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Membership Levels & Benefits

“Women Lit is an inspired opportunity to engage and connect our vibrant community of Bay Area women who care about literature, female authors and being heard.”

— Cheryl Popp, marketing executive and community leader

A program of the Bay Area Book Festival, Women Lit is a membership-based literary society that connects writers and readers, mostly women, building a force to be reckoned with. Women Lit offers a public event series (with free or discounted tickets to members), pre-event private receptions, a special salon at the annual Bay Area Book Festival, invitations to exclusive salons in private homes, complimentary passes and tickets to the Bay Area Book Festival, and subscription to the Bay Area Book Festival newsletter that includes book recommendations and more to deepen your literary life. Choose your membership level below! We’re thrilled to welcome you to Women Lit.

All Members

The biggest benefit: Helping raise women’s literary voices!
All members will also receive our newsletter and complimentary access to indoor literary events at the annual Bay Area Book Festival.

Esteem: $100

Year-round: Advance information and discounted tickets for Women Lit public events

At the Festival: 2 General Admission wristbands

Special ‘Book Lover Bonus’ promotion for new members: Join at this level and receive an event ticket and private reception invitation for our next public event on October 10th!

Integrity: $500

Year-round: Complimentary single ticket to all Women Lit public events and pre-event private receptions with the authors + one signed book by a presenting author

At the Festival: Invitation for one to Authors Gala + Invitation to exclusive Women Lit Festival salon, including drinks and socializing with authors + Up to 6 Priority tickets and 2 General Admission Wristbands

Fearlessness: $1,000   (Best individual level engagement for full benefits)

I urge you to be as impudent as you dare. BE BOLD, BE BOLD, BE BOLD.”  – Susan Sontag

Year-round: Access for one to intimate Women Lit literary salons in private homes + 2 tickets to all Women Lit public events and pre-event private receptions with the authors

At the Festival: Invitation for 2 to Authors Gala + Invitation for 2 to exclusive Women Lit Festival salon, including drinks and socializing with authors + Up to 8 Priority tickets and 2 General Admission Wristbands

Empowerment: $2,500

Year-round: Access for 2 to intimate Women Lit literary salons in private homes + 2 tickets to all Women Lit public events and pre-event private receptions with the authors

At the Festival: Invitation for 3 to Authors Gala + Invitation for 2 to exclusive Women Lit Festival salon, including drinks and socializing with authors + 1 Ultimate Pass (VIP access to all programs)

Generosity: $5,000

Year-round: Access for 2 to intimate Women Lit literary salons + 3 tickets to all Women Lit public events and pre-event private receptions with the authors

At the Festival: Invitation for 4 to Authors Gala + Invitation for 4 to exclusive Women Lit Festival salon, including drinks and socializing with authors + 2 Ultimate Passes (VIP access to all programs)

“… writing stories is one of the most assertive things a person can do. Fiction is an act of willfulness, a deliberate effort to reconceive, to rearrange, to reconstitute nothing short of reality itself….  Being a writer means taking the leap from listening to saying, ‘Listen to me.’”

— Jhumpa Lahiri

Leadership: $10,000  (Suggested for arts patrons and business/foundation sponsors)

A solitary fantasy can totally transform one million realities.” – Maya Angelou

Year-round: Access for 2 to intimate Women Lit literary salons in private homes + 4 tickets to all Women Lit public events and pre-event private receptions with the authors (bring clients!)

At the Festival: Patronage or Sponsorship of a Festival literary program, with opportunities for engagement, recognition, and promotion (for businesses or your designated nonprofit), including priority tickets for your guests + Invitation for 8 to Authors Gala (clients welcome!) + Invitation for 8 to Women Lit Festival salon, including drinks and socializing with authors + 4 Ultimate Passes (VIP access to all programs)

Wisdom: $25,000

All “Leadership” benefits + Half-page message in Chronicle Program Guide + Green Room access at Festival

Kindness: $50,000+

All “Wisdom” benefits + Naming of Festival stage or entire body of programming + Your full-page message in Chronicle Program Guide

How to Give

  • Mail a check, payable to “Bay Area Book Festival,” to 1569 Solano Avenue #635, Berkeley, CA 94707.
  • Give appreciated securities and save on taxes. Email us for instructions to give your broker.
  • If you’re over 70 ½, make a charitable qualified distribution from your IRA and satisfy your minimum qualified distribution. Email us for details.
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The Bay Area Book Festival is the main project of the Foundation for the Future of Literature and Literacy, a 501(c)(3) designated, California-based nonprofit corporation with Tax ID #47-3955286. Your donation is tax-deductible to the full extent of the law.