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Bay Area Book Festival Podcast

157 episodes - English - Latest episode: 3 months ago - ★★★★★ - 9 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.

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The Ties that Bind: Ann Patchett on Family, Fortune, and the Search for Self

February 18, 2021 13:00 - 1 hour - 41.5 MB

Ann Patchett’s novels hit that sweet spot where literary prestige meets blockbuster success. With The Dutch House, a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize, Patchett is at her peak. This “engrossing, warmhearted book” (NPR) tells the story of a brother and sister whose deep bond and secret-filled past is haunted by the legacy of an ornate mansion, the “Dutch house,” that was the site of childhood, and later, of their exile. Patchett is known for speaking her mind with refreshing and down-to-earth ...

Racing Towards Wonder with bestselling novelist Jane Smiley

December 10, 2020 13:00 - 56 minutes - 38.9 MB

Pulitzer Prize winner Jane Smiley was determined to release her latest novel in 2020. Why? She knew we all could use an escape. And Perestroika in Paris is just that, as praised by Publishers Weekly: “the perfect book for those for whom the real world, wracked with pandemic and politics, has become something to avoid.” Imagine a Parisian fairytale for adults starring a runaway racehorse who finds friendship and freedom in getting splendidly off-track in the City of Light. In conversation wi...

Power of Protest: Lessons from Hong Kong

November 24, 2020 13:00 - 1 hour - 48.1 MB

After a tumultuous year of protest, Hong Kong’s streets are quiet again following the adoption of the national security law. Join four experts for this indispensable analysis of the protest movement and its significance for freedom globally: Hong Kong-based lawyer and writer Antony Dapiran; Jeffrey Wasserstrom, one of America’s leading China specialists; and the Financial Times’ Nicolle Liu, who reported from the streets throughout the protests. Conversation moderated by Orville Schell and ...

Meaning in the Music: A Conversational Duet with Fantastic Negrito and Timbuktu

November 10, 2020 13:00 - 57 minutes - 39.3 MB

Two-time Grammy winner and Oakland native Fantastic Negrito (blues and Black roots music) meets multiracial, eight-time Swedish Grammy-winning rapper and debut author Timbuktu — and each discovers a brother. In a highly personal conversation, these two extraordinary artists, each with a huge fan base, share their experiences of racism, fatherhood, ancestors, and what it means to be an “elder.” They talk especially about gratitude, joy, and of course the power of music.

Women Lit #UNBOUND: Poised to Soar: Nature-Writing Sensation Helen Macdonald with Vesper Flights

November 05, 2020 13:00 - 57 minutes - 39.4 MB

Helen Macdonald is setting our imaginations soaring again with Vesper Flights, a collection of her best-loved essays, illuminating everything from mushroom-hunting to the poignant particulars of birds’ nests. As Helen wrote, “animals don’t exist in order to teach us things,” but her live conversation with American Book Award-winning poet Camille T. Dungy will show us how much we can learn by letting nature keep its secrets.

How the Constitution Can Save Us

November 03, 2020 13:00 - 40 minutes - 28 MB

It’s not an exaggeration to say that the future of the American republic hangs in the balance. There are few levers as powerful in tipping that balance as interpretations of the U.S. Constitution by the Supreme Court. One of the nation’s preeminent constitutional law scholars, Erwin Cherminsky, asserts that there has never been a more important time to adopt a progressive vision of the U.S. Constitution, a living blueprint that can ensure justice, equality, and opportunity for all.

Food Is Fundamental

October 29, 2020 12:00 - 54 minutes - 37.6 MB

Where can we turn for a scalable vision of a sustainable, equitable, and delicious future? Look no further than Chez Panisse founder Alice Waters, legendary maven of the “slow food movement,” and food labor activist Saru Jayaraman. Now they’re coming together, in a time of climate change, pandemics, and global hunger, to examine how we got here, and cook up a bold recipe for implementing transformative changes to our food system. You’ll savor this forward-thinking conversation, moderated by...

Embracing the Other

October 27, 2020 12:00 - 49 minutes - 34 MB

Late Congressman John Lewis called the coming election “the most important ever.” The national schisms that led to the election of Donald Trump have become even deeper over the past four years. How can we address the anger and divisiveness, the “othering” that fuels persistent racism, political dysfunction, raging culture wars, and rises in violence? At this major inflection point in our society, can the nation be healed? Featuring john a. powell in conversation with Arlie Russell Hochschild.

