The Paris Review will participate in three panels at the Bay Area Book Festival, May 4-5 in Berkeley, CA. For tickets and more information, visit .

A Celebration of The Paris Review

Franny Choi, R.O. Kwon, Kiese Laymon, Emily Nemens, moderated by Christian Kiefer

Saturday, May 4

1:30 PM - 2:45 PM

Emily Nemens, in a roundtable led by Christian Kiefer (the magazine’s West Coast editor) will speak with contributors Franny Choi, R.O. Kwon, and Kiese Laymon.


Freight & Salvage


Co-presented with The Paris Review


Courage in Publishing in an Age of Political Polarization

Kwame Anthony Appiah, Jane Ciabattari, John Freeman, Carlos Lozada, Michael Naumann, Emily Nemens, moderated by Cherilyn Parsons


Sunday, May 5,



This roundtable brings together some of the leading lights in publishing to discuss the industry and the state of literature. Kwame Anthony Appiah is the weekly Ethicist columnist for The New York Times and author of “The Lies That Bind: Rethinking Identity.” Jane Ciabattari is former president of the National Book Critics Circle and books columnist for BBC Culture and Literary Hub. John Freeman is a poet, author, former editor of Granta, and editor of Freeman’s literary journal. Carlos Lozada is the nonfiction book critic for The Washington Post and a 2018 Pulitzer Prize finalist in criticism. Michael Naumann has been the German secretary of culture, publisher of Die Zeit, and publisher at Rowohlt Verlag; at Henry Holt & Company in the 1990s he published Rushdie’s “The Satanic Verses.” Emily Nemens is a writer and editor of The Paris Review. Moderator Cherilyn Parsons is the founder and director of the Bay Area Book Festival.

Hotel Shattuck Plaza - Crystal Ballroom

With support from the initiative "Wunderbar Together,“ initiated by the German Federal Foreign Office and the Goethe Institut, and supported by the Federation of German Industries (BDI)

Lawrence Ferlinghetti at 100: A Tribute 



Garrett Caples, Barbara Jane Reyes, Maw Shein Win, Julien Poirier, moderated by Emily Nemens

Sunday, May 5,


“I am awaiting / perpetually and forever / a renaissance of wonder.” The legendary poet, playwright, publisher, and activist Lawrence Ferlinghetti just turned 100! Author of over thirty books, co-founder of City Lights Books and City Lights Publishers, he shaped 20th century literature and continues to influence countless poets and writers. Join a celebration of Ferlinghetti’s centennial with Garrett Caples, poet and former arts journalist who interviewed Ferlinghetti for the current issue of The Paris Review; three City Lights-published poets, Julien Poirier, Barbara Jane Reyes and Maw Shein Win, who will read Ferlinghetti’s work; and moderator Emily Nemens, editor of The Paris Review.

Veterans Memorial Building - Auditorium

Co-presented with City Lights and The Paris Review











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