Sessions

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Bay Area Book Festival and Simon & Schuster present: Bob Woodward and Robert Costa on PERIL

Watch full program below! Don't miss these two legendary journalists on what really happened in the final days of the Trump presidency—and how this peril is still with us. Join #1 internationally bestselling author Bob Woodward and acclaimed…

What Happens When a Woman Tells Her Whole Truth: The Freedom and Fallout of Memoir

Gina Frangello’s new memoir, Blow Your House Down, has been met with wide acclaim, impassioned support, and also the kind of judgments and criticisms that people love to lob at women who write about their authentic, messy lives. Frangello’s…
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Book Launch Event: The Confession of Copeland Cane, with author Keenan Norris in conversation with Dr. Michael Datcher

Live virtual event! “Keenan Norris is simply one of the most talented young writers around.”—Victor LaValle How to describe The Confession of Copeland Cane, the explosive new novel by Oakland-based author Keenan Norris? According…

To Want to Behold This Beautiful World: Booker Prize winner Richard Flanagan on The Living Sea of Waking Dreams

“Despair is always rational, but hope is human.” -- Richard Flanagan on his new novel Richard Flanagan is one of our greatest living writers. He’s also a joy to encounter in person: he’s warm, witty, accessible, and wise. We’re…
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See No Stranger: A Radical Vision for Mending our World

This is the book we have been waiting for. It calls us up and calls us into the hard and necessary work to heal our wounds and reimagine the world. —Van Jones The Festival’s opening event, free to all, is a clarion call to heal America…
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Love, Loss, and Meaning in Life: World-Renowned Therapist Irvin Yalom with Joyce Carol Oates

“Mourning is the price we pay for having the courage to love others,” opens the extraordinary memoir by renowned psychiatrist Irvin Yalom (Love’s Executioner) and his late wife, Marilyn Yalom, the esteemed feminist scholar and writer.…
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The Invincible Power of Wattpad Authors

Wattpad Books turns the digital stories its community loves into published books. The result? Stories you can't find anywhere else, by young writers from all over the world. Come listen to these two magnificent young authors as they tell the…
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How to Dream the World You Want: Nnedi Okorafor and Jeff VanderMeer on Resistance and Transformation

Forget the new normal. What we need right now is literature that turns the whole concept of “normal” on its head, building worlds that put the status quo in the rearview mirror. Fantasy and sci-fi, once relegated to “niche” status in…
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Lager and Love Can’t Pay the Bills: 2020 Booker Prize Winner Douglas Stuart on his Masterpiece, Shuggie Bain

Douglas Stuart enraptured readers worldwide in 2020 when his heart-stopping debut novel, Shuggie Bain, took the world’s top literary award, the Booker Prize. While Stuart may have seemed like an overnight success, Shuggie Bain was a labor…
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Green Rabbits Glowing at the End of the World: Annalee Newitz and Nathaniel Rich on What Happens When Civilizations Fail

More than 150 years ago, long before intimations of a warming planet had begun, Ralph Waldo Emerson made a prescient statement: “The end of the human race will be that it will eventually die of civilization.” While some of us might not…