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Bay Area Book Festival

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Bay Area Book Festival
Saturday-Sunday, June 4-5, 10:00AM-6:00PM
all over Berkeley, see website for details

Live interaction with 200 top authors
Diverse authors from the Bay Area, California, the nation, and world, from prize-winners to stellar emerging voices

Note: Pagan authors
Patricia Leslie and Sandra Saidak will be there!

Major outdoor street fair (a literary cornucopia)
Exhibitor booths featuring the Bay Area’s beloved indie bookstores, publishers, literary magazines, nonprofits, writing programs, authors… and more, all literary

Themed blocks so you can delve into what interests you most: Children’s Arena, Teen Street, Culinary Court, Eco Alley, Radical Row...

A  most festive festival: Book art filling the streets everywhere you look!

Children’s Arena filling Berkeley’s Civic Center Park
Storytelling stage, live story characters, interactive art and science activities, children’s book sales, exhibitions (digital and print) to promote reading
Every child under 12 receives a free book courtesy of Half Price Books!

Teen Street and Teen Stage
Some of the top authors for teens in the country to appear on our stage - along with local hip hop groups, a local theatre performance, high school writing stars and others

Exhibitors and bookstores with stuff teens want

Cooking Stage
Leading chefs and cookbook writers present their favorite recipes, share their secrets, and sign books; sampling!

Rest for the weary reader: Literary imbibing at the beer and wine garden

Digital discoveries
Revolutionize your reading! Displays and demonstrations around new opportunities for writing stories, discovering books, accessing them, and discussing them
Presentations featuring digital storytellers because storytelling in language is no longer linear
Online chats, games and more

Public Art Installations

Welcome to a magic castle of books: Lacuna, a major installation designed by the art collective FLUX Foundation, featuring a structure made of 50,000 donated books (thanks to the Internet Archive) - with all books free to take home by you and other festivalgoers

Local artists surprise you with book art installations in trees, on sidewalks, in windows, and in the indoor stages

Earlier Event: June 4
Bringing Light Into the New Paradigm
Later Event: June 4
San Leandro Cherry Festival