Writing a New World Into Existence: Lessons from Literary Futurism

October 22, 2020 12:00 - 1 hour - 42.5 MB

It’s been demonstrated that reading fiction increases empathy. Can it also unlock a blueprint for our future, at a moment when we need new ways of defining what’s possible? Four of Berkeley’s most visionary novelists, known for their ability to conjure exciting “future histories” with words, come together to discuss how literature and the imagination can light a bold path to progress.

The Radical Necessity of Nonviolence

October 20, 2020 12:00 - 56 minutes - 38.6 MB

“The choice today,” said Martin Luther King, Jr., “is no longer between violence and nonviolence. It is either nonviolence or nonexistence.” Our nation is rocked by protests; and on a global stage, nuclear-armed countries flirt with mutually assured destruction. What is the path forward? In conversation with Stephen Best, Judith Butler overturns common assumptions about nonviolence, offering a definition that can help us achieve a world where peace and equality arise.

Politics, Race, and the State of Play in our Nation

October 16, 2020 20:29 - 1 hour - 45.1 MB

W. Kamau Bell, an Emmy-winner for CNN’s United Shades of America, and Steve Kerr, outspoken head coach of the Golden State Warriors, are teaming up to raise the good kind of hell, talking all things race, power, dissent, the intersection of sports and activism, and comedy as coping mechanism and vehicle for truth. In a freewheeling conversation refereed by Dacher Keltner, founding director of UC Berkeley’s Greater Good Science Center, the comedian and the coach will hold nothing back.

Merlin Sheldrake and Michael Pollan on Entangled Life

October 13, 2020 12:00 - 1 hour - 52.6 MB

In this conversation, Merlin Sheldrake and bestselling writer Michael Pollan delve into “The Wood Wide Web”: an enchanting “superorganism” whose secrets just might save the world. Merlin’s riveting first book, Entangled Life: How Fungi Make Our Worlds, Change Our Minds & Shape Our Futures, has become an instant classic of nature and philosophy — a work of rigorous science and poetic expression, drawing us into the mystery and meaning of this most magical life form.

Rewrite Your Story: Embracing the Divine Feminine with Alexandra Roxo and Carol Queen

October 08, 2020 12:00 - 1 hour - 46.3 MB

This episode includes passages that may not be appropriate for all listeners. Why is it so hard for so many of us to claim our own power? “Because,” writes Alexandra Roxo in her debut, F*ck Like a Goddess, “each of us has been conditioned, programmed, and literally brainwashed into thinking we are not enough.” The solution is to rewrite the story we’ve been told about our own worth. Joining Roxo is staff sexologist at Good Vibrations and author-activist-sex educator, Dr. Carol Queen.

Real Change with Mindfulness Teacher Sharon Salzberg

October 06, 2020 12:00 - 56 minutes - 39 MB

Author of Real Happiness and columnist for the Peabody Award-winning On Being, Sharon Salzberg has built a devoted fanbase and major excitement for her latest book, Real Change. A renowned figure in the world of meditation, Salzberg offers us a guide for harnessing mindfulness in ways that benefit ourselves and the world around us. She dispenses her invaluable wisdom and counsel for vanquishing fear and anxiety at a time when awareness of mental health and emotional wellbeing is more necessa...

America’s Most Unusual Marriage: Adam Hochschild on Rebel Cinderella

October 01, 2020 12:00 - 1 hour - 41.6 MB

Trust Adam Hochschild to unearth one of history’s forgotten heroines. Russian immigrant Rose Pastor Stokes spent her first years in America in a sweatshop, only to skyrocket to the upper class when she married an heir. It’s a classic Cinderella story: that is, if Cinderella converted her prince to socialism, became an antiwar and labor activist, promoted birth control access, and was dubbed “one of the most dangerous influences of the country” by a President. Hochschild will be joined by Mo...

What Comes Naturally: The Science and Soul of Nature Writing

September 29, 2020 12:00 - 1 hour - 44 MB

In this panel sponsored by Heyday, four authors meet at a crossroads between hard science and visual sumptuousness. Obi Kaufmann turns his artist’s palette on California’s most contested natural resource, water; while Josie Iselin wades into the deep end with the magic of seaweed. John Muir Laws & Emilie Lygren take us into the revelatory practice of nature journaling. How do these artists learn the ecological nitty gritty of their subjects? How does nature writing deepen the impact of scien...

