Sessions

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T. J. Stiles on the Art of Biography

T.J. Stiles has won the Pulitzer Prize for Biography and the National Book Award for Nonfiction—but those are just the facts. As Stiles shows in his books and will discuss in this session, biographies are so much more than mere facts. How…
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Is Fiction "Truer than Truth"? The Historical Novel

Historical novels take us inside the minds and hearts of characters from the past—some real, some made-up, but all coming to life in our imaginations. How do real events inspire fictional ones? These extraordinary writers bring us through…
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Love...and Loss

"The sweetest honey is loathsome in its own deliciousness, and in the taste destroys the appetite. Therefore, love moderately," says Friar Laurence to Romeo. True? Listen to four young adult authors talk about the trials and tribulations of…
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A Very Special Evening with the Remarkable Judy Blume

Judy Blume is one of America’s most beloved authors. Her twenty-eight titles include Are You There God? It’s Me, Margaret; Forever; and Summer Sisters. It's a huge pleasure to welcome her to Berkeley, for a wide-ranging and spirited conversation,…
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Google’s Laszlo Bock: Work Rules!

The head of People Operations at Google — which handles over 2 million resumes a year — Laszlo Bock pioneered a new way of analysing, attracting, developing and retaining talent. He offers a counterintuitive look behind the metrics of 21st-century…
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Futurism, Fatalism and Climate Change

Call it “cli-fi,” “eco-fiction” or even “eco-fabulism,” there’s a movement afoot to address climate change through storytelling. What can literature reveal about how we will cope with dramatic alterations to the environment? A…
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So Many Roads: 50 Years of the Grateful Dead

It wouldn’t be a Bay Area Book Festival without a panel on the quintessential Bay Area band. Four of the leading experts and insiders on all things Dead gather today to share their experiences, their knowledge and their appreciation for the…

How We Die: Making Sense of Modern Death

Many of us are living longer than ever but are we living any better? Are we dying any better? In this panel, doctors, writers and caregivers will challenge our society’s current approach to death and dying and discuss how telling our stories…
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Wendy Lesser: Why I Read

The New York Times writes, “Wendy Lesser is a serious reader — a quality reader — and this book is a serious pleasure,” referring to her recent Why I Read. Don’t miss this conversation in which Lesser, editor of the arts journal The…
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Exquisite Insanity: Moms Who Write

We live in an era where women are pitted against each other based on parenting decisions. We hear narratives of “childless by choice” vs. mothers, and those who do parent are conscripted into mommy wars: working mothers vs. stay-at-home…