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Bay Area Book Festival 2017

June 3, 2017 11:00 AM -
June 4, 2017 9:00 PM
Over the weekend of June 3rd and 4th, 2017, the third annual Bay Area Book Festival will fill downtown Berkeley with a literary extravaganza that offers pleasure to anyone who has ever loved a book.


  • Jussi Adler-Olsen Jussi Adler-Olsen is Denmark’s #1 crime writer and a New York Times bestseller. His books routinely top the bestseller lists in Europe and have sold more than 15 million copies around the world. His many prestigious Nordic crime-writing awards include the Glass Key Award, also won by Henning Mankell, Jo Nesbø, Stieg Larsson, and Peter Høeg. His most recent book is ‘The Hanging Girl.’ ‘The Scarred Woman,’ #7 in the Department Q series, arrives this fall.
  • Charlie Jane Anders

    Charlie Jane Anders, the author of ‘All the Birds in the Sky,’ was for many years an editor of the extraordinarily popular science fiction and fantasy site Her debut novel, ‘Choir Boy,’ won the 2006 Lambda Literary Award and was shortlisted for the Edmund White Award. Her story “Six Months, Three Days” won the 2013 Hugo Award and was optioned for television. She has also had fiction published by McSweeney’s, Lightspeed, and ZYZZYVA. Her journalism has appeared in Salon, the Wall Street Journal, Mother Jones, and many other outlets.

  • Aaron Bady Aaron Bady is a writer in Oakland and an editor at The New Inquiry.
  • William Bauer William Bauer is an enrolled citizen of the Round Valley Indian Tribes and a professor of American Indian history at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. He is the author of ‘California Through Native Eyes: Reclaiming History’ and ‘ We Were All Like Migrant Workers Here: Work, Community and Memory on California’s Round Valley Reservation, 1850-1941’, as well as articles in the Western Historical Quarterly, Journal of the West and Labor.
  • Monika Bauerlein

    Monika Bauerlein is CEO of Mother Jones magazine. Previously, she served as co-editor with Clara Jeffery, who is now editor-in-chief. Together, they spearheaded an era of editorial growth and innovation, marked by two National Magazine Awards for general excellence, the addition of a 12-person Washington Bureau, and an overhaul of the organization’s digital strategy that grew’s traffic more than tenfold. She has also worked as Mother Jones’ investigative editor, and as an alternative-weekly editor, a correspondent in Washington, D.C. and at the United Nations, an AP stringer, corporate trainer, translator, sausage slinger and fishing-line packager. She lives in Oakland.

  • Andrew Behar

    Andrew Behar leads As You Sow, a nonprofit organization based in Oakland, CA, dedicated to corporate accountability and increased environmental and social change. As You Sow has worked with companies such as ExxonMobil, Chevron, Southern, FirstEnergy, Duke, Dow, DuPont, Monsanto, HP, Dell, Apple, Proctor & Gamble, Coca-Cola, Starbucks, and many others. He is a board member of the US Social Investing Forum (US-SIF) and was named one of 30 “Eco Rock Stars and Environmental Mavericks” in Origin Magazine. He is the author of “The Shareholders Action Guide: Unleash Your Hidden Powers to Hold Corporations Accountable.”

  • Cara Black Cara Black is the bestselling author of 15 books in the Private Investigator Aimée Leduc series, which is set in Paris. Black has received numerous nominations for the prestigious Anthony and Macavity Awards, a Washington Post Book World Book of the Year citation, and the Médaille de la Ville de Paris.
  • Becky Bond

    Becky Bond served as a senior advisor on the Bernie Sanders presidential campaign and was an architect of the campaign’s national, volunteer-driven grassroots campaign. Prior to that, Becky served as political director at CREDO where she was an innovator working at the intersection of organizing, politics, and technology for over a decade. Becky is a cofounder of CREDO SuperPAC, which was named by Mother Jones as one “2012’s Least Horrible Super-PACs” for helping to defeat five sitting Tea Party Republican Congressmen. She lives in San Francisco, California, with the writer, designer, and book artist Emily McVarish. Her latest book is ‘Rules for Revolutionaries: How Big Organizing Can Change Everything.’

  • Clair Brown

    Clair Brown is a professor of economics and director of the Center for Work, Technology, and Society at the University of California, Berkeley. An economist focusing on work and economic justice, she is a past director of the Institute of International Relations at Berkeley, and chair of the Committee on Education Policy of the UCB Academic Senate. She is the author of ‘Buddhist Economics: An Enlightened Approach to the Dismal Science.’

  • Mauro Javier Cardenas

    Mauro Javier Cardenas grew up in Guayaquil, Ecuador, and graduated with a degree in Economics from Stanford University. His first novel, ‘The Revolutionaries Try Again,’ is now out; excerpts from it appeared in Conjunctions, Bomb, Guernica, the Antioch Review, and Witness. He’s the recipient of the 2016 Joseph Henry Jackson literary award from the San Francisco Foundation. His interviews and essays on/with László Krasznahorkai, Antonio Lobo Antunes, Javier Marias, Horacio Castellanos Moya, Juan Villoro, and Tatiana Huezo have appeared in Music & Literature, San Francisco Chronicle, BOMB, ZYZZYVA, and The Quarterly Conversation.

