100 episodes

Between audio books? Curious about the writers themselves? Listen to full-length sessions from the Bay Area Book Festival, where readers and writers meet each year in Berkeley, CA, to engage with their favorite authors, including Pulitzer Prize winners, chefs, and activists, to discuss writing, race, love, mystery, and more.

Bay Area Book Festival Podcast Bay Area Book Festival

    • Arts
    • 4.7 • 12 Ratings

Between audio books? Curious about the writers themselves? Listen to full-length sessions from the Bay Area Book Festival, where readers and writers meet each year in Berkeley, CA, to engage with their favorite authors, including Pulitzer Prize winners, chefs, and activists, to discuss writing, race, love, mystery, and more.

    Poetry and the Archives of History

    Poetry and the Archives of History

    Anthony Cody and Paisley Rekdal, moderated by Tess Taylor

    Many of us, when faced by stacks of dusty old documents, might leave the work to the archivists—or consign the mess to the recycling bin of history. In this session, we'll hear from those who instead look at archives and envision poetry. Poet Paisley Rekdal vividly documents how the heroic narrative of the transcontinental railroad is intertwined with the history of Chinese exclusion. Anthony Cody centers on the ongoing legacy of trauma along the US–Mexico border after the end of the Mexican–American War.
    Buy the books here 

    • 58 min
    The Art of Suspense

    The Art of Suspense

    Katy Hays, Marcie R. Rendon, and Brendan Slocumb, moderated by Laurie R. King

    Not even the rarified realms of art are safe in the imaginations of these writers, where intrigue lurks even in the concert hall or the museum.
    Buy the books here 
    With support from the Federated Indians of Graton Rancheria

    • 59 min
    One Long Listening: A Habit of Love, a Memoir of Offering Care

    One Long Listening: A Habit of Love, a Memoir of Offering Care

    Chenxing Han, interviewed by Faith Adiele
    We instantly fell in love with Chenxing Han’s "one long listening: a memoir of grief, friendship, and spiritual care." A hospital chaplain and caregiver in the making, Han journeys from a mountaintop monastery in Taiwan to oncology wards in San Francisco, from oceanside Ireland to riverfront Phnom Penh. The book's short chapters alternate among narrative, reflections, letters to a dying friend, memories of a migratory childhood, and wry twists and hilarious footnotes everywhere.
    Buy the books here 

    • 51 min
    Dazzling Debuts

    Dazzling Debuts

    Jonathan Escoffery, Tsering Yangzom Lama, and Jens Liljestrand, moderated by Leslie Carol Roberts
    Here's your chance to meet three astonishingly talented young authors, from around the world, at the beginning of their careers—you'll be able to boast that you saw them when! In addition to learning about their new works, we'll hear about these debut authors' paths to publication and heed their advice to aspiring authors.
    Buy the books here 

    • 58 min
    Pursuing the Impossible: Poetry and the Art of Translation

    Pursuing the Impossible: Poetry and the Art of Translation

    Forrest Gander and Olivia E. Sears, moderated by CJ Evans
    Voltaire once claimed, "It is impossible to translate poetry. Can you translate music?" If that's true, these talented translators have certainly achieved the impossible—in this session, they'll share insights into how they did so. Olivia Sears and Forrest Gander will read from their translations and also engage in conversation—moderated by CJ Evans, poet and editorial director of Two Lines Press—about the unique (if not impossible) challenges and rewards that poetry grants the translator.
    Buy the books here 

    • 59 min
    Cory Doctorow: Red Team Blues

    Cory Doctorow: Red Team Blues

    Cory Doctorow, interviewed by Glynn Washington
    In cyber-security, the red team plays attack; the blue team plays defense. Martin Hench, the protagonist of Cory Doctorow’s latest too close to home for comfort thriller, Red Team Blues, was born to play attack. Doctorow’s novels are always feasts for the imagination, and this one is no different. It's jam-packed with cutting-edge ideas, twists and turns, and characters you won’t be able to not care about. In conversation with Doctorow will be Glynn Washington, creator and host of NPR’s Snap Judgment.
    Buy the books here 

    • 58 min

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
12 Ratings

12 Ratings

Top Podcasts In Arts

Fresh Air
NPR
The Moth
The Moth
LeVar Burton Reads
LeVar Burton and Stitcher
99% Invisible
Roman Mars
Gastropod
Cynthia Graber and Nicola Twilley
The Recipe with Kenji and Deb
Deb Perelman & J. Kenji López-Alt

You Might Also Like

The Shit No One Tells You About Writing
Bianca Marais, Carly Watters and CeCe Lyra
Fresh Air
NPR
The Tim Ferriss Show
Tim Ferriss: Bestselling Author, Human Guinea Pig
The Allusionist
Helen Zaltzman
Hidden Brain
Hidden Brain, Shankar Vedantam
The Gray Area with Sean Illing
Vox