Literary Events

Bay Area Book Festival

When: Sat., June 6, 10 a.m.-9 p.m. and Sun., June 7, 10 a.m.-8 p.m. 2015

Earlier this year, we reported on a project to build a temple made out of books for the Bay Area Book Festival in downtown Berkeley (see “Berkeley’s Living Library,” 4/15). On June 6 and 7, the inaugural festival is finally taking place, bringing two full days of free readings, panels, workshops, and performances to various venues scattered around Berkeley. Those events include “Who We Be: An Un-Panel About Our Colorized Futures” featuring authors Jeff Chang and Adam Mansbach, comedian and activist W. Kamau Bell, and politically engaged artist Favianna Rodriguez. In another, journalist Christian Frock will interview Men Explain Things to Me author Rebecca Solnit. Other local favorites, including Michael Chabon (The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay) and Daniel Handler aka Lemony Snicket (A Series of Unfortunate Events) will also make appearances. Other panels to look out for include “Murakami & Me: Translator and Writer,” featuring seasoned Haruki Murakami translator Jay Rubin and Word for Word’s performance of Alice Munro’s famous short story “The Office.” In addition, there will be an array of exciting events for kids that go beyond arts and crafts. Go online for the full, overflowing, schedule of events with location details.

Sarah Burke

Price: Free

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