Sessions

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The Committed: Viet Thanh Nguyen on Betrayal and Belonging

Viet Thanh Nguyen burst onto the literary scene with The Sympathizer, an "intelligent, relentlessly paced and savagely funny" (Wall Street Journal) debut novel that won 2016's Pulitzer Prize in fiction.  The world has been waiting ever since…
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Create, Connect, and Inspire: Julia Cameron on The Listening Path

Having enriched the creative and artistic journeys of millions—Martin Scorsese and Elizabeth Gilbert among them—with her Artist's Way program and books, Julia Cameron lives up to her New York Times-bestowed moniker, "Queen of Change."…
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Writing, Reading, and Being All Too Gloriously Human: George Saunders with Tobias Wolff on the Storytelling Greats

Tickets include a copy of A Swim in a Pond in the Rain. Copies will begin shipping on January 12, when the book is published. Note, this event will be a one-time-only, live, interactive virtual experience, not to be re-aired. Part hilarious…

Power of Protest: Lessons from Hong Kong

Produced by Bay Area Book Festival in collaboration with literary festivals worldwide After a tumultuous year of protest, Hong Kong’s streets are quiet again following the adoption of the national security law on June 30. Join four…

WL #UNBOUND: Racing Towards Wonder with bestselling novelist Jane Smiley

  This is a public rebroadcast of a live event for Women Lit members. To join Women Lit or to learn more, click here. Pulitzer Prize winning novelist Jane Smiley (A Thousand Acres), whose books have sold over a million copies…
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Meaning in the Music: A Conversational Duet with Fantastic Negrito and Timbuktu

Join us for an amazing conversation that we guarantee will lift you up! Two-time Grammy winner and Oakland native Fantastic Negrito (blues and black roots music) meets multiracial, eight-time Swedish Grammy-winning rapper (and debut author)…
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Women Lit #UNBOUND: Alexandra Roxo, Carol Queen: Rewrite Your Story: Embracing the Divine Feminine

This video includes passages that are sexually explicit and may not be appropriate for all viewers. Why is it so hard for so many of us to feel comfortable in our own skin and claim our own power? “Because,” writes transformational healer…

Women Lit #UNBOUND: Experience Real Change with Mindfulness Teacher Sharon Salzberg

Author of Real Happiness and columnist for the Peabody Award-winning On Being, Sharon Salzberg has built a devoted fanbase and major excitement for her latest book, Real Change. A renowned figure in the world of meditation, Salzberg offers…
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Native Voices - featuring the Essayists of the 2020 Graton Writing Project

The Graton Writing Project is a series of writing workshops open to middle- and high-school Native students from Sonoma, California, that culminates in a published youth anthology. This year, students were asked to write on the theme of…
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Merlin Sheldrake and Michael Pollan on Entangled Life: What the Secret Social Networks of Fungi Reveal About Nature’s Genius and Being Human

In 2016, a New Yorker profile by famed naturalist Robert Macfarlane introduced the world to one of the most important young thinkers of our age: Merlin Sheldrake. Moving from the labs of Cambridge to the jungles of Central America, this revolutionary…