Wednesday, December 2, 2020

Aya de Leon, Annalee Newitz, Ishmael Reed, Shanthi Sekaran: Writing a New World Into Existence


With the pandemic raging around the world this year, many events have been cancelled and put on hold including in-person book festivals and in-store author events.

However, lucky us, many bookstores and book festivals have been able to pivot and offer live virtual author/literary speaking events via Zoom, Crowdcast, Facebook Live, YouTube Live, etc for literary fans seeking their fix!

The in-person Bay Area Book Festival was cancelled earlier this year, but the Bay Area Book Festival has hosted several virtual events this year, which has been awesome!!

I recently watched/listened to Aya de Leon, Annalee Newitz, Ishmael Reed, and Shanthi Sekaran speak about the topic of 'Writing a New World Into Existence', which was uploaded to The Official Bay Area Book Festival Video Channel on YouTube... The following quote is taken from the YouTube page connected with the video content: 
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.

Have you enjoyed watching any virtual author events lately? 


  1. Yes, I watched a discussion between Lynell George and another woman about George's new biography of Octavia Butler. The book is A Handful of Earth, A Handful of Sky and I look forward to reading it.

    1. Sounds like a fun event!! Thanks for sharing as I didn't even know there was a new biography of Octavia Butler coming out.