  • Michael Chabon

    Michael Chabon is the bestselling and Pulitzer Prize-winning author of ‘The Mysteries of Pittsburgh,’ ‘A Model World,’ ‘Wonder Boys,’ ‘Werewolves in their Youth,’ ‘The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay,’ ‘Summerland,’ ‘The Final Solution,’ ‘The Yiddish Policemen’s Union,’ ‘Maps & Legends,’ ‘Gentlemen of the Road,’ ‘Telegraph Avenue,’ ‘Moonglow,’ and the picture book ‘The Astonishing Secret of Awesome Man.’ He is also the co-editor of ‘Kingdom of Olives and Ash: Writers Confront the Occupation,’ along with Ayelet Waldman.

  • Enrique Chagoya

    Enrique Chagoya’s art has most recently been featured in Arion Press’ edition of the Juan Rulfo classic of Mexican literature, ‘Pedro Páramo.’ Chagoya is a painter, printmaker, and Professor of Art at Stanford University. Drawing from his experiences living on both sides of the U.S.-Mexico border in the 1970s and in Europe in the 1990s, Chagoya juxtaposes secular, popular, and religious symbols to address the cultural strains between the United States and Latin America, as well as other parts of the world. He is the recipient of awards from the National Endowment for the Arts and National Academy of Arts and Letters.

  • Jeff Chang

    Jeff Chang is the Executive Director of the Institute for Diversity in the Arts at Stanford University. His books include ‘Can’t Stop Won’t Stop: A History of the Hip-Hop Generation,’ ‘Total Chaos: The Art and Aesthetics of Hip-Hop,’ ‘Who We Be: The Colorization of America’ (published in paperback in January 2016 under the new title, ‘Who We Be: A Cultural History of Race in Post Civil Rights America’). His latest, ‘We Gon’ Be Alright: Notes On Race and Resegregation,’ was published in September 2016. His next book will be a biography of Bruce Lee. Jeff co-founded CultureStr/ke and ColorLines. He was named by The Utne Reader as one of “50 Visionaries Who Are Changing Your World” and by KQED as an Asian Pacific American Local Hero. He has been a USA Ford Fellow in Literature and the winner of the Asian American Literary Award.

  • Jane Ciabattari

    Jane Ciabattari is VP/Online and former President of the National Book Critics Circle, serves on the advisory board of The Story Prize and is a member of the San Francisco Writers Grotto. She is a columnist for and Lit Hub, and contributes regularly to NPR and others. She is the author of two story collections, ‘Stealing the Fire’ and ‘California Tales.’

  • Aya de Leon

    Aya de Leon is a novelist and director of the Poetry for the People program at UC Berkeley. Kensington Books publishes her feminist heist series: Justice Hustlers, which began with ‘Uptown Thief,’ and continues with ‘The Boss.’ Her work has also appeared in Ebony, Guernica, Writers Digest, Huffington Post, the Toast, Essence, Bitch Magazine and on Def Poetry. She is also at work on a children’s picture book to help families talk to their children about racism, and just finished a young adult black girl spy novel called ‘Going Dark.’

  • Carolina De Robertis

    Carolina De Robertis is the editor of the anthology ‘Radical Hope: Letters of Love and Dissent in Dangerous Times.’ She is also the author of the novels ‘The Gods of Tango,’ ‘Perla,’ and the international bestseller ‘The Invisible Mountain.’ Her books have been translated into 17 languages, and have received a Stonewall Book Award, Italy’s Rhegium Julii Prize, and a fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts, among other honors. A long-time activist, De Robertis spent ten years in the nonprofit sector before publishing her first book, and during that time she led projects around issues including women’s rights, immigrant rights, and addressing sexual violence. She is also an award-winning translator of Latin American literature. She teaches creative writing at San Francisco State University, and lives in Oakland, California, with her wife and two children.

  • Cory Doctorow

    Cory Doctorow is a science fiction author, activist, journalist, and blogger. He’s the co-editor of, and the author of the bestselling “Little Brother,” which was recently optioned by Paramount, with Don Murphy (“Natural Born Killers,” “Transformers”) producing, and the new book “Walkaway,” among many others. He is the former European director of the Electronic Frontier Foundation and co-founded the UK Open Rights Group. Born in Toronto, Canada, he now lives in Los Angeles.

  • Geoff Dyer Geoff is the author of four novels: Paris Trance, The Search, The Colour of Memory, and Jeff in Venice, Death in Varanasi; two collections of essays, Anglo-English Attitudes and Working the Room; and six genre-defying titles: But Beautiful, The Missing of the Somme, Out of Sheer Rage, Yoga For People Who Can’t Be Bothered To Do It, The Ongoing Moment and Zona, about Andrei Tarkovsky’s film Stalker.
  • Meg Elison Meg Elison is a high school dropout and a graduate of UC Berkeley. Her debut novel, “The Book of the Unnamed Midwife,” won the 2014 Philip K. Dick Award; her new book is “The Book of Etta.” She lives in the San Francisco Bay Area and writes like she’s running out of time.
  • Deirdre English Deirdre English teaches narrative nonfiction feature writing and editing at the Graduate School of Journalism at UC Berkeley. She was formerly an editor of Mother Jones Magazine. She is the co-author, with Barbara Ehrenreich, of ‘For Her Own Good: Two Centuries of the Experts’ Advice to Women.’
  • Jerker Ericksson

    Erik Axl Sund is the pen name of Swedish author duo Jerker Eriksson (b. 1974) and Håkan Axlander Sundquist (b. 1965). Previously, Håkan has worked as a sound engineer, musician, and artist, and Jerker as the producer of Håkan’s electro punk band iloveyoubaby! and a prison librarian. The two are now full-time writers, but also run an art gallery together. Erik Axl Sund is the author of ‘The Crow Girl,’ ‘The Hunger Fire,’ and ‘The Pythia’s Instructions.’ Together, the novels form the highly praised and internationally best-selling trilogy about Victoria Bergman.

