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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

We invite you to become a member of Women Lit, a membership-based literary society, created by the Bay Area Book Festival, that will ignite your connections with books, authors, and like-minded women. Joining Women Lit gives you the opportunity to:

• Engage with important female authors
• Connect with other Lit-up women through salons and other events, growing your personal and professional networks
• Enhance your literary life with book recommendations, inspirations and more
• Enjoy special privileges at the Festival, including passes and the invitation-only Authors Gala
• Invest in a fresh way in culture and the arts in your community
• Bring about social change through the proven power of literature to transform minds and hearts

The current cultural moment was created by women joining with other women. Similarly, Women Lit brings women together around a shared project—raising women’s literary voices. Women’s stories are important; let’s make sure they’re heard. Women’s connections with each other are potent; let’s continue to build yours.

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 (complimentary access to indoor literary programs)

Integrity: $500

Year-round: Ticket to all Women Lit public events and pre-event private reception with the authors

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: Invitation 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, no need for tickets)

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, no need for tickets)

“… 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 the 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, no tickets needed)

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.
  • Does your company match employees’ charitable donations? Presto, your gift doubled or more! Let us know and we’ll follow up.

Questions? Email us.

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.