Third Annual Bay Area Book Festival: Galvanizing the Resistance via Literature
Saturday | June 03, 2017 | 8:00 am — Sunday | June 04, 2017 | 5:00 pm
Location in Berkeley, CA
The Bay Area Book Festival returns to downtown Berkeley, Calif., over the weekend of June 3-4, 2017 with a focus on “literary activism.” The two-day, indoor/outdoor Festival will welcome 200 local, national, and international authors and speakers in 100 literary sessions (panels, interviews, keynotes and performances) in auditoriums and theaters throughout downtown, and will emphasize writers and books that promote social justice, sanctuary, inclusion, freedom of expression, and environmental sustainability. Organizers expect 50,000 attendees.
Acclaimed authors confirmed so far include New York Times bestselling author Roxane Gay; Micah White, co-creator of Occupy Wall Street; celebrated activist Cleve Jones, profiled in the TV mini-series “When We Rise”; feminist and humorist Lindy West; Native American poet Layli Long Soldier; National Book Award finalist Arlie Hochschild; spiritual teacher Jack Kornfield; National Book Critics Circle Award winner Geoff Dyer; Ayelet Waldman, appearing for her new memoir and also with Pulitzer Prize winner Michael Chabon and two-time National Book Award finalist Rachel Kushner for a forthcoming anthology on Palestine; Maker Faire founder Dale Dougherty; leading film critic David Thomson; and Pulitzer finalist Susan Griffin in conversation with environmental activist Joanna Macy.
Environmental activist Paul Hawken will discuss his new book Drawdown, with contributor Mark Hertsgaard. A special event will feature contributors to the forthcoming Radical Hope, including Jeff Chang, Francisco Goldman, Katie Kitamura, and the book’s editor Carolina De Robertis. The festival also debuts a partnership with Youth Speaks and will present stage performances and a workshop for young people.