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2016 Festival Videos

The Untold Story of Route 66: The Negro Motorist Green Book — Traveling the Mother Road in the Jim Crow Era

Candacy Taylor, introduced by San Francisco Chronicle columnist Caille Millner

Humans Need Not Apply: A Guide to Wealth and Work in the Age of Artificial Intelligence

Jerry Kaplan, interviewd by Thomas Lee

Girls and Sex

Mona Eltahawy and Peggy Orenstein, interviewed by Sylvia Brownrigg

Rebecca Solnit & John Freeman: A Conversation

John Freeman and Rebecca Solnit

The Art of Language Invention

David J. Peterson and Nick Farmer

Daniel Clowes: Patience

Daniel Clowes, interviewed by Ivory Madison

Is Fiction “Truer than Truth”? The Historical Novel

Christian Kracht, Shawna Yang Ryan, Steve Sem-Sandberg, and Naomi J. Williams, moderated by Janis Cooke Newman

The Many Faces of Fantasy

Marie Brennan, Richard Kadrey, V. E. Schwab, and Na’amen Tilahun, moderated by Nick Mamatas

Be the Revolution: Mona Eltahawy interviewed by Chinaka Hodge

Mona Eltahawy, interviewed by Chinaka Hodge

Surfing with the Journalist: A New Yorker Writer Rides the Waves

William Finnegan, interviewed by the San Francisco Chronicle’s John Diaz

Nobody’s Fool – Everybody’s Fool: Richard Russo

Richard Russo and Lori Ostlund

The Art of Translation

Katrina Dodson, Amara Lakhous, Jung Young-Moon, and Idra Novey, moderated by Michael Holtmann

May the Road Rise Up to Meet You: Ireland and the Nurturance of Its Writers

Sara Baume, Belinda McKeon, and Colm Tóibín, moderated by Ethan Nosowsky

California’s Poet Laureate Dana Gioia in Conversation with Kay Ryan

Dana Gioia, interviewed by Kay Ryan

There is No Frigate Like a Book

Salar Abdoh, Joshua Samuel Brown, Christian Kracht, Irene Hsiao, and Kim Leine, moderated by Shobha Rao

Nordic Noir: A Continuing Atraction

Jørgen Brekke, Agnete Friis, Kati Hiekkapelto, and Lene Kaaberbøl, moderated by Mal Warwick

Freedom to Write, Perchance to Dream

Colm Tóibín in conversation with UC Berkeley Chancellor Nicholas B. Dirks, introduced by Cherilyn Parsons, festival founder and director

The World’s Most Wanted Fugitives: Bringing War Criminals to Justice

Eric Stover, Victor Peskin, and Alexa Koenig, moderated by Michael Montgomery

T.J. Stiles on the Art of Biography

T. J. Stiles, interviewed by Porter Shreve

Be Obsessed, Be Very Obsessed

Jørgen Brekke, Agnete Friis, Lene Kaaberbøl, Kim Leine, Kjersti Annesdatter Skomsvold, moderated by Steve Wasserman

Confronting the Past: Time and Memory in Contemporary Fiction

Jean-Philippe Blondel, Pedro Carmona-Alvarez, Jonas Karlsson, and Kjersti Annesdatter Skomsvold, moderated by Michael Holtmann

Disruptors: Writing for Social Change

Rebecca Solnit, Aya de Leon, and Julia Serano, moderated by Chinaka Hodge

The Beautiful Island: Taiwan in the Literary Imagination

Irene Hsiao, Joshua Samuel Brown, Ed Lin, and Shawna Yang Ryan, moderated by Cherilyn Parsons

Reading Without Walls: Opening Horizons

Tim Federle, Jason Reynolds, and Gene Luen Yang, moderated by Alex Green

Love…and Loss: Julie Buxbaum, Alyson Noël, and Nicola Yoon

Julie Buxbaum, Alyson Noël, and Nicola Yoon, moderated by Andrea Mullarkey

Barbara Boxer: The Art of Tough

U.S. Senator Barbara Boxer, introduced by Audrey Cooper, Editor in Chief, San Francisco Chronicle

Science in the Kitchen (and Why It Matters!)

J. Kenji López-Alt and Adam Rogers, moderated by John Birdsall

Literature Goes Gaming

Douglass Perry and Lise Quintana

Juan Felipe Herrera at the Bay Area Book Festival

Juan Felipe Herrera

Diverse Books Matter

Julie Barton, Nina Lindsay, Mahesh Pathirathna, Jason Reynolds, and Ginee Seo

Good Girls Write Bad

Cara Black, Lisa Brackmann, Kati Hiekkapelto, and Terry Shames, moderated by M. P. Cooley

Get Me Out of Here: A Swedish Kafka Comes to Berkeley

Jonas Karlsson, interviewed by Stephen Sparks

How Much Should a Book Cost?

Sandra Dijkstra, Elaine Petrocelli, and Charlie Winton, moderated by Ethan Nosowsky

Why Write Memoir? A Conversation about Truth, Exposure, and the Genre People Love to Hate

Faith Adiele, Jessica Fechtor, Meredith Maran, and Jasmin Singer, moderated by Linda Joy Myers

Noir at the Bar

Anders de la Motte, Kelli Stanley, Dominic Stansberry, Stefan Thunberg, Antonin Varenne, and Alia Volz, emceed by Cara Black


American Fiction Beyond Borders

Jensen Beach, Adam Johnson, and Idra Novey, moderated by Oscar Villalon

How to Be Here: A Guide to Creating a Life Worth Living

Rob Bell

A Book for Everything

Jim Averbeck, Alina Chau, Maria Van Lieshout, and David Zeltser, moderated by Alex Green