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Bay Area Book Festival Podcast

Jun 30, 2022

Danyel Smith, Mariecar Mendoza

From formerly enslaved poet Phyllis Wheatley to Mahalia Jackson to Tina Turner, brilliant Black women have been instrumental—indeed, foundational—in creating America’s pop music. Former Billboard editor Danyel Smith’s “Shine Bright” is an ode to the songbird geniuses that have...

Jun 23, 2022

Molly Giles, Leslie Kirk Campbell, Sarah Moss

With book titles like “Wife with Knife: Stories that Cut” (by Molly Giles), “The Man With Eight Pairs of Legs” (by Leslie Kirk Campbell), and “The Fell” (by Sarah Moss), it’s clear you’re not in for a typical reading experience. These fiction writers...

Jun 16, 2022

Pik-Shuen Fung, Kristin Keane, Litt Woon Long, Deirdre English

These authors give voice to the unspeakable parts of grief. The protagonist of Pik-Shuen Fung’s “Ghost Forest” navigates her father’s death in a family that doesn’t talk about feelings. In “The Encyclopedia of Bending Time,” memoirist Kristin...