We put together some truly noteworthy women-centered programming for the 2018 Festival. Here’s a small sampling of our 2018 program.
Geneen Roth (Women Food and God) appeared with a new memoir about midlife. Magdalena Yesil, first investor in Salesforce and a tech entrepreneur, advised us with Power Up: How Smart Women Win in the New Economy. Belva Davis and others showed us how All the Women in My Family Sing. Post-punk musician Viv Albertine came to us from the UK to talk about her new memoir (in conversation with legendary rock critic Greil Marcus). Catherine Coulter demystified mystery writing.
From Norway: medical student Ellen Støkken Dahl and Dr. Nina Brochmann took readers on a fascinating journey of female sexual organs and sexual health.
Elaborating on how we can create a better society were CNN commentator Sally Kohn with The Opposite of Hate… Nadine Strossen (former president of the ACLU) with a new book on free speech… Michael Kimmel (Angry White Men), a leading writer on masculinity, on Healing from Hate about young men and extremism… Rebecca Solnit on women’s voices… Lauren Markham on immigration (The Far Away Brothers: Two Young Migrants and the Making of an American Life).
Who says food isn’t political? Alice Waters appeared with her new memoir, plus, Laura McLively with The Berkeley Bowl Cookbook!
From the UK came Winnie Li, author of the “Not the Booker Prize” winning novel Dark Chapter on sexual assault… Also on the topic: Renowned Irish novelist Eimear McBride, whose Girl Is a Half-Formed Thing broke literary ground in telling a story of sexual assault… T. Christian Miller, whose reporting behind A False Report: A True Story of Rape in America won the Pulitzer Prize… Peggy Orenstein of Girls and Sex, with a book about boys underway.
A panel included Joan M. Johnson with Funding Feminism, Alexandra Nicklaus with Phoebe Apperson Hearst: A Life of Power and Politics, and Catherine Pyke with Jane Lathrop Stanford: Mother of a University.
Novelist and absolutely fearless memoirist Lidia Yuknavitch appeared in a headliner solo interview with The Misfit’s Manifesto, then again with The Book of Joan in “Women & Speculative Fiction: Following the Footsteps of Atwood, Butler, and Le Guin.”
Dr. Edith Eger, 92-year-old Auschwitz survivor and trauma psychologist with one of the most compelling books we’ve read this year, The Choice: Embrace the Possible.
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Over the weekend of May 4th and 5th, 2019, the Fifth Anniversary Bay Area Book Festival will fill downtown Berkeley with a literary extravaganza that offers pleasure to anyone who has ever loved a book.