  • Parnaz Foroutan

    Parnaz Foroutan is the author of ‘The Girl from the Garden,’ and has received fellowships and awards from PEN USA Emerging Voices, Hedgebrook, and the Elizabeth George Foundation, among other institutions. She currently lives in Los Angeles with her husband and two daughters.

  • Karen Joy Fowler

    Karen Joy Fowler is the author of six novels and three short story collections. She’s written literary, contemporary, historical, and science fiction. Her most recent novel, ‘We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves,’ won the 2013 PEN/Faulkner, the California Book Award, and was shortlisted for the Man Booker in 2014. She lives in Santa Cruz.

  • Leah Garchik On her first day of work at the San Francisco Chronicle 41 years ago, Leah Garchik learned that brass spittoons had been removed from the newsroom the week before. She is still disappointed.
  • Alicia Garza Alicia Garza is an Oakland-based organizer, writer, public speaker and freedom dreamer who is currently the Special Projects Director for the National Domestic Workers Alliance, the nation’s leading voice for dignity and fairness for the millions of domestic workers in the United States. Garza, along with Opal Tometi and Patrisse Cullors, also co-founded the Black Lives Matter network, a globally recognized organizing project that focuses on combatting anti-Black state-sanctioned violence and the oppression of all Black people. Since the rise of the BLM movement, Garza has become a powerful voice in the media. Her articles and interviews have been featured in Time, Mic,The Guardian,, Essence, Democracy Now!, and The New York Times.
  • Roxane Gay

    Roxane Gay’s writing appears in Best American Mystery Stories 2014, Best American Short Stories 2012, Best Sex Writing 2012, A Public Space, McSweeney’s, Tin House, Oxford American, American Short Fiction, Virginia Quarterly Review, and many others. She is a contributing opinion writer for the New York Times. She is the author of the books ‘Ayiti,’ ‘An Untamed State,’ the New York Times bestselling ‘Bad Feminist,’ ‘Difficult Women,’ and ‘Hunger,’ coming in mid-June. She is also the author of ‘World of Wakanda’ for Marvel.

  • Masha Gessen

    Masha Gessen is a Russian-American journalist and author of many books, including The Brothers: ‘The Road to an American Tragedy,’ ‘The Man Without a Face: The Unlikely Rise of Vladimir Putin,’ and ‘Words Will Break Cement: The Passion of Pussy Riot.’ In her forthcoming book, ‘The Future Is History: How Totalitarianism Retook Russia’ (October 2017), she combines reportage and intellectual history to trace the arc of Russia’s recent devolution into totalitarianism. Her award-winning work appears regularly in The New York Times, Slate, Vanity Fair, and elsewhere. A longtime resident of Moscow, Gessen now lives in New York.

  • Francisco Goldman

    Francisco Goldman is the author of Say Her Name, winner of the Prix Femina Etranger, and of The Interior Circuit: A Mexico City Chronicle and four other books. He has received a Cullman Center Fellowship, a Guggenheim, and a Berlin Prize, and is the 2017 winner of the Premio Metropolis Azul. His work has appeared The New Yorker, Harper’s, The Believer, and numerous other publications. Every year he teaches one semester at Trinity College in Hartford, Ct., and then hightails it back to Mexico City.

  • Chris Haft Chris Haft is the S.F. Giants beat reporter for, and the author of ‘If These Walls Could Talk’.
  • Paul Hawken

    Paul Hawken is an environmentalist, entrepreneur, journalist, and author who has dedicated his life to sustainability and changing the relationship between business and the environment. His practice has included starting and running ecological businesses, writing and teaching about the impact of commerce on living systems, and consulting with governments and corporations on economic development, industrial ecology, and environmental policy. ‘Natural Capitalism,’ co-authored by Hawken, was cited by President Bill Clinton as one of the five most important books in the world. ‘Drawdown: The Most Comprehensive Plan Ever Proposed to Reverse Global Warming’ is his new book, a digital platform, and a call to action.

  • Mark Hertsgaard

    Mark Hertsgaard has published seven books that have been translated into 16 languages, including, ‘Bravehearts: Whistleblowing in the Age of Snowden.’ He has reported from 25 countries on politics, culture, and the environment for outlets including The New Yorker, Vanity Fair, The Atlantic, Bloomberg Businessweek, Time, Newsweek, Mother Jones, The Guardian, Le Monde, NPR, the BBC and The Nation, where he is the environment correspondent.

