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“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

Become a Charter Member by April 15, 2018 and be listed on our website and Program Guide in the San Francisco Chronicle!

Women Lit offers a public event series (with advance access by members to snag tickets before they’re sold out), pre-event private receptions, a special salon at the Festival, salons in private homes, complimentary passes and tickets to the Bay Area Book Festival, invitations to join us at other women-related events around town, and a newsletter with book recommendations, inspirations and more to deepen your literary life.

Choose your membership level below! We’re thrilled to welcome you.

All Members

The biggest benefit: You’ve helped raise women’s voices, promoted the arts in our region, and enabled all people to access to the Festival

$100: Esteem

Advance information and access to public Women Lit events + Women Lit newsletter + 2 complimentary General Admission wristbands

$500: Integrity

Complimentary tickets for 2 to Women Lit public events + Newsletter + Invitation to Women Lit exclusive salon at the Festival, including drinks and socializing with visiting authors + Signed book by an author whom Women Lit has helped bring + 2 complimentary General Admission wristbands + Up to 8 Priority tickets to Festival literary sessions + Invitation for 1 to Authors Gala + 2 mugs

$1,000: Fearlessness   (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

Invitation for 1 to Women Lit salons and private receptions before public events throughout year (includes 2 tickets to event) + 2 complimentary tickets to Women Lit public events + Women Lit salon at Festival + Invitation for 2 to the Authors Gala + 2 General Admission wristbands + Up to 12 priority tickets to Festival sessions + Newsletter + Signed book + 2 mugs

$2,500: Empowerment

Invitation for 2 to Women Lit private salons or private receptions before public events throughout year (includes 2 tickets to event) + 2 complimentary tickets to Women Lit public events + Women Lit salon at Festival + Invitation for 3 to the Authors Gala + 2 General Admission wristbands + Up to 12 priority tickets to Festival sessions + Newsletter + Signed book + 2 mugs

$5,000: Generosity

2 Ultimate Passes at Festival for VIP access to everything (no tickets needed) + Invitation for 2 to Women Lit private salons or private receptions before public events throughout year (includes 2 tickets to event) + 2 complimentary tickets to Women Lit public events + Women Lit salon at Festival + Invitation for 4 to the Authors Gala + Other Festival events throughout year + Newsletter + Signed books + 2 mugs

“… 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

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

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

4 Ultimate Passes + Patronage or Sponsorship of a Festival literary session with opportunities for engagement, recognition, and promotion (for businesses or your designated nonprofit), including priority tickets + Recognition at all Women Lit salons and in newsletters + Invitation for 2 to Women Lit private salons or private receptions before public events throughout year (includes 2 tickets to event) + 2 complimentary tickets to Women Lit public events + Invitation for 8 (clients welcome!) to the Authors Gala, with Patron or Sponsor recognition + Newsletter, books, other Festival events + 4 mugs

$25,000: Wisdom

All “Leadership” benefits + Women Lit Host Board membership (offers deeper involvement in shaping Festival) + Half-page message in Chronicle Program Guide + Green Room access at Festival

$50,000+: Kindness

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.