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Bay Area Book Festival Podcast

Nov 10, 2022

Alyssa Songsiridej, Shruti Swamy, Anita Felicelli

How do writers represent the physicality of the human body, in all its frailty and its grace? Explore this question with electrifying debut novelists Shruti Swamy (“The Archer”) and Alyssa Sonsiridej (“Little Rabbit”), whose coming-of-age novels share...

Nov 3, 2022

Gabriela Garcia, Masha Rumer, Shugri Said Salh, Susie Meserve

How do immigrant mothers navigate the world, and what do they leave their daughters when they go? Join Susie Meserve in conversation with three writers focusing on matrilineal lineages: Gabriela Garcia (“Of Women and Salt”); journalist Masha...

Oct 27, 2022

Jen Ferguson, Laura Gao, Cinnamongirl Kailynn

These gifted authors offer historical and contemporary narratives of growing up queer.  Jen Ferguson’s “The Summer of Bitter and Sweet” features a Métis teen facing racism, sexual identity, and first love. Laura Gao’s graphic memoir “Messy Roots” grapples with...

Oct 20, 2022

Raquel Kelley, Meredith Rose Essalat, Kaitlin Soulé, Josephine Wai Lin, Cindy DiTiberio

A heartfelt and funny session about the joys and absurdities of modern motherhood. Raquel Kelley’s “Where’d I Go?” is a lift-the-flap book—not for babies, but for their tired moms. Josephine Wai Lin offers a modern take on...

Oct 13, 2022

Dale Berry, Steve Hockensmith, Catriona McPherson, Gary Phillips, Laurie R. King

Four experts in suspense unravel the secrets to making pages turn. Your mentors in mystery are Dale Berry (“Tales of the Moonlight Cutter,” set in medieval China); Catriona McPherson, with the historical crime novel “In Place of...