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What book changed your life?

Bay Area Literacy calls for submissions to create Bay Area-wide list

Books change lives. Bay Area Literacy invites readers of all ages to nominate a book that changed theirs. The submissions will be collected as part of a Bay Area-wide project devoted to capturing the power of reading in our lives. The results will be distributed and posted in September in honor of Literacy Month. The submission deadline is August 15.

This project is inspired by the novel Literacy and Longing in L.A., co-authored by Jennifer Kaufman and Karen Mack, which celebrates books and explores the role literature plays in modern life.

Two individuals who submit a title will win thank you gifts through a random drawing. The prize will be copies of Literacy and Longing in L.A. and $20 gift cards to their local independent bookstore.

How to submit a book for the list:

  • Submit
    1. author’s name
    2. book title
    3. your name
    4. your email address
    5. your city of residence.*

  • Optional:
    • Include a couple lines about why you are nominating the book.

  • Deadline for entries to be received: Tuesday, August 15.

  • Submit via email to

  • Submitting by mail will also be available. The address is pending.

To qualify to win one of the two sets of thank you gifts:

  • The book must be a real title that can be verified by searching a standard book database.

  • Entrants will only have one chance to win; individuals may submit multiple titles, but entering multiple titles will not result in multiple chances to win.

  • To qualify for the prize, *entrants must reside within Bay Area Literacy’s range of service, which extends from Lake County to Watsonville, and from Livermore to the Coast. A list of member programs and links to their sites is online at


The top results will be posted on Bay Area Literacy’s web site: about Literacy and Longing in L.A. at