Art by Michael Wertz
The Bay Area is teeming with readers, writers, creators, and thinkers. We have harnessed the power of this community to create one of the premier literary festivals in the world. The Festival is a two-day event complete with literary sessions presenting top authors from this region, the nation, and the world, along with an outdoor fair with hundreds of literary exhibitors. We also offer events for kids and writing contests. We transform vibrant Downtown Berkeley into a literary utopia where readers of all ages and interests can find kindred spirits.
The Festival kicked off in 2015 with the mission to create a free, inclusive, world-class literary event in the Bay Area. Since then, the Festival has welcomed more than 1,000 speakers in nearly 400 distinct sessions and is approaching 100,000 attendees.
Photo: Tristan Crane
Anders is involved in programming at the festival.
The 20th century brought us “1984” and “Brave New World” as harbingers of terrifying social and technological change. In the 21st century, we have climate literature. Brenda Shaughnessy gives us “The Octopus Museum,” bold poems that imagine what comes after our current age of environmental destruction. Charlie Jane Anders (called “this generation’s Le Guin”) presents “The City in the Middle of the Night,” where humanity lives in a barely habitable dusk on the planet January. In Cai Emmons’ “Weather Woman,” a young TV meteorologist discovers that she can tap the energies of the earth to alter the weather. Moderated by David Wallace-Wells, author of “The Uninhabitable Earth” and former deputy editor of The Paris Review.
Charlie Jane Anders, Cai Emmons, Brenda Shaughnessy, moderated by David Wallace-Wells
Bay Area Book Festival