  • Arlie Hochschild Arlie Russell Hochschild is one of the most influential sociologists of her generation. Her latest book, ‘Strangers in Their Own Land’, was a New York Times bestseller and a finalist for the National Book Award. She is the author of several books, including ‘The Second Shift’, ‘The Time Bind’, ‘The Managed Heart’, and ‘The Outsourced Self’. Her work appears in sixteen languages. The winner of the Ulysses Medal as well as Guggenheim and Mellon grants, she lives in Berkeley.
  • Vanessa Hua

    Vanessa Hua is a columnist for the San Francisco Chronicle and author of ‘Deceit and Other Possibilities,’ which received the Asian/Pacific American Award for Literature. She received a Rona Jaffe Foundation Writers’ Award, the San Francisco Foundation’s James D. Phelan Award, a Steinbeck Fellowship in Creative Writing, as well as honors from the Society of Professional Journalists and the Asian American Journalists’ Association. Her work has appeared in the New York Times, The Atlantic, FRONTLINE/World, Washington Post, ZYZZYVA, and elsewhere. She has filed stories from China, South Korea, Panama, Burma and Ecuador. Her novel, ‘A River of Stars,’ is forthcoming next year.

  • Joshua Jelly-Schapiro Joshua Jelly-Schapiro is the author of ‘Island People: the Caribbean and the World,’ and the co-editor of ‘Nonstop Metropolis: A New York City Atlas.’ He earned his PhD in geography at UC Berkeley, and is currently a visiting scholar at the Institute for Public Knowledge at NYU.
  • Fida Jiryis

    Fida Jiryis is a Palestinian writer and business consultant who has contributed to various publications including This Week in Palestine, Mondoweiss, the Palestine Chronicle, and +972 Magazine, on issues of Palestinian displacement, destroyed villages, struggle for rights, and issues facing Palestinian citizens of Israel. She is the author of ‘Hayatuna Elsagheera (Our Small Life)’ and ‘Al-Khawaja (The Gentleman),’ two Arabic books of short stories on village life in the Galilee. Her third book, ‘Al-Qafas (The Cage),’ on life under occupation in Ramallah, will be published in 2017, and her Arabic short stories have featured in various magazines. She has also completed an English women’s fiction novel, ‘Forty-Six Pounds,’ that she is seeking to publish, and is working on ‘My Return to the Galilee,’ an English memoir of her return after the Oslo accords and life as a Palestinian in Israel.

  • Dacher Keltner Dacher Keltner, Professor of Psychology, is a social psychologist who focuses on the prosocial emotions, such as love, sympathy and gratitude, and processes such as teasing and flirtation that enhance bonds.

    He has conducted empirical studies in three areas of inquiry. A first looks at the determinant and effects of power, hierarchy and social class. A second in concerned with the morality of everyday life, and how we negotiate moral truths in teasing, gossip, and other reputational matters. A third and primary focus in on the biological and evolutionary basis of the benevolent affects, including compassion, awe, love, gratitude, and laughter and modesty.

    Professor Keltner is Co-Director of The Greater Good Science Center.
  • Laurie King

    Laurie R. King is the New York Times bestselling author of 13 Mary Russell mysteries, five contemporary novels featuring Kate Martinelli, and the acclaimed novels ‘The Bones of Paris,’ ‘A Darker Place,’ ‘Folly,’ ‘Keeping Watch,’ and ‘Touchstone.’ She lives in Northern California, where she is at work on her next novel ‘Lockdown.’

  • Katie Kitamura

    Katie Kitamura is the author of ‘Gone to the Forest’ and ‘The Longshot,’ both of which were finalists for the New York Public Library’s Young Lions Fiction Award, and the new ‘A Separation.’ A recipient of a Lannan Residency Fellowship, Kitamura has written for the New York Times, The Guardian, Granta, BOMB, Triple Canopy and is a regular contributor to Frieze. She lives in New York City.

  • Rachel Kushner

    Rachel Kushner is the author of two novels, ‘The Flamethrowers’ and ‘Telex from Cuba,’ which were both finalists for the National Book Award, as well as ‘The Strange Case of Rachel K,’ a collection of short prose. She is a Guggenheim fellow and winner of the Howard D Vursell Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. Her fiction has appeared in the New Yorker, Harper’s, and the Paris Review.

  • Hans Olav Lahlum Hans Olav Lahlum is a Norwegian historian, politician, television commentator, and chessplayer. His K2 and Patricia series are classic mysteries—a cross between Doyle, Christie, and Simenon—without massacres or machine guns, and are set in Oslo 1968-73. Lahlum’s first four novels ‘The Human Flies,’ ‘Satellite People,’ ‘The Catalyst Killing,’ and ‘Chameleon People’ are all available in English.
  • Krys Lee

    Krys Lee is the author of the short story collection ‘Drifting House’ and the novel ‘How I Became a North Korean.’ She is a recipient of the Rome Prize and the Story Prize Spotlight Award, the Honor Title in Adult Fiction Literature from the Asian/Pacific American Libraries Association, and a finalist for the BBC International Story Prize. Her fiction, journalism, and literary translations have appeared in Granta, the Kenyon Review, Narrative, San Francisco Chronicle, Corriere della Sera, and the Guardian, among others. She is an assistant professor of creative writing and literature at Yonsei University, Underwood International College, in South Korea.

  • Al Letson

    Al Letson is the host of Reveal’s Peabody Award-winning public radio program and podcast showcasing investigative stories. Letson is a playwright, performance poet, and actor. He previously was the host and executive producer of State of the Re:Union, a public radio program which aired on more than 200 stations. In each episode, they travel to an American city or town to tell stories about the people and explore how communities are being created. The program won a 2013 Edward R. Murrow Award in the news documentary category.

