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2023 Bay Area Book Festival

May 6, 2023 @ 11:00 am - May 7, 2023 @ 4:30 pm

Bay Area Book Festival

Presented by Bay Area Book Festival in partnership with the San Francisco Chronicle.

Happening at venues throughout the City of Berkeley, the 9th Annual Bay Area Book Festival will hold seven of its programs at The Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life, all open to the public with free admission.

Saturday | May 6, 2023

The Beauty and Urgency of Nature Writing
11:00am – 12:00pm
Featuring Erica Berry, Tom Comitta, and Talia Lakshmi Kolluri, moderated by Carlos Cabrera-Lomelí

25 Years of The Berkeley Poetry Slam
12:30pm – 1:30pm
Featuring Jason Bayani, Ekabhumi Charles Ellik, Betsy Gomez, Nazelah Jamison, Douglas Mungin, Sam Sax

Historical Fiction: The American West
2:00pm – 3:00pm
Featuring Rina Ayuyang, Kali Fajardo-Anstine, and Jane Smiley, moderated by Blaise Zerega

Indigenous Perspectives in Genre Fiction
3:30pm – 4:30pm
Featuring Jessica Johns, Nick Medina, Marcie R. Rendon, and Margaret Verble, moderated by Melissa Stoner

Sunday | May 7, 2023

Finding Nature, Saving Time
11:00am – 12:00pm
Maddalena Bearzi and Jenny Odell, moderated by Alexis Madrigal

Fiction: Encounters with Myths and Spirits
12:30pm – 1:30pm
K-Ming Chang, Kali Fajardo-Anstine, and Brandon Hobson moderated by Rita Chang-Eppig

Echoes of Exclusion
2:00pm – 3:00pm
Ava Chin, Fae Myenne Ng, and Paisley Rekdal, moderated by Kathryn Ma

Unraveling: Peggy Orenstein Spins a Yarn about Yarn… and Life
3:30pm – 4:30pm
Peggy Orenstein, moderated by Sylvia Brownrigg


About the Bay Area Book Festival

The 9th annual Bay Area Book Festival will bring its literary magic to all ages again this year. In that spirit, all events––except the headliner programs on Saturday and Sunday night––will now be offered at no cost. The festival’s 74 indoor programs and 24 programs on outdoor stages will feature the most lauded and exciting authors and thinkers of today––from W. Kamau Bell to Joan Baez, Cory Doctorow to Tricia Hersey and many, many more––representing a wide diversity of backgrounds and writing across many genres.

Nearly 300 prominent authors for both adults and youth will appear on indoor stages all day on both Saturday and Sunday, May 67. Exclusively on Sunday, May 7, the festival will include a large outdoor stage, literary exhibitors, gourmet food vendors, a lively family area, and a youth expo will take over Berkeley’s Civic Center Park. Berkeley, CA,

Learn more at baybookfest.org.


May 6, 2023 @ 11:00 am
May 7, 2023 @ 4:30 pm
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Bay Area Book Festival
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The Magnes Collection of Jewish Life and Art
2121 Allston Way
Berkeley, CA 94720 United States
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