Braving Deep Waters: Female Fearlessness and Friendship with Sue Monk Kidd and Lisa See

September 24, 2020 12:00 - 58 minutes - 40.4 MB

Dive into an exploration of female power with bestselling authors Sue Monk Kidd and Lisa See, moderated by Aimee Phan. Lisa’s latest novel, the multi-generational saga The Island of Sea Women, brings us into the lives of Mi-ja and Young-sook, two best friends on the Korean island of Jeju, who join their village’s all-female diving collective. Sue’s newest novel, The Book of Longings, puts us in the skin of Ana, a gifted Galilee rebel whose chance encounter with Jesus Christ changes her life...

International Thrills: #1 Scandinavian Bestseller Lars Kepler

September 22, 2020 12:00 - 56 minutes - 38.9 MB

Swedish suspense phenomenon Lars Kepler, famed for the #1 bestselling Joona Linna series, is husband-and-wife duo Alexandra Coelho Ahndoril and Alexander Ahndoril. Both were already acclaimed authors before they joined forces, but together they’ve sold millions of copies. Their first book, The Hypnotist, stirred up intrigue as the media sleuthed to uncover Lars Kepler’s real identity. Come for a rare look at this couple’s process. Moderated by Jesse Kellerman. Sponsored by the Consulate Gen...

A Cursed Blessing: The Hidden Gifts in Times of Trial: A Conversation with David Talbot and Sir Michael Moritz

September 17, 2020 12:00 - 51 minutes - 35.5 MB

Bestselling author David Talbot has written an illness memoir with a twist. His lauded Between Heaven and Hell: The Story of My Stroke intimately chronicles the life-changing year following his massive stroke. From the remarkable care he received in Davies Hospital to daily life in recovery, this Type-A journalist was forced to slow down radically, depend on the kindness of others, and learn the value of what truly matters. David will share his experience and new plans with Sir Michael Mori...

Ready, Set, Publish with Courtney Maum

September 15, 2020 12:00 - 1 hour - 41.5 MB

Brooke Warner and Grant Faulkner interview Courtney Maum about her indispensable new book, Before and After the Book Deal, for the Write-minded podcast. This conversation delves into everything aspiring authors want and need to know but might be afraid to ask, and doesn’t shy away from scary and taboo topics like rejection, money, and how much you really need to be on social media if you want to be successful. It’s sure to empower any writer to tackle the important journey to publication.

Unplugging in a Virtual World: Tiffany Shlain on 24/6

September 10, 2020 12:00 - 48 minutes - 33.1 MB

At a time when we all rely on technology more than ever to work, connect, and even relax, filmmaker and author Tiffany Shlain instituted a “Tech Shabbat” for her family, and it changed their lives. In 24/6, Shlain shares the story of how her family tuned out in order to tune in, and offers lessons for how you can follow their example, delving into fascinating philosophical and psychological justifications for the benefits of logging off. Shlain will be joined by KQED reporter Chloe Veltman.

Shedding Light, Vanquishing Fear: End-of-Life Planning with the Experts

September 08, 2020 12:00 - 1 hour - 45.5 MB

In this enlightening and truly comforting discussion, four remarkable experts show how to take a clear-eyed, compassionate approach to mortality. These authors shed light on how medical providers and patients alike can reshape the mentality of fear around the process of dying and create an experience that can be transformative and extremely meaningful. This conversation features journalist Shoshana Berger, palliative care physician BJ Miller, and bestselling writer Katy Butler. Moderated by...

One Person, No Vote: Carol Anderson in Conversation with Congresswoman Barbara Lee

September 03, 2020 12:00 - 50 minutes - 34.6 MB

Carol Anderson is one of our nation’s leading voices on racial justice. In One Person, No Vote, she zeros in on the fallout from the 2013 Supreme Court ruling that gutted the Voting Rights Act of 1965. Anderson will be in conversation with Congresswoman Barbara Lee, one of the most well-regarded and outspoken members of the U.S. House of Representatives. Generously supported by the Federated Indians of Graton Rancheria, Stephen M. Silberstein Foundation, Guy & Jeanine Saperstein, & Mal Warw...