  • Tom Lutz Tom Lutz is the author of Doing Nothing, Cosmopolitan Vistas, Crying, and American Nervousness, 1903, and has written for numerous magazines, newspapers, academic journals, and literary reviews. He teaches at UC Riverside and is the founding editor and publisher of Los Angeles Review of Books.
  • Wendy MacNaughton Wendy MacNaughton is a New York Times bestselling illustrator and graphic journalist whose books include ‘Meanwhile in San Francisco,’ ‘Pen & Ink,’ ‘The Gutsy Girl,’ and ‘The Essential Scratch and Sniff Guide to Becoming a Wine Expert.’ Her work appears in publications like The New York Times, Lucky Peach, Bon Appétit, AFAR Magazine, and elsewhere. She is the back page columnist for The California Sunday Magazine.
  • Zachary Mason Zachary Mason is a computer scientist and the author of the New York Times bestselling novel ‘The Lost Books of the Odyssey,’ and the new, critically acclaimed ‘Void Star.’
  • Michael Montgomery

    Michael Montgomery is a senior reporter and broadcast producer with The Center for Investigative Reporting. Previously, he was a correspondent for the Daily Telegraph, producer at CBS News and senior reporter with American RadioWorks. He has produced dozens of investigative documentaries on topics ranging from war crimes in the Balkans and Africa to the nuclear black market. Montgomery’s honors include an Overseas Press Club Award, Peabody Award and Alfred I. duPont-Columbia University Award.

  • Cherrie Moraga

    Cherríe Moraga is the co-editor of ‘This Bridge Called My Back: Writings by Radical Women of Color’ (with the late Gloria Anzaldúa). She is the author of ‘A Xicana Codex of Changing Consciousness: Writings 2000–2010’; and a new literary memoir entitled, ‘The Native Country of a Heart: A Geography of Desire.’ Moraga is the recipient of the United States Artist Rockefeller Fellowship for Literature. She is an Artist in Residence in Theater & Performance Studies and Comparative Studies in Race & Ethnicity at Stanford University. She is a founding member of La Red Xicana Indígena.

  • Walter Mosley

    Walter Mosley is one of the most versatile and admired writers in America today. He is the author of more than 55 critically acclaimed books, including the major bestselling mystery series featuring Easy Rawlins. His work has been translated into 23 languages and includes literary fiction, mystery, science fiction, political monographs, and a young adult novel. Mosley’s books have been adapted for film and television with new projects in development with producer Diane Houslin at SPIKE TV, MTV and FX. His short fiction has been widely published, and his nonfiction has appeared in the New York Times Magazine and the Nation, among other publications. He was named Grand Master of the Mystery Writers of America in 2016 and is the winner of numerous awards, including an O. Henry Award, a Grammy, a NACCAP award, and PEN America’s Lifetime Achievement Award. His latest work, ‘Down the River Unto the Sea’ is slated for release in 2018. He lives in Brooklyn.

  • Davia Nelson Davia Nelson is one half of The Kitchen Sisters, producers of the du-Pont Columbia and James Beard Award-winning series Hidden Kitchens heard on NPR’s Morning Edition, and two Peabody Award-winning NPR series, Lost & Found Sound and The Sonic Memorial Project. Their podcast, The Kitchen Sisters Present… is part of the Radiotopia collective from PRX. The Kitchen Sisters are also the producers of The Hidden World of Girls, heard on NPR and hosted by Tina Fey. Their latest season of Hidden Kitchens, Kimchi Diplomacy: War and Peace and Food, for Morning Edition, just received a 2017 James Beard Nomination. Their first book was ‘Hidden Kitchens: Stories, Recipes & More From NPR’s Kitchen Sisters’; they are currently working on their second book, ‘Show the Girls the Snakes,’ and their first Broadway musical.
  • Guadalupe Nettel

    The New York Times described Guadalupe Nettel’s acclaimed English-language debut, ‘Natural Histories,’ as “five flawless stories.” A Bogotá 39 author and Granta “Best Untranslated Writer,” Nettel has received numerous prestigious awards, including the Gilberto Owen National Literature Prize, the Antonin Artaud Prize, the Ribera del Duero Short Fiction Award, and the Anna Seghers Prize. She was short-listed for the Neustadt Prize, and most recently, won the 2014 Herralde Novel Prize. ‘The Body Where I Was Born,’ a novel of an unconventional childhood in the ’70s, is her first novel to appear in English. Nick Flynn called it “utterly compelling …. [Nettel] has brilliantly found a form to contain the multitudes of what one body can hold.” She lives and works in Mexico City.

  • Annalee Newitz

    Annalee Newitz is an American journalist, editor, and author of both fiction and nonfiction. She is the recipient of a Knight Science Journalism Fellowship from MIT, and has written for Popular Science, Wired, and the San Francisco Bay Guardian. She also co-founded the science fiction website io9 and served as Editor-in-Chief from 2008–2015, and subsequently edited Gizmodo. As of 2016, she is Tech Culture Editor at the technology site Ars Technica. Her latest work is ‘Autonomous.’

  • Samin Nosrat Samin Nosrat is a writer, teacher, and chef. Called “a go-to resource for matching the correct techniques with the best ingredients” by the New York Times, and “the next Julia Child” by NPR’s All Things Considered, she’s been cooking professionally since 2000, when she first stumbled into the kitchen at Chez Panisse. She lives, cooks, surfs, and gardens in Berkeley, California. ‘Salt, Fat, Acid, Heat’ is her first book.
  • Achy Obejas

    Achy Obejas is the author of the new book of short stories, ‘The Tower of the Antilles,’ which will be launched June 21 at City Lights. She has published four other works of fiction and is the translator for more than a dozen books, including, into Spanish, Junot Diaz’s ‘Brief and Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao.’ She is the founder and director of the MFA in translation at Mills College.

