authors

Please join the Berkeley Public Library Foundation and our Honored Authors at the 12th Annual Authors Dinner, February 8, 2014.
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Alinder, Jim

Native Californian Jim Alinder served in the 1960s as a Peace Corps volunteer in East Africa where he taught English and was photography advisor to the Ministry of Information in Mogadishu. More…


Alinder, Mary Street

Mary Street Alinder is an independent scholar specializing in the history of photography. More…


Aronson, Louise

Louise Aronson is a doctor and a writer—or perhaps a writer who happens to be a doctor. More…


Bancroft, Kim

Kim Bancroft is a teacher turned editor and writer. She earned a BA in English from Stanford, an MA in English from San Francisco State, and a doctorate in education from UC Berkeley. More…


Baszile, Natalie

Queen Sugar by Natalie Baszile, is a debut novel about an African American woman who struggles to salvage the Louisiana sugar cane farm she’s inherited from her father More…


Bellow, Gregory

Gregory Bellow is the eldest of the four children of author Saul Bellow (each by a different marriage). More…


Benton, Cris

Cris Benton is a retired professor of architecture and former department chair at UC Berkeley. More…


Crouch, Katie

Katie Crouch is a novelist, essayist, and contributor to McSweeney’s. More…


Dawson, Robert

Robert Dawson was born in Sacramento, got his BA at UC Santa Cruz, and his MA from San Francisco State University. More…


Dominguez, Angela

Angela Dominguez was born in Mexico, grew up in Texas, and currently lives in Brooklyn where she teaches online at the Academy of Art University. More…


Fishel, Elizabeth

Elizabeth Fishel is a widely published journalist (O, More, Parents, and Good Housekeeping, among others), an author of five non-fiction books, and a writing teacher. More…


Frank, Joan

Joan Frank studied at UC Berkeley and has an MFA from Warren Wilson College in Asheville, North Carolina. More…


Frenkel, Edward

Edward Frenkel is a professor of mathematics at UC Berkeley, which he joined in 1997 after being on the faculty at Harvard University. More…


Katzen, Mollie

This year’s Honorary Chairperson for the Authors Dinner is Berkeley’s own Mollie Katzen. More…


LaSalle, Mick

Mick LaSalle’s been the film critic for the San Francisco Chronicle since 1985 and has written over 1550 film reviews during his tenure. More…


Lepucki, Edan

Edan Lepucki’s debut novel, California, got an unconventional national boost via The Colbert Report’s coverage of the battle between Amazon and Lepucki’s publisher, Hachette. More…


Lynch, Kermit

Kermit Lynch is a writer, a musician, and an importer of French and Italian wines. More…


Lyndon, Donlyn

Architect Donlyn Lyndon is UC Berkeley’s Eva Li Professor Emeritus of architecture and urban design. More…


Ma, Kathryn

Kathryn Ma is a graduate of Stanford University and UC Berkeley School of Law. More…


Miller, Daphne

Daphne Miller, associate professor of family medicine at UC San Francisco, is a practicing family physician and a contributing writer to several magazines and newspapers. More…


Nguyen, Bich Minh

Bich Minh Nguyen is the author of the memoir Stealing Buddah’s Dinner and the novels Pioneer Girl and Short Girls. More…


Paternell, Cal

Chef Cal Peternell grew up on a small farm in New Jersey, then took a painterly journey— More…


Pell, Eve

Eve Pell was raised as an American princess in enclaves of privilege and wealth. More…


Rader, Dean

Dean Rader has published widely in the fields of poetry, American Indian studies, and popular culture. More…


Scott, Erin

Erin Scott is a food, portrait, and lifestyle photographer whose work has appeared in Kinfolk, Saveur, The San Francisco Chronicle, Design Sponge, The Huffington Post and Edible East Bay. More…


Shames, Terry

Terry Shames grew up in Texas and has an abiding affection for the people she grew up with and the town in which her grandparents lived. More…


Simmons, Sylvie

Sylvie Simmons is an award-winning writer, a celebrated music jornalist, the author of fiction and non-fiction books, and a singer-songwriter recording artist. More…


Tarloff, Erik

A generational saga of romance, lust, friendship, hatred, enduring loyalty, and sudden betrayal, All Our Yesterdays follows a small group of friends and lovers in Berkeley from their student days in 1968 to the present. Author Erik Tarloff has also written the novels, More…


Wesolowska, Monica

In Holding Silvan: A Brief Life, Monica Wesolowska tells the story of giving birth to her first child who suffers severe brain damage during birth. More…


Wise, Victoria

Headed toward a doctorate in philosophy, Victoria Wise took a left turn instead, cooking her first-ever meal at Chez Panisse in 1971. More…