Coming Together When Things Fall Apart: Giving Voice to Emotional Truth in our Times

September 01, 2020 12:00 - 1 hour - 52.4 MB

Best-selling novelist R.O. Kwon’s New York Times essay about grief in times of uncertainty was the inspiration for this conversation. In an emotionally profound exchange, she is joined by Pulitzer Prize winners Anthony Doerr, whose novel All the Light We Cannot See illuminates the ways people try to be good to one another; and Viet Thanh Nguyen, whose The Sympathizer captures the ambivalence and humanity of “a man of two minds.” Moderated by Danielle Evans.  

Unrigging the Rules for the Rising American Electorate: David Daley and Steve Phillips

August 27, 2020 11:00 - 1 hour - 28.4 MB

The past few years have been infused with political engagement from a diverse electorate. For every victory, however, there’s an equally coordinated attempt to disenfranchise these citizens. Bestselling authors Steve Phillips and David Daley will teach us how to unrig the rules to ensure everyone’s vote is counted. Moderated by Rebecca Nagle (Cherokee). Generously supported by the Federated Indians of Graton Rancheria, Stephen M. Silberstein Foundation, Guy & Jeanine Saperstein, & Mal Warwic...

Queens of Mystery: Writer to Writer with Meg Gardiner and Rachel Howzell Hall

August 25, 2020 11:00 - 1 hour - 42.3 MB

Listen to these two leading ladies of suspense as they crack the case of how to write spine-tingling, sophisticated thrillers. Meg Gardiner specializes in heroines with big brains, from FBI agents to forensic psychiatrists to firecracker. And Rachel Howzell Hall, author of the Detective Elouise Norton series, has created an unforgettable protagonist. Moderated by Edgar Award winner Laurie King.

Courts, COVID-19 & Voter Suppression

August 20, 2020 11:00 - 1 hour - 46 MB

How much can we rely on our courts as the last line of defense in our right to vote? Experts lead us through the role of the courts in ensuring access to absentee ballots and early voting, and show us how citizens can shape the judiciary. Featuring Richard Hasen, Alan Hirsch, and ACLU of Northern California director Abdi Soltani. Moderated by Lala Wu. Generously supported by the Federated Indians of Graton Rancheria, Stephen M. Silberstein Foundation, Guy & Jeanine Saperstein, & Mal Warwick...

Strange Hotel: Irish Literary Sensation Eimear McBride

August 18, 2020 11:00 - 52 minutes - 36 MB

Eimear McBride’s career is an underdog’s dream: she spent six months writing her debut novel, A Girl is a Half-Formed Thing, and nine years trying to sell it, only to take the literary scene by storm when it was finally published in 2013 to an avalanche of acclaim, awards, and rapturous comparisons to James Joyce and Samuel Beckett. Now, McBride joins Brooke Warner in celebration of her eagerly awaited new novel, Strange Hotel, which further cements her singular place in the contemporary ca...

Vote At Home with Amber McReynolds and Jesse Wegman

August 13, 2020 11:00 - 59 minutes - 41 MB

The election will be disrupted by COVID-19. There’s a secure solution: voting by mail, which would protect public health and our democracy’s integrity. What are the pathways to making vote-by-mail widely available? Jesse Wegman, author of Let the People Pick the President, is joined by Amber McReynolds, coauthor of When Women Vote. Moderated by Ian Haney Lopez. Supported by the Federated Indians of Graton Rancheria, Stephen M. Silberstein Foundation, Guy & Jeanine Saperstein, & Mal Warwick ...

Sacred and Profane: Debut Novelist Chelsea Bieker on “Godshot”

August 11, 2020 11:00 - 59 minutes - 41 MB

We’re thrilled to welcome novelist Chelsea Bieker in conversation with Brooke Warner. Bieker’s literary debut Godshot is a hymn to the salvation found in hard-won personal rebirth. Stricken with drought, the community of Peaches, California clings to a cult leader for salvation, and 14-year-old Lacey is left to reap a revelatory harvest of her own. Godshot has won Bieker comparisons to Margaret Atwood and Emma Cline. The beauty lies in Lacey’s incomparable voice, who you’ll miss after turni...