  • Steve Phillips Steve Phillips is the founder of Democracy in Color, a multimedia platform on race and politics, and author of the New York Times and Washington Post bestselling ‘Brown Is the New White: How the Demographic Revolution Has Created a New American Majority.’ He is national political leader, civil rights lawyer, and senior fellow at the Center for American Progress. In 1992 he became the youngest person ever elected to public office in San Francisco and went on to serve as president of the Board of Education. He is co-founder of PowerPAC+, a social justice organization dedicated to building a multiracial political coalition. Phillips is a regular columnist for The Nation and writes op-eds for The New York Times. He is a graduate of Stanford University and Hastings College of the Law.
  • Cristina Rivera-Garza

    Cristina Rivera-Garza is an award-winning author of novels, short stories, poetry, and nonfiction. Her works have been translated into multiple languages and she is a translator herself. The recipient of the Roger Caillois Award for Latin American Literature and the Anna Seghers Prize, she is the only author who has won the International Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz Prize twice. She is currently Distinguished Professor in Hispanic Studies at the University of Houston.

  • Meredith Russo

    Meredith Russo is a transgender writer from Chattanooga, TN. Her debut novel, ‘If I Was Your Girl,’ tells the story of a transgender girl moving to a small town to live with her estranged father after an assault, and her attempts to navigate love, friendship, and truth as the person she was always meant to be. When she isn’t writing, Meredith can usually be found yelling about social justice and Japanese cartoons on social media.

  • Thomas Rydahl Thomas Rydahl is a writer and translator. ‘The Hermit’ is his debut novel and was awarded the Danish Debutant Award, the first time in the award’s history that it has gone to a thriller. ‘The Hermit’ has since gone on to win the prestigious Glass Key Award for the best Nordic crime novel and the Harald Mogensen Prize for the best Danish crime novel. Thomas lives with his wife and daughter in Fredensborg.
  • Greg Sarris Greg Sarris has published several books, including “Grand Avenue,” an award-winning collection of short stories, which he adapted for an HBO miniseries and co-executive produced with Robert Redford. The book focuses on the Northern California town of Santa Rosa, “home not only to Pomo Indians making a life outside the reservation but also to Mexicans, blacks, and some Portuguese, all trying to find their way among the many obstacles in their turbulent world.” “How a Mountain Was Made” arrives this fall. Sarris teaches creative writing, American literature, and American Indian literature at Sonoma State University. He received his Ph.D. in Modern Thought and Literature from Stanford University, where he was awarded the Walter Gore Award for excellence in teaching.
  • John Scalzi

    John Scalzi won the 2006 John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer, the 2013 Hugo Award for Best Novel for ‘Redshirts,’ and his debut novel ‘Old Man’s War’ was a finalist for a Hugo Award as well. His new book is ‘Collapsing Empire’; his other books include ‘The Ghost Brigades,’ ‘The Android’s Dream,’ ‘The Last Colony,’ and ‘The Human Division.’ He has won the Romantic Times Reviewers Choice Award for science-fiction, the Seiun, The Kurd Lasswitz and the Geffen awards. His blog, The Whatever, is one of the most widely-read in modern sci-fi. Born and raised in California, Scalzi studied at the University of Chicago. He lives in southern Ohio with his wife and daughter.

  • Robert Scheer Robert Scheer, previously editor in chief of Ramparts and national correspondent for the Los Angeles Times, is a Senior Lecturer at the USC's Annenberg School for Communication, and editor in chief of He is the author of a number of books, including the new "They Know Everything About You: How Data-Collecting Corporations and Snooping Government Agencies Are Destroying Democracy."
  • Orville Schell Orville Schell, Arthur Ross Director of the Asia Society’s Center on U.S.-China Relations, is an author, journalist, and former Dean and Professor at the University of California, Berkeley. He has written widely for many magazine and newspapers, including the Atlantic Monthly, the New Yorker, Time, the New Republic, Harpers, the Nation, the New York Review of Books, Wired, Foreign Affairs, the China Quarterly, the New York Times, the Washington Post, and the Los Angeles Times. Schell is a Fellow at the Weatherhead East Asian Institute at Columbia University, a Senior Fellow at the Annenberg School of Communications at USC and a member of the Council on Foreign Relations.
  • Peter Dale Scott Peter Dale Scott, a former Canadian diplomat and English Professor at the UC Berkeley, is a poet, writer, and researcher. His many books include ‘Deep Politics and the Death of JFK’, ‘Deep Politics Two’, ‘The Road to 9/11’, ‘American War Machine’, and ‘The American Deep State’, as well as poetry, including ‘Seculum’ and ‘Tilting Point’. An anti-war speaker during the Vietnam and Gulf Wars, he was a co-founder of the Peace and Conflict Studies Program at UC Berkeley, and of the Coalition on Political Assassinations (COPA).
  • Yehuda Shaul Yehuda Shaul was born and raised in Jerusalem in an ultra-Orthodox family and graduated from a Yeshiva high school in an Israeli settlement in the West Bank. He served in the IDF as a commander and platoon sergeant in the 50th battalion of the Nahal Brigade from 2001 to 2004, in the West Bank towns of Bethlehem and Hebron. Yehuda founded Breaking the Silence in 2004 with a group of fellow veterans and he currently serves as the organization’s Co-Director. He is now studying political science at the Open University of Israel.
  • John Shea John Shea is the San Francisco Chronicle’s national baseball writer and columnist. He is in his 33rd year covering baseball, including 28 in the Bay Area. He wrote three baseball books, including Rickey Henderson’s biography (‘Confessions of a Thief’) and ‘Magic by the Bay’, an account of the 1989 World Series. He’s a two-time Bay Area chairman of the Baseball Writers’ Association of America.
  • Daniel J. Sokatch

