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Bay Area Book Festival

June 3, 2017 Downtown Berkeley Berkeley, CA 94704

Over the weekend of June 3rd and 4th, 2017, the third annual Bay Area Book Festival will fill downtown Berkeley with a literary extravaganza that offers pleasure to anyone who has ever loved a book.

Whether you're a fan of science fiction or history, of fiction or memoir, of poetry or food writing, of children's literature or science, come experience one of the best book festivals on the planet!


Hear from some of your favorite voices of The Chronicle!


Hidden Stories: Three Fiction Writers on Telling the Truth
Vanessa Hua, Shanthi Sekaran, Esme Weijun Wang, moderated by Sandhya Dirks
Saturday, June 3 - 10:00 AM - 11:15 AM
*Located at Berkeley City College - Auditorium

Vanessa Hua is a columnist for the San Francisco Chronicle and author of ‘Deceit and Other Possibilities,’ which received the Asian/Pacific American Award for Literature. She received a Rona Jaffe Foundation Writers’ Award, the San Francisco Foundation’s James D. Phelan Award. 


Absurd and Hilarious: Stories About Money

Jonas Luscher, Paul Murray, and Doree Shafrir, moderated by J.K. Dineen
Saturday, June 3 - 11:45 AM - 1:00 PM
*Located at the Hotel Shattuck Plaza, Boiler Room

J.K. Dineen is a San Francisco author and journalist. He is the author of ‘High Spirits’, a book of essays exploring the culture and community of San Francisco’s historic neighborhood bars. Click here to learn more. 


The Long 60s: The Counterculture’s Influence in Contemporary America
Mat Callahan, Gretchen Lemke-Santangelo, David Talbot, and Fred Turner, moderated by Peter Richardson
Saturday, June 3 - 1:00 PM - 2:15 PM
*Located at Cornerstone

David Talbot is an author and media entrepreneur. He is the founder of Salon, and most recently Hot Books, a new book imprint dedicated to publishing books on the most burning topics. Click here to learn more. 


State Lines: California’s New Poets
Rebecca Gaydos, C.S. Giscombe, Jacques Rancourt, Mai Der Vang, and Arisa White, with John McMurtrie introducing
Saturday, June 3 - 3:15 PM - 4:30 PM
*Located at David Brower Center

John McMurtrie is the book editor of the San Francisco Chronicle. His writing has appeared in the Boston Globe, the Washington Post. Click here to learn more. 


Showdown: Trump vs. the Deep State  

Peter Dale Scott and Robert Scheer in conversation with David Talbot

Saturday, June 3, 3:15PM - 4:15PM

*Located at the San Francisco Chronicle Stage in the Park

David Talbot is an author and media entrepreneur. He is the founder of Salon, and most recently Hot Books, a new book imprint dedicated to publishing books on the most burning topics. Click here to learn more. 


GIANTS! Chris Haft talks with John Shea about Stories from the San Francisco Giants Dugout, Locker Room, and Press Box

Chris Haft and John Shea

(Open seating; no tickets needed!)

Sunday, June 4 - 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

*Located at the San Francisco Chronicle Stage in the Park

John Shea is the San Francisco Chronicle’s national baseball writer and columnist. He is in his 33rd year covering baseball, including 28 in the Bay Area. Click here to learn more. 



The State of Cannabis
Emily Brady and Beau Kilmer, in conversation with David Downs
Sunday, June 4 - 1:45 PM - 3:00 PM
*Located at Cornerstone

David Downs is an award-winning journalist and best-selling author who covers cannabis policy and legalization as the cannabis editor at the San Francisco Chronicle. Downs was the senior editor of Cannabis Now magazine. Click here to learn more. 


Beyond Travel Writing: Journey and Meaning
Geoff Dyer, Josh Jelly-Schapiro, Tom Lutz, moderated by Leah Garchik
Sunday, June 4 - 3:15 PM - 4:30 PM
*Located at San Francisco Chronicle Stage in the Park

Leah Garchik has been writing a daily column in the San Francisco Chronicle since 1984. In addition to her column, she writes occasional essays, movie, and book reviews for the Chronicle. Click here to learn more. 


Perfect Satire: T. Geronimo Johnson and Joseph DePrisco on Skewering Identity Politics, Class, Race and More

T. Geronimo Johnson and Joseph Di Prisco in conversation with John McMurtrie

Sunday, June 4 - 3:30 PM - 4:45 PM

*Located at Cornerstone

John McMurtrie is the book editor of the San Francisco Chronicle. His writing has appeared in the Boston Globe, the Washington Post. Click here to learn more. 


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