Sessions

Special Event! Robert Scheer Documentary: “Above the Fold”

"Robert Scheer: Above the Fold" profiles the renowned journalist whose six-decade career spans Ramparts magazine, the legendary San Francisco muckraker; the Los Angeles Times, where he wrote a nationally syndicated column; and Truthdig, the…
, ,

Poetry For The People

Get fired up and inspired at this special performance featuring current and former students of June Jordan’s Poetry For The People program at UC Berkeley. Founded by the late June Jordan in 1991, Poetry For The People (P4P) is an arts and…
,

A Conversation with Literary Legend Ann Beattie

Known for casting a gimlet eye on her generation's ambivalence and ambition, celebrated American novelist and short story writer Ann Beattie returns with her twenty-first book. "A Wonderful Stroke of Luck" explores the complicated relationship…
, ,

Writer to Writer: Lacy Johnson and Carmen Maria Machado

In our Writer to Writer series, two writers who are fans of each other's work come together for a conversation. Carmen Maria Machado, National Book Award finalist and author of "Her Body and Other Parties" and the forthcoming memoir "In the…
,

Fallout: Debut Fiction On Families in Crisis

From a disastrous explosion in rural Virginia, to the unexplained disappearance of a sister in Alaska, to an assassination attempt on a special agent turned mother, these stories depict fractured families who are finding their way through…
, ,

Not So Polite After All: Canadian Writers Challenge the Status Quo

Three award-winning Canadian writers converge on one stage to recount their adventures in literary risk-taking and rule-breaking. Esi Edugyan's richly spun historical epic "Washington Black" celebrates the genius of an escaped slave (not the…
, , ,

Ache, Rage, Rise: Portraits of Race and Gender in Short Fiction

Come hear three rising literary stars! From a house party in Brooklyn, to the mountains of southern Colorado, to the rapidly changing streets of the nation's capital, these story collections travel the full trajectory and vibrate with vivid…
, , ,

A Unique Feminine Mystique: The Female Detective

Come meet four writers who’ve placed dynamic women crime solvers at the center of their stories. Everyone’s favorite Paris détective très chic, Aimée Leduc from Cara Black’s “Murder on the Left Bank” confronts a cabal of corrupt…
, ,

Youth Power! with the International Congress of Youth Voices

Global politics affect young people as much as anyone else, but they have little to no voice as major decisions are made. Join us for a discussion featuring noted journalist, filmmaker, author, and immigration rights activist Jose Antonio Vargas…
, ,

The Unbreakable Human Spirit: Albert Woodfox on Survival in Solitary

One of the "Angola 3," Albert Woodfox endured four decades of solitary confinement for a crime he did not commit. While his story has been profiled by many publications, today we have an opportunity to hear from him directly. From the epilogue…