    Daniel J. Sokatch is the Chief Executive Officer of the New Israel Fund (NIF), the leading organization committed to equality and democracy for all Israelis. Before joining NIF, Sokatch served as the Executive Director of the Jewish Community Federation of San Francisco, the Peninsula, Marin, and Sonoma Counties. Prior to his tenure at Federation, he served as the founding Executive Director of the Los Angeles based Progressive Jewish Alliance. Sokatch has been named to the Forward newspaper’s “Forward 50,” an annual list of the fifty leading Jewish decision-makers and opinion-shapers, in 2002, 2005, 2008, and 2010.

  • Layli Long Soldier Layli Long Soldier is a member of the Oglala Sioux Tribe. She has served as a contributing editor of Drunken Boat. Her poems have appeared in The American Poet, The American Reader and The Kenyon Review Online. She is the recipient of the 2015 Native Arts and Cultures Foundation National Artist Fellowship, a 2015 Lannan Literary Fellowship and a 2016 Whiting Award. Her newest collection of poems is ‘Whereas.’ She lives in Santa Fe, New Mexico.
  • T. J. Stiles T.J. Stiles, called “a superb researcher” by the Washington Post, won the 2010 Pulitzer for Biography and the 2009 National Book Award for Nonfiction for The First Tycoon: The Epic Life of Cornelius Vanderbilt. His new book is Custer's Trials: A Life on the Frontier of a New America. A Guggenheim fellow, he has taught creative nonfiction at Columbia.
  • Erik Axl Sund Erik Axl Sund is the pen name of Swedish author duo Jerker Eriksson (b. 1974) and Håkan Axlander Sundquist (b. 1965). Previously, Håkan has worked as a sound engineer, musician, and artist, and Jerker as the producer of Håkan’s electro punk band iloveyoubaby! and a prison librarian. The two are now full-time writers, but also run an art gallery together. Erik Axl Sund is the author of ‘The Crow Girl,’ ‘The Hunger Fire,’ and ‘The Pythia’s Instructions.’ Together, the novels form the highly praised and internationally best-selling trilogy about Victoria Bergman.
  • Håkan Axlander Sundquist

    Erik Axl Sund is the pen name of Swedish author duo Jerker Eriksson (b. 1974) and Håkan Axlander Sundquist (b. 1965). Previously, Håkan has worked as a sound engineer, musician, and artist, and Jerker as the producer of Håkan’s electro punk band iloveyoubaby! and a prison librarian. The two are now full-time writers, but also run an art gallery together. Erik Axl Sund is the author of ‘The Crow Girl,’ ‘The Hunger Fire,’ and ‘The Pythia’s Instructions.’ Together, the novels form the highly praised and internationally best-selling trilogy about Victoria Bergman.

  • Vidar Sundstøl Vidar Sundstøl painted houses, did road construction work, and delivered the mail to keep himself afloat while trying to fulfill his dream of being a writer. His first book, ‘Commando Lines,’ was published when he was 41. He moved from Norway to Minnesota, and there wrote two more books. While in Minnesota, he devised a project about the Scandinavian communities there, and the descendants of the Norwegian and Swedish emigrants. That became his Minnesota Trilogy, the first of which won the Riverton Prize for the best Norwegian crime novel of the year. The final volume of the trilogy is the new ‘The Ravens.’ Sundstøl is working on a completely new series, inspired by ancient Norwegian folk culture and superstition. He currently lives in Bø, in Telemark, at the center of the cultural heritage of old superstition and mystery.
  • David Talbot David Talbot is an author, journalist, media entrepreneur, and book publisher. He is founder and former editor-in-chief of, and is author of the bestsellers Season of the Witch and Brothers: The Hidden History of the Kennedy Years, and the illustrated pulp history Devil Dog: The Amazing True Story of the Man Who Saved America. His newest book is The Devil's Chessboard: Allen Dulles, the CIA, and the Rise of America's Secret Government.
  • Scott Turow

    Scott Turow is the author of ten bestselling works of fiction, including ‘Identical,’ ‘Innocent,’ ‘Presumed Innocent,’ and ‘The Burden of Proof,’ and two nonfiction books, including ‘One L,’ about his experience as a law student. His books have been translated into more than 40 languages, sold more than 30 million copies worldwide, and have been adapted into movies and television projects. He has frequently contributed essays and op-ed pieces to publications such as the New York Times, Washington Post, Vanity Fair, the New Yorker, and the Atlantic. Turow’s new book is ‘Testimony.’

  • Ayelet Waldman

    Ayelet Waldman is the author of four novels and the Mommy-Track Mystery series, as well and the essay collection ‘Bad Mother: A Chronicle of Maternal Crimes, Minor Calamities, and Occasional Moments of Grace.’ She was a federal public defender and taught a course on the legal implications of the War on Drugs at the UC Berkeley law school. She lives in Berkeley, California, with her husband, Michael Chabon, and their four children. Her latest book is ‘A Really Good Day: How Microdosing Made a Mega Difference in My Mood, My Marriage, and My Life.’

