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2019 Festival Videos

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FESTIVAL KEYNOTE (Saturday):
Enough Is Enough: Fighting Economic Injustice

Anand Giridharadas, Robert Reich, and Kat Taylor

Presented by Beneficial State Bank

A Conversation with Tayari Jones

Tayari Jones interviewed by Brooke Warner

Sponsored by She Writes Press; also with the support of Women Lit members

FESTIVAL KEYNOTE (Sunday):
The Unbreakable Human Spirit: Albert Woodfox on Survival in Solitary

Albert Woodfox interviewed by Shane Bauer

Dear America: An Interview with Jose Antonio Vargas

Jose Antonio Vargas interviewed by Kate Campbell

Sponsored by North Berkeley Investment Partners

Horizon: Interview with Barry Lopez

Barry Lopez interviewed by John Freeman

The Lies That Bind: Kwame Anthony Appiah on Identity

Kwame Anthony Appiah interviewed by Carlos Lozada

Which Side Are You On? Loyalty in Fiction

Christian Kiefer, Lauren Wilkinson, Takis Würger, moderated by Frances Dinkespiel

With the support of the initiative “Wunderbar Together,“ initiated by the German Federal Foreign Office and the Goethe Institut, and supported by the Federation of German Industries (BDI); the Goethe-Institut San Francisco; and Goethe-Institut’s translation support program “Books First”

Courage in Publishing in an Age of Political Polarization

Kwame Anthony Appiah, Jane Ciabattari, John Freeman, Carlos Lozada, Michael Naumann, Emily Nemens, moderated by Cherilyn Parsons

With support from the initiative “Wunderbar Together,“ initiated by the German Federal Foreign Office and the Goethe Institut, and supported by the Federation of German Industries (BDI)

The Business of Brutality: Slavery and the Foundations of Capitalism

David Blight, Stephanie Jones-Rogers, Caitlin Rosenthal, moderated by Jennifer D. King

Sponsored by the Stephen M. Silberstein Foundation

No Happy Endings, No Easy Answers: Seeking Truth Through Trauma

Lacy Johnson, Devi Laskar, Kiese Laymon, moderated by Sonya Shah

Sponsored by the California Institute of Integral Studies

The Uninhabitable Earth

David Wallace-Wells interviewed by Julian Brave NoiseCat

Human Face: Literature That Brings Human Rights To Life

Atia Abawi, Aaron Bobrow-Strain, Eliot Pattison, moderated by Clara Long

Rattlesnake Wins Hummingbird’s Heart: A Word for Word Performance

Greg Sarris and Native youth of Sonoma County

Sponsored by the Federated Indians of Graton Rancheria

Goddesses, Grandmothers, and the Everyday Divine

Hallie Iglehart Austen and Vijaya Nagarajan, moderated by Arisika Razak

Sponsored by the California Institute of Integral Studies

Literary Bravery: Sleepwalkers, Ghosts, and Radical Storytelling from Three International Luminaries

Dorothee Elmiger, Laura Lindstedt, Mike McCormack, moderated by Anita Felicelli

With the support of FILI – Finnish Literature Exchange; the Barbro Osher Pro Suecia Foundation; Culture Ireland; the initiative “Wunderbar Together,“ initiated by the German Federal Foreign Office, the Goethe Institut, and supported by the Federation of German Industries (BDI); Goethe-Institut’s translation support program “Books First”; the Consulate General of Switzerland in San Francisco; and Pro Helvetia

Seeking Connection: Literature from Germany and Switzerland

Dorothee Elmiger, Nora Krug, Katja Petrowskaja, Takis Würger, moderated by Sabine Kieselbach

With the support of the initiative “Wunderbar Together,“ initiated by the German Federal Foreign Office and the Goethe Institut, and supported by the Federation of German Industries (BDI); the Goethe-Institut San Francisco; Goethe-Institut’s translation support program “Books First”; also supported by the Consulate General of Switzerland in San Francisco and Pro Helvetia