Bay Area Author Links

The Bay Area is extremely lucky and proud to have such an astonishing, vibrant literary community, past and present—from internationally best-selling authors like Isabel Allende and Amy Tan, Pulitzer Prize winners such as Michael Chabon, cutting edge science writers like Louann Brizendine, renowned San Francisco poet sons and daughters, from Lawrence Ferlinghetti to Diane di Prima, author-philanthropists like Dave Eggers, world-renowned academics like Michael Pollan and Judith Butler, inspiring culinary authors such as Alice Waters and Thomas Keller, award-winning mystery novelists like Martin Cruz Smith, exceptional children's authors such as Lemony Snicket...the list is endless! Below is a compilation of authors who call (or called) the Bay Area home, or who write extensively about the Bay Area.

Bay Area Associated Authors (Past & Present)

Kim Addonizio
Isabel Allende
Dorothy Allison
Tamim Ansary
Sam Barry
Peter S. Beagle
Dodie Bellamy
Matt Bernstein Sycamore
Terry Bisson
Alexandra Boiger
Kate Braverman
Louann Brizendine
Judith Butler
Patrick Califia
Michael Chabon
Vikram Chandra
Ying Compestine
Avram Davidson
N. A. Diaman
Diane di Prima
Dossie Easton
Dave Eggers
Stephen Elliott
Katherine Ellison
Lawrence Ferlinghetti
Timothy Ferris
Karen Joy Fowler
Mary Gaitskill
Don George
Andrew Goldfarb
Kathi Kamen Goldmark
Lisa Goldstein
William C. Gordon
Daphne Gottlieb
Judy Grahn
Andrew Sean Greer
Daniel Handler
Jane Hirshfield
Robert Holmes
Roger Housden
Dianne Jacob
Richard Kadrey
Thomas Keller
Jack Kerouac
Kevin Killian
Derek Kirk Kim
Maxine Hong Kingston
Ellen Klages
Anne Lamott
Adair Lara
Jack London
Nick Mamatas
Greil Marcus
Armistead Maupin
Adrienne McDonnell
Linda Watanabe McFerrin
Joaquin Miller
Annalee Newitz
Katia Noyes
Charlotte Painter
Michael Pollan
Tim Pratt
Michael Pollan
Carol Queen
Lisa Quinn
Justin Raimondo
Ruth Reichl
Kathryn Reiss
Barbara Jane Reyes
Michelle Richmond
Kim Stanley Robinson
Lissa Rovetch
Rudy Rucker
Joan Ryan
Susan Schaller
Ariel Schrag
Kemble Scott
William Shurtleff
Sheldon Siegel
Kaja Silverman
Martin Cruz Smith
Lemony Snicket
George R. Stewart
Amy Tan
Michelle Tea
Daniel Terdiman
Adrian Tomine
Mark Twain
Vendela Vida
Ayelet Waldman
Alice Walker
Alice Waters
Sean Wilsey
Herman Whitaker
Jacqueline Winspear
Tobias Wolff
Victoria Zackheim
Daisy Zamora
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