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Please join the Berkeley Public Library Foundation and our Honored Authors at the 12th Annual Authors Dinner, February 8, 2014.
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Ada, Alma Flor – Dancing Home

Alma Flor Ada was born in Camagüey, Cuba, in an old house on the outskirts of town, a house that the remote neighbors believed to be haunted. More…


Aronson, Louise – A History of the Present Illness: Stories

Louise Aronson is a doctor and a writer—or perhaps a writer who happens to be a doctor. She is an associate professor of medicine at UC San Francisco. More…


Barnett, Mac – Count the Monkeys

Barnett is a New York Times bestselling author of books for children, including Extra Yarn, which won the 2013 Caldecott Honor and the 2012 Boston Globe-Horn Book Award for Excellence in Picture Books. More…


Bayer, William – City of Knives

William Bayer, who also writes under the pseudonym David Hunt, is a New York Times bestselling author specializing in neo-noir/psychological crime fiction. More…


Brenner, Summer – I-5, A Novel of Crime, Transport, and Sex

Long-time Berkeley resident Summer Brenner is the author of a dozen works of poetry, fiction, and novels for youth including her critically-acclaimed I-5, a crime novel that explores sex trafficking. More…


Butler, Katy – Knocking on Heaven’s Door

Katy Butler is a journalist who was a reporter for the San Francisco Chronicle for 12 years. More…


Campoy, F. Isabel – Yes! We Are Latinos

F. Isabel Campoy is the author of numerous children’s books in the areas of poetry, thearter, biography, and art. More…


Carson, Clayborne -Martin’s Dream: My Journey and the Legacy of Martin Luther King Jr.

Selected in 1985 by the late Coretta Scott King to edit and publish the papers of her late husband, Stanford University historian Clayborne Carson has devoted most of his professional life to studying Martin Luther King, Jr., and the movements King inspired. More…


Chorin, Ethan – Exit the Colonel: The Hidden History of the Libyan Revolution

“On Wednesday morning, my colleagues and I were to meet in Benghazi with J. Christopher Stevens, the American ambassador to Libya, to discuss a plan for a new division of emergency medicine at Benghazi Medical Center, the largest and most modern hospital in eastern Libya. More…


Cohen, Mark – Overweight Sensation: The Life and Comedy of Allan Sherman

Mark Cohen is a writer and speaker specializing in the Jewish American scene, from pop culture to high culture. More…


Dirks, Chancellor Nicholas B., Honorary Chair

Nicholas Dirks became the 10th Chancellor of the University of California-Berkeley in June 2013. More…


Hafner, Katie – Mother, Daughter, Me

Technology and society are the topics that interest journalist, Katie Hafner. More…


Hejinian, Lyn – The Book of a Thousand Eyes

Lyn Heijinian has been a driving force in Bay Area literary life since the 1970s, as a writer, poet, publisher (Tuumba, Poetics Journal, Atelos), and translator. More…


Holm, Jennifer – Babymouse series

Jennifer Holm is a New York Times bestselling children’s author and the recipient of three Newbery Honors for her novels Our Only May Amelia, Penny from Heaven, and Turtle in Paradise. More…


Hurwich, Cecelia – 92 and Dancing

92 and Dancing is a tale of adventure and adversity set against the backdrop of the 20th century’s great events. More…


Kamiya, Gary – Cool Gray City of Love: 49 Views of San Francisco

Gary Kamiya is co-founder of the online magazine Salon; as its longtime executive editor, More…


Kellerman, Jesse – Potboiler

Potboiler is a “modern blockbuster thriller novel” and a darn good read. More…


Khadivi, Laleh -The Walking

Born in Iran on the eve of the Islamic Revolution, Laleh Khadivi has lived in various cities around the globe. More…


Killion, Tom – Tamalpais Walking: Poetry, History, Prints

Tom Killion was born and raised in Mill Valley, California, on the slopes of Mt. Tamalpais. More…


Lee, Ying with Judith Scherr, editor – Ying Lee: From Shanghai to Berkeley, An Oral History

Ying Lee lived in wartime or under the threat of war for most of her years growing up in China and Hong Kong. More…


Mansbach, Adam – The Dead Run: A Novel

When Adam Mansbach was at the Authors Dinner in 2006 for his book Angry Black White Boy, no one knew that his next effort, Go the F**k to Sleep, would be a #1 New York Times bestseller More…


McGee, Harold – Keys to Good Cooking: A Guide to Making the Best of Foods and Recipes and the On Food and Cooking: The Science and Lore of the Kitchen.

The kitchen classic On Food and Cooking appeared in 1984 and revolutionized the way both professional and home cooks thought about cooking. More…


Mohr, Joshua – Fight Song: A Novel

Booklist says of Fight Song, “It’s hard to believe a suburban father’s desperate quest to turn his life around could be so much fun…a rollicking tribute to anyone who’s ever needed a fight song to fight back.” More…


Orner, Peter – Last Car Over the Sagamore Bridge

Chicago-born Orner is the author of four stunning novels and two nonfiction titles. More…


Rosenfeld, Seth – Subversives: The FBI’s War on Student Radicals, and Reagan’s Rise to Power

A reporter for the San Francisco Examiner and the San Francisco Chronicle for nearly 25 years, Seth Rosenfeld is a winner of the George Polk Award and other honors. More…


Scarboro, Elizabeth – My Foreign Cities: A Memoir

My Foreign Cities was listed in Publisher’s Weekly 2013 Top Ten Memoirs and was named Book of the Week by Oprah. More…


Sussman, Ellen – The Paradise Guest House

Sussman is the author of three bestselling novels: The Paradise Guest House, French Lessons, and On a Night Like This, and two anthologies. More…


Talbot, David – The Season of the Witch: Enchantment, Terror, and Deliverance in the City of Love

David Talbot, an Honored Author at the 2008 Authors Dinner, is a progressive journalist, the founder and former editor-in-chief of Salon, and the project director of Open America, an organization inspired by the courage of Bradley Manning. More…


Tenorio, Lysley – Monstress: Stories

Lysley Tenorio’s stories have appeared in The Atlantic, Zoetrope: All-Story, Ploughshares, Manoa, and The Best New American Voices and Pushcart Prize anthologies. More…


Twohy, Mike – Outfoxed

Cartoonist Mike Twohy has been a regular contributor to The New Yorker for over three decades. He’s also drawn cartoons for a wide variety of other publications More…


Unger, Zac – Never Look a Polar Bear in the Eye: A Family Field Trip to the Arctic’s Edge in Search of Adventures, Truth, and Mini-Marshmallows

An Oakland fireman, Unger first joined the Authors Dinner in 2005 when his debut book Working Fire: The Making of a Fireman was published. More…


Wolfert, Paula – The Food of Morocco

A resident of Sonoma, Paula Wolfert is the author of eight previous cookbooks, all considered classics. More…