voices: Young Authors Writing Competition 2017 Winners

Bay Area Youth participated in our third annual Young Authors Writing competition with this year's prompt, "Change: The world, and the people in it, are in a constant state of flux; nothing truly ever remains the same." Young writers took up…
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Writers and Artists Whose Books You Love, Part 1: A Picture Book Extravaganza for Kids and Their Adults

Calling both children and adults to celebrate the joy of reading on a lovely Saturday morning in the big tent on the grass in the park. No one's ever too old to read a great story—even if it's meant for kids. (Aren't we all still kids inside?)…
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The Legacy of Juan Rulfo: A Celebration

Gabriel Garcia Marquez compared him to Sophocles in terms of influence. Susan Sontag wrote that Juan Rulfo's single novel, 'Pedro Páramo,' is "one of the masterpieces of twentieth-century world literature." Jorge Luis Borges called the novel…
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Activism at a Crossroads

Activism is undergoing a re-evaluation. Is protest still effective? What can work today? Micah White (co-creator of Occupy Wall Street and author of 'The End of Protest: A New Playbook for Revolution'), named by Esquire as one of the most influential…
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From Every Angle: Women Writing About the Body

In our culture, as in many around the world, women's bodies are viciously monitored and criticized. We are under pressure to digitally alter our media images and surgically alter our actual bodies. We live with nonstop criticism, hostile "advice,"…
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The Long 60s: The Counterculture's Influence in Contemporary America

The Summer of Love brought us sex, drugs, and rock ’n’ roll, but it was also a decade of extremes and radical cultural change that, in many ways, mirrors what’s going on today. A renewed interest in psychedelic drugs? Check. Women organizing…
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Fiction at the Edges: Novelists on Trauma, Displacement, and Loss

Debut novelist Krys Lee, in "How I Became A North Korean," focuses on individuals in desperate circumstances. Lee's characters, forced into exile, must find ways to retain their humanity in the midst of aching upheaval. Berkeley author Elizabeth…
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Thrillers: Secrets of the Craft

What are the essential ingredients in a captivating thriller? What kinds of characters do you need, and how do you build suspense, anticipation, and dread? Four bestselling thriller authors will reveal the trade secrets of the craft. Lescroart's…