  • Joan Walsh

    Joan Walsh is The Nation’s National Affairs Correspondent and an MSNBC political analyst. She is the author of ‘What’s the Matter With White People? Finding Our Way in the Next America,’ which the Philadelphia Daily News called “one of the best books of 2012 — and even more relevant now.” Salon’s very first news editor, Walsh served as editor in chief for six years. She is a regular on Hardball and All In with Chris Hayes and has appeared on many other national shows, including Real Time with Bill Maher and Now on PBS. Before joining Salon, she worked as a consultant on education and poverty issues for community groups and foundations, including the Rockefeller Foundation and Annie E. Casey Foundation. She’s written for publications ranging from Vogue to the Nation, and for newspapers including the New York Times, Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, and the San Francisco Chronicle. An avid baseball fan, she’s the co-author of ‘Splash Hit: The Pacific Bell Park Story,’ about the building of the San Francisco Giants legendary waterfront stadium. Walsh lives in New York.

  • Louis Warren Louis S. Warren is the W. Turrentine Jackson Professor of Western US History at the University of California, Davis, and the author of ‘God’s Red Son: The Ghost Dance Religion and the Making of Modern America.’ The award-winning author of several other books, Warren lives in Davis, California.
  • Mal Warwick With Ben Cohen, co-founder of Ben & Jerry's Ice Cream, Mal is the co-author of Values-Driven Business: How to Change the World, Make Money, and Have Fun (Berrett-Koehler Publishers, 2006). This newest of Mal's eighteen books reflects his long history promoting social and environmental responsibility in the nationwide business community. With Cohen and others, he was a co-founder of Business for Social Responsibility in 1992 and served on its board during its inaugural year. In 2001, he was elected to the board of the Social Venture Network and has served as its Chair since 2002. Mal was a member of the Founding Advisory Board of the Center for Responsible Business at the Haas School of Business, University of California, Berkeley. Mal Warwick has posted nearly 700 book reviews on his blog,, encompassing both fiction and nonfiction. In his spare time, he serves on six boards of directors, including the Book Festival’s.
  • Lindy West Lindy West is a Seattle-based writer, editor, and performer whose work focuses on pop culture, social justice, humor, and body image. She’s currently a culture writer for GQ magazine and a weekly columnist at the Guardian, as well as the founder and editor of I Believe You | It’s Not your Fault, an advice blog for teens. Known as the blogger who boldly yet empathically confronted an Internet troll on This American Life; and hailed by Lena Dunham as “an essential (and hilarious) voice for women,” Lindy West has established herself as a powerful writer and important voice for people everywhere (especially for those who feel they don’t have a voice). She was half of the duo who initiated #shoutyourabortion, which landed her on the cover of the New York Times. Lindy’s first book ‘Shrill’ is a series of essays about the making of a funny feminist, coming of age in a popular culture that is hostile to women, and doesn’t think women are or can be funny.
  • Micah White

    Micah White is the author of ‘The End of Protest: A New Playbook for Revolution.’ Micah is a lifelong activist who co-created Occupy Wall Street, a global social movement, while living in Berkeley and working as an editor of Adbusters magazine. Widely recognized as a pioneer of social movement creation, Micah White has been profiled by the New Yorker, the Guardian, and Esquire, which named him one of the most influential young thinkers alive today.

  • Aura Xilonen

    Aura Xilonen is a novelist and filmmaker from Puebla, Mexico. She was born in Mexico City and spent her childhood in Germany. ‘The Gringo Champion,’ her first novel, which she completed at the age of 19, was the winner of the 2015 Premio Mauricio Achar.

  • Rafia Zakaria

    Rafia Zakaria is the author of ‘The Upstairs Wife: An Intimate History of Pakistan’ and ‘Veil.’ She is a columnist for Dawn in Pakistan and writes regularly for Guardian Books, the Nation, the New Republic, the Baffler, Boston Review, and various other places. Her essay “Sex and the Muslim Feminist” was published in the New Republic in Spring 2016.

About this conference

Over the weekend of June 3rd and 4th, 2017, the third annual Bay Area Book Festival will fill downtown Berkeley with a literary extravaganza that offers pleasure to anyone who has ever loved a book.

Whether you're a fan of science fiction or history, of fiction or memoir, of poetry or food writing, of children's literature or science, come experience one of the best book festivals on the planet!

About Bay Area Book Festival

The San Francisco Bay Area is a legendary literary mecca, the global capital of digital innovation, and a leader in social change. It's the perfect home for a world-class, free, international book festival celebrating the marvels of the written word. Taking place in downtown Berkeley, the two-day event burst onto the literary scene in June 2015 with a festival presenting 300 authors, streets filled with literary exhibitors, and a massive public art installation of a "library temple" made of 50,000 books for the public to take for free. The second event, held June 4-5, 2016, again featured 300 speakers from the Bay Area and around the world, Berkeley streets renamed "Literary Lane," "Radical Row," "Eco Alley" and filled with 230 exhibitors, a large Children's Area and stage, the return of the library-temple, and -- new for 2016 -- a mini film festival on cinema and literature created with the Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive. The next festival is scheduled for June 3-4, 2017.

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