No Place to Shelter: What COVID-19 Reveals About Inequality: A Conversation with Leading Journalists and Activists

August 06, 2020 11:00 - 1 hour - 44.2 MB

Homelessness, income inequality, mass incarceration, wage stagnation, housing shortages: Experts on the front lines will discuss what we need to do to create a fairer future. Zach Norris, Executive Director of the Ella Baker Center for Human Rights, makes a strong case for the importance of collective accountability with We Keep Us Safe. He’s joined by New York Times reporter Conor Doughtery. We also welcome Joe Wilson, Executive Director of San Francisco’s Hospitality House. Moderated by H...

The Witness We Bear: Writer to Writer with Jericho Brown and Nikky Finney

August 04, 2020 11:00 - 1 hour - 42.4 MB

In this transcendent conversation, Pulitzer Prize winner Jericho Brown and National Book Award winner Nikky Finney—two of the most prominent poets in America today—share their own responses to the murders of Ahmaud Arbery and George Floyd, address the protests against police brutality and white supremacy, and describe the revolutionary power of poetry to capture human experience. They offer us their own experiences of finding power and hope, even in the midst of heartbreak. Moderated by Ism...

Parenting in a Time of Crisis

July 31, 2020 00:14 - 1 hour - 46.5 MB

Parents all over the world are facing a dilemma: what do we tell children about threatening truths, from COVID to climate change? Christine Carter, Ph.D. draws on her own parenting experiences, as well as scientific research, to give advice for living and parenting with greater joy and meaning. In her recent book, Ready or Not, Madeline Levine seems to have anticipated the struggles of families during this crisis. Sarah Jaquette Ray’s A Field Guide to Climate Anxiety is an essential toolkit...

University of San Francisco MFA in Writing Presents: Impossible Choices and Unspeakable Acts

April 02, 2020 11:00 - 1 hour - 33 MB

These novelist-teachers from the University of San Francisco MFA in Writing program dig into the challenges of writing characters haunted by their pasts. They share the narrative tools they use to push their characters to the very edge and keep the reader turning the page. Sponsored by the University of San Francisco MFA in Writing program.

Unlikely Alliances and Other Surprises in Historical Fiction

March 26, 2020 11:00 - 1 hour - 50.9 MB

These historical novels transport us to worlds full of surprising connections that cross divisions of class, race and more. These authors explore power dynamics and tricky relationships from 1930s colonial Malaysia, to pre-Civil War Ohio, to the streets of Paris and the vineyards of Midi in the Victorian era.

A Unique Feminine Mystique: The Female Detective

March 19, 2020 11:00 - 1 hour - 60.8 MB

These writers are as fierce as their female crime fighters. Their protagonists confront corrupt cops, solve mysterious deaths while juggling personal woes, quash terrorism and try to stay alive while doling out justice. With support from the Norway House Foundation, NORLA, the Consulate General of Sweden in San Francisco, SWEA San Francisco and the Barbro Osher Pro Suecia Foundation.

The Uninhabitable Earth

March 12, 2020 11:00 - 1 hour - 52.2 MB

One New York Times reviewer called journalist David Wallace Wells’ “The Uninhabitable Earth” ”the most terrifying book I have ever read.” It also is one of the most important. Both literary and science-based, the book is a chilling account of the ticking clock looming over humanity as climate change threatens to render the earth unfit for human life.

The Unbreakable Human Spirit: Albert Woodfox on Survival in Solitary

March 05, 2020 12:00 - 1 hour - 52.8 MB

One of the “Angola 3,” Albert Woodfox endured four decades of solitary confinement for a crime he did not commit. In our closing keynote session, Woodfox will be interviewed by Mother Jones reporter Shane Bauer, author of “American Prison” and himself a survivor of solitary confinement.

A Conversation with Tayari Jones

February 27, 2020 12:00 - 1 hour - 48.2 MB

Tayari Jones can “touch us soul to soul with her words,” said Oprah, who dubbed Jones’ newest novel a Book Club pick for 2018. In her work, Jones takes the scars of the American South, including traumas around wrongful incarceration, and rubs them raw. She is interviewed by Brooke Warner of She Writes Press. Sponsored by She Writes Press; also with the support of Women Lit members.

A Stranger’s Journey: Race, Identity, and Craft

February 20, 2020 12:00 - 1 hour - 56.1 MB

To write race and ethnicity well, we need the right tools and the right reading list. Join four writer-teachers of color as they unpack the questions of identity that drive their writing, mark the pitfalls of self-exotification and weigh the rewards of penning richer, riskier work.

Let The World Move: Speculative Fiction From the Periphery

February 13, 2020 12:00 - 1 hour - 51.7 MB

These masterful storytellers tackle the mysterious, the wild,the terrifying and the magical in their speculative fiction. With enthralling work that defies convention, they are creating a cultural shift in the literary landscape. Presented by the UC Berkeley English Department and the Peripheral Futures Working Group; also with the support of Women Lit members.

San Francisco State University MFA Program Presents: Who’s Got The Power?

February 06, 2020 12:00 - 1 hour - 43.3 MB

Let’s talk about power: who has it, how it flows and how it shapes the stories we write in overt and hidden ways. Novelists from the San Francisco State University MFA program investigate how power shows up in their work and in their own writing practices. Sponsored by the San Francisco State University MFA Program.

What Does It Mean to Be Human? Rethinking Belonging at the Frontier of Genetic Engineering

January 30, 2020 12:00 - 1 hour - 52.5 MB

New biomedical technologies — from prenatal testing to gene editing techniques — raise questions about how far we should go in retooling the human genome. Two leading thinkers, George Estreich (“Fables and Futures: Biotechnology, Disability, and the Stories We Tell Ourselves,”) and Jamie Metzl (“Hacking Darwin: Genetic Engineering and the Future of Humanity”) explore these new frontiers — and their limits. Sponsored by Berkeleyside.

Queer Poetics

January 23, 2020 12:00 - 1 hour - 33.9 MB

Franny Choi (“Soft Science”), Tommy Pico (“Junk”), Brenda Shaughnessy (“The Octopus Museum”) and Sam Sax (“Bury It”) bring us genre-bending work as playful as it is subversive. Bursting with questions and contradictions that resist hegemony at every turn, these poets are queering the canon one poem at a time.

Prophet of Freedom: Frederick Douglass

January 16, 2020 12:00 - 1 hour - 45.8 MB

Join David Blight, 2019 Pulitzer Prize winner, American history scholar and author of the new, definitive biography “Frederick Douglass: Prophet of Freedom,” a Top Ten Book of 2018 by the New York Times. San Francisco Chronicle columnist Otis R. Taylor Jr. interviews Blight and helps uncover this towering figure that Blight calls “thoroughly and beautifully human.”

A Celebration of The Paris Review

January 09, 2020 12:00 - 1 hour - 43.8 MB

Known for promoting new talent alongside established voices, The Paris Review publishes fiction, nonfiction, poetry, graphic literature, interviews and more in its bound quarterly issues and online Paris Review Daily. We’re joined by its new editor in a roundtable led by the magazine’s West Coast editor along with contributors. Co-presented with The Paris Review.

On Not Mothering

January 02, 2020 12:00 - 1 hour - 52.5 MB

Often regarded with pity or disdain, women who don’t mother are made to feel like failures. But what possibilities are opened by a child-free life? Brazen in their vulnerability, these authors break the silence on not mothering, addressing the assumptions, stigmas and rewards. With the support of the Consulate General of Canada, San Francisco/Silicon Valley; Culture Ireland; and Women Lit members.

Not So Polite After All: Canadian Writers Challenge the Status Quo

December 26, 2019 12:00 - 1 hour - 42.8 MB

Award-winning Canadian writers converge on one stage to recount their adventures in literary risk-taking and rule-breaking. Hear from Esi Edugyan (“Washington Black”), Sheila Heti (“Motherhood”) and André Alexis (“Days By Moonlight”). With the support of the Consulate General of Canada, San Francisco/Silicon Valley.

Nordic Noir

December 19, 2019 12:00 - 1 hour - 36 MB

One of the Festival’s most popular sessions is back, featuring some of Scandinavia’s most scintillating mystery writers. With the support of Iceland Naturally, the Icelandic Literature Center, the Barbro Osher Pro Suecia Foundation, the Consulate General of Sweden in San Francisco, SWEA San Francisco, the Norway House Foundation and NORLA. With ASL interpreter.

No Happy Endings, No Easy Answers: Seeking Truth Through Trauma

December 12, 2019 12:00 - 1 hour - 43.5 MB

How do we reckon with what haunts us most? These writers pick apart trauma to understand its source, pushing past reductive conclusions and condemnations in pursuit of a fuller truth. Moderated by associate professor at the California Institute of Integral Studies (CIIS) and a facilitator of restorative justice. Sponsored by the California Institute of